The 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.