Other Names:Maumee Suns; Glass City Optimists

Toledo, OH United States
Founded: 1961

Inactive Junior
World Class
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Results from final championship competition of the year
  • Position: 8
  • Score: 90.350
Repertoire for 2000
Music of George Gershwin
Concerto in F by George Gershwin Andre Previn/Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - Philips label
The Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps was a World Class drum and bugle corps based out of Toledo, Ohio and was a sixteen time Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championship Finalist.

Richard "Dick" Ford and Jack Schnapp founded the corps as the Maumee Suns In 1961, sponsored by American Legion Post 320 of Maumee, a suburb on the south side of Toledo. The unit was a parade corps before entering field competition in 1964. The corps acquired the co-sponsorship of the Toledo Optomists International club in 1967 and changed the corps name to the Glass City Optomists, which also paid tribute to Toledo's heritage as a leading glass manufacturing center. The "Glass Capital of the World" was more fully recognized when the corps' name was changed to the Glassmen in 1971.

The Glassmen first entered Drum Corps International (DCI) competitions in 1975, placing 5th of 19 corps in the Class A championships in Philadelphia before going inactive for the next four seasons. The Glassmen returned to the field in 1980 as a Class A corps, but by DCI Finals in Birmingham, Alabama the corps had moved up to Open Class, where it finished 42nd of 44 corps.

The Glassmen began competing in Drum Corps Midwest (DCM) shows In 1982 and became a member of the circuit the following year, placing 4th of 24 corps at the DCM Championships in DeKalb, Illinois. The '82 corps also placed 24th of 51 corps at DCI in Miami, Florida, earning DCI Associate membership. The following year, though, the corps dropped to 28th place and to 39th in 1985. 

Following the 1985 season, Dan Acheson, the current executive director and CEO of DCI, was named executive director of the Glassmen. Under Acheson's leadership, each year from 1985 through 1995, the Glassmen moved up in the DCI standings. The corps regained DCI membership in 1988. It made DCI semifinals for the first time in 1991, and earned a spot in the DCI Top Twelve Finals for the first time in 1993. The corps had been a DCI Finalist for three straight 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 to 13th place and missed DCI Finals in 1996, only to return the following six seasons under new Executive Director Brian Hickman. The corps placed as high as 5th in 1998, '99, and 2001. After dropping from Finals again with a 14th place finish in 2003, the Glassmen returned for another seven-year Finals run from 2004 through 2010.

In 2004 and 2008, the Glassmen  performed Respeghi's “Pines of Rome” in concert with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra,  They performed Tchaikovsky's “1812 Overture” with the orchestra in 2006. In 2012 the orchestra and corps presented both works. 

With another 13th place finish in 2011, the corps, along with many other non-profit organizations, began to fall victim to the difficult financial times of the  faltering national economy during the "Great Recesssion." After slipping from 13th in 2011 to 14th in 2012, the organization was deep in debt and had no recourse but to sell off its assets to settle some of the debt load, but after a Federal Bankruptcy Court ruling in 2014 the corps became defunct.

In 2016, the Glassmen Alumni Association tried to restart the organization with a Winter Guard International unit, but met with no success, and the association also went inactive.


[Beth Schindel; Glassmen; Glassmen Alumni Association; Drum Corps World, multiple issuse; WTVG-TV, Toledo; ]

