Passing of member Amerigo ‘Riggie’ Laus

Posted on June 30th, 2019 by Dan Rippon

A funeral service was held in St. Charles Lwanga Parish, Mother of God Counsel Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania the morning of Friday, June 28 for World Drum Corps Hall of Fame member Amerigo “Riggie” Laus, who passed away June 24 at age 93 after suffering from pneumonia. He was inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame in 1986. He was also a member of the Buglers Hall of Fame, Pennsylvania Buglers Hall of Fame, Pennsylvania Drum and Bugle Corps Hall of Fame and the Penn Hills Arts and Music Hall of Fame.

Those wishing to express sympathy may make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

He began playing trumpet at age 13 after his older brother gave him an instrument and showed him how to play. At age 16, he joined a local dance band in Penn Hills, PA that played in area bars and taverns. He would walk five miles to rehearsals and hitch rides to performances. While serving in the United States Navy during World War II, he was assigned as machinist’s mate and ship’s bugler and taught himself how to play the bugle.

He participated in the Iowa Jima and Okinawa campaigns in the Pacific before receiving an honourable discharge from active duty in 1946 and from the reserves in 1954. He began his 25 years of membership with Pittsburgh Rockets Drum and Bugle Corps in 1948.

“Riggie really was a giant, a hero of almost mythological status among us buglers,” noted fellow Hall of Fame member Frank Dorritie.

In the nine years after winning his first competition as an individual soprano player, Riggie Laus won every local, state and national individual contest he entered, retiring undefeated in 1965.

He was the first bugler to play Flight of the Bumblebee and the only one to play it on a G-D, one valve slide bugle. On joining the Rockets, he immediately began experimenting with the single valve bugle, using fine emery cloth to loosen the tuning slide for free movement to lower the pitch a full step. When slide bugles were introduced, he used the full length to obtain the notes F and A in the lower register and lip control for proper pitch and effect. For fast passages in the upper register, he combined alternate fingering and agile lip muscle movement to produce proper tone and effect.

He composed a number of exercises designed to develop fast slide action, improve internal skills, develop slurring and regular, double and triple tonguing techniques.

Between 1958 and 1982, he instructed many Pennsylvania drum and bugle corps, including Tarentum Red Knights, who were three times Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) state parade champions; Meadville (later Erie) Thunderbirds; Quasars; Sharpsburg Cadets; General Butler Vagabonds; Pittsburgh Rockets Juniors and Steel City Ambassadors.

Many of his students became national champions, professional musicians and band directors. Young students on the school bus he drove for 22 years called him “Rockets” because he always wore his Pittsburgh Rockets corps jacket.

He is survived by Florine, his wife of 59 years, two daughters, two grandsons, two sisters, a sister in law and many other relatives and friends.

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Request for 2019 Hall of Fame Year Book Ads

Posted on June 21st, 2019 by Dan Rippon

Post Updated: June 30, 2019

Some of you have already taken ads for our banquet program, and I thank all of you who have done so. We also want to encourage ads by individuals or by groups supporting new inductees. In the past, e.g., a corps or organization has taken an ad to honor a member or former member. We hope that that process will be continued this year. 

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Seven new associate members will be inducted in Williamsport, PA on August 30, 2019

Posted on May 10th, 2019 by Dan Rippon

Seven new World Drum Corps Hall of Fame associate members from the United States and Canada will be inducted at this year’s banquet and ceremony to take place in Williamsport, Pennsylvania on Friday August 30, the beginning of the Labor Day weekend.

The 2019 inductees this year are:

Rick Anderson of York, Pennsylvania

Performing as a soprano soloist and horn instructor for Hanover Lancers and Lancers Alumni Corps since 1974 is just part of Rick Anderson’s musical legacy. While serving on the Lancers’ board of directors he has worked to insure membership growth, encourage participation in events far outside the community and is the backstage director of Profiles in Music, the Lancers perennially sold-out alumni show held on the Penn State University campus in York.

Before retiring as music department chair of the York Suburban School District, he was director of the Wind Ensemble and Marching Knights at York Suburban High School. He was also music director and conductor for 25 music theatre productions at York Suburban. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. He was the Cavalcade of Bands Association Director of the Year in 2006 and was inducted into the Cavalcade Hall of Fame in 2009.

