Senior Corps

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Canadian Senior Corps


BC Regiment – Vancouver BC, Canada 19

Established: 1883

Commander: Lt. Col. David L. Vaughan

First known Documentation: 1964 19

Last documentation: March 20, 1965 news article

Disbanded: Unknown

Photo: 1964 Thunderbirds show program




Commonwealth Frontiersmen – Vancouver 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

Established: 1966 (verification needed)

Manager: Bill Jones

Sponsors of the NW International Championships show

Last documentation: 1967

Disbanded: Unknown

Parent corps to the Richmond Ambassadors Jr. D&BC 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 Senior American Legion Champions

Renamed the Black Hawks: Late 1960 39

Manager: Bob Powers

Last documentation: 1963 18

Disbanded: 1962 42

Photo: 1960






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: 1922

AKA: American Legion, Albert J. Hamilton Post #7 D&BC

AKA: Fighting Falcons as of 1961

Manager: George Marus (ca1961)

Washington State AL Champions 10 times

Last documentation: 1963

Disbanded: 1963 (DCN May 22, 1963)





The Grenadiers – Bremerton, WA

Established: 1953

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

Co-founder: 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: 1984 Game Night fund raiser ad

Disbanded: Unknown




The Hurricanes – Seattle, WA 1

Established: 1927

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

Washington 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 – Founder/Director, Renton Blue Angels

Fred Lopez – Director, Marauders & 1970 Thunderbirds

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

Bob Aklin – Drum Instructor, Bell-Airs

Director: Jack Avery (1948 – 1964)

Manager: Warren Bagby (1964)

Drum Instructor: John Brodrick (1964)

Last documentation: 1965 5

Disbanded: Unknown

Photo: 1964 Thunderbirds show program



Nile Temple – Seattle, WA

Established: ca1949

Director: Jack Avery (Seattle Thunderbirds) 1949 thru 1954

Last documentation: 1973

Parade corps only.

Photo: 1950 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 Champions (held in Minneapolis Minnesota)

Last documentation: 1963 Drum Corps World

Disbanded: End of 1961

Photo: 1956 Santa Claus parade in Tacoma, WA





Sedro-Woolley – Sedro-Woolley, WA 18

Established: 1926

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

Director / Manager: unknown

1926 – unknown: First iteration of senior corps.

1948 – unknown: Created Jr corps.

1958 – 1965: Second/last iteration of senior corps.

First known Documentation: 1926

First Field Show: 1962

Last documentation: 1965

Disbanded: 1965

Uniforms: Blue & white

Photo: ca 1960




Wenatchee Appleknockers – Wenatchee, WA 18

Established: unknown (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, 54, and 1958

Manager: Gordon Isaacson

Last Documentation: 1963

Last Known Show: August 9, 1963, AL State in Yakima, WA

Disbanded: 1963

(For those of us on the west side of the mountains, an appleknocker is a person who picks apples and a Pippin is a type of apple. 

Both of which make perfect names for a corps in eastern Washington where both apples and Wenatchee are 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

Photo: 1958







Leathernecks – Portland, OR 1

Established: 1955

AKA: American Legion Post #169

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

Manager: Bruce Plumb (1955)

Bruce 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 (full corps)

August 1970 – American Legion Nationals Senior Color Guard Competition

Disbanded: after 1967

Photo: 1964 Thunderbirds Show program




Pendleton Sr. – Pendleton, OR 10

AKA; Pendleton Cowboys

Established: unknown

Earliest Documentation: July 29, 1956 Halftime Show

Mostly a parade corps

President: Ralph Isackson (1960)

Director: Ted White (1960)

Drum Major: Ted White (1956 – 1963)

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

Drum Instructor: Roger Allen (1964)

[Whose father was Founder/Director of the Pendleton Rangers Jr D&BC]

Last Documentation: 1963 Oregon State AL Championships

Last, last Documentation: 1971 newspaper article

Disbanded: 1963 or 1964

Photo: ca 1960

Uniforms: Red with white hats, belts, and dickies