Neuhoff Named New Hall Of Fame Treasurer
Bob Neuhoff, of New York City, is the new treasurer of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame, replacing Phil Gentile, of Joppa, Maryland. Neuhoff’s appointment was announced by Hall of Fame president Bob Glovna, of Bridgeport, Connecticut during the group’s annual general meeting, following this year’s induction ceremonies in Rochester, New York on Labor Day weekend
Gentile is a long-time associate of former Hall of Fame president George Bull, of Baltimore, Maryland, who stepped down from his position last year after serving as an officer since the organization was founded in 1976 by the late Vince Bruni, of Rochester. Bull and Gentile had worked together for many years with the Yankee Rebels organization.
Neuhoff served as long range planning chairman of the Hall of Fame for several years before his appointment as treasurer. The other officers are: vice president Bob Peterson, of North Mankato, Minnesota; executive secretary Jim Cossetti, of Downington, Pennsylvania; induction dinner chairman Darcy Davis, of Agawam, Massachusetts; membership chairman Dick Filkins, of West Palm Beach, Florida; chaplain and historian Bill McGrath, of Rochester, New York; systems information chairman Carol Hooton, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; public relations chairman Roy Wilson, of Vineland, Ontario. The members of the executive committee are Bill “Rip” Bernert, of Blackwood, New Jersey; Roman Blenski, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Bob Findley, of Shelton, Connecticut and Riggie Laus, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Neuhoff, a member of the Hall of Fame since 1991, has been affiliated with the brass sections of St. Michael’s, St. Patrick’s, St. Vincent’s, St. Anne’s and Saldarini Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post drum corps. He also performed in the brass section of the S. H. Young American Legion Post corps, and later served as color guard captain. With the New York Skyliners, he instructed the guard, taught marching and manoeuvring, and also served as show co-ordinator, director, business manager and a trustee of the corporation.
He was chairman of the popular “Evening With The Corps” and “Afternoon With The Guards” shows, and organized many Drum Corps Associates (DCA) contests. In addition to his World Drum Corps Hall of Fame duties, he has been involved with a number of high school marching bands and has held administrative positions with several drum and bugle corps contest circuits.
The World Drum Corps Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization honoring those individuals who have contributed significantly over many years to the development and continuing excellence drum and bugle corps activity. 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 individuals and organizations involved with drum and bugle corps activity, thereby enhancing constructive contributions in all areas. One of the organization’s major social events is an annual “Friends and Fans of Drum Corps” winter cruise, which is open anyone in the community, not just Hall of Fame members. The next five-day cruise of the Caribbean will depart from Miami, Florida on Monday, January 12, 2009.
Information about the cruise is available from Bob Cardaneo, of CruiseOne, 32317 Mulligan Way, Long Neck, Delaware 19966. He is also available by telephone at (302) 945-4620 or (800) 519-0050 or by email at: CR1RLC [at] comcast [dot] net
Since its founding, 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, England, the Netherlands, the Middle East, South Africa and Japan.
More information about the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame is available at www.worlddrumcorpshof.org/