Bernie was a member of the downtown Optimist Club of Toronto when the Club agreed to sponsor the Corps. He had considerable experience in the United Kingdom, playing in several bands. It was only natural that he would have an interest in the Corps as well.
In the early days he provided practice space for the Corps. in the building in which he worked soon was traveling with the Corps to contests.
He held several positions with the Corps and was a big booster of the Corps during his association.
Bernie was elected to both the D.C.I. Hall of Fame and the D.C.A. World Drum Corps Hall of Fame.