Senior Corps

Select red text below to access more data



Canadian Senior Corps


BC Regiment – Vancouver BC, Canada 19

Established: 1883

Commander: Lt. Col. David L. Vaughan

First Documentation: 1964 19

Last Documentation: 1965 (March 20 news article)

Disbanded: Unknown

Photo: 1964 Thunderbirds show program








Commonwealth Frontiersmen – Surrey BC, Canada 5

Established: November 1, 1965

Formerly “The Dynamics” of Vancouver BC

Director: Lt. W.E. Jones

Manager: Sgt J.F. McCorkell

Last Documentation: July 30, 1966 “Music in Motion” show

Disbanded: unknown

All members and staff were active military







Linksmen – Westminster BC, Canada 23

Manager: Bill Jones

Established: 1966 (Verification needed)

Sponsors of the NW International Championships show

Last Documentation: 1967

Disbanded: Unknown

Parent corps to the Richmond Ambassadors Jr. corps of Richmond, BC





Queen’s Own Rifles – Victoria BC, Canada 16

Established: April 26th, 1860

Manager: Canadian Government

Last Documentation: 1967 Salem Optirama

Disbanded: unknown









Washington State Senior Corps


Black Hawks – Auburn, WA 18

Established: 1927 as the Auburn Post #78 American Legion Drum Corps,

Eight-time Washington State Sr American Legion Champions

Renamed the Blackhawks: Late 1960 39

First Documentation: December 1960 DC World –

Auburn Post #78 chose “Blackhawks” as their new name.

Manager: Bob Powers

Last Documentation: 1963 18

Disbanded: 1962 42

Photo: 1960










The Blue Knights – Everett, WA 1

Established: 1945

AKA: American Legion, Earl Faulkner Post #6 D&BC

Washington State American Legion Champions 1964 thru 1967

Manager: Forrest Maxson (1962)

Last Documentation: 1967 Wash State DC Association Sr. Champions 

Disbanded: later than 1967

Photo: 1964











Falcons Sr. – Bellingham, WA 18

Established: 1920’s (verification needed)

AKA: American Legion, Albert j. Hamilton Post #7 D&BC, Fighting Falcons, Flying Falcons

Wash State American Legion Champions

Manager: George Marus (ca 1961)

Last Documentation: 1963

Disbanded: 1963 (DCN May 22, 1963)





The Grenadiers – Bremerton, WA

Established: 1953

AKA: VFW 4th District, Kitsap County D&BC

Co-Founder: Jack Avery

Music Director: Jack Avery (1953)

Washington State VFW Sr. Champions: 1959 thru 1962

Washington State American Legion Sr Champions: 1970

Last Field Show: 1970 15

Last Documentation: 1982 New Westminster BC Parade

Disbanded: unknown

Photo – 1970





The Hurricanes – Seattle, WA 1

Established: 1927. Colors black & white

AKA: American Legion, University Post #11 D&BC

Wash State American Legion Champions in:

1937, 38, 51, 53, 59, 60, 62, and 1963.

Noted members:

Jack Avery – Director/Horn instructor, Seattle Thunderbirds & Cascades

John Broderick – Director/ Drum instructor, Seattle Shamrocks

Mike Stefanowicz – Drum instructor, Thunderbirds

Frank Sousa – Director, Renton Blue Angels

Fred Lopez – Director, Marauders. Director 1970 Thunderbirds

Ray Frederickson – Music Director, the Bell-Airs. Asst. Mgr., Shamrocks

Bob Aklin – Drum instructor, The Bell-Airs

Jerry Chambers – Founder / Director, El Toreador

Manager: Warren Bagby (1964)

Director: Jack Avery (1948 – 1964)

Drum Instructor: John Broderick (1964)

Last Documentation: 1965 5

Disbanded: unknown

Photo: 1964 Thunderbirds Program




Nile Temple – Seattle, WA

Established: ca1949

Director: Jack Avery (Seattle Thunderbirds) 1949 thru 1954

Last Documentation: 1973

Parade corps only.

Photo: 1950 in California








Renton Eagles – Renton, WA 18

Established: 1954

AKA: Fraternal Order of Eagles, Post #1722

Manager: Marice Scalette, Mario Spillato (1960)

Five-time Washington State Eagles Drum Corps Champions 1956 – 1960

1961: National Eagles DC Champion (held in Minneapolis Minnesota)

Last Documentation: 1963

Disbanded: After 1963

Photo – 1956 Santa Claus Parade in Tacoma







Sedro-Woolley – Sedro-Woolley, WA 18

Established: 1926

AKA: American Legion, Sedro-Woolley Post #43 D&BC

Manager: Unknown

First Documentation: 1961 TB Mid-winter Show

First Field Show: 1962

Last Documentation: 1963

Disbanded: Unknown, but probably ca 1963

Uniforms: Blue and white




Wenatchee Appleknockers – Wenatchee, WA 18

Established: Unknown.  Sometime after 1919.

AKA: American Legion, Wenatchee Post #10 40

AKA: Pippins – August 1962 Washington State AL Championships 41

Earliest Known Documentation: August 1925 Port Angeles Parade

Washington State AL Champions in 1941, 42, 47, 49, 50, 52, 54, and 1958

Manager: Gordon Isaacson

Last Documentation: 1963

Last Known Show: August 9, 1963.  American Legion State in Yakima, WA

Disbanded: 1963

(For those of us on the west side of the state, an apple knocker is a person who picks apples and a Pippin is a type of apple.  Both of which make a perfect name for a corps in eastern Washington, where apples and Wenatchee are both located)




Oregon State Senior Corps

Go to “Historical Perspective” in the header above for additional Eastern Oregon Corps articles



The Baker Scouts – Baker, OR 1

Established: 1952 as a Jr corps

Last Documentation: 2003

Last Field Show: 1964 (verification needed)

1965: Converted to a parade corps

1975: Reorganized into a senior parade corps

Disbanded: Still current (2019)

Photo: 1964 Thunderbirds show program







Leathernecks – Portland, OR 1      

Established: 1955

AKA: American Legion Post #169

All members are (in 1955) ex-Marines, hence: “Leathernecks”

Manager: Bruce Plumb (1955).  

Bruce Plumb would later be the Director of the

Portland Hawks & Royal Lancers

Music Director: Don Bradley

Home Show: Drumkhana. First show June 6, 1964

Last Documentation: January 21, 1967 – Salem Optirama

Disbanded: Post-1967

Photo: 1964 Thunderbirds show program





Pendleton Sr. – Pendleton, OR 10

AKA: Pendleton Cowboys

Established: Unknown.  Mostly a “Parade Corps”

Earliest Documentation:  July 29, 1956 Halftime Show

President: Ralph Isackson (1960)

Director: Ted White (1960)

Drum Major: Ted White 1956 thru 1963

[Ted would go on to be the director & horn instructor for the Rangers]

Drum Instructor: Roger Allen (1964) – Father was founder/director of Pendleton Rangers Jr D&BC

Last Documentation: 1963 Oregon AL Championships

Last, Last Documentation:  1971 newspaper article.

Disbanded: 1963 or 1964

Photo – July 4th, 1960 at Borleske Stadium

Uniforms: Red with white hats, belts and dickies