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Les Stentors Drum and Bugle Corps

Les Stentors Drum and Bugle Corps is an Open Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps. Based in Sherbrooke, Les Stentors is the only active Canadian corps in Drum Corps International competition. Sources:In 1987, the Academie Musicale Drum and Bugle Corps of Sherbrooke started the Cadets de l’Académie. Following their first season, the parents of the cadet corps broke away, changing the name of the young parade corps to La Relève Musicale. In 1993, reacting to the suggestion that the name indicated the corps remained associated with Academie Musicale, the corps changed its name to Les Stentors; the corps made the transition to a field competition corps in 1996, competing in the Fédération des Associations Musicales du Québec drum corps circuit. The corps made its debut at the DCI World Championships at Sun Prairie, Wisconsin in 1999, placing 11th of 12 corps in Division II; the corps returned to DCI in 2001 and has since attended DCI every year except 2006, when the corps was inactive for a year, 2007, when the corps opted not to strain its financial resources by traveling to the West Coast when the championships were held in Pasadena, California.

The corps went inactive in 2006 due to insufficient membership, but DCI approved its return to competition in 2007. In 2014, Gabriel Francoeur, corps manager since 1997 was honored as one of four people named as DCI Volunteers of the Year. Les Stentors has been the only active competitive junior drum and bugle corps in Quebec since 2003; the corps became a SoundSport team in 2018 but returned to DCI competition in 2019. Les Stentors is a non-profit youth organization with an Administrative Council and staff assigned to carry out the organization's mission. Gabriel Francoeur is the corps' general manager. Source:Gold background indicates DCI Championship. Corps website DCI website

Clement Quirk Lane

Clement "Clem" Quirke Lane was the city editor for the Chicago Daily News from 1942 to 1958. Born in 1897, he joined the Chicago Daily News after high school, where during Prohibition he worked the crime beat; as described in Capone: The Life and World of Al Capone, legend has it that during "slow nights," Lane and counterpart James Doherty of the Chicago Tribune invented often-comical nicknames for many of Chicago's underworld figures, including "Greasy Thumb" Gusik, "Loudmouth" Levine, "Violet" Fusco. He became a columnist, where in 1938 he invented the characters "Oxie O'Rourke" and "Torchnose McGonigle." These were figures in the vein of predecessor Chicago newspaperman Finley Peter Dunne's "Mr. Dooley" and "Mr. Henessey," stand-ins for the "voice of the people." Chicago Daily News columnist Mike Royko would take up that tradition afterwards with his character "Slats Grobnik." According to a Time magazine article about his work in January 1944, Lane said, in reference to his creation, Oxie was "the perfect answer for a newspaperman.

He is the voice of the people west of the tracks."Lane was known for his temper. A reporter who began his career under Lane, James McCartney, described him as "the archetype of the old-fashioned city editor, an Irish Catholic, reformed alcoholic with a high school education, a great mane of white hair... irascible, immensely honest, tremendously talented, the personification of the newspaper... and very difficult to work for."According to Peter Smith’s memoir, A Cavalcade of Lesser Horrors—in part about Smith’s relationship to his father, John Justin Smith, one of Lane’s reporters—Lane produced a memo to guide the writing on his paper sometime in the 1950s. Smith has reproduced that document: To the staff: By and large your writing is clean and sharp, but not always. And there are still laggards among you. So— Short words. Anglo-Saxon words; the King James version has some fine ones. So does A. Lincoln. Let's make it less Greek. Short sentences. Old J. P. Harding, the restaurant man, told his meat cutters: “Slice it thin and it’ll never be tough.”

Keep sentences short and you won’t puzzle the customers. Nor the city desk. Short leads. What’s the copywriter going to say in the headline? Your lead should be the same thought with a bit of flesh over the skeleton. Ease the customer into the story. Short paragraphs. Easy on the eye. Short story. Easy on the markup man AND the customer. Anybody can get all the facts given space enough, but it takes the skilled craftsman, the artist, to tell the same story and smart. Before you start writing your story, get the desk word as to length. Tell it in the length decided on. Tell it in broad strokes. Forget everything that isn’t vital. By writing it short you can write it whole, and it will do away with city desk surgery that may cut off your favorite sentence. Lane Note:, you'll know enough to know when you can break them; the memo is a notable model of mid-century American newspaper style, whose roots may go back, through Ernest Hemingway and Mark Twain, to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. In life Lane became involved in Alcoholics Anonymous, helping to establish it in Chicago after that group's founding in Akron, Ohio, in 1935.

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