John Laskowski of Dewitt, NY was a long time Syracuse Brigadier serving in numerous capacities from color guard captain to drill arranger/instructor to business manager to corps director. During the late 50’s and early 60’s, John was one of the most prolific visual arrangers in drum corps, working with numerous corps. He also was a major show sponsor. He also developed his own business as a drum corps supplier and drum corps record producer. He was in charge of DCA Championship Recordings for many years. John’s marketing of “Drum Corps Nut” memorabilia became the talk of the activity during this period. John was also active in adjudication serving as Chief Judge of New York All American Judges and later the New York Federation of Judges. He served DCA and the American Legion as chief judge and adjudication organizer. John, known affectionately as “Chooch” or “Choo Choo” to those who knew him, was very much a part of the growth of the post World War II drum corps activity and is remembered by many as one of the first all around drum corps activity leaders.