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Eric Perrilloux played with the Charles T. Kirk Fife and Drum Corps from Brooklyn, New York from 1937 to 1953. The ensemble was a stand still corps that was considered to be a leading rudimental drum line in New York State. During the 1930's the stand still corps were the leaders of quality rudimental drum sections.

While with the Kirks, Eric competed in the individual snare drum competitions winning the New York State Championship title 5 times, the North Eastern Championship, and many out of State Championships.

Eric joined the New York Gabarina Skyliners in 1953 and performed for two seasons. In 1955 he became the drum instructor for the famed Reilly Raiders of Philadelphia, PA and taught for three seasons. In the 1958, Eric became the drum instructor of the legendary New York Skyliners and taught for 13 seasons.  He also taught many other junior and senior corps including the Selden Cadets,

St. Rocco's Cadets and The St.Rita's Brassmen.






Eric Perrilloux never changed his philosophy of drumming in all the corps he taught. He believed in the production of " Total Sound Drumming " which was considered to be the basic sound of the great champion snare drumming of the 30s and the 40s. As he called it " Quality Caliber Drumming!" - quality being the "degree of excellence" Caliber being " to utilize the entire range of expression without using quality".






He applied this complete sound to all the various moods of musical program using full rudimental ranges where appropriate but always in musical sense to effectively convey the music.







During the early 60's Eric introduced the concept of a circuit to allow the corps to govern themselves and initiate their own ideas. This became reality as Henry Mayor of the N.Y. Skyliners formed the Drum Corps Associated (D.C.A.). Eric served as chief judging coordinator for two years.

In 1984 Eric Perrilloux was inducted into the Drum Corps Hall of Fame.








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