Thank you to all the VMAPA members that submitted a nomination for induction into the 2022 VMAPA Hall of Fame! 

After the closing of the nomination period, the HOF nominations were screened by the Hall of Fame Committee (HOFC) to ensure the applications met the requirements for submission.  Once screened, the nominations were sent to the VMAPA Screening and Selection Committee (SASC).

The SASC responsibilities include the reviewing of all submittals; vetting nominees to ensure the HOF induction criteria is met; and deciding which nominees will be selected for the HOF Ballot.  This process was led by the HOFC Chair who is the only non-voting member of the SASC.

The 8 member SASC committee is comprised of the Executive Director (Jeremy Van Wert), Hall of Fame Committee Chair (Marilyn Gill) and six members selected by the HOFC from within the VMAPA organization.  The goal of SASC member selection is to represent as many disciplines and decades as possible.  In addition, SASC members must have been involved in VMAPA for a minimum of 10 years, and knowledgeable in their field of expertise, as well as the VMAPA organization and the marching arts activity in general.


The HOFC takes great pleasure in introducing the 2022 HOF inductees:

Linda Garbarino comes with extensive background working with nonprofits. Throughout her thirty-three years in public education as a teacher, reading specialist, Director of Staff Development, Director of Secondary Education and Director of K-12 Curriculum and Instruction.

Linda’s work with many school boards and participation on nonprofit boards provided her with knowledge about the importance of governance, bylaws, local and state laws and practices that nonprofits must know to be successful. One of Linda’s goals throughout her career focused on the visual and performing arts opportunities for K-12 students. She built up the elementary music programs through a grant from a local Education Foundation that provided after school instrumental music instruction for hundreds of students in twenty-nine elementary schools. This gradually built a stronger district-wide music program at all levels. Her work with other nonprofit boards also centered around programs for youth.

Over the last twenty-eight years, Linda dedicated her volunteer life serving with VMAPA in many capacities. Her work with the organization began in 1996 when her son, Josh, marched with the organization. Linda quickly became involved with all volunteer work.

Whether working with uniforms, painting guard floors, designing props, working Ms. Amana or stepping up to serve as secretary, vice-president and president Linda assisted the organization as they transitioned from a Booster Club to a board of professionals with skills required of all of today’s nonprofit boards. Currently, Linda serves as the Vice-Chair for the VMAPA Board of Directors, and as Chair of the Governance and Board Development Committee.

Linda said, “It’s amazing how fast this time has passed. I am very proud of my many roles with the organization over the years and encourage those with nonprofit organization experience or a true desire to volunteer, to step up. The work of the VMAPA organization impacts our youth and establishes and reinforces the skills needed by all our youth to live a successful life.”

Jim Casella grew up in Cupertino, CA, just down the street from Santa Clara. He marched in the SCV bass line under the tutelage of Kent Cater from 1989-91. During this time, he was studying orchestral percussion at San Jose State University with San Francisco Symphony percussionist Anthony J. Cirone (a longtime, indirect influencer of several SCV percussion legends like Fred Sanford, Curt Moore, Robert Chavira, Allan Kristensen, among many others). Jim had a keen interest in composition but hadn’t any formal experience until he started arranging music for several local school music programs and writing extended bass cadences for SCV as a member.

After aging out, Vanguard Cadets corps director JW Koester hired Jim to take over their percussion program in 1992. Together with his staff, they quickly built a solid program with SCVC, nearly winning the DCI Division 2 championships in 1993. Jim continued writing for SCVC in 1994 while also joining the staff of the A Corps where he worked as the local front ensemble technician. In 1995 Scott Johnson hired Jim to become the bass tech for Blue Devils where he taught for one season.

When JW Koester was hired to become the new director of the A Corps in 1996, he hired Jim as the percussion caption head and arranger where he remained until 2004 (while handing over the caption head reins to his longtime friend and fellow SCV partner-in-crime Murray Gusseck in 2003). He was hired by The Cavaliers to become their new percussion writer in 2006 where he worked for four years until retiring from drum corps after the 2009 season.

In Jim’s own words: “I’m probably supposed to list how many championships came from my tenure, or which years we won drums. During this time, there were years where we won, and years where we didn’t. There were probably also years where we should have won, but didn’t…and shouldn’t have won, but did. For those keeping score, none of that stuff really matters. The competition aspect of the activity can easily become a measuring stick of creative success which can be a big hindrance in making something original and lasting.”

During his time at SCV, Casella became known as an innovative percussion arranger who emphasized musicality, melodic drum writing, and tightly woven blending of the full ensemble. With Ralph Hardimon’s writing as his primary influence, Jim developed his own unique voice in marching percussion as of the few DCI percussion arrangers in DCI writing the full percussion score for both the battery and front ensemble.

Aside from his time dedicated to drum corps, Jim has remained very active in the music industry, co-founding and operating his publishing company Tapspace with Murray Gusseck. They have been building it since 1998 and have become one of the world’s primary publishers of percussion music. They publish music of hundreds of composers all over the globe.

Jim also produced and programmed the popular software sample library, Virtual Drumline – a cornerstone tool used by many marching band, drum corps, and indoor percussion arrangers. Virtual Drumline is often heard in more mainstream contexts like random TV shows, commercials, and pop music.

Additionally, Jim has maintained a career as a composer writing concert music, and occasionally music for commercials and film. He served on the board of advisors for the Percussive Arts Society and is a member of ASCAP. Jim’s signature series drumsticks are manufactured by Innovative Percussion, who also make his signature series keyboard mallets – the first-ever signature line marching mallets created, and which remain widely-used all over the world. He an artist endorser of Zildjian cymbals, Remo drumheads, Pearl drums, and Adams percussion.

Previous Vanguard Hall of Fame Inductees


Gordon Henderson
Brian Marsalli
Michael Zapanta


Bob Amaya
Sally Magee
Paul Siebert


George Brown
Terry Maurer
Marilyn Modesitt


Stephenie Hebert
JW Koester
Dan Smith


Lou Avilla
Elaine Kono
Kathy Pearson


Robert Carson
Bob Kalkofen
Curt Moore
Bud Romo


Charlie Anderson
Kent Cater
Stanley Knaub
Dave Owens
Rick South


Carole Avilla
Ralph Hardimon
Ed Leeson
Scott Pierson
Myron Rosander


Mel Canales
Pete Emmons
Sheri McGinnis
Fred Sanford
Cherlye (Wall) Gregg


Gail R. Royer

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