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Were you ever involved in drum corps?
yes - LONG ago
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i first started at the age of 8 with the pioneers d&b parade corps when the corps dispanded i then joined the woodsidersin 1970 i joined the cadets in may of 1973, after finding that the cadets were low on membership and may not compeat i convinced 15 other friends formely woodsiders and sac members to follow we filled out the line but tring to learn a full show in two weeks was near impossible, which reflected in our score 56.3. we were all committed after that to do what ever it takes to be competive. it wasnt till the 27 lancers show in early july that the corps began to gell, even though we didnt make finals the sence of accomplishment would never forgoten. i stayed with the garfield till 1976 i played baratone and with bennis dewey and george hilger played leed . sinced i aged out i have taught several units each one of them winning championships winter guard gallaxy ,north arlington,tenefly and 20 years at montclair since i retired from teaching i reflect on my past accomplishments i always put my years with the cadets on top

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At 2:34pm on July 29, 2017, martin Gorski said…

Tom , how you doing still live in south Carolina. hope all is well, email me had some great time with the woodsiders-garfiekd cadets.

At 1:21am on April 23, 2009, Joe Nikischer said…
Hey Tom, Long time no talk or see! Hope everything is going well!
Keep In touch friend.
Joey Nikischer
At 6:29pm on December 9, 2008, tom coffield said…
your rite! its has been a long time. its looks like we had simular lives. marching in the 3 corps and staying involved with the activity by teaching after.remember we drove out to wisconson to see you . how is your wife we did many crazy things .i am planning to retire in 7 months and finally having time to enjoy life keep in touch
At 10:59pm on December 7, 2008, Jim Duggan said…
Tom it's been a long time. Do you remember walking down Kearny Ave (middle of the road) at 4 am to Woodsiders Hall for a road trip...were we nuts? We marched three different Corps together but saved the best one for last. Keep in touch.

At 10:34pm on September 20, 2008, tom coffield said…
you have been moving around alot. in 1976 i started up the pioneers again it took 3 years to win their first color guard championship but the horns and drums only lasted 2 years i then was offered the job at montclair hs were they paid for my services its hard to belive i tought there for 20 years from 1985 to 1992 the color guard was undefeated in every compitision. in 1992 a new band director was hired even though the quality of the band went down the guard remained top quality i had constant feuds with the new director because i wanted to compeat and he did not in 1998 he finaly gave in and with the judges commenting on how profressional the guard looked and how to band couldnt keep in step was the final straw i was asked not to come back the next year .i didnt mind because working at the po at night and teaching during the day was finally taking its toll. i have recieved a couple of offers since then but i have had enough. its time to be a spectator. there is a couple of old drum corps people at work were we relieve past glorys.hopefully ill be retired this time next year and will move out of state maybe las vegas sounds good keep in touch
At 9:46am on September 20, 2008, martin Gorski said…
yea we did many crazy things , since 74 i was in the marines for 3 years then got married to a girl from south carolina still married 32 years 3 sons 1 daughter sons 31,29, 27 daughter 23 also has changed but still a little crazy, i worked in newark from 1977-85 and left to come back to south carolina, then worked state prison ,was a sergeant of contraband in the the prison then got fed up with crooked bosses then worked sheriff office for 4 years then drove tractor trailer for 3 years all over country from iowa to texas to michigan to florida to new york to new jersey to south carolina....then met a friend who hired me as a manager for a security company it was good but then they expected me to work 24 hours a day hiring , scheduling, checking sites where my employees worked , i am talking 200-300 miles a day so i quit and went back to the state prison and that is where i still work this is a crazy life in the prisons but it goes by email is
At 3:59pm on September 19, 2008, martin Gorski said…
Hello Tom I now live in south carolina email me any time martin gorski one of your traveling buddies from kearny who made many trips in your red ford
At 3:16pm on July 29, 2008, tom coffield said…
Hi Bebi can you believe its been over 32 years since we marched! I do remember you .this web site is great in keeping in touch with people who share our experiance. in the concert photo I was the first bari towards the center front row.ill bee there at the big 75 . hope to see you there
At 4:48pm on July 28, 2008, Debi (Kowalczuk) Ripke said…
Hey Tom -- 1973???? Wow -- the year that almost wasn't!!! I remember that year well AND am reminded of it with your first photo. I'm the second rifle from the left (Kathy Hill, then me). Hope you're doing well and hope to see you next year at "75". Take Care, Debi
At 9:04am on June 21, 2008, Kathy Heinz Bence said…
Hi Tom, Nice to read your memories. I was bought up to the "Big Corps." from the Plebes that year. I remember when you and your friends joined. Who were some of the others? I don't know if you remember me I marched flag, and my sister was captain. Kathy Heinz

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