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Welcome

to the

OPTIMISTS ALUMNI DRUM CORPS

and the
Historic Archives of the

TORONTO OPTIMISTS & SENECA OPTIMISTS 

LATEST NEWS

Doug MacKenzie - Buglers Hall of Fame Inductee
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Jun. 24, 2021

Toronto Optimists' own Doug MacKenzie has been inducted into the Buglers Hall of Fame Class of 2021 in the International Members group. Doug joined Toronto Optimists in the fall of 1959 after time with the Leaside Lions, and soon became one of our corps soprano soloists. Coming from a drum corps family, his 4 older brothers were also in drum corps, specifically Leaside Lions, 180th, Ambassadors, Jesters, and Queen's Own. Congratulations Doug!

 

Please visit the Buglers Hall of Fame Class of '21 here.

Passing of Bill Thorne
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Apr. 23, 2021

Bill Thorne (Toronto Optimists baritone) passed away peacefully on April 23, 2021 in Kelowna, B.C. at the age of 76. Bill had recently been diagnosed with late-stage pancreatic cancer, and his health declined rapidly. He spent his last week at Hospice, surrounded by family while receiving top notch care and support.

 

An online celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at noon PST (3 pm EST). If you wish to attend, please email katherine.savoy@gmail.com for the link, or call 202-320-7509. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Central Okanagan Hospice Association.

 

The Obituary listing for Bill is here.

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

Celebrating our website founder... Ray Roussel
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Jan. 16, 2021

We are proud of our website and the vast history it represents. It generates daily traffic enjoyed by many from the drum corps world, and is even being considered the model for the alumni of a top 10 DCI drum corps.

 

The site would not have been possible without the efforts or Ray Roussel back in 2002 in the early days of the formation of the Optimists Alumni Drum Corps. Please join us in this celebration by visiting our page dedicated to Ray with a special tribute from Vern Johansson.

EVENT DATES

Sunday
Dec. 6, 2020

CANCELLED

Performance

Guelph Santa Claus Parade (partnering with "Sparkles in the Park") - Dec. 19 - 31, 2020

Riverside Park - Guelph, ON

Friday
Dec. 4, 2020

CANCELLED

Performance

Etobicoke Santa Claus Parade

Etobicoke, ON

Sunday
Nov. 29, 2020

CANCELLED

Performance

Vaughan Santa Claus Parade

Vaughan, ON

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.