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Hall of Fame’s Frank Ferraro passes, leaving a remarkable record of success

Posted on December 22nd, 2020 by Gail Langan

World Drum Corps Hall of Fame member Frank Ferraro, who produced a steady stream of state and national championships with the Buccaneers of Reading, Pennsylvania, passed away Sunday December 20 at age 88.  He had recently been hospitalized before moving to hospice care at ManorCare Health Services in Laureldale, Pennsylvania. A mass of Christian burial […]

Hall of Fame Scholarship winner also volunteers with Special Olympics

Posted on December 8th, 2020 by Gail Langan

Anna Gentile, of Fallston, Maryland is the winner of this year’s $500 World Drum Corps Hall of Fame scholarship, awarded from funds supported by the annual pledges of more than 200 Hall of Fame associate members. Scholarships are available to members of the families of Hall of Fame members.  She is the granddaughter of Phil […]

Doug Reynolds was outstanding in many fields at the same time: drumming, instruction, administration and judging.

Posted on October 30th, 2020 by Gail Langan

World Drum Corps Hall of Fame member Doug Reynolds of Niagara Falls, Ontario, who passed away October 21 at age 80, earned a reputation as an outstanding snare drummer, percussion instructor, administrator and judge, carrying out all of these functions at the same time from 1953 to 1980.  He became a member of the Hall […]

No mistake: Buddy Rich club concert created a lifetime memory

Posted on October 19th, 2020 by Gail Langan

By Joe Marrella (World Drum Corps Hall of Fame member inducted 1989) Even if I wasn’t a drummer, I would try to see Buddy Rich and his Big Band as often as I could. He was an awesome player and his band’s music was as driving, pulsating and emotional as he was behind those drums! […]

A Tribute to Ralph Randall Pace

Posted on October 6th, 2020 by Gail Langan

By Joe Marrella We remember vividly those in our beloved drum corps activity who share their unique talent, dedication, creativity, and life philosophy, toward catapulting the activity and its performers to greater heights. Their greatness stands out in the manner with which they leave their mark and influence on each person who crossed their path. […]

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 […]