Deadline to purchase tickets for Southern Illinois drum corps reunion is approaching

September 7 is the deadline to purchase tickets for the drum corps reunion to be held September 27 in St Louis, MO.

Members and boosters of the Belleville Black Knights, Millstadt Crusaders, Bellettes, Gabrielettes, Cahokia Golden Chiefs, Red Bud Hornets, American Woodmen, Piasa Indians, Marilyners, Egyptionaires, Korvettes, Okawville Scouts, Trojans, Springfield Falcons, Capital Chargers, Statesmen, Brass Unlimited and others from the Southern Illinois/Metro St Louis area are invited to attend.

There will be a memorabilia display as well as slide, video and complete audio presentations of several of the area corps from 1954 through 1989. Guest speakers will be Roger Kaiser and Le Yaeger.

2003 is the 50th anniversary of the Belleville Black Knights and we are honored that Helen Creson, wife of the Black Knights’ founder Forrest T. Creson, will be attending that evening. Forrest Creson was instrumental in the drum corps movement in the 1950s and 1960s and was the director of the Black Knights until he passed away on January 12, 1971.

Invitations have been sent to more than 1,300 alumni members and new names are coming in daily. Alumni are traveling from Florida, California, Texas, Oklahoma and all over the United States to participate and renew old friendships.

The event will be held at the Millennium Hotel Ballroom, 200 S 4th St, St Louis, MO. The cash bar opens at 6:00 PM and the buffet dinner will be served at 8:00 PM.

Tickets are $35.00 per person. Checks should be made payable to “Drum Corps Alumni Reunion” and sent to:

Joel West
2708 Maryville Rd
Granite City, IL 62040-6130

Ticket order forms, a hotel reservation link, alumni listings and more information can be found at or by calling Steve McCarty at (618) 234-8513.