The Tradition Needs to Continue!
When The Glassmen went bankrupt, the drum corps world stopped in its tracks. We all felt the impact.
It was the saddest day, but one we all saw coming. The Glassmen as we all knew it was struggling just to make it down the road. The corps was falling apart and it seemed nothing was going to stop it. There was tension between everyone. It is hard to talk about, but with truth comes light.
Now we have an opportunity to finally heal, and unite. With the common goal of seeing our beloved Glassmen BACK on the floor and field. This is the time to act. The Glassmen Alumni Association has paved the way to get us back on the field. Our history is rich and our experiences may all be different with the corps but one thing that is the same......The Experience of a Lifetime that we all had. That experience WILL continue. Please support the Alumni Association in our tireless efforts to bring the corps back.
Everyone is welcome to join in this endeavor. This is not for alumni only. We need EVERYONE to unite. The name of the organization bringing these performers back may be the Alumni Association, but we are not only a non-profit, but we are a corporation. A corporation with room for everyone to hold board seats, head committees, and help raise funds. All are welcome and all are needed. Join us today! We miss our Glassmen. Let's get them back!
1961 to 1967
The Maumee Suns
In 1961, Richard (Dick) Ford and Jack Schnapp founded the Maumee Suns under the sponsorship of American Legion Post 320 of Maumee, a suburb abutting the south side of Toledo. For its first six seasons, the unit was strictly a parade corps. In 1964, the corps entered American Legion field competitions.
1967 to 1971
Glass City Optimists
in 1967, recognizing the co-sponsorship of the local Optimists and honoring Toledo's heritage as a major center of the glass industry, the corps changed it's name to the Glass City Optimists.
1971 to 2012
The Glassmen first entered DCI competitions in 1975, placing 5th of 19 corps in the Class A championships in Philadelphia. The corps then went inactive for four seasons. It returned to the field in 1980 as a Class A corps, but by DCI Finals in Birmingham, Alabama had moved to Open Class, finishing 42nd of 44 corps. In 1982, the Glassmen began competing in Drum Corps Midwest (DCM) shows, joining the circuit the following year, when they placed 4th of 24 corps at the DCM Championships in DeKalb, Illinois. The corps then went on to place 24th of 51 corps at DCI in Miami, Florida, earning DCI Associate membership. However, the corps dropped to 28th place in 1984 and 39th in 1985. In 1985, Dan Acheson, the current executive director and CEO of DCI, was named executive director of the Glassmen. From 1985 through 1995, the corps moved up in the DCI standings every year, regaining DCI membership in 1988, placing in semifinals for the first time in 1991, and making the DCI Top Twelve Finals for the first time in 1993. The corps had been a Finalist for three years when Acheson was elected chairman of the board of DCI in 1995 and later that year was appointed to his current position.
After Acheson's departure, the Glassmen fell from DCI Finals in 1996 only to return the following six seasons under the new leadership of Brian Hickman, placing as high as 5th in 1998, '99, and 2001. The corps dropped from Finals again in 2003, returned for another seven year run from 2004 through 2010. During this period, the Glassmen made four appearances with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, performing Respeghi's “Pines of Rome” in 2004, 2008, and 2012 and Tchaikovsky's “1812 Overture” in 2006 and 2012. The corps placed 13th in 2011 and 14th in 2012.