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Welcome

to the

OPTIMISTS ALUMNI DRUM CORPS

and the
Historic Archives of the

TORONTO OPTIMISTS & SENECA OPTIMISTS 

LATEST NEWS

Passing of Chris Taylor
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Sep. 16, 2021

We are sad to inform you of the passing of Optimists Alumni, Chris Taylor. Chris was a member of the original Alumni experience in 2003/4 as a snare drummer. His drum corps life was spent with the Guelph Royalaires and the Oakland Crusaders where he also went on to instruct.

 

Obituary is here.

 

Our In Memory page for Chris is here.

2021 AGM & Rehearsal
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Sep. 12, 2021

The 2021 Annual General Meeting for active members is scheduled for Sunday, September 26, 2021 at the Conestoga Golf and Country Club in Conestoga Ontario.

COVID protocol is to be followed including sign-in registration, mandatory face masks indoors, social distancing indoors, hand sanitizer and hand washing.

Schedule details can be found in the Member Lounge Event Schedule.

 

Please note that Executive elections are not taking place this year, rather the motion was carried to continue with the current members due to the pandemic health restrictions temporarily ceasing operations.

Passing of John Coull
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Sep. 2, 2021

We have been informed by Sandra Foster (Coull) that her older brother, John Coull, passed away on September 2, 2021.

 

John played soprano with the Toronto Optimists in 1968 and 1969. His love for music was with him his whole life. In particular, it was jazz and big band that captured his heart strongest; John’s “working music” at home was usually Arturo Sandoval, Maynard Ferguson, or Dizzy Gillespie, at maximum volume. He comes from a drum corps family with younger siblings Sandra and Doug both marching and teaching drum corps (Seneca Optimists and others).

 

The Obituary listing for John is here.

Our Optimists Alumni "In Memory" page for John is here.

EVENT DATES

Sunday
Dec. 5, 2021

Noon-4:30 PM

Rehearsal

Rehearsal & Social

Conestoga Golf and Country Club

Saturday
Nov. 20, 2021

5:00 PM start

Performance

Santa Claus Parade

Brampton, ON

Sunday
Nov. 7, 2021

Noon - 4:30 PM

Rehearsal

Rehearsal

Conestoga Golf and Country Club

ALUMNI CORPS FEATURE

2013 Optimists Alumni

2013 Optimists Alumni at DCA Alumni Spectacular in Annapolis, MD

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HISTORY FEATURE

1975 Toronto Optimists

Recording and slide show of the 1975 Toronto Optimists.