It is with mixed emotions that the White Sabers Drum and Bugle Corps announces the retirement of our Corps Director, Leslie Amico, effective September 7, 2015.
Leslie has been involved with the White Sabers since the late 1990s, when the corps was an exhibition group performing in parades. When the White Sabers took the field in 2005, Leslie became the Business Manager. In just our second competitive season in DCA, Leslie had an instrumental role in leading the corps to our first DCA Class A Finals, achieving second place in 2006. Upon the retirement of our previous director, Mark Gerber, in 2008, Leslie stepped up to the plate to become Corps Director, and has been in the role ever since.
The White Sabers have grown tremendously under Leslie’s leadership, and have most recently completed our two most successful seasons to date—winning the DCA Class A World Championships back to back in 2013 and 2014. As the corps continues to expand and compete in Open Class for our very first time, Leslie remains a vital member of our Administrative Team, coordinating many of the “behind the scenes” logistics for the corps. Together with her husband (and Corps President) Pete Amico, Leslie even does all of the shopping and cooking for the corps, ensuring the White Sabers are the best fed corps in DCA! Leslie has always been a fundamental cog in the wheel that keeps the White Sabers alive and successful in the drum corps world, including ensuring the smooth operations of our weekly Bingo game that primarily funds the corps’ operations, which is no easy undertaking.
Not only has Leslie been instrumental in the direction and administration of the corps, but she is truly the heart of the White Sabers organization and easily the corps’ biggest fan. Her dedication, commitment, and passion will be truly missed. As sad as we are that Leslie will no longer be our Corps Director, we know she will still be around, cheering us on any chance that she gets. We look forward to the new direction that the corps will go in as we actively seek a new Corps Director, but we also know that these are big shoes to fill. We love you, Leslie!