Female drum corps a tradition in Lower Valley

Full story: El Paso Times 34
The young women of the Ysleta High School Drum Corps are members of a tradition that has been around for almost 75 years. Full Story
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Minerbacker

United States

#1 Dec 8, 2009
Congradulations Ysleta Drum Corp. I have always liked the percussion drum lines and the Yselta Girls Drum Corp is tops. I have vivid memories of it sounding like 'thunder' whenever they played. Always sounds 'awesome'.
Willie Calvillo

Los Angeles, CA

#2 Dec 8, 2009
I am an alumni of the school and I too enjoyed the Girls Drum Corp in the early 60s. They were very inspiring and they brought out the school spirit. In those days Ysleta was very dominate in football.
While I was attending Ysleta< I remember the girls wearing shirts and moccasin type shoes. When did they start wearing pants? Through history Indian girls use to wear shirts didn't they? What's with the pants?
CBS

Abilene, TX

#3 Dec 9, 2009
The memories. Seems like the Drum Corps is smaller in size these days but I'm sure they still pack a punch. Have to have the YHS Drum Corps at football games or it wouldn't be the same. It's a long standing tradition. Personally I liked the skirts on the girls. They looked cute. I did chuckle at the Captains comments in the article however. How does one miss being popular?
Amanda

El Paso, TX

#4 Mar 5, 2010
Drum Core is the best thing ever invented! And so, the heart continues to beat in the lower valley.
Lee

El Paso, TX

#5 Mar 5, 2010
As a former coach and administrator at Ysleta High School, I too would like to express that I too enjoyed the Girls Drum Corp. Great job ladies.
Cindy

Albuquerque, NM

#6 May 16, 2010
Drum Corps was AWESOME!!!! WOO-HOO!!! I will carry those memories within my heart, forever. Thank you, Mr. Marcum, for believing in us and instillng within us great leadership qualities, and the want to do our very best in whatever we do. I still play the drum set,and having a BLAST! We need a Drum Corps reunion!!!!!!! What do you say, girls??????
Emerald Mom

El Paso, TX

#7 May 16, 2010
Their all fat now and they let boys in Drum corps now.
_Arrrrrrr

United States

#8 May 16, 2010
Oh these girls ROCK the Valley, back in the day I could hear the drum beats all the way to my house on friday mornings, I lived pretty far from the reservation but those drums would eco througout the valley and later that evening the Indians would go on the war path and later by monday the very heads of their victims laid hanging over the main hallway.
The drum beat to the horseback riding warior parading around the field then burrying the lance right in the enemies heart.
The Troop

El Paso, TX

#9 May 16, 2010
_Arrrrrrr wrote:
Oh these girls ROCK the Valley, back in the day I could hear the drum beats all the way to my house on friday mornings, I lived pretty far from the reservation but those drums would eco througout the valley and later that evening the Indians would go on the war path and later by monday the very heads of their victims laid hanging over the main hallway.
The drum beat to the horseback riding warior parading around the field then burrying the lance right in the enemies heart.
Yeah and the poor school buses peppered with rocks.
_Arrrrrrr

United States

#10 May 16, 2010
The Troop wrote:
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Yeah and the poor school buses peppered with rocks.
What does that have to do with the drum corps the bus'es belong to the district, but back in the day no one dare pepper any buses with idians in them, that was a sure way to get beaten up.
fab

San Antonio, TX

#11 Jun 8, 2010
I used to be in the drum corps from 92-96 and it was awesome but now it looks as though alot of the tradition has faded away especially when they let guys in. The drum corps was nationally recognized for being all girl since it started it was documented and everything. From what I've seen the members don't really seem very enthusiastic. Before I graduated the drum corp really meant something to all of us and we understood how important it was to ysleta high school. I hope these members understand what an amazing organization it is and to keep it the "Heartbeat of the Lower Valley".
Kristy

El Paso, TX

#12 Jul 27, 2010
Willie Calvillo wrote:
I am an alumni of the school and I too enjoyed the Girls Drum Corp in the early 60s. They were very inspiring and they brought out the school spirit. In those days Ysleta was very dominate in football.
While I was attending Ysleta< I remember the girls wearing shirts and moccasin type shoes. When did they start wearing pants? Through history Indian girls use to wear shirts didn't they? What's with the pants?
Well i was in DC last year...they told us the pants were similar to some uniforms in the older days of the DC....also the boys at the football games would look up the skirts as the girls sat on the bleachers :/
_Arrrrrrr

San Francisco, CA

#13 Jul 27, 2010
fab wrote:
I used to be in the drum corps from 92-96 and it was awesome but now it looks as though alot of the tradition has faded away especially when they let guys in. The drum corps was nationally recognized for being all girl since it started it was documented and everything. From what I've seen the members don't really seem very enthusiastic. Before I graduated the drum corp really meant something to all of us and we understood how important it was to ysleta high school. I hope these members understand what an amazing organization it is and to keep it the "Heartbeat of the Lower Valley".
They let guys in the drums corps? thats like letting you know who in the boy scouts.
Betty-Alb

Taos, NM

#14 Aug 14, 2010
I was in the drum corps, loved it and all the girls.
we did make the North Valley know we were out there marching those early mornings.. It is a memory that will always be in my heart, and the fun,singing, playing our drums on the bus to the away games, and the lights on the football field will always be one of the best memoirs I have.
Keep up the tradition.. and hold your heads high...love it.. you will miss it.
YourDaughtersBan ger

El Paso, TX

#15 Aug 14, 2010
fab wrote:
I used to be in the drum corps from 92-96 and it was awesome but now it looks as though alot of the tradition has faded away especially when they let guys in. The drum corps was nationally recognized for being all girl since it started it was documented and everything. From what I've seen the members don't really seem very enthusiastic. Before I graduated the drum corp really meant something to all of us and we understood how important it was to ysleta high school. I hope these members understand what an amazing organization it is and to keep it the "Heartbeat of the Lower Valley".
I love the reverse discrimination that women support. Men can't have anything without having to incorporate women anymore. Bet you if this was an all boy thing you'd have the feminazis all menstruating together about how this is sexist how bla bla bla. Don't get me wrong I love me some pussae, women just need to remember their role.
Juanita

El Paso, TX

#16 Oct 15, 2010
[I was a member of the all girl drum Corp, and of as today there has not been a high school band that came close to ours, and yes we need a reunion so we can show these high school band what Drum Corp Really sounded like. Go YHS Drum Corp #1
Juanita

El Paso, TX

#17 Oct 15, 2010
We were serious and I remember it was hard to join, I remember Mr Marcom did not take BS from no one , I remember telling a girl to go to the counslers office to get her schedule changed because she was 1 minute late to his class, I was stunned she sat right next to me, Like I said he meant business, and we always placed no.1 and he would not have it any other way.
Orenda

El Paso, TX

#18 Oct 18, 2010
We need to find a reason why the girls in drum corps should be motivated. Some people are just there just because they have to. What is the meaning behind the tradition? What is the tradition of Drum Corps?
Tina Cardwell

El Paso, TX

#19 Jan 15, 2011
Ysleta Drum Corps is all about traditions and and motivations. Let the sisterhood beat the drums loud and strong. Show our city that we are still alive! By a powerful leadership, we can play the songs that others will never forget.
Rudy

Nashville, TN

#20 May 10, 2011
Back in the early 70's Ysleta High school was tops!!! The All-Girl Drum corps was one of the best marching units in the district. I was in the
marching band and we marched with the girls which
will always be an honor! Those 65 or 70 drums just
thundered thru the valley and everyone would get excited!! Let the tradition live on!

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