Gene Monterastelli was instrumental in the development of the modern concept of the touring drum corps, and for his role in the design and implementation of today's DCI judging system. Gene began his drum corps career as a marching member of the Marquette Crusaders in Ottawa, Ill. After working as an instructor for several drum corps in the Midwest, he became a Central States judge, and joined Jim Jones as assistant director of the Troopers of Casper, Wyo. With the advice of Jones and the Santa Clara Vanguard's Gail Royer, Gene led the movement toward the modern touring drum corps by organizing the Troopers' ambitious travel schedule in the early '70s. Gene became a DCl Judge in 1976. He has judged at all levels of competition, and has served as DCI's visual caption chairman. As a member of DCI's Task Force on Competition, he was instrumental in converting the "tick" system to today's system of evaluating and ranking drum corps. Later, Gene was an active, well-respected visual judge, known throughout the drum corps community for his fair and thorough approach to judging. He most recently served as a consultant to various corps.
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