Yankee Rebels Alumni

Baltimore, MD United States
Founded: 1998

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Repertoire for 2000
RockaBye Your Baby by Jean Schwartz | Sam Lewis | M. | Joe Young Al Jolson - Let Me Sing And I'm Happy
Henry Clay
Alexander's Ragtime Band by Irving Berlin Alexander's Ragtime Band - Original Soundtrack
Waiting for the Robert E. Lee by Lewis F. Muir | L. Wolfe Gilbert Spirit Of Ragtime / Various
Swanee by George Gershwin | Irving Caesar 'S Wonderful! The Songs Of George & Ira Gershwin
(Drum Solo)
(Concert)
Mardi Gras March by Paul Webster | Sammy Fain Beautiful Dreamer-1995 Top 20
(Drum Solo)
Battle Hymn of the Republic by Traditional collected by William Steffe | adapted by Julia Ward Howe Acappella America
When Johnny Comes Marching Home by Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore For Me and My Gal - Movie Soundtrack
Battle Hymn of the Republic (Reprise) by Traditional collected by William Steffe | adapted by Julia Ward Howe Acappella America

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For several years after the loss of the Yankee Rebels senior corps about 1977, there was no senior corps in the State of Maryland, but the Yankee Rebels Alumni Association continued to function. When the American Legion announced that their 1989 national convention was scheduled for Baltimore, these veterans agreed to put together a representative group of former Yankee Rebels and to march in the convention’s parade.

That fall, active and inactive alumni members were contacted and a rehearsal planned. George Bull and his team had to come up with drums, bugles, flags and some kind of uniform. This was no small project, but with the help of the many Yankee Rebels friends, everything was lined up in time for the first rehearsal in February, 1988, at the Hamilton Post. No one was sure what to expect or how many would show up, but to everyone's amazement, 70 buglers, more than 30 percussionists, and well over 30 to carry the colors answered the call. The average age of these returning veterans was about 50 years, with several well into their 70s.

By August of 1989, the alumni corps was ready. The Yankee Rebels, with over 90 horns, 40 percussionists, a 32-man color guard, and with Phil Gentile and Don Conners performing as drum majors, was crowned the best musical unit in the parade.

The rest is history, but might be summed up by a conversation between a couple of young corps members from competing units. One asked, "Who the heck are all those old guys around here today?" The other answered that he didn't know who they were, but "Those SOBs sure can play those horns.”

The 1990s have seen the Yankee Rebels Alumni Corps performing in indoor concerts, parades, and field competitions.

Quoting George Bull, "May the Lord continue to bless the Yankee Rebels.”

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Members (13)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Blancato, Louie Soprano 1995
Bruce Jr., Walter 1st Baratone 1988 to 1993; 2000 to 2002
Bruce, Bryan Baratone 1989; 1993 to 1994; 2002
Doctor, Dana Contra 1995 to 1997
Fallon, Ray Brass Instructor 1995 to 1996
Knisely, Deb contra 2002 to 2004
Martin, Joe Snare Drum 1996 to 1998
Miles, Sonny Color Guard 1967 to 1977
Quackenbush, Chuck contra 1988 to 1992
Rasmussen, Bill Mellophone 1988 to 1992; 2000 to 2003
Soul Jr, Edward Color Guard 1989 to 2010
Twiss, Jeff # 5 bass drum line 2000 to 2002
myers, brad Contra 1997 to 2010

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Yankee Rebels Alumni Bumper Sticker from the Bill Ives Collection
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Yankee Rebels Alumni VFW Post 6506 Bumper Sticker from the Bill Ives Collection
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Yankee Rebels Alumni from the Bill Ives Collection

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