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Help us celebrate 50 incredible years!
Your $50 dollar donation will ensure the future success of this organization and it's passionate members! Everyone who donates will receive a commemorative 50th anniversary pin!
Celebrate 50 years of excellence and tradition by participating in our 50 for 50 fundraiser!
The corps was founded in 1957 by Jack Avery as the all-male Greenwood Boys Club Drum and Bugle Corps in Seattle’s Greenlake area. In 1958, Roderick Stubbs became the director of the corps and changed the name to the Seattle Thunderbirds. With no other drum corps in their region, the corps existed as a parade and stand-still exhibition unit. The corps raised money to support its operations by holding bingo games at the Greenlake VFW, which became one of the corps’ sponsors. After witnessing the 1963 VFW Junior Drum and Bugle National Championships in Seattle, the Thunderbirds leadership decided to put the corps on the competition field.
1964 was a groundbreaking year for the Seattle Thunderbirds. Under the leadership of George Laumin and Jack Little, the corps entered the field with a program of show tunes and modern field drill. They were the first west coast corps to use contrabass bugles and multi-tenor drums. They travelled by train to Cleveland for VFW Nationals. Additionally, the corps started a feeder corps and named it the Thunderbird Cadets, under the direction of Rod Stubbs and Jack Avery, with the major performance during its inaugural season being the Rose Festival Parade in Portland, Oregon.
In 1966, amid much dissension, Rod Stubbs left the Thunderbird organization, and with some of its marching members, started a new corps, named the Cascade Cadets. In 1970, many staff and marching members of the Seattle Thunderbirds defected to the Cascade Cadets, which then changed its name to the Seattle Cascades, After the 1972 season, the remnants of the Thunderbirds organization were absorbed into the Seattle Cascades. In 1977, for the first time, the Cascades traveled to DCI Finals in Denver, also attending American Legion Nationals in the Denver suburbs. Although they had some competitive success in its early days, some years the organization struggled to put a corps on the field. Some years the Cascades did not field and only marched in parades or went inactive.
The Seattle Cascades goal is to provide the best experience and create opportunities for students to experience performing arts at the highest level.
The Seattle Cascades are honored to have the following incredible supporters for our 50 for 50 campaign. Thank you very much for your support.
Jeremy Bennett* 06
Ronald Holeman* 66-68, 70-71
Carol Junglov* 77-79
Karen Kosciolek* 71-78
In loving memory of Frank Kosciolek & Teresa Woodward*
In honor of our grandson,
corps member Nate Ellis
Phil Onishi* 76-79
* Seattle Cascades Alumnus
In memory of Denise George
Healing for the Body & Soul
Joseph Riordan* 06-07
Suzanne Roman* 81-88
Michael Tran* 10,13
In honor of corps member
John Wagnon* 74-79