by Andrew Wheeler, DCW staff
by Frank Dioguardi
This year’s Great Alliance of Seniors reunion had the traditional four major events (the Friday evening social blast, the Saturday morning/afternoon individual & ensemble show, the Saturday evening cocktail party and banquet and the Sunday morning farewell breakfast) all under one roof, at the Hilton in East Brunswick, NJ, May 2-4.
There was little time spent going from one event to another since all official events were either on the second or third level, just an escalator (or elevator) ride away. Once you...
by Kelly Bitter, DCW editor
Bugles Across America, a not-for-profit organization that provides a place for bugle players to sign up to play Taps at military funerals, celebrated its second birthday May 16. The organization has grown considerably since its debut in 2001. In March 2002, there were 350 members, and as of June 10, 2003, it had 1,950 buglers in 50 states and more than 200 in the...
by Patrick D. Forker
Ed Holmes, the first director of the Bridgemen Junior Drum and Bugle Corps of Bayonne, NJ, died June 8 at Brick, NJ Hospital. He was 76.
Holmes served as director of the corps from its inception in 1965 through 1978. Under the course of his leadership, the St. Andrew’s CYO Bridgemen first gained national prominence as a finalist at the 1970 World Open in Lynn, MA, and became the first junior corps to appear in competition at a DCI Finals in 1972. Holmes retired from the rank of director at the end of the 1978...