|Well Dressed Pirate !
Keep warm while looking cool
The cost at this point is in the $$70 range
These are the ORIGINAL Blue jackets that have
become a trademark of our Alumni.
If you are interested, please see
Don Kline for more details
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|June 2015 Edition
"Champions United Ring"
|Did you miss your chance to get an official
Reading Buccaneers " Champions Ring" ?
Not to worry...... We are again making it possible for
PAST BUCCANEER COMPETING MEMBERS
to get a "Champions Ring"
dedicated to the 1965, 1968, 1979 and 1980 Championship years
Please email Don Kline at >email@example.com
for details, or
FILL OUT the order form BELOW and email to Don..
Champions Ring Order Form
from 1965 - 1972
This is the beginning of a comprehensive
database in which historical information,
including names of the people who managed
and instructed the corps and the music played
by the corps in each year of the corps' history,
from its founding in 1957 to the present by
will be stored for access.
|NEW Info added
|* Veterans Day Concert Photos
and Video's added
* 2017 Calendar-UPDATED-2/4/2017
* 2016 Anchor Magazine
* Presidents Message
* Next Rehearsal-2/10/2017
* Todays D&B Corps History Lesson
* John Flowers Drum Line Message
* Pagoda Award for Excellence
* HDJ Run-Thru with Percussion-2/3/17 &
I Believe Run-Thru-2/3/17
* Todays D&B Corps History Lesson-2/16/17
* Competing Corps 60 for 60 added-2/16/17
'click on photo'
|Todays Drum & Bugle Corps
|One of the Reading Buccaneers "founding fathers" was 'a guy
with a passion', as were they all......
|It was a summer day in the mid-1950s when on the steps of Reading High,
Carl L. Bagenstose and his four friends would meet to merge their shared musical
interest into a singular entity.
Back from their military service and aged out of other local junior corps horn and
drum lines, the meeting would establish Bagenstose, Bruce Englehart, Ron Fisher, Roy
Miller and George "Fitz" Price as the founding fathers of the Reading Buccaneers
Drum & Bugle Corps, which 60 years later, continues to hit the musical notes and
rack up the championship honors.
With Carl's Jan. 20, 2016 death at the age of 89, that leaves just Bruce Englehart as
the sole surviving founding father of the corps.
A Navy veteran, Carl grew up in northwest Reading, where his passion for music was
cultivated from a young age.
"Our father was quartermaster of VFW Post 179, and that organization decided they
wanted to have a drum and bugle corps," Carl's sister, Fern Graul recalled. "All of the
members' children joined the drum and bugle corps. Carl would've been 12."
At that time, he played the bugle. An ear operation for mastoiditis, however, would
lead to a switch to drums just a few years later.
At Reading High, Carl played in all the musical orchestra bands, said Graul.
"He enjoyed it, he really did," she said. "And he loved to walk, so marching was not a
Following graduation in 1944, Carl joined the Navy in the Air crewman program,
before returning from the service and with his friends, laying the groundwork for the
future Buccaneers in 1956.
Together, the five launched the Reading Buccaneers Sr. Drum & Bugle Corps as a
competitive organization in 1958. The Buccaneers would go on to win the VFW
National Championship in 1960, 1961 and 1962, the final year they were held -
becoming the youngest, first and only corps to ever accomplish the feat.
The Buccaneers subsequently won the first-ever Drum Corps Associates world
championship in 1965 and again in 1968, before going on to win an additional 12
championships in the decades that followed.
All the while, Carl worked as an insurance auditor - most recently at Choice Point
Commercial Specialists in Jenkintown, Montgomery County - and served as a
member of American Legion Reber-Moore Post 635.
"Carl sort of ended his day-to-day, week-to-week involvement in the corps back in the
'60s and '70s. He got involved in the alumni side of things, and was just basically one
of the Competing Corps biggest fans."
........ Carl Bagenstose , Ron Fisher and George Price were all named to the
Reading Buccaneers Hall of Fame in 2007.
......... Bruce Englehart and Roy Miller were named to the
Reading Buccaneers Hall of Fame in 1995.
|2017 Pagoda Award for Excellence in the Arts
Berks Arts Council will honor
Berks County’s championship drum and bugle corps the Reading Buccaneers
with the 2017 Pagoda Award for Excellence in the Arts
for 60 years of unparalleled performance excellence
at 7:00 p.m., Monday, April 3, at DoubleTree by Hilton Reading.
The Pagoda Award coincides with the
60th anniversary of the Reading Buccaneers and the
30th anniversary of the Buccaneer Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps.
|To ALL Buccaneers young and old...Interested in joining us ?
Even if you are NOT a former Buccaneer and wanted to be a part of a Drum Corps but didn't know what to do.......
If you can still play we can rekindle the flame from within.
This may be YOUR time to check out the
Reading Buccaneer Alumni Performing Drum and Bugle Corps.
We long to see all our "Buccaneer Family" on deck,
and welcome anyone who just wants to play again.
Even if you never marched with a Drum & Bugle Corps,
Come visit us at our next gathering...
Friday March 3rd, 2017
Location: Muhlenburg Recreation Center & J.D.Park Farmhouse
Remember, New Members are ALWAYS WELCOME.
For more info, contact
Randy Mutter firstname.lastname@example.org
or Rob Danner email@example.com
|2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Reading Buccaneers Drum
& Bugle Corps, and to commemorate this milestone, the corps is launching its
most ambitious fundraising effort yet: 60 for 60, a capital campaign to raise
$60,000 between now and June 15, 2017.
Funds will help meet vital current needs and lay the groundwork for important
new investments in the corps’ future.
We need your support!
Visit our 60 FOR 60 Campaign Page on our website for additional information on
this critical campaign, or click the "Donate Now" button below to make an
Thank you for your support!
|60 FOR 60 Campaign