The  Optimists  Alumni  Drum  &  Bugle  Corps

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

. . . March On!

Leaside Lions Jungle Kings

Former Leaside members in Optimists Alumni
Former members of the Leaside Lions Jungle Kings

In the late 50s and early 60s Toronto was a veritable hive of drum corps activity. Leaside Lions was one of the many junior corps in the Toronto area at that time.

Alumni corps members (L-R) Mel Dey, Ron Cottrell and Terry Sweeney were once members of Leaside.

Photo taken May, 2007

Leaside Lions, about 1957

Leaside Lions, about 1957


This Trumpet Band, comprised of 32 boys from 15 to 20 years of age, is under the musical direction of Mr. George Arnold. Bob Carruthers is their capable Drum Major.

The Color Guard of five members has added finish to their spectacular drill.

Many of the boys have come up from the Leaside Lions Junior Boys’ Band.

The Jungle Kings have a great record for 1956: Champions of “Music on the March”, Parkdale Lions Club's great show at Maple Leaf Stadium on June 9th;  Canadian Junior Champions, Class A, Fancy Drill, at Merritton on June 30th.

They have also appeared in numerous other parades, tattoos and community activities throughout Ontario, where George Arnold’s arrangement of selections from “South Pacific” has thrilled their audiences.

(taken from the program for a 1957 Opti-Corps Contest)