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Bracken Alumni Holds First Practice in Six Months

Posted on September 24th, 2020 by Gail Langan

The Bracken Alumni Corps, of Bristol, Pennsylvania started out-of-door practices the week of September 18, following weeks of inactivity during the COVID-19 pandemic. “There are no performances scheduled, so it was just for the camaraderie of getting together, and to keep our chops in shape,” stated music director and brass instructor Chuck Smith, an associate […]

Associate member Gail Langan appointed new Hall of Fame webmaster

Posted on September 17th, 2020 by Gail Langan

Associate member Gail Langan, inducted in 2017, is the new World Drum Corps Hall of Fame (WDCHoF) webmaster, replacing Dan Rippon, a regular member inducted in 2012, who will continue to serve as website assistant.  The appointment was announced by WDCHoF president Richard Templin on September 14. Those who have attended Hall of Fame induction […]

Private funeral services held for Elmer “Red” Winzer, one of the first to introduce classical music to field shows.

Posted on September 15th, 2020 by Gail Langan

At the request of his family, private funeral services for Elmer ‘Red’ Winzer have been provided by Bell-Hennessy Funeral Home, Inc., 420 South Main St. in Williamstown, New Jersey.  He passed away Tuesday September 8 at age 80.  Those wishing to send flowers to the family or plant a tree in his memory should visit […]

Memorial service for associate member Tom Wilbur planned for September 26at Legion Post 199 in Hawthorne postponed because of COVID-19 restrictions.

Posted on September 14th, 2020 by Gail Langan

A memorial service for associate member Tom Wilbur, inducted in 2002, originally scheduled to be held Saturday, September 26 at American Legion Post 199 in Hawthorne, New Jersey has been postponed because of COVID-19 restrictions.  A new date has yet to be confirmed. He passed away August 31 of pancreatic disease and is survived by […]

Passing of Member Norm Peth

Posted on July 20th, 2020 by Dan Rippon

Norm Peth, one of the most admired and influential drum instructors in the four decades following World War II passed away Friday, July 10 at age 95. A member of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame since his induction in 1997, he was also certified as a master drummer by the International Association of […]

Passing of Associate Member Bob “Wags” Wagner

Posted on June 7th, 2020 by Dan Rippon

Charter Hall of Fame charter associate member Bob Wagner passes at age 83 Wilbert Robert “Wags” Wagner, III of Manchester, Maryland, inducted in 2001 as a charter member in the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame Associate Member category, passed away recently at age 83. His long career in drum and bugle corps activity began […]


Posted on May 6th, 2020 by Dan Rippon

Thank you to all who participated in voting for the Class of 2020 as well as the screening and selection committees.  Your vote was recorded and an outstanding Class of 2020 was selected.  Voting results have not been announced at this time and will remain confidential.  We are all painfully aware, as a result of the pandemic, the entire drum […]

Passing of member Jack Pratt

Posted on April 12th, 2020 by Dan Rippon

Most prolific drum corps percussion writer Jack Pratt passed away April 6 John S. “Jack” Pratt, one of the most prolific percussion writers in the drum and bugle corps community, passed away early Monday, April 6 2020 from advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease. He had also undergone triple-bypass heart surgery in December 2000. Because of […]

Funeral service for Member Bill Hayes

Posted on February 16th, 2020 by Dan Rippon

Funeral services for World Drum Corps Hall of Fame (WDCHoF) member Bill Hayes were held on Tuesday, February 18 at 1 pm at Tilghman Funeral Home, 52 Main Street, New Egypt, New Jersey, with burial following in Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Arneytown. Memorial donations can be made to the World […]

Passing of Member Bill Hayes

Posted on February 16th, 2020 by Dan Rippon

Born in Bayonne, New Jersey in 1925, Bill Hayes passed away at age 94 at Brookdale of Hamilton senior living center peacefully on February 10, 2020 with his family by his side. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991, in recognition of his outstanding achievements with several of the best-known corps of […]