Jim Symons played French horn with Preston Scout House Band from 1960 to 1963, the time the band was at the peak of its popularity, travelling from the Atlantic coast to the American midwest every summer and entertaining up to one million spectators annually. He has been a member of the Scout House Alumni since 1995. He marched with the drill team that was formed a few years after a Scout House reunion in 1988 from 1995 to 2010. The popularity of the guard, and community interest, helped provide the momentum to establish Preston Scout House Alumni Band in 1999. He played in the Scout House Alumni Band from 1999 to 2010. By 2013, he had been married to Rosemary Walsh, a former snare drummer with St. John’s Girls drum and bugle corps of Brantford, Ontario for 46 years. The reason for his long absence from drum corps activity: 10 children.