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Optimist Trumpet Band


Royal Blues Drum and Bugle Corps

1959 to 1968

Due to increasing costs and the fact that boys other than Scouts were interested in joining the Simcoe Boy Scout Trumpet Band the Simcoe Optimist Club took on the sponsor ship of the band in March of 1959 which continued under their direction for approximately a year.  During that time the Optimist Club spent a great deal of money on new uniforms for the all boys band. In 1960 Ron Mann, a local businessman, took on the sponsor ship of the local band adding the name Royal Blues Drum and Bugle Corps.  The corps competed in the Senior B Category winning several championships during their tenure.  The Royal Blues folded in 1968.  In February of 1969 the Simcoe Lions Club assumed the debts and the sponsorship of the corps changing the name to the Golden Lions.



This photo was recently provided by Cathy Wheeler Griffis daughter of Harold L Wheeler (center in the photo)

Mr. Wheeler was the Band Manager of the Simcoe Boy Scout Trumpet Band.  It's believed this photo was taken

approximately 1959 it shows two other individuals (boy on the right is believed to be the drum major

as his uniform is white) and another gentleman on the left are both dressed in the new Optimist Trumpet Band uniform. 

If you know either one of these two people we would be happy to hear from you. 

Please provide your information through our Contact Us page or e-mail Ed Pow.














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