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We were very saddened to learn of the passing of Jimmy Cossetti on last Thursday.  Along with his father "Pop", Jimmy came to Archer-Epler in 1962 and quickly established himself as a major figure in the corps' history, first as a great soprano bugler who went on to become one of the premier soloists in all of drum corps.  In 1975 he played a major and important role in the re-emergence of Achie as the world's first alumni corps.  He also was an excellent singer and was a pillar in our chorus in the 1980's and 90's.  Then, beginning in the last 1980's, he became the corps's director and pioneered the appearances of alumni corps at DCA and DCI events. 

    Jimmy was also active as a soloist and instructor with other drum corps and bands, including the Reilly Raiders and Blue Rock.  In 1990 he was the chairperson of the Great Alliance of Seniors (GAS) and helped to guide its formal organization.  Among other honors, the was a member of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame and served as that groups' Secretary.  He will be missed, but remembered fondly, by his many friends throughout the drum corps world.

  The funeral service for Jimmy, including taps and the flag ceremony, will take place at 10 A.M. on Friday, July 6th at the Maclean & Chamberlain Funeral Home (339 W. Kings Highway, Route 340, Coatesville, PA, 19320;

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Sadly, I have to inform all of you of the passing of

Mary Ziegenfuss   2/26/14

Because of the expected incoming snow storm, the Monday funeral services for Mary Ziegenfuss have been re-scheduled to Tuesday.

Relatives and friends are still invited to her Viewing on Sunday Evening from 5 to 8 PM at the D'ANJOLELL MEMORIAL HOME OF BROOMALL, 2811 West Chester Pike, Broomall, PA 19008 (610-356-5900).

The major change is that the second viewing hour will now take place on Tuesday Morning from 8:30-9:30 AM at the funeral home.  A Funeral Mass will follow at 10 AM at St. Anastasia RC Church, which is nearby (3301 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, 19073 (610-356-1613).   Interment: will be at  Arlington Cemetery on Lansdowne Avenue in Drexel Hill.  Contributions in her memory may be made to Vitas Hospice, 1787 Sentry Park West, Bldg. 16 Suite 400, Blue Bell, PA 19422 or to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 225 City Ave. Suite 104, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.  Mass cards may also be sent c/o The Mary T. Ziegenfuss Family, 1 Radnor Drive - Unit D-5, Newtown Square, PA 19073.

Mary Ziegenfuss was perhaps the most beloved person ever to have been associated with Archer-Epler, over a span of nearly 80 years that included all of the major eras in the corps' history.  Following her older brother Ed, she joined the two-time pre-WWII National Champion Junior Corps, where she met her future husband Earl (affectionately known as "Ziggy" and later to become the Color Guard Captain of the Senior Corps in the 1950s and 60s and of the 1970's Alumni Corps).  Mary was the last drum major of the Archer-Epler Junior Corps, before the events of WWII forced a temporary curtailment of activities for all but the color guard.

As many are aware, Archer-Epler was among the first of the pre-WWII junior corps to reform as a senior unit in the Fall of 1945 following the conclusion of the war.  However, a much less well-known fact is that when the corps that was soon referred to as "Archie" throughout the US and Canada had its very first performance, the drum major was none other than Mary Ziegenfuss.

After Mary helped the senior corps get started, she was soon raising her own family.  However, her connection to the corps continued as a leader of the group of wives that came to be known as the  "Archie Girls" and regularly attended contests and ran social events and fund-raisers.

Then, at our return to Archer-Epler as an "alumni corps" (a name that wasn't yet invented in October of 1975) and (you guessed it) Mary and some of the other "Archie Girls" were working in the kitchen at our first practice.  Years later she helped with some of the food concessions at some of our Brass Reunion shows.  One of the hallmarks of Mary's dedication and loyalty to Archer-Epler was that I never recall her missing a Memorial Day Service.

Mary endeared herself to others because she was always such a joy to be around.   She was certainly the most gracious, kind-hearted, and genuinely humble person I have ever encountered.

But that's not the end of the story about Mary because her achievements as a volunteer are legendary.  In addition to working with other charities such as the March of Dimes, she made tremendous contributions to the American Legion Auxillary at all levels.  She was Auxillary President at both Archer-Epler Post 979 and Upper Darby Post 214, the Delaware County Council, and the Department of Pennsylvania (i.e., covering the entire Commonwealth).  At the national level, she served as Chair or Vice Chair on several committees, perhaps most notably as National Convention Chairman.

Mary had an incredible life that will serve as an inspiration for all of us.   Through her efforts, she made the world a better place.  We should all be proud to have known her

Thank you.

Mark Fulcomer




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 I am saddened to have to inform you of the passing of Jim McDermott after some recent, serious health problems and the passing of his wife Marlene last year.

    Starting at Osmond in the mid-1950's before later going to Vasella, he was a fixture in Philadelphia-area drum corps and related organizations (color guards and high school bands) ever since.  I first met Jim when he came to Archer-Epler in 1965.  After the 1968 Archie-Reilly merger could no longer be sustained, he marched with the Yankee Rebels for several seasons.  He came back to Archie in the early 1990's, along with his son Kevin.  In recent years Jim then returned to Reilly.

    Jim was a fine soprano horn player and a really nice person.  We'll all miss him.

    Funeral arrangements for him will include a visitation period from 9 to 9:45 AM on Monday, September 30th at Corpus Christi Church, 900 Sumneytown Pike, Lansdale, PA 19446.  A Funeral Mass will follow at 10 AM.  Burial will take place at St. John Neumann Cemetery in nearby Chalfont, PA.

    Bill Penderghest of Reilly and Patrick Taylor are organizing a unformed honor guard for Monday morning.  Please bring your dress uniforms if you would like to participate.

    Mark Fulcomer

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With sadness we note the passing of Blanche Sass, the 93 year-old mother of Marcia and a huge supporter of Archer-Epler.

The funeral service for Blanche will be held on Monday, April 15th at Sol Levinson & Bros. Funeral Home
(8900 Reisterstown Road at Mt. Wilson Lane, Baltimore, MD 21208, 410-653-8900,  A visitation hour will begin at 11 AM, followed by the funeral service at noon.  Interment will be at the Harford Jewish Center Cemetery in Rosedale.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be sent to The Piatigorsky Foundation (225 West 34th Street, Suite 1513, New York, NY 10122), the Tri-County Veterans Association (6736 Marshall Road, Upper Darby, PA 19082), or Agudath Israel Etz Ahayem Synagogue (3525 Cloverdale Road, Montgomery, AL 36111) for The Sass Family Library.


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We were sorry to learn of the passing last Friday of Diane Wiedman, wife of Bill "Weedies" Wiedman.  Diane had a long associations with our Archer-Epler family that spanned three generations, beginning through her brother, John Gairo, followed by her daughter, Phyllis Silverstein, and grandsons, Johnny and Will Bistline.  Mike Snow was a nephew of hers, while her oldest daughter, Claire, also briefly marched with the corps as part of its exhibition at the 1978 Dream.

Diane's funeral will take place on Friday, March 22nd at St.Genevieve Parish (1225 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown, PA 19031), with a visitation hour at 9 AM and a funeral mass at 10 AM.  Burial will take place immediately after the mass.  A luncheon will then be held at North Hills Country Club (99 Station Ave, Glenside, PA 19038).

Condolences to Diane's family may be sent to Phyllis (501 East Darby Road, Havertown, PA  19083).

Mark Fulcomer


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It is with deep sadness that I send you word of the passing last night of Lee Wolf, the longtime musical arranger and instructor for Archer-Epler, Osmond, Vasella, and so many other corps.  In addition to long being recognized as a staggering force in the history of drum and bugle corps, Lee was a dear personal friend to the many of us who had the privilege of knowing him.

Listed below are the funeral arrangements for Lee Wolf.


The Chapel at Sunset Memorial Park  (333 County Line Road, Feasterville, PA  19053

Funeral Director: Kirk and Nice (215-354-0085)


Viewing Friday, Jan 11 from 7 to 9 PM


Viewing Saturday, Jan 12 from 9 to 10:30 AM, with the funeral and burial immediately following. 


Following the funeral service and burial there will be a reception nearby at Maggio's at Hampton Square (400 Second Street Pike in Southampton, PA  18966 (215-364-4983). 


For those who might want to stay over on Friday, a block of rooms is available at the Crowne Plaza (4700 E. Street Road, Trevose, PA  19053; 215-267-684-1135).  Lee’s son Raymond has more information (cell = 484-459-5025).


In lieu of flowers, contributions to assist the Wolf family in this difficult time may be sent to the Archer-Epler Musketeers "in memory of Lee Wolf" (6736 Marshall Road, Upper Darby, PA  19082)


Condolences can be sent to Lee’s daughter, Renate Price (115 Sherman Road, Springfield, PA 19064)





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It is my sad duty to have to convey to you the news about the passing of Mike Snow.  As many of you were aware, Mike had struggled bravely with Parkinson's Disease for last three years of so.  More recently he was battling other serious complications.

    Since the late 1940's and while he was still a toddler, Mike was part of the Archer-Epler family.  Then, from the time that we started to bring back the corps in the Fall of 1975, he served with distinction in countless roles for the past 37 years.  His loyalty, selflessness, hard work, and talent in whatever he took on was always awe-inspiring.  We have lost one of the greatest "Musketeers" there has ever been, an individual who epitomized the spirit of the words from our song "to serve the corps and live for its renown".


    Mark Fulcomer  


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For Mike



Hi Mark. I really don't know where to begin. Well back in 1994 GAS in Cambridge, Ontario,Ann and I met you folks from Archie, and you invited us to party Archie style at your hotel. There I got to know Mike and in 2000 I stood beside him at GAS and played "Lord and Master" and "South Rampart" and have played with you folks ever since. I am so sad to have lost a friend even though we see each other once a year, he taught me a lot about playing and I have become better for that.

If you play at GAS this year can I play in Mike's honour even if it is only one tune.

When you have time I would appreciate a reply, this is a really bad time for the Archie Family.

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I am very saddened to have to pass on to you the news of the passing of "Rip" Bernert on this past Tuesday afternoon. Rip's joined Archer-Epler in 1950, while his association with the Audubon Bon-Bons dated back to 1938 when his parents founded that organization and continued to the present, spanning nine decades. His contributions to the drum and bugle corps activity are staggering - I can honestly say that I don't know anyone else who had a bigger impact on so many facets of the activity.

    Funeral Arrangement: 

    On this Monday evening (2/20), there will be a viewing from 5 to 8 PM at St. Agnes Church, 701 Little Gloucester Road, Blackwood, NJ 08012.

    On Tuesday morning there will be a visitation hour from 10 to 11 AM at the church, followed by a Funeral Mass. Burial will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery also in Blackwood.

    Mark Fulcomer




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We just learned this afternoon of the passing of George Bateman, a soprano player in the corps from the 1960's and one of those who helped us re-form the corps in 1975. Many of us will never forget his tireless efforts in completing the many final touches needed for the renovation of the backroom at the Post in 1978. His entire family was involved with Archer-Epler, including his parents and siblings.

The funeral service for George will take place tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 31st) at the Rigby Harding and Hagan Funeral Home in Media (15 E. 4th Street). A visitation hour will take place from 12:00 to 1:00, with the funeral service beginning at 1 PM. Because of the late notice we received, please assist us in contacting those who knew George and would want to hear about the funeral arrangements.

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Ken Burbulak's mother

Edward Guida, Inc. Funeral Home

47-20 104 St.

Corona, New York

(718) 424-2000

(at the foot of 48th Ave, opposite St. Leo’s RC Church)


Visitation on Sunday

2 to 5 PM

7 to 9 PM

A Funeral Mass will take place at 10 AM on Monday at Holy Family Church on Utopia Pkwy.

Cards can be sent to Ken and Dolores (Dee) Burbulak at 59-11 160 Street, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365.


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Mattie Levine passed away this afternoon of complications from her illness.  She was with her loved ones and passed peacefully,  Marty will keep in touch when arrangement have been made.

All our thoughts and prayers are with her family.



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Archer-Epler joins the Reilly Raiders and the rest of the drum corps world in mourning the passing of Bob Adair. He was the longtime horn instructor of the Reilly Raiders and Liberty Bell, as well as many other corps throughout the Philadelphia area and elsewhere in Pennsylvania. Among one of his phenomenal accomplishments was winning individual national championships both as a soprano horn and a snare drummer. Bob assisted Archie briefly in 1981 when the corps was returning to competition, while his son Dale taught percussion for us over several years. He was well-known throughout the drum corps world and received just about ever conceivable honor and award, but remained a humble, approachable individual that we enjoyed and appreciated. Along with his first instructor at Osmond, Lee Wolf, Bob will be honored at next week's Brass Reunion. The funeral arrangements for Bob appear below.


Viewing Tuesday 7 - 9 p.m.

Viewing Wednesday 9 - 11 a.m.

Givinish Funeral Home

10975 Academy Road

Philadelphia, PA

(215) 281-0100


Mark Fulcomer, Director, Archer-Epler "Musketeers





To members of the Archer-Epler family.

This is a follow-up to Mary Ziegenfuss' note about the passing of Lucy Sylvester. The obituary appeared in yesterday's Courier Post as is repeated below.

One those wonderful "Archie Girls" from the 50's and 60's, Lucy had a distinctive voice and a great sense of humor - always a treat to be around. Although petite, she made big impressions on those of us lucky enough to have known her and will be fondly remembered by our larger corps family. Because Tom was in the color guard and served as its captain for several years, the two of them were well-known participants in various Archer-Epler events over the last six decades. In his time of great sorrow, I am sure that Tom would appreciate hearing from some of their friends (Thomas Sylvester, 5A Pine Cone Road, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054).

Mark Fulcomer

Lucy Mary Planamente Sylvester, on June 3, 2011 age 84, of Voorhees NJ, formerly of Philadelphia. Beloved wife of Thomas, devoted sister of Dolores Capriotti, Anna Farrell and the late Peter, Daniel and Gilda Mazza, dear sister-in-law of Louise Planamente, Robert Farrell and Paul Mazza, also survived by numerous loving nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to call Wednesday after 9:30 A.M. at St. Andrew the Apostle Church, 27 Kresson-Gibbsboro Rd, Gibbsboro, NJ, Funeral Mass at 10:30 A.M.. Interment: Holy Sepulcher Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions to the Hospice of Moorestown VNA, 300 Harper Dr. Moorestown, NJ 08057 in Lucy's memory would be appreciated. ARR: JOSEPH DiPINTO, JR., F.D.


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It is with a sad and heavy heart to let you know that Tom Sylvester’s wife Lucy passed away on Friday, June 3rd. She fought a long battle but lost the strength to continue. Anyone who knew Lucy will remember her for her many remarks and expressions shown through her eyes. She was a true and faithful Musketeer. Lucy was lovingly known as "Aunt Lucy" to all the Lobb and Ziegenfuss children. They were her extended family. She was very proud of all her nieces and nephews.
Lucy will be sadly missed but she is at peace. Keep Tom in your prayers.
I will get back to you on the funeral arrangements as soon as they are completed.


VIEWING; St. Andrew of Apostle Church
27 Kresson-Gibbsboro Rd.
Gibbsboro, New Jersey
Wednesday, June 6TH, 2011
9AM TO 10;30AM
SERVICES; 10;30AM Mass
INTERMENT; Holy Sepulcher Cemetery

Condolences may be sent to Tom
1301 Laurel Oak Rd., Suite 110
Voorhees, N.J. 08043

Sorry for my previous mistake

. Mary Ziegenfuss


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Just to let all know that our son, Stephen, has returned safely from Iraq.  He is currently at Fort Dix going through the demobilization process.

As of today, his unit is scheduled to return to Spring City Armory on Sunday, February 27th at 10:00 AM with a welcome home celebration

Trudy and I want to thank everyone for their support and prayers.


The Crouthamels


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We were saddened to learn of the passing of Tony Brown's mother Barbara E. Brown on Friday.

The visitation hour and funeral service for Barbara will take place tomorrow (Monday) from 9 to 11 AM at The Snover/Givnish Funeral Home in Cinnaminson, NJ (1200 Route 130 N, Cinnaminson, New Jersey 08077, phone = 856-829-8000).          If you can't make the service, I'm sure Tony would appreciate hearing from you by phone (cell = 856-217-1857 or home = 856-547-0938) or mail (117 Creston Avenue, 1st Floor, Audubon NJ 08106).



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It is a sad duty to have to inform you of the sudden death of Dave Wise last Sunday

Like so many others who ended up in Reilly or Archie over the years, Dave got his start in the Yearsley Post junior drum and bugle corps in Germantown (where both of his parents were very active) - I seemed to remember the corps being called the "Black Hawks". Dave joined Reilly as a bass drummer in the mid-1960's and concluded his competitive career with the 1968 Raider-Musketeers 

Affectionately known as "Big Dave" or "Punky" because of his size, Dave was a gregarious, hardworking corps member

A viewing will be held on Monday, September 20th from 7-9 pm at Minshall-Shropshire-Bleyler Funeral Home in Media, PA. (608 S Old Middletown Rd)

A viewing and funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 21 from 9-10 am (viewing) and 10-10:45am (service) at Minshall-Shropshire-Bleyler Funeral Home and then a burial will take place at 1:00 pm at Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown, PA (830 Highland Rd  

If possible, bring your horns as there are plans to play in his honor, both at the Monday night viewing as well as at the cemetery



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We're sorry to report that Betty Lundell passed away on Monday July 26th. She is the mother of John Lundell, a member of Archie's drumline and the Honor Guard Captain of the Reilly Raiders, and wife of the late Jack Lundell, also a member of Archer-Epler and Reilly (as well as the Yankee Rebels).

Condolences and cards can be sent to

Mr. John Lundell at 301 Pine Street, Glenolden, PA 19036 (610-522-8393



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Dear members of the Archer-Epler family and our other drum corps friends -

Yesterday Bill Lawler, a longtime member of our Archer-Epler organizations, passed away after a very difficult struggle with cancer. Beginning with the Upper Darby Post 214 junior corps following World War II, his drum corps experiences encompassed just about every position imaginable. Bill was an outstanding soprano bugler with some great "Archie" corps in the 1950's. Following his competitive days, he became well-known as a chief judge, first with Mid-Atlantic and later with the Cavalacade of Bands. While his judging and corps administration work later extended to DCA, his enthusiasm in promoting young peoples' interest in marching music continued for decades and included instructing the Media Fawns, an all-girl junior drum and bugle corps.

