The  Optimists  Alumni  Drum  &  Bugle  Corps

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

. . . March On!


Photo of Karl Bossert

With great sadness we announce the passing of Karl Bossert. Karl played soprano in the Toronto Optimists in the early 1960s and had been living in Cocoa Beach, Florida for some time.

More information can be found on our News Page.

WELCOME to the official website of the Optimists Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps.

This is the place for you to Learn About Our Corps, its History, Find Out About Joining and to keep current with its plans and progress. If you're feeling nostalgic, why not visit our Photo Gallery. You'll find photos that range from the initial Boy Scout band in the 1950s all the way to our most recent performance. And it's not just about us. Our Photo Galleries include shots of many other corps.

Visitors are welcome at all of our rehearsals. If you would like to attend a rehearsal, please visit our Combined Schedule page to learn the dates and locations of our rehearsals.

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2013 Recruiting Notice
Photo of Optimists Alumni performing in Annapolis (2013) Graphic: Happy New Year

It's time to start making plans for next summer!

Consider joining The Optimists Alumni

Why should you consider joining? In a nutshell because we’re having fun and we want to share our good experiences with our friends. We travel a little, hang out with old friends, make new ones and get to entertain others which leaves both them and us happy. Yes, we do rehearse; however, at two rehearsals a month our schedule is lighter than other Alumni Corps. Perhaps you're concerned about learning to play all over again. I'd be lying if I said that it would not require some effort; however, this is a hobby and we do it for fun. We are not a competive corps. The skill level of our members varies and none of us are stars. What we value most is a willingness to commit and to try to improve. Of course, if you don't want to play, we always have room for support staff and colour guard members.

Our 2014 show is progressing. We’re adding “The Jets”, another song from West Side Story. In fact, we’ve already learned the number and now have to refine it. On January 12, our first rehearsal in the new year, we will be starting our new Opener. Check us out. Better yet, Come and Join us! 

Everyone is welcome at our rehearsals. Even if you’re not interested in joining, drop in for a look and a listen. We love to have an audience. Who knows, you might just decide that you'd enjoy doing this. Interested? To learn more please Click Here.

No Previous Experience Required!  Click here to learn more

Historical Video Footage

We are looking for video footage of Opti Corps, the Toronto Optimists and the Seneca Optimists. This is a search for memories, not great technique. If you have video footage that you would like to donate to the corps, please contact  Bob Carell (toronto_optimist at

If you want to see the videos that we already have, please visit our Video page.

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