Des Plaines Vanguard Trivia - Answers at the bottom of the quiz - No peeking!
1.Which way does the Eagle Face on the Vanguard shako crest, and what did it mean?

Mary Sosin - 1969 Color Guard Captain
2.What design was on the buttons that held the chinstrap to the shako?
3.What is the best way to clean an ostrich fountain plume?
4.When did the Vanguard horn line switch from brass horns to chrome horns?
5.Who designed and manufactured the original Vanguard red and black uniforms?
6.Referring to Question 5, in which city were they located?
7.On which shoulder of the Vanguard uniform battle jacket is the citation cord worn?
8.What is the proper name for the high-fitted waist on the Vanguard uniform trousers?
9.The original uniform trousers came with a piece that was later removed. What was it?
10.Referring to Question 9, what was the piece supposed to be used for?
11.On trips to New England in the mid 60s, the Vanguard stayed at a children's summer camp. What was its name?
12.At which hotel/motel did the Vanguard stay during the 1965 VFW Nationals in Chicago?
13.At which hotel/motel did the Vanguard stay during the 1966 VFW Nationals in New York?
14.If you were a male Vanguard preparing for inspection - when lacing your white bucks, was the first loop over or under?
15.How could you quickly check whether or not your shako visor was being worn correctly?
16.If you'd been playing your horn for a long time, and your lips were tired and sore, what could you rub on the lips that was better than lemon slices?
17.Regarding the vaunted Vanguard 7-year ring (given to those who earned 7 years of Vanguard membership), with your hand open, if the VANGUARD shield faced toward you, what did it mean? What if it faced away from you?
18.How many eyelets were there on a "regulation" Vanguard white buck shoe?
19.Who was the tallest member ever to march in the Vanguard, and what was his/her final year?
20.The Vanguard uniform sash once consisted of two parts; the one that went around the waist, and the one that hung down the side of the trousers. What was the name of the vertical sash piece?
21.The rehearsal field used by the corps for drill practice in Skokie in the early sixties was owned by everyone's favorite bus company. Name that company.
22.Name the bus company that was almost always used in the mid and late 60's and its fleet name.
23.In the mid 60's during trips into Massachusetts which town generally hosted the Vanguard, and what was the name of their corps?
24.In 1966, at the American Legion Nationals, in Washington DC, where did the corps stay when it first arrived there?
25.Regarding Question 24, which corps did the Vanguard bunk with?
26.In 1965, at the VFW Nationals in New York, what was the name of the hotel where the corps stayed?
27.When the Vanguard appeared at the Chicagoland Music Festival in 1965, which popular folk singing and recording group did the Vanguard share billing with?
28.What was the address of Vanguard Hall in Chicago (before relocating to Des Plaines)?
29.What was the address of Vanguard Hall in Des Plaines?
30.The Vanguard won the 1968 VFW Nationals prelims with what score?
31.What was the first year for the Vanguard to use a combined male and female color guard?
32.What was the first year for the Vanguard drum line to switch from the red battle jackets to the white ones?
33.Who (or what) sponsored the 1968 World Open Championships (their name was on the flag and the trophy)?
34.What was the magical device known only by the name "OZO" - who invented it and what did it look like?
35.When the Vanguard appeared at the 1967 VFW Nationals in New Orleans, name the famous place that the Vanguard went to for food and beer, especially on a long night on Bourbon Street.
36.In 1964, the Vanguard used horns from three different manufacturers. Name them, and which types of horns each provided.
37.Name at least 6 songs (and the years), which were rehearsed during the fall and winter but which never made the final shows.
Answers
(1.) They faced the talon that was holding the arrows; they were manufactured during wartime (2.) Eagle crests (3.) Cornstarch (4.) 1961 (5.) Evans Uniform Company (6.) Philadelphia (7.) Left (8.) French waist (9.) The 1/2" elastic band that was attached to the bottom of the trouser leg (10.) It went under the foot, and was supposed to keep the pant leg straight when marching (the same technique used on horse-riding trousers.) They kept breaking, so they were removed in 1959 after a few outings (11.) Camp Palmer in Connecticut (12.) The Chalet (13.) The Chateau Renaissance (14.) Everyone knows that a Vanguard always laces his white bucks with the first loop OVER. (15.) You put your first two fingers together. Then you put them along the bridge of your nose (between the nose and the visor). If you maintain this clearance, your visor (and shako) will be correctly aligned. (16.) Spirit of Camphor oil; it tightened the lip muscles, as it reduced inflammation, and somewhat deadened the lip nerves. A one-ounce bottle would last several years. (17.) With it facing towards you, it meant (at the time) that you were an alumnus. If it was facing away from you (at the time) it meant that you were a marching member (18.) Ten (five sets of two) (19.) Des Bienes. He was about 6'6" and played bass drum. His final year was 1957 (20.) The drop sash (21.) Meierhoffer (22.) Ritzenthaler. Central West (23.) Marlboro, Mass, The Dukes of Marlboro (24.) Military barracks in Anacostia, Maryland (25.) the Hutchinson Sky Ryders (26.) Chateau Renaissance (27.) The New Christy Minstrels. (28.) 4212 West Irving Park Road (29.) 50 West Oakton Street (30.) 90.45 (31.) 1965 (32.) 1966 (33.) Drum Corp News (34.) The "OZO" (invented by Mike Krueger) that were worn by the Vanguard for years. It looked like a normal, red rubber washer on a string (but it was actually a magical material) and was worn for luck. (35.) Pat O'Brien's (36.)Getzen (Baritones and Contras), Ludwig Holton (Sopranos and French Horns) and Whaley Royce (Euphoniums) (37.) El Capitan (1959), Theme From A Summer Place (1960), Dubacehene (1960), King of Kings (1961), Love is Sweeping the Country (1962), Theme from Patton (1967) and Love is Blue (1969).
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