Memorial Service For Past WDCHOF President Glovna
A memorial service for World Drum Corps Hall of Fame past president Bob Glovna, age 67, will begin at noon on Friday, July 19 at Commerce Hill Funeral Home, 4798 Main Street in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He passed away at home on Sunday, July 14 with family members by his side.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the ALS Association in his memory. He had battled amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, for several years. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
He is survived by his wife Patti and children David, Richard, Vincent, Danielle, Christopher and 10 grandchildren. He is predeceased by daughter Laura Flynn.
He became president of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame in September 2007 when George Bull, a charter member who had served on the executive since 1976 stepped down from the position. Bob Peterson became president when Bob Glovna stepped down two years ago.
The city of Bridgeport recognized his accomplishments and contributions to the drum and bugle corps community over many years by proclaiming December 4, 2010 to be Robert “Bob” Glovna Day in Bridgeport.
He was 10 years old in 1955 when he first played trumpet in the Madison School Band in Bridgeport. After seeing Hawthorne Caballeros drum major Ralph Silverbrand at Hedges Field stadium during the Barnum Festival senior drum and bugle corps contest, he was inspired to join the newly formed St. Raphael’s Buccaneers junior corps in Bridgeport, as a soprano horn player.
He remained with the Buccaneers until 1960 then performed with Connecticut Hurricanes senior corps until 1970. At the end of the 1970 season, he became corps director and business manager of the Hurricanes, serving in that position until 1977. During his final two years as corps director, he also served as vice president of Drum Corps Associates (DCA), holding that office until 1983.
Bridgeport’s week long Barnum Festival each July honors P. T. Barnum, the renowned circus producer and a former mayor of Bridgeport. Bob Glovna was nominated as Barnum Festival Musical Chairman for the Champions on Parade drum and bugle corps contest from 1975 to 1980, serving as grand marshal in the final year.
He was show chairman for the Bright Lights DCA senior drum and bugle corps show from 1982 to 1985. In 2005, a year after the formation of Park City Pride, an alumni corps representing a number of popular junior corps from the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, the board of directors unanimously elected him as director and business manager.
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 467 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 and Japan.
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 of 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 web site at: http://www.worlddrumcorpshof.org/