Dave Vose has consistently pushed his percussion sections to new heights of achievement during a drum corps career that began in 1962 playing both horn and drum with the Lawrence Chieftains. Since then he has set new standards year after year, starting with his term as head of percussion and arranger with North Star, formed by the amalgamation of corps from Beverly, Danvers, Melrose, Revere and Wilmington. Just two years after forming, North Star took top spot in percussion while winning the American International Open in 1977. The following year, North Star presented the first percussion pit on the sidelines and was the first corps to march with quad drums in the DCI finals. In 1979, North Star had the top percussion score in the World Open, then placed second in percussion in the DCI finals.
His Chrome Wall percussion feature in 1978 and 1979 featured drums along with dancers, vocalists, horns and other innovative features.
He was percussion arranger for DCA champion Reading Buccaneers in 1980. In 1983, his Boston Alliance percussion section defeated every drumline in the country except for Blue Devils and Santa Clara Vanguard.
In addition to working with the Buccaneers, he has served either as consultant, head of percussion and arranger, percussion instructor or writer with Suncoast Sound, Cadets of Bergen County, Boston Alliance, Boston Crusaders and Rhode Island Matadors.
He has judged all areas of percussion for Eastern Massachusetts Judges, DCA, Youth Education in the Arts (YEA) and Massachusetts Interscholastic Judges Association.
In earlier years, he played snare drum with Tenney Cadets of Methuen, Maine. Since the early 1990s, he has drummed with Blessed Sacrament Golden Knights, Mighty St. Joe’s and St. Kevin’s Emerald Knights.
Dave Vose is currently a Berklee College of Music professor and the author of Music in Motion, a text used for teaching marching methods at Berklee. He is an international artist/clinician with Zildjian Cymbals and Yamaha Corporation of America.
He was inducted into the Massachusetts Drum Corps Hall of Fame in 2002, after receiving that group’s Thomas J. Long high achievement award in 2000.