General Putnam's Men

Ottawa, OH United States
Founded: 1977

Inactive Junior
1977 Yankee Doodle Dandy * Variations on Battle Hymn * Yankee Doodle * Chester Overture * Days of Glory and America  
1981 212 57.450 (Repertoire not available)  
Position 200+ indicates Division II, Position 300+ indicates Division III, Position 400+ indicates Mini Corps.

CORPS Photos

General Putnam's Men was founded in the spring of 1975 by Dr. Brice Musser. The corps was established in Ottawa, Ohio, which is in Putnam county. The county and corps were named after Revolutionary War general, Israel Putnam. Gong with that theme and with the approach of the bicentennial, the corps uniforms were based on colonial costumes; knickers and vests with tri-corner hats.

In the beginning the corps took boys with little or no training and completely taught them. The corps first year was spent as a parade unit. In 1976 they began competing in class A. In 1978 they added girls to the corps.

The corps traveled and competed primarily in Ohio, Michigan, and Ontario. In 1979 the corps made class A finals at the U.S. Open, the highest achievement of the corps at the time. In 1980, the corps traveled to New York state to complete in Drum Corps East. In 1981 the corps made its only appearance at DCI finals week placing 12 in class A.

In the spring of 1982, due to lack of community support and financial considerations, the director and staff made the difficult decision not to continue the corps.

Shawn C. McDowell (11/30/2004)
Contra, 79
Staff member, 80 and 81

Members (7)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Doner, James Contra/Baritone 1980 to 1981
Hopkins, Bob Percussion/Snare 1981
Hyman, Greg Baritone 1979 to 1981
Luce, Lauri color gard 1979 to 1981
McDowell, Shawn Contra 1979
McDowell, Shawn Staff member 1980 to 1981
Riebesehl, Dale contra 1981

CORPS 4 items

General Putnam's Men

GeneralPutnamsMen,Ottawa,OH,Patch1-OhioPatch(Site)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection Contributed by UNKNOWN
General Putnam's Men

GeneralPutnamsMen,Ottawa,OH,Pin1-Minuteman(BJA)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection
General Putnam's Men

GeneralPutnamsMen,Ottawa,OH,Pin2-HornBrown(BJA)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection
General Putnam's Men

GeneralPutnamsMen,Ottawa,OH,Pin3-DrummerYellow(Site)J_U_S from the Richard Elmquist Collection


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