Are you a drill team or stomp instructor? Do you know one who would be great with kids? A West Philadelphia school is looking for part-time stomp/step teacher willing to work with 90 6th graders several times a week, please contact Monica at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Kenny, an alert reader and follow drill team devotee, pointed me to some fantastic archival footage of a Philadelphia drill team called Alpha Omega Phi. You can subscribe to his videos here, but I hope to learn more about the team and when these videos were shot. Also included on his YouTube channel are footage of the Youth of East Logan and assorted others:
I dug this video out of YouTube from 2007. Anyone know if this drum squad is still around or where this performance happened?
According to organizer "Chops" (seen below in the yellow sweatshirt), The Gold Coast Buccaneers have been around since the 1960s in some form or another. Recently revived under his instruction, the team consists of mostly novice steppers who meet in the school yard behind Huey Elementary at 52nd and Pine in West Philadelphia. Expect big things in the next couple of years from the Gold Coast Buccaneers!
Here they are seen performing at the Friends of Malcolm X Memorial Park's annual Easter Egg Hunt:
I don't have any contact information for Gold Coast, but Chops works at Bottom of the Sea, a seafood take-out restaurant catty-corner to Huey Elementary at 52nd and Pine, or interested parties can find him and the team in the schoolyard most weekdays.
The Crestmont Steppers of Willow Grove, PA have been around since April of 2006.
We are hardworking dedicated girls who love to travel, meet new people and most of all STEP. With the TEAMWORK of DEDICATED LEADERS WE STROVED TO MAKE IT THIS FAR AND WE DONT WANNA STOP! PLEASE MESSAGE THE INFO, IF YOU HAVE ANY PARADEs, COMPETITIONs throught the SUMMER! THANKS YOU AND LOOK TO SEE WHEN OUR ANNUAL CRESTMONT PARADE! WE LOVE TO HAVE YOU AND YOU DRILL TEAM!
You can catch up with the Crestmont Steppers at their MySpace page.
If you live in or near Lansdale, and you'd like to get involved with a local drill team, check out this open house on Sunday, October 19th:
1st Annual Open House The Sounds of Philadelphia Drum and Bugle Corps is personally inviting everyone who is interested in joining our organization to our open house.
The open house will begin promptly at 12pm with registration and a meet and greet until 1pm. Starting at 1 you will be breaking off into sectionals. Please remember to bring a mouth piece & or horn for the horn players, sticks/mallets for the percussion & comfortable clothing for the guard.
Please remember that this is a full day of activities and being on time is greatly appreciated.
Date: October 19th, 2008
Time: 12 noon - 7pm
Location: Lansdale Catholic High School
We'll be looking for great new stuff out the Sounds of Philadelphia!
Local Philadelphia Drill Team the West Powelton Steppers provided the beat for the the 2008 Peoplehood parade: