Peterson Becomes World Drum Corps Hall Of Fame President

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After serving as vice president of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame since 2007, Bob Peterson, of North Mankato, Minnesota, is the new president of the board of trustees of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame. He replaces outgoing president Bob Glovna, of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, who will continue to serve as president emeritus providing advice and input to the president, along with charter member and former president George Bull of Baltimore, Maryland.

Rich Templin, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania will now serve on the board as vice president.

The appointments were announced during the Hall of Fame’s annual luncheon and induction ceremony held at the Westin Hotel in Annapolis, Maryland on Labor Day weekend. The other members of the board of trustees are: executive secretary Bob Zarfoss of York, Pennsylvania; treasurer Bob Neuhoff of Sea Bright, New Jersey; administrator Dick Filkins of Maggie Valley, North Carolina; historian and dinner program editor Bill McGrath, Jr. of Rochester, New York; systems information chair Carol Hooton of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; merchandising chair Roman Blenski of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; public relations chair Roy Wilson of Burlington, Ontario; banquet chair Shirley McGrath of Rochester, New York.

Bob Peterson, a graduate of the United States Naval Conservatory of Music in Washington D.C., was inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame in 1994. His 66 years of drum corps involvement began with St. George Cadets of Paterson, New Jersey. During more than four decades of activity, he taught drumming to more than two-dozen corps, including the Hawthorne Caballeros, Hawthorne Muchachos, Garfield Cadets, St Andrew’s Bridgeman, Interstatesmen and the Valley Grenadiers. He founded the All States Judging Association and judged contests for the Mid Atlantic, Eastern States, Drum Corps International (DCI) and Drum Corps Associates (DCA) associations. He played snare drum in the drumline of the Holy Name Cadets, the forerunner of the Garfield Cadets, in the mid 1950s and later played snare drum with Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps. He was one of the founders of the Hawthorne Caballeros Alumni Corps and was the first drum instructor and arranger for the corps. He filled in as drum major in the first parade of the Hawthorne Caballeros Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps as the group had not yet recruited a drum major.

New Hall of Fame vice president Richard Templin was inducted in 2000. He performed with a number of Pennsylvania corps, starting with the Milton Comancheros in 1959 then going on to the Milton Keystoners and York White Roses through 1969. He was a member of the Westshoremen, of Harrisburg, from 1970 through 1973. During the 1980s, he was a show designer and drill arranger for such well-known senior corps as the Westshoremen, New York Skyliners and Archer-Epler Musketeers. He was the drill instructor for the Hawthorne Caballeros from 1982 to1984. He has served as an administrator with a number of judging associations, including the Mid Atlantic Judging Association, the Cavalcade of Bands, the Keystone Indoor Drill Association, and was visual caption chair for Drum Corps Associates (DCA). He has also been a visual judge with Drum Corps International (DCI) and DCA and has judged for the National Judging Association. He is the co-founder of the Keystone Indoor Drill Association.

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 459 regular and associate members from the United States and Canada, who have contributed to the activity across North America, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, the Middle East, South Africa, Japan and Australia.

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 all age (senior) corps of the decade.

For more information about the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame, visit the website at

Posted by on Monday, September 10th, 2012. Filed under Current News, DCA News, FrontPage Feature.