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Brenda Curran* began her Hurricane career in a very distinctive year, 1977, the 1st year of female participation. She marched in the color guard through 1983 and in the later 80'’s provided instruction to the Hurc guard. Aside from her on field participation, Brenda volunteered to work the souvenir table, and eagerly embraced sewing projects on behalf of the Corps. She was recognized for her contributions by being named “Hurricane of the Year” for two consecutive years, 1980 and 1981.
Brenda'’s drum corps career began in the Boston area where she was a color guard member of St. Jean's Jean-etts and later St. Mary'’s Cardinals. She also taught the Stardusters, one of three corps that would later merge to form North Star. Brenda also instructed the Oxford Explorers, Skyquest, as well as the Hurricanes in the late 80’'s. She was also a color guard consultant for Berlin, Naugatuck, Rocky Hill, and Shelton high schools.
John Curran, widely known throughout the drum corps world as “"Cupcakes",” came to the Hurricanes in 1974…, the beginning of a long association with the Corps that includes 30 years of marching in the horn line and beyond. Cake’s performed for a number of years as a lead soprano, as well as, a lead baritone; it was just a matter of where he was needed most. In addition, he has operated the booster table, served as truck driver and as Quartermaster. John was honored as “Hurricane of the Year” for 1976. Following his playing career, he became a marching tech for the Corps.
John’s drum corps involvement dates to his childhood in the Boston area, having marched with such corps as St. Kevin'’s Emerald Knights, Cambridge Caballeros, the Princemen, and the Boston Renegades. He has designed drill and instructed several high school color guards and bands and has been a staff member of World Guard International (WGI) since 1979. John is a member of the Massachusetts Drum Corps Hall of Fame, as well as an associate member of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame.
Bobby “Rocky" Daniels first gained fame in the world of drum corps as the hugely popular and flashy drum major of the Hurricanes in the late 50’s through 1963. He led the Corps on the field with a flair that delighted drum corps fans everywhere. He solidified his status in Hurricane fame when, in 1969, he succeeded the great Condon & Woods as drill writer and instructor. What followed was the Corps second DCA championship title, due in large part to Rocky'’s unique style of instruction and motivation. He wrote and instructed drill for the Corps in 1969-‘70 and 1975-‘76.
Bob taught many junior corps including the Milford Shoreliners, St. Aedan'’s Emerald Cadets, the New London Surfers, and the Connecticut Yankees Sr. Drum and Bugle Corps. Bob has also been recognized for his contributions by inclusion as an associate member to the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame.