20 ISSUES of DRUM MAJOR BATON TWIRLING Magazine + BATON TWIRLING CLASS EPHEMERA
TWENTY ISSUES of the DRUM MAJOR : DEDICATED to the ADVANCEMENT of BATON TWIRLING. January 1954 through January 1956, lacking only the January 1955 issue (some of the 1954 issues are for two months). Plus a booklet on Fire Baton Twirling. All belonged to the baton twirling girl Jean Holdsworth of Napa, California, with her name and mailing address on the backside of most issues. The DRUM MAJOR / BATON TWIRLING magazines are side-stapled magazines with about 17 pages per issue, illustrated.
ALSO included is a three ring binder filled with Jean Holdsworth's Baton Twirling lesson notes, exercises and assignments. Her teacher was Barbara Mercer, also of Napa. The binder cover has the handwritten word "BATON" and there are approximately 50 pages with printed exercises and/or handwritten notes.
Everything is in generally GOOD condition, the magazines have signs of handling and some are splitting a bit at the spine folds and have a few creases.
I found this about Jean Holdsworth (Meehan) on the Internet:
"Jean, b.1941 d.2022, graduated from Napa High School and Napa Junior College where she was a majorette with the marching band."
I found this public tribute to the twirling teacher, Barbara Mercer (Zuehlke), b.1926 d.2018, on the Internet:
"As soon as I saw her face in the paper, I remembered her fondly. I was a Pepperette and she pushed me to come out of my shyness. I was always scared to wear the dazzling outfits for parades, shows, etc. But, I carried my baton everywhere and threw it up in the air doing a "double" and always striving for a "triple". (Twirlers will know what I'm talking about). I performed for many family "talent shows" in our house and deck. Unfortunately, I broke many lamps, figurines, vases, etc. by practicing in the house. I could not put that baton down. RIP - you were a blessing in my life long ago."