Argonne Rebels 1973 Video PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kelley Underwood   
Thursday, 16 August 2007

The 1973 drum corps season was both a great and tragic year for the Argonne Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps of Great Bend, Kansas. For a very nice recap of the ups and downs of that season please see Jeff Yeager's great article. Jeff penned that story a little over a year ago as preparations were being made for a great Argonne Reunion. One of the highlights of the 1973 season was a pre-season football half-time performance for the Kansas City Chiefs.

While this performance lived in infamy within the minds of those who performed it, it had been so many years since a film of the performance had been seen that I think many of us had forgotten about it. Through the generosity of the Corps former Director, Glen Opie, the film was digitized and distributed on DVD to coprs members last year.

Unfortunately the quality of the video was not good. I assume the years of storage were unkind to the film and it was yellowed in appearance and very dark. In an attempt to make the video more enjoyable I've done some editing with it and have done some decent color correction, lightening, sharpening and cropping to the DVD material. No matter what shows like CSI want to make you think, one cannot create sharp, well defined images out of material that does not exist. So, watching this is nothing like viewing a good HD broadcast or even a good standard definition show but, it is the show and it still stirs excitement within my heart. (click "Read More" to see the video)

A former drum corps nut who marched with the Racine Scouts in '72 and '73 and goes by the handle "formerscout" on YouTube mentioned their that the 1973 Argonne Rebel show was one of his all time favorites. He said, "that performance still remains to this day my all-time favorite and the Opie horn line sends chills up my back.  I often wish I could go back in time to watch it again. " Hopefully he and others will enjoy the Video I've Posted Here. Notice: in Internet Explorer you may need to click this link, close the  popup window and then click it again to play.

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