Yankee Rebels

Baltimore, MD United States
Founded: 1935

Inactive Senior
YearPositionScoreTheme/Songs
1955 Dixie Stinger * Yankee Doodle Dandy * Are You From Dixie ('Cause I'm From Dixie Too) * ?? * Columbia the Gem of the Ocean (from Thousands Cheer) * Dixie Stinger * Everywhere You Go * Winter Wonderland * ?? * Ol' Man River (from Show Boat) * ?? * ?? * Make Believe * ?? * ?? * This Can't Be Love (from The Boys From Syracuse) * ?? * Wagon Wheels * Good Night Sweet Dreams  
1956 Fanfare * Dixie Stinger * Yankee Doodle Dandy * Are You From Dixie ('Cause I'm From Dixie Too) * I Only Have Eyes For You (from Dames) * Columbia the Gem of the Ocean (from Thousands Cheer) * Dixie Stinger * Be happy Go Lucky * The Farmer And The Cowman (from Oklahoma!) * Surrey With The Fringe On Top (from Oklahoma!) * I Can't Say No (from Oklahoma!) * People Will Say We're In Love (from Oklahoma!) * Oklahoma (from Oklahoma!) * This Can't Be Love (from The Boys From Syracuse) * ?? * Hot Toddy * Wagon Wheels * Are You From Dixie ('Cause I'm From Dixie Too)  
1958 Dixie Stinger * 76 Trombones (from The Music Man) * Columbia the Gem of the Ocean (from Thousands Cheer) * Dixie Stinger * I Only Have Eyes For You (from Dames) * The Farmer And The Cowman (from Oklahoma!) * People Will Say We're In Love (from Oklahoma!) * I Can't Say No (from Oklahoma!) * Surrey With The Fringe On Top (from Oklahoma!) * Oklahoma (from Oklahoma!) * This Is My Country * ?? * Wagon Wheels * Are You From Dixie ('Cause I'm From Dixie Too) * Yankee Doodle Dandy  
1963 Dixie * Waiting for the Robert E. Lee * Swanee * Return to Me * Battle Hymn of the Republic * Till There Was You (from The Music Man) * The Stripper * Together (Wherever We Go) (from Gypsy) * Let Me Entertain You (from Gypsy) * The Party's Over (from Bells Are Ringing)  
1965 4 80.250 Conquest (from Captain From Castile) * A Cockeyed Optimist (from South Pacific) * When Johnny Comes Marching Home * Begin the Beguine * Delilah * Unchained Melody  
1967 8 76.883 Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines * Theme from Hud * Brighton Beach * Watermelon Man  
1968 7 77.050 Floating Down to Cotton Town * Battle Cry of Freedom * Chicago * Georgia on my Mind * Way Down Yonder in New Orleans * April in Paris * Bill Bailey * That Old Devil Moon * Our Day Will Come  
1969 3 77.650 Dixie * Waiting for the Robert E. Lee * Alexander's Ragtime Band * The Birth of the Blues * I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues * Camptown Races * Requiem For An Era * When Johnny Comes Marching Home  
1970 2 81.200 Dixie * Waiting for the Robert E. Lee * Alexander's Ragtime Band * Am I Blue (from The Hard Way) * I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues * Birth of the Blues (from Painting the Clouds with Sunshine) * Row, Row, Row * Requiem For An Era * When Johnny Comes Marching Home  
1971 2 90.750 (Repertoire not available)  
1972 7 80.450 76 Trombones (from The Music Man) * Summertime (from Porgy and Bess) * I Got Plenty of Nothin' (from Porgy and Bess) * It Ain't Necessarily So (from Porgy and Bess) * Movin' On (from Porgy and Bess) * The Phantom Regiment * When Johnny Comes Marching Home  
1973 7 76.950 Marche Militaire Francaise * Also Spracht Zarathustra (from 2001: A Space Odyssey) * MacArthur Park * Pinball Wizard (from Tommy) * American Odyssey * Overture (from Tommy)  
1974 7 65.950 RockaBye Your Baby * Swanee * Purlie (from Purlie) * Minstrel Show * Requiem For An Era * When Johnny Comes Marching Home  
1975 6 84.850 American Salute * Roundabout * RockaBye Your Baby * My Mammy * Waiting for the Robert E. Lee * Shenandoah * Requiem For An Era (Reprise)  
1976 5 84.300 American Overture for Band * Mongonucleosis * Tribute to Louis Armstrong * Shenandoah * Yank My Dandy Doodle  
1980 11 60.000 Great Gate of Kiev (from Pictures At An Exhibition) * Night on Bald Mountain * Love the Feeling * Hill Where the Lord Hides * K-Jee (from Saturday Night Fever) * Shenandoah * Dixie * Battle Hymn of the Republic  
1981 15 52.600 (Repertoire not available)  
Position 200+ indicates Division II, Position 300+ indicates Division III, Position 400+ indicates Mini Corps.
In late 1945, Joe Sedlack formed the Hamilton American Legion Post 20 Senior Drum and Bugle Corps from returning veterans of World War II. Most of these veterans had marched with the Hamilton Squadron and other junior corps of Baltimore and the surrounding region before trooping off to war.

