DCI Hall Of Fame Member Sal Ferrera Passes Away

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The drum corps activity lost one of its most colorful personalities Tuesday, Dec. 7, when DCI Hall of Fame member Sal Ferrera passed away in Chicago after a lengthy illness.

A snare drummer during the earliest days of the Cavaliers, Ferrera realized he had a knack for writing music for bugles. From 1953 through 1972, he put his talents to use as the corps? arranger, creating many memorable arrangements that helped launch the Green Machine to a multitude of VFW and American Legion National Championships.

Ferrera wore many hats in the Cavaliers; he not only arranged for the brass, but also instructed the horn line and served as both music director and program director for the corps for 20 years. From 1973 through 1977, he served as executive vice president and corps director succeeding corps founder Don Warren.

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Posted by on Tuesday, December 7th, 2010. Filed under DCI World.