The Alumni Corp Drum Line will be honoring our brother the late Bill Ridings, who passed on February 20th, by playing the Les Parks solo which Bill played as a snare drummer with the 1963 Garfield Cadets. ( the attached photo is Bill with fellow alumni Brian Callahan rehearsing the solo in preparation for the 2010 Alumni & Cadet annual reunion )
The cadence I played to honor our fallen Cadet and drum line brother Lou Reda consisted of three movements.
The first movement was based on the improvised cadence played at President Kennedy's funeral procession
by the U.S. Army Band on muffled drums. It was played in crescendo.
The second was based on the 3rd movement of Fredrick Chopin's Piano Sonata No.2 in Bb minor Op. 35.
The third part or ending was the muffled drum cadence played in diminuendo.
The snare's were off and the drum heads tuned down to achieve a somber sonority.
-Rest in Peace-
Thank you. I appreciate the honor. I too enjoyed seeing the first show this year with you and sharing our views. I will email you the links that I mentioned to you. Liked the rudimental drumming while composing this comment. This is the first time I have sent a comment and am not sure if this is a duplicate one. John FHNSAB
Thanks Bill! I appreciate you digging that out for me....I'd like to hear it some time....although I wasn't old enough to watch it in 'real' time, to listen to it would be a treat for me since my mom and dad were huge fans of the corps back in the day. If it's something that can be emailed, my address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I appreciate it.
Billy Traina from East Rutherford..how funny is this? Mary emailed me this morning saying you were checking...Yep, it's me, Yep my Dad was Bill Carrig, Yep, Billy and Gina belong to me : ) Both are doing really well...If you want to get in touch with either of them, just email me at email@example.com and I will give you their information....Hope all is well with you and your family....Marilyn
If memory serves, I believe that in ’68 Terry Hoffnagle played tenor; John Pepe had been playing rudimental bass when I joined in October of 1967 (I came on board when Danny Raymond took over the line; I had been marching with the Little Falls Cadets), but he was moved to split-bass shortly after I joined. I played rudimental bass with Tom Coley in ’68 and ’69. I had noticed that you had identified Rand Dalyrmple as the split bass in the picture you posted of the ’68 color pre (When Johnny Comes Marching Home), but I believe it wasn’t until ’69 that Randy took over the split-bass. I am not sure about Karl Theideitz. I do have copies of the programs from our shows during those years which list all corps members by section; I’ll have to give them a look.
A few of those you'd mentioned left after '68 (I was in the NY Kingsmen that year n year before), when I got there not many were there. Those left were Vince (Frega), Terry (Hoffnagle), Coley & Pertain, Ray Heinze and Frog - of which I am still in touch with a few - the rest of the drumline were all rookies. Perhaps we will meet @ the 75th next year
Hi Bill, not sure if we know each other but..........
I was reading your post to Nancy Parks re: hanging @ Chriachella's listening to Drum Corps music. Funny how things work, I rolled into the drumline right after you left and spent my next 3 summers at their house in Rutherford as well. Steve & I became very good friends.
No doubt you knew some very special people there as well (Tokar, Maxcie, LeNeve R.I.P.)
I agree Bill, something special takes place when the uniform is worn and when I see the fans cheering in the stands, world events seem to disappear...the 80's was a different era than the 60's, but the parallels between them seem very similar...I tried to stay in tuned to my surroundings during my marching days, as much as I could, but whenever the maroon and gold uniform was on display, it was like being part of a separate world altogether that made me feel like I was 10 feet tall...
Unfortunately I do not have any pix of my dad online that I can send as an attachment.
Yes, I was fortunate to study for many years with the eminent Bobby Thompson. My dad was my first drum instructor; he put the sticks in my hands. I studied with Bobby T. from Sept. of 1963 thru June 1966 at St. Patrick's Cadets, Jersey City, NJ. Then from Sept. 1966 until May of 1970 I studied with him again at Blessed Sacrament in Newark. Those were Golden years!
I appreciate you for your kind words about dad. And yes, I too spent many good nights teaching kids in that attic room of the Legion post. They are great memories for me too. My dad had a good sense of humor. NO, I do not know what the dog said? (smile) Please tell me. Thanks.
Yes, I'm proud to say that my dad was Joe Mallen. a great guy. Did he teach you in the Townsmen? I took my dad's place teaching percussion at Townsmen. I taught there for 10 great years from 1966 to 1976. I'm responsible for bringing both Larry Kerchner (brass) and Jim Costello (drill)onto Townsmen staff. This was because I taught with both of them at Caballeros in those years.
Also FYI I marched snare drum at Blessed Sacrament in the late 60s; it was a great experience.
How cool is that? Now, I understand why they had to take them out...it's facsinating to see/hear that kind of drumming...it would be nice to see one of today's lines add that to their repertoire...thanks!
I bet there's a funny story behind the shako mystery...hopefully, he'll be at the Clifton show to provide the details....I've always wondered what the morale was like back then ('66 especially) considering all the life changing events taking place around the country and what were some of the challenges the corps faced? I'm sure it was quite different when I marched in the '80s as we were dealing with Reagan-omics and broken down tour buses, food truck,and occasionally the equipment truck...lol
Hi Bill, thanks for sharing the audio file...when I first started learning to play the drums, Jimmy Hurley (alumni of Phantom Regiment and Asbury Park Hurricanes) taught me to play with the little finger curled in and pulled back and so by the time I joined up with the Cadets, it was being taught that way......