When we were about to bring the corps back in 1975, Bill and his good friend Vince Deegan were there to help paint the back room of the Post and their hilarious antics reminded me of some great comedic duos. In less than a year, I remember how proud they were when the corps marched past them at the reviewing stand of the 1976 Bicentennial Parade in Philadelphia. Bill was "there again" in 1981 when the corps returned to competition and he was instrumental in arranging for our DCA Finals joint appearance with Ed Shaughnessy, the Tonight Show drummer at the time. Later on Bill was the anchor of the bass baritones in our chorus through its entire history, from a rather humble beginning in 1986 on to some excellent performances at the Phillies, GAS Reunions, and elsewhere into the 2000's. Although I'm not sure when he first joined, Bill was also a very active member of Archer-Epler American Legion Post #979 and was an officer for many years, including 2010. In fact, because of his illness, this year was the first time I ever remember him missing the Memorial Day services at the Post. With his many contributions to our activity, it is hardly surprising that he was recognized by and became a member of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania Drum Corps Hall of Fame.

However, drum corps was also a family activity for Bill. He and his lovely wife Kathleen, herself one the "Archie Girls" from the 1950s and previously a member of the McCall junior corps in Philadelphia, were inseparable and faithfully attended various social events connected with drum corps over the years. Kathleen, their daughter, has had her own drum corps career, first with the Media Fawns, then later with our competitive corps in the 1980s, and onto our chorus, where like her father she too was a stallwart throughout its existence.

Bill was quite tall in stature but was even "taller" in what he accomplished during his lifetime. We will miss him tremendously but are thankful to have been first-hand witnesses to his many contributions that have left their indelible influences on his many friends throughout the world.

Condolences can be sent to his wife Kathleen at:
30 Mary Jane Lane,
Newtown Square, PA 19073

and/or to his daughter, Kathleen at:
1230 Longford Road,
West Chester, PA 19380


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Dear members of the Archer-Epler Family -

Yesterday, we received the sad news that Bill Murray had passed away on Friday after a long, valiant struggle with cardiac-related health problems. Over the past decade, during which he made many treks across the entire state of Pennsylvania to perform with the corps, we were blessed to have him as a member of "Archie". Bill was a dedicated snare drummer, one of the finest ever. But even more important, we'll all remember how nice, friendly, generous, and funny he was - a real joy for us to have had the privilege to have known.

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Cards and remembrances may be sent to 612 Rial Lane, Greensburg, PA 15601.



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Irving G. Arnold  father of Patrick W. Taylor and Grandfather to .Rian passed away.




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Dave Morris passed away last night in his sleep around 1AM. He was comfortable and sleeping peacefully when he passed.


As a final remembrance, Dave's family has requested that we play "Abide With Me" and "Lord and Master" at the church on Friday. We hope as many of you who can will help to honor that request.

Please keep Dave in your prayers.

Mark Fulcomer


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The passing of the mother of Steve Calzone, Betty Annunziato.    

Condolences can be sent to The Calzone Family, 54 Cheswold Blvd., #109, Newark, Delaware 19713.

Please keep Betty and her family in your prayers.



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As you may have heard, Bea Blyth's mother, Doris G. Heffentrager, passed away earlier this week following an auto accident. The visitation hour and funeral will take place this Saturday, November 14th as listed below.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the

Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
125 S. 9th Street, Suite 202
Philadelphia, PA 19107
For those of you who would like to write, Bea's address is

Bea Blyth
113A Hillcrest
Collingswood, NJ 08106

Keep them in your prayers.


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My brother, David V. Ward died Friday morning. He was a drummer with the Junior corps and later a Musketeers after WWII. Our Mother and Dad, Thomas and Nan Ward are in the Hall of Fame. She wrote the words to the corps song. With my parents, David, and my brother Newton. a bugler, the Corps amd its activities were a significant part of my life as well.
I just want to let the old timers know of his death. He will be waked at the Ciavarelli Funeral home [ Ambler] on Mon. evening, and buried from St Anthony’s Church [ AMBLER ] following a 10 AM Mass on Tuesday.
Many wonderful memories !! Mary U. nee Ward

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Like so many others throughout the drum corps world, the Archer-Epler "Musketeers" and their extended family are saddened to hear of the death of Msgr. Wojtycha (Edward F. Wojtycha and perhaps better known to many of you as "Father Wojtycha", initially of St. Vincent's Cadets fame) was just received as a forwarded e-mail from Joel Leson of the Yankee Rebels. You may receive this from others, but feel free to forward it to those who may recall this drum corps icon. He had a phenomenal impact on our corps and activity.

From Father Jim Reilly as a forward from Joel Leson -

It is my sad duty to announce the death of Msgr. Wojtycha last Tuesday in Florida. Msgr. Wojtycha was the oldest living priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, and the founder and long time moderator of the St. Vincent Cadets, Bayonne, NJ. He created and begin the DREAM contest, held for many years at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City. He was also a member of the DCA and DCI Hall of fame, and a true Drum Corp giant!

Please spread the word, and remember Msgr. in your prayers!

Fr. Jim Reilly

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We're saddened to report the passing of Joan Keller, wife of longtime Archer-Epler (and Reilly Raider) member Bill Keller. Always friendly and pleasant to be around, she will be missed by her many friends in our extended drum corps family. Her memorial service will be held on Tuesday June 9, 2009 at 10:30 am at the Donohue Funeral Home located at 8401 West Chester Pike in Upper Darby Pa 19082. Condolences may be sent to:

Bill Keller and Family
28755 West Court E Crk
Marion Station MD 21838


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Harry Welsh

Hi folks - as friends of the Archer-Epler "Musketeers", I am passing this information on to you.

Today I received the sad news that Harry Welsh passed away yesterday. He was simply a great member of the Archer-Epler family, serving as an outstanding French Horn and Mellophone player, a President of the corps, a Co-Director (with Harry Matthias and myself when we reformed in 1975), a member of the chorus, and just one of the finest gentlemen you could ever hope to meet.

Once we find out the arrangements for his funeral I will pass that information on to all of you.

Mark Fulcomer


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Thomas Kealy Sr.

cards may be sent to

Tom Kealy

132 So. Loecao Ave.

Audubon, N.J.


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We were saddened to learn of the death last Friday of Jo Anne Keeley, a long-time member of our Archer-Epler family and a friend to many in the drum corps world.  Mother of Patti, Jack, and Kevin, she was the widow of Jack Keeley, who many will also remember fondly as a corps member, instructor, and judge.  Some details of Jo Anne’s funeral mass are excerpted below.


Jo Anne Keeley

Beloved wife of the late John R., loving mother of Patti, Jack, and Kevin; beloved sister-in-law of Alice Sipple; beloved aunt of Jim (Liz) Barnett; beloved cousin of Bill (Kathleen) Lawler. Her Memorial Mass will be 11 A.M. Saturday Dec. 20th St. Francis of Assisi R.C. Church, 136 Saxer Ave., Springfield PA 19064. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lankenau Kidney Transplant Program, 100 Lancaster Ave., MSB 4404, Wynnewood PA 19096.  




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It's my sad duty to have to inform you of the recent passing of Cathy Bonadonn's father, Henry Federowicz. 


I'm sure that Cathy, Ron, and their extended family would appreciate your thoughts and prayers (292 E. Passaic Avenue, Nutley, NJ  07110).


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Mike Findley

The Archer-Epler Musketeers were saddened to hear of the passing of Mike Findley, who marched with the corps as a snare drummer in the late 1970's.  He will be missed by his many friends, both within and outside of our corps.  


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The Archer-Epler "Musketeers" were saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Michael Lundell On June 19th.  Like his father before him, Michael also marched with the Yankee Rebels, while, along with his brother John, both also marched with the Reilly Raiders.  He will be missed by all his friends.


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To members and friends of the Archer-Epler family -

It is with great deal of sadness that we must inform you of the passing of Bill Mullen this past Sunday.

Bill joined Archer-Epler after his discharge from the US Navy after WW II. He played a baritone horn, winning some individual contests, and was a member of a three-time, undefeated, national champion baritone quartet. While a member of the corps, he served as business manager for several years and, along with Jack Reilly, was a main feature at many social events. In addition to being instrumental in starting the first drum and bugle corps circuit in the Philadelphia area, Bill was also a founder of the Mid-Atlantic Judges Association. For many years, he was active in arranging/organizing functions in the Philadelphia area, including serving as the half-time entertainment director for the Philadelphia Eagles and Stars for several years. Some of us remember how important Bill was for securing a spot for "Archie" in the 1976 Bicennential Parade when the corps represented the State of Alaska, an event that was key to the corps' re-emergence and to the development of many other alumni corps that followed us back. He also organized a fife and drum corps for the Bicenntial that he continued to manage until recently. It is hardly surprising that Bill had been a long-time member of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame. While we will all miss him, we salute his lifetime of accomplishments and contributions to our activitiy that will leave indelible marks for years to come.