Members (135)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Achille, Anthony Lead Baritone 2011
Adams, Deanie Soprano 2004
Adler, Christopher Soprano 1997
Adler, Christopher Baritone 1998
Adler, Christopher Drum Major 1999 to 2001
Alaji, Lecia colorguard 1983
Alaji, lecia colorguard 1983
Anderson, Shawn Trumpet/ Staff 2002 to 2003
Arreola, Daniel Baritone 1998 to 2000
Baker, Gina Mellophone 2006
Barker, Richard Mellophone 2002
Barrick, Chris Pit 2005
Beck, Brad Baritone/Euphonium 2000 to 2002
Bello, Lee Brass/Baritone 1993 to 1996
Bertucci, Ian Contrabass 2002 to 2005
Billock, Matt Soprano 1997
Bischoff, Nick Baritone 2008
Blair, Tom Bass Drum 1976
Boatright, James Soprano 2003 to 2004; 2006
Boatright, James Contra 2005
Brady, Bob Brass/soprano/mellophone 1969 to 1981
Brandes, Todd Percussion (Pit and Snare) 1986 to 1987
Brooks, Jeff Snare 2003
Byers, Kristen Soprano 2006 to 2007
Campbell, Roderic BassLine 2002
Carpenter, Shawn Contrabass 1997
Chaffin, George Bass 2 2005 to 2006
Charles, Patrick Pit 2000 to 2001
Christian, Joe Baritone 2002
Cope, Cherie Color Guard 1981 to 1984
Couture, Julie Contra 2000
Crabtree, Daniel Baritone 2000
Curyto, Michael Quad Line/ Front Ensemble 2003 to 2004
Dabrowski, Matt French Horn/Mellophone 1995 to 1998
Davis, Trevor Guard 1999 to 2000
Deenik, Paul Baritone 2003
Delain, Eric Contra 1995
Dewan, Neil Euphonium 2000 to 2004
Dodds, Clayton Soprano 2007 to 2009
Eck, Joe Soprano 2004
Eige, Jamison Pit - Drum Major 1988 to 1991
Espeut, Nicole Guard 1997
Estep, Dawn Baritone 2003
Falvey, Andy Baritone 1992 to 1999
Falvey, Jeremiah Soprano 1991 to 1993
Falvey, Jeremiah FRENCH HORN 1994 to 1997
Forin, Tiago Trumpet/Mello 2004 to 2005
Friedman, Aaron Bassline 2004
Gamin, Kevin Soprano 1992 to 1993
Gamin, Kevin Baritone 1994 to 1996
Gamin, Kevin Soprano 1992 to 1993
Gamin, Kevin Baritone 1994 to 1996
Gatwood, Donald Soprano 1962 to 1975
Gonzalez, Juan Color Guard 2002 to 2003
Gray, GW Bassline 1993
Groeniger, Mike Soprano 1995
Hendrixson, Paul Euphonium 2010
Herron , Jason Euphonium 2002 to 2003
Howard, Lance Baritone 2004 to 2005
Johnson, Charles C. G. Instructor 1965 to 1966
Johnson, Charles Show Designer 1972
Johnson, Charles Business manager 1973 to 1974
Johnson, Charles M&M Instructor 1975
Kempf, Jarrod Baritone 1999
Leko, Jim Soprano 1999
Lilly, James Mellophone 1993 to 1994
Lilly, Michael Baritone 1993 to 1994
Lindner, Jeff Drum Line/Bass & Tenor 1968 to 1971
Lowe, JJ Baritone/Euphonium 1999 to 2001
Madeira, Alyssa Brass - Baritone 2006 to 2008
Markham, Scott Colorguard 2000
McGlothlin, Michael Mellophone 1999
McGlothlin, Michael Mellophone 1999
McGreevy, Mike Baritone 2005
McMahon, Carrie Mellophone 1992 to 1993
McMahon, Carrie French Horn 1994 to 1995
McMillan, Aaron Soprano 1999
Melton, Jeffery multi tenors 1986 to 1987
Miller, Greg Bass Drum 1998
Miller, Greg bass drum 1998
Miller, Krista Soprano 2003 to 2004
Mills, Jennie Brass Staff 2003 to 2004
Minnich, Amanda colorguard 2004
Mohr, Linda french horn 1984
Moody, Tristan Front Ensemble 2004
Moomey, James French 1968 to 1970
Moomey, James 3rd/2nd Soprano 1971
Moomey, James 1st Soprano 1972
Moomey, James 1st Baritone 1973 to 1975
Ollier, Dan contras 1987 to 1989
Ortleib, Chris Bariton 1998 to 1999
Panek, Matt Baritone 1993 to 1995
Patenaude, Rich (Dick) Soprano 2004
Peterson, Garth Euphonium 2003
Poulan, Key Brass Arranger / Composer 2012
Powell, William Contra 2001 to 2002
Pyles, Ben Quad Line 2003 to 2005
Quiney, Quenton Percussion 2001
Rabbitt, Emilie Colorguard 2003
Redman, Michael percussion 1990
Reed, Michael Contrabass 2000
Regan, Mike Contra 1993 to 1994
Regan, Mike Contra 1993 to 1994
Reip, Daniel Soprano 2004 to 2005
Reiske, Kristen Brass - Soprano 2008
Reyes, Luis Contra 2004
Rohn, Chris Baritone 1995 to 1997
Ryan, Gary Tenor Line 1984
Schleicher, Jim Pit 1998 to 2001
Simpson, Roger Contra 2002 to 2003
Slovak, Brandon Mellophone 1999
Smith, AJ Front Ensemble 2003 to 2004
Smith, Jeff Bass line &Percussion staff 1964 to 1972
Snyder, Jeremy Soprano 1998; 2000
Sodders, Bo Sopranos 2002 to 2004
Sodders, Bo Drum Major 2005 to 2006
Sparks, Joe Brass 1998
Stanciu, Jessy Colourguard - sabre 2005
Stone, Aaron Contra/Baritone 1999 to 2000
Szostek, Dawn rifle line 1974 to 1976
Travers, Antonio Baritone 1998
Tunison, Scott Lead Baritone 2002
Van Hoose, Cayla Color Guard 2001 to 2006
Verdream, Tony Baritone 2000 to 2001
Watson, Aaron Lead Sop 2001
Wilburn, Joey Baritone 2002
Williams, Austin Pit-Timpani 2002 to 2003
Willoughby, Liz Cymbals 2003
Zajac, Julie Mellophone 2008 to 2009
Zajac, Tim Baritone 2005 to 2006
kavanaugh, sean Drumline 2002
manning, david soprano 1992 to 1993
powell, will Contra 2001 to 2004
swartz, john (sarnia sam) drum staff 1984
van Doorn, Erik Baritone 2007 to 2008

