Howard W. McCall Bluebirds

Philadelphia, PA United States

Inactive Junior
1947 Bluebird of Happiness * Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life (from Naughty Marietta) * So Long For a While * Beyond the Blue Horizon  
1950 Bluebird of Happiness * Manhattan Beach March * Isle of Capri Cha-Cha * Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two) * So Long For a While  
Position 200+ indicates Division II, Position 300+ indicates Division III, Position 400+ indicates Mini Corps.

CORPS Photos

The Howard W. McCall Bluebirds was organized in 1929 by the McCall Post as a part of the American Legion-sponsored youth activity and Americanism programs. With headquarters at the Post Home, 4104 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, the corps has been continuously active since its beginning, and is recognized as one of the top junior corps in the country. In drum and bugle corps circles McCall's well-trained drum section has become particularly well known as having turned out several national title drummers. The drum line is instructed by Bill Reamer, the bugle line by Herbert Mann.

The corps is headed by a nine-girl color guard and three snappy drum majorettes, whose marching ability and rifle work respectively won the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Association Championship in April 1952. A corps theme song is "Blue Bird of Happiness."

During its 23 years the Corps has traveled far and wide attending parades and field competitions, and building up a long record of proud achievements; some of the more recent are as follows:

State Champions, American Legion, 1946; South Jersey Open Class Champions, 1947; National Champions, American Legion, 1947; Mason-Dixon Championship, Maryland, 1948; State Champions, American Legion, 1948; State Champions, American Legion, 1950; State Champions, American Legion, 1952.

A competent six member corps committee assists the Director, Mr. E. J. (Bud) Johnston, who, it is interesting to note, was formerly a youth in the Corps, having joined in 1935. He is also the drill instructor.

[From a drum corps program from the late 1950s]

Members (2)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Gindle, Joyce Color Guard, than Majoriette 1948 to 1949
Kirkpatrick, Bill tenor drum 1946 to 1948

CORPS 2 items

Howard W. McCall Bluebirds

McCall Bluebirds Pennant from the Bill Ives Collection
Howard W. McCall Bluebirds

McCallBluebirds,Philadelphia,PA,PN1(BIV)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection


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