OPTIMIST CLUB OF TORONTO TRUMPET BAND
The Opti-Corps is a
relatively new project of the Optimist Club of Toronto.
Sponsorship of the band was taken over approximately two
years ago. Since then the corps has been expanded to
almost twice its original strength by the addition of
new instruments and a colour party.
The band has given a very good account of itself by
winning the Canadian Novice Championship 1956 at
Merriton. It placed 3rd amongst the many bands competing
in the Maid of the Mist Festival at Niagara Falls, N.Y.,
and 1st at the Welland Chamber of Commerce parade. More
recently they won the trumpet band class at the Kiwanis
Music Festival 1957, and at the Parade of Champions held
during April at Stouffville, placed 3rd. At this latter
contest the judges awarded a special trophy to the band
for having made, in their opinion, the most progress. On
June 1st of this year the Corps traveled to London, Ont.
and entered the Junior Open Class in the London Music
Festival where they placed 1st amongst bands from Galt,
Simcoe, Kitchener and Waterloo.
The Corps is led on the field by Drum Major Phil
Tachauer, drum instruction is under Don McVicar,
trumpets, Rolly Formica, and the musical arrangements
and special numbers are written by Drum Sergeant Harry
Clark. Business manager and director of the band is
Optimist Alan Baggs.