Phil Gentile Appointed WDCHOF Treasurer
Phil Gentile is the new treasurer of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame, taking over the position from Anne Woodhams, who completed her five-year term of office at the 2006 annual general meeting in Rochester NY. The annual general meeting is held each Labor Day weekend, following the luncheon and induction ceremony for new members.
The World Drum Corps Hall of Fame is not connected to Drum Corps Associates (DCA), but the Hall’s induction ceremony and annual meeting is generally held on the Saturday of the DCA world championship tournament weekend.
Hall of Fame president George Bull, the only charter member of the organization still serving on the executive, announced Gentile’s appointment.
Phil Gentile, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993, began playing soprano horn for St. Andrews and St. James drum and bugle corps in Baltimore in 1949, before becoming drum major of the Dundalk Cadets. He became Archer-Epler Musketeers drum major in 1960, then moved to Yankee Rebels of Baltimore where he served in many roles, including drum major, soprano horn player, drill and horn instructor, program coordinator, assistant director.
In 1992, he took over as corps director following the retirement of long-time director George Bull.
“Annie” Woodhams, the first associate member of the Hall of Fame to serve on the executive, was appointed treasurer by president Vince Bruni for a term that began in 2002. She was inducted as a charter member in the Hall of Fame’s associate category in 2001.
She was an original member of the Blue Angels color guard and drill team, performing with the group from 1959 to 1961. She then played snare drum with Rochester’s Alpine Girls drum and bugle corps from 1962 to 1966. In 1975, she played snare with Rochester Crusaders. She and her husband Bob “Woody” Woodhams joined the Empire Statesmen administrative team in 1997, assuming responsibility for co-ordinating the booster operation, including product design, ordering and sales. They also assisted with uniform distribution. In 1998, she helped plan and co-ordinate the Statesmen’s trip to England, where the corps won the World Show Band title. She has been volunteering at bingo games, and opening her home to out of town corps members since 1998.
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 420 regular and associate members from the United States and Canada, who have contributed to the activity across North America, Europe, Africa and Japan.
The World Drum Corps Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization honoring those individuals who have, over a number of years, contributed significantly to the development and continuing excellence of the activity through individual or collective effort. The organization also seeks to preserve the history of the drum and bugle corps movement in North America by selecting a noteworthy junior and senior “corps of the decade”.
An important part of the Hall of Fame’s purpose is to enhance a feeling of good fellowship among the many individuals and organizations involved with drum and bugle corps activity, thereby enhancing constructive contributions in all areas.
More information about the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame is available at www.worlddrumcorpshof.org/