Drum Corps International

Michael Cesario - DCI Hall of Fame

Michael Cesario

Michael Cesario

Inducted in 1996

Michael Cesario is widely recognized for his recent work as color commentator for the DCI World Championship Finals television broadcast. However, Cesario's roots were planted at the tender age of 9 when he started his drum corps career with a local C.Y.O. corps in Wisconsin. After aging out, Cesario turned his attention to the Phantom Regiment, Garfield Cadets, Dutch Boy and many other corps, where he had the task of creating the best drum corps shows ever to be fielded.

During Cesario's tenure as program coordinator with the Cadets, he played an integral role in producing some of the activity's most memorable shows and introduced daring and brilliant musical and visual concepts. As George Hopkins said, "Michael helped the Cadets find their niche in American classical literature," and adds, "he allowed the Cadets to do "Mass," helped bring "West Side Story" to the table and helped us all believe that a piece such as "Jeremiah Symphony" could work in drum corps."

The greatest tribute to Cesario may have come in the nomination letter submitted by fellow DCI Hall of Fame member Dennis DeLucia. In his letter, DeLucia said, "Michael Cesario is one of the most brilliant, perceptive and creative people I've ever known. The fact that he shares his talents with the drum corps world so freely is testimony to how strongly he feels about our activity."