Richard Maass - DCI Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1989
Richard Maass, Drum Corps International's first chief judge, died on December 27, 1988. He was inducted into the DCI Hall of Fame posthumously.
He first became involved in drum corps when he began marching with the Norwood Park Imperials in 1940. From there he went on to teach the Imperials, write countless scores and drills for other corps, and teach national champion drum corps. In addition, he was one of the founding members of the Central States Judges Association.
In 1972, Maass was asked by DCI's board of directors to be its first chief judge. He held that post from 1972 to 1974. From that time, until his death, he was the drum corps rules congress parliamentarian.
He is missed not only by his friends but by the entire drum corps community.