Remembering World Drum Corps Hall Of Fame’s Dom Fulginiti

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Funeral services for World Drum Corps Hall of Fame member Dominic Fulginiti, who passed away March 19 at age 68, were held at Malpezzi Funeral Home in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, on Friday, March 23.

Dom Fulginiti, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006, had been judging drum and bugle corps contests for almost 40 years, beginning with the National Judges Association in 1967. He also judged for Drum Corps Associates (DCA) since 1970.

He served as the co-ordinator of the New Jersey Color Guard Association indoor contest circuit for almost 20 years, from 1975 to 1994. During that time, he also served as the judging co-ordinator with DCA, and was director of the National Judges Association for five years.

He was the Mid-Atlantic Judges Association music caption head from 1963 to 1967, and brass caption head for the Red Carpet Association international contest circuit from 1967 to 1975.

His drum corps activity began when he played soprano horn with Vasella Musketeers from 1957 to 1962. He marched as drum major of two junior corps, Hadden Heights Vagabonds and Bordertown Jersey Devils, before joining Archer-Epler Musketeers as a baritone horn player in 1964. Over a number of years, he was also a member of Archer Epler-Reilly Raiders, and the Philadelphia Sound of Brass.

During the 1960s, he was active with a number of junior corps. He was brass technician for Gloucester Brigadiers and Hadden Heights Vagabonds; program co-ordinator for Brookhaven Crusaders and First Staters; brass instructor for the Greater Chester Movement.

After graduating from Bishop Neuman High School in Philadelphia, he majored in accounting at Temple University and organic chemistry at St. Joseph’s University. He worked for E.I DuPont and Berg Electronics for 21 years before starting his own printing business in 1987.

He is survived by his wife Susan, son S. Scott Fulginiti and wife Carol L. of New Castle, Delaware; daughter Carolyn N. Lindgren of Bear, Delaware; brother Stephen and fiancée Angela Barndollar.

Dom Fulginiti is the eighth member of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame to pass away since last September’s induction ceremony in Rochester, New York. Those who passed earlier are Bob Adair, Rip Bernert, Marty Hurley, Doug Kleinhans, John Manlove, Dick Pronti, Ralph Silverbrand.

For more information about the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame, including biographies of members and a listing of corps of the decade since the 1940s, visit the Web site at

Posted by on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012. Filed under Current News, DCA News.