2006 World Drum Corps Hall Of Fame Inductees
The six men who will be inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame on Labour Day weekend have made an impact on the activity in key areas right across the country, from Rhode Island on the Atlantic to the Wisconsin heartland and the Pacific coast in Washington.
Their involvement in drum and bugle corps activity stretches from the early 1950s to the current day.
Colin Campbell, Dominic J. Fulginiti, Jerry Kelsey, Vincent Monacelli, Ken Norman and Richard Price will be inducted as regular members of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame. Tom Peashey is the President’s Award winner for his long-term contributions. He will be inducted during the same ceremony.
This year’s luncheon and induction ceremony will take place at noon, Saturday September 2 in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Rochester, NY. The Hall of Fame event is part of the 2006 Drum Corps Associates (DCA) championship tournament weekend. The Crowne Plaza is just a few blocks from the new Paetec Stadium, where the DCA preliminaries, Alumni Classic concert and DCA finals will take place.
The contributions and achievements of the 2006 inductees are:
•Colin Campbell: Rochester, New York
Colin Campbell’s involvement began in 1953, as a performer with the East Rochester Rockets junior corps. He moved to the percussion line of the Ridge Culver Statesmen junior corps in 1958, performing, arranging and instructing the section. He also arranged the drumming and instructed the Alpine Girls All Girl corps in Rochester from 1959 to 1966. While playing in the Crusaders drum line, he also wrote the arrangements and instructed the percussion section through three identity changes in the 1960s: the Hilton Crusaders, Irondequoit Crusaders and Rochester Crusaders. He served as percussion arranger and instructor with Hamburg Kingsmen from 1970 to 1973. Under his direction, the Crusaders were the top drum line at the American Legion (AL) national championships in Portland, Oregon, and took top honors the following year at the AL nationals in Washington, DC. He has served as a judge in the New York chapter of the All American Judges Association.
•Dominic J. Fulginiti: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Dom Fulginiti has been judging drum and bugle corps contests for almost 40 years, beginning with the National Judges Association in 1967. He has also been judging for Drum Corps Associates (DCA) since 1970. He served as the co-ordinator of the New Jersey Color Guard Association indoor contest circuit for almost 20 years, from 1975 to 1994. During that time, he also served as the judging co-ordinator with Drum Corps Associates (DCA), and was director of the National Judges Association for five years. He was the Mid-Atlantic Judges Association music caption head from 1963 to 1967, and brass caption head for the Red Carpet Association international contest circuit from 1967 to 1975. His drum corps activity began when he played soprano horn with Vasella Musketeers from 1957 to 1962. He marched as drum major of two junior corps, Hadden Heights and Bordentown Jersey Devils, before joining Archer-Epler Musketeers as a baritone horn player in 1964. During the 1960s, he was active with a number of junior corps. He was brass technician for Gloucester Brigadiers and Hadden Heights; program co-ordinator for Brookhaven Crusaders and First Staters; brass instructor for the Greater Chester Movement.
•Jerry Kelsey: Warsaw, New York
Jerry Kelsey played three different horns, soprano, mellophone and baritone, from 1961 to 1971 with St. Joseph’s of Batavia. He was drum major of Auburn Purple Lancers in 1975. In the years since 1978, he has been brass arranger for some of the best-known corps in the country: the Crossmen, Suncoast Sound, Rochester Crusaders, Rochester Empire Statesmen, Racine Kilties, Boston Crusaders, Reading Buccaneers, Capital Regiment, San Francisco Renegades and Madison Scouts. He was brass arranger and instructor in 1998, when the Empire Statesmen became the only drum corps in history to win the triple crown: the World Show Band Championship, with the highest score ever recorded in that contest, in London, England, the Drum Corps Associates (DCA) title and the American Legion (AL) championship. He first proposed that Drum Corps International (DCI) horn lines convert to three-valve instruments. Three-valve horns are now the standard for the activity. He has served as program and staff co-ordinator for Capital Regiment and Racine Kilties since 2000. Since beginning to judge in 1974, he has served with the New York State Judges Federation, the Southern States Association and the Indiana School of Music.
