Vern Contra

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About Vern Contra

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    DCP Rookie
  • Birthday 09/29/1954

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  • Your Drum Corps Experience
    Grey Knights 92-99 01-05 10-16 Steel City Ambassadors 2009-2012 Hamburg Kingsmen 2014-2016
  • Your Favorite Corps
    Bucs-Reading; CRU-Rochester; Hurcs-CT; Kilties-Racine
  • Your Favorite All Time Corps Performance (Any)
    HURCS MAG7 Kilties Auld Lang Syne
  • Your Favorite Drum Corps Season
    DCA 1998
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  1. The Grey Knights are an all age Drum and Bugle Corps based in Johnsonburg, PA. We have a rich tradition of Drum & Bugle Corps history dating back to 1936 with an active Drum Corps in every decade. We play “G” Bugles and have members come from as far away as Pittsburgh, Jamestown, Dubois, Kane, and most other local cities. The Grey Knights will hold an open house on October 30th and again on November 13th, 2016 We practice twice per month after the Christmas holidays, through June, leading up to parade season. We perform in parades and concerts each summer and enjoy great success in entertaining the crowds at these performances. The Johnsonburg Community Center provides the practice facility at the corner of Market and Bridge Streets. The Grey Knights are currently looking for new members in Brass, (Trumpet/Coronet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone and Tuba), Percussion, Color Guard and A-Guard. We have a large portion of membership from local schools in the area. We are interested in passing our Drum Corps tradition on to a younger Generation! Come and join the fun!
  2. It gives me great pleasure to announce the newly elected officers of the Grey Knights Drum & Bugle Corps. Don Blint​ will remain as Treasurer, Donald Myers​ will continue as Secretary and also become the new Business Manager. Eric McGonigal​ will assume the duties of Assistant Director and Rich Fiscus​ will be leading the group as the Director. Congratulations to them as they lead us through the next year. Also, I would like to introduce and welcome our new Brass Instructor for the Grey Knights: Mr. Justin Salada. He is Director of Bands at the Brockway Area School District. Justin is a native of Brockway and a 2014 graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and currently is studying for his Master of Arts in Music Education degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has been director of Bands at Brockway Junior/Senior High School since April 2015. He is a member of the Clarion University Symphony Orchestra and the Warren Philharmonic of Warren PA. The Grey Knights Welcome Justin and look forward to working hard under his direction in the 2017 Season.
  3. I have posted the pictures that I took at Prelims today on Facebook. Here is a link to the album so that each Corps may see them and share them so all the other members of the corps can see them too. They should be very public and if someone want the original files I can send them.
  4. The Grey Knights of Johnsonburg were in Warren PA in the Morning. Also appearing were the Hitmen Brass Band, Western Ny Alumni, Steel City Ambassadors, & Mon Valley Express! We then had a tailgate with Mon Valley Express before the evening parade which was in Brockway PA.
  5. 219 and Johnsonburg are not so bad anymore! The Papermill put in polution control quite a few years ago! Blast in the Burg DCI show there July 30, 2015!
  6. Does anyone have information about the Lineup of the Spectacular on Sunday morning? Who's perfroming, order of show, ets...?
  7. I'm with RAY! Stuck at the hotel cleaning my horn, packing my day bag and going to bed early for tomorrow! Well I may be tipping a beer or two... First time I ever went to DCA and didn't make it to I&E!
  8. Okay, So I know quite a few corps that are going to repeat this year and a couple new ones, Hamburg Kingsmen for one. Is there anywhere that the performance order is posted? All I can find on the DCA website is buying tickets and info from previous years. Is it too early for this information to be out?
  9. Well said... Well maybe they wouldn't like it in Church... I think Saturday went off well also. Thank you again!! Also If I may be a little constructive about a couple points for the stadium venues. I only watched Mini corps and the ensembles and maybe it would have been better if the performers were on the side of the room opposite the door? I don't know how this worked in the High Brass venue. Mini Corps was Great. The sound in the stadium was wonderful! Thank you again Admin Team!
  10. Thanks Tom! I remember seeing Mike DiMeo from my early trips to DCA's in the 90's but didn't know the name. And if my memory hasn't totally fooled me, didn't Dave Seeley play screaming Mello beside Donny Allen during the same time period?
  11. I agree that the sound in the stadium was great! I had a seat on the 50 and the view was wonderful! I only went to the Ensemble venue for I & E and it could have been laid out better, (Put performers opposite the entrance...) There could have been another concession stand open... it might have helped. I stayed up near BWI but the drive from there wasn't bad. Hey, I liked the parking at the staium! got out every time without much hassle! Great job by the folks in DCA and the Annapolis connection! Looking forward to next year!
  12. So I noticed Donny Allen joined the White Sabers tonight and Joey Pero in Empire. I am a relative newbie so I'm going to ask, who were the other two out front for Empire and were there any others I didn't notice?
  13. Obituary from The Ridgway Record: May 21, 2012 Thomas C. Detwiler, 60, of 42 Cottage Lane, Ridgway, died Sunday evening, May 20, 2012 at his residence following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born Jan. 8, 1952 in St. Marys, the son of Jane L. (Evans) Detwiler and the late Earl M. Detwiler. He married Kathleen M. Liscinski on Dec. 28, 1974, and she survives. He had resided in Ridgway for the last 37 years and was a former Johnsonburg resident. He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, a member of the Gray Knights Drum and Bugle Corps and a member of TAPPI. He was a graduate of the Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1970, and a 1974 graduate of Penn State. He had been employed by Domtar in Johnsonburg for 38 years. In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by two children, Lauren Cooley and her husband Chris of Williamsport and Lynn Zitta and her husband Adam of Williamsport; a niece; and a nephew. Besides his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, James M. Detwiler. A memorial service for Thomas C. Detwiler will be held at the Trinity Methodist Church on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Officiating will be the Rev. David C. Roddy, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church. There will be no visitation. Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Gray Knights Drum and Bugle Corps c/o Don Blint, 111 Biddle St., Kane, PA 16735; or to the Hillman Cancer Center at UMPC Cancer Pavilion, Suite 1 B 5150, Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Thompson Funeral Home, Ridgway.