Dugan, Jim

Dugan, Jim

Jim Dugan has been remarkably successful during his involvement with the Bushwackers, founded in Harrison, New Jersey in 1981.  He is a member of the Bushwackers Hall of Fame, inducted in 2010.  Over a 10-year span while he was percussion/battery coordinator then co-program coordinator, the Bushwackers won the Drum Corps Associates (DCA) championship six times: 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993.  They also took the DCA high percussion score an unprecedented six times in a row from 1986 to 1991. He worked closely with Hall of Fame member Robbie Robinson in 1992 and 1993 to create innovative percussion programs for Bushwackers, featuring triple stack bass drums.  He played snare in Bushwackers’ championship drum lines in 1987 and 1991. Earlier, he played snare with Bayonne Bridgemen when they took the Drum Corps International (DCI) high percussion score in 1980 and 1981.  He marched in the snare line when Milford Shoreliners won the World Open Class B championship in 1977.  He also instructed a number of well-known corps, starting as percussion instructor with Cranford Patriots in 1982. In the following years, he worked with Sunrisers, Connecticut Hurricanes and Hawthorne Caballeros.  He has been a music effect/percussion judge with the US Bands since 2015. His introduction to the drum corps world started when he played snare drum with Connecticut Classics from 1969 to 1976