Banquet honoring Truman Crawford to be held March 22

The Col. Truman W. Crawford Reunion Banquet will be held March 22, 2003, at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA.

Everyone associated with the drum and bugle corps activity is invited to join in a celebration honoring “The John Philip Sousa of the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps.”

Crawford was the oldest Marine on active duty when he retired in 1998. During his career he served as the noncommissioned officer in charge of the United States Air Force Drum and Bugle Corps at Bolling Field in Washington, D.C., spent time outside the service (with the Royal Airs) and then joined the Marines and was put in charge of the Washington, D.C., group in the late 1960s until his retirement.

He was the musical arranger and instructor of the national champion Chicago Royal Airs junior corps and of the 2002 Royal Airs reunion corps. He was also the musical arranger, instructor and drum major of the three-time American Legion National Champion Yankee Rebels senior corps, and he is now the musical instructor of that corps’ alumni organization.

The program being planned for the evening will include the colonel’s beloved US Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, participation by alumni members of the Royal Airs, the Yankee Rebels, the Blessed Sacrament Golden Knights, the Audubon Bon Bons and many others. Special numbers written for the event will be presented and the evening will be a joyous occasion in honor of the colonel.

Contact Joel Leson at (703) 690-7136 or jleson@hotmail.com if you would like to attend the event. Specific dinner arrangements, costs and available rooms will be announced soon. A large crowd can be accommodated, but event planners foresee tickets to this event going quickly.

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