DCA: Larry Hershman Not Seeking Re-Election
In an email to the directors of Drum Corps Associates, Larry Hershman announced that he has chosen not to seek a fourth term as vice-president.
Larry’s history with DCA runs deep. He joined the drum corps activity as a member in 1962, and started his teaching career in 1969. He served as the director of the Westshoremen from 1974 to 1983, and as program director to the U.S. Naval Academy Drum & Bugle Corps from 1984 to 1986. From there he moved to DCI’s Bluecoats from Canton, OH and helped move the corps from a 28th place finish to a finalist position in 1987.
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that Larry brought corps members together from across the country as the show coordinator of the All-Star Drum & Bugle Corps for three Macy’s Parade performances and Today Show concerts. Additionally, Larry’s Five Star Brass Inc. has supported the DCA mission for many years. His team, including Rose and Bill Light, two very remarkable people, along with Dan Rippon and Chuck Saia worked tirelessly to promote and serve our organization.
Larry also served as our judging coordinator for eight years, prior to being asked by DCA’s Executive Committee to serve as an advisor. He served in that capacity for two years and subsequently was elected Vice President by the membership, and has held that position ever since.
“I have known Larry for over forty years. Larry’s passion and dedication to the activity over all these years is remarkable” said Gil Silva, DCA President. “His contribution can be measured by the thousands of drum corps performers, judges, and organizations he has touched” .
Larry concluded his note to the directors, writing, “Lots of years have passed since that time and many things changed…. Then came last year’s rules congress and an acknowledgement (at least on paper) of the existence of an audience. Embrace the new sheets and tell your staff to program for the people!”
This we will do, Larry. Thank you for your countless hours of effort, and helping us make DCA what it is today.