Air Force Drum & Bugle Corps: ‘York area has always been known for their musicians’
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The U.S. Army Field Band is the best-known military band with York links. York native and four-star general Jacob Loucks Devers started that band after World War II.
But the U.S. Air Force Drum & Bugle Corps had more York County members.
So says K.B. Oiler (firstname.lastname@example.org), and the writer has contacted the York County Heritage Trust about placing some of the band’s artifacts into its holdings.
Oiler provides some facts about the corps: …
The corps was a group of military musicians from the York area that traveled throughout the world as ambassadors of goodwill.
– The group was stationed at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., in the 1950s and ’60s.
– The corps consisted of 60 members. At least a quarter of the musicians were from the York-area high schools.
– Bob Zarfoss, former William Penn Senior High School principal, was one member of the group who later became prominent.
“The York corps members were not only ambassadors of goodwill to the world but were of particular pride to the city of York,” Oiler wrote.
The Drum Corps will hold their reunion in June at Heritage Hills in York.
“The York area has always been known for their musicians, but to have so many at one time, serving their country and presenting their musicianship, all within one unit, I feel was exceptional,” Oiler wrote.