The St. John's Drum & Bugle Corps Alumni is an organization of dedicated individuals who have been and continue to be inspired by their involvement in the legacy of various St. John's organizations, and the Performing Art of Drum & Bugle Corps. Their current effort is focused on providing a documented history of this legacy through this website, and to provide a means to generate funds in the form of a bursary award for youth who also share this inspiration as current and aspiring performers and cast.
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To connect and inspire St. Johns’ Drum Corps Alumni through social media and organized events/gatherings in an effort to raise funds to assist and inspire youth interested in achieving the Drum Corps/Performing Arts experience.
Your gracious donations will help to maintain the Bursary Award, to fund events, and to offset operations costs such as this website. Any help would be appreciated. You can now donate securely with Interac e-Transfer following these instructions.
Mary-Anne Kane (Ernst) - Chair
Joined St. John’s in the fall of 1970, following two sisters already marching and one more sister to follow. Continued in the drum line until end of season in 1976, then spent two years marching Seneca Optimists. In the fall of 1980 to 1982 she returned to instruct the drum line with the newly named Brantford Girls. After returning to live in Brantford she became a Member of the St. John’s Board of Directors. Managed the operations to host St. John’s Music In Motion annual show for 4 years, also Chaired the 40th Reunion weekend in 1993. In September of 2012 assumed the Chairperson position of Alumni Committee along with a committee of 10, most of which are still involved in the Alumni Committee today, together we set about planning the very successful 60th Anniversary weekend in 2013. It has been such a pleasure working with this Committee, members from different Era’s of the Corps to try to bring together all of our Alumni through events and social media. We are very proud to bring you this updated and interactive new Web Site and hope that you all enjoy it.
Cheryl Hewitson (Morgan)
Kelly Kenny (McHutchion)
Kelly Kenny (McHutchion) Marched 72-76 B.OD. - 1990-2004 Alumni committee 2012- St. John’s will always hold a special place in my heart.
Kelly was a marching member of St. John's Girls from 1972 to 1977 and returned to be part of the instructional staff for Brantford Girls in 1981 and 1982. Invited to join the Alumni Committee to celebrate the Corps' 60th Anniversary, Kelly has enjoyed reconnecting with the Alumni as well as contributing to the archiving of the long history for our Corps.
Lara Bell (Morris)
Lara Morris first joined Brantford Girls in the Spring of 1981 when her sister Beth, who was on Bass Drum, asked her to come watch a practice. Lara sat under a tree at the old Lions Park watching from afar until Beth called her over to fill in for a cymbal player who was absent from practice. Lara nervously strapped on a pair of cymbals and quickly learned the music and drill for the part of the show they were rehearsing for the day. By the end of practice, she was hooked and enthusiastically asked her parents to let her join immediately.
Lara’s 8-year Drum Corps career was spent on the Drumline - starting on cymbals then progressing to Bass Drum and then to the Snare Line. Throughout her memorable time in Brantford Girls and St. John’s, she experienced such notable events such as appearing in the Sesame Street movie “Follow That Bird” and when the Corps went co-ed for the first time in the Corps’ history.
Lara continued her involvement from 2009-2010 as the Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Winter Guard, and now on the Alumni Committee since 2011. She was involved in planning and executing the 60th Anniversary Reunion weekend and has since enjoyed helping keep the legacy of St. John’s Drum Corps alive in the hearts and memories of all those who have been a part of the organization since 1953.
Marie Earl (Maydew)
Salima began her drum corps career with Brantford Girls in 1981. She went on to march various World Class corps as well as winter guards. She returned to the corps to teach the colour guard in 1994, and since then taught numerous drum corps and winter guards.
I started my Drum Corps career in 1975 in The Belles of St.John’s. I protected our Canadian flag with my little gun & shield. In 1977 I began playing a soprano. I played soprano & mellophone throughout my time in Drum Corps. Including a year with The Simcoe Golden Lions 1980 and my age out with The Cadets of Bergen County in 1989. I was a member of St.John’s staff,teaching marching and then coIour guard from 1990-1995. In 2010 myself & my husband John Anderson created The ‘all new’ St.John’s Winter guard. We put together a top notch staff and a dedicated board of directors. We had a very successful guard for many years. I remained on staff from 2010-2016. I joined the alumni committee because I believe its important to remember what St.John’s has given & how it shaped young lives.
I believe the children are the future! 😉
A Special Thank You
Our new and improved website was made possible through the dedication and efforts of the St. John’s Alumni Committee, but especially because of the technical knowledge and expertise of Brian Menard.
As a former member of Cardinals of Precious Blood (1972-1978), Oakland Crusaders (1979) and Santa Clara Vanguard (1980-1982) and husband of our very own alum Yvette Byrne-Menard, Brian has a unique understanding of the drum corps community and a deep appreciation for other former members who wish to stay connected with their specific Drum Corps families.
Brian’s Drum Corps experience, combined with his extensive knowledge of the intricacies of web design, has resulted in his creation of this interactive website for our alumni members to enjoy with each other, and to share with other members of the Drum Corps community.
The Alumni Committee cannot adequately express our gratitude to Brian for his understanding, guidance, patience and, most importantly, the countless hours of hard work he has put in to this project. Brian's involvement has enabled the Committee to bring our ideas for the new website together and to build on much of the work that had been done for our original website.
Thank you, Brian!