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Gary Czapinski

1999
It has been close to three decades since Gary "Chops" Czapinski, in collaboration with Pete Emmons, thrilled the drum corps activity with their innovative and creative visual magic with the Santa Clara Vanguard. To this day, Gary's visionary approach to visual design can be seen in every niche of the world of pageantry. From the costume-clad characters of "Alice In Wonderland" performed by the Madison Scouts and the "parachute" of the Seneca Optimist to the introduction of asymmetric drill design, Gary has been instrumental in the ongoing evolution of the visual art of the drum and bugle corps activity.

Without Gary's nurturing and constant desire to be new, fresh and different, our activity would be very different today. Possibly a little less imaginative, colorful and forward thinking. He is truly one of the master visual "producer/designers" of our time.

To this day, Gary continues to design within the drum corps, band and winter guard arenas and lectures on the subject of design at universities and colleges nationwide. He continues to volunteer countless hours to the training of new judges and supports the drum corps activity which remains the root of his life as an artist.
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