Meet The Mataruga Family
It has been said that ” good things come in small packages, small can be better than large, and size doesn’t matter “. This month the DCA Families in Drum Corps Tour travels to Troy, New York where we meet the Mataruga family from Excelsior. Excelsior is the smallest sized competitive corps in the ranks of DCA.
Donel Mataruga began her drum corps journey began with the Volunteers at age eleven through age fourteen. She then joined the Avant Garde until aging out. She joined Excelsior in April of 2004 as a Charter Member along with son’s David and Dillon in the drum line and Daulton in the horn line. Donel chose DCA because Excelsior was an all age corps at the time they went competitive in 2009. The drum corps activity has benefited Donel as she found a direction and calling in her life to be a mother figure to more than just her own kids. She credits John Rustin and Larry Laugier from her first corps, the Volunteers, for reaching the point where she is today. Excelsior provides a more family oriented environment than most while still maintaining the disciplined character building culture of drum corps. A young person who Donel had to convince to do drum corps, went on to join the Hawthorne Caballeros and in 2016 aged out with the DCI World Champion Bluecoats!
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