RIP Donald Pesceone: Executive Director Drum Corps International

Donald Pesceone, led drum and bugle corps group
By Bob Goldsborough
Chicago Tribune — July 13, 2015

Donald Pesceone

Donald Pesceone

Donald L. Pesceone was the first full-time executive director of Drum Corps International, a nonprofit group that books and promotes the top drum and bugle corps in the world.

Pesceone, who led the group for more than 20 years, initially ran the DCI out of the basement of his Villa Park home.

Pesceone, 75, died of complications from pulmonary fibrosis Wednesday, July 8, at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, said his daughter, Jill Showalter.

Raised in Elmwood Park and Chicago, Pesceone was active in drum corps from a young age. He played the French horn in various groups around the Chicago area….. At that time, drum and bugle corps often were geared to inner-city youths as a way to keep kids off the streets.

Drum Corps International was created by the leaders of six major drum corps in the early 1970s as a way to book productions for the groups, find sponsors, help design tours and manage logistics, and to oversee sales of tickets, T-shirts and music.

In 1973, the group decided it needed a full-time executive director….

Over the next 21 years, Pesceone oversaw significant organizational growth.

Pesceone was inducted into Drum Corps International’s Hall of Fame in 1986. His wife of 55 years, Mary, a longtime Drum Corps International employee, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990.

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