Video Files

Below are links to our video files plus a short description of each file.

 

Video Files

 

We Remember Videos

We Remember slideshow

We Remember former corps members and staff of the Toronto Optimists, the Seneca Optimists and the Optimists Alumni who have passed away.
Slideshow Remembering Don Daber and showing examples of his work.

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All Videos

All Video Footage

The videos are organized by year. All videos can be found here (Historical, Promotional and Slideshows

 

1955

1955
This video includes footage of the Davenport Trumpet Band (a predecessor to the Toronto Optimists), Preston Scout House, the Western Tech trumpet band, Second Signals, Niagara Miltaires and others. The audio track is the only known recording of the Davenport Trumpet Band.
 

1958

1958
This video footage of the 1958 Toronto Optimists was supplied to us by Phil Hennings, the first Drum major of the Toronto Optimists. The event was a competition at East York stadium in Toronto. While there's no audio it's nice to be able to see the Toronto Optimists in their first ever competition.
 

1958

1959
This video footage of the 1959 Toronto Optimists and Preston Scout House was supplied to us by Ken Poole who played baritone in the Toronto Optimists. The event was the 1959 Nationals in Galt. The video shows clips of the Optimists, the award presentations and the Optimists leaving the field. While there's no audio it's nice to be able to see the Toronto Optimists in their second Nationals.
 

1960

1960
This video footage was supplied to us by Mel Dey (Mel's dad recorded the video). The purpose of the event was to recognize and honour The Optimists for winning their third consecutive National Title.
 
This video footage was supplied to us by Ken Poole who played baritone in the Toronto Optimists. The event was possibly the Seniors' section of the 1960 Nationals in Hamilton. The video includes clips of the Guelph Royalaires. the Niagara Militaires, the Port Dalhousie Guardsmen and the Ambassadors. While there's no audio it's nice to be able to remember the past.
 

1961

1961
This video footage contains raw footage of the 1961 Grape Festival parade in St Catharines. Some of the corps seen in this footage are: St John's, Del, Royalaires, Militaires, Opti, Merritton and Jesters. Unfortunately there was no audio recorded.
 

1962

1962
This video slideshow contains photos of the 1962 Toronto Optimists Drum & Bugle corps. It uses the 1962 field show as an audio background. Most, but not all, of the images were taken during performances. The photos were taken during the winter of 1961 and the summer of 1962.
 

1963

1963
This video footage shows the 1963 Toronto Optimists. You can see the Lawrence of Arabia fanfare and the wedge which formed our Off the Line. There's also a bit of concert. Unfortunately, there is no audio
 
These video slideshow contains photos of the 1963 Toronto Optimists Drum & Bugle corps. It uses the 1963 field show as an audio background. Most, but not all, of the images were taken during performances. The photos were taken during 1963.
 

1964

1964
The audio track was recorded on September 7th during the 1964 Canadian Nationals at Varsity Stadium in Toronto. The video footage was recorded at the prelims to the Nationals while the photos were taken during the 1964 season and include casuals shots as well as images of the corps performing and rehearsing.
 
This video footage was recorded in 1964 at Varsity stadium in Toronto at the prelims for the Nationals. It includes footage of De La Salle, Opti, York Lions and Scout House. Unfortunately no audio was recorded.
 
This video footage was recorded in 1964 in Toronto. It shows Grantham in the parade that preceded the Nationals. Unfortunately no audio was recorded.
 
This video footage was recorded in either 1964 in Toronto. It shows some of corps that were in the parade before the Nationals. Maybe you can recognize some of the corps. Unfortunately no audio was recorded.
 

1967

1967
recorded August 27, 1967 in Newton, MA. Sadly, the video quality is terrible.
 
 

1968

1968
This video footage was recorded on July 1, 1968 in Port Dover, Ontario. The video, which shows an excerpt from the parade, was created by Brian C. Stewart and submitted by Robert Judd.
 

1973

1973
This video footage shows the 1973 Toronto Optimists. This footage, taken by Vince Ferraro, shows the corps rehearsing in Canada as well as performing at a show in the United States. Unfortunately, there is no audio.
 

