Executive Director George Lavelle, Jr. is pleased to announce that months of hard work on the part of his staff will soon yield results. The Bridgemen Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps will rehearse in Bayonne for the first time in 17 years!
Thanks to the benevolence of Father John Doherty of St. Andrew’s Parish, where it all began in 1965, the Bridgemen will convene in the gym of St. Andrew’s School on 4th Street and Broadway at Noon on Sunday, January 9, 2005.
The first hour will be devoted to administrative functions, enrollment processing and equipment distribution. At 1:00 PM, the corps will divide by color guard, percussion and srass sections between the gym and the Bayonne Senior Citizens Center, immediately adjacent to St. Andrew’s Church. Rehearsals will run until 5:30 PM as the Bridgemen learn old songs and entertaining guard routines.
Lavelle and his staff are deeply indebted to — and appreciate the efforts of — Mayor Joseph Doria, Director of Public Works & Recreation, Frank Carine and Director of the Office on Aging, Ms. Peggy Lanni, through whom the Senior Citizens Center will be made available to the Bridgemen once a month as they prepare to perform once more for their Bayonne friends and families.
The Bridgemen achieved national prominence and numerous championship honors as a competing junior drum corps, representing the city from 1965 through 1987.
Re-established on June 15, 2004 as a senior alumni corps, its members range in age from their 20s thru 60s. All individuals over the age of 21 with percussion, brass or color guard experience are welcome and invited to join and participate in the entertainment fun.
Their first public appearance as a senior unit will be in the Bayonne Memorial Day Parade, May 30, 2005, carrying the banners of sponsors F.A. Mackenzie American Legion Post 165 and Bayonne Community Bank.
There is still room for those interested in performing and entertaining with the New Bridgemen, –Alive in 2005!
Additional sponsors, and donations for equipment are also needed and financial support or any questions may be addressed to:
Bridgemen Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps
Post Office Box 354
Bayonne, NJ 07002
Further info about the organization may also be obtained at their website, www.Bridgemen.info.