Cardaneo Selected As 2008 Hall Of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

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Bob Cardaneo, of Long Neck, Delaware, is the 2008 winner of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame President’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the first winner selected by Bob Glovna, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, who became president of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame in September, 2007, replacing outgoing president George Bull, of Baltimore, Maryland.

Cardaneo will be inducted into the World Hall of Fame along with six other new members at the annual ceremony to be held in Rochester, New York on Labor Day weekend. The new regular members who will be inducted during the Hall of Fame’s annual luncheon, to be held at noon, Saturday August 30, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Rochester, are: Steve Cooley, of Dunkirk, New York; Larry Darch, of Buffalo, New York; Thom Hannum, of Amherst, Massachusetts; Art Hlywa, of Oxford, Connecticut; Harold ‘Robby’ Robinson, Sr., of West Chester, Pennsylvania and Neal Smith, of Canton, Massachusetts.

Cardaneo, who represents the third generation of family involvement in drum and bugle corps activity, has long been helping keep the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame afloat financially through the fund-raising ocean cruises organized by his cruise travel agency. Since 2001, he has helped raise more than $40,000 as the booking agency for the Friends and Fans of Drum Corps Cruises, sponsored by the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame.

Drum corps involvement is a strong family tradition. His father, aunts and uncles marched in the St. Vincent’s Cadets, of Bayonne, New Jersey. One of his grandfathers was one of the original drum instructors for St. Vincent’s and his other grandfather was the director of the McKenzie Post Drum Corps.

Cardaneo played French horn with the Garfield Cadets in 1967. He also served as horn instructor for the Garfield Plebes for many years and was one of the brass instructors for the Garfield Cadets in 1977.

He started judging with the All-Eastern Judges Association in 1969. He has judged with the National Judges Association and is currently with the East Coast Judges Guild. He has judged for both Drum Corps International (DCI) and Drum Corps Associates (DCA). He judged his first DCA contest in 1978 and is currently the Brass Caption Head for DCA, a position he has held for the past seven years.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony is a special event during the 2008 DCA championship tournament weekend. The Crowne Plaza is located across the Genesee River from the venues for the free admission Individual and Ensemble (I&E) competitions, mini corps contest and old fashioned outdoor drum corps party to be held Friday evening, and just a few blocks from PAETEC Park Stadium, where the DCA preliminaries, Alumni Classic concert and DCA finals will take place.

Members of the public are welcome to visit displays of memorabilia and mingle with Hall of Fame members in the Crowne Plaza mezzanine during the social hour before the induction luncheon begins at noon on Saturday. Tickets for the luncheon are available through Hall of Fame programs chairman Darcy Davis, at telephone (413) 786-7356 in Agawam, Massachusetts.

Since its founding in 1976 by the late Vince Bruni, of Rochester, New York, membership in the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame has grown from six charter members to 430 regular and associate members from the United States and Canada, who have contributed to the activity across North America, Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia and Japan. Membership in 2008 includes 136 active and 104 deceased regular members and 166 active and 24 deceased associate members. Bruni also founded the Empire Statesmen, the five-time DCA championship corps that is sponsoring the 2008 DCA tournament in Rochester for the third year in a row.

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Posted by on Sunday, May 4th, 2008. Filed under DCA News.