The Midwest Combine was created in 1971 as a reaction to the strict rules of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. The corps wanted to run themselves as well as have their own championship. The following corps were the founders of Midwest Combine:
- Jim Jones of the Troopers,
- David Kampschroer of the Blue Stars,
- Gail Royer of Santa Clara Vanguard,
- Don Warren of The Cavaliers and
- Bill Howard of the Madison Scouts
The lineup for the first combine show included all the combine members: The Cavaliers, Troopers, Santa Clara Vanguard, Madison Scouts and Blue Stars. Also scheduled to attend were the DesPlaines Vanguard and Anaheim Kingsmen (they pulled out and were later replaced by the Belleville Black Knights), the Dundee Scots H.S. Band from West Dundee, Illinois. (the top marching band in Illinois, under the direction of Doyle Heffron) and the Cornetts Drill Team, a national champion drill team from Arlington Heights, Illinois, headed by George and Lynn Lindstrom (who went on to found Winter Guard International).
Midwest Combine History: by Michael Boo