Drum corps successfully returns to Hamilton

By Vince Lamb, DCW staff

2001 Empire Statesmen
(Rochester, NY)
Photo by Richard P. Wersinger

July 20, 2002 — Hamilton, ONT…Perfect weather greeted the return of drum corps competition to Hamilton’s Ivor Wynne Stadium after being absent for a decade. Four competitive senior corps and four alumni corps delighted an audience that filled the stands from field level to the press box and out 30 yards to either side of the 55-yard line of this revered Canadian Football League stadium. The corps were thrilled with the fan response and the organizers were encouraged by the fan and corps turnout. All involved look forward to next year’s edition of the show.

The Empire Statesmen held the audience in the palms of their hands from the very first notes of…

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Four alumni corps representing Ontario’s storied drum corps past performed before the contest. Members of all four alumni corps present (as well as a few non-performing as units, such as the Jolly Jesters) massed together to play Oh Canada at the start of the show. The Hamilton Firefighters, one of the show’s co-sponsors, played their parade and standstill repertoire, including…

The Central United Alumni of Simcoe marched into their concert formation, where they played rousing arrangements of…

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While the other alumni units merely evoked the past, the Preston Scout House Alumni Bugle Band sent the entire audience through a time machine back to the late 1950s during their performance. Not only did they sound just like they did back in their competitive glory days, but they also marched as if they were still competing, executing as if judges from the Royal Canadian Legion were standing by with tick sheets on their clipboards. The result was…

The Burlington Teen Tour Band performed its field show while the competitive units formed up for retreat…