Ontario Drum Corps Association
The Ontario Drum Corps Association has its beginnings in 1934 when the Canadian Bugle and Trumpet Band Association was formed. The Association was formed to help promote the activity and bring the large number of Bands under one organizational umbrella. As well the standardization of competition rules in which the bands competed with.A number of noted Military Bandmasters wrote music for the CBTBA and firms like Waterloo Music and Whaley Royce also were big supporters of the activity.
Many of the Bands at this time were attached to Military Regiments usually Army units but there were a few Navy and Air Force units as well. There were also Boy Scout Bands, Service Club Bands School Cadet Bands as well as all girl bands.
Most bands prior to 1947 were using straight Bb valveless bugles, straight valveless G trumpets or a few used straight Eb trumpets. After WW II many former bandsmen returned home and got back into band work. The piston bugle was introduced around 1947 and many of the bands took advantage of this new instrument which greatly anhanced their musical capabilities as the new horns allowed the playing of a diatonic scale not possible with a straight bugle or trumpet which at best could only play 4-5 notes.
- The organization is apparently inactive as of 2006.