It was happenstance that Danny Staffieri became a Hurricane in 1990. While having had no exposure to drum corps, he merely wanted to be around his girlfriend Dondi, (soon to be his wife) a member of the guard, and was promptly drawn into the Hurricane family. Not one to stand idly by, Danny became part of the support staff in 1990. He played in the cymbal line in 1991 and then learned how to play the baritone, which he did from 1992-2006. In 2007 Danny switched to tuba and anchored that section through 2013.
Danny’s commitment to the Corps has always included active participation where ever he could help, e.g. fund raising, recruiting, truck driver, assisting the support staff as well as opening his home to out of town members on a regular basis. For a quarter of a century, he’s always been there. His level of involvement and dedication earned him the coveted Hurricane of the Year award twice, in 1994 & 2005 as well as the Directors award three times…1993, 2008 & 2012. Danny takes enormous pride in that he never missed a performance in his 24 years of active participation.
His passion has also branched into the marching arts community where he has taught marching and/or color guard for high school programs in Brookfield, Naugatuck and Norwalk’s Brien McMahon in Conn., Port Chester high school, NY. as well as serving as Asst. Band Director for Amity high school of Woodbridge, Conn. In addition, Danny has volunteered his time and effort as co-coordinator and color guard instructor for the Hurricane Cadets of the Hurricanes Community Outreach Program since 2008.
In recognition of his long career of dedication and working tirelessly toward the betterment of the Hurricanes Danny has been honored through induction to the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame as an associate member.
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