Michael Miller of the Boston Crusaders sent this picture.

Too seldom in life is one blessed with a role model such as Chris Madaio (left). Chris joined the Boston Crusaders in 2002 as a baritone player and quickly worked his way up the ranks to become captain of field lining crew, baritone section leader and finally the in-line drum major.

The unfortunate, or fortunate part for Chris—depending on how you look at it—having not worn a white jacket like the podium drum majors, meant he didn't get quite the amount of attention most drum majors receive. But don't let that fool you. Chris worked his tail off for the Crusaders regardless of how much he was or wasn't praised for his efforts.

Chris embodied a Boston Crusader—a professional, a performer, and most of all, a true friend. With Chris aging out at the conclusion of the 2006 season, came a large void in the Boston Crusaders' organization that I aspire to fill as one of two new drum majors for the corps in 2007. Chris Madaio is a giant.

Thanks, Michael!