He is a member of Phi Beta Mu, a national honorary bandmasters association. One of the founders of Youth Music Abroad, he has toured Europe with young musicians. He has also traveled nationally and internationally as a professional entertainer and musician.

He served as music director at The Belmont Theater for two seasons and was music director and conductor at Opera Lancaster for five years after retiring from teaching.

He completed his undergraduate work at the College of Wooster with trumpet studies at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He studied orchestral directing with Stuart J. Ling and Marshall Haddock. He pursued graduate work at Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a Master’s Degree, and also studied at Towson University.

Cherokee Merino-Baer of Willismsburg, Virginia (posthumous)

Cherokee Merino-Baer is considered a drum corps pioneer, one of the most significant snare drummers of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Her mentors along the way include many well-known rudimental drum instructors, including Ray Luedee, Earl Sturtze, Jack Lester and Eric Perrilloux.

As a member of St. Rita’s Brassmen in 1973, she was the first woman to march in a nationally contending co-ed snare section, alongside future World Drum Corps Hall of Fame member John Oddo.

As a snare drummer and section leader with N.D.-ettes All Girl Drum and Bugle Corps (founded in October 1963 by Notre Dame Girls High School of Bridgeport, Connecticut, going inactive in 1973) she was Massachusetts State snare drum state champion, Eastern States champion and World Open silver medalist all in 1968. Her drum quartet won first prize in World Open Quartet contests in 1967 and 1968.

She began drum and bugle corps activity playing cymbals and tenor drum with Norwalk Hot Shots from 1961 to 1966. She played snare with Emerald Cadets of New Haven and Milford Shoreliners before joining St. Rita’s Brassmen. She was drum instructor of the N.D.-ettes and Bengal Lancers in the early 1970s. She was a percussion judge in the Northeastern circuit in 1978.

Cherokee Merino-Baer passed away in August, 2017.

Tim Boardman of Sebastian, Florida

A charter member of the New York Skyliners Alumni Corps, Tim Boardman has been active with many of the best-known northeastern corps since 1958 when he began playing with Spartans of Newark, New York. Over the following 50 years, he performed on soprano horn with: Shortsville Shamrocks from 1959

to 1961, Geneva Appleknockers in 1962, Interstatesmen from 1963 to 1966, Syracuse Brigadiers in 1969, Skyliners from 1970 to 1993, Hawthorne Caballeros from 1995 to 2001 and Skyliners Alumni from 1993 to 2009.

He marched in the Skyliners DCA Championship honor guard in 1990. He was with Skyliners from 1970 to 1993, serving as assistant drum major in 1980 and 1981.

From 1998 to 2004, he was among a group of individuals from Hawthorne Caballeros, Reilly Raiders and Yankee Rebels who travelled south to perform in concerts with Florida Brass, following an invitation from World Drum Corps Hall of Fame member Dick Burns, a mutual friend.

Gord Cupskey of Cambridge, Ontario

Gord Cupskey came to drum and bugle corps activity relatively late in his music career, which began when he played trumpet with the Galt Kiltie Band in 1980. He joined Preston Scout House Band in 2004 and has been a major factor in the Band’s success ever since. He has applied his skills as a brass performer, arranger and instructor to several Scout House groups, often simultaneously with his involvement in local community bands and such well-known drum corps units as Ghost Riders and Prime Time Brass. He served as Scout House Band field show drill instructor in 2015 and visual designer and drill instructor the following year. When Scout House Cadets required a music instructor on short notice in early summer 2018, he volunteered to help the youth group through a transition period. He founded the Silver Leaves Brass ensemble to give Scout House members and others in the community the opportunity to perform in area concerts and special events, mainly in winter during the drum corps off-season. When Scout House Band scaled back activities in 2017, he enhanced the Silver Leaves to include percussion accompaniment for year round participation in parades and concerts in southern Ontario communities from the shores of Lake Huron across southern Ontario and into upstate New York. Silver Leaves Brass group has been a popular participant in the Great Alliance of Seniors (GAS) annual spring reunions for more than a decade. Preston Scout House Band Inc. includes five performing groups: Preston Scout House Band, Preston Scout House Cadets drum and bugle corps, Silver Leaves Brass, Heritage Drill Team and Magic of Scout House competitive winter guard.

