Robert Glovna 1945-2013

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The Connecticut Hurricanes Drum and Bugle Corps is saddened to report the passing of Robert “Bobby” Glovna late yesterday afternoon after a long battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Bob Glovna began his love of marching music in 1955 at age 10 as a trumpet player for the Madison School Band in Bridgeport, CT. Soon after, he attended the Barnum Festival’s “Parade of Champions” and was inspired to join Bridgeport’s own St. Raphael’s Golden Buccaneers Jr. Corps. There, he honed his craft as a lead soprano through 1960. In 1961, he joined the Connecticut Hurricanes and was fortunate enough to enjoy several championships during that decade. In 1970, Bob was tapped as the new Hurricanes’ Director and Business Manager and maintained that post through 1976.

In addition to his long career with the Hurricanes, Bob served as Vice-President of Drum Corps Associates (DCA) from 1975 to 1983. In 1979, he was bestowed the great honor of being inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame. Mr. Glovna also served as Musical Chairman for the Barnum Festival from 1975-1980, being honored as the Barnum Festival Grand Marshal in 1980. In 2005, Bob became the Director and Business manager of Bridgeport’s popular Park City Pride Alumni Corps. Additionally, in 2007 Mr. Glovna became president of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame.

Throughout his long involvement in the Drum Corps activity, Bob Glovna was a friend, director, administrator, and most importantly a mentor to many that he crossed paths with.

The Hurricanes organization is deeply saddened by this loss, and we extend our deepest sympathies to Patti and her family.

Please continue to check for information on funeral arrangements.

Posted by on Monday, July 15th, 2013. Filed under Current News, DCA News, FrontPage Feature.