April 12 was a beautiful day in downtown Harrisburg, PA, home of the 28th annual “Serenade in Brass.” For members of the Westshoremen Alumni, it was also the scene of two members getting engaged.
Everything was going well. The corps played wonderfully on stage and gathered outside afterward to sing the corps song with all the performers and many alumni nearby.
After the song, members dispersed and bass drummer Jeff Ream announced he said something special to say. After getting Christine Brophy to come back over to the circle, he got down on one knee, pulled out a box with an engagement ring on it, and amidst cheers and yells, asked her to marry him. She didn’t say yes right away, as Ream’s voice cracked and she didn’t hear the big question due to the cheers, so he asked again. This time she said yes, to even more cheers.
What made the day so special is it was the first time the happy couple ever did drum corps together. Ream retired in 1996, and Brophy had yet to march anywhere. Making it more special was the fact that “Serenade in Brass” is the show the Westshoremen started, and it is always well attended by alumni, family and friends.
The happy couple plans to be wed in late April 2004, three weeks after “Serenade in Brass.”