by Vern Johansson

Optimists Alumni

The Toronto/Seneca Optimists were last heard from 25 years ago. Now, after a quarter century of silence, the corps is making music again.

The Optimists Alumni Corps was formed six months ago to celebrate the existence of Canada’s most successful competitive junior drum and bugle corps.

In their 20 years of existence, the Optimists captured 13 national titles (including 11 in a row from 1958 to 1968), were DCI finalists in 1976 and 1977 and captured the U.S. Open title in 1977.

The Optimists Alumni Corps recently made its first appearance to a packed house of former members and friends of the corps. It was a beautiful evening of fun and nostalgia, which started with a BBQ and included the corps performance, a silent auction fund-raiser and an induction ceremony for six new members of the Optimists Hall of Fame…

For the rest of this article, check out the June 27 issue of Drum Corps World!