I would like to nominate Bill Gaeckle for the Cadets Hall of Fame.
Bill was a marching member in terrific standing in the 1960's before joining the Marine Corps where he served as a drummer for the Drum and Bugle Corps.
I became acquainted with Billy in 1974. After the devastating 1972 season, when the Corps failed to make Finals at the first DCI championship due to a timing penalty, and a very tumultuous 1973 season the Corps was in trouble. Many staff and members had left the Corps we were was hanging on by a thread. I remember many rehearsals with no instructors and maybe 40 members total in attendance. Billy was willing to sacrifice his time and talent to help keep the Corps afloat. He was literally the only consistent drum instructor we had. The 1974 season started to turn things around. The Drum Line grew under his instruction and arranging and by 1975 we finally made it into the DCI Finals. Billy was an integral part in making this happen.
Billy not only taught us how to drum but to also be upstanding young men and women. His integrity and example of kindness and calm reserve rubbed off on us. I personally owe a lot to Billy for propelling me into a 40 year teaching career.
Please consider Mr. Gaeckle for the Hall of fame. Without his commitment to the Corps in the early and mid 1970's the Corps might not be here today.