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Vince D ArrigoThe following is a collaboration piece paraphrased from a memoir by Cadets 1981 alum, Joe D'Arrigo, about his father's lifelong contribution to The Cadets.

Vince D’Arrigo was born in 1931 and became a drum corps fan at an early age. He marched in the snare line with the Mt. Carmel Drum and Bugle Corps for a year and a half, until, at the tender age of seven, members of the Holy Name Cadets recognized his talent and brought him to a Cadets rehearsal. Vince made the snare line immediately. The kid could play! From that night on, he took the bus from Passaic, NJ to Garfield for every rehearsal. Not to worry; older members of the corps from his tenement rode with him.

Shortly after joining the corps, Vince also became a member of the Most Holy Name Church in Garfield, NJ, and an altar boy.

Edward Patrisso of Denville, N.J.

Edward Patrisso was a bugler and a charter member of the Holy Name Cadets from 1934 to 1941.

He entered the U.S. Navy in November 1942 and trained at Manhattan Beach Station at Amagansette.

Edward toured the Philippines on the Battleship USS Iowa. He was discharged in December 1945 and attained the rank of radio man, second class.

He is the brother of Nick and Frank Patrisso.


JohnGangaleJohn Gangale of Midland Park, N.J.

John Gangale performed with the Holy Name Cadets in 1957 as a solo soprano player.

He entered Army basic training in 1961 and progressed through his military career as an officer and leader until retiring in 1997 as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves.

In addition to his military responsibilities, John earned a doctoral degree at Columbia University.

He retired after 28 years as a special education teacher and school administrator in the New Jersey Public School System. He also retired as an assistant professor at William Patterson University.

John currently serves as an education mentor at Montclair State University.

NickPatrissoNick Patrisso of Clifton, N.J.

Nick Patrisso marched as a snare drum player in the Holy Name Cadets from its founding year in 1934 until 1941.

He entered the U.S. Navy in September 1942. He served on the Escort 316, serving in the Atlantic and Pacific Theatre until December 1945.

Nick was discharged at the rank of Storekeeper, 3rd Class. When he returned home, after joyfully reuniting with family and friends, he joined the Holy Name Cadets Senior Corps at Legion 255 in Garfield, N.J.

Nick is the brother of Frank and Edward Patrisso.


Doug Tenis of Fair Lawn, N.J.

Doug Tenis marched in the Garfield Cadets hornline from 1958 to 1968.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1963 and attended basic training at Fort Dix.

His military career took him into Army Intelligence as an E5, and he was discharged from the service in 1966.

Doug is presently the commander of American Legion Post 199 in Hawthorne, N.J. He organizes the runs of the Hawthorne Memorial Day Parade and is the business manager for the Caballeros Alumni Corps as well as a member of the New Jersey Hall of Fame and an associate member of the World Hall of Fame.


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