Contributions of new inductees into World Drum Corps Hall of Fame span eight decades

The seven men who will be inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame this year have been involved in drum corps activity from the mid-1930s until the current year, representing virtually all of the modern era of competitive drum and bugle corps activity in Canada and the United States.

The induction ceremony will be held during the 28th annual World Drum Corps Hall of Fame banquet August 30 at the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center as part of the Drum Corps Associates’ Labor Day weekend championship tournament. The World Drum Corps Hall of Fame was founded in 1976 by Vince Bruni, of Rochester, NY, who still serves as president.

The 2003 inductees are Richard “Dick” Burns of Sag Harbor, NY; Harry Hook of Abingdon, MD; Eric Landis of Haddonfield, NJ; Harry Latinik of Salem, MA; Vince Macciocchi of Scarborough, ONT; James Mallen of Wyckoff, NJ; and Alfred “Uncle Nick” Nichols of Brooklyn, NY.

Dick Burns was a lead soprano and soloist with the Blessed Sacrament Golden Knights from…

Harry Hook played a soprano horn with the Shrine of the Little Flower junior corps for eight years, beginning in 1949, then spent another 11 years performing with…

Eric Landis began playing snare drum with the York White Roses. He played with the United States Air Force drum and bugle corps from 1961 to 1964, and…

Harry Latinik has been a top achiever in many musical fields since he first played a horn at his elementary school in Salem, MA, in 1936. He has played with and taught…

Vince Macciocchi performed with St. Mary’s, of Toronto, from 1939 to 1944, then served as director and music instructor of the band until 1962. During this time, he…

James Mallen began playing snare drum with Our Lady of Grace Lancers in Hoboken, NJ, in 1958, and still plays with Hawthorne Caballeros Alumni corps. In between he played…

Alfred “Uncle Nick” Nichols played drums for only a year, in 1938, but spent three decades helping young people from various areas of New York City to enjoy the benefits of participation in music and marching groups. He worked tirelessly from 1935 to 1965 as…

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