The Optimists Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
. . . March On!
With great sadness we
announce the passing of Gary "Chops" Czapinski. In the
1970s Gary designed shows for the Toronto Optimists and the Seneca Optimists.
The famous parachute of the 1977 Seneca
Optimists was one of Gary's creations. He will certainly be missed.
More information is posted on our News page.
On Saturday, March 15th the Optimists Alumni will
hold its annual Wearing of the Green dinner and dance. In
addition to great food and company the corps will preview their 2014
Everyone is welcome!
For ticket information please click on the image at the right.
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!
Join our contact list
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
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