Staff

In Memoriam: Anthony Zappala

In my mind’s eye I can still picture him walking in front of me with his blue Blessed Sac windbreaker and his hat with a feather in it.

You’ll never walk alone is a song that comes to mind when I think of Mr. Zappala. During his tenure as the Director of Blessed Sacrament he always walked all of his guards out on the floor with his head held high. He was so proud of his organization. His girls (Mr. Z’s time was before we let men in the guard) were all SO very proud and honored to walk along side him in all his glory. He is missed terribly to this day.

At the end of every single rehearsal; Mr. Z would make us all stand in a company front he’d yell out a “Guard HUT” and we’d all snap to attention. Mr. Z would then give us any updates for the next rehearsal or tell us who owed what for dues that month. He made us a team whether we liked it or not.

He rode on the bus for all of our road trips (no matter how long they were) and kept us “in line”. What most people don’t know is that when the staff said “No”; Mr Z usually said “Yes”. He let us get away with a lot because we worked hard and played equally as hard. He recognized that and gave us some leniency. Mr. Z. was like a kid himself most of the time. He would help us in any way he could if we needed something.

I remember visiting Zippy in the hospital very close to his passing. He was clearly in pain and exhausted and probably a little scared facing his own mortality; but you would never have known by his face when he saw us come in. He put on a huge smile and we walked over and held his hand. We didn’t know that was the last time we’d ever see him again. It was such a terrible day for all of us when he passed away. It was like our second father was gone. A huge part of Blessed Sacrament died with him.

His daughters Dolores and Ann Marie are left to keep his legacy alive.

– Katherine Gallagher


BLESSED SACRAMENT COLORGUARDS

DIRECTOR

Ed Devlin

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Dolores Zappala

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dolores Zappala, President

Ed Devlin

Ann Marie Zappala Valeri

Chris Raichle

Jack Shallow

Michael Hoffmann


WORLD CLASS TEAM

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Ed Devlin

Kathy Kerrins

DESIGN TEAM

Jay Murphy

Chris Raichle

Kathy Aruda

Lamar Branson

Dolores Zappala

Wendy OByrne

Conor Kovatch

Rory Duffey

EDUCATIONAL STAFF

Jessica Byrne

Mary Obrien

Amy Foley

OPEN CLASS TEAM

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Peg Gallagher

Tammie Coulter

DESIGN TEAM

Chris Raichle

Ann Marie Zappala Valeri

Julie Brown

Evan Turner

EDUCATIONAL STAFF

Mark McGuire

Rachael Proia

Jenn Sadowski

Bev Bagjot

Jackie Gaffney

Sandy Cho

Michelle Marshall

John Dooley

Chana Chhim

CADET CLASS TEAM

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Tammy Coulter

EDUCATIONAL TEAM

Rebecca Burke

Teresa Giglio

Maddy Ventresca

Jackie Gaffney

Megan Judkins

Lorraine Reel Tucker