Toronto, ONT Canada
|1976||Seventh Symphony * Spank-A-Lee * Farandole (from L'Arlesienne) * Indian Lady * Road Ode|
|1977||Seventh Symphony * Children's Dance (from Merry Mount Suite) * Selections from West Side Story * Magic Show * Pippin|
|1978||The Sorcerer and the Latin * West Side Story * Puttin' on the Ritz * Barn Dance * Soulero|
A very successful corps, the Optimists were Canadian national champions 13 times in their 20-year history, including 11 in a row (1958-1968). The Optimists competed in DCI Finals in 1976 and 1977, one of only four Canadian corps to make finals. Their highest finish was eighth, in 1977. Their highest major finish came when they won the championship of the 1977 U.S. Open.
In 1976, Toronto became the only city ever to produce two DCI finalists in the same year, the other being the Oakland Crusaders.
The corps even dressed optimistically, in bright, eye-catching yellow. They supposedly picked up the name "Mellow Yellow" when a drunk in the stands began yelling that at them in a 1976 show.
In 2003, the Optimists Alumni Corps took shape to "celebrate the existence of Canada's most successful competitive drum and bugle corps."
[http://www.in2corps.com/legends/opti/optimist.htm; A History of Drum & Bugle Corps, 2002; Gary Cuzzocrea, RAMD, 3/9/99; DCW, 6/27/03, p.3; DCW, 7/6/90, p.14; DCW, 12/03, p.3]
Highest Score 83.450
Final show in DCX Archives August 12, 1975 New York Open North Tonawanda NY placed 1 with a score of 83.450
Highest Score 83.650
Final show in DCX Archives September 4, 1976 Canadian Nationals Championship Waterloo ONT Canada placed 2 with a score of 83.650
Highest Score 85.800
Final show in DCX Archives August 26, 1977 Canadian Nationals Championship Scarborough ONT Canada placed 1 with a score of 85.800
Highest Score 75.850
Final show in DCX Archives August 26, 1978 Canadian Nationals Championship Scarborough Ont Canada placed 3 with a score of 75.850
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