John Robins ( -2005) started as a marching member of the 48th Field Squadron in Kitchener back in 1955 and was a major force in the activity from that point on. Over the years he served as President, Vice-President, Director, Corps Director, Show Designer, Staff Coordinator and Drill instructor for corps including The Flying Dutchmen Senior and Junior Drum & Bugle Corps, The Northstar from Kitchener-Waterloo, The Dutch Boy Cadets, and The Dutch Boy Drum and Bugle Corps. In addition to his involvement with these corps he was also instrumental in the formation of other area groups including St. Andrews of Cambridge, The Kiwanis Kavaliers, and The Ventures. John was a Past President of both the Ontario and the Canadian Drum and Bugle Corps Associations, and was the current Vice-President of the Northstar Youth Organization, the group that oversees the funding for Dutch Boy.
He passed away on Saturday February 19 2005 at the Critical Care unit at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener Ontario.
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