1976

1976
Recorded in Philadelphia, PA, on August 21, 1976
 
This video contains photos of the 1976 Seneca Optimists Drum & Bugle corps. It uses the 1976 field show as an audio background. There are rehearsal photos, casual shots and photos of performances. All of the photos were taken during the summer of 1976.
 

1977

1977
Recorded in Denver, CO, at Mile High Stadium on August 19, 1977
 
This video contains photos of the 1977 Seneca Optimists Drum & Bugle corps. It uses the 1977 field show as an audio background. There are rehearsal photos, casual shots and photos of performances. All of the photos were taken during the summer of 1977.
 

1978

1978
This video contains photos of the 1978 Seneca Optimists Drum & Bugle corps. It uses the 1978 field show as an audio background. All of the photos were taken during the summer of 1978.
 

2004

2004
This video footage shows the 2004 Optimists Alumni performing at G.A.S. on May 1, 2004.
 

2005

2005
This video footage was recorded by Bryan Buttigieg on August 20, 2005. It shows the Optimists Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps performing at a fundraiser for Juno Beach at University Stadium in Waterloo.
 

2006

2006
This video footage was recorded by Bryan Buttigieg on August 19, 2006. It shows the Optimists Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps performing at a show sponsored by the Scout House Alumni Band at University Stadium in Waterloo.
 
This short video contains photos of the Toronto Optimists and the Seneca Optimists. The photos cover the period from about 1957 through 1977. There are also a couple of photos of the Alumni corps that were taken at Waterloo, ON in 2006.
 

2007

2007
at the DCA Alumni Spectacular in Rochester, NY
 
All of the photos in this video slide-show of the Optimists Alumni Drum & Bugle corps were taken during 2007. We've included photos from rehearsals and social events as well as photos from concerts, parades and field shows.
 
This short video contains photos of many different corps, each of which has one or more members in the Optimists Alumni. Unfortunately, at this point, I don't have photos of all the corps represented by our membership.
 
This short video contains photos of the Optimists Alumni Drum & Bugle corps. There are rehearsal photos and photos of performances covering the period from its formation in 2003 until 2007.
 

2008

2008
Lawrence of Arabia and El Cid. Recorded on July 27, 2008 in Hamilton, ON by Peter McCusker.
 
in Mississauga, ON). Numbers played: Lawrence of Arabia fanfare; Love theme from "El Cid"; Big Band Medley (In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade, Boogie Blues, Drum Boogie, Tuxedo Junction, Caravan); Battle Cry of Freedom / A Place to Stand (Ontario)
 
At the DCA Alumni Spectacular in Rochester, NY. 2008 was the Optimists Alumni's second year of performing a 1960s style drill show. The show opens with a fanfare from "Lawrence of Arabia" followed by the Love theme from "El Cid" and a Drum Solo. The concert is a Big Band Medley of "In the Mood", "Moonlight Serenade", "Boogie Blues", "Drum Boogie", "Tuxedo Junction" and "Caravan". For Color Presentation the corps plays a medley of "Battle Cry of Freedom" and "A Place to Stand" (Ontario). The Off-The-Field number is "San Francisco" (Wear Flowers in your Hair).
 
All of the photos in this video slide-show of the Optimists Alumni Drum & Bugle corps were taken during 2008. We've included photos from rehearsals and social events as well as photos from concerts, parades and field shows.
 

2009

2009
Video of the Optimists Alumni recorded by Peter McCusker on August 29, 2009 in Oshawa, ON
 
by Peter McCusker
 
by Peter McCusker
 
by Peter McCusker
 
by Peter McCusker
 
by Peter McCusker
 
with Scout House & Simcoe United Alumni (by Peter McCusker)
 
At the Alumni Spectacular in Rochester, NY. Numbers played: Fanfare from Lawrence of Arabia; Love Theme from El Cid; Big Band Medley (Moonlight Serenade, In the Mood, Boogie Blues, Drum Boogie, Tuxedo Junction, Caravan); Battle Cry of Freedom (Colour Presentation); Drum Solo; Patton; San Francisco (Wear flowers in your hair)
 
This video shows the Optimists Alumni performing in Oshawa, Ontario on August 29, 2009. The show opens with a fanfare from Lawrence of Arabia followed by the Love theme from "El Cid". The concert is a Big Band Medley of Moonlight Serenade, In the Mood, Boogie Blues, Drum Boogie, Tuxedo Junction, Caravan. It is followed by the Colour Presentation of Battle Cry of Freedom, a Drum Solo, and Patton. The show closes with San Francisco (Wear flowers in your hair).
 
