March On! ...the history of the
Toronto Optimists Drum & Bugle Corps
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Early Rehearsal Reports
Select an article from the list below
Article Description (listed chronologically)
|Vern Johansson's "A Beautiful Noise" -- observations on the first rehearsal of the Optimists Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps.
|Ted Wilson's "Making My Family Happy" and "Up From The Basement" -- a former first soprano player now reincarnated as a contra bass player comments on the aftermath of the second rehearsal.
|Ted Wilson, contra bass keen machine, recounts more adventures in the art of carrying around a huge pile of musical metal in "Up From The Basement -- Volume Two".
|Ted Wilson waxes enthusiastic over the return of Paul Thompson on contra and the overall improvement of the alumni corps in "Up From The Basement -- Volume Three".
|Brass instructor Kevin Matthew adds his comments on the progress of the alumni corps in Common Goals and Greatness.
|Newly-returned tenor drummer Gord Lefevre emails in his delightful Sucked In Like A May Fly -- an entertaining and inspirational account of his return to the corps.
|Tenor drummer Gord Lefevre writes about our mini-camp weekend in We're A Drum Corps -- another of his entertaining musings on the corps and its progress.
|Ted Wilson adds his spirited two cents on the mini-camp weekend in Notes From The Back Of The Pickup Truck.
|Gord Lefevre adds to his growing inspirational writings in Post-GAS Ponderings -- reflections on the May 1, 2004, GAS performance in Hamilton, Ontario.
|Another entertaining word romp from tenor drummer Gord Lefevre with I Love A Parade -- thoughts on the July 1st Canada Day Parade in Cambridge, Ontario
|Gord Lefevre shares his thoughts about our last in-door show in Waterford Show Ponderings.
|Brian Hogan provides educational and thought-provoking comments on Corps songs in More Than Just a Song.
|Brian Hogan pays tribute to Ben Burrage of the Toronto Optimists in Tribute To a Humble Genius. This article also was featured on DCI's website under the "FANFARE" section under Michael Boo's byline.
|Bill Kane pens a few initial impressions on the Alumni corps first tentative steps into M&M in The Thrill of Drill.