Mid-Winter / Pacific Northwest Championship Show
This contest was put on by the Seattle Thunderbirds in March or April each year from 1960 thru 1969. This is the original mid-winter show held in the Pacific NW. It preceded the Salem Optirama show by four years.
This show started out as a vehicle for brass and percussion competitions, but quickly evolved to include a full-corps standstill competition and color guard activities.
Competitors came from throughout the Pacific NW region, including Junior & Senior units and non-drum corps units like the Spokane Percussion-Nauts, and drummers from bagpipe bands.
Medals, trophies, and bragging rights were awarded to all the top performers.
Show programs for these events can be found on the “Show Programs” link in the header above.
Check out the show results below.
If anybody has more complete data or photos, please let us know, Thanks.
1969 – PNW Championship Show Results The Thunderbirds did not field a corps this year. This show was co-sponsored by the Bellevue Sentinels.
1970 – The Thunderbirds returned to field competition, only to disband permanently at the end of this season.
1964 Mid-Winter Competition
Seattle Thunderbirds (left) and Seattle Shamrocks (right)
1965 Thunderbirds (Ice Arena??)