Optimists Alumni Drum Corps operates out of Toronto and Kitchener ON Canada. Founded in 2002 for stage performances and later marching in parades and a field show, the group has evolved into a charismatic brass and percussion ensemble.


Contact us for bookings or to join in the fun. 


The Alumni Corps was created to honour the legendary Toronto Optimists Drum and Bugle Corps, 12 time Canadian National Champions 1958 to 1975, and the Seneca Optimists Drum and Bugle Corps, 1976 to 1978. This website celebrates the rich history of these corps, and the modern Alumni Corps.

Annual General Meeting / Rehearsal - Sunday September 20, 2020

The 2020 Annual General Meeting for active members is scheduled for Sunday September 20, 2020 at the Conestoga Golf and Country Club in Conestoga Ontario.

There is a lengthy list of guidelines to be followed to attend, including pre-registration for follow up later, temperature check, mandatory face masks indoors, social distancing indoors, hand sanitizer and hand washing and many more.

The Annual General Meeting is scheduled first to be followed by a shorter rehearsal than usual (sorry absolutely no spectators allowed in the rehearsal hall).

We will announce the new Executive Board for 2020 - 2021 next week.

Stay healthy and stay safe out there.


We proudly introduce our new website! It focuses on the current activities of the alumni corps, while embracing the rich history of the original Toronto Optimists and Seneca Optimists organizations.

Please explore and enjoy! Contact us if you have comments, corrections, photos, recordings, or documents. As always, we welcome new members and bookings.


Drum Corps World recently released their June 2020 issue in which there is a great interview with Doug Darwin. Lots of pictures of the Alumni Corps with a few of the legacy Toronto Optimists.


Click here to go directly to DCW's site and the page with the article, or here to see a customized PDF version (without ads) thanks to Bob Carell.

1977 Seneca Optimists

1977 Seneca Optimists
Recorded in Denver, CO, at Mile High Stadium on August 19, 1977




Oktoberfest "Thanksgiving Day Parade

Kitchener ON



Niagara Grape and Wine Festival "Grande Parade"

St. Catherines ON

12:00 - 4:00 P.M.


AGM and Corps Rehearsals

Conestoga Golf and Country Club


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