March On! ...the history of the
Toronto Optimists Drum & Bugle Corps
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Slideshow of the 1961 Toronto Optimists
The audio track was recorded on September 9th during the 1961 Canadian Nationals at Seagram Stadium in Waterloo. I do not know where most of the video footage was recorded but the parade footage is from the 1961 Grape Festival parade in St. Catharines.
The photos were taken during the 1961 season and include casuals shots as well as images of the corps performing and rehearsing. You will see an image of some of our drummers looking like bellhops when they participated in the Daffodil Parade (a fundraiser for cancer). There are also a few images from a parade showing the corps members dressed strangely and not wearing uniforms. People remember doing the parade but the do not remember why they were not in uniform.