The summer of 1981 proved successful for the Imperial Guard as the corps improved it’s showing at the DCI Finals in Montreal. Along the way, the guard captured 4th place at the VFW National Competition. With some of the best writers at the time, the drill and music came to life. Rehearsals were held in various areas. Yankeetown school, Roberts Stadium parking lot, Owensville School, and even a place called Friendship Farms to name a few. Practice days were similar to today’s schedules: awaken, eat, stretch & exercise, rehearse, eat, rehearse, bed and repeat. G bugles were brand new to the corps. The percussion line consisted of snares, tenors and bass drums. The front ensemble was on the 50 yard line and would move forward and backward on occasion. Staff consisted of 12 people at that time in the brass, percussion, color guard and visual areas. The uniforms were made of wool with black bibbers a red jacket and black shakos.