All of the photos in this video slide-show of the Optimists Alumni Drum & Bugle corps were taken during 2009. We've included photos from rehearsals and social events as well as photos from concerts, parades and field shows.
 

2010

2010
At the Alumni Spectacular in Rochester, NY. Numbers played: Opener: fanfare of Lawrence of Arabia followed by the Love Theme from "El Cid"; Concert: Big Band Medley of Moonlight Serenade, Boogie Blues, Drum Boogie, Tuxedo Junction and Caravan; Drum Solo; Out of Concert: Temptation; Colour Presentation: a medley of "Battle Cry of Freedom" and "Maple Leaf Forever"; Closer: What Kind of Fool Am I?
 
This video footage of the 2010 Optimists Alumni was supplied to us by Al Hester, of the Toronto Signals. The Optimists Alumni were in exhibition at a DCI competition in Buffalo on August 8, 2010.
 
All of the photos in this video slide-show of the Optimists Alumni Drum & Bugle corps were taken during 2010. We've included photos from rehearsals and social events as well as photos from concerts, parades and field shows.
 

2011

2011
At the DCA Alumni Spectacular in Rochester, NY. Numbers played: Opener: fanfare of Lawrence of Arabia followed by the Love Theme from "El Cid"; Concert: Big Band Medley of Moonlight Serenade, Boogie Blues, Drum Boogie, Tuxedo Junction and Caravan; Drum Solo; Out of Concert: Temptation; Colour Presentation: a medley of "Battle Cry of Freedom" and "Maple Leaf Forever"; Closer: What Kind of Fool Am I?
 
All of the photos in this video slide-show of the Optimists Alumni Drum & Bugle corps were taken during 2011. We've included photos from rehearsals and social events as well as photos from concerts, parades and field shows.
 

2012

2012
Numbers played: Opener: Judy Garland Medley; Drum Feature; Concert: Big Band Medley of Boogie Blues, Drum Boogie, Tuxedo Junction and Caravan; Colour Presentation: American Canadian salute (a medley of "Battle Cry of Freedom" and "Maple Leaf Forever"); Drum Feature; Closer: "Beautiful People" with a reprise of "The Man Who Got Away"
 
At the Scout House Tattoo in Waterloo, ON. Numbers played: Opener: Judy Garland Medley; Drum Feature; Concert: Big Band Medley of Boogie Blues, Drum Boogie, Tuxedo Junction and Caravan; Colour Presentation: American Canadian salute (a medley of "Battle Cry of Freedom" and "Maple Leaf Forever"); Drum Feature; Closer: "Beautiful People" with a reprise of "The Man Who Got Away"
 
At the DCA Alumni Spectacular in Annapolis, MD. Numbers played: Opener: Judy Garland Medley; Drum Feature; Concert: Big Band Medley of Boogie Blues, Drum Boogie, Tuxedo Junction and Caravan; Colour Presentation: American Canadian salute (a medley of "Battle Cry of Freedom" and "Maple Leaf Forever"); Drum Feature; Closer: "Beautiful People" with a reprise of "The Man Who Got Away"
 
All of the photos in this video slide-show of the Optimists Alumni Drum & Bugle corps were taken during 2012. We've included photos from rehearsals and social events as well as photos from concerts, parades and field shows.
 

2013

2013
The Optimists Alumni Drum Corps performing their 2013 show. The show opens with a "Judy Garland Medley". This is followed by a Drum Feature after which "Caravan" is played for concert. The Colour Presentation of "Maple Leaf Forever" is followed by another Drum Feature. The show closes with "I Have A Love" and "Somewhere" from West Side Story. The video was recorded by Christian Byrne on August 17, 2013 at the Legends V show in Oshawa, Ontario
 
At the DCA Alumni Spectacular in Annapolis, MD. Numbers played: Opener: "Judy Garland Medley"; Drum Feature; Concert: "Caravan"; Colour Presentation: "Maple Leaf Forever"; Drum Feature; Closer: "I Have A Love" and "Somewhere" from West Side Story
 
All of the photos in this video slide-show of the Optimists Alumni Drum & Bugle corps were taken during 2013. We've included photos from rehearsals and social events as well as photos from concerts, parades and field shows.
 