Brian Moul of York, Pennsylvania

Brian Moul has touched all the bases in his service to Hanover Lancers Alumni Corps since1990: baritone player, contra bass player, horn instructor and arranger, board member. He also locates and repairs equipment, makes improvements to the rehearsal building and led the way in introducing singing to the Lancers performance repertoire. Like all Lancers instructors, he accepts no pay for his services.

His leadership as a board member has shaped the direction and improvement of the Lancers, including stimulating the growth of the Lancers indoor show, Profiles in Music, into one of the premier events for alumni corps on the east coast.

During his 32 years as a music educator, he served as band director and instrumental teacher. He is presently instrumental music instructor at the York Academy Regional Charter School. His ensembles have performed at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) state convention. A graduate of West Chester University, he sings bass with the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist Choir and Wheatland Chorale where he serves on the board of directors. He is the chairman of the St. John’s Episcopal Church Concert Series. He is a member the National Association for Music Education, (NAME) the Pennsylvania Music Education Association (PMEA) and the Pennsylvania Drum Corps Hall of Fame.

At the start of his drum corps career, he played baritone bugle with the Lancers from 1971 to 1981 and Archer-Epler Musketeers from 1982 to 1983.

Doreen Sandor of Slate Hill, New York

Doreen Sandor’s drum corps career of 46 years includes 44 years teaching and arranging (mostly brass) while serving at various times as brass caption head, arranger and instructor for corps in Drum Corps Associates (DCA), Drum Corps International (DCI), Garden State, Nassau-Suffolk, Drum Corps United Kingdom (DCUK) and British Youth Band Association (BYBA).

The focus of her drum corps activity for more than 35 years is New York Skyliners. She was part of the administration team that helped Skyliners get back on the competition field. Her extensive performance record with Skyliners includes playing mellophone, French horn, soprano, keyboards. She has even marched in the honor guard. One year, she played half the show in the pit percussion section and half in the horn line. In addition, she has been on the brass staff, assistant drum major, secretary, assistant director, publicity director.

She joined Skyliners in winter 1979 when the corps first allowed women in the horn line. She is the second female, after Louise Mayer, and first female performing member to earn Skyliner 5 and 10 year consecutive rings. She was appointed a lifetime member in 2006 and appointed to the Skyliners board as historian in 2008.

She was a brass staff member for two corps which won DCA Class A championships :Lehigh Valley Chieftains and Skyliners.

She helped two corps merge in England, arranging successful brass shows for Conquest Alliance, which won back to back championships and took the 1987 DCUK high brass award. Her English ties continued on this side of the Atlantic while she served on the United States staff of Kidsgrove Scouts and The Company.

She and her husband Bob received the Endeavour Award for supporting the Company’s 2017 USA tour. She also arranged or performed with Anchormen Brass Ensemble in the United Kingdom for Conquest Alliance’s 20th, 25th and 30th anniversary celebrations

She began teaching brass in 1974, just two years after joining St. Matthias Blue Max. Her passion for performing and teaching led her into music studies and a teaching career, including teaching drum majors how to conduct.

Over many years, she has been teacher, arranger or brass caption head for Crimson Kings, St. Stan’s Troupers, Bridgemen, Masquerade, Bill’s Boys, Avengers of DCUK, Outlane of BYBA, Bishop’s Rock. LV Knights, 20th Century Limited, Sunrisers, Targets, Excelsior, Staffordshire Knights, St. Claire’s, Our Lady of Fatima and Medford Grenadiers.

Daniel Staffieri of Seymour, Connecticut

The Connecticut Hurricanes have recognized the outstanding contributions made both on and off the field by Daniel Staffieri since 1990 with more than half a dozen major awards. He is highly regarded for the sense of dedication he has shown for almost 30 continuous years, always ready to help in any way and at any position.

He was named to the Hurricanes Hall of Fame 2013; received the Hurricane of the Year award twice: 1994 and 2005; received the Hurricanes Directors Award in 1993, 2008 and 2011 and was the Most Improved Marcher in 1992.

As a performing member he has played baritone, tuba and cymbals at various times since 1990.

His administration history includes serving as equipment manager from 1995 to 2005; personnel manager from 2006 to 2016; operations manager in 2017 and facilities manager in 2018.

