Reading Buccaneers Hall of Fame
Metz, Powers, Seltzer, Sherry join 114 other members of the Buccaneers Hall of Fame in 2020. Each of these individuals has made a lasting impact on the Buccaneers and the drum corps activity.
It’s impossible to fully appreciate the incredible and historic run the Reading Buccaneers have enjoyed since 2005 without recognizing the contributions of individuals who helped lay the foundation for it. The corps’ success is not the result of being lucky enough to catch lightning in a bottle year after year. To the contrary, it’s the result of painstaking planning, a commitment to a process, and a culture in which the talents of many creative people are harnessed in a unified way. Mark Metz is one such individual whose contributions helped pave the way. He served the Buccaneers as Program and Staff Coordinator in 2000 and 2004 and was instrumental in developing a culture that focused on planning, communication and an unrelenting focus on the member experience. He brought considerable talent as a visual instructor and designer to his role as well, and used that to enhance the Buccaneers’ already strong visual caption. He also served on the visual staff in 2000 and 2014, consulted in 2006, and was part of the design team early in 2002. Dr. Metz, a psychologist by training, and a former music educator, approached his work with the corps by listening. He listened to staff, he listened to the corps administration, and most importantly he listened to members. He then synthesized what he heard into detailed action plans and communicated them to staff, administration and members. He was able to harness the talents of the creative staff and keep it focused on the ‘total team’ effort yet allowing each person’s talents to shine. He was a prodigious note-taker who sought to always improve week-to-week, and year-to-year. The approach to the product the Buccaneers put on the field – the planning and communication, the value and respect for the members’ time – was his hallmark. Many of the practices Mark put in place are still used today, a testament to his impact. His contributions to the corps in the early 2000s truly helped set the foundation for the run of success the corps has enjoyed since 2005. In addition to designing and teaching with the Buccaneers, Mark performed in the Buccaneers rifle line in 1974 and 1975, sharing a Buccaneers rookie year with George Parks. Mark’s performing and teaching credentials also include affiliations with the Cavaliers, Crossmen, Cavaliers Winter Guard, Threshold Winter Guard, and numerous championship high school 2 marching programs. He is a nationally recognized and respected adjudicator, including service to WGI, DCI and DCA. He is a regional judge for indoor guard and percussion circuits and is also a recognized marching band judge. For his contributions to the success of the Buccaneers, on and off the competition field, Mark Metz has earned induction into the Buccaneers Hall of Fame.
Bill Powers marched only two “book-end” years in drum corps – first in 1972 as a
member of the York White Roses, and then, seemingly defying time and aging,
and Bobby Jones’ drill, in 2010 with the Reading Buccaneers. And he used his
incredible wealth of experience in between as a legendary Pennsylvania music
educator and administrator to make an indelible impact on the Reading
Buccaneers. He was Director of Bands for West York Area High School from
1974 through 1977, Director of Bands at Gettysburg College from 1977 through
1983, and Director of Bands at Hempfield High School from 1983 through 2009.
During his teaching career, Bill’s influence on Pennsylvania music education is
vast. He was president of the Cavalcade of Bands Association from 2000 through
2008, its marching band administrator from 2009 through 2014 and a Cavalcade
judge from 1975 through 2016. He was named Cavalcade Director of the Year in
2007 and 2008. He brought all of his experience to the Buccaneers, first as a
standout “old guy” member of the baritone section in 2010. He was recognized for
his work with a Director’s Award that year. Bill credits the Buccaneers to
introducing him to many valuable friends, and also credits the Buccaneers’ staff,
design and rehearsal techniques for revitalizing and influencing his work as an
administrator and judge. Grateful for what the Buccaneers has given him; Bill has
returned the favor by contributing a significant amount of time and talent to help
the Buccaneers in important ways. He served on the Executive Committee as
Business Manager from 2012 through 2014. Since 2014 he has served as
Chairman of the corps’ Spring Preview indoor concert, where it continues to be
one of the best run and most highly anticipated indoor drum corps events. Since
2017, he has also served as Co-Chairman of the Buccaneer Classic. For his
significant contributions to the Buccaneers, and to Pennsylvania music education,
Bill Powers has earned induction into the Buccaneers Hall of Fame.
If you have attended Big Sounds in Motion, the DCI Eastern Classic or any
number of drum corps or band shows or concerts, the welcoming voice you’ve heard throughout the show is that of Buccaneer extraordinaire Barry Seltzer. He started with the corps in 1968 marching in the drum line at age 16 where he contributed to the corps winning a second DCA Championship. He marched in the Buccaneers’ drum line through the 1976 season. He served as Business Manager in 1977. At about the same time, he was the percussion instructor for the Wilson High School band. One member of his percussion section was percussion legend Tom Aungst. Barry is still amazed that Tom went on to great things in the percussion world in spite of his instruction! After completing his marching career with the Buccaneers, he began announcing, and has done that continuously since 1979. His professional announcing skills have won him acclaim throughout the activity and made him a welcoming voice to audiences for almost 40 years. He has announced the DCI Eastern Classic continuously since 1979, and he has also announced DCI Buffalo and DCI Canada. He has announced countless high school shows in the USSBA, US Bands and Cavalcade of Bands circuits. He has donated his talent back to the Buccaneers, announcing Big Sounds in Motion since 2012 and both the Spring Preview and Music in the Mountains indoor shows. Barry exemplifies the persona of a Buccaneer who continues to give back to the activity long after his marching career has ended and is known everywhere he goes in the activity as a Buccaneer. Barry’s dedication to the Buccaneers and his many distinguished years of service to the drum corps activity has earned him induction into the Buccaneers Hall of Fame.
Ken Sherry has enjoyed a long and highly influential career as a percussionist, instructor and judge, and his influence on the Buccaneers runs deep. As a snare drummer, Ken’s performance resume includes two years with the Hazleton High- Landers, three years with the Black Diamond Regiment, three years with the Crossmen and two years with the Buccaneers. He first joined the Buccaneers percussion staff as an instructor in 1983. He returned in 1984 as a co-arranger and instructor and, along with Hall of Famer Robbie Robinson, both formed the youngest percussion instructional staff in DCA history to win a percussion title – both were 23. It was the corps’ first percussion title since 1974. The 1984 percussion line section included five future Buccaneers Hall of Famers. Ken’s efforts that year helped transform the Buccaneers percussion section into national title award winners, while the corps struggled with member retention and recruitment following the corps’ highly successful run from 1979 through 1981. Ken returned as an arranger and instructor in 1986 and 1992. He also spent two years as a percussion instructor and arranger with West Chester University. Ken instructed numerous high school marching band and indoor percussion programs for 18 years, most notable at Emmaus HS where they earned three consecutive Atlantic Coast Championship percussion titles under his direction. Ken subsequently spent sixteen years as a DCA percussion judge, two more years as DCA’s percussion caption head and three years as DCA’s chief judging coordinator. Ken was selected to judge field percussion and music effect at eight DCA World Championships over those years. He was very instrumental in the development of a new scoring system for DCA that was initiated in 2001. Ken was also affiliated with the National Judges Association from 1984 through 2015, and the Keystone Indoor Drill Association from 1985 through 1992. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Drum Corps Hall of Fame in 2010. For his significant contributions to the success of the Buccaneers, and for his considerable contributions to the activity as an adjudicator, Ken Sherry has earned induction into the Buccaneers Hall of Fame.