The Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps is an Ohio, non-profit youth organization dedicated to providing an experience of a lifetime to the young men and women between the ages of 16 and 22 who make up the corps. Using music and performance as the educational means, the Glassmen rely heavily on a philosophy involving a family approach. This philosophy and dedication to the well-being of the members has brought the Glassmen the distinction of being one of the most entertaining and educational drum & bugle corps in the world.
Originally formed in 1961 as the Maumee Suns, the corps performed throughout northwest Ohio as a parade corps until it entered Ohio American Legion Competition, and was renamed the Glass City Optimists in 1967. With the organization’s growth in stature and regional affiliations, in 1971 the corps became THE GLASSMEN to represent Toledo, the “Glass Capital of the World”.
The Glassmen have had a long and continued tradition of excellence within the drum & bugle corps activity, and have established themselves as a performing group that dares to explore new horizons and offer exciting, world class performances for their fans. In addition to the field shows, stage productions, Toledo Symphony collaborations, and various parades throughout the region, the Glassmen also serve as the principal ensemble for their ENTERTRAINMENT clinic series. These hands-on educational workshops and events were established with the specific goal of not only sharing the GLASSMEN educational experience with young students and educators throughout the spring and summer season, but to ultimately help “create the leaders of tomorrow through the music and movement of today”.
The Glassmen is indeed more than just a drum & bugle corps; it is an organization devoted to the education of all the young people it touches. Members experience more than just marching and playing, they learn about life. They experience winning and losing, fatigue and exhilaration, and growing as an individual, yet being a part of a bigger whole. They learn about teamwork, and striving for excellence, about working towards goals, and going beyond their own perceived limits. The members of the Glassmen grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. The lessons and life skills they take with them continue to serve them and define their adult lives. For nearly 50 years, the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps has provided an experience of a lifetime for all the young men and women that have been involved with the organization.