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George Takei advancing on another frontier with his induction to World Drum Corps Hall of Fame for Distinguished Professional Achievement

Posted on April 28th, 2019 by Dan Rippon

George Takei, the actor, director, author and social activist best known for portraying Hikaru Sulu, the helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the Star Trek television series, will be inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame for Distinguished Professional Achievement during the annual banquet and award ceremony to be held in Williamsport, Pennsylvania on Friday, August 30.

As a teenager, he played baritone horn for the Commodore Perry Scouts drum and bugle corps, which was associated with Los Angeles Boy Scout Troop 379 of the Koyasan Buddhist Temple. The corps was sponsored by Commodore Perry American Legion Post 525 and the Temple.

His views about state and local politics, human rights and Japan-United States relations have helped attract more than 10 million Facebook page followers. He has received awards and accolades for his work on human rights and Japan-United States relations, including his work with the Japanese American National Museum.

A strong proponent for LGBT rights, he also takes special interest in discussions about immigrants and government immigration policy.

He is named after King George VI of the United Kingdom, whose coronation took place just a few weeks after his birth in 1937. During World War II, when he was just five years old, his family was moved from their Los Angeles home to an internment camp in converted horse stables at Santa Anita Park, then to the Rohwer War Relocation Center in Arkansas and then to the Tule Lake War Relocation Center back in California. After the war they returned to Los Angeles.

After studying architecture at the University of California, Berkeley he transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles where he received a Bachelor of Arts in theatre in 1960 and a Master of Arts in theatre in 1964.

After working in movies for several years, in 1965 he was cast as astro-sciences physicist Hikaru Sulu in a second pilot production for Star Trek. When NBC accepted the show he continued as Sulu, playing the ship’s helmsman. Since then, he has also appeared in six Star Trek films. Regular appearances on the science fiction convention circuit take him around the world.

He began working in Hollywood in the late 1950s, providing the dubbed English voice for characters in the Japanese monster films Rodan and Godzilla Raids Again. Early in his career, he appeared in several Hollywood movies alongside such actors as Frank Sinatra, Richard Burton, Jeffrey Hunter, Alec Guinness, James Caan and Gary Grant.

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Two inductees in World Drum Corps Hall of Fame International category helped create flourishing drum and bugle corps community across Japan

Posted on April 28th, 2019 by Dan Rippon

Post Updated: June 12, 2019

Two men who have helped create interest and attract support for drum and bugle corps activity across Japan will become members of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame in the International category at this year’s banquet and induction ceremony to be held Friday August 30 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Sadao Yokota, president of Dynasty Japan Corporation since 1983, and the founder of Marching in Okayama, one of Japan’s major long-running drum corps contests is generally considered the “Godfather of Drum Corps” in that country. Shinichi Onodera is the former drum major and subsequent director of the multi-time Japanese national champion Renaissance Vanguard.

Since the early 1980s, Sadao Yokota has worked tirelessly to stimulate interest to help create a drum and bugle corps culture in Japan by organizing clinics featuring well-known North American drum corps experts.

He has been president of the International Marching Institute since 1994 and was general coordinator of the Marching Okayama Drum and Bugle Corps Championship from 1993 to 2014.

He served as judge administrator for the Okayama Top State Drum and Bugle Corps Championship for more than 10 years. For the Marching in Okinawa Marching Contest, he has judged general effect music and general effect visual captions while also serving as judge administrator. He also served as contest advisor and took responsibility for activity management and the adjudication system for Drum Corps Japan Association.

Noting the entertainment value of the Disney World Future Corps, a small unit with music and visual impact, he organized a visit by Japanese marching instructors and band directors to Disney World. He then helped arrange financing along with the City of Okayama and Disney World Enterprises for a 1997 visit to Japan by Future Corps, the group’s first overseas tour, that has inspired Japanese units to create more entertaining shows with high general effect. He was named a Disney Future Corps honorary member in 1997.

In 1983 he began organizing Drum Corps International (DCI) observation tours to the United States for Japanese drum corps instructors and administrators, providing brass, percussion, visual and guard clinics as well as exposure to American drum corps in rehearsals.

