New York Skyliners Alumni announce 2005 music

The New York Skyliners Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps has announced its repertoire for the 2005 season. Opening the show will be the fanfare of Manhattan, followed by their 1975 off the line of How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Loved You, When You Know I’ve Been A Liar All My Life, hereafter referred to as Liar.

Then it’s into the haunting melody of Hymn to Victory from “Victory At Sea,” also from their 1975 show, followed by their popular arrangements of Alabama Jubilee and Hava Nigilah. The closer will be the 1972 exit of Slaughter On 10th Avenue/Little Old New York, followed by their NY, NY, Signature.

Of course, the show wouldn’t be complete without hearing the ever-popular Elk’s Parade. The corps is very anxious to start learning the new music and looks forward to continuing to entertain their many fans.

The corps rehearses at the Garfield American Legion Post #255, located at 171 Cedar Street in Garfield, NJ, from noon until 5:00 PM. Rehearsal dates so far are Sunday, September 19, Sunday, October 17, and Sunday, November 21. Anyone interested in joining is invited to come on down to a practice and sit in with the corps.

There are openings in all sections, especially brass, and the Skyliners are looking to put together a color guard for the new season. The corps is open to anyone who wants to play the music of the master, Hy Dreitzer, regardless of music or drum corps background. All are welcome.

The horn line is under the excellent tutelage of Bill Moore, assisted by Joe Jacob, John Urspruch, John Girardi, Ruben Ariola and many more. The drum line is instructed by Hall-of-Famer Wes Myers, assisted by Andy Lisko.

The corps’ drum major and business manager is Hall-of-Famer Carl Ruocco and the corps director is Ray Priester. Secretary/treasurer is Bob ‘Vito’ Gironda and corporate counsel is Ellis Mirsky, Esq. For more information, contact Ray Priester at

The New York Skyliners are looking forward to a very successful 2005 season.