When the Lansing Post 701 Drum and Bugle Corps claimed the very first VFW Nationals title at Indianapolis in 1928, Frank Polizzi was already 5 years old. And when his great-grandson takes the field today with the 7th Regiment, he’s still cheering. “Sarge” is the living history of Drum Corps.
His dedication and service to young people in community-based corps dates back to the 1950’s when he took on the directorship of the Milford Shoreliners. They rose continually in competitive status, winning the VFW and American Legion State titles in ’66 and, after an undefeated season, the Northeastern Circuit Championships in ’77.
Achievements on the field notwithstanding, as a community police officer his focus was always directed towards the higher goal of providing a safe and wholesome outlet for local youth. At this he was hugely successful, as witnessed by generations of his mentees whose careers in law, education, safety, public service, and business continue to bring honor to their communities to this day. Included on this list is a DCI corps director.
At this stage of his life, Sarge doesn’t need accolades, richly deserved though they be. It’s enough that he represents that “Greatest Generation” of corps managers and directors who gave the rest of us our beloved activity. He will gladly share this Lifetime Achievement Award with all of them.