At the same time, he facilitated drum corps tours across the Pacific Ocean in the other direction, arranging tours to Japan by such American drum corps as Concord Blue Devils, who have made three visits, Disney Future Corps, Primary Colors, Micro Magic of Orlando. This exposure to top American drum corps entertainment expanded the popularity of the activity across the entire country among both fans and performers, and provided superior educational opportunities for Japanese drum corps members and staff.

To establish the importance of color guard visual pageantry in Japan, Sadao Yokota introduced Winter Guard International (WGI) activity to the country by inviting five-year consecutive WGI champion San Jose Raiders to Japan in 1992.

In 2010 he coordinated the initial visits to China of the Yokohama Scouts Junior Drum and Bugle Corps and AIMACHI at the Shanghai World Expo, at the International Shanghai Spring Music Festival. He introduced contemporary drum corps in Shanghai and promoted corps style marching to school bands. Chinese band instrument manufacturers have since shown increasing interest in drum corps activities.

Shinichi Onodera began his drum corps marching activity in Japan in 1969, continuing until 1997. He was a trumpet player then served as drum major from 1979 until 1991. In 1992, the corps travelled outside Japan for the first time, finishing ninth in Division II at the Drum Corps International (DCI)

championships in the United States. He left the corps in 1997 but still provided outside services, including coordination with U.S. staff.

Early in 1970, he started to volunteer with Japan Marching Band Association at competitions and other events. From 1999 to the present, he has coordinated technical productions for the Association’s several companies and venues. He has also handled coordination/communications between Japan Marching Band Association and Drum Corps International. For many years, he has also coordinated judging arrangements with DCI for Drum Corps Japan.

He continues to work to maintain good relations with domestic organizations in Japan and overseas organizations and bands.

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Seven new regular members will be inducted on August 30 2019

Posted on April 28th, 2019 by Dan Rippon

The World Drum Corps Hall of Fame will induct seven new regular members during the 2019 banquet and induction ceremony to take place in Williamsport, Pennsylvania on Friday August 30.

The inductees are: James Elvord, brass; Shirley Stratton Dorritie, visual; John Meehan, brass; Gene Monterastelli, administrative; Jay Morlot, administrative; George Oliviero, visual; Dave Vose, percussion.

The new members and their areas of specialization are:

Administrative: Jay Morlot of Norwalk, Connecticut

While under the direction of Jay Morlot, Harrison Bushwackers won six Drum Corps Associates (DCA) world championships. He served as director/president of Bushwackers from 1987 to 2011 and since 2015 has continued to serve as co-executive director and board member.

For most of those years, he also performed in the percussion section, beginning in 1982. He is widely admired for his vision and desire to see DCA and drum and bugle corps in general move forward. Among other propositions involving DCA, he proposed the use of B flat instruments.

His drum corps activities began when he marched in the percussion section of Hawthorne Muchachos in 1976 and 1977. From 1979 to 1981 he was a member of the percussion section of Fantasia III drum and bugle corps from Little Falls, New Jersey, formed by the merger of Impeerial Knights, Dynamic Royalairs and Valley Grenadiers.

He was named a member of the New Jersey Drum Corps Hall of Fame in 2015.

Administrative: Gene Monterastelli of Casper, Wyoming

Since 2002, Gene Monterastelli has been offering his extensive visual instruction and management skills, at no cost to any of the corps he works with for two or three years. During this period, he has been a management consultant with Santa Clara Vanguard, Bluecoats, Pacific Crest, Mandarin and Oregon Crusaders. His earlier administrative duties included serving as Casper Troopers assistant director and visual caption head from 1966 to 1975. He was Phantom Regiment management consultant and visual staff member from 2002 to 2004.

His extensive involvement with Drum Corps International (DCI) includes serving on the three person DCI Hall of Fame screening committee for more than 10 years, serving as the DCI rules committee chair, initiating an annual DCI drum major seminar and education program. He also initiated the Jim Jones Leadership Award, presented to drum majors in a competition that includes conducting skills, an evaluated questionnaire and community involvement outside drum corps activities.

He was visual judge with the Central States Judging Association for more than 45 years up to 2012 and visual judge and caption head with DCI from 1976 to 2001.

Over a 50-year span, he served as visual designer and instructor for Ottawa Crusaders, visual instructor with Casper Troopers, and visual staff member with Phantom Regiment, Santa Clara Vanguard, Bluecoats, Pacific Crest and Boston Crusaders. His drum corps activity began in 1958, when he played baritone bugle for four years with Marquette Crusaders of Ottawa, Illinois.

