The Optimists Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
. . . March On!
A "Celebration of Life" for Paul Thompson will be
held on Saturday, April 25th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The location is the
Legion, Branch 344, 1395 Lakeshore Blvd. West Toronto M6K 3C1.
Paul's family has very few photos of Paul. If you
have a photo of Paul they ask that you please bring it with you. The photo will be displayed
during the remembrance then you can take it home with you.
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.
are no longer being accepted
for Colin's History of
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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
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
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.
Keep in Touch!
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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.
For the first time our show has a theme —
West Side Story. The opener is "TONIGHT" followed by "JET
SONG" (with drum feature) before our concert of "I HAVE A LOVE" (expanded from our 2014
show). Our closer is "AMERICA" and "SOMEWHERE". For shows that offer an expanded
performance time frame we also have an encore, our colour presentation of "THE MAPLE
We hope you all enjoy it. 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
Saturday, December 4, 1 – 7 pm
Open to corps members, former members, our families, and friends of
Click here for details
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 rogers.com).
If you want to see the videos that we already
have, please visit our Video page.
Navigating Our Website
- You can use the Dropdown menus at the top left of this page to navigate
- If you prefer, click on the Category Heading (Alumni
Members, Our History
and Video Files) to go to a page that
lists all of the pages in that section. The
is on its own.
- At the bottom of each page are links to our Home Page and to the
top of the current page.
Changes To Our Website
- A record of changes to the website can be found under either the
Information heading (listed as
Change History for Website) or under
the What's New menu choice near
the top left of the screen. In addition, at the bottom is each page,
in the centre, is the date on which that page was last changed.
Information for Alumni Corps Members