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Marty Hurley, John Kennedy, Val Schaff & Lenny Coats

 

JOHN KENNEDY  marched snare in the Bleu Raeders /Regiment Militaire   1972-74,

and the Bellville Black Knights in 1975. 

He was 16 yrs old when he stopped marching corps!!

I got to march with him at Brother Martin from 1976-78.

 

We got to play many corps pieces that were a real blast!

One that comes to mind is the Muchachos "Del Toro"

and two of the drum solo's were from 1) 72 Bleu Raeders the Padda flafla solo and 2) the 75 Black Knights solo.

As well as all the stuff he would give us from Phantom to work up our chops.  What great memories!!!

 

LENNY COATS marched bass then snare in the Stardusters 1978-79 then moved to Phantom Regiment and played snare in 1980-82.

He remembers the debut year of the HV drums...LOUD as hell but they (judges) were killing us on execution (to exposed).

 

Lenny is the Lead Tip in New Orleans Pipes and Drums since the  late 80's.

I have had the pleasure to march with him at Brother Martin in 1978,

 and the last 5 years that I joined the N.O.P&D and a couple of years in the snareline with

 Echo's of New Orleans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can you find John in the line? 

He is the youngest and smallest in the '72 Raeder line.

Others are Rick Shepergrille, Craig Druant, and David O'flynn

that I know from this line. The first of  Marty's top twelve drum lines

that holds the fastest ascent to break into the top 12 corps.

 

TAZ  the 81  drumline mascot

thanks to Chuck McCurdy

 

T81 PHANTOM REGIMENT

They debuted the HV drums

designed by of course MARTY HURLEY

and made by the Ludwig Drum Co.

Lenny Coats is furthest to the right.

John Wooton is the 4th from the left.

Danny Speed, Marvin Vinning, Kevin Sherman are others that I have met from this historic drumline.

 

 

                           MR. MARTY HURLEY!!!!!

                Trying out one of my Slingerland TDR'S.

 

 

I always enjoy watching Marty play a snare drum.  He plays with so much power and  is so smooth.  I see why he is one of the Great Rudimental Instructors in the world.

 

     

Marty playing some intense flam laden passage and snapped one last shot as he finished.

 

It was after this we talked about trying to get HV DRUMS

SOMETHING  DIFFERENT.

I enjoyed customizing the traditional marching snares,

Marty told me this is what he wished Ludwig

would have done with his design idea of the High Volume Drum.

The workmanship of my drums was outstanding, but the traditional

drums day was over.  He went to a closet and pulled out an unopened

box, which contained a new Pearl FFX.

 

I'll never forget his words

"DO WHAT YOU DO BEST!"

 

Marty Hurley, John Kennedy, Val Schaff & Lenny Coats

 

JOHN KENNEDY  marched snare in the Bleu Raeders /Regiment Militaire   1972-74, and the Bellville Black Knights in 1975.  He was 16 yrs old when he stopped marching corps!! I got to march with him at Brother Martin from 1976-78.

 

We got to play many corps pieces that were a real blast!

One that comes to mind is the Muchachos "Del Toro"

and two of the drum solo's were from 1) 72 Bleu Raeders the Padda flafla solo and 2) the 75 Black Knights solo.

As well as all the stuff he would give us from Phantom to work up our chops.  What great memories!!!

 

LENNY COATS marched bass then snare in the Stardusters 1978-79 then moved to Phantom Regiment and played snare in 1980-82.

He remembers the debut year of the HV drums...LOUD as hell but they (judges) were killing us on execution (to exposed).

 

Lenny is the Lead Tip in New Orleans Pipes and Drums since the  late 80's.

I have had the pleasure to march with him at Brother Martin in 1978, and the last 5 years that I joined the N.O.P&D and a couple of years in the snareline with

 Echo's of New Orleans.

 

 

I do believe this was the start of the

NEXT GENERATION HV DRUMS

 

 

 
 

 


 

 

 

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