The  Optimists  Alumni  Drum  &  Bugle  Corps

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

. . . March On!

John Diamond

Photo of: John Diamond

Corps: Toronto Optimists

John joined Optimists in 1963. He was one of those guys who always had a joke to share. In his first year he carried the Quebec flag. Of course John wasn’t satisfied with just carrying a flag so, while he did an excellent job on flag, he pursued one of his passions — rifle.

John started practicing rifle during that first year, and, in his second year with the corps, he joined the rifle line, tossing a real rifle — one of the chrome-plated Lee Enfield 303s that were used by Optimists. Back then the corps not only used real rifles but they also did a “duck and spin” and tossed those beasts while rather sharp bayonets were attached! (Yes, we were a crazy lot!) As the photo shows, John was quite successful (Sorry, but I couldn’t find a shot of John with a bayonet on his rifle.


John . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . We Remember!

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