Last August during World Championships Week in Indianapolis, the newest class of Drum Corps International Hall of Fame members took center stage during a very special kickoff party held in their honor. During the evening celebration, each inductee had the opportunity to address the audience. Here's a look back at highlights from the first half of those speeches, including those made by George Bevilacqua, Mel Stratton and in honor of the late Marty Hurley. George Bevilacqua Boston Crusaders Director 1971-1980

Mel Stratton Blue Devils visual instructor and designer 1970-1980

Marty Hurley (accepted by Paulette Hurley and John Wooton) Percussion instructor and music educator

Coming next week: Induction speeches from 2012 Hall of Fame members Scott Johnson and Michael Klesch.

L to R: Mel Stratton, Paulette Hurley on behalf of the late Marty Hurley, George Bevilacqua

Help select the DCI Hall of Fame Class of 2013

You can play a part in selecting the individuals who will receive Drum Corps International's most prestigious honor in 2013! Each year you have the special opportunity to be an integral part of the awards process by submitting a letter of support for any individual who you deem worthy of consideration for induction into the DCI Hall of Fame. Each winter, nominations pour in from members of the drum corps community. These letters are collected and reviewed, after which an election is held by current DCI Hall of Fame members and corps directors. By springtime, an all-new DCI Hall of Fame class is announced. A deadline of Friday, Feb. 15, is quickly approaching for all submissions. Learn more about the DCI Hall of Fame nomination process. View a list of the more than 100 DCI Hall of Fame members.