New York Skyliners


Other Names:Skyliners, Garbarina

New York, NY United States
Founded: 1945

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The New York Skyliners have won every major title available to a senior drum and bugle corps, including the DCA Championships and the New York State and American Legion National Championships. The Skyliners were the 1963 World Open Champions, and have appeared in all but one of the 38 DCA national annual competitions since 1965, winning in 1966, 1971 and 1975. The Skyliners were the 2002 Class A Champions.

Membership meetings were first held in 1945 under the direction of Rudy Caprifolio, with the intention of creating a senior corps for members of two units that were returning from service in World War II. Members of this corps were drawn from two New York City American Legion junior corps: The Phoebe Apperson Hearst Post #1197 and the Grand Street Boys from Post #1025.

The membership was accepted into the American Legion, and the new post was chartered in 1946. The post was named after Raymond A. "Gabby" Garbarina, a young man who played with both the Grand Street Boys and the Hearst Post corps, and had lost his life in the war. The corps was also known as the Raymond A. Garbarina Memorial Corps.

The corps' first appearance was an exhibition at a New York Giants football game at the Polo Grounds. They began competing in 1947, winning the New York State American Legion title that year and their first national title in 1949. During the period of 1949-1951, Garbarina Skyliners won 38 of the 41 contests they entered.

After the 1949 season, the corps became known as the Garbarina Skyliners, and later the New York Skyliners. In 1951, corps member John F. Mazarakos passed away from an illness contracted during his service in the jungles of the South Pacific. His name was added to the post charter, making it the Garbarina-Mazarakos American Legion Post 1523, a name that survives today.

Over the years, the New York Skyliners have produced staff, members and instructors who have become household words in the drum corps fraternity. Many of these people are in the Drum Corps Hall of Fame.

The corps officially moved to New Jersey in the mid-1990s and is now based at American Legion Post 255 in Garfield, New Jersey, former home of the Garfield Cadets. In honor of its roots, however, the corps retains sponsorship by the Garbarina-Mazarakos American Legion Post #1523 of New York City.

The Skyliners finished 11th in DCA Open Class Prelims in 2004 with a show based on the music of George Gershwin.

New York Skyliners Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps made their first field appearance on July 18, 1998, in Clifton, New Jersey. Although the alumni corps was formed in 1994 and had done many parades and indoor standstills, the Clifton show was their first outdoor exhibition at a drum corps show. In addition to the alumni corps, The Skyliners also boast a chorus.

The New York Skyliners are a subsidary of New York Skyliners, Inc, President Bob Holton.

[www.newyorkskyliners.org/history.html; DCW, 2/2002, p.16; A History of Drum and Bugle Corps, 2002]

