In memoriam — Danny Raymond

Photo by Carmen Cluna, 1990

Former St. Vincent Cadets and Hawthorne Caballeros member Danny Raymond died February 27 at his home in Orlando, FL.

From 1953-1956, he played bass/snare drum with St. Vincents, during which time the corps won three national and state championships. After the 1956 season, Raymond joined the Army and played snare drum in the 101st Airborne Division Band (U.S. Paratroopers). After his release from the Army in 1958, he joined the Hawthorne Caballeros, marching in his first show with the corps only 20 days after leaving the army.

Raymond has also written for and taught several corps in the New York/New jersey area. From 1961-1985, he judged several hundred contests, including American Legion and VFW state and national championships, DCA championships and Dream contests.

In 1990, Raymond was inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Pat; a daughter, Lorraine, who played in the pit with the Caballeros and New York Skyliners and is planning to play with the Orlando Heat Wave; and two sons, Andrew, a freelance drummer; and Dan Junior, who played snare with The Cadets and has been on the instruction staff of the Syracuse Brigadiers and the Boston Crusaders.