He was inducted into the DCI Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Central States Judging Association Hall of Fame in 2000.

Brass: James Elvord of Chicago, Illinois

James Elvord taught some of the very best horn lines in the drum corps activity, while providing insights on ways to improve brass judging that helped move the adjudication model away from counting errors (ticks) to an evaluative system. He pioneered and developed the system of adjudication used in SoundSport competitions during DCI national championship events.

While he was brass caption head and program coordinator, Madison Scouts won the DCI world

championship in 1975, and won the high brass caption award three years in a row in 1973, 1974 and 1975. Madison Scouts were also US Open champions in 1970. Since 1974, he has been a brass consultant with a dozen well known corps in the United States, Canada and Japan.

He was named a member of the DCI Hall of Fame in 1997. Many people he mentored are also members of the DCI Hall of Fame, including Dan Acheson, DCI executive director and Scott Stewart, former Madison Scouts director. Both are also World Drum Corps Hall of Fame members.

He has served on the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) national judging panel; been DCI brass adjudicator since 1982; served as music adjudicator with Central States Judging Association and Bands of America.

While serving as brass caption head or consultant from 1968 to 1980, he worked with Madison Junior Scouts and Explorer Scouts, Capitolaires All Ladies, Chicago Cavaliers, 27th Lancers, Santa Clara Vanguard, Colt 45s and Erie Thunderbirds. His drum corps activity began when he played French horn with Madison Junior Scouts in 1962 and 1963, then French horn and baritone with Madison Explorer Scouts until 1970.

Brass: John Meehan of Martinez, California

John Meehan’s brass performance, instructing and arranging skills have played a major role in keeping Concord Blue Devils at the peak of drum corps activity. He has won 13 DCI world championship titles, including one performing as solo soprano in 1986 and 12 more as instructor. Blue Devil horn lines have won 14 DCI Jim Ott High Brass Awards with his participation: twice as performer and 12 times as instructor. Blue Devils were World Music Contest champions in 2005.

He is considered the pre-eminent music arranger in marching arts activity, composing and designing for all levels and age groups including drum and bugle corps, marching bands, professional groups, Winter Guard International (WGI) groups. Groups around the world have performed his compositions, resulting in personal acclaim and praise directed at drum corps activity. His composing and arranging high school band clients have won many state marching band titles and Bands of America (BOA) regional titles, ldthen moved on to the finals at Bands of America Grant National Championships.

He is the lead designer for the System Blue and King marching brass instrument series. He is involved with development and production for the Sample Logic and System Blue sound libraries.

While serving as Blue Devils brass caption head and arranger, he has also been brass arranger for Kidsgrove Scouts of England, Pacific Crest, Yokohama Scouts of Japan, Velvet Knights, Skyriders and Santa Clara Vanguard. In 1993, he was trial music judge with Drum Corps Midwest.

All his performing years were in the Blue Devils organization, beginning with the C corps in 1980, moving to the B corps in 1983, then up to the A corps from 1986 to 1989

Percussion: Dave Vose of Cape Neddick, Maine

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.

Visual: Shirley Stratton Dorritie of Knightsen, California

As one of the Concord Blue Devils first staff members, Shirley Stratton Dorritie led the way in the transition of traditional color guards from military to modern, making use of multiple pieces of equipment and pioneering the use of color, costumes and various props. During her time as color guard instructor and choreographer from 1971 to 1984, Blue Devils won DCI world championships four times and took the best color guard award in 1984.

Her dedication, passion for the activity, creativity and constant innovation opened the modern era of visual arts programming and design by emphasizing an artistic approach that changed the look and role of drum corps guards, making them spectacular visual components of shows. Throughout a drum corps career that spans more than 40 years as performer, instructor, visual designer, innovator and manager she has made a huge impact on every aspect of drum corps activity and impacted the lives of many students, staff members and adjudicators.

She holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology with a certificate in Sport Psychology, specializing in training performers of all types for optimal achievement. She is the author of four levels of the WGI Certify online judge training courses; e-Adjudicate Academy’s Judging 101: The Basics for Marching Band and the chapter titled Why The Guns? Color Guard from Military to Modern in Drum Corps World’s History of Drum Corps volume II.

