The Skyliners Drum & Bugle corps is part of the New York Skyliners, Inc., a 501c-3 not for profit organization. The President is Bob Holton.
The New York Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps has won
every major title available to a senior drum & bugle corps. We are
the 1949 and 1950 American Legion National Champions, 1963 World Open
Champions, 1966, 1971 and 1975 DCA Champions, and the 1999 and 2002 Drum
Corps Associates’ Class A World Champions. For 2000 and 2001, the New
York Skyliners returned to Open Class Finalist position.
The New York Skyliners were formed in 1945 to create a
corps for members of two New York City American Legion junior corps, The
Phoebe Apperson Hearst Post #1197, and the Grand Street Boys from Post
#1025, that were returning from service in World War II. were first held
in 1945 to create a senior corps for members of two New York City
American Legion junior corps, The Phoebe Apperson Hearst Post #1197, and
the Grand Street Boys from Post #1025, that were returning from service
in World War II.
The membership was accepted into the American Legion. The
new post was chartered in 1946, and was named after Raymond A. “Gabby”
Garbarina, a young man who played with both the Grand Street Boys and
the Hearst Post corps, who had lost his life in the war. The new post
was known as the Raymond A. Garbarina Memorial Post #1523, New York
City. The corps itself was also known as the Raymond A. Garbarina
Memorial Corps. After the 1949 season, the corps became known as the
Garbarina Skyliners, and later, the New York Skyliners.
In 1951, corps member John F. Mazarakos passed away as a
result of a very long illness stemming from his service in the jungles
of the South Pacific, and his name was added to the post charter,
becoming the Garbarina-Mazarakos American Legion Post 1523, which
survives to this day. New York Skyliner alumnus, Ray Preister, is Post
The corps moved to New Jersey officially in the mid-1990’s, and called many posts home during that time. Currently, the Skyliners rehearse in the Wilkes Barre/Scranton, Pennsylvania area. They are sponsored by Garbarina-Mazarakos American Legion Post #1523 in New York, New York and the Michael Steiner American Legion Post #411 in Jessup, Pennsylvania. Our goal is for the Skyliners to have a positive impact on our members, staff, and community. We are dedicated to performance and excellence in the field of competitive drum and bugle corps.
Over the years, The New York Skyliners have produced staff, members and instructors who have become household words in the drum corps fraternity; some are downright legends. Many of these Skyliners