The Optimists Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Former Seneca Optimists
Members of the Alumni Corps who were associated with the Seneca Optimists include: Brian Adam, Don Daber, Jack Roberts, Karen Bosworth, Pat Buttigieg (Pat Tunney), Ric Brown, Toby Frechette (Doug May) and Bob Carell. And Mhairi Cumming was one of the founders of the Alumni Corps.
In 1976 a merger between the Toronto Optimists and the Seneca Princemen created the Seneca Optimists. In its very first year of existence this corps took 10th place at the North American Championships and joined the ranks of the DCI elite!
In 1977 the Seneca Optimists won the Canadian Nationals, placed 8th at DCI and became the only Canadian corps to win the US Open. Unfortunately, a great many members had to leave the corps at the end of 1977. The corps failed to recover from this loss and, as 1978 came to its end, so did the Seneca Optimists.
For more information please check out the "Our Optimists Roots" section of this website
1977 DCI Finals