Monthly Archives: September 2009

Armando Castro – 1957-2009

Just received word from Fran Castro that her brother Armando passed away last Thursday (9/17).
Here is the obituary from the funeral home’s website:

Armando CastroArmando Contreras Castro passed away September 17, 2009. He was born January 3, 1957, in Amarillo, Texas, to Candelario and Armandina Castro.

Armando resided in the Quad City area of Illinois from 1965-1985. He graduated from United Township High School East Moline IL in 1975. He participated in wrestling, band and National Honor Society. He was a member of the Knights drum and bugle corps from 1977-79. He attended Blackhawk College in East Moline, IL. He was employed at JI Case, Frizell & Parsons and Bandag.

Armando lived in Grand Prairie and Duncanville, Texas, from 1985-2009 and worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Texas, for twenty-three years. He attended El Centro College in Dallas. He loved to play the saxophone; enjoyed yard work and quenched his thirst for knowledge through reading. His Father, Candelario C. Castro and Step-Father Ralph E. Roberts preceded him in death. His Mother, Armandina C. Roberts, survives Armando, as well as his brother’s Juan (wife Julie) and Alberto (wife Becky) and sisters Ana (husband Rannie Grimm) and Francisca. Armando’s nieces: Genevieve, Megan Rose, Gina, Nichole and nephew’s: Joseph, Alexander, Anthony, Adam and Jahmal.

Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday September 23, 2009 from 7-9 pm at Jaynes Memorial Chapel 811 South Cockrell Hill Road Duncanville, TX 75137. Graveside services are 10:00 am Thursday September 24, 2009 at Restland cemetery 9220 Restland Road, Dallas, TX 75243. Immediately following: a celebration of life will be held at the New Life In Christ Lutheran Church 311 South Cockrell Hill Road Duncanville, TX 75116.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memoriams may be sent to:
New Life In Christ Lutheran Church
311 South Cockrell Hill Road
Duncanville, TX 75116.

Obituary on QCOnline
Obituary in Dallas Morning News

Alumni Organization

There has been some talks to form a Knight’s Alumni Organization in the near future. The purpose is 3 fold;

1. Preserve the history and memory of the Knights Drum and Bugle Corps

2. Facilitate future reunions of Knight’s Alum

3. Promote Drum and Bugle Corps, and associated activities (Winter Guard, Drum Corps, Drum Lines, and even Marching Bands). This also includes scholarships to children of Knight Alum so they can march Drum and Bugle Corps, the formation of an alumni corps, or even donating money to a down on their luck type of corps.

To initially help with this moving forward please respond to this with your suggestions.

Adam “Banjo” Sporluck (Euphonium 93/94)

Knights Mini-Reunion

Knights at WIU/NIU Football GameOn Saturday, September 12, 2009, Western Illinois played Northern Illinois (Football) at Dekalb, IL. Present were three Knights (L to R): Matt Chamberlain, Scott Lawson, and Dan Chamberlain. Also viewable on Facebook.