Mary Pesceone - DCI Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1990
In the very beginning of Drum Corps International, the headquarters office consisted of a desk and a few files at the home of Mary and Don Pesceone. During those early years of DCI, Mary supported her husband Don as he gave up a very stable, financially secure, nine-to-five job to build DCI, which was very risky, had no job security (financial security was almost nonexistent) and entailed erratic work hours. In addition to this, there were three small children to feed.
Mary didn't blink an eye, accepted it all, and pitched right in. In doing so she took on the positions of ticket seller, secretary, cook, office manager, director's liaison, chauffeur, contest coordinator, tabulator, shipping clerk, postwoman and friend.
Mary Pesceone was the number one fan of drum corps. Even after years of watching drum corps, she was enthralled with the activity. At shows, she cheered, she yelled, she got mad, she cried. She supported all the corps, from the biggest to the smallest. She worked year-round taking corps directors' calls, reminding them to fill in forms, listening to complaints and lending an ear when they needed one.