Mr. Pronti is the innovator who began the DCA I & E in 1988. Dick began his drum corps career in 1958 with the Shortsville Shamrocks. He also marched with the Geneva Appleknockers Jr. & Sr., Emerald Cadets, Syracuse Brigadiers, and the Suburban Knights of Buffalo. He has been a Visual and Staff consultant for the Hawthorne Caballeros for the past 12 years. The past 25 years have seen Dick holding the posts of President and visual caption head for the New York Federation of Judges. He was the Chief Judge Coordinator for DCA from 1987-91. He has also judged with the New York All American.