.: Welcome To The Official Site For The Saints Drum & Bugle
Corps :. ... The Birth of This
Site was Created on March 3, 2007 by Mark Rocky Chiocchi ...
... IF YOU CAN DREAM IT, YOU CAN CREATE IT ...
Tom (Bucky) Swan
Thomas W. “Bucky” Swan age 79 of South Amboy
passed away Friday September 6, 2013 at Madison Center, Old Bridge. Born in
Newark he has resided in South Amboy since 1987. Tom was the life of many
parties and followed his motto – “life is not a dress rehearsal”. He taught
himself to ski and wind surf in his 50’s and jumped out of a perfectly good
airplane for his 70th birthday. Mr. Swan served his country in the Unites
States Army from 1957 through 1959. Tom is a legend in the drum and bugle
corps community, first as a solo soprano (trumpet) player with Saint Joseph’s
Cadets, Newark, and then the NY Skyliners. He was a self employed music
teacher of thousands of youngsters in corps in the NJ and NY metropolitan area
from the 1950’s through the present and was a respected performer, instructor
and arranger. Tom was elected to the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame, the NJ
Drum Corps Hall of Fame and the Buglers Hall of Fame. He was most recently
arranger and instructor for the NY Skyliners Alumni Chorus and recently
retired as the long time instructor and arranger for the NJ American Legion
parade champions Melrose Blackhawks Drum & Bugle Corps.
He is predeceased by his parents Thomas & Eileen Trainor Swan. Surviving are
his companion of 29 years Althea Mazar, his daughters Karen Adelfio, Audrey
Durando and Maureen Swan-Layton, his sons Thomas, John and Kevin Swan, his
sister Ann M. Mulligan and 12 grandchildren.
To all my fellow Saints:
Althea has been honored by being chosen to
be one of the 2011 inductees in the New Jersey Drum Corps Hall of Fame.
of participation with the Saints Drum Corps. and that magnificent horn section, talented
all-female mellophone line, and great color guards, I'm sure, were considered
when being chosen.
Althea would be further honored if any of you are able to attend the induction
banquet being held at the Sayreville VFW on Saturday, October 8, 2011. For
more information of the banquet follow the link:
Calling all Saints!
We have requests for Saints Alumni shirts.
It would be great to have them for our
2nd Annual DCI East Weekend Saints Summer Fling that will be held on August 7,
at 1:00 pm at Big Shots located at 780 US 1, Iselin, NJ or just to have one.
We are not sure of the pricing just yet as costs went up since the last time
So if you are interest please contact Jim (Pic) Piccolo at
If we have enough orders, we will order them!
You can see what they look like here, order saints stuff page.
(please note: pricing may have changed as quoted on the website).
Time for a Little Help From My Friends.
The site is taking a toll on
my pocket and looking for a little help from members. I need some Donations to help with the sites bills I'm been taking care of from the start. If
you can Donate even $1.00 it would help out. If you can't I will understand.
Just wanted to share how this site got
started when I first posted on drumcorpsplanet.com back on February 26, 2007.
Here is the first post I wrote.
"I am Mark Chiocchi (Rocky) and belong
to The Edison NJ Saints From 1968 -1976
I was a Solo Soprano for the last 6 years of my 7 years there. My 2 brothers
were in the Saints as well Gary Chiocchi (Ragu) Snare Line and Kenny Chiocchi
(Pebbles) Second Soprano.
Tom (Bucky) Swan was the Hornline instructor and George Lopez was the Drumline
instructor, then we had a new Drumline instructor come in but don't remember
his name, he came from another Drum Corps.
Ralph Fair was the Drill Instructor. We had
2 corps. reunions a long time ago one at Mike Wargo place and one at the old
annex in Fords NJ.
Can't seem to find anybody anymore.
Never thought it would come to this. Just
amazing that we all found each other.
Love you guys.
Thank You to Our Contributors.
Thanks to the following for contributing to our
Chris & Jimmy Trimblett
Althea Mazar & Tom (Bucky) Swan
James (PIC) Piccolo
Rich (Ferd) Ponik
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.: please send in your photos to us.
.: thank you! (Rocky)
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