Bass drum heads are a free canvas for advertising your corps and their accomplishments.  Some corps took advantage of this, some did not.  Depending on the placement of the wording / graphics, it would seem to be a rather high maintenance area.  

Generally speaking, the drum heads used prior to the early-1960s were made from animal skins and temperature / humidity affected their tuning.  From the early 60s-on, synthetic (polymer) drum heads have been used.

 

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ca1900 Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Drum Corps, Oregon

The GAR was a fraternal organization of Union Civil War Veterans,

precursor of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion.

 

 

 

1928 Tacoma Elks D&BC

Tacoma, Washington

 

 

 

Bremerton has been a naval shipyard since 1891

 

 

1931 Moose Drum & Bugle Corps

Tacoma, Washington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1936 Spokane American Legion Auxiliary (women’s) D&BC

[Check out the bugles guys!!]

 

 

1939 Pasco Jr Legion D&BC

Pasco, Washington

[Dr. Glen’s Corps]

 

 

1939 VFW Post #3053 Jr. D&BC

Steilacoom, Washington

 

 

 

1939 VFW Post #2995 Jr. D&BC

Bellevue, Washington

 

 

By 1948 this all-girl corps switched sponsors from Pepsi-Cola to the Knights of Pythias. 

They would remain with the Knights until they disbanded ca 1968.

Knights of Pythias bass drum is below.

 

 

 

1941

Walla Walla, Washington

 

 

 

 

 

 

1950 Nile Sr. D&BC

Seattle, Washington

 

 

1950 Eagles Sr. D&BC, Aerie #26

Walla Walla, Washington

 

 

 

Golden Skyliners Jr D&BC [AL Post #3]

Great Falls, Montana

 

 

 

 

1954 Longview-Kelso Scouts Jr. D&BC

Longview-Kelso, Washington

 

 

 

 1955 Baker Scouts Jr. D&BC [Troop 133]

Baker, Oregon

 

 

Pasco, Washington

[Later known as The Columbians]

 

 

 

1956 Wenatchee American Legion Post #10 Sr. D&BC

Wenatchee, Washington

 

 

ca 1959 Hawks Jr. D&BC

Portland, Oregon

 

 

1959 CYO Squires (Shamrocks) Jr. D&BC

Seattle, Washington

 

 

ca 1960 Pendleton Sr. D&BC

Pendleton, Oregon

 

 

 

1961 CYO Shamrocks Jr. D&BC

Seattle, Washington

 

 

1961 Everett Blue Knights Sr. D&BC [AL Post #6]

Everett, Washington

 

 

 

1961 Pasco Columbians Jr. D&BC [AL Post #34]

Pasco, Washington

 

 

1961 Portland Hawks

 

 

 

1962 Great Falls Scouts – Explorer Post 21, Jr. D&BC

Great Falls, Montana

 

 

1962 Blue Angels Jr. D&BC [VFW Post #1263]

Renton, Washington

 

 

1962 Vernon Girls Jr. D&BC

Vernon British Columbia, Canada

 

 

1962-63 LK Corps Jr. D&BC

Longview-Kelso, Washington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1963 Mariners Jr. D&BC

Astoria, Oregon

 

 

 

 

1964 Everett Blue Knights Sr. D&BC [AL Post #6]

Everett, Washington

 

 

 

1965 West Seattle Amigos

[VFW Post #2713]

 

 

1965 Bell-Airs

Seattle, Washington

 

 

1965 West Seattle El Toreadors

Washington

[AL Post #160]

 

 

1966 Royal Lancers [AL Post #1]

Portland, Oregon 

 

 

 

1966 Falcons Jr. D&BC

Athena-Helix-Weston, Oregon

 

 

 

1967 Rangers Jr. D&BC

Pendleton, Oregon

 

 

1967 Percussion-Nauts Jr. D&BC

Spokane, Washington

 

 

 

1966 – 1968 Imperial Cadets Jr. D&BC

Portland, Oregon

 

 

 

1960 – 1967 Seattle Thunderbirds Jr. D&BC

 

 

 

 

ca 1948 – 1968 Knights of Pythias, All-Girl Jr. D&BC

Roseburg, Oregon

[Formerly the Pepsi-Cola Girls]

 

 

 

1969 Royal Lancers Jr. D&BC

Portland, Oregon

 

 

 

Golden Skyliners Jr. D&BC [AL Post #3]

Great Falls, Montana

 

 

ca1972 Alberta Girls

Alberta, BC Canada

 

 

1970s Black Watch Jr. D&BC

Auburn, Washington

 

 

 

1970s Edmonton Strutters

Edmonton Alberta, Canada

 

 

ca 1973 Bellevue Sentinels

 

 

 

1975 Seattle Cascades

 

 

 

A Story from a Member:

“[In the mid-60s] One of the Hawks’ bass drummers got a little creative with his bass drum.  I was at a parade staging area with the Hawks close by and noticed a small line of people taking turns looking inside his bass drum via the small air hole (don’t have the exact term for it).  Asked one of the guys what they were looking at, and he said the bass drummer attached a Playboy centerfold inside his drum.”

Long Live The Hawks!

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