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.


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.

Passing of Marlene Lister

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.

Optimists Alumni in Jeju South Korea

Optimists Alumni Drum Corps in their final performance of the 2019 Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival in South Korea



BBQ and Performance

Barry Woods' 5th Annual Invitational BBQ

MOVED TO 2021.



Performance Ventures Winter Guard Home Show

Kitchener ON



St. Patrick's Day Parade

Toronto ON


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