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  1. They just don't come any better than Dan Farrell. From the time he picked up the horn, he's always been at the top of his game and enjoyed the universal respect of his peers. He may change careers, but those things won't change. Bravo, Bravo, Bravissimo, my friend.
  2. While it's true that Aunt Nellie resisted the decision to introduce a female component into the Cadets at first (She was a staunch traditionalist), she ultimately embraced the idea, as this photo proves: She's "pinning" the sash for one of the guard (Andrea Di Martino) before a show in '77. Note that Andrea's very non-traditional uniform includes "hot pants". Aunt Nellie's world was changing, along with the entire drum corps activity, but she rolled with it. At that point, though, the national color was still on the field, and if memory serves, the young lady pictured had begun her performance career guarding it with a side-arm.
  3. Meet Aunt Nellie:
  4. " Times DO change. And Color Guards are FAR more important in the scores./placements now than perhaps any time in history of the activity. " In my view, there is no question about that. In fact, a solid case can be made that the guard has become the single most important visual element in any field production. Consider the success of corps whose principal visual designers are primarily guard specialists.
  5. Rest in Peace Paul Cain

    Paul was a man of great generosity who freely shared his talent and efforts in the cause of the activity he so cherished. We are all the beneficiaries of those efforts.

    Just a follow-up, and we can certainly use some good news: Ellis found a donor, a wonderful, generous woman from the Boston area. He got his transplant and is recovering nicely. Blessings on both of them!
  7. Grading the Bugle Boys (and girls)

    " Federal support is for military defense not bands " I think I was absent the day this was discussed in my American Constitutional History Class. There is little doubt in my mind that we spend too much on the military, in general. In fact, we could probably do without half of the generals, and nobody would notice. Those salaries and perks could cover a lot of appearances by The Commandant's Own and the West Point Hellcats. I'm afraid I'll have to retain the "philosophy" position, on the grounds that it's really a question of prioritizing the expenditure, not the amount thereof. But let's keep the discussion going. I'm not so doctrinaire that I can't be convinced by a cogent argument espousing another viewpoint. Besides, it's now officially the off-season and we need some stimulation.
  8. Grading the Bugle Boys (and girls)

    What an amazingly intelligent discussion to hold on these modest pages! The economists are dueling. Soon the music educators and performers will have their say. Me, I was a History/Poli-Sci major, but only a lowly Sgt. E-5 in the Army, and not even in the band. When I asked for an "indoor" job, they made me a tank driver. Still, I know Jefferson's words about government being instituted to secure the "unalienable rights" of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness", and it's simply not possible to quantify something like happiness, which is essentially qualitative. A nation without national music is soulless, and recordings (on which I depend for my livelihood) simply do not cut it in this instance. It's really not about the economics of the issue, it's about the philosophy.
  9. John Pratt Needs Our Prayers

    I was honored to meet Mr. Pratt several years ago at the WDC Hall of Fame inductions. As with all the truly great teachers, he is gracious and generous to a fault. John had much praise for other drum teachers we both knew, like Dennis Delucia, Fred Sanford, Bobby Thompson and Jerry Shellmer. All of those masters would have deferred to him, and did.
  10. Highlights of Your DC Days

    "All with Les Diplomates as FH, Lead Soprano and horn instructor:" Les of my favorite corps of all time! Those people were light years ahead of everybody in the GE category when I competed with them in the Sunrisers. We absolutely loved those guys, and the gorgeous gals as well. Canadian corps always had a joi de vivre that electrified audiences, and the Dips were the epitome of that. My hat is off to hem to this day.
  11. Hey, play nice, youse guys. (Please note NYC accent, which I can't seem to lose, not that there's anything wrong with that.)
  12. Best slow solo ever?

    If you're old, I'm a fossil. "Ever" is a long time, even in drum corps. Bonnie Ott and Barbara Maroney have a lock on the "modern" era for me, but if you've never heard Tommy Martin on "I loves You Porgy" with the '62 Air Force Corps or on "Street Scene" with the Skyliners thereafter, you'd be rewarded for doing the research.
  13. John Sasso

    Knowing he didn't use the internet, I called John's first bugle instructor this morning to tell him of his student's passing. Bill Hayes was one of the most prominent soloists, instructors and arrangers in drum corps in the 1950's. Many of us remember Frank Ponzo playing the "Cherry Pink" solo in the Cab's Alumni, as a kind of tribute to fellow Buglers Hall of Fame member, Jimmy D'Amico. Both of them nailed it in their turn. But it was Hayes who introduced it with Hawthorne in the '50s. He also taught and performed with the Skyliners, and arranged for St. Catherine's Queensmen and the Blessed Sacrament Golden Knights among many others. "Johnny Sasso", he said, "he was a great kid and a wonderfully talented horn player. I always knew he'd amount to something." "You have no idea", I replied.
  14. Pathetic!

    I hereby challenge everyone who feels so strongly about the lack of "community" drum corps on Long Island, or anywhere else for that matter, to quit kvetching and start one.
  15. John Sasso

    From the East Hampton Star, Thursday, August 17th: A funeral Mass will be said by the Rev. Tom Murray at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk tomorrow at 11 a.m. The family has suggested memorial donations to the Montauk Community Food Pantry, care of St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church, 67 South Essex Street, Montauk 11954. John Sasso was a member of the Buglers Hall of Fame and the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame.