Training for the Championship

In 1947, Jay Hormel planned to defied convention by sending the first all-female senior drum and bugle corps to compete against men in the American Legion National Drum and Bugle Corps Championship.

20130928162227626_0001Daily Rehearsal Schedule

2.5 hours:  Sectional Practice

1 hour:  Lunch Break

2 hours:  Full Ensemble Rehearsal

Training also included several miles of parade marching each day, including a final mile when the women would no longer play their instruments but rather sing as they marched.  They earned admiration from their male competitors, with good reason.  The Hormel Girls SPAM American Legion Post 570 Drum and Bugle Corps placed thirteenth out of the forty-nine competing units, just missing the cut for the twelfth-place position in the finals by .20 of a point!