WNY Drum Corps season under way

WNY Drum Corps season under way

June 19, 2013
The 2013 season marks a new era for the WNY Drum Corps Inc.

A victorious spring recruiting drive, which brought in several members, helped give the Corps a positive attitude that even has the new instructors excited about the future. In fact, the recruiting drive still continues and the Corps opens its doors to all interested potential new members. The Corps has appeared in the Dunkirk Memorial Day Parade, the Marilla Firemen’s Parade, and will perform in the Mayville Fourth of July celebration, just for starters.

“Drum Corps can be a nice social experience and a good way for anyone to begin or stay active with music during the summer months. We’re a family-style all-age drum corps,” said Jack Kujawa, Corps business manager.

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Pictured is the Western New York Drum Corps.

To find out about upcoming rehearsals and opportunities to become a member, call Jack at 410-2682.

City Memorial Day services, parade lineup set

City Memorial Day services, parade lineup set
via May 27, 2013 Dunkirk Observer

The Memorial Day Service and Parade will assemble Monday.

Services will begin at 10 a.m. in Memorial Park on Lake Shore Drive West and will be conducted by the participating organizations of the Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council.

The 2012 Parade Marshal is Mr. Jack Sievert, Commander, DJVC.

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OBSERVER Photo by Matt Panebianco
The Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council hosted a planning meeting for this year’s Memorial Day Services and Parade at the American Legion Post 62 in Dunkirk. The services and parade will be conducted on Monday, May 28. The services will begin at 10 a.m. in Memorial Park and the parade will be begin at approximately 11 a.m. Parade committee members are as follows: Seated from the left: Sandra Tapasto, DJVC Chaplain; Leonard Catalano, Co-Parade Marshal, DJVC Special Affairs Officer; Ralph Moch, 2nd Division Parade Marshal, DJVC Trustee Treasurer; Jack Sievert, DJVC Commander; David Dow, DJVC Trustee, 3rd Division Parade Marshal, Interim Honor Guard Commander; Joseph Ricotta, DJVC Sgt-at-Arms, Co-Parade Marshal Standing second row from left: David Rowley, WDOE News Director and 2012 Parade Commentator; David Zielinski, DJVC Adjutant and 2012 Parade Captain; James Muscato, DJVC Trustee; Arthur Casella, 2012 Grand Marshal; John Miga, American Legion Post 62 Commander; Craig Sutton, American Legion Post 62 Vice Commander; Raymond Warlikowski, DJVC Trustee and Chautauqua County VFW Commander; Jack Hood, DJVC Council; David Huels, DJVC Trustee and Honor Guard Liaison; James Hurley, DJVC and Veterans Affairs Service Officer; Ron Kulpa, DJVC Quarter-Master; Walter Sedlemayer, DJVC Trustee and American Legion Post 59 Commander; John D’Agostino, OBSERVER publisher and 2012 Master-of-Ceremonies. Absent when the picture was taken were Commander George Burns III, USCG (Ret.), Principal Speaker, 1st Division Parade Marshall; Lt. Chris Wilson USCG Sea Partner, VP US Navy League, Secondary Speaker; Capt. David Banach US Navy (Ret.), Guest Speaker; Keith Ahlstrom Dunkirk City Fire Chief, 4th Division Parade Marshall; Sgt. Joseph Gullo III 542nd Force Provider US Army; David Ortolano Dunkirk City Police Chief; Captain Kaus Dunkirk Police Dept.; Don Velzy Director Dunkirk City Fire Police; Richard Makuch DJVC Honor Guard Commander, Vice Commander DJVC; Michael Maslach DJVC 1st Vice Commander, Trustee and Co-Parade marshal, Commander DAV Chapter 142; Karl Sealander DJVC Trustee, VFW Sheridan Commander; Edziu Kaus DJVC Trustee; Dan McGill DJVC.

The Co-Parade Marshals are Mr. Leonard Catalano, Special Affairs Officer, DJVC; Mr. Joseph Ricotta, Sergeant-at-Arms, DJVC; and Mr. Michael Maslach, 1st Vice Commander, DJVC.

