Warga, Richard

Warga, Richard

Richard Warga has been contributing to the drum and bugle corps community as a performer, instructor, judge and administrator for more than 50 years. His participation dates back to his days as a baritone horn player with the Bridgeport, Connecticut PAL Cadets junior corps from 1959 to 1964. He played baritone and soprano horn and marched as drum major of New York Skyliners from 1969 to 1977 and again from 1984 to 1993. He played soprano horn when he performed with Hawthorne Caballeros from 1994 to 2000. He taught marching and manoeuvring and served as caption head with a number of well-known junior corps from 1969 to 1977, including Kingston Indians, Westchester Horizons, Colonades drum corps and color guard, Avant Garde of Saratoga County New York, St. Raphael’s Golden Buccaneers of Bridgeport, Garfield Cadets, Milford Shoreliners and Waterbury PAL. He served as marching and manoeuvring caption head with Long Island Sunrisers in 1980. He was New York Skyliners’ drill designer and instructor from 1974 to 1977, and taught M&M from 1989 to 1993. He taught marching and manoeuvring with Hawthorne Caballeros from 2001 to 2003. Both Skyliners and Caballeros won a Drum Corps Associates (DCA) championship while he was teaching them. He was business manager for the Bayonne Raiders junior drum and bugle corps in 1998 and 1999. He served as assistant director with New York Skyliners in 1992 and 1993. He was assistant business manager for Hawthorne Caballeros from 2003 to 2008 and in 2009 became Caballeros treasurer. He judged marching and manoeuvring and color guard with the Metro All American Judges Association from 1969 to 1976 and has served as an advisor to a number of associations and circuits. He served as committee chairman for the Hall of Fame’s indoor concert series since its inception. He is also the founder, charter member and first director of the Skyliners Alumni Drum Corps.