Rich Tardie’s life in drum corps began when he joined the Oxford Explorers color guard, 1963 – 1965. In 1967 Rich joined the Hurricane guard and marched through 1975, participating in two DCA championship corps along the way (’69 &’67). Following a hiatus, he returned to the activity in 1984 with the Connecticut Alumni corps where he enjoyed a relaxed commitment level through 1993. In 1994, Rich was asked to assume the lead of the Hurcs Honor Guard, which he readily accepted. Since that time, Rich has molded his unit to one that exudes enormous pride, justly so, in presenting our Nations colors, and in leading the Hurricanes wherever they perform. He was honored as the recipient of the “Hurricane of the Year “award in 2003. Under his guidance the Hurricanes Honor Guard has garnered countless awards, including, most recently, six consecutive DCA world championship high honors, (2004 -2009).