If you wish to send a card to his wife Esther, her address is;

Esther Mullen
31 N. Maple Ave.
Apt. 233
Marlton, NJ 08053


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We just want everyone to know that our youngest son, Brian, is deploying to Afghanistan on Sunday, March 23rd. This will be his second deployment overseas. His first was to Iraq, back in 2005. He is deploying with the 101st Air Assault division. His unit is HHC, 1st Battalion, 506 Infantry Regiment. For you history buffs, this is the unit made famous by the "Band of Brothers".
We just ask everyone to keep him and his family in your thoughts and paryers.

Phil & Trudy Crouthamel


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On 30 November 2007 at 07:57 Kit delivered a 7lb 7oz 201/2 inch baby girl
Her name is Caitlyne Belle Taylor
Kit and Caitlyne are doing well and are coming home tommorow. Congrats on a job well done Mommie

Patrick,Kit,Rian,Ashlynn and Caitlyne Taylor


Hi Gang!

Just to let everyone know that I finally had my left knee surgery on Nov 12th and that I came home on Nov 15th. I will be doing a lot of home therapy and hope to be back in action no later than February. And to let people know, "IT HURTS LIKE HELL!!!!". But good pain killers and hard work and I'll be marching again. I will see everybody sometime in January or February.

Everyone have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.




"Tony Brown has spent some time the last week in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden. We hope he might be sent home today or tomorrow. He certainly would appreciate hearing from his friends (home phone = 856-547-0938)."


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We were saddened to find out about the passing of Cathy’s Bonadonna's mother, Genevieve Federowicz. All services will take place next Monday, October 15th, in Mount Carmel, PA, beginning with a viewing from 8:30 - 10:45 AM at the C. J. Lucas Funeral Home (27 N. Vine St., Mount Carmel, PA) and followed by an 11 AM Funeral Mass at Divine Redeemer Church (438 W. Avenue in Mount Carmel PA 17851). The funeral procession will then proceed to the Indiantown Gap Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in the memory of Genevieve Federowicz to the Divine Redeemer Church (address above) or to the American Cancer Society (1948 E. Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701). Cathy’s home address is 292 E. Passaic Avenue, Nutley, NJ 07110 and her father’s (Henry Federowicz) is 345 W. 5th Street, Mount Carmel, PA 17851.


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Archer-Epler is sad to report the passing of Anna Muellar, the mother of our Treasurer, Carol Coffman. Services will be held on Thursday, July 19th at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, 525 St. Louis Ave., Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215, with a calling hour from 10:00 to 11:00 AM and Mass at 11:00. Donations can be sent in her memory to St. Nicholas Academy, 526 Chicago Ave., Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215. Egg Harbor City can be reached from the Atlantic City Expressway.

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6/30/07  Today after the parade in Havre De Grace, our son Christopher called us with good news. He has been assigned a Recruiting position starting August 6, which means he will not be redeploying to Iraq.

As for Brian, he will deploy to Afghanistan sometime in April with the 101st Air Assault Division. This will be his second overseas tour. He is hoping for a Drill Sergeant position upon his return.

To all who have asked and prayed for our 2 hero sons, we whank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

AFO/OFA Phil & Trudy

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Just a note to let everyone know that our son, Christopher, will be redeploying to Iraq, for a third time sometime in July. Please keep him in your toughts and prayers. Chris joined to Army to make a career of it and is actually looking forward to deployment. He feels that the mission is unfinished and will do what he can to bring it to a successful conclusion. Please remember, what you read and see in the media is NOT reported as it happens in the REAL world.

Phil & Trudy


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Bill Reamer

On a very sad note,  Bill Reamer passed away last evening. When more details about the arrangements become known, we will pass them along through the website . He was one of the greatest percussionists and instructors the world has ever known, having taught the likes of Rita Macey Bernert, Jack Corey, Ted Sciarra, John Dowlan, John Flowers, Dick Filkens, Bill Kaufmann, and many, many others. His son Andy was a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Bill was famous for his work in reconstructing Revolutionary and Civil War drums. His sticks remained a sought-after-must-have item by the top DCI corps snare lines.

Cards can be sent to
Irene Reamer
100 Geranium ct.
New Holland, Pa 17557-9492

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    FLAGUS1GIF.GIF (10730 bytes)     Just a quick note to all our Musketeer family: Our son, Brian, returned from Iraq on Thursday, November 2, 2006 at 9:15 pm to Fort Campbel, KY, home of the 101st Air Assault Division. We flew down to Kentucky for a week to visit. In that time, we had an oppurtunity to visit with him and his family; We also took a six hour car trip to visit his brother, Chris, stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, MO and spent some time with his family over the past weekend. All in all, it was a nice vacation.

We wish to thank everyone who has asked and prayed for their safe return from Iraq.

Phil & Trudy Crouthamel


Mom is doing great following her recent double hip surgery. She is due to be transferred to Bryn Mawr Rehab on Sunday July 30th and will be there for 5-7 days if you would like to send well wishes or get well cards you can send them to the house and she will get them.
Kathy Wentzel
250 Jackson Avenue
Lansdowne, PA 19050

I will let everyone know when she is at home recovering.

Kim and Dave Morris

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Dennis Graham

Along with others in the drum corps world, Archer-Epler is saddened to learn of the passing of Dennis Graham, a long-time leader in Western Pennsylvania drum and bugle corps. A charter member of the Westmoreland Esquires, Denny performed with that corps over its entire history. He was also a co-founder of the Steel City Ambassadors and was that group's director until his recent hospitalizations. Always friendly and helpful, Denny had lots of good friends in "Archie" as well as in other corps and will be missed by all of us.

To the Archer-Epler Musketeer family,

We wanted to thank all of you for the support you showed my father, Bob Evans, at his funeral. It meant a lot to our family. Thank you for all of the cards, flowers and mass cards. They were all very nice and quite touching. I would especially like to thank the members of the corps who showed up in uniform who stood guard at the casket and the members who played a part in the ceremony. We were very touched at the outpouring of support, well wishes and love all of you expressed to our family at our time of grief. Again, thank you very much.


The Evans Family.

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With the death of Ray Kerber in Florida on June 19th, Archer-Epler lost another of its alumni members from the 1950s and 60s. Starting in the McCall Post junior corps before WWII, Ray joined "Archie" after returning from the service and was especially proud of being part of the legendary 1957 "King and I" corps. Like so many others of our alumni, he will be missed by his many friends. Condolences may be sent to the Kerber family at 2734 Ingeborg Court, Windermere, Fl 34786.


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Once again we have to report on the passing of another member from long ago.Ray Kerber marched in the late 50's and was Drum Major in 1958 along with Vince Deegan. Ray had been living in Florida and was always proud to be a Musketeer as reported by his daughter Mary Ellen Kerber.
There address is 2734 Ingeborg Court Windermere FL 34786

Bill Ives
Archie Corps Historian

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The Archer-Epler "Musketeers" are saddened by the death of Bob Evans. He joined the corps in 1975 and was an instrumental part of what later became the alumni corps movement. In addition to playing a soprano bugle in "Archie", he served on the corps' Board of Trustees for several years. Bob was also very proud of his other drum corps affiliations, both Liberty Bell in his junior corps days as well as the Reilly Raiders (a corps in which his father had also marched) in recent years,. He will be missed by his friends throughout the drum corps world.


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Just got home and opened this Email from the Reilly Raiders. It's just getting to be way too much

It is with our deepest regrets that we have to inform you of the passing of our dear friend Bob Evans. As you know, Bob had successful double knee replacement surgery on Tuesday & passed away suddenly Wednesday morning June 07,2006. Information on services will follow as soon as it is finalized. Please keep Pat Evans & the entire Evans Family in your prayers in this time of sorrow

Ken Newman

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Sadness again. Just saw this on RAMD site
Buddy was a good guy. Saw him last at the post reunion a couple of years ago

BONELLO, ARTHUR H., "Bud", 75 - of Mays Landing, passed away peacefully at home on
Monday, May 15, 2006.
He was born and raised in Atlantic City and graduated Atlantic City High School Class
of 1949. In his earlier years, he enjoyed bodybuilding, ballroom dancing and was a
member of the Boy Scouts of America and the High School Glee Club.
He served his country honorably in the US Navy and the Merchant Marines.
He attended the University of Pennsylvania and was a member of the Archer Epler Drum
& Bugle Corps and American Legion in Upper Darby, PA. He was a member of the
Oddfellows Drum & Bugle Corps and the American Legion in Oklahoma City. Upon his
return to the area, he instructed the St. Nicholas School Drum & Bugle Corps in Egg
Harbor City.
Bud was a Computer Systems Engineer at the FAA Tech Center in Pomona.
As an avid train enthusiast, he was owner of Aero Train Hobby House in Absecon and
past Superintendent of the Patcong Valley Railroad Club. He also enjoyed his daily
crossword puzzle.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in his memory to the Cologne Volunteer
Fire Ladies' Auxiliary, 2870 Cologne Ave., Mays Landing, NJ 08330.

Ken Newman

FLAGUS1GIF.GIF (10730 bytes) Chris Crouthamel has returned from Iraq and is currently stationed in Germany. He is tenatively scheduled to return to the states in May, to Fort Leonard Wood, MO.

Brian Crouthamel is currently stationed in Ramadi, Iraq. He is serving with the 506th Regiment, 101st Air Assault Division, (Screaming Eagles). The unit he is in is the "Band Of Brothers" from WWII. They were reactivated before they deployed. He is scheduled to return sometime in November. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. You can write to him at:
Cpl Crouthamel, Brian
HHC 1 506th S-1
APO AE 09381


Phil and Trudy Crouthamel

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George Carter  click

I am so sad to hear of the death of my old friend George Carter, and I wish to offer my heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones. I feel great guilt for not keeping in better touch with him these past few years.
I met George when I taught the Lincoln “Invaders” down at 20th & Federal Streets in South Philly, and later, invited him to join "Archie" when the “Invaders” fell on hard times. George was impossible to dislike and was, of course, the perfect person to integrate “Archie” back in 1966.
George always kidded me that I taught him everything he knew about bugling, and I would say, “Shush, George, you don’t know much!” George liked the fact that I taught in Bensalem and always asked me to look for the trophy’s he won as a track star at Bensalem high school, where they called him “Flash Carter” because he was so fast.
George gave many children a chance to learn and perform when he managed his junior corps in North Philly, and lamented to me many times about the difficulty of getting the next generation of kids involved. It saddened him that the bugle corps activity was dying out in Philadelphia, but he was always trying, and that was one of the many things I loved about George Carter.
God bless you George, you will always be memory and in my heart.

Chuck Smith

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The Archer-Epler "Musketeers" are saddened by the loss of Joe Smith, another one of our treasured members. Coming to the corps via the Saint James Cadets and Yankee Rebels of Baltimore, MD, he will be missed by his friends throughout the drum corps world, especially for his unique wit, warmth, and wonderful personality.


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Joe Smith  passed away suddenly Thursday night.   Joe leaves wife Dottie and daughter Kate.

Details to follow.

Mike Snow


Tony Brown:

Hello…Dianna, Tony’s wife, just called me and told me that Tony is in the hospital. He has diabetes and pneumonia. He’s at Our Lady of Lourdes and will be there for a couple days…if you want to get a hold of him I have his phone number and room number so call me at 856-816-4262 and if I don’t answer I am in school or at work and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Yours truly,
The Gloucester Kids

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Again, It seems that everything I post these days is another sad note.

Bob Carney passed away at 8:00 AM this morning after a short but devastating illness.

Bobby and I played together for many years with both Archie and Reilly. He also played with the Skyliner and Yankee Rebel Alumni at various times

This is an extremely sorrowful time for the Carney family and his Reilly Raiders family. The drum corps world will sorely miss his sweet horn and loveable personality. Please pray for Bobby, Jeanie and the entire Carney family.

Ken Newman

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Bill Taylor

Yesterday, Archer-Epler was very saddened to learn of the death of Bill Taylor, another member of our extended family. He was among the charter members in 1975 when "Archie" returned and went on to make history with what eventually became known as alumni corps. A fine player as a baritone and contra bass, Bill also made important contributions to all of the drum corps with which he was associated over a nearly fifty-year period, most recently the Reilly Raiders. Like others in the drum corps world, we too will miss a long-time friend.


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Bill Taylor

It is with a heavy, heavy heart that I share with you the passing of Bill
Bill passed away today at home at about 3:45 PM.
As you all know, Bill was battling an uphill fight against mesothelioma, or
aspestosis. He was diagnosed back in late March and given 4 to 6 months to
live at that time. It is testament to his spirit and strong will that he
beat those odds by several months.
He will be deeply missed by his extended Reilly family and the entire Taylor
Bill left his mark in the drum corps world over the past 50 years with the
Ridley Park Rangers, The Vassella Musketeers, The Yankee Rebels,
Archer-Epler Musketeers, The New York Skyliners and of course his beloved
Reilly Raiders.
Arrangements have not been finalized at this writing but we will get them to
you in detail as soon as we ascertain them.

God Bless Our Friend

Diane E. McDevitt

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On this date 13 Nov. 2005 at 06:15 SPC Patrick W. Taylor landed safely on American soil at Ft. Dix New Jersey. We are so glad to have him home. He should be home by 18 Nov. 2005. Welcome home Daddy.
Kit, Rian, & Ashlynn Taylor

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Larry Scott Sr. of the Reilly Raiders has passed away at age 84.

"Family and Friends are invited to Lawrence's Life Celebration on Wednesday, November 16, after 10:00AM from Craft/Givnish of Abington, 1801 Old York Road at Old Welsh Rds. followed by his funeral service at 11:00AM. Interment at Hillside Cemetery."


Here is an update on Bob Carney from Jeanie. They would like to thank everyone for all the calls and cards and prayers.Bob's condition is very serious and he starts Chemo on Fri the 12th. They will keep us updated.



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I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for supporting me and my children thru this difficult 18 months. It was very nice of you all to e-mail Patrick and to keep his spirits up by having something to read. Patrick is due to leave Kuwait 13 November 2005 and then go thru the demobilization process for another 7-10 days at Ft Dix New Jersey he should be home to us by Thanksgiving. He is so looking forward to seeing everyone and get back to a normal life. He can't wait to get back to marching in Drum Corps the one thing he loves as much as his family. We are so proud of the work he has done there. He told us he has finally become what he has always wanted to be like his family before him, a Combat Veteran. He will be off the net until further notice. Thank You very much.

MRS. Patrick W. Taylor
Rian P. Taylor
Ashlynn Eileen Taylor

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Pat Bunting, wife of Gene Bunting has passed away after a lengthy
illness. Gene is an alumni member of Archer Epler and Reilly Raiders.

Condolences may be sent to
Eugene Bunting
120 Lafayette Drive
Elkton, MD 21921

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Sad to pass this on, but Anne Walters Sharp, former wife of drummer Harry Sharp, passed away on Thursday 7/7. May she rest in peace.

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Vince D'Agostino passed away at about 3:15am Friday at his home.

To my friends in Drum Corps,

It is with sadness that I have to say goodbye to my "third dad", Vince. He has gone and joined his 2 friends that I affectionately called, "My Three Dads". I'm pretty sure that Dan Goettel and Bob Booth had a Piels light waiting for Vince.

I last Saw Vince On the Monday before he passed. He was so looking forward to seeing everyone on Memorial Day. He even told me that he would need at least 15 minutes to shape up the rifle squad.
I made a small tribute to Vince. He meant so much to me and my family.

A memorial website has been established 
  To view the tribute, Copy and paste the link below on your browser.   click

To Vince, You were the true spirit of Archer Epler, you were always ther for all, and now we are there for you.

Until we meet again, you will always be in my thoughts.

Your "son"



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Jay Correia, 

Archer-Epler is saddened to learn of the passing yesterday of Jay Correia. Coming to the corps from the Blessed Sacrament Golden Knights, he was a snare drummer in "Archie" from 1981 to 1986. Liked by all who knew him, Jay will be missed by his fellow "Musketeers" and friends throughout the drum corps world.


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Denny Garrett, Archie Alumnist passed away this past week after a long

Anyone wishing to send condolesces to his wife Anne can send to
Anne Garrett
419 Lee Terrace
Wilmington, DE 19803


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Margaret Smith, mother of Joe Smith, Archie Alumnist, passed away

Cards can be sent to
Joseph Smith
392 Glen Cove Road
Collingdale, PA 19023

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Kathleen Kennedy sister of Phil Crouthamel passed away this week. A Memorial Service will be held in the spring.

Cards can be sent to Mr. & Mrs. Phil Crouthamel, 285 Coverly Road,
Lansdowne, PA 19050


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Laura Dolan, nee Bryson. Age 92 of Cinnaminson,NJ. Formerly of the Feltonville section of Philadelphia. Grandmother of Tony Brown ,Wife of the late Alec Dolan. Mother of Barbara E. Brown (John E. deceased), Grandmother of Michael Brown, Lorraine Duckworth, Jacqueline Ramus, Kathleen Semola. Great-grandmother of Scott Duckworth, Lauren Duckworth, Trisha Ramus, Krista Ramus, Heather Semola, Alexis Semola, and Dylan Jack Semola. She passed this evening of respiratory failure due to pneumonia. Funeral arrangements pending.


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Horchar, Joan (nee Engiles), Jan. 7, 2005, of Olney; Mother of Jack Horchar and Janet M. Topper;grandmother of 3; also survived by 2 brothers.


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The Archer-Epler "Musketeers" are saddened by the death of John Whitelam, one of the corps' legendary bass baritones from the 1950's and 60's. He will be missed by everyone in our family as well as by many others in the drum corps world.



It's Time To Help A Fellow Drum and Bugle Corps Family!!!

At about 2:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 17th, Phil and Trudi
Crouthamel's Son Steve's house burned to the ground. In the fire,
Steve's seven year old son, Jonathan, affectionately called "JJ",
lost his life. Steve Crouthamel received serious injury to his
esophagus as a result of inhaling smoke and the heat generated by the
fire. He is recovering in the hospital.

Phil is a long-time member of the Archer-Epler "Musketeers" Color
Guard. He has held leadership positions in Archer-Epler American
Legion Post 979 for many years. He is a friend to a large number of
us in the drum corps activity. Trudi is also a devoted Archie member.
Steve marches with Archie whenever his work schedule allows. Phil's
Son and Grandchildren have lost everything they own. There is no
insurance to help the family at this tragic time.