The new corps participated in numerous parades in 1947 in their service uniforms, but later that same year they donned white and gold uniforms. The Eisenhower-jacketed corps had taken its first step toward becoming a legend. The "Boys in White,” in their first American Legion national contest, scored a 29.5 out of a possible 30.0 in the marching and maneuvering category.

The name "Yankee Rebels" was adopted in 1949, and the group carried the Confederate battle flag for the first time during a contest in West New York, New Jersey. This was the year of the first Dream Contest, held at the Newark Armory with three VFW and three American Legion senior corps competing. The Yankee Rebels finished in sixth place, although the point spread between the six corps was a mere 1.8 points.

In 1952, new cadet-style white and gold uniforms clothed the Yankee Rebels, as they traveled extensively throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, placing first in several circuit shows.

Following the 1953 season, Joe Sedlack and the staff of the Yankee Rebels began the organization of an invitational contest in Baltimore. The very successful “March of Champions” competition was held for 24 consecutive years, 1954 through 1976.

Other changes affected the Yankee Rebels organization during those years as well. In 1955, George Bull was elected director, and he oversaw a complete change of music and drill, including the blast of "Dixie" off the line, as well as music from the musical "Oklahoma.“ The corps underwent constant rebuilding over the next several years.

In 1962 with a new instruction staff - Skip Groff for horns, Tom Garrahy for drill, John Flowers for percussion, and Bill Hooten as coordinator - the corps continued to win their share of contests. During 1967, Drum Corps Hall of Famer Truman Crawford, having transferred from the Air Force to the U.S. Marine Corps, became the new music director, and in 1969 Charlie Kammer presented the corps with a complete program of North/South Civil War tunes. This was to be the Yankee Rebels’ theme. The corps would attempt to perform a battle on the contest field with two armies playing North-South music.

It was said that it took 24 years for the Yankee Rebels to reach their summit. The group didn't win every contest, but they did take more than their share, and that included the 1969 American Legion Nationals in Atlanta. The crowd applauded for over ten minutes at the conclusion of that memorable show. The Yankee Rebels won not only the show but also the hearts of the drum corps world.

In addition to that 1969 capstone win, the corps competed in 11 DCA National Championships between 1965 through 1981. Their best finishes were consecutive second places in 1970 and 1971.

For more than 30 years, the on-field performances of the Yankee Rebels reflected the effort, work, sacrifice, disappointment, achievement, and glory of every member who ever had the distinction of wearing the white and gold and, later, the orange and white. The original Yankee Rebels disbanded in 1977, but an active alumni corps took its place in 1988.

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Members (27)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Adams, Bill Snare Drum 1976
Adams, William Snare 1976
Blancato, Louie ( Streak) Soprano 1971 to 1976
Bruce Jr., Walter First Baratone Bugle 1968 to 1972
Bruce, Bryan 1st Baratone/Contra Bass 1968 to 1972
Burnell, James Baritone 2000
Dailey, Gary Brass instructor/arranger 1975 to 1976
Davidson, Gil Baritone 1969 to 1971
Davidson, Gil BARITONE 1969 to 1971
Dempsey, Ed Contra 1976; 1980 to 1981; 1989 to 1991
Frazer, Bill Bugle 1960
Gillen, Jack Mellophone 1975 to 1976
Gruphofer, John Baritone 1974
Hedling, Paul Drill Instructor / Drum Major 1976
Jones, Bruce Baritone 1974 to 1976
Kirkwood, James lead soprano 1978
Krauss, David Snare 1975 to 1976
Krissinger, Larry drumline rud bass 1969 to 1976
Linck, Burton Drum line 1970 to 1976
Martin, Joe Rudimental Bass 1967 to 1968
Miles, Sonny Color Guard 1967 to 1977
Quackenbush, Chuck Contra 1973
Rasmussen, Bill Mellophone 1973 to 1976
Schorsch, Paul Snare 1971 to 1972
Soul Jr, Edward Director, Public Relations 1969 to 1972
Visnic, Larry Percussion 1980
myers, beef contra 1997 to 2001

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