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Donald Angelica - DCI Hall of Fame

Don Angelica 1986

Donald Angelica

Inducted in 1985

Don Angelica was the longtime chief judges administrator for DCI. He grew up in New Jersey, and was a soprano soloist for the Holy Name/Garfield Cadets in the late 1950s. He played with the Hawthorne Caballeros in the 1960s. Later in the 1960s, he helped put shows together, taught the horn lines and wrote some brass arrangements for both the Caballeros and the Casper Troopers.

Angelica was a true visionary who encouraged wide-ranging creativity, according to some. "Don was a brilliant, talented, creative, flamboyant visionary whose main contribution to DCI-era drum corps came in the form of his creative, far-reaching vision of what the activity COULD be -- not simply what it already was! He influenced the scoring system in the 1970s, became the judge administrator and "guru" for the artistic growth of the activity. He encouraged experimentation and exploration of "new" ideas in terms of musical repertoire and visual design," said DCI Hall 0f Famer Dennis DeLucia.

"Don Angelica, at least during my time with him, provided a freedom, if not encouragement to create," said Hall of Famer George Hopkins. "He had the ability to see the passion and skill in others and he supported you in being the best you could be. He listened, he talked, he cajoled -- he did what you needed to push you to rise to a new level. In the end, it was you and he stood away to allow you and your team to cherish the victory. But, when you looked back, Don was there somehow," Hopkins said.

Angelica passed away in 1987.

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