•Vincent Monacelli: Rochester, New York
Vince Monacelli has been one of the activity’s most-admired drill designers since 1977, when he began teaching the Watkins Glen Squires junior drum and bugle corps in western New York. In the following years, he created memorable drills for such well-known drum and bugle corps on both sides of the border as the Cadets of Greece, Crossmen, Dutch Boy, Blue Coats, Rochester Crusaders and Empire Statesmen. He has been particularly successful as a Winter Guard International (WGI) instructor, winning four national color guard championships in a row in the mid-1990s. He was a color guard and marching judge with the New York Federation of Judges from 1979 to 1996, and judged marching for Drum Corps International (DCI) and Drum Corps East (DCE) from 1979 to 1981. His career in drum and bugle corps activity began when he played in the horn line of St. Joseph’s of Batavia from 1966 to 1972.
•Ken Norman: Racine, Wisconsin
An accomplished performer and arranger, Ken Norman is also one of the great innovators in the drum corps community. He was the chief proponent of the adoption of the G-F bugle, considered by many to be the single most important development in brass instrumentation. He was also a major contributor to the music analysis judging sheet, the first “non-tick” caption sheet, first used in 1971. He was instrumental in the first use of the mellophone as a solo and ensemble instrument in brass voicing. His major contribution to drum corps activity is arranging music. He has created charts for more than 100 drum and bugle corps around the world, including Ahaheim Kingsmen, Velvet Knights, DeLaSalle Oaklands, Etobicoke Oakland Crusaders, Belleville Black Knights, Reading Buccaneers, Syracuse Brigadiers, Spirit of ‘76 and the United States Air Force Academy drum and bugle corps. His arrangement of Auld Lang Syne is performed throughout the drum corps community. He first performed on French horn with Racine Kilties juniors in 1962, and later played mellophone with Kenosha Kingsmen and the Kilties senior corps. He was the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) national French horn champion in 1963.
•Richard Price: Middle Town, Rhode Island
"Ritchee" Price has been a dazzling solo soprano player since 1966, when he first joined York White Roses junior drum and bugle corps. He received the Maynard Ferguson Silver Trumpet award for excellence at Berklee College of Music. He has performed with such well-known corps as Reading Buccaneers, Rhode Island Matadors, Sunrisers, and Empire Statesmen. He also marched as drum major of the Matadors between 1976 and 1982. He has been music arranger or brass technician with several corps since 1969, when he was assistant arranger with York White Roses. Since then, he has been arranger or technician for Framingham Sharpshooters, 27th Lancers, Rhode Island Picadors, Rhode Island Matadors, and Sunrisers.
•Tom Peashey: Lynnwood, Washington: President’s Award recipient
Tom Peashey has been participating in all phases of drum and bugle corps activity for more than 50 years. Since first performing as a soprano and French horn player with Oswego Pathfinders and Mexico Grey Barons in the early 1950s, he was been an instructor, administrator, judge and contest announcer. As chief financial officer and bingo chairman of Rochester Patriots from 1978 to 2002, he designed and arranged funding for three separate bingo halls. Patriot Bingo Hall III was named one of the top 10 in North American in 2001 by Bingo Managers Magazine. He was appointed director of operations for the Northwest Youth Music Association and the Seattle Cascades junior drum and bugle corps in 2005. He was director of marketing and public relations for Drum Corps Associates from 1994 to 2005. He has been corps director of Rochester Crusaders, a member of the board of directors with Syracuse Brigadiers, and founded and served as co-director of the Oswego Black Knights. He played French horn and mellophone for such well-known western New York groups as Rochester Crusaders, Syracuse Brigadiers and Fulton Gauchos. He has also instructed a number of western New York drum and bugle corps, high school bands and winter color guards.
Since its founding in 1976 by the late Vince Bruni, of Rochester, NY, membership in the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame has grown from six charter members to more than 400 regular and associate members from the United States and Canada, who have contributed to the activity across North America, Europe, Africa and Japan.
More information about the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame is available at www.worlddrumcorpshof.org/