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Memories Of The Past

Memories of the years

My goal is to create a web page for each year that the corps competed and I need your help. I invite you to submit brief memories that you have of the corps. Rather than including "generic" memories, my hope is to use memories that relate to specific years. These could be about performing in the corps, traveling with the corps, watching the corps from the stands, excerpts from articles in old corps mags, etc. For the web page I'll include a couple of photos of the corps for that year and I'll use some, or all, of the memories that were submitted.

To get an idea of what I'm hoping for, please look at the pages that have links. I'm not expecting you to do a year by yourself but, if you're so inclined, go ahead. I can easily use memories from a few people to create the page. Click on the underlined links in the table below to view memories of those years.

If you wish to submit material for this project, please send an email to Bob Carell (toronto_optimist at

The Competitive years

1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968
1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978  

The Alumni Corps

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
2010 2012            

Memories from other sources

  GCCs, Yearbooks and "Information Drum Corps"
  Vern Johansson's History of the Optimists (a compilation of the web pages in "Our Optimists Roots")
1958 The Strange Case of the City of Toronto Flag (by Phil Hennings)
  Phil Hennings Scrapbook for 1958 (Photos and articles from newspapers and Drum Corps publications)
1962 Bill Thorne interviews Joe Gianna & Doug Mackenzie (from Green Capsule Comments)
  Optimists Conquer Rome
1963 1963 Individuals Results (from Dec 1963 Off The Line Magazine)
  Dave Watt's article on the 1963 small corps (article from GCC plus some photos)
1964 1964 Article on the Optimists (from the April 23, 1964 issue of the Toronto Telegram )
1965 1965 Year Book
Article on Andy Henderson, Drum Major of the Month (from March, 1965 Drum Corps World)
  Article on Barry Bell, Man of Ideals (from March, 1965 Drum Corps World)
  Article on the Toronto Optimists (from February, 1965 Drum Corps World)
1967 1967 Corps Manual
  Reviews from the Ottawa newspapers on the 1967 Nationals.
  Vern Johansson's Drum Corps News report on the 1967 Shriners' International.
1968 How Rick Roussel became an Optimist (by Ray Roussel)
1969? The Youth of Toronto and Optimists International
1972 Photos of the 1972 corps members
1977 article on Ken Mulgrew of the Seneca Optimists
1978 an article on the Seneca Optimists in the August 20, 1978 issue of "The City" (published by Toronto Star)
1984 50th Anniversary of the CDCA (Canadian Drum Corps Association: 1934 – 1984)