It is with heavy hearts that we report that the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps Board of Directors has filed for bankruptcy protection. We, the Glassmen Alumni Association Board of Directors, support their decision and feel that it was a necessary step to manage the corps’ debt.
We would like all of the alumni, volunteers and fans to know that this action will not deter us from our mission to preserve the history of our corps, and ensure the continued legacy of our corps within the drum corps community. We would like to share with you some of the steps we are taking.
The Glassmen Alumni Association, which was formed a year ago and was incorporated in Ohio in December, has filed to become a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. This will open up many more opportunities for the future of our organization, which include the ability to accept donations, available as a tax write-off.
The Alumni board has worked with the Glassmen Board of Directors to secure our archives and other historical memorabilia. We have taken possession of these items and intend to store and preserve them.
We will continue planning events and other activities through our Alumni Ambassadors, for alumni and all of our extended Glassmen family.
We feel that continuing these efforts will be beneficial to the Glassmen legacy, as well as helping our work toward once again having an active junior drum and bugle corps on the field.
We have formed an exploratory committee and will be reaching out to others who have expressed interest in helping us as we begin the process of bringing back the Experience of a Lifetime in the form of a new drum & bugle corps. You can expect more information and opportunities to help with this endeavor as we move forward.
We will soon launch our new website, glassmenexperience.com, which will serve as a site for all Glassmen family members to meet, exchange ideas, and continue the legacy. You can keep up to date with our efforts now via Facebook. To connect with Glassmen alumni, staff, volunteers and fans, join our Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/glassmenexperience. To get updates in your newsfeed, follow our Facebook page at facebook.com/TheGlassmenExperience.
Although this is a sad time, work is already well underway to bring back the music and pageantry that is the Glassmen Experience. Our goal will remain to support the past Glassmen performers and keep continuing our Legacy at the forefront of everything we do.
Please do not hesitate to contact members of our board. Visit http://www.glassmenalumni.org/board-of-directors for our contact information.
Please look for an invitation to join us for an open informational meeting to be scheduled in the coming weeks.
Jamison Eige, President
on behalf of the Glassmen Alumni Association Board of Directors
With the recent discussions on Facebook and throughout the online drum corps community, we would like to share with our alumni constituents some of the information we’ve recently been able to extract from the Glassmen Board of Directors and steps we’ve taken.
In our first year as an alumni association, we’ve been overwhelmed with the support we’ve received in our endeavors. Even those who cannot give money or participate in person are constantly giving us feedback, generating ideas, and in general keeping the Glassmen name alive by sharing our collective history and connecting across generations of alumni. The way all of you have begun to fulfill the initial vision of the Glassmen Alumni Association has been outstanding. Because of this support, we have taken another step forward and submitted our paperwork to file for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. This will allow us to continue to operate in an independent capacity as an organization.
The Glassmen Board of Directors has informed us that they intend to address alumni, volunteers and supporters soon with updates. Despite the frustration with a lack of communication from the board, which we share with you, we advise alumni to avoid reacting to rumors and hearsay and instead wait for information from official Glassmen sources. At this time we can only speculate as to what the future of the Glassmen Junior Drum & Bugle Corps will bring, but we have discussed the various options at length. Regardless of the outcome, we plan to preserve the Glassmen experience for future performers. Please be assured that even in the worst-case scenario, we have spent the past year preparing to implement a contingency plan.
In the meantime, we are all available by e-mail or Facebook if you have questions for us or simply wish to chat about recent events. We will also continue to post recaps of our meetings online at www.glassmenalumni.org.
Please stay tuned for information about our new all-inclusive online space for Glassmen supporters at www.glassmenexperience.com.
The Glassmen Alumni Association Board of Directors
Jamison Eige (’88-91), President
Kyle Snavely (’98-’02), Vice President
Liz Von Allmen (’95-’97) Treasurer
Brian Clark (’86-’88), Secretary
Erin Carr (’96-00), Corps Liaison
Dawn Studebaker (’90-94), Fundraising
Jenny Tilley (’01-02), Communications
Chris Ortleib (’98-99), Historian
Kim Nash (’97-99), Events
The Glassmen Alumni Association would like to congratulate all of the former Glassmen who performed with other groups at 2013 DCI Finals. We also would like to thank the 2013 Glassmen Alumni Ensemble for their SoundSport performance outside the stadium.
Glassmen alumni can now purchase special alumni T-shirts and decals online. Prices are as follows:
T-shirt size S-XL: $25
T-shirt size 2-3X: $27
Shipping is included in all costs. To place your order, visit our auction website at www.glassmenalumni.org/auction. Several ‘G’ uniform overlays from 1994 to 1996 are also still available.
The Glassmen Alumni Association is committed to donating 85% of all proceeds to supporting the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps. The remaining 15% of proceeds will be used for future fundraisers to support the Glassmen and to cover costs associated in our 501(c)(3) filing.
If you have any questions concerning the purchase of these items please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your continued support of the Glassmen Alumni Association, and the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps.
Due to recent demand, alumnus Tim Zajac has agreed to produce additional copies of the 2012 ‘Glassworks’ DVD sold during our online auction.
- Click here and select the BUY NOW option.
- Act now! The deadline to order is midnight on Thursday, May 30, 2013.
- Cost with shipping is $25 per DVD.
- If you plan to attend the Glassmen All Star Review (Sunday, June 23), please let us know if you’d like us to hold your DVD for pick-up at the show.
- Overseas shipping available for 2012 members.
Special thanks to Tim for donating his time and skills to this project.
Questions? Contact the treasurer.
The Glassmen Alumni Corps has announced that former Glassmen staff member Robert “Bob” Newberry will help teach the alumni guard.
Bob, a 1984 Madison Scouts age-out, taught the Glassmen guard from 1985 to 1989. He also helped found the Glassmen winter guard and took them to WGI Independent A finals in 1988 and 1989.
Glassmen guard alumni are encouraged to sign up to join the alumni corps. Bob will begin instructing the guard during the May rehearsal weekend at G-West.
The Glassmen Alumni Corps has announced the following upcoming rehearsal weekends at G-West for brass and percussion:
- April 27-28
- May 11-12
Participants should bring all necessary equipment and sleeping gear if they plan to stay the night. Please also print your music from DropBox and bring it with you. (If you have not yet received a DropBox invitation, please inform the GAC organizers.)
Additional details about rehearsals and section needs are available on the Glassmen Alumni Association Facebook page and the Glassmen Alumni Corps Facebook group.
If you would like to join, please visit www.glassmenalumni.org/glassmen-alumni-corps to register.