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Local people will remember these guys and the Cossacks.

Decidedly not drum corps…



You don’t see this anymore. 

Back in the day some junior corps let their kids and parental units smoke on the buses and such. 

I bet that’s not too common now.




March 1950



Which one of these is not like the other?

We had some colorful uniforms in the PNW.  These two are great.

Flamingos (pink) and Sentinels (gold)



1936.  I love typos!



1916 Show Ticket

The Fife, Drum and Bugle Corps of Brooklyn

Brooklyn, New York



Interesting recruitment ad for four different Canadian drum corps.

Never seen anything like this before.






I thought it was only our corps.  Apparently, it must be ALL corps!




Seattle Shamrocks

Been there, done that!


Bellevue Sentinels – Look familiar?






“Menacing with an axe”.  That’s not something you hear about every day…








As drum corps members we’ve all eaten at some pretty crappy places.

In the 1970s, “Burgerville USA” in Vancouver, WA and the “White Spot” in BC Canada were on the list,

but few of us have had the pleasure of this kind of experience.

BTW – The Pasco corps; The Columbians





Not the Pacific NW, but American Legion Drum Corps in New York in 1938.

What a beautiful Sight.  Fantastic photo.


Caption for the 1938 photo above.





 “Giving it your all”

The article says; “Other marchers continued the drill”.  Very, very drum corps.


March 22, 1962

Some things will NEVER change!



Meanwhile, somewhere in Indiana, a battle with strangely familiar names took place in 1971. 

The same thing happened here locally in 1967, 1968 and 1970, and on the same type of field too.

Cue the Twilight Zone music…



1939 Boy Scouts Drum Corps Award







There’s nothing more “Seattle” than Arabian Cleaners on Aurora.

These guys always placed an ad in our show program.

I imagine they saw their fair share of drum corps uniforms too.






All medals acquired by a Seattle Cascades contra player in the 1970’s




1973 Argonne Rebels horn line rocked thanks to musical arrangements by Frank Minear, formerly of the Seattle Thunderbirds