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Elgin Echo Newspaper

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Elgin Echo

Elgin, Iowa

June 11, 1931

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Shaffer’s Drum Corps has been secured to play two days, Friday and Saturday June 19 and 20, at the Lasing celebration of the opening of the new bridge across the Mississippi river.

The drum corps is named in honor of John D. Shaffer, snare drummer, who is one of the original corps organized nearly sixty years ago. The other member of the original corps is Robert Peters, fifer. Marian Baldwin, fifer, of Hazelton, joined the corps three years later. M. A. Klingman, bass drummer, of Wadena, and Dr. Roy F. DeSart, snare drummer, and secretary, are recent additions to the corps.


The great aim of the corps is to perpetuate the tunes and the drum beats of the Civil War period, and in all probability this is the only corps that furnish some of the tunes with the most intricate of drum beats, known as the double drag.


We know that this corps will put much pep in the Lansing celebration.



~ transcribed and contributed by Crystal A. Bingham <>

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