Blue Notes

Ishpeming, MI United States
Founded: 1957

Inactive Junior
1963 This Could Be the Start of Something Big * Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart * Over the Rainbow (from The Wizard of Oz) * Battle Hymn of the Republic * El Capitan * The Sound of Music  
1964 25 74.300 (Repertoire not available)  
Position 200+ indicates Division II, Position 300+ indicates Division III, Position 400+ indicates Mini Corps.

CORPS Photos

The Blue Notes, formed in 1957, was a junior marching and maneuvering corps based in Ishpeming, Michigan. They were sponsored the Ishpeming American Legion Post 58, and competed in the Badgerland Drum and Bugle Corps Association. Early organizers were Joe Mayrand and Jim Medlyn.

All-male until 1960, the group welcomed girls from that point on.

The corps’ colors were red, white, and blue.

Awards included the championships of the Lake States Loggers Congress 1963 and '64, and the 1964 Michigan American Legion and VFW Championship. The corps remained in competition through 1976, often against the archrival Northernaires.

A senior/alumni corps was formed in 1984.

[Encyclopedia of Drum and Bugle Corps, 1966; DCW, 4/02, p/23]

Members (4)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Duesterbeck, Wayne Percussion Arranger 1968
Perry, David Soprano 1963 to 1973
Tyza, Walter percussion 1966 to 1969
Waters, Tim Percussion 1970 to 1976

CORPS 3 items

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BlueNotes,Ishpeming,MI,Pin1-1976-StateChamps(RE-2.0x3.0)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection
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BlueNotes,Ishpeming,MI,Pin2-IndianOval(RE-2.75x1.75)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection
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BlueNotes,Ishpeming,MI,Pin3-BaldEagle(Site)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection


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