From a Glassmen press release: The Glassmen of Toledo, Ohio, have only just settled back home and are already gearing up for the next big event in the drum corps season -- the annual banquet and awards dinner. Most corps postpone their celebrations until November or December, when the auditions begin, but the Glassmen moved their event up to September last year, and it was a great success. This year's event will be held on September 6 and 7 in Toledo, Ohio. "Having the banquet in September allows us the best of both worlds," said Beth Schindel, Director of Marketing and Promotions for the
Glassmen. "We are able to celebrate the summer season in a more timely manner, and close everything out before the start of the new season. The separation allows the staff and members to focus energies better on the separate banquet and audition weekends. Plus, it opens up time for an entire weekend worth of festivities!" During the day on Saturday, the alumni association hosts a picnic and party at a park on the banks of the Maumee River. Members have a chance to casually meet up again and share stories, while meeting and reminiscing with alumni and other families within the organization. Saturday evening is the traditional banquet dinner, with video and awards presentations. On Sunday, members are invited to spend one last "free day" on the buses to travel to the Cedar Point Amusement Park for the entire day. Last year, the weather was perfect and the lines were short -- allowing more than 50 members to have their run of the park. The Glassmen expect to have an even bigger turnout this year. The weekend is open to all Glassmen members, alumni, family, fans and friends who would like to attend - all you need to do is register. More information and an online registration form can be found on the corps' Web site -- or call the offices at 419.698.9775. But hurry -- registrations are due by September 1. It's definitely an "experience of a lifetime" -- hope to see you there!