Longtime Members Of Redskins Band To Be Honored

Posted by Matt Terl on September 9, 2010 – 5:32 pm

Hopefully, you’re all already planning on attending send-off for the team at Redskins Park Saturday morning from 10:00 to noon. There’ll be party deck tickets given away for the best dressed fans and best decorated Redskins car, a chance to cheer on the team buses as they head off to the hotel, and spend even more of Dallas Weekend with a bunch of other Redskins fans.

It’ll also be an opportunity to honor some of the longest-tenured members of the Washington Redskins Marching Band, more than 25 people who have put in 20 or more years of service, including a few that have put in more than FIFTY years of service. Each of these veteran musicians will be honored and given a customized ring (like the one pictured above) featuring their name and the length of their tenure in the band.

The Redskins Marching Band, formed in 1937, is one of two remaining pro football marching bands today. They’ll be an integral part of the pregame festivities on Sunday, so honoring them on Saturday is a perfect way to start the weekend.

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  1. By John D. King on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    November 20, 2012

    Dear Redskins Marching Band Staff:

    I was a member of the tuba section of the Washington Redskins Marching Band from 1966 through 1976. I take great pride in telling people of my participation. You shold see the response I get. It’s truly amazing and nice.

    For your information, after band practice at the DC Armory in January 1972, I suggested to Nobel Barnes that if we beat the Dallas Cowboys we get to play in the Superbowl, and since the game was going to be played in Pasadena, California, we should have practiced the song “California Here We Come.” Although we didn’t play it at the Wednesday practice prior to that Sunday’s game, we had it in our band folders and we played it after we beat Dallas. You should have heard the roar of the crowd when they recognized the song and they sang along with our playing. Everyone was in a joyful mood going home that day.

    My Redskin Band experience was most rewarding even though we had to endure freezing weather at John Marshall High School, giantiac downpour of rain during a Chicago Bears game, Dick Wright’s challenging leadership, Joel Margoleous’s management efforts and playing the song “Rain Drops Keep Falling On My Head” a ‘cagizillion’ times so the Redskinettes could learn their routine with their little yellow and white umbrellas. To this day I can’t listen to that song.

    In view of my eleven years dedication to the Redskin’s band and the team – I am still an ardent fan – I hope you will consider offering former members of the Redskin Band the opportunity to purchase our own personal ring.

    Please advise me of your decision.


    John D. King
    2443 N. Early Settlers Road
    Richmond, VA 23235
    (804) 763-5666

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