Vanguard Historical Society Overview

With your help, a group of volunteers and staff, called the Vanguard Historical Society, is working to collect and assemble the history of our organization and all affiliated programs on an easy to access website serving as a virtual museum.

Vanguard Music and Performing Arts has a history that is unique and multifaceted. While many people over the years have compiled small, personal collections of Vanguard history, a centralized hub for telling the story of Vanguard has never been achieved. There has never been a better time to build a complete, interactive, and exciting assemblage of this legendary organization.

Logo of the Vanguard Historical Society - a shield with the script "Vanguard Historical Society" and the drum and bugle icon as they appear on the Vanguard corps jacket

Upload Material

Nobody knows the history you lived like you! Be a part of writing the story of Vanguard with the piece you played in this legendary institution. Please review the information provided to learn how best to share your stories, pictures, and other media.

This history belongs to all of us and YOU played a part. Tell your story and help us show the world what makes Vanguard one of the most special and beloved youth arts organizations in the world.

This year we are focusing on stories from 1973, 1983, 1993, 2003, and 2013. If you have any pictures or videos from the “threes” or any other years, upload them here.

Scanning and Digitizing Guidance

Have some printed material or other physical objects and don’t know how best to digitize them? See our scanning and digitizing guidance.

Join Us

Join the team. Collaborate with fellow alumni and be a part of capturing our history! We are looking for people to:

  • Shape the story to tell about a year
  • Network with others who have material and stories to share
  • Interview others to tell their stories
  • Edit video
  • Help manage the overall project
  • Curate the material we have received
  • Design, develop, and write content for this website

Want to help? Fill out this volunteer interest form.

This is an ongoing volunteer effort to document the history of Vanguard Music and Performing Arts. Submissions and corrections are welcome as we continue to add more content.