The drum & bugle corps community lost of one its greatest participants when Vincent A. Bruni passed away August 29. His passing occurred while his corps, the four-time world champion Empire Statesmen, participated in the Drum Corps Associates Senior World Championships in Scranton, PA.
Bruni was a United States Navy veteran and a lifetime master educator. His involvement with the drum and bugle corps activity began in the late 1940s.
During Bruni’s career, he directed the Rochester Crusaders to national American Legion championships; founded and directed the Rochester Statesmen, Alpine Girls, Pardee Pacers and Little Americans to provide supervised music activity for Rochester area boys and girls; founded the New York/Canadian Association drum corps circuit to provide regular competitions for organizations in New York State and Ontario, Canada; and founded and served as president of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame, Inc.
He also founded and directed the four-time DCA champion Rochester Empire Statesmen, the only corps to win the DCA, American Legion and World Show Band titles in a single year. Bruni taught or advised drum and bugle corps in Ontario and Quebec and across the Northeastern United States and organized and participated in local and regional charity events to help support youth activity in various communities. He advised Rochester area high school marching bands, to help raise the performance level of marching musicians and he introduced international tours to Europe, the Caribbean and South America to help expand performance opportunities for drum and bugle corps.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Empire Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps, 341 East Ridge Rd. Rochester, NY 14621 or The Eastview Kidney Dialysis, 120 Victor Heights Pkwy, Victor, NY 14564 in his memory.