The Optimists Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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 Gallery includes 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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Passing of Marlene Lister on May 8, 2020
Glenda and Doug Roblin advised that Glenda's Mom, Marlene Lister, passed
away the morning of May 8, 2020 at the age of 81. Many of the former members
of both the Optimists Lancers and Cadet Lancers will remember
her as she often chaperoned on parades and tours with both corps
in the 1970s.
She will be placed with Glenda's Dad at a private family graveside service on Tuesday, May 12th in Barrie.
Condolences may be forwarded through Adams Funeral Home here.
Impact of the Pandemic - COVID-19
Like a plot in a movie or good novel, it seems no one is able to
escape the impact of the pandemic virus, COVID-19. Due to the
recent government and institutional responses, and overall
current global situation, the Optimists Alumni Corps has
postponed their California Dreamin' tour to 2021. In addition,
the City of Toronto has cancelled the St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Our group wishes every one safety and health during these unprecedented times.
Passing of Vincent Ferraro - May 8, 1947 - February 25, 2020
Peacefully passed away on February 25, 2020 surrounded by his loving family at the age of 72. Loving husband of 36 years to Josephine. Caring and devoted father to Kristina (Yousif), Jessica (Sami) and Michele (Michael). Proud Nonno to Joseph, Mia, James, and Nicolas. Vincent will be lovingly remembered in the hearts of his sisters, brothers, family and friends. If desired, donations to the Lung Association of Canada or Princess Margaret Hospital would be appreciated by the family.
2019 GCC Has Arrived! - February 18, 2020
|The 2019 edition of the GCC is here with spectaculor colour photos of the past year and some great accounts of the past and present. Please click on the picture to download your copy.|
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 rogers.com).
Navigating Our Website
You can use the Dropdown menus at the top left of this page to navigate the website.
If you prefer, click on the Category Heading (Optimists Alumni Corps, General Information, Historical Information, Alumni Corps Members or Video Files) to go to a page that lists all of the pages in that section. The Photo Gallery 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
Information that is geared toward Corps members can be found in the Members section. Instructions relates to information about upcoming performances while News of Interest to Corps Members is self explanatory. Some of the options under Members are only available to corps members.