Jim Bell inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame
This year’s inductions took place during a mid-day banquet and award ceremony held in Rochester, NY, on September 1, 2007 as part of the Drum Corps Associates (DCA) World Championships.
Jim began his involvement in drum corps playing baritone horn, spending his first year with Yearsley Blackhawk Cadets, then six years with the Liberty Bell Cadets.
While serving in the United States Navy for 15 months, he played snare drum, marched as drum major and served as director of the corps.
Most of his accomplishments were achieved during his association with Philadelphia Police Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. He was co-founder and director of the corps and served as marching and maneuvering instructor, brass arranger and show coordinator for 16 years.
Jim Bell guided PAL to many state and national titles, including the American Legion (AL) national championships in 1974.
As director of the PAL Cadets, he obtained more than 300 college scholarships and financial aid for drum corps members. He also helped initiate a college program in music education for new drum and bugle corps members with limited formal music education.
He was also show coordinator with Cranford Patriots for two years.
Jim has served as president of Reilly Raiders Alumni, vice president of the Garden State Association, and judged music and M & M for the Mid-Atlantic Judging Association.
More information about Jim Bell and the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame is available at: