Drum Corps Flashback – Garfield Cadets at the Statue of Liberty

Performing for President Ronald Reagan and every other world leader at the 1986 rededication of the Statue of Liberty in New York was one of the most amazing and fun days of my drum corps career.

Security was tight on the island, complete with scuba diver sentries, snipers and carefully hidden anti-aircraft missile batteries. The Secret Service checked every one of our musical instruments for explosives of hidden weapons. And once we were on the island, we were on the island. There was no way to get off the island until the show was over.

So, after our performance, we got out of uniform, grabbed cool beverages, and went into the reviewing stands. To our surprise, no one stopped us.

And there I was. Completely out of the blue, in the middle of a long drum corps tour — I spent an afternoon sitting in the stands among the presidents and prime ministers of most of the countries of the world, sipping wine coolers and watching the “parade of the tall ships.” It was an awesome, amazing day, and a true once-in-a-lifetime experience. Bravo!