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Mary Pesceone

1990
In the very beginning of DCI, the headquarters office consisted of a desk and a few files at the home of Don and Mary Pesceone. During those early years of DCI, Mary supported her husband Don as he gave up a very stable, financially secure, nine-to-five job to build DCI, which was very risky, had no job security (financial security was almost nonexistent) and entailed erratic work hours. In addition to this, there were three small children to feed. Mary didn't blink an eye, accepted it all and pitched right in.

As Hall of Famer George Hopkins noted, "It is hard to imagine the sacrifice Mary made in 1972 when she turned the life of her family over to the whims of drum corps directors. Mary took on the positions of ticket seller, secretary, cook, office manager, director's liaison, chauffeur, contest coordinator, tabulator, shipping clerk, postwoman and friend."

Mary Pesceone was the number one fan of drum corps. Even after years of watching drum corps, she was enthralled with the activity. At shows, she cheered, she yelled, she got mad, she cried. She supported all the corps, from the biggest to the smallest. She worked year-round taking corps directors calls, reminding them to fill in forms, listening to complaints and lending an ear when they need one.

For many years, Mary has been the proverbial "woman behind the man."
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