Carol and Chas Coffman of Archer-Epler have organized a drive to
bring as much help as possible to Steve Crouthamel, his significant
other, Jennifer, and their family. The Family includes: Kenny who is
5 months old; Kayla who will be 2 years old in December; Angel who is
4; and Xavier who is 6. We are calling on every drum and bugle corps
and drum corps person to lend a hand in helping the Crouthamel
Family. They need clothing, baby formula, boxes of diapers, food -
everything needed to get started again. Cash contributions would be
most helpful and will allow the family to obtain what is needed

Please send all donations to:

Carol and Charles Coffman
250 Crawford Road
Landsdowne, PA 19050

Please give this E-mail the widest dissemination. Let's all help the
Crouthamels through the difficult days ahead with our prayers and our

Many thanks.



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If you can read this you can email SP4  Patrick Taylor at    or use snail mail and contact him at                

Specialist Patrick Taylor
C Company
103 D Engineer, 1-103 Armor
FOB Summerall OIF III
APO AE 09393 *note change

PS: The Mailman has found him !


We would like to thank all of you for you thoughts and prayers. All of you are very special to us.

The Tierno Family

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With the passing of Lou Tierno, Archer-Epler has lost another of its
great members. Joining in 1978 with his entire family, he marched in the
competitive corps and later sang tenor in the chorus. Famous for the "buck bucket",
Lou was always an enthusiastic worker for and supporter of "Archie", most
recently at this year's Brass Reunion. With many fond memories, we'll all miss him.

Mark Fulcomer


One of our own, Vince D'Agostino, is severely ill. If anyone would like to send him encouragement, please send them courtesy of the Post. Archer Epler Musketeers, C/O Vince D'Agostino, 6736 Marshall Road, Upper Darby, Pa 19082

Phil Crouthamel

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One of our own is leaving to serve his country
Please keep Patrick Taylor in your prayers.

If you want to send him a letter/card he can be reached @

SP4  Patrick Taylor
Building 2444
Cassidy Road
Ft. Bliss, Texas #79916

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The Archer-Epler "Musketeers" are saddened to learn of the passing of
Joseph ("Little Moe") O'Connor, a member of the corps' drumline from 1962 to
1967. Along with his late brother Robert ("Big Moe") and as part of the
contingent that came to "Archie" in the early 1960s from St. Vincent's, "Little Moe"
will be fondly remembered as a great corps member, an especially accomplished
rudimental bass drummer, and as an all-around delightful person.

Mark Fulcomer

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Another loss for Archie's family:

Ben Gallagher has passed away on Thursday 4/8/04

Funeral arrangements are being handled by

Doyle Stonelake Funeral Home

83-85 Baltimore Ave., Lansdowne



Bill Wiedman (Weedies)

A long time member and alumni of the corps, is recovering from surgery at Delaware County Memorial Hospital (room 560). He'll be there until Wednesday 1/14 and then will be recovering at home for a couple of weeks. He's doing ok and if you'd like to send him a card, you can send it to his daughter Phyllis at:
501 E Darby Rd
Havertown, PA 19083


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The Archer-Epler "Musketeers" sadly note the passing of James Sproles,
a longtime member and certainly one of the most memorable individuals our
activity has ever known. A highly decorated veteran of World War II, "Kiki
Bird" came to "Archie" from the 1948 American Legion National Champion "Jersey
Joes" of Riverside, New Jersey. His loyalty and dedication never wavered, and
included a lifetime of service to other veterans. With notable sidekicks such
as Jack Reilly and others, his tremendous joy, humor, and laughter were
infectious. Everyone delighted in his storytelling, including descriptions of
his antics as part of the corps' adventurous trip to VFW Nationals in Milwaukee
in 1953. He made important contributions to the corps' reemergence in 1975 and
was a marching member when we returned to Roosevelt Stadium for our fabled
exhibition at the 1978 Dream Contest. We'll always remember "Kiki" fondly.
Our thoughts are with his wife, Rita, and family.

Mark Fulcomer

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It is with GREAT sadness that I have to inform you ALL that a former member of the greatest drum corp ever, The Archer Epler Musketeers, has passed on and joined many others like him. "BIG MOE" O'Connor a member and horn player from 1960-1967 passed away at 1:30 pm on this 10th day of November after a long battle with diabetes. My father wanted me to thank ALL of YOU for the warm wishes and the love you showed him especially Dick Filkins and Billy Kaufman. Seeing you two always brightened his day and helped him remember the GOOD times and prepare himself to go "home" to GOD and to join that "Drum Corps in the Sky." Big Moe is now along side his friend and mentor Mickey Petrone and is no longer suffering. My family wishes to thank you all once again for the support and any cards or letters/flowers can be sent to......Terry O'Connor 1900 South Kanner Hwy. Bldg. 6 Apt. 102 Stuart, Florida 34994. Thank You again and GOD BLESS.

Jim O'Connor
FROM: Kissimmee, Florida


To all my friends:

I’ve tried to put into words, during the past couple of days, the sense of pride I have for all my friends in Drum Corps with their show of support and concern as to my welfare as well as my co-workers. Seeing you on Saturday, besides being a needed break for me personally, made me feel “marvelous” with the outpouring of members of the various Corps whom I have had the pleasure of performing. You noticed that some of my thoughts that day were for the workers and members of the team on the jobsite who were still working through the past days events. Your support and camaraderie gave me the chance to put my mind into a different space for the hours I was in Wildwood.

We have a good thing. We all should enjoy what we do and with whom we do it. Performing for ourselves, for our own group and for the entire Alumni is where we collectively get the enjoyment. The friendship and acquaintances we make is what, in the long run, defines each one of us individually. We should strive to be an organization that continues to support each other – with support we not only continue as we are but also can grow with new members and continue the tradition.

Archie has a saying that is not only for one group, it is for us all ------ AFO & OFA.

Mike (Mellophone) Williams


I am writing all of you regarding the status of Big Moe O'Connor's health. Moe was a member of Archie during the 1961 - 1968 seasons.

Moe was admitted to Martin Memorial South Hospital, Salerno Road, Stuart, FL, on Monday, September 2003 in a semi-conscious state. He had to be placed on kidney dialysys treatments which he has every other day. These treatments have taken 40 lbs of fluid from his body. He has received the Sacrament "The Anointing of the Sick" and had his sins forgiven. Believe it or not, the dialysis treatments are keeping him alive.

Moe was also a member of St. Vincent Cadets from 1954 to 1959. Msgr. Wojtycha (The "Chief of St. Vinnie's") visited Moe several times, as did Dick Filkins, and it made him feel good to see them both.

I know he would get a kick out of getting some e-mails or get well cards from you guys, and I ask that you keep him in your prayers. His address is as follows:
Big Moe O'Connor
1900 S. Kanner Highway
Bldg. 6, Apt. l02
Stuart, FL 34994

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Good News!!!! Our son Christopher is returning home from Iraq/kuwait on Sunday, July 6th to Fort Hood, Texas. We will be flying out on the 5th to meet him when he gets off the bus. Many thanks to all who supported him during this time. A SPECIAL THANK YOU goes out to the Audubon Bon-Bons for their tremendous donations.
Phil and Trudy

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NAME: Christopher P. Crouthamel


FROM: Philadelphia


Archie, I would like to thank you for your support for the troops over seas. Thank you! Sincerely, Spc. Christopher P. Crouthamel USA

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This past Saturday Archer-Epler was saddened to learn of the death of
Edward "Bud" Johnston, a member of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame.
Although well-known for building the Reading Buccaneers into a formidable corps in
the early 1960s, "Bud" had an even more long-standing relationship with the
"Musketeers". In addition to the 1954 VFW National Championship corps, he was
drum major and M&M instructor for the corps in 1962. At the 2000 GAS Reunion in
King of Prussia, he made a special guest appearance in a "Nostalgia" salute
to our fellow senior corps. Like the rest of the drum corps world, "Archie"
will also miss Bud and remember him fondly.

Mark Fulcomer

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Robert E. Taylor, the father of Robbie Ellis, Soprano, and Patrick Taylor, Honor Guard, has passed away.    Services are to be held Friday the 25th. in Eastern MD.



Just a note to say that Tommy Kealey is doing much better. Surgery was not necessary, and he will probably be releasrd from the hospital later in the week. He will probably take a while to recover so any cards would , I'm sure, be appreciated:
Tom Kealey
3947 Dennison Ave Apt F-1
Drexel Hill, Pa 19026

Ken Newman

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Col. Truman W. Crawford                US_FLA~1.GIF (9391 bytes)     

"We have just received the following news from Joel Leson, Director of
the Yankee Rebels."

" Colonel Truman W. Crawford, United States Marine Corps, Retired, and one of the most famous and respected people in the entire drum and bugle corps world, passed away today peacefully while in the care of physicians at Hershey Hospital, Hershey, PA.

We have lost one of the finest and kindest gentlemen I have ever had the privilege to know. Words cannot express the loss to so many people who admired and respected this great Marine, Family Man and Friend!

May God Have Mercy On The Soul of Truman Crawford, and May The Peace of the Lord Bless and Keep His Family and Bring Everyone Who Knew and Loved Him Peace and Much Love."

