Dan English

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Below is copied from the Wikipedia article for the Lancraft Fife & Drum Corps:
 
Dan English
Daniel M. English was a world champion rudimental snare drummer who died April 14, 1931 at the age of 28. English was a member of Lancraft from 1918 until his death in 1931. He was also active in the executive committee of the Connecticut Fifers and Drummers Association.[6]
English learned to drum under the instruction of J. Burns Moore, a nationally prominent drummer and instructor, and long time percussionist with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. He became Lancraft Drum Sergeant after winning his first Connecticut snare drumming title in 1925; he repeated in 1926, '27 and '28. He also won the North East States, US National Championship, held in Brooklyn, New York in 1930, and the world title at Naugatuck, Connecticut in 1928.
English was both a player and instructor with the Yale University Band. He taught many young drummers with the St. Francis School Drum Corps, was an instructor for both the New Haven and West Haven Institutes of Music and their respective drum corps, and had many private students.
Sanford A. Moeller, a champion rudimental drummer, was so fascinated with the drumming style and ability of Dan English, that he learned all he could from him in several personal communications and meetings. In September 1931, Moeller drummed every step from Madison Square Garden to the Boston Armory for the opening of the American Legion National Convention. Lancraft, in full uniform, met and escorted Moeller through downtown New Haven and made him an honorary member of the corps that day**.[7][8]
[edit]Dan English Trophy
In memory of Dan English, a trophy was presented by Lancraft at the August 1932 State Convention held at Meriden, Connecticut. The Dan English Trophy was retired to Lancraft's Moriarty Hall trophy case in 1988.[7]
The inscription reads:
DAN ENGLISH TROPHY
AWARDED BY
LANCRAFT FIFE & DRUM CORPS
FOR INDIVIDUAL SNARE DRUMMING
SENIOR CLASS
** The struck out sentence seen above indicates that there is evidence this statement might be incorrect – JAG
 

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