There are many and differing opinions about the actual founding details and date, but there are no better authorities than the founders themselves. A few of their stories are included in the comments.
Don Janse sent this picture to the Archives before his passing in 1999, and stated this was his recollection of the "Original" Idlers.
The Original Idlers - Fall 1957:
(top row) W. Campbell, I'59; R. "Bink" Sanford, I'59; R. "Buzz" Thornton, I'59; F. Lange, I'60; F. Fredenburgh, I'60;
(middle row) P. Landry, I'60: J. Sipes, I'59; P. Noble, I'59; J. Vorbach, I'59; S. Loosmore, I'59;
(bottom row) T. Cunningham, I'59; J. Deck, I'59; R. Finan, I'60; and P. Henning, I'61
(Not Shown: Director, Chief Bandmaster Donald L Janse)