The 2012 Master-of-Ceremonies is Mr. John D’Agostino, Publisher, Dunkirk OBSERVER.

The 2012 Parade Commentator is Mr. David Rowley, New Director WDOE Radio.

The 2012 Grand Marshal is Mr. Arthur Casella, CPO USN (Ret.).

Presenter of the 2012 Grand Marshal Plaque is Lt. Christopher Wilson, U.S. Coast Guard, Sea Partners Campaign.

Principal Speaker of this year’s Memorial Day Services is Commander George Burns III, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.).

Secondary Speaker for this year’s Memorial Day Services is Lt. Christopher Wilson, U.S. Coast Guard Sea Partners Campaign.

Our Guest Speaker is Dr. David Banach, Captain U.S.Navy (Ret.).

The Memorial Day Parade will start at approximately 11 a.m. and proceed east on Lake Shore Drive West to Central Avenue. The parade will turn right onto Central Avenue and proceeds South to Fifth Street. The Parade turns east on Fifth Street and disbands at Washington Park.

In case of inclement weather, the parade will be postponed for up to one hour.

Should the rain continue, Memorial Day services will be at the American Legion Post 62, 211 Central Avenue, Dunkirk, New York.

The 2012 Parade Division Marshals are as follows:

Division Marshal Captain David Zielinski, DJVC Adjutant

1st Division Marshal Commander George Burns III, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.)

2nd Division Marshal Ralph Moch, DJVC Treasurer, Trustee

3rd Division Marshal David Dow, DJVC Trustee, Assistant Honor Guard Commander

4th Division Marshal Keith Ahlstrom, Dunkirk City Fire Chief

The public is invited to attend and the Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council urges the public to fly the flag this Memorial Day.

Division Line-ups are as Follows:

Dunkirk Memorial Day Parade

Officials – Dignitaries Line-Ups

Forms on: Lake Shore Drive West at Memorial Park

Commences at 11 a.m.

DJVC Honor Guard According Colors D. Huels, T. Rugani, E. Kaus, K. DeLong

City Officials: Honorable Mayor A.J.Dolce & Police Chief David Ortolano

Parade Marshal: Jack Sievert, DJVC Commander

Parade Co-Marshals: Leonard Catalano, Special Affairs Officer, DJVC; Joseph Ricotta, Sergeant-at-Arms DJVC; Michael Maslach, 1st Vice Commander DJVC.

Master-of-Ceremonies: Mr. John D’Agostino

Secondary & Guest Speakers: Lt. Chris Wilson, USCG Sea Partners Campaign

Dr. David Banach, Capt. US Navy (Ret.)

Dignitaries & Special Guests: Mr. L.J.Hurley, Service Officer, Veterans Affairs Office & DJVC; Mr. David Ptak, general manager, Applebee’s, Mr. John George, manager, Applebee’s.

Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council: Officers, Trustees & Representatives

Grand Marshal: Arthur Casella, escorted by Mrs. Jack (Carol) Hood.

Dunkirk Fire Dept.: City of Dunkirk Fire Trucks,

Keith Ahlstrom, City Fire Chief

1st Division will follow.

1st Division Parade Marshal

George Burns III Commander, US Cost Guard (Ret.)

Forms on: Pelican Street at Lake Shore Drive West

Honor Guard: Post 62 American Legion, Dunkirk, Commander John Miga with all participating Honor Guard Veterans

Honor Guard: Dunkirk Murray Hose Co. 4

Flag: Elks BPO 922 Dunkirk, N.Y. Flag Review. Dunkirk Elks celebrating their 150th year. (Attn: 1st Div. Parade Marshal) reserve 100 feet before next unit.

U.S. Army National Guard Co. A, 642nd ASB

Honor Guard: SSgt Joseph Gullo III 82dABN. Div./542d Force Provider

Dignitaries & City Officials: Limo supplies by Paul’s Limo Service

Blue Star Mothers: Lake Erie New York Chapter 4 of Blue Star Mothers.

