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Davenport Trumpet Band

This snippet was recorded in 1955 during a performance at Dufferin Race Track (now the site of Dufferin Mall) in Toronto. The band was leaving the Scouts and were looking for a sponsor. If you listen to the announcement before the band starts playing you can hear the announcer say that the band was looking for a sponsor and to contact Al Baggs. Not long afterward, Mr. Baggs convinced the Downtown Toronto Optimist Club to assume sponsorship of the band which became Opti-Corps then, at the end of 1957, The Toronto Optimists.

Davenport Trumpet Band



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Toronto Optimists
1958 – 1975

1958 Toronto Optimists first contest (May 3, 1958 at the University Armouries in Toronto)
  University Armouries (Toronto, Ontario)
  East York Stadium, Toronto, Ontario
1959 Unknown location
  Unknown location (submitted by Ed Law)
1960 Unknown location
  Preview of Champions recorded May 29, 1960, in Jersey City, NJ (concert includes "Blue Skies")
1961 Canadian Nationals September 9th, Seagram Stadium, Waterloo, Ontario
  Unknown location (submitted by Ed Law)
1962 Canadian Nationals (September 7, 1962 at Seagram Stadium, Waterloo, Ontario)
1963 Blue & Gold show (June 30th, Mundelein, IL)
1964 unknown location
  Boys of '76 contest (July 3rd (Racine, WI)
  Titusville, PA Recorded on Aug 22
  Canadian Nationals (September 12 at Varsity Stadium, Toronto, ON)
1965 Civic Opera House (February 27th, 1965, Chicago, IL)
  Movie (July 24, 1965 in Hamilton, ON)
  Pow Wow (August 28th, 1965 in Kingston, NY)
  Canadian Nationals (September 11th, Varsity Stadium, Toronto, Ontario)
1966 Shriners' International (June 18th, 1966, CNE, Toronto, Ontario)
  Canadian Nationals (September 10, 1966 at Molson Stadium, Montreal, PQ)
1967 Shriners' International (June 17th, 1966, CNE, Toronto, Ontario)
  CYO Nationals (August 29th, 1967, Boston, MA)
  Canadian Nationals (September 9th, 1967, Ottawa, Ontario)
  1967 Individuals (National Champion Brass Quartet)
1968 Shriners' International (June 15th, 1968, CNE, Toronto, Ontario)
  North American Invitational August 17th, 1968 (thanks to Brian Byrne)
  Canadian Nationals September 7th, 1968, Kingston, Ontario  (thanks to Eric McConachie)
1969 Shriners' International (June 21st, 1969, Toronto, ON)
  US Open (August 16th, 1969, Marion, OH)
1970 North American Championship (CNE Stadium, Toronto, ON)
1971 Shriners' International (June 17th, 1971, Toronto, ON)
1972 Studio Recording (about May, 1972)
  Unknown location (unknown location)
1973 Oshkosh, WI. (June 29, 1973)
1974 Unknown location
  Unknown location
1975 Unknown location
  Unknown location


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Seneca Optimists
1976 – 1978

1976 World Open (POCM)
  DCI 1976
1977 DCI 1977
1978 Canadian Nationals (York Stadium, August 26th, Toronto, Ontario)


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Optimists Alumni
2004 – 2019

2004 Optimists Alumni at G.A.S. in Hamilton, ON (Optimists second public performance)
2005 Optimists Alumni in Waterloo
2006 Optimists Alumni in Waterloo
2007 Optimists Alumni at DCA in Rochester, NY
2008 Optimists Alumni at DCA in Rochester, NY
2009 Optimists Alumni at DCA in Rochester, NY
2010 Optimists Alumni at DCA in Rochester, NY
2011 Optimists Alumni at DCA in Rochester, NY
2012 Optimists Alumni at DCA in Annapolis, MD
2013 Optimists Alumni in Oshawa
  Optimists Alumni at DCA in Annapolis, MD
2014 Optimists Alumni at DCA in Rochester, NY
2015 We are sorry but we do not have a recording for 2015
2016 Optimists Alumni at SoundSport (Indianapolis)
2017  Optimists Alumni in Guelph (only 4 numbers)
  Optimists Alumni in South Korea (August 12, in Jeju)
2018 Optimists Alumni at Northstar's show recorded by David Johns on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at Northstar's show at Forest Heights Collegiate in Waterloo, Ontario. Numbers played are: "Tiger Rag", "A Crazy Thing Called Love", "Jump In The Line" and "Everybody Needs Somebody"
  Optimists Alumni at SoundSport (August 11, Indianapolis)
2019 Optimists Alumni (April 27, 2019, Hamilton)
  Optimists Alumni in Jeju, South Korea (Optimists Alumni on the final night of the 2019 Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival)

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