1991 Bluecoats Hall of Fame Member
Larry Hershman joined the Bluecoats organization in the fall of 1985 as the corps’ first Program Director. After re-forming in 1984, the Bluecoats had finished in 27th place in both the ‘84 and ‘85 seasons. The stated goal for Larry was to help the corps break into DCI’s top 25. Under Larry’s tutelage the corps finished 15th in 1986 and then in Madison, Wisconsin on August 15th of 1987, the Bluecoats broke into the top 12 with an 11th place finish. Larry retired from the Bluecoats in 1991 after five successful top 12 finishes.
Larry returned to the corps in 2000 as Program Coordinator after the corps’ 1999, 13th place result. 2000 saw the Bluecoats back in the top 12 and on the road to the success of today. Larry remained program coordinator through 2003, during which time he helped orchestrate the management structure change that saw the first ever full- time corps director.
Prior to being involved with the Bluecoats, Larry was Director of the Westshoremen Seinor corps from Harrisburg, PA and was the Program Director for the United States Naval Academy Drum and Bugle Corps. He was a founder of the Keystone Indoor Drill Association (Pennsylvania’s largest indoor color guard circuit), was Chief Judge and Judging Coordinator for Drum Corps Associates and was a founder of Five Star Brass Productions Inc.
Recently retired from his “real job” as Vice President of the billion dollar US operations of SKF, he continues to reside in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and serves as Vice President of Drum Corps Associates.
In addition to the Bluecoats Hall of Fame, Larry is a member of the Cavalcade of Bands Hall of Fame, was a 1992 inductee into The World Drum Corps Hall of Fame, a 1997 inductee into the Keystone Indoor Hall of Fame and in 2009 received the Lifetime Meritorious Service Award from the Pennsylvania Drum Corps Hall of Fame.