Drum Corps International

Truman Crawford - DCI Hall of Fame

Truman Crawford

Inducted in 1991

Truman Crawford was active with drum corps since the age of 8, when he played in a fife and drum unit in Endicott, N.Y. Then, Crawford arranged scores for drum corps, marched with and directed the U.S. Air Force Drum and Bugle Corps, and greatly elevated drum corps to a new professional level.

To gain full appreciation of Crawford's influence, one only needs to look back in drum corps history to the year 1965. That year, every major drum and bugle corps titleholder in the United States and Canada was instructed by or performed music arranged by Crawford.

As a non-commissioned officer, Crawford received three special presidential appointments, bringing him to the level of Lt. Colonel. Until the time of his death in 2003 he was commanding officer/director of "The Commandant's Own," The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps.