Bushwackers Announce Retirement of Director Jay Morlot


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Bushwackers Announce Retirement of Director Jay Morlot

May 2, 2011 – Ridgefield Park, New Jersey

After 24 years of dedicated service, Jay Morlot has stepped down as director of the Bushwackers Drum and

Bugle Corps, effective May 1, 2011. Jay's decision was not an easy one, and he leaves behind a legacy that will be

difficult to match. At age 22, Jay joined the upstart new corps and was then named director in the fall of 1987. Having

seen the corps through six DCA Championship titles, he was inducted into the Bushwackers Hall of Fame in 2008.

In consideration of Jay's retirement, transition team leader John Hannigan, alumnus of the Bushwackers and Garfield

Cadets, began the process of renewing the leadership of the corps. This first meeting of the team was one of several

to be had, but laid the groundwork for the next chapter in the evolution of the Bushwackers. The first of many very real

changes for the corps is the installment of a new corps director. The Bushwackers are proud to announce the

appointment of Bob Gupta as interim corps director. Mr. Gupta, an alumnus of the Crossmen and Garfield Cadets,

accepted the task of guiding the corps and is already working to steer the corps through the remainder of the 2011 season.

The 2011 season marks the 30th anniversary for the Bushwackers, and they will continue working on their field show

with Mr. Gupta at the helm. There will be no interruption of operations during this exciting time for the corps!

Moving forward, the transition team will be filling positions on a revamped Board of Directors, and a series of

committees designed to support the corps in new and creative ways in the interest of building a strong support

network for the organization. Look to the Bushwackers website for breaking news and information in this regard.

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Bushwackers Administration meeting to plan the corps' new future

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Bushwackers Announce Retirement of Director Jay Morlot May 2, 2011 – Ridgefield Park, New Jersey After 24 years of dedicated service, Jay Morlot has stepped down as director of the Bushwackers Drum

Jaybo - I was saddened to hear that Bush won't have you at the helm anymore. You pretty much single-handedly brought Bushwackers back from the brink in 1986 and helped create a legendary drum corps

28 years is a hell of a run. I'd like to publically thank Jay for all he has done for me personally since I met him back in 1989 and for what he's done not only for the Bushwackers, but for drum corps in general.

We will miss you, but I'm sure Jenny and Justin are looking forward to spending time with Daddy! You've EARNED IT!

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All good things come to an end. What an incredible stewardship through starting up, the climb, the pinnacle, and keeping the legacy alive.

Some of the greatest moments and greatest corpsmembers in DCA history have been given to us by Bush.

Maybe the most significant part of the legacy was making DCA corps a viable alternative or more important place to march AFTER DCI.

Nice job Jay - hope you enjoy your retirement.

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Being the director of a competitive Drum Corps is NOT an easy task by anyone's standards. Jay has shouldered that responsibility through thick and thin for longer than most- having his weekends free to spend with his family is a well deserved reward for his long history of dedicated service. Everyone at the Bushwackers wishes him well.

Don't forget that congratulations are in order for Bob Gupta, who is taking on the daunting task of filling Jay's shoes. Please help welcome him to his new, important role in the Bushwacker family, and the DCA community in general!

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Big shoes to fill here.

Thank you Jay, for all your hard work and dedication for so many years, and best wishes to you for the future!

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A great director gone...WDHOF next?

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Job well done, enjoy time with the family

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Being the director of a competitive Drum Corps is NOT an easy task by anyone's standards. Jay has shouldered that responsibility through thick and thin for longer than most- having his weekends free to spend with his family is a well deserved reward for his long history of dedicated service. Everyone at the Bushwackers wishes him well.

Don't forget that congratulations are in order for Bob Gupta, who is taking on the daunting task of filling Jay's shoes. Please help welcome him to his new, important role in the Bushwacker family, and the DCA community in general!

jay was cool he actually took an old man & made him feel young again I was welcomed with open arms thanks Jaybo & good luck in future endevors & if you really need something to do on weekends Ive got Some remod jobs you can do for me Thanks Again V McManamy Bush pit Member .

we are very confident that mr Gupta will lead us to our next chapter were not worried at all!

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Wow...

Jaybo and Bushwackers are usually synonymous with each other.

Best wishes Jaybo, I know it will be unusual to not be on the front sideline during shows, but congratulations on a very long and successful tenure!

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