After performing in the brass section of the Archer Epler Musketeers from 1980 to 1984 Lou Tierno moved to the Reading Buccaneers, still performing as he became a key administrator in the successful campaign to rescue a unit that was almost ready to close the doors. The Buccaneers horn line had dwindled to about 15 members when he and Hall of Fame administrator Jim Gruber began to turn the operation around. He served as business manager initially, with duties including loading and driving the equipment truck and lining the field. He was assistant director when the Buccaneers completed six consecutive Drum Corps Associates (DCA) championship seasons from 2005 to 2010. He has been director of the corps since 2017. He earlier served as DCA assistant treasurer in 2013 and treasurer from 2014 to 2016, converting the hand written bookkeeping method to an updated online system. He was elected to the Buccaneers Hall of Fame in 2005.