Up until 1950, the only Drum Corps contest in the Massachusetts area was an Annual C.Y.O. (Catholic Youth Organization) Music Festival. There were no associations, and the only time the leaders of the corps saw each other was at parades. In the fall of 1950, a meeting of Drum Corps representatives was held in the cellar of the Immaculate Conception Church Rectory in Winchester (Massachusetts). The purpose of the meeting was to form an organization to promote more drum corps activity in Massachusetts. From this meeting, came the Eastern Mass, Jr., Drum and Bugle Corps Association.
Little did we envision the long life of the Association. It is indeed gratifying to those who have been involved from the beginning, and to the many who have followed, that our efforts have sustained so well. The procedures and rules established over the years have not only provided our Association with guidance over these many years, but have also established standards for the Drum Corps and Color Guard activities throughout the nation.
Hopefully, those whose lives have been enriched by the efforts of others will contribute to the future of the Eastern Mass. Jr. Drum and Bugle Corps Association. Many already do! What the future holds, we can never know. We can only hope that for many years to come, at an Eastern Mass Contest, we will continue to hear "On the starting line......."
To develop future citizens for our community and country by encouraging, promoting, and supervising competitive and social activities for its members and to bring the members of the Association into closer union of good fellowship through these activities.
Organized, uniformed Drum and Bugle Corps and Color Guard (thereinafter called a "unit") shall be eligible for membership regardless of sex, color, creed or nationality.