The  Optimists  Alumni  Drum  &  Bugle  Corps

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

. . . March On!

50 Years!

50 years of History, Memories, Friendship!
Autumn, 1957, saw the formation of the Toronto Optimists Drum and Bugle Corps. Between 1958 and 1975 the corps won 12 Canadian National Championships and a multitude of other awards. In 1976 the Toronto Optimists and the Seneca Princemen merged to form the Seneca Optimists. The Seneca Optimists finished in the top 12 of DCI in both 1976 and 1977. The corps' final contest was in 1978.

In 2003 an Alumni Corps was formed. Today, the Optimists Alumni has representatives from over 40 different drum and bugle corps. We even have a few members who have waited 40, or more, years to join as well as others who have just recently discovered us.

Over the years, the friendship, support and training offered by the Optimist organization had a positive influence on the lives of thousands of people, many of whom now march in the Alumni Corps. We in the Optimists Alumni Corps are proud of our past and we welcome others to share our future. As we march forward we continue to offer friendship, support and training to all who choose to join us.

The old guard! Some of the members of the
1958 Toronto Optimists who march in the Alumni Corps!

photo of members from the 1958 corps

L-R: Lorne Ferrazzutti, Gord O'Halloran,
Warren Berger, Joe Gianna, Barry Bell and Phil Hennings

(Missing from the photo are Henry Beben, Jim Patten, Warren Mills and Len Perrin)

 

Photo of James Burgess A new generation!

James Burgess, one of the
faces of the next 50 years!