Joe Guadagnino started a lifelong association with drum and bugle corps in the United States and Canada when he joined the Rochester Junior Crusaders in 1969. He then performed with Greece Cadets and Crossmen. He has been percussion arranger and caption head on both sides of the border, with Northmen and Dutch Boy of Kitchener. He has been a member of the percussion staff of Bluecoats, and percussion caption head of Rochester Crusaders. He joined the Empire Statesmen staff in 1996, and was caption head and co-arranger for the Statesmen’s world champion drum lines in 1997 and 1998. He has since served as a consultant for the group.