The  Optimists  Alumni  Drum  &  Bugle  Corps

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

. . . March On!

On, March On

In the fall of 1959, Baggs made a decision that would have a lasting impact on the future of the Optimists. He decided to form a feeder corps. They would be called the Bantam Optimists and marching members of the junior corps would instruct them.

Optimists and Optimist Bamtams at Union Station

Optimists and Bantams at Union Station, Toronto

This would provide the junior corps with a way of replenishing membership. To demonstrate the depth of consistency throughout the Optimists’ drum corps organization, the Bantam Optimists, in the summer of 1960, captured the Canadian Novice Standstill title.

The Optimists rolled through 1960 unscathed, capping the season with their third consecutive Canadian title. They added Meadowlands, a powerful new opening number, to their basically unchanged repertoire. Corps member Glen Durish took this song, added lyrics and it became the corps song which was sung before each performance.