Stetson Richmond was one of the pioneers in the recording of drum and bugle corps contests. He was motivated as much by his love of the activity as for financial reasons, and traveled at his own expense across the continent to record live performances during contests. For many long-time drum corps fans, Stetson Richmond recordings have become prized possessions, providing a permanent record of the top corps of the 1950s, ‘60s and early ‘70s. He made the first of more than 3,600 recordings in 1950 for friends in the Hawthorne Caballeros. Customers across the United States and Canada could purchase the corps of their choice on 10-inch vinyl discs, delivered by mail.