Along with the rest of the drum corps world, the
Archer-Epler "Musketeers" are also saddeded to learn of the death of Colonel
Truman W. Crawford. His contributions have had a long-lasting impact on our
activity, shaping both its direction and quality. He was a personal friend
to many in Archie. First with the USAF and later with the USMC, several of
our members had the honor to serve under him in Washington, DC and become
part of the legends that will forever be associated with his name."

Mark Fulcomer

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The Archer-Epler "Musketeers" are saddened to note the passing of Richard
E. Goettel. He was a member of a legendary Archer-Epler family, both from
the perspective of the Post and the corps. Richard was a member of the
Junior Corps in the 1930s, a veteran of WWII, and the brother of Dan, a
member of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame and also a charter member of
Archie. His grandfather was a charter member of VFW Post 979. Family and
friends will miss him.

Mark Fulcomer

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Lydia McDonald, mother of Eileen Snow, passed away on Tuesday, January 21, 2003.
In lieu of flowers contributions in her memory may be made to National Federation of the Blind, 1800 Johnson St., Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21230-4998.

Cards can be sent to Mrs. Eileen Snow, 31 Harrison Road West, West Chester, PA 1938



Fran Burke is in Bayshore Medical Center....has suffered several mini
strokes...further testing awaits course of action.....

Bayshore Medical Center
727 N. Beer Street
Holmdel, NJ 07733

Room # 431A bedside phone....732-739-5854

Ken Newman

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Bob Carney's mother passed away on Tuesday Nov 12th.

Archie / Historian

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      This is to inform you of the passing of Bob Herre's mother yesterday at the young age of 92.     
Condolences can be sent to Robert Herre, 242 Crawford Ave., Lansdowne, PA



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      Jack Samuels, brother of Joan, uncle of Chuck Lobb, passed away this week.
Jack was a member of  the Jr. Corps back in the early 40's.


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   Arlean Karpinski wife of Walter(Mousie)Karpinski (tenor drum 50's-60's) passed away Sunday  9/8 .    



  Phil Crouthamel (Honor Guard) is home from the hospital after an accident at his work yesterday that resulted in severe cuts to his head and face and severe bruising .  After being stitched up and checked for internal injures Phil was released.  Phil could use some cheering up right now so drop him a car or call him in a couple of days.

285 Coverly Road, Lansdowne, PA 19050    or     610-623-6888

Word going around has it that Trudy has retained the "Title Belt" , No comment from Phil    ;)



Yesterday Tuesday 8/20 one of our youngest  Musketeers , 9 year old Rian Taylor was hit by a car and came away with a broken leg and a minor concussion.  Rian is the son of Patrick (Honor Guard) and Kit Taylor .  Rian marched in Kinder Guard and the Siamese Children performance.      He is in Children's Hospital of PA. and should be home Saturday.  Please send your prays and get well cards to a down and out 9 year old.     Patrick & Kit Taylor -    79 Hartley Street, Lansdowne, Pa. 19050.


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It is with sadness that I inform you that Bette Rae(Samuels) Carrea passed
away on Monday, July 29, 2002. Bette Rae was a former member of Archie's
Junior corp and was active in the color guard and as a drum major. She is
the sister of Joan(Samuels) Lobb, wife of deceased Charlie Lobb.
After a 9 mos. seige of illness Bette Rae's strength could not hold out.
She is survived by her husband "Teck", son Bradley, 2 daughters Kendall
and Raedine, 2 grandchildren, 2 greatgrandchildren, brother Jack Samuels
and 2 sisters Ruth and Joan.

CONTRIBUTIONS: May be made to the Church in Drexel Hill, Pa.
She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

Mary (Lamb) Ziegenfuss

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Phil Dumond

Phil Dumond passed away Sunday morning, at Rochester NY. He had participated in the Saturday afternoon rehearsal and evening exibition at LeRoy."  As both a fine member and genuinely likable person, Phil Dumond will
be missed by all his many friends throughout the drum corps activity. Along
with other corps like Hawthorne and St. Lucy's, Archer-Epler was also
honored to have had Phil playing with us for several years."
If you wish to send a mass card or gift to Phil's family please send it

Emily Smith
123 Clinton Place
Neptune , NJ 07753


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Ray passed away Tuesday at Bayshore Comunity Hospital Holmdel, N.J.

"Although certainly more well-known for his year's with Blessed
Sacrament and then later with the Reilly Raiders, Ray did play in a few performances with Archer-Epler back in 1997 and will therefore always be considered a part of our "family" as well."



Nate Harrell, one of our contra players, was released from the hospital on
Tuesday, June 18th, after having another mild heart attack last Friday.
Nate's doctor informs him that he must do absolutely nothing for the next
60 to 90 days. Someone forgot to tell Nate that marching is not a
sedentary activity.
We should not be seeing Nate out at practice for a couple of months, so
please send you get well wishes to him.
1527 S. Corlies Street, Philadelphia, PA. 19146.


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Along with a large number of members from sister organizations in our
activity, the Archer-Epler "Musketeers" are also saddened to learn of the
passing of Gloria Roberts. As the wife of Howard ("Whitey") Roberts, she
visited "Archie" innumerable times and was always a joy to be around.
Among her other memorable characteristics, Gloria will always be remembered for her smile, humor, and distinctive voice. We'll all miss her.

Mark Fulcomer


Gil Davidson, baritone player in the early 70's with the Yankee Rebel's
and now a member of Archer Epler, is recovering from triple bypass surgery
at Jefferson University Hospital. His daughter emailed to say he is doing
well and is expected to go home at the end of the week. Gil's address is
725 Washington Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19147.


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It is with deep sadness that I post this information....we have lost
another friend. Ed 'Mukie' Mukalian, director of the Reilly Raiders and
long time drum corps member, passed away this past Saturday night (4/13).

If you would like to send condolences to his family, you can address them
to Mrs. Jean Mukalian, 2301 Country Club Dr., Doylestown, PA 18901.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

Phyllis Bistline

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 It is with a heavy heart to inform all that Carmen Cirlincione, Former
Archie Epler member, one of DCA's founding fathers, Past President of the
Garden State Circuit, and director of 3 time Garden State Circuit
Champions,the Cranford Patriots, passed away tonight 3/25/02 @ 8:02 P.M.. We spoke to his wife, Terry, and she said the he passed peacefully.                             Please pray for Terry, Chrissy, & Suzie to help them in this most difficult time..


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Once again death has entered the ranks of the Archer Epler Musketeers.
Marty Tyska, a member of the original Senior Corp in 1945, passed away on
March 23rd, 2002. He was a drummer and played along with Bill Reamer,
George Whitton and John Taylor. Marty brought honor to Archer Epler by
winning several awards with the drum quartette at several National
Marty was the husband of the late Beatrice V. French and resided in
Lansdowne, Pa. He is survived by five children, eight grandchildren, and
six great-grandchildren.

Mary (Lamb) Ziegenfuss


Doug Bruce current Yankee Rebel and Reilly Raider and former baritone with Archer Epler is in Union Memorial Hospital, in CCU, recovering from 5 way
by-pass. It was worse then Doug thought but he is a fighter. He should be
leaving the hospital in 5 or 6 days and will recoup at his brothers house.
Cards can be sent to either
Union Memorial Hospital
201 E. University Parkway
Baltimore, MD 21218
Doug Bruce
c/o Roger W. Bruce
2209 Timothy Drive
Westminister, MD 21157-7732



Joel Leson also an Archie alumi member, will have knee surgery on Thursday,
February 21, 2002. Cards can be sent to
Joel Leson
9609 Oakington Drive
Fairfax Station, VA 22039


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Jack Lundell

And Alumni Member of the Archer epler Musketeers passed away on Tuesday morning January 29th. 

Condolences can be sent to Mrs. John Lundell, 522 Glendale Road, Upper Darby,PA 19082


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We of the Archer Epler family extend our sympathy to Chuck and Carole and the   Smith Family in the passing of Carole's father, Jay Clarence Kohr, on Oct. 9th.   

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Frank McCormick

Frank McCormick is the father/father in law of Debbi and John Hines.
Frank  was an early member of the Reilly Raiders -perhaps as
early as 1945, but certainly by 1948. He was famous for playing the
"Student Prince" solo on baritone. As an instructor, he taught many
junior corps in the Philadelphia area as well as several senior corps,
including Imhof, Reading, Reilly, and Steel City at different times.
Also well known as a judge, Frank was widely respected throughout the
drum corps world and was elected into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame
several years ago.

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The Musketeers lost another former member this morning with the passing of Robert Howell.   Bob was a member of the Morristown Colonials, Ballantine Brewers, Lambertville Volunteers ,Archer-Epler Musketeers and Reilly Raiders.

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It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of Mildred Horan, mother of Marylou Herre this past weekend.   

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To my fellow Musketeers and friends throughout the drum corps world:

It with profound sadness that I inform you of the death today of Harry
A.Matthias from a particularly virulent form of cancer. As recently as a
month ago, there were no indications that he even had the disease.

