On May 17th, 2008, a memorial was unveiled at VFW Post 305 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, commemorating the legend of Walter E. Brown and drum and bugle corps in the Chippewa Valley. City Council President Dave Adler presented Walt’s son, Mike, and daughter, Brenda, with a declaration of that day as Walter E. Brown Day in the city of Eau Claire. Beginning in 1953 with the origination of a Boy Scout Band to a competitive Midwest drum and bugle corps and finally into the Eau Claire Boys Drum and Bugle Corps, Walt steered this youth organization until his retirement in 1969. Walt affected the lives of youth in the valley with a roster of up to 1,000 from a city with a population of some 35-40,000. He was founder, teacher, executive director, marketing manager and so much more. The Corps put on more than 700 performances in this time frame. The demand was so high for appearances that in one year the corps traveled 35 of the year’s weekends to meet commitments. The city declared the corps “Eau Claire’s Teenage Ambassadors of Good Will”. Walt was committed to providing top-notch entertainment at parades, concerts, and in competition. The corps rose to become one of the most competitive in the Midwest in the 1960’s and one of the most recognized and popular attractions in the area providing people with drum corps entertainment locally. In cooperation with Post 305 and in thanks for their sponsorship of the corps in the early years, we present you with this memorial and website, and the opportunity for past corps members, families, friends, and corps fans to enjoy this tour.

Walter E. Brown Memorial