New Jersey Hall Of Fame Inducts 10

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Ten new members of the New Jersey Drum Corps Hall of Fame were inducted at their annual banquet on Oct. 7. The new members are:

  • Brad Coleman — Skyliners
  • Mary & Cal Denniston – Colleens
  • John Drummond – National Judges Association
  • Ed Hayes, Sr. – Bushwackers
  • Bob Jimenez – St. Vincent’s Cadets
  • Michael Mercadante – Hawthorne Muchachos
  • Ray Peters – Skyliners
  • Pat Petrillo – Bayonne Bridgemen
  • Debbie Yaniga – Hawthorne Caballeros

The banquet, held at the Knights of Columbus in Avenel, NJ, was attended by 188 people. Entertainment was provided by the Audubon Bon-Bons Chorus, conducted by John “Duke” Terreri. The inductees were presented by Ron Bonadonna, chairman of the Hall, and each was awarded a plaque and a pin.

This was the 20th induction ceremony for NJDCHOF. All inductees must be nominated with a form that is posted on their web site at

If you, or anyone you know, has made any contributions to the development of New Jersey drum corps, including membership, administration, judging, color guard, or support individuals, please consider seeking membership in the Hall.

The induction banquet is held each year on the first Saturday of October.

Photo by Ken Burbulak: Ray Peters, seated; from left to right, Bob Jimenez, Beverly Maniscaleo, Pat Petrillo, Michael Mercadante, Brad Coleman, Debbie Yaniga, Dawn Drummond, Ed Hayes, Jr.

Posted by on Sunday, October 29th, 2017. Filed under Current News, DCA News, DCI World, FrontPage Feature.