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Bob Findley began his long involvement with drum corps and the marching arts in the late 1950's as a drummer with St. Ann'’s drum and bugle corps in Bridgeport, Conn. He enlisted in the US Army (1963-1966) and upon his return home, joined the Hurricanes in 1967. As a member of the drum line, he was part of two DCA cha- mpionship seasons ('‘67 & '’69). Bob became an assistant drum major in 1972, a position he held through 1976.
Bob was also the lead drum major for the Connecticut Yankees, Rhode Island Matadors, Connecticut Alumni and the Park City Pride Alumni Corps. He began teaching in 1969 and became a drill writer and show designer for many drum corps, high school bands and winter color guards along the East Coast, as well as the Midwest, producing many titles and awards. In addition to these continuing commitments, Bob is the visual coordinator and drum major of the Park City Pride. Bob is a member of the Matadors Hall of Fame, as well as the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame.
John Fisher, or as he is more commonly known, 'Fish", began his musical career in middle school in Seymour Conn. It didn'’t take long for the clarinet to become boring for him, so when he saw the Oxford Explorers practicing in 1963, he knew immediately that he wanted to be part of that “sound”. He joined the Explorers and marched with them through the 1965 season. Following that season Fish joined the Hurricanes and played in the baritone line through 1974. In 1975 he was pressed into service in the contra line were he stayed until his last competition at the close of 1981.
Fish'’s Hurricane resume also includes: Twelve years sitting on the Board of Directors, ('73’-'77’ & '98’- '04’); Organizer of, as well as six years as, 1st President of the Hurricane's Alumni Association ('98’- '04’); four years ('77’-'80’) assisting in M&M instruction; and he has served as the Corps Historian, chronicling an extensive compilation of the Hurricanes first eighty+ years as well as serving as an Advisor to the Board of Directors beginning in 2008.
Fish is proud to be one of only five Hurricanes, along with Olderman, Golder, Chop and LaBonte, to have marched in three DCA title winning years '…67’, '69’, & '81’.
Scott Friend joined the Hurricanes in 1985 and became an assistant Brass instructor with fellow Hurc hall of famer, Ray Fallon. Scott was a soloist in every show year he ever marched. He has been involved with the Hurricanes for a number of years and has always provided a helping hand from an instructional perspective when needed since 1985.
Scott has been involved in the drum corps activity since 1966 beginning with the Enfield Sabers of Conn. He played flugel horn with the St. George Olympians, as well as the Targets, both of Springfield, Mass. Scott was also a Bugler for the U.S. Navy Recruit Drum Corps.
While in college, Scott joined the RI. Matadors in 1979 and immediately became one of their lead soloists playing with the likes of the famed Jimmy Centorino and Richie Price. He also served the Matadors as an assistant instructor and Brass Tech.
Scott's’ accomplishments include: Several top five finishes, as well as two first place medals for ensemble performance at the DCA individual & ensemble contest, “Horn Man of the Year” of the Matadors in 1982, Election to the Matadors Hall of Fame in 1998 and to the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame as an associate member in 2001. Scott has written for and instructed the Marksmen of Springfield Mass., the RI. Matadors and the Conn. Hurricanes, as well as holding the position of Band Director and Team Leader of Fine Arts at Brookfield HS in Brookfield, Conn.
Raymond Flowers began
a Hurricane career, which would span parts of four decades, shortly after his discharge from the U.S. Navy in 1967. Ray, …or "“Rosey"”, as he is known by all, played tenor drum, as well as tympani in those mighty Ray Luedee lines from 1968 thru 1974. In 1975 Rosey acted on a desire and switched to the horn line. He pushed himself to learn and ultimately did just fine… playing baritone in those great Genero lines of '75 ’& '76’. After a hiatus, Rosey, true to his colors, returned to bolster a Hurricane Corps desperate for membership in 1988 and played in the horn line thru 1993.
Throughout his tenure, and especially during those lean years of the late 80'’s, Rosey was a strong advocate for the Corps, lending himself to recruitment, as well as nurturing a positive outlook to those around him. Always a strong presence with a large personality, Rosey delivered intangible leadership as a driver and motivator from within the ranks.
Rosey'’s career began as a tenor drummer with the Danbury Drum Corps, 1957-1960. In 1961 he played with the Conn. Yankees and in 1963-67 served in the Navy. While in the service, stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Base, he was afforded the opportunity to do several stand-in performances with the Chicago Cavaliers.
As an instructor, Rosey has taught percussion with the Stateliners, the Connecticut Classics of East Haven, Conn. and the ND-ettes of Bridgeport, Conn. In addition he'’s instructed marching with the Norwalk Conn. and Brien McMahon High School Marching Bands.