Fran Burke played soprano horn with St. Vincent’s Patrick’s of Jersey City, New Jersey from 1949 through 1955 and then played soprano with St. Vincent’s Cadets of Bayonne, New Jersey from 1956 through 1961. He served on the committee of members that met regularly with the corps director to discuss problems and set goals and objectives. He later played for Archer-Epler Musketeers, Ballentine Brewers and the alumni corps of Archer Epler and Reilly Raiders. He was assistant horn instructor with the Shadettes of Maple Shady, New Jersey in 1965 and held the same position with Emerald Lancers of Old Bridge, New Jersey from 1969 through 1971. He was assistant horn instructor and drill instructor for the Vanguards of Miami Florida from 1972 throough 1974. As a volunteer member of Drum Corps Associates (DCA) championship contest staff, he maintained control of the corps access gate for the entire weekend of the tournament from 1998 through 2005.