CORPS 35 items


Glassmen Toldeo OH-40thAnniversary from the Bill Ives Collection

Glassmen Toledo OH-2 from the Bill Ives Collection

Glassmen Toledo OH-3 from the Bill Ives Collection

Glassmen Toledo OH-5 from the Bill Ives Collection

Glassmen 40th Booster Club from the Bill Ives Collection

Glassmen,Toledo,OH,LP1-GoldInvertedTriangle(RE-0.75x0.75)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection Contributed by Richard Elmquist

Glassmen,Toledo,OH,LP2-2004(TFO-0.625x0.75)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection Contributed by Tiago Forin

Glassmen,Toledo,OH,LP3-2005(RE-0.625x0.75)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection Contributed by Richard Elmquist

Glassmen,Toledo,OH,LP4-2001-40thAnn(DST-0.875x1.0)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection Contributed by Donn Stroh

Glassmen,Toledo,OH,LP5-Black&Gold(DST-0.75x1.0)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection Contributed by Donn Stroh

Glassmen,Toledo,OH,LP6-VG(DST-0.375x0.625)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection Contributed by Donn Stroh

Glassmen,Toledo,OH,LP7-AnExperienceOfALifetime(RE-1.125x0.75)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection Contributed by Richard Elmquist

Glassmen,Toledo,OH,LP8-2001-40thAnnBoosterClub(BIV-0.75x1.0)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection Contributed by Bill Ives

Glassmen,Toledo,OH,Patch1-2001-40thAnn(RE-2.875x3.5)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection Contributed by Richard Elmquist

Glassmen,Toledo,OH,Patch2-2011-50thAnn(RE-3.0x3.0)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection Contributed by Richard Elmquist

Glassmen,Toledo,OH,Patch3-2011-50thAnnShako(RE-3.0x4.0)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection Contributed by Richard Elmquist

Glassmen,Toledo,OH,Patch4-2004-GoldInvertedV(TFO-2.75x2.75)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection Contributed by Tiago Forin

Glassmen,Toledo,OH,Patch5-AnExperienceOfALifetime(Site)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection Contributed by UNKNOWN

Glassmen,Toledo,OH,Pin1-BlueFlags(RE-2.25)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection
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258-259, Glassmen from the Steve Vickers Collection