Drum corps veterans Barry Bell, Dick Brown, Jeff Fiedler and Margaret "Peggy" Twiggs were inducted into the DCI Hall of Fame this afternoon in Pasadena, in front of a packed banquet room at the Pasadena Hilton. In the coming days and weeks, we'll be posting videos of the acceptance speeches of all inductees, as well as their introductions, on DCI.org. Barry Bell, who was originally scheduled to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005 but waited until now due to health issues, said, "This is wonderful! I have to thank everyone and DCI from the bottom of my heart." Bell was the musical director of the Toronto Optimists in 1958, and went on to write the drill, design the uniform and logo for that corps. He is currently an instructor for the Toronto Optimists alumni corps. Read Bell's biography. Dick Brown's daughter, Leslie Brown, accepted his induction. Brown is at home taking care of his wife. Leslie Brown said, "My dad was my hero. Dad touched lives in many ways. I now realize what an impact my dad had on so many people." Dick Brown joined the Skokie Indians in 1952, and was their lead snare for six years. During that time, he also wrote and taught all their percussion arrangements. While Brown was with the corps, they went from seventh place in 1953 to second place in 1954. Due in no small part to his many contributions, Skokie went on to win the National Championship three years in a row, from 1955 – 1957. After retiring from the Skokie Indians as that corps lead snare player in 1957, Brown went on to teach and/or arrange for 17 other corps. Read Brown's biography. Jeff Fiedler, longtime director of the Cavaliers, said, "This (award) is all about teachers, students and role models." Fiedler has lead the Cavaliers to six DCI World Championships. From 1980 to 1990, Fiedler was assistant director of personnel and visual caption head of the Cavaliers, and served in other roles with the corps, including stints with the Cavaliers winter guard. In 1990, Fiedler was named the Cavaliers director, a position he still holds. Read Fiedler's biography. Peggy Twiggs, whose groundbreaking work with the color guards of the 27th Lancers, the Cadets and the Star of Indiana influenced a generation of members and designers, said, "I've always thought the friendships were more important than the victories. It's the journey -- and what a ride it was." Margaret "Peggy" Twiggs began her drum corps career with the 27th Lancers of Revere, Mass., in 1967. She aged out there in 1973, when she began instructing that corps color guard. She remained there until 1981, when she joined the instructional staff of the Garfield Cadets, where she remained until 1989 (with some "guest appearances" in 1990). Later she worked with the Emerald Marquis winter guard. Read Twiggs' biography.
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