Libertyville, IL United States
Custer’s Brigade Drum and Bugle Corps was the main cog in a small local network of corps in Lake County, Illinois, who was originally intended to be feeder corps to Custer’s Brigade. These feeder corps included the Legion Lancers (Wauconda), the Grenadiers (North Chicago) among others. At the end of 1961, these feeder corps were discontinued and combined into Custer’s Brigade in Libertyville.
The corps was sponsored by Libertyville American Legion, Mundelein SAL, North Chicago VFW.
Custer’s Brigade was under the direction of Larry Grabowski as Executive Director and Frank Sosnowski as Corps Commander. Instructors were mainly from ex-Skokie Indians; Joe Atwood (Horn Line), Gene Badel (Percussion) and Lenny Pickarski (Drill)
As the corps developed and got older, the uniforms required replacement and were changed to pure white cadet type along with the corps name was also changed for the next year (1964) to The Brigade.
[submitted by Jay McGuffin]
Highest Score 55.750
Final show in DCX Archives July 22, 1961 Spectacle of Music (prelims) South Milwaukee WI placed 9 with a score of 55.750
Highest Score 75.233
Final show in DCX Archives September 3, 1962 8th Annual Cavalcade of Music Marion OH placed 7 with a score of 75.233
Highest Score 80.580
Final show in DCX Archives August 10, 1963 Cedar Rapids IA placed 4 with a score of 66.400
Highest Score 79.870
Final show in DCX Archives June 6, 1964 Maumee Valley Championship Maumee OH placed 1 with a score of 79.870