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Skyliners Alumni

The Skyliners have won every major event in the history of Drum Corps competition. The Skyliners Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps was organized in the fall of 1994 by a group of former New York Skyliners. The original Alumni Corps name was The Grand Street Boys. It was changed to the NY Skyliners Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps in 1996. Among the original founders were Rich Warga, Mike Siglow, Tim Boardman, Dennis Peck, Charlie Bruen, Andy Lisko, Jerry 'Hardware' Giordano, 'Shirley', Bob Neuhoff, and Joe 'JD' Jacob. The original horn instructor was Joe Genero in 1994, followed by Joe 'JD' Jacob and Gus Wilke in 1995 and Tommy 'Bucky' Swan in 1996. Andy Lisko was the percussion instructor—all were New York Skyliners veterans. The first song ever learned was Danny Boy ... it was never used at a show ... Genero always liked to introduce a confidence builder. Richie Warga and Jerry Hardware were the first Directors of the Corps. They were followed by Charlie Bruen and then Scott Yaniga. The current Director is Ray Priester. The Corps almost folded in the winter of 1996 until Joe Chizek, Sr., Jack Papa, Timmy Boardman, Billy Siddon and some of the other Upstate Crew wouldn't let it die. In the early days the corps had a remote horn rehearsal in Cherry Hill. NJ for the South Jersey Crew. They now have one in Latham, NY for the Upstate NY Crew. The current corps has members from as far away as Europe. The corps sports a Brass Section of 60+ along with a percussion section of 23 snares, six base, three quints, 8 cymbals, and a pit of two. There are Two Drum Majors and a full Honor Guard. The Corps home base of operation is the BENDA-ROEHRICH VFW POST 2867 - 340 Outwater Lane, Garfield, NJ



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