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1:52pm 05-12-2012
Terrance D. Cooley

Year(s) in the Corps

November 2011 - April 2012

Section in the Corps

Brass, Corps Commander
The Drum and Bugle program was kind of a small program when I came in to Keesler, but by the time I'd left, it was nearly 40 people strong (we don't have our own color guard or rifle section, just brass and percussion). I have the Blue Knights to thank for the best memories I have of Keesler, not to mention the opportunity of leadership it gave me when I was able to step up as the Corps Commander after only a month in (more like, I raised my hand, but...). I'm proud to have been a Blue Knight, and I hope I've done the corps proudly in my time as a part of it. Honor. Tradition. Power.
12:30pm 05-11-2012
Dave Kekacs

Year(s) in the Corps

1983

Section in the Corps

Drums
Retired from the Airforce but being in the Blue Knights was some of the best times.
1:57pm 04-25-2012
Kris Pfeifer Feddock

Year(s) in the Corps

1979 - 1980

Section in the Corps

Rifle

Your Favorite Food

Salmon

What You Want For Christmas

You want the whole list???
My memories from Keesler are some of my fondest from the Air Force chapter of my life.
12:05pm 04-23-2012
A1C Alex Shimizu

Year(s) in the Corps

2002-2003

Section in the Corps

Director / NCOIC
Really missing the Corps!
10:20am 04-21-2012
Robert Quick

Year(s) in the Corps

79 Aug-Oct

Section in the Corps

Bugles (Contrabass)

Your Favorite Food

Anything that won't eat me

What You Want For Christmas

Tuba, or Euphonium
My time in the Corps was short due to my stupidity and lack of moral control. But it was the best time of my military career!!! And remember Hurricane Frederick very well!!!
1:29pm 04-10-2012
Merle D. Eastman

Year(s) in the Corps

1969-1970

Section in the Corps

Bass Baritone

Your Favorite Food

Indian Curry

What You Want For Christmas

A B-17
This is a new entry because I couldn't figure out how to edit my original one. I was in the corps from 07 Aug 69 to about the end of Feb 70. Was there for Hurricane Camille and spent two weeks slaving over a hot radio at at K5TYP.
6:26am 04-07-2012
Philip Hebert

Year(s) in the Corps

1984

Section in the Corps

percussion

Your Favorite Food

any thing Louisiana

What You Want For Christmas

people who remeber my mother when we whent to visit New Orleans during Mardi Gras and had to repor.t to duty for A parade after the night we spent at Tulane University
I hope someone remembers the days we spent at Keesler in D&b and was able to make from New Orleans back to Keesler AFB for duty yet to return to LA for a north shore parade and was able to enjoy "everything ". Thanks for the work on my dads car and everyone with us.
9:37pm 03-16-2012
Bill Goodman

Year(s) in the Corps

1981 (Jan) - 1981 (September)

Section in the Corps

Bugle and Corps Commander from May 1981 until I left in Sep 1981 for Germany.
Great times and wonderful people. Browsing below became NCOIC while I was the Corps Commander. All he speaks of was truly fun. Mardi Gras was great, women love a man in uniform..... I was in true Corps for the trip to Barksdale he speaks of. We stayed at the Hilton right off base and really were treated very well.
9:48am 03-09-2012
Gary Hart

Year(s) in the Corps

Fall '83 to Summer '84

Section in the Corps

Styx (tri's)

Your Favorite Food

variety

What You Want For Christmas

New Bass Guitar
I played the tri's my entire stay at Keesler. The Blue Knights made Keesler actually fun. I probably still hold the record for being a performing boot the longest as I simply refused the do what was necessary move to a performing member. But I also moved from performing boot to performing member to "Old Man Of The Corp" to being dubbed Blue Knight in a matter of days. Good times.
4:40pm 03-08-2012
Christian W. Nason

Year(s) in the Corps

1984

Section in the Corps

Cymbals
"D n B" was one of the best times of my life. I remember volunteering to plant rose trees in front of the C.O.'s office to get out of P.T. I was also "Captain Cambodia" for the majority of my stay there April thru August 1984. I would love to get in touch with any of the people from that time...
4:40pm 03-02-2012
David Cook

