Dennis DeLucia is one of the most highly-respected percussion teachers, arrangers, clinicians and judges in the United States. He is best known for his accomplishments with championship drum corps – including the Hawthorne Muchachos, Bayonne Bridgemen, Star of Indiana, and Crossmen junior corps, and senior corps such as the Sunrisers and Cabelleros. DeLucia’s drumlines earned the only “Triple Crown” in drum corps history when in 1981 the Bridgemen, Sunrisers, and Fantasia III each won the High Percussion trophies in their respective classes. He also won three consecutive DCI drum titles with the Bridgemen (1980-1982).
Dennis grew up in Bergenfield, New Jersey where he was taught and mentored by the late Dr. Bernard Baggs and Donald Angelica. A former member of the prestigious West Point “Hellcats,” DeLucia is also the only person to have been inducted into three Halls of Fame for his contributions to the marching arts: DCI, WGI (Winter Guard International) and PAS.
Since 1994, DeLucia has appeared as an analyst/commentator on the DCI Championships broadcast, which has been seen on PBS, ESPN2 and for the past decade, in cinemas nationwide. He was an Associate Professor of Percussion at Rutgers University in New Jersey from 1996-2003 and served on the WGI Indoor Percussion Task Force for eleven years. DeLucia has conducted percussion clinics and workshops in 43 states and six countries.
Dennis DeLucia served as the narrator on two DVDs for the Percussive Arts Society – The Historic Drummer’s Heritage Concert and The Rudiment Project – and Ultimate Drum Lessons: Hand Technique and Rudiments for Hudson Music. In 2013, he recorded a series of percussion instructional video apps released by DrumGuru.com. DeLucia has judged band competitions since 1985 and WGI Indoor Percussion Championships since 1995.
PASIC15 Hall of Fame Induction Video