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Precision 5

Lori Mark was a member of the Osage Precisionnaires Drum and Bugle Corps. She is pictured wearing her original uniform.

1. Dan Decker, 10, won $25 in a contest to name the corps and though he misspelled Precisonnaires the spelling stuck.

2. Through the winter of 1968-69 the corps was provided with its first instructional staff.

3. The average age of Osage’s corps members was about two years younger than most of the large corps they competed against.

4. In 1970 out-of-town memberships were first allowed.

5. They later began traveling outside the state and competed in North American Championships “B” Class in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and placed last. Eighty members strong in 1971, the troop returned to the same show and placed second. In 1972, the corps won the “B” Class Championship in Milwaukee.

6. In 1974, they were undefeated against all other Iowa drum corps, and gained their first state title.

7. In 1975, the Precisionnaires improvement from their first show to the Drum Corp International (DCI) Show was over 32 points, which became a national record that hasn’t been broken. They finished 14th in the DCI show, which no other Iowa corps would achieve until 1993.

8. By their ending competition in 1976, the corps had grown to 110 members.

9. The corps was funded mainly by local businesses and Osage’s American Legion Post 278.

Facts provided Lori Marks, corps member.

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