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Tom “Gabby" Gabianelli is a natural born Hurricane. His father, also known as “Gabby”, first joined the Corps in 1938, so as one would presume, some of his earliest memories were centered on drum corps. Gabby'’s early interest drew him to become a drummer, which he began learning through participation in the Seymour Middle School band program. In 1963 he joined the Oxford Explorers and for two years honed his drumming under the tutelage of Jim Dugan Sr., and in 1965 he moved to the Connecticut Royal Lancers were he began a long association with Hall of Fame instructor, Ray Luedee. Tom made the jump to the Hurricanes in 1966. Shortly thereafter, his Hurc career was put on hold by a four year hitch in the U.S. Navy. Upon discharge, he returned to the Corps and drummed in those fabulous Luedee lines of the 70’'s for six years, through 1976.
In 1977 Tom returned to a Corps in transition, assuming a duel role as business manager, as well as, assistant director and was instrumental in formulating a re-building plan. He became Director for 1978 and remained on the Board of Directors through 1983. Tom returned to the Corps in 2002, playing pit percussion, and in 2003-'04 he filled a horn spot and actually learned to play the soprano in the process. He was named “Hurricane of the Year” for 2004. In 2003, Gabby again returned to the Board table and was elevated to Chairman of the Hurricanes BOD, beginning in 2005, retaining that position through 2011. He currently is the Secretary on the Board of Directors.
As Chairmen, Gabby immediately undertook a course that returned the Hurricanes to a place of prominence in the drum corps world. His revamping of the organization, from top to bottom, poised the Corps for success well into the future and beyond.
Bob Glovna began his love of marching music at age 10 as a trumpet player for the Madison School Band of Bridgeport in 1955. Soon after, he witnessed the Barnum Festival’'s “Champions on Parade”, and was inspired to join Bridgeport'’s own St. Raphael’'s Golden Buccaneers Jr. Corps where he honed his craft as a lead soprano player through 1960. In 1961 he joined the Hurricanes, a fortunate time, as he enjoyed Championship status for much of that decade. In 1970 Bob was tapped as the new Hurricane Director and Business Manager, a post he maintained through 1976.
In addition to his long career with the Hurricanes, Bob served as vice president of Drum Corps Associates (DCA) from 1975 through 1983. He also served as Musical Chairmen for the Barnum Festival'’s Champions on Parade from 1975 to 1980, serving as grand marshal in 1980. In 2005 Bob became Director and Business Mgr. of Bridgeport’'s popular Park City Pride Alumni Corps.
Bob was inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame in 1979. In 2007 he became president of that institution. Throughout his long involvement with the world of drum corps, Bob Glovna has demonstrated time and again his willingness to step forward, roll up his sleeves, and get the job done.
Joe Genero's* Hurricane career began in 1957 when he took on the daunting task of transforming this upstart, inexperienced corps into the top caliber type corps he envisioned. Having had the experience of playing with the New York Skyliners, as well as arranging for, and teaching the Hawthorne Caballeros, Joe knew full well the commitment, and hard work that went into producing such a corps. It didn’t take long for Joe to impart his tenacious, competitive mindset on the Hurricanes, and all of the hard work and determination bore fruit in the 60'’s with Northeastern Circuit Championships in '62’ & '63, ’as well as winning the World Open Championship in '64’. Behind Joe Genero, the Hurricanes also captured the American Legion National Championship in '67’ and the Drum Corps Associates World Title in '67’ & '69’.
In 1963 Joe became drum major and led the corps on the field with fire in his eye, and a passion for bringing out his music in a style that earned him the moniker of “"Jumpin” Joe"”. His show selections and arrangements were once described in an article as having “snap, crackle, and pop”, and throughout his tenure as musical director of the corps, ('57’- '76’), the Hurricanes were contenders, and enthusiastically received wherever they performed.
Joe also arranged and taught music with several well-known junior corps including St. Vincent'’s of Bayonne, St. Lucy'’s of Newark, The Milford Shoreliners, The Emerald Cadets of New Haven, and St. Raphael'’s Golden Buccaneers of Bridgeport. He also arranged music for senior corps, including the Caballeros, The Amboy Dukes, The Ballantine Brewers, New Bedford Whalers, and the RI. Matadors.
In recognition of his fabulous body of work, Joe was justly inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame in 1978. In addition, Joe is a member of the Buglers Hall of Fame.
Stephen Gangi came to the Hurcs for the 1979 season and became a mainstay and influential presence in the Corps for two decades, culminating in 1998! Within a short time after joining, he was given the nickname of "“Fruit Loops" or to most, he was simply known as "Loops".
His talent as a musician placed him in the lead baritone line, as well as a featured soloist. Loops proved himself to be the consummate team player in the heady days of the early 80’'s and more so during the lean years that followed. He left his comfort zone to play wherever he was needed most; baritone, soprano or contra bass. Loops epitomized the Hurricane toughness displayed by the nucleus of the Corps during those challenging years...… that tenacious refusal to give in or give up. The reward was in being a part of the Hurricane corps that reemerged as a DCA power in the 90'’s. Two decades fraught with highs & lows…... A satisfying journey? ...Yes!
Stephen's’ introduction to music & marching began with the North Haven Ct. Fife & Drum Corps. He later played in the North Haven HS Band, St. Peter's Fife Drum & Bugle Corps of Torrington, Ct. as well as the Northeastern University Marching Band. Subsequent to his Hurricane career, Steve played with the Ct. Alumni Corps and the Matador Alumni Corps of RI.
As a brass and/or marching instructor Stephen has taught the Brian McMahon, Norwalk, Naugatuck, Brookfield and Branford High School Bands…, all of Conn….The 7th. Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps of New London, Ct., the Conn. Classics, East Haven Ct., as well as the Prospect, Oakville-Watertown and Westbury of Watertown Fife and Drum Corps, …all of Conn.