1975 Muchachos DVD released

by Steve Vickers, DCW publisher

As part of a series of videotape restorations from the Jim Jones/Troopers archives, Drum Corps World is pleased to announce the release of the second DVD project that includes the ONLY performance of the Hawthorne Muchachos from the 1975 season. It is included in a six-corps collection that also features the 1974 Stockton Commodores, 1975 Troopers and the 1976 Troopers, Santa Clara Vanguard and 27th Lancers.

The Muchachos were poised to contend for the 1975 DCI Championship title at Franklin Field in Philadelphia when, following their prelims performance, DCI Executive Director Don Pesceone and DCI Contest Director Bob Briske disqualified the corps after the organization was accused of marching an overage member. The prelim score sheets were never tallied and, in fact, destroyed, so no one knew what the outcome of that day might have been.

This DVD presents an exhibition performance by the Hawthorne corps the next day — Sunday, August 17, at Hershey Park Stadium in Hershey, PA. It is the complete and obviously strong presentation of their 13-minute show. The Troopers were filmed that day in Hershey as well;

The DVD additionally showcases the Casper corps at an appearance in Denver, CO, at the 1976 “Drums Along the Rockies” competition. This turned out to be the only time the corps was videotaped that summer since they did not make finals at the season-ending DCI Championships in Philadelphia.

The videotapes were originally filmed by Troopers Director/Founder Jim Jones as a way of showing his members areas that needed work to clean marching errors. The reel-to-reel tapes were in storage for many years and only recently made available to Drum Corps World Publisher Steve Vickers and video engineer Scott Gordon, a Sacramento, CA, drum corps fan who has a full restoration studio in his home.

Vickers knew of the existence of the collection after spending a weekend at Jones’ house in Casper shortly after he was hired as editor of the newspaper in June 1973. Jones and future DCI Publicity Director Don Whiteley were co-owners of the publication that was started in October 1971 and originally intended to be the “voice” of the new Drum Corps International organization.

The current director of the Troopers, Fred Morris, and the corps’ executive director, Mike Ottoes, agreed to allow Drum Corps World to restore the collection and offer it to drum corps fans. Both the Troopers and DCI benefit from the purchase of this DVD.

Drum Corps World offers additional historic material including:

• 1967 American Legion/CYO Nationals DVD featuring four senior and 14 junior corps from these two competitions held in Boston, MA.

• 1968 VFW Nationals Finals CD, held in Detroit, MI, including all 12 finalists and the announcement of scores.

• 1968 “Fantasy in Brass” CD, recorded at the Chicago Civic Opera House, showcasing nine junior corps including the first Midwest appearance of the Velvet Knights.

• 1971 VFW Nationals DVD, filmed at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX, and presenting all 12 finalists.

• 1992 DCI Finals DVD, Warhawk Stadium in Whitewater WI, eight of the 12 finalists, plus footage of the 1971 Troopers at the “World Open” in Lynn, MA, and a short documentary on the restoration of Jones videotape collection.

• 1974 DCA competition in Carlisle, PA, DVD, with six top senior corps.

• 160 CDs recorded by Stetson D. Richmond and Alf Wateska between 1950 and 1980 that includes more than 350 junior and senior corps.

All of this and more is available by visiting our on-line store on this Web site.