The Optimists Alumni Photo Gallery

Photos of the Optimists Alumni, Toronto Optimists, Seneca Optimists and many others!

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The Old Days (Photos from our competitive years)Here you will find photos of the Toronto Optimists, the Seneca Optimists and Our Roots (boy scout bands, Danforth Tech, Western Tech, etc). There are also photos of many other corps, mostly Canadian. In addition, there is a category for memorabilia and another section where we remember "Those Who Have Gone." The sections for the Toronto Optimists and the Seneca Optimists are organized by year. Also, whenever I have yearbooks, I post them as Acrobat (pdf) files under the appropriate year. Their is a new section dedicated to the artwork and promotional materials created by Don Daber. As for Don's photos, the majority of the photos in the various "The Old Days" categories were taken by Don. Under the mid-sized image it will say "Photo by Don Daber" or whomever took the photo.
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Our RootsThe Optimists had its beginnings in 1952 as a Scout band. It evolved into Opti-Corps and, then, into the Toronto Optimists. After merging with the Seneca Princemen in 1976, the corps became the Seneca Optimists. This section contains photos of the scout band, Opti-Corps and the Danforth Crusaders (many members from Danforth joined in the 1958 season).
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Toronto OptimistsThis category includes photos of the Toronto Optimists taken at performances (competitions, exhibitions, parades, etc.). There is an album for each year from 1958 through 1975. Sometimes it's difficult to identify the year and those photos have their own album.
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Seneca OptimistsThis category contains photos of the Seneca Optimists taken at performances (competitions, exhibitions, parades, etc.). There is an album for each year from 1976 through 1978. Albums exist for casuals shots taken during 1976 and another for 1977. There is also an album containing an article about the corps that was publish by the Toronto Star in 1978. Sometimes it's difficult to identify the year and those photos have their own album.
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Optimists' Feeder CorpsOver the years the Optimists had a number of feeder corps: the Optimist Bantams, the Optimists Cadets, the Optimist Lancers and the Optimist Cadet Lancers. This category includes separate albums for each of those feeder corps run by the Optimists.
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Other Corps (mostly Canadian)Here you will find photos of corps that we were part of the 50s, 60s or 70s Drum Corps scene. Corps for which there are more than 4 photos have their own album and are listed by name. If we have fewer than 4 photos those images will be posted in either the Various Canadian Corps or Various American Corps albums.
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Those who have goneThis category contains photo memories of Toronto Optimists, Seneca Optimists and Optimists Alumni members and staff who have passed away. If we have a few shots for a particular individual, there is an album under their name. If we only have a single shot, the photo is included in the "We Remember" album. A corresponding category called "We Remember" can be found on our main website under the History section. A separate web page exists for each individual. Each page contains a photo and a few words about that member.
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MemorabiliaThis is a "catch-all" for things like old articles, Christmas cards, advertising, old Programs and anything that doesn't seem to fit elsewhere.
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Don DaberDon has been involved with The Optimists since 1960. During that time he has served as a photographer, the publicity director and the Corps Director. He was also the creator and editor of both Green and Gold Capsule Comments. Don produced the artwork for a number of record albums as well as designing posters and doing the artwork for a variety of contests and programmes. Don's photos can be found in "The Old Days" category (Toronto Optimists, Seneca Optimists, Optimists Feeder Corps or Other Corps).
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Casual ShotsHere you'll find photos showing our corps members and staff "back in the day" as well as more recent photos. In addition, as we get our hands on them, we'll include some "Then" and "Now" shots. Come-on gang and get those photos coming in!
Old and NewIndividual and groups shots, photos from trips, etc.
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IndividualsPhotos of Individual Alumni Corps members, former Drum Majors and the photographers who have supplied us with photos- today and from years gone by.
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Optimists Alumni and other corps (Photos from recent years)Photos in this category are more recent, beginning around 2002. This is where you will find photos of the Optimists Alumni Corps and other corps. The photos are organized by year then by performance within the year. The majority of photos in this section were taken by David Johns or Eric McConachie. The "Our members marched with" album contains a few old photos showing some of the corps with which our alumni members have marched.
Past YearsThis category includes photos from Alumni Corps performances and rehearsals from 2002 through to 2012.
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2012Photos of the Optimists Alumni plus other corps taken during 2012
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2013Photos of the Optimists Alumni plus other corps taken during 2013
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2014Photos of the Optimists Alumni plus other corps taken during 2014
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2015Photos of the Optimists Alumni plus other corps taken during 2015
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2016Photos of the Optimists Alumni plus other corps taken during 2016
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2017Photos of the Optimists Alumni plus other corps taken during 2017
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2018Photos of the Optimists Alumni plus other corps taken during 2018
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2019Photos of the Optimists Alumni plus other corps taken during 2019
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Our members marched with...The Optimists Alumni Corps is open to all who are interested. Here we honour the history of our members by displaying photos of the corps with which they have marched.
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Bob Carell (Don Daber Funeral, 2019)31 viewsApr 15, 2019