We ranged in age from 12 to 21, but none older. All of us gave our high school years, summers and winters, and some of us gave up a few years of elementary school. We were members of the Bridgemen and Kidets from Bayonne, NJ.
What happened to all those who wore the yellow, black and white?
Welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends! Now they range in age from 30 to 65; a few younger, a few older. All have moved on to families and careers. A few have been in contact over the years, but not all in one spot.
That has all changed. The Bridgemen Organization, Inc. was formed in February 2003 to protect the name and the rights of all Bridgemen alumni to the music and the inimitable entertainment style. After the legal groundwork was laid, steps were taken to reconstruct the alumni association and to bring the Bridgemen family back together again.
Led by President Claire (Edmonds) Kronenfeld, a 1969-1980 Bridgemen marching and staff member, the Bridgemen Alumni Association is in the process of putting together a new organization that will keep the name alive into the future. An associate member level is also being established for those who never had an opportunity to march, but would like to be associated with the new group.
Some of the future plans include fund-raising for scholarships to be awarded to the children of alumni, social events and attendance at drum corps shows. Everything will lead up to the 40th anniversary of the founding of the corps in 2005.
To learn more about the Bridgemen Alumni, visit www.bridgemen.net or write The Bridgemen Alumni Association, P.O. Box 4263, Bayonne, NJ 07002-4263.