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Photos, information and alumni contacts sought for Giles Yellow Jackets

Hello to all of my drum corps brothers and sisters,

My name is Toni O’Kelley-Pope and I marched with the Des Plaines IL,
Vanguard from 1965 through 1969. I was also a color guard instructor for
both field and winter guard for many years. I wrote for Drum Corps Digest
(“The Hap’nin’ Set”) for about seven years as well.

I have embarked on a new drum corps project and it has a lot of
facets. First of all, in our quest to reunite the members of the George L.
Giles Yellow Jackets...

March 24, 2005

Bandettes! The only remaining all-girl corps in danger of folding

by Ross J. Kuhn

Several years ago, there was a sisterhood of all-girl drum corps. Corps such as the CapitolAires, St. Ignatius Girls, the Mello-Dears and the Bellettes all competed against each other in their own all-female division. In its heyday, the all-girl segment of the activity counted more than 100 units among its participants. These young ladies would perform side by side with all-male and co-ed corps from all across the country.

Those days are long past and only one active all-girl corps still tours the nation. This corps is...

March 22, 2005

Guardsmen plan reunion

The Schaumburg, IL, Guardsmen drum and bugle corps alumni are planning an informal reunion this summer. It will be held on Saturday, July 9, at the Drum Corps Midwest Championships in DeKalb, IL.

The organizer of the reunion, Gary Stoodley, is looking for alumni and for help in planning the event. You can contact Gary via e-mail at stoods59@yahoo.com or by calling him at...

March 17, 2005

Drum Corps World historic record auctions return

The Drum Corps World Historic Record and Memorabilia Auction is back! Starting on Monday, March 14, 2005 at 10:00 PM EST, all items will be found at the Drum Corps World auction partner’s Web site, www.drumcorpsvinyl.com.

Over the next several weeks, more than 250 rare and unique items will be auctioned off at the world’s largest Web site, www.ebay.com

New items will be listed weekly and each auction will last seven days.

The easiest way to find all of the auction items is to go to the...

March 12, 2005

Raiders celebrate 15 years!

by Michael Carlson, DCW staff

The 2005 season marks the 15th anniversary of the Raiders Drum & Bugle Corps. Although the corps is hard at work getting ready for this summer’s competition, their celebration efforts include a time to reflect on past successes, as well as prepare their sights on the future.

George Lavelle, Jr. established the corps in the fall of 1990. Even though Lavelle has moved on to become the executive director for the Bridgemen Alumni Corps, he remains an advisor and mentor to the Raiders organization....

March 06, 2005

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