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Published on Feb 23, 2012
Sam Crosser sent a DCI article to me that was written by Michael Boo about the Bayonne Bridgemen and how they started the look and trend in drum corps entertainment. I responded with an e-mail to DCI about Michael Boo's article: - - - - To: Michael Boo From - the Precisionnaires 1975 RE: the 1976 Bridgemen article If nothing else than the apparent difference of year, it was the Osage, Iowa corps that started the change of drum corps style in dress and music. Glitter makeup, Superfly hats, Tower of Power off the line, Chick Corea drum solo, Polyrhythmic and Big Band endings, and a huge drum line; How could the drum corps community miss it? Bobby Hoffman saw it in 1975. His old friends from the Anaheim Kingsmen who taught Osage hung out together in 1975 and the tradition was passed along and he ran with the idea. But hey! Let's really give the due where it belongs. It took the entire season of 1975 to get the score up to a respectable level. Osage opened the door for the Bridgemen and the judges were hip to the concept after we suffered an entire season and missed finals by 9/10's of one point. They are welcome.