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Jeff Sacktig - DCI Hall of Fame

Jeff Sacktig

Inducted in 2015

For two decades, Jeff Sacktig has been the brain behind the complex visual formations that the Cadets bring to the football field each summer.

An East Coast native growing up in a family of drum corps performers, Sacktig began his career at the young age of 9 in the very same group (The St. Mathias Blue Max) that his father marched with in the 1940s. Becoming a member of the Cadets in 1986 and in later years joining the staff, he had the opportunity to first write the corps’ drill formations in full in 1995.

Coming from an outstanding lineage of drill designers the likes of DCI Hall of Fame members Ralph Pace, George Zingali and Marc Sylvester, Sacktig has built on the legacy of his predecessors while adding his own unique style to what people instantly identify when the Cadets take the field each summer.

“Throughout his career he has been authentic in his approach and admired as a genius with his mathematical approach to visual design,” 2009 DCI Hall of Fame inductee Jay Bocook said. “Jeff’s drum corps designs are among the most respected and copied in the last 20 years.”

Helping lead the Cadets to four DCI World Championship titles and numerous medalist placements, longtime Cadets director George Hopkins notes that among Sacktig’s most notable contributions to the lexicon of drum corps drill designers are his endings.

From breakneck rotating blocks and intersecting lines, Hopkins says: “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to Jeff and said, ‘This is where you will write the greatest ending of all time,’ and he does it again and again and again.”

“Jeff Sacktig has inspired a generation of designers with his signature style,” Bocook added. “He is a true professional, and his passion for drum corps is lifelong and genuine.”

Hall of Fame Induction Speech

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