Mickey Kelly came to the Hurricanes in 1976 as a guard instructor. He returned to the Corps in this capacity from 1979 through 1983 and during that time, the Hurcs guard took 4 DCA championship guard trophies. He then returned to the Corps as show coordinator from 1990 – 1994. Mickey’s personal performance history was one of notoriety, particularly for precision and innovative daring. This early experience certainly laid the cornerstone for Mickey’s unique and confident style of teaching…a style that got the most, and then some, out of each and every member, thus setting a standard that prevails to this day with the Hurricane guard…a never ending quest , through creativity and excellence, to be the best.

  Mickey’s drum corps marching days began with the St. Raphael’s Musketeers and then St. Raphael’s Golden Buccaneers in the 1960’s.He also marched with the O.L.P.H. Ridgemen (NY). He began teaching at age 15 with St. Raphael’s Marionettes. He also founded the Skylark color guard in 1969…they eventually became world champions. Mickey has taught numerous corps including: the Caballeros and Bushwackers, the Milford Shoreliners, Bengal Lancers, Firettes, Fairfield Colonades, the Stateliners, Emerald Cadets, Emerald Buccaneers, Imperial Knights, Hawthorne Muchachos, as well as the 27th Lancers and Garfield Cadets. He has taught many high schools around the country including the award winning Cheshire HS Marching Band for many years. He was Chief Judge for WGI (1985 – 1992) and as a member of the National Judges Association has served as an adjudicator for the DCA. Mickey has been inducted into the WGI HALL of Fame as well as the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame.



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Michael J. Kelly