She became a DCI Hall of Fame member in 2009 and received the Winter Guard Association of Southern California Order of Excellence in 2018.

Since 1983, she has been visual adjudicator with DCI, WGI, BOA and Marching in Okayama. She has been general effect judge with WGI since 1994; director of judge education with Winter Guard Association of SoCal since 2011 and judge development manager with WGI since 2016.

Since 1971, she has served as instructor, caption head, consultant or coordinator for drum corps including Blue Devils, Freelancers, 27th Lancers, Santa Clara Vanguard, San Francisco Renegades, Arizona Academy. She has also served as business manager and assistant director with Blue Devils, assistant to the Santa Clara Vanguard director, and business office manager for Blue Devils.

She marched with the Blue Devils guard from 1968 to 1977, carrying a rifle then serving as color guard captain.

Visual: George Oliviero of Walnut Creek, California

Geoege Oliviero, already a member of four halls of fame, is a well-known pioneer who has written and implemented philosophies regarding general effect, visual and design analysis and scoring systems that

have been in use for many years.

He is a member of the Massachusetts Drum Corps Hall of Fame, Color Guard Netherlands Hall of Fame, DCI Hall of Fame, WGI Hall of Fame. He also received the World Music Contest Award as a Friend of WMC.

He has been a visual caption judge with various organizations since 1966 when he began 30 years of service with Eastern Mass. Judges. He has also served with the New England Band Association, DCI and WGI as visual caption head. He has been a visual judge with the Western Bands Association since 1998.

Through the 1960s and early 1970s, he served as visual instructor with several nationally-known northeastern groups: St. Kevin’s Emerald Knights, St. Anthony’s Band, IC Reveries and 27th Lancers. He has also served as designer and visual instructor with Boston Crusaders and Boston College Band.

His activity began in 1958 as a horn player with Everett Statesmen from 1958 to 1960. He then spent two years each in the horn lines of Cambridge Caballeros and St. Kevin’s Emerald Knights.

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2019 Regular Member voting is underway

Posted on March 24th, 2019 by Dan Rippon

Voting for Regular Members for the 2019 World Drum Corps Hall of Fame is now open and will remain open until midnight on March 29.  If your a Regular voting member and did not receive your email request to vote from Bob Zarfoss, please contact Bob directly at

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Flyer for Drum Corps Cruise 2020

Posted on March 24th, 2019 by Dan Rippon

Click on the below link for a flyer for The Drum Corps Cruise 2020. We still have rooms left in our group.

If you have any questions or would like to join us next January, please call Bob Cardaneo at 1-800-519-0050

Drum Corps Cruise 2020 Flyer

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Come aboard for Hall of Fame cruise from Fort Lauderdale on January 19, 2020

Posted on February 24th, 2019 by Dan Rippon

Everyone is welcome to join the fun on a World Drum Corps Hall of Fame seven-night round trip cruise of the eastern Caribbean that sets sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 19, 2020. Ports of call along the way include Philipsburg in St. Maarten; Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas and a day at Coco Cay, Bahamas before docking back in Florida on January 26.

The cruise is an annual fund raising event for the Hall of Fame, offering a great opportunity to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, family reunion or just enjoy a week in the sun during a dreary stretch of winter weather.

Royal Caribbean cruise shop Allure of the Seas offers spacious staterooms, Broadway-style shows and nightlife and a range of dining opportunities including maki at Jade Sushi, endless buffet choices at the Windjammer Cafe or a fine dining five course dinner at 150 Central Park restaurant.

There will also be plenty of options for keeping the waistline trim, including a 40-foot on-deck climbing wall, a zip line suspended over nine decks, an on-deck surfing simulator. You may choose instead to relax in a spa, select a good book from the shipboard library and lay back in one of the many whirlpools throughout the ship.

Cabin choices include ocean view or outside balcony locations with prices ranging from $1,070 to $1,199.

Details regarding a pre-cruise hotel package will be available by September or October 2019. For more information about the cruise, contact World Drum Corps Hall of Fame member Bob Cardaneo at telephone (302) 945-4620 or email

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2020 HOF Cruise Info Posted

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Information and links for the 2020 World Drum Crops Hall of Fame cruise have been posted on our website.

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