I'm sure you don't remember me, but My name is Marshall Cheatham and I marched with the Hornets. I currently live in Columbus, Ohio and have started a youth Drumline called The Saints. I have been Blessed with 30 kids aged 7-15 and they make a lot of noise. Are you guys trying to rekindle that old school flavor Drum Corp? Or are you just trying to find some old members? Please let me know, because I might be able to find some of your former members that marched with the Hornets.
Hello Toni O'
I marched in the Hornets from 1971 to 1980. Leon Jones got me hooked on Drum Corps as a kid taking me down to the Plummer's Union practices with his son, Mike Jones. When I got old enough, I was a true Drum Corp Nut.
Working with youth here in Ohio allows me to give back some of what I got as a kid. I marched with Clarence Jordan, Bruce Wilkerson, Arthur (Pete) Robinson (South Shore Drill Team) etc. I want to turn my Drumline into what Pete has done with South Shore Drill Team. I have always told myself that someone needs to make a movie documentary on the history of Black Drum Corps in Chicago. Its truly an untold story.
I got your info from a guy here in Columbus that I met at a Capital Regiment show. He wasn't sure if I marched with The Hornets or Giles, but he passed your e-mail on. He can't stand the New School Corps, because they don't teach anymore. They are Elite Super Bands. He teaches Drumline at a small H.S. outside Columbus, but he has assisted me in all possible ways. He agrees that DCI killed the Neighborhood Corps. Whatever I can do to help swing the pendulum back to the Old School teaching days I'm on it. Please tell Steve Vickers I said hello. Maybe one day I will have a Corps, but right now all I know is Drums. Maybe you know someone that lives in this area that wants to start an Old School Color Guard, High knees, White boots and all!
Peacen ... Marshall Cheatham