The Ainad Drum and Bugle Corps was originally formed in 1923 as an off-shoot of the Arab Patrol.
During the early years, the Corps strictly performed at Temple functions however; this changed shortly before World War II, when the Corps began performing at parades and concerts on a limited basis.
After the War, the ranks of the Drum corps swelled with Veterans of the military service. With this, public appearances of the Corps became increasingly more popular in Southwestern Illinois and the St. Louis area.
In 1962 the Ainad Drum and Bugle Corps began its competitive tradition and won 1st place honors at the North American Imperial Session held in Toronto, Canada, with several Championships thereafter.
In 1963, the Great Lake Drum and Bugle Corps Assoc. was formed and Ainad became a member. Since that tiime, the Ainad Drum Corps has been an inspirational musical icon both at Great Lakes and Imperial level.
Barney Barnes is an iconic figure in the history of Ainad Drum and Bugle Corps. He has put together a book of his memories of the many years he spent as the Drum Major of the Corps.
You can read his book by clicking the link below!
Thanks Barney for the Memories!
Carla Lake, Tim Hommel and Kenny Lake
The Walker Collection of Photos helps us remember our recent past going back to the late 1980s and 1990s. Some of the pictures are of the 1992 Imperial in Orlando and various activities, such as the golf tournament. Enjoy by clicking on the boys below!
Uniform Changes Through the Years:
The bloomers (or knickers) were the original uniform of all the marching units of Ainad Temple from inception.
Because of the cost of replacement, this uniform was used for formal occassions starting in the early 1990s. By 1992 the "Big Red" uniform was retired by the drum corps, but is still used by the Ainad Band and Patrol.
As mentioned above, the drum corps began using the full uniform sparingly in the late 1980s. In the summer, it was more comfortable without the full wool dress coat.
This was the parade uniform in the early 1990s. The Big Red uniform (or knickers or bloomers) was still used for Temple Functions, such as circus parades, ceremonial and Imperial or Great Lake Shrine Association functions.
After many years of discussion, the drum corps adopted this uniform as the formal uniform. The Big Reds were retired from the drum corps permanently. It was a financial decision, as the full uniform was approximately $600 to replace for the bloomer and jacket. This was a difficult decision and many in the corps still miss for the traditional shrine look.
The cost of replacing the corps uniform continued to escalate and in the late 2000s, this uniform was adopted for its ease of ordereing and low cost.
Not a bad looking uniform. With the variety of individuals that need to be fit, adding this particular style uniform is a much easier task to inventory and get at a moments notice.
While the corps has had the summer parade uniform for several years, the shirts have changed over time. It began with the white short sleeve drum corps shirt (seen above) and the look morphed into a tropical shirt of the corpmens choice for a few years. We now have uniform shirt for the horn and drum lines.
The parade season in 2017 was the introduction of the panama hat for the parade uniform.
This is our current look and it's savings the wear and tear on our fez for use at more formal occasions.