March On! ...the history of the
Toronto Optimists Drum & Bugle Corps
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Corps: Optimists Alumni
December 26, 1957 – May 5, 2022
Jan, her husband Dave, their son James and their daughter KT were all regulars at Optimist Alumni rehearsals and performances. It was a family affair! Dave was one of the corps' drum majors and James played bass drum while Jan was a support person who, together with KT, brightened up corps rehearsals.
Jan was not just a friendly face, she was always there to help out – in any way that she could. At times she would work at our booster table while, at other times, she would take photos of performances. You name it and Jan would take it on!
Jan was a real gem of a person and will be missed by all those who knew her.
Jan was such a treat to know and work with. She had such enthusiasm and a gazillian ideas to help promote the Alumni Corps. We would sit over coffee while the corps rehearsed and develop strategies and implementation. And she was always there, at the booster table or wherever corps memorabilia could be offered. Jan supplied the ideas and I did the graphics. It was exhausting for us both, and very rewarding. I miss her saying “Hey… let’s try this”. (David Johns)
Jan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . We Remember!