Veterans Requiring Transportation: C.A.R.T.S. Bus will begin loading veterans at approximately 10:45 a.m.

D.A.V. In Cars or C.A.R.T.S. Bus

WWII Vets: in Cars

Amvet riders: Representing Korean War Veterans

Lake Shore Street Rods: Representing Korean War Veterans.

Korean War Vets: In cars lead by 1967 Buick Skylark representing Korean War Veterans in memory of Wesley Matteson.

Sons Of Liberty Vietnam Vets: In cars or C.A.R.T.S. Transportation

Dunkirk High School band, Jenniene Eimers Scarem, director

Professional Fire Fighters Local 616: This Honor Guard represents the City of Dunkirk’s Professional Firefighters and was formed in 2008

Fife & Drum-Re-enactors

U.S.Army Jr. ROTC Charles Chasler Senior Adviser. The Dunkirk High School Army Jr. Reserved Officer Training Course is in its 17th year at Dunkirk High School. This program is instructed by Charles Chasler Lt.Col. (Ret.) and Sgt 1st class Frank Torain (Ret.). The Marauder Battalion Commander is Cadet Major Brian Katta.

Chadwick Bay Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps now is their 6th season. The Buccaneers are an all age Drum & Bugle Corps. The Buccaneers play a mix of new and old music ranging from Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” all the way back to the 1938 Jazz hit “Big Noise from Winnetka”.

2nd Division Parade Marshal

Ralph Moch (DJVC)

Forms on: Swan Street at Lake Shore Drive West

Little Leaguers T-Ball Gary Haase, President Dunkirk Little League Approximately 300 participants Ages 4 12 with a float.

Kosciuszko Home (Dog House) Girls Soft Ball

Girl Scouts: 20-30 participants with Donna Banach Girls Advisor

Brownie Troops:

Boy Scouts:

Cub Scouts:

Central Christian Academy School: Float Children will perform patriotic number. Dr. Robert Gage Pastor 1st Baptist Church.

Sparkling Kadets: (Baton Twirlers) Sandy Lombardo, Director

Children’s Ministries of Iglesia Getsemani, Rev. C. Liera

Dunkirk Middle School Band: Director, Mr. David Golando Playing “On Wisconsin” the Dunkirk High School Fight Song.

3rd Division Parade Marshal

David Dow, DJVC

Forms on: Dove Street at Lake Shore Drive West

Upward Bound Program: Patricia Messina, Director

WNY Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps: Corps Director Robert Teclaw

MAD-DADS Men Against Destruction- Defending Against Drugs & Social Disorders (Starr Waller, Director)

Bucket Neers: All drums, collecting money in the buckets for Cancer Research.

Amethyst Triangle #203: Organization of Triangles is a youth Sorority for girls from 10-21 years of age with belief in a Supreme Being. Motion choir signing, along with song .

Matteson Kempo Karate: Sensei Bill Matteson

4th Division Parade Marshal

Keith Ahlstrom Fire Chief City of Dunkirk, N.Y.

Forms on: Lake Shore Drive West at Plover Street

East Town Dunkirk Fire Department.

West Town Dunkirk Fire Department.

Fredonia Fire Department Fredonia, New York

Portland Fire Department Portland, New York

Dunkirk Police Car

The Western New York Drum Corps “November Membership Drive”

Everybody’s Welcome! Band members and non-band members. All brass and percussion players. Reed players and guard members are invited to learn and play brass or percussion instrument of their choosing…. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

FREE! All instruments and instructors provided at no charge.

Parents are encouraged to attend any and all corps functions. Participation is also encouraged.

Lots of parades! Lots of fun!

For more information, feel free to call:
Business Manager: Jack Kujawa 410-2682
Corps Director: Bob Teclaw 366-1840
OR: Attend one of the 3 November rehearsals on the 1st, 15th, or 29th, 7:30-9:30
All rehearsals are at: Frank Acquavia American Legion Post 1344, Lakeshore Drive, Dunkirk NY