Members (100)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Barrett, Tommy Color Guard - Flag 1976 to 1977
Beavers, Craig Contra 2014
Bell, Colin Percussion/Snareline 1998 to 2000
Bell, John soprano 1976
Bruen, Charles Baritone 1966 to 1991
Callahan, Alexander Baritone 1968
Carbonell, Larry Soprano Line 2000 to 2001
Celsky, Keith pit 2002
Celsky, Keith contra 2004
Celsky, Keith Mallets 2002
Celsky, Keith Honor Guard 2003
Celsky, Keith Contra 2004
Chizek, Jr, Joseph Honor Guard 2006
Cooney, Ed Lead Soprano 2004 to 2005
Dams, Richard Color Guard 1967 to 1969
Dams, Rick Color Guard 1967 to 1969
Daunt, Paul F.H 1974 to 1975
DeMaria, Joe Drum Line 1967 to 1968
Eldridge, James Drumline 2003 to 2007
Eldridge, Jimmy Drumline 2003
Eldridge, Jr., Harry support 'mascot' 1994 to 2000
Eldridge, Jr., Harry soprano 2001
Eldridge, Jr., Harry soprano, administration 2002 to 2005
Eldridge, Jr., Harry honor guard, administration 2006
Eldridge, Jr., Harry Soprano/Mello/Admin 2007
Eldridge, Jr., Harry Administration 2008
Ellis, Roger Mellophone 2000
Ellis, Roger Mellophone 2000
Faccone, Garrett "chico" Soprano 2005
Fallon, Carol Ann Soprano 1983 to 1984
Fee, Richard Baritone/French Horn 1982 to 1983
George, Roy Baritone 2001 to 2003
Gherlone, Gavone french horn 1974 to 1975
Gironda, Robert "Vito" Baritone 1979 to 1983
Gottier, Mike Low Brass 2005
Gruphofer, John Baritone 1973
HOARD JR., WILLIAM BRASS/ BARITONE 1975 to 1977
Hazelwood, Glen percussion staff 2003
Henry, Reggie Mellophone 1975
Hines, Daniel Mellophone 2003
Hines, Daniel Soprano 2004
Hines, Daniel Sop3 2005
Hines, Daniel Sop 2 / Marketing Manager 2006
Hines, Daniel Business Manager, Webmaster, Sop 2 2008
Hines, Daniel Business Manager, Webmaster, Bari 2 (Sop/Mello) 2009
Hrycyshyn, Annie (Andrea) Colorguard 2000 to 2001
James, Monte pit 1988
Jodts, Stijn Tenor 2004
Kaiser, Jerry assistant dm 1982
Kirkwood, James lead soprano 1984 to 1987
Kirkwood, James honor guard 1988 to 2002
Knisely, Deb contra 2000 to 2001
Krenkel, Jon Snare Drum 1975 to 1976
Kulp, Sayre Pit 2003 to 2004
Labetti, Lou Bari 1980; 1986
Labetti, Lou Contra 1981 to 1983; 1987 to 1989
Labetti, Lou Pit 1985
Mael, Doug horn (baritone) 1980 to 1981
Marino, Holly mellophon 2002
Marino, Holly Mellophone 2002 to 2006
Marsh, Michael"Big Mike" Tymp 1974 to 1976
Marshman, Scott Color Guard 1984 to 1985; 1989 to 1992
Meyer, Michael Mellophone 2001 to 2002
Morales, Javier percussion 2002
Munoz, Angel Tenors 1986 to 1992
Munoz, Angel Pit 1993; 2003
Munoz, Angel Snare 2004 to 2007
Munoz, Angel Director 2008
O'Connor, Ed bari 1997 to 2003
Pasqua, Marielle Colorguard 2002
Priester, Ray snare 1967 to 1976
Quinn, Janis Color Guard 1992 to 2001
Ramos, Luis 2nd Bari 2004
Renna, Morris / Killer Flugle / Mellophone 1980 to 1981
Rogers, Frank baritone 1976 to 1993
Rogers, Frank visual staff 1999 to 2001; 2005 to 2006
Rogers, Frank visual staff/assistant drum major 2002 to 2004
Rogers, Frank assistant director 2007 to 2008
Scarchilli, Joseph Baritone 1978 to 1979
Seff, Dave Snare 1999 to 2001
Siglow, Michael guard, ass't. DM 1964 to 1970; 1975 to 1978; 1992
Sowinski, Jean Percussion (Bass) 2003
Sowinski, Jean Mellophone 2002
Sowinski, Jean Bassline 2003 to 2005
Sowinski, Jean Front Ensemble 2006
Szeglin, Rich Contra Bass 2005 to 2006
Thatcher, Rob Percussion Staff 1997 to 2001
Thompson, Jeff Horn Line 1987 to 1988
Tomasi, Nick Baritone Section 1960 to 1963
Tomasi, Nick Baritone 1960 to 1963
Vaughn, William POO Baritone 1976; 1980
Vayda, Charlie Soprano 1979 to 1984
Venezia, Lisa Mello / Sop 2001 to 2005
Williams, Alvin Color Guard 1979 to 1980
Woo, Lily Mellophone/Honor Guard 1981
Wood, Gary Lead Soprano 1982 to 1983
perez, bob 2nd soprano 1966
shepherd, gilbert solo soprano 1975 to 1999
sowinski, jean Mellophone 2002
steppe, matt soprano 2002 to 2004

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Skyliners Alumni Bumper Sticker from the Bill Ives Collection
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Skyliners Window Decal from the Bill Ives Collection
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Skyliners Jacket from the Bill Ives Collection
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Skyliners Jacket from the Bill Ives Collection
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Skyliners NewYorkCity NY-2 from the Bill Ives Collection
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Skyliners Shirt from the Bill Ives Collection
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Skyliners Shirt from the Bill Ives Collection
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Skyliners 1977 from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Phil Knisley*
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298-303, New York Skyliners from the Steve Vickers Collection
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1961 Skyliners - A Portrait in Brass from the Steve Vickers Collection
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1961 Skyliners - A Portrait in Brass back from the Steve Vickers Collection
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New York Skyliners 1 from the Wayne Hiller Collection
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New York Skyliners 2 from the Wayne Hiller Collection
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New York Skyliners 3 from the Wayne Hiller Collection

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