2014

2014
At the DCA Alumni Spectacular in Rochester, NY. Numbers played: Opener: Theme from "Spiderman"; Drum Feature; Concert: "Caravan"; Colour Presentation: "Maple Leaf Forever"; Closing: Medley from West Side Story (the "Jet Song" with a drum feature, "I Have A Love" and "Somewhere")
 

2016

2016
This footage shows the 2016 Optimists Alumni previewing their 2016 "Party Gras" show. It was recorded by David Johns at a Drum Line competition in Burlington, ON.
 
This footage shows the 2016 Optimists Alumni previewing their 2016 "Party Gras" show. It was recorded by David Johns at the Ontario Drum Line Championships at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, ON.
 
This footage shows the 2016 Optimists Alumni performing their 2016 "Party Gras" show at the Kitchener Public Square. It was recorded by David Johns in Kitchener, ON
 
Warming up before DCI SoundSport in Indianapolis, IN
 
Performing DCI SoundSport in Indianapolis, IN
 
All of the photos in this video slide-show of the Optimists Alumni Drum & Bugle corps were taken during 2016. We've included photos from rehearsals and social events as well as photos from concerts, parades and field shows.
 

2017

2017
May 7, 2017 at the Ontario Drumline Championships in Guelph, Ontario
 
In Gasan-ri Jagunae, Jeju, South Korea. Numbers played: Y.M.C.A. (Village People); A Crazy Little Thing; Called Love (Queen); I Have A Love (from West Side Story); A Closer Walk with Thee; Tiger Rag; Elks' Parade; Variations on a Korean Folk Song; When The Saints Go Marching In; Everybody Needs Somebody (Blues Brothers) I've left in some post-performance footage showing the corps tried to get a formal shot. Everyone ended up being part of the shot!
 
On Jeju Island in South Korea. The performance was recorded on August 12th and was part of the Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival. This performance was for a group of school children awaiting their results in a musical competition.
 
At the City Hall in Seongnam, South Korea. The performance was on Aug 6th and we were wearing our parade outfits.
 

2018

2018
Recorded by David Johns on February 24, 2018 at the Ventures' show in Kitchener, ON. Numbers played include: "A Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (Queen), "Jump In The Line" (a calypso number) and "Everybody Needs Somebody" (Blues Brothers)
 
Recorded by David Johns on April 7, 2018 in Welland, ON. Numbers played include: "A Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (Queen), "Jump In The Line" (a calypso number) and "Everybody Needs Somebody" (Blues Brothers)
 
Recorded by David Johns on April 28, 2018 at a SO-MAC (Southern Ontario Marching Arts Collective) in in Hamilton, ON. Numbers played include: "A Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (Queen), "Jump In The Line" (a calypso number) and "Everybody Needs Somebody" (Blues Brothers)
 
Recorded by David Johns on May 13, 2018 at Northstar's show in in Waterloo, ON. Numbers played include: "Tiger Rag", "A Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (Queen), "Jump In The Line" (a calypso number) and "Everybody Needs Somebody" (Blues Brothers]
 
Recorded by Doug Nicholls on August 11, 2018 in Indianapolis, IN. Numbers played are: "We Will Rock You (Queen), "We Are The Champions" (Queen), "Jump In The Line" (a calypso number) and "A Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (Queen)
 

2019

2019
Recorded on April 27, 2019. Optimists were an exhibition group at the SO-MAC Championships (Southern Ontario Marching Arts Collective)
 
Complete show on the final night of the 2019 Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival
 
Optimists Alumni playing "A Crazy Little Thing Called Love" in Jeju, South Korea
 
Optimists Alumni playing "Elk's Parade" in Jeju, South Korea
 
Optimists Alumni playing "Everybody Needs Somebody" in Jeju, South Korea
 
Optimists Alumni playing "It's A Wonderful World" in Jeju, South Korea
 
Optimists Alumni playing "My Girl" in Jeju, South Korea
 
Optimists Alumni playing "Tiger Rag" in Jeju, South Korea
 
Optimists Alumni playing "Wild Man Blues" in Jeju, South Korea

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