Harry came to Archer-Epler in 1955 after playing in the Hattal-Taylor and
Imhoff senior corps. In addition to playing bass baritone with Archie, he
was active in various leadership roles with the corps, including Treasurer,
Business Manager, and Director/Co-Director. He was instrumental in the
initial formation of DCA (its first meeting was held at Archer-Epler) and
in our re-emergence in the mid-1970's as the first of what are now called
alumni corps.    Even when he was no longer directly involved with the
day-to-dayactivities of the corps, he always asked how things were going,
right up to this past Monday when Harry Welsh and I were able to visit him
at his home. In June of this year, Harry became an Associate Member of the
World Drum Corps Hall of Fame, certainly a fitting honor for a man who had given
so much to our corps as well as to the entire activity.

Archer-Epler has lost one of the finest members in its long, proud history.
I will miss him as one of the best friends I ever had - it was an honor to
known him.

Mark C. Fulcomer

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"The Archer-Epler family is saddened to learn of the death of Gene
DuAime on Friday, July 13th. Originally, Gene was trained as trumpet
player,  which led to his performing in dance orchestra when a young man and
more recently in the Delaware County Symphony. In the early 1970s, he
joined a Delaware County parade corps along with his boyhood friend Gene Bunting and his soon-to-be-friend, Jack Reilly. Gene joined Archer-Epler in
October of 1975, at the corps' first practice upon returning as what eventually
came to be known as an "alumni corps". He played with the corps until the late
1980's and was a regular fixture in the first soprano section. Many
will recall how beautifully he played solos, such as in "The Way We Were" in
the corps' exhibition at the 1978 Dream Contest. In addition to performing
with the corps, he also was an energetic, hard worker at many a fund-raising
event; he also volunteered his services at similar events for West
Catholic, his high school alma mater. And, he was always someone that people
enjoyed to be with. After leaving Archer-Epler, Gene continued his drum and
bugle corps activities with the Yankee Rebels, where he was loved every bit
as much as he was in Upper Darby. All of us will miss him.

Mark Fulcomer

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Robert "Archie" Irwin

Crossmen Lose a Wonderful Friend:

Probably no other name in Crossmen history is quite so recognizable as
"Archie." To anyone who has worn a Crossmen uniform, Archie has always
meant someone who was there for them, regardless of how he felt that day,
regardless of the hours of sleep he missed, regardless of the time of
day or state of the weather. One thing we could always count on was Archie.
Sadly, Robert "Archie" Irwin is not on the sidelines this year, not in
his familiar truck cab, with the wonderful wide brimmed straw hat. Archie
passed away on June 28 at his Home in Texas. Director Jeff Bridges eulogized
him to the corps before the June 29th Philadelphia show, explaining to old and
new members alike just how significant the life of Bob "Archie" Irwin had
been to the corps and all tearfully agreed that his memory would continue to
be as just significant as they dedicated the show and the year in his
honor.  Archie we know you're watching—and we know that you are out there
making new friends and fans for The Crossmen. We won't disappoint you!

William Speakman
Director of Marketing and Development
Youth Education In The Arts

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The Musketeers have lost another former member this week, with the death of Robert Arra.  He marched with Archie both in Junior and Senior corps as a snare drummer.  He never lost his enthusiasm and support for the corps and even came back for the 1976 Bicentennial.  He will be sadly missed by the Archer-Epler family.


Good News !

The Doctors and staff at Bryn Mawr Rehab have taken a secret vote  and decided to send Bob Herre home ("enough is enough" one anonymous staff member said ). Bob was beginning to have to much of and effect on the daily routine of the hospital so it was decided that home was the best place for Bob before the whole staff had to be retrained one doctor said (voice and face concealed for obvious reasons).         Welcome home Bob!

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It is with deep sorrow that I bring you the news of the passing of Vince Deegan today at 12:15pm .    

Home address
Mrs. Cass Deegan
112 Chester Ave.
Milmont Park, PA 19033


For those of you who remember Mo Oconer I would like you to know that he is in
the Hospital in Martin County FL. He is having a circulation problem and will
have his Big toe amputated on Sat May 5th. If you would like to give him a
call to lift his spirits his phone number is as follows. 561 287-5200 rm 633
bed # 1. You may want to check the rm number when you call.

Dick Filkins

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It is with sadness that I inform you  of the passing of "Big Lou"  Montacello on Sunday 4/22


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It is with deep sorrow that I inform you of the passing of Dick Drew on Tuesday 4/17/01.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to either :

The Wissahickon Hospice

8835 Germantown Ave.

Philadelphia, PA.  19118


The American Cancer society

1626 Locust St.

Philadelphia, PA.  191003

In Richard Drew's name.

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It is with sadness that I write to you again about the passing of an old
time Drum Major of Archer Epler. Peggy (Kelly) Patterson passed away about
two months ago. I just heard the news and sorry I did not make her
viewing. She lived in Havertown. Peggy goes back a good many years. As
far back as 1938 to 1942. All that knew her will remember her for a soft
manor and a pleasant smile. Peggy and her husband Jack came to several of
our Alumni affairs at the Post Home. It was so nice to see her at that
time and to find out she still carried fond memories of her drum corp days.
I am passing this information on in hopes that some of the (real old
timers) will remember her and keep Jack and her family in your prayers.


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It's with sadness that I bring you the news of the passing of  Alfred ("Duke") Terreri On Sunday and about the arrangements for his viewing and funeral.             A member of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame,  "Duke" (Sr.) was long associated with the St. Lucy's drums corps from Newark,  New Jersey, perhaps going back to as early as 1929.
Always popular and  cheerful, this great drummer continued to play in an "ancient" corps and was  a featured performer at this year's GAS Reunion.   In addition to his work  with  St.Lucy's, he was also well known for instructing the original "Mighty"  St. Joseph's from Newark.  Back in the golden era of senior corps, I believe  he also played at least one year with Gabarina (perhaps more familiar to some  now as "The New York Skyliners").               In1997, I was honored to introduce him as  an "80-year old rookie" when he performed with Archer-Epler.  His sons have  continued his tradition in drum corps, including John who has been a horn instructor with Archie since 1996.
Although short in stature, "Duke" was simply a huge, positive presence for everyone who came in contact with him. Personally, I'll miss him a great  deal since I always enjoyed being in his company and observing his  mesmerizing ability to play. But, however difficult it will be for many of  us to say goodby to someone we might also call the "Little Giant", it's been  a privilege to have known him and we have all gained immensely by being able
to share some time with him.

Mark C. Fulcomer

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There are no friends like the old friends. They leave us with so many happy memories. It is with sadness that I
inform you that another long time member of Archer Epler Junior Corp and Alumini Committee member Ann
(Hansel) Newton passed away November 13th at her daughter Carol's home in New Jersey. Ann was the
daughter of Lou Hansel, wife of Bert Newton and sister of Cass Deegan and Jimmy Hansel. She was a drum
major in Upper Darby #214 and transferred to Archie where she performed as a drum major and helped to
bring back many awards and honors to our own Junior Corps. Both Ann and Bert contributed many memories
to the History of Archie as they took an active part in the Alumni Association. Their many pictures and tapes
brought back the great flavor of the old drum corp days. Ann will be sadly missed by her family and friends
which I am pleased to be part of that list.

Mary Ziegenfuss


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Some sad news to all who do not already know. Charlie
Lobb passed away on Thursday, October 12th, 2000. Charlie
suffered from lung cancer for a little over a year. We
are all so grateful that he did not suffer too long at the
end. To all who were so faithful throughout Joan and her
family are ever so grateful. You have all truly been a
"MUSKETEER" and we are so pleased that we are part of the
"Archie" Family. Take care and God Bless. Mary Zig


Update:  Jack Lundell

  Jack is back in the hospital.  He has been sick for a while but now tests indicate that he has cancer in his lung.   Due to his poor health of late they will not be able to follow normal operation procedure so they will perform a type of bronchoscopy to remove the tumor.

Please keep Jack and Betty and their family in your prayers.     He can receive phone calls at 1-610-284-8703     Delaware County Memorial Hospital

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John A.("Bart") Bartolomei

I just received a phone call from Bart's daughter Annette informing me of his death.
He started in bugle corps with Upper Darby Post 214.
Then after returning from WWII, he joined Archer-Epler in 1945 and
participated in the first post-war VFW Nationals in Boston. He played in the corps for
several years and was widely acknowledged as one of the all-time
great baritone players. After he physically was no longer able to march, he served as
Archie's business manager for several seasons and was the announcer at the initial
(1982) Brass Reunion. Along with Danny Goettel, Harry Matthis, and others, Bart
helped in planning three of the corps reunions in 1974 and early 1975 that pre-dated
our first rehearsal as an alumni corps in October, 1975.
He also attended the first GAS Reunion in 1985 as part of our contingent.
Even when he couldn't attend events, he always asked what he
could do to help. Bart "loved the corps" and "lived for its renown", reflecting the fine
tradition of Archer-Epler. We'll all miss him and send our condolences to his family.

Bart had a lot of friends, not only in Archer-Epler but also
throughout the entire drum corps community. Because there is so little time
between now and Friday, we'd appreciate your assistance in informing others
of his passing.

Has any one seen John Di Filippo ??

  John celebrated his 79th birthday and back in March he took a trip to "Down Under"  with his retired military RV group consisting of 33 members and toured New Zealand (North and South Islands) and much of Australia.   First stop after leaving Los Angeles  was French Polynesia Islands of Tahiti,Moorea and Bora Bora.       Oh yes- and John got married  after he returned home from his adventure.        

  Congratulations John !