Year(s) in the Corps

1981-1984

Section in the Corps

NCOIC

Your Favorite Food

Burgers and Pizza

What You Want For Christmas

To have all my friends and family to be healthy and happy
Being assigned to the Drum and Bugle Corps was one of my favorite assignments in the AF. When I became the NCOIC of the unit, we had about 45 people and when it was my time to salute out we had 118 members. The memories I have are truly priceless. I have many pictures and ropes and clothing articles from those times. If I can ever get the time to find them I will put them on the site. I remember the Mardi Gras's we did in New Orleans and all the miles we all put on our feet during those times. The beads that people came home with was beyond me how they got them. It was a blast to go do the parades. The shows we did was anywhere from a salute out to performing in front of a massive crows at Barksdale AFB, La Open House. We were flown up there on a C141, and Barksdale put us up in a very nice Hotel off base, we were there for 1 night.. The show was done in front of a a estimated 10,000 + people that was out there on the runway and stands area. We received a standing ovation for the awesome show that was done. As young Airmen in the AF they were treated as stars and catered to by NCO's and young Officers while there. Wow the memories are flooding back. I will have to get this all wrote out and get it sent in for all to see. Hit It Corps,, Break It Corps. Miss the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps.
12:09pm 03-02-2012
GiGi Gany Collins

Year(s) in the Corps

1988

Section in the Corps

Cymbals

Your Favorite Food

Italian, Mexican, anything made by me

What You Want For Christmas

World peace
Thanks for making this page. I was at Keesler March-May of 1988 (I was a pop tart if that still means the same thing there). My roomate was named Jeannie and she was the best. My nickname was Airman Skate. I remember a redhead named Vickie who married a blond guy named Dave (both in D&B) and they wound up at Minot after Keesler. I have fond memories of D & B. Anyone remember the breakfast club? Recon missions? Sgt. Odom was in charge of the corp while I was there. I wish that I could remember some more names but I do remember many people very fondly. I remember marching in a parade and all of the cymbals had to march backward nearly the entire time and it was really, really hot. My face was as red a beet that day. Good times.
2:58am 02-26-2012
Tuan (Calvin) Nguyen

Year(s) in the Corps

May - September 2003

Section in the Corps

Horns/Brass (Mellophone - mids)

Your Favorite Food

All kinds

What You Want For Christmas

For my webseries "Day Zero" (http://www.dayzerotv.com) to be picked up by a distributor and to get paid for it!
So awesome to see everyone who served in the Corps! Wow, such rich history I was glad to be a part of that, though there doesn't seem to be as many proud members from the 2000s here (yet). lol. I really dug learning the Mellophone while I was there, and it was a great way to get out of the inspections sometimes during retreat. J/k! I was Honor Guard for 2 1/2 years in the Air Force, so I was already squared away, didn't do the drill team though, that would've been a bit much.
11:34am 02-13-2012
Wes"Arnie"Arnott

Year(s) in the Corps

12/83-5/84

Section in the Corps

Contra Bass Bugle
I remember being the first contra player in 6 months, the brand new horn turned out to be a concert tuba we had to convert into a bugle. No music around, had to write my own made up spins for the beast for parades, etc. Would love to find footage of especially Mardi Grass and the Mobile flagpole dedication. Truly my favorite part of my Air Force career, voluntarily shortened because I stupidly got out for a "6 week wonder" who was also in the corps.
4:00pm 01-28-2012
BOB MANN

Year(s) in the Corps

63-64

Section in the Corps

DRUMS

Your Favorite Food

PASTRAMI SANDWICH
I got the Corps to go to the 63 World Open in Jersey City, NJ, we did a drill and all. I marched with the Sunrisers from 65-68. I played one of the first mellophones, Single valve back then. Did the Mardi Gras parades. Marched the student Corps to classes in the AM and back in the afternoon. A great time.
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