All photos courtesy of Rodney Williams (Royal Airs Sr)

My name is Rodney Williams, I am the fellow on the right,  next to Eddie Smith (69 Des Plaines Vanguard, Memorial Lancers 62-68), Sam Harrold, (Des Plaines Vanguard 67-69, Memorial Lancers 63-66), George Farrell (American Woodmen, 62-68, Millstadt Crusaders 69).
Sam Harrold and Curtis (Bodie) Harrold are my soul brothers from the Memorial Lancers Drum and Bugle Corps, originally from Kinloch, Missouri a suburb of St. Louis
I began my career in Drum Corps with the Memorial Lancers (63-67), then crossed the river to become a member of the Millstadt Crusaders (68-69), and Belleville, Illinois Brass Unlimited (75-76).  I currently perform with the Royal Airs Exhibition Corps.

Mr. Frank Harrold, (Sam & Curtis' uncle) founded the Memorial Lancers in Kinloch, Missouri in 1959.  Mr. Harrold, then a sergeant on the Kinloch Police Department was alarmed over juvenile delinquency and decided to do something about it.  The nucleus of the corps came from his own family, he had four boys and from a Sunday school class at Memorial Tabernacle Baptist Church.  The group soon merged with a similar group from Overland, Missouri.  Floyd J. Morris Sr. a production controller for the Aeronautical Chart and Information Center became the first bugle instructor and director-arranger.  Mr. Morris was a member of the Spirit of St. Louis Drum & Bugle Corps and director of the American Woodmen "B" Corps.  The Lancers were Missouri State American Legion champion in 1967 and 1977.
Memorial Lancers at Kinloch Missouri High School 1963
Memorial Lancers Guard 1978

Memorial Lancers Baritone 1978