In 1991, Dennis DeLucia was the first percussionist, alongside Fred Sanford, inducted into the DCI Hall of Fame. He has also been inducted into the WGI Hall of Fame and the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame, making him the only person to ever be inducted into all three of the major “marching arts” halls.
While growing up in Bergenfield, New Jersey, Dennis was mentored by Dr. Bernard Baggs, Donald Angelica, and Bobby Thompson. He graduated from Bergenfield High School and Upsala College, and was a member of the West Point Band’s prestigious Hellcats for three years.
Best known for his work with drum corps Muchachos, Bridgemen, Star of Indiana, Crossmen, Sunrisers, and Caballeros, Dennis also worked with the Rutgers University Band and many high school bands. In 1981 his drum lines won the only “Triple Crown” in drum corps history, winning percussion honors with the Bridgemen (DCI), Sunrisers (DCA), and Fantasia III (DCI Class “A”). Dennis has appeared as a commentator and/or analyst for every DCI broadcast since 1994 on PBS, ESPN, and DVD releases, as well as in select movie theaters for Fathom Events. He has also judged band competitions since 1985, including the WGI “Indoor” Percussion Championships every year since 1995.
Committed to educating young percussionists, Dennis was an Associate Professor of Percussion at Rutgers University from 1996-2003. He has written four books on the art of drumming. He has also recorded numerous drum lesson videos for Drum Guru, and is regularly featured as an artist, clinician, and consultant around the world.
Dennis is a Yamaha Performing Artist, and is also sponsored by Remo drumheads, Sabian cymbals, Malletech mallets, and Row-Loff publications.
Dennis currently lives in New Jersey with his wife Rene, daughter Chelsea, and dog Ernie.