In 1956, when he was discharged from the Marine Corps, Bud joined Archer-Epler as a bass baritone player. He became the competing color guard instructor for the Howard C. McCall guard and later for Liberty Bell. Both were perennial contenders and were noted for their exciting drills and rifle work. He was Archer-Eplers’ Drum Major from 1953 until 1955. In 1959, Bud went to the Reading Buccaneers as their drill instructor and Drum Major. He led them to several DCA championships. He was an early icon in high school bands where he had successful times at both Arch Bishop Wood and Arch Bishop Ryan High Schools. He had a long respected and creditable career in judging both high school bands and junior and senior drum and bugle corps.