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Condolences To The Family Of Redskins Marching Band Drum Leader Greg Rodgers

Posted by Redskins.com on January 5, 2014 – 11:24 am

The Washington Redskins would like to send our heartfelt condolences to the family of Greg Rodgers, the center snare and the leader of the drumline in the NFL’s oldest marching band.

Rodgers died of a heart attack last Tuesday, Dec. 31. A viewing will be held On Monday, Jan. 6, when Rodgers will be wearing a personalized ring he received from owner Daniel Snyder for two decades of service to the franchise. He was 53 years old.

An alumnus of the John F. Kennedy High School (Suffolk, Va.) band and the Norfolk State University band, Rodgers marched for the Redskins since 1990.

Rodgers is survived by his wife, Bonnie, their daughter, Gabrielle, his mother, Julia C. Bradley, and a sister.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family right now, with the loss of Greg,” Redskins senior vice president Tony Wyllie said.

“He was instrumental in creating such an outstanding drumline with our Redskins Marching Band. We appreciate his dedication and service for a quarter of a century. He will be missed — and our deepest condolences go out to his family.”


[Washington Post Obituary]

[Suffolk native drums for old D.C.]

The volunteer drum leader reportedly kept his percussionists drilling for an hour after the end of certain band practices. He wanted to get every turn right.

In the video below, you can see the joy Rodgers and crew brought to the fans after a win at FedExField in 2012.

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8 Responses to “Condolences To The Family Of Redskins Marching Band Drum Leader Greg Rodgers”

  1. By Sandra on Jan 5, 2014 | Reply

    We will miss your positive attitude and your beautiful smile. May GOD bless your family.

    Miss Ya,
    San San
    Norfolk State University Marching Spartans Alumni

  2. By marisa aden on Jan 5, 2014 | Reply


  3. By marisa aden on Jan 5, 2014 | Reply

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  4. By Kim Saladini on Jan 5, 2014 | Reply

    Prayers and hugs for the loss of such a dedicated person. God must have needed a leader for his band. God bless and may the Lord comfort all who are feeling this loss of a really good man.

  5. By Patti Polychrones on Jan 5, 2014 | Reply

    So sorry for this loss to the band. God will keep the family of bandmembers in his care during this time.

  6. By Sharon Lightner on Jan 5, 2014 | Reply

    To the family of Greg Rodgers my condolences for your loss. Please find peace in your memories.

  7. By Cheryl Davis on Jan 6, 2014 | Reply

    My prayers go out to Greg’s family and the Redskins Band. Greg was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed.

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