If you go to this web site, you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq . You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services.

How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! It is FREE and it only takes a second.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these? Whether you are for or against the war, our soldiers over there need to know we are behind them.

This takes just 10 seconds and it's a wonderful way to say thank you. Please take the time and please take the time to pass it on for others to do. We can never say enough thank you's.

Thanks for taking to time to support our military!











It was with great pleasure that I posted on youtube the absolutely tremendous 1990 Archer Epler Musketeers Senior Corps Medley show from Wm Patterson College. What a wonderful tip of the hat to the "echoes" of Roosevelt Stadium & a time that has gone by. Enjoy people! If the above link does not work just goto, goto search & type in 1990 archer-epler musketeers! Take care everyone & see you down at Elks!!

Kevin McDermott *Just remember, the LAST thing to age on someone is their heart...





                            Way to Go Archie !!!

"Just got back from the 2004 GAS in Hamilton,Canada. Another great drum corps
weekend. If you have never attended a GAS you must do yourself a favor.
Start saving your $ to attend the 2005 GAS REUNION in King of Prussia, Pa.
co-sponsored by Archie, Bon Bon & St Lucy's. Aside from a few small glitches
the weekend was very enjoyable and entertaining. Saturday's appearances by
many drum & bugle organizations was truly an enjoyable day. There was a
range of horn lines from 13+ with Archie to about 70 with Preston Scout
House. As someone said to me after Archie performed....who said you need 40
horns to be respectable. Archie was really awesome!!!!!! I was impressed
with the performances of all those that took the stage from the rope drum
lines to Scout House doing their famous drill."


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Tony Brown
FROM: Hamilton, ONT
Date: 30 Apr 2004
Time: 11:48:32

Hello everybody! Greetings from Canada. Go Flyers! Rake the Leafs! I'm signing on from the hotel lobby at this years GAS Reunion. Thanks goes out to our hosts The Hamilton Firefighters Drum and Bugle Corps. Nice job by all. I've attended all of he previous GAS reunions since 1993 and we are having a great time here. The weather couldn't be better and the Stanley Cup Playoffs are heating up quite nicely. Some of us Archie guys sat in with Hamilton at their rehearsal last nite at the hall. Nice sound and balance by our friends from north of the border. I'm looking forward to the remainder of the reunion. If you have ever attended one of these you know what I'm talking about. Well, I've gotta go and exchange some currency at the bank down the street. I'll check in again real soon. Tony B. CDHSMU'82 AE

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Archer-Epler joins the rest of the drum corps community in mourning the
passing yesterday of Michael "Mickey" Petrone. Although most recently the
President of DCA, this W.W.II veteran had an impact on our activity that went back
nearly 60 years. From instructing the several-time national champion St.
Vincent's Cadets of Bayonne, New Jersey to founding the Dream Contest in 1949,
his participation with drum and bugle corps as an instructor, judge, and
administrator continued until the present. Mickey will be remembered fondly by the
thousands who knew him and will be a source of inspiration for the future.

Corps Director Mark Fulcomer

For Immediate Release:

The Pennsylvania Drum Corps Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization formed to honor individuals who have contributed to the drum and bugle activity through dedicated efforts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, whether as a performer, instructor, administrator, judge, or promoter. Originally conceived by a
small dedicated organizing committee and now in its infancy, this organization will eventually be led by a Board of Governors. The governing body will include designated representatives from drum corps and alumni organizations that are currently active as well as other elected "at-large" members.

The Pennsylvania Drum Corps Hall of Fame will have specific criteria to determine eligibility for membership. A series of levels of membership have been established to honor members of the Pennsylvania Drum Corp community at every level of participation whether it is Junior, Senior, Alumni Corps or Alumni Organization.

A website has been established that can answer some of your questions and concerns. Much of the website is still “under construction” however there is a list of all Drum Corps competitions taking place this 2003 season within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. There is a guestbook set up where you can communicate with members of the organizing committee. There is a list of the active Drum Corps within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. There is a massive list of practically every Drum Corps that ever existed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The website URL is .

A charter membership campaign will kick off in the fall of 2003 and it is
hoped that many eligible members will choose to participate. The next meeting of
the organizing committee will take place on September 6th, 2003, after which
details about how to apply for membership and the date of the first induction
ceremonies will be posted on the website.

At this time the members of the Pennsylvania Drum Corps Hall of Fame organizing committee wish all competitors best wishes for this Drum Corps season, but especially those who represent the great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Excerpt from Drum Corps World  2003

Corps come out strong at "Dixie Stinger"

By Fran Haring, DCW staff

America’s original alumni corps, the Archer Epler Musketeers, took the stage next. "Archie" had the smallest corps of the night, but made up for the relative lack of numbers by presenting a solid, balanced sound that drew appreciative applause from the audience.

The entertaining repertoire included Musketeer classics South Rampart Street Parade and Musketeer March, as well as a jazzy version of April in Paris. Archer Epler has most definitely improved in recent years after a struggle for a while in the late 1990s.

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10/28/02       The Day After :

Bill, You did an outstanding job at the reunion yesterday. It was well attended and everyone seemed to be having a really good time catching up. This is all due to your efforts and as a close friend and fellow corps member, I wanted to thank you. Your tireless efforts and 'gift of gab' made this possible and I think everyone
who has ever marched in this fine organization thanks you in the same manner. You're the best rifle spinning, bass drum banging, corps historian I know!!!!!




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We are all incredibly saddened by the events of this past Tuesday. I know we will keep all of the victims, their families, the rescuers, our leaders...and everyone this tragedy has touched-in our hearts and minds. I want to thank and express my gratitude to our VFW/American Legion members. It is because of them, and the scores of men and women who fought for our country's freedom, that we are here today. Yes, the terrorists dealt a deadly blow, but they cannot take us down. We must stand together and remember what was fought for....and how we must continue the fight. God bless America.

Phyllis Bistline

Excerpt  from  June 15, 2001  Drum Corps World

Great Alliance of Seniors (G.A.S) again a big hit

by  Frank Doherty, DCW  staff

And it got better.  Perhaps it was something in the air, perhaps it was whatever it is that made us outdo ourselves when faced with awesome competition , but it was catching.   This was the third time this spring that I've seen Archie and this was their best show in years.

       Opening with a smooth version of Abide With Me, then moving into their classics, you know the music , but it's been a while since you heard it like this. Black Saddle, Stars and Stripes, both so crisp and clear.   By the time they finished Stars and Stripes  I said to myself these guys are going to loose it halfway through Rampart Street.   But they didn't.   Lord and Master was as good as it gets when it comes to closing a show.    This was a first class show in any decade.

        While the new wing is under construction you can purchase

Archie souvenirs from Bill Ives  (Marketing Division) for your self or for gifts at: "Archie's Store"