The Optimists Alumni Drum &
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
. . . March On!
Memorial Mass for Rick Robida
A memorial Mass for Rick
Robida will be held on Saturday, July 30 in Welland, ON. More information can be found on our
We've added a
video slideshow containing photos from
the 2015 Christmas parades as well as rehearsals and performances in
other videos, click here.
Sadly we announce the passing
of Al Miller
Al passed away on Friday,
October 21, 2016. Al marched with the Optimists, the Commanders and the
Optimists Alumni. He will be missed!
A memorial has been
planned for a later date. When details have been finalized a notice will be posted on our
to the official website of the Optimists Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps.
This is the place for you to
Learn About Our Corps, its History,
Find Out About Joining and to keep current
with its plans and progress. If you're feeling nostalgic, why not visit
Gallery. You'll find photos that range from the initial Boy
Scout band in the 1950s all the way to our most recent performance. And
it's not just about us. Our Photo Galleries include shots of many other
Visitors are welcome at all of our rehearsals.
If you would like to attend a rehearsal, please visit our
Combined Schedule page to learn the
dates and locations of our rehearsals.
Keep in Touch!
Join our contact list
Brian Collingdon in his Party Gras costume
What are you doing next summer?
Perform with The Optimists Alumni!
In 2016 we decided to head to Indianapolis and compete in DCI SoundSport. We
replaced our old music with a repertoire based on a Mardi Gras theme and, to
enhance the visual aspect, we experimented with Mummer costumes instead of our
green uniforms. That experiment was highly successful and we returned home
with a Gold Medal. In 2017 we will be expanding our "Party Gras" show;
however, we were back in Green for our Christmas parades.
Our new style is definitely not traditional Drum
Corps but it is fun! And the audience loves the change! We're excited about this experiment and we hope you,
too, will enjoy
our show. Check us out. Better yet, Come and Join us!
Why join? We’re having
more fun than we've ever had and it's even more fun to
share with friends. We travel a little,
hang out with old friends, make new ones and get to entertain others
which leaves both them and us happy. Of course, we do have to rehearse; however, at
two rehearsals a month our schedule is lighter than other Alumni Corps.
Perhaps you're concerned about learning to play all over again? I'd
be lying if I said that it would not require some effort; however, this is a hobby
and we do it for
fun. The skill level of our members varies and, while none of us are
stars, we work together to create a great show. We're looking for people who
share our enthusiasm and are willing to make a commitment to the corps
while striving to improve. Of course, if you don't want to play but
are interested in what we do there is always room for support staff
and colour guard members.
Everyone is welcome at our rehearsals.
Even if you’re not interested in joining, feel free to drop in
for a look and a listen. We love to have an audience. Who knows, you
might just decide that you'd enjoy doing this. Interested? To
learn more please Click Here.
No Previous Experience Required!
Click here to learn more
Saturday, December 4, 1 – 7 pm
Open to corps members, former members, our families, and friends of
Click here for details
We are looking for video footage of Opti Corps,
the Toronto Optimists and the Seneca Optimists. This is a search for memories,
not great technique. If you have video footage that you would like to donate
to the corps, please contact
Bob Carell (toronto_optimist at rogers.com).
If you want to see the videos that we already
have, please visit our Video page.
Navigating Our Website
- You can use the Dropdown menus at the top left of this page to navigate
- If you prefer, click on the Category Heading (Alumni
Members, Our History
and Video Files) to go to a page that
lists all of the pages in that section. The
is on its own.
- At the bottom of each page are links to our Home Page and to the
top of the current page.
Changes To Our Website
- A record of changes to the website can be found under either the
Information heading (listed as
Change History for Website) or under
the What's New menu choice near
the top left of the screen. In addition, at the bottom is each page,
in the centre, is the date on which that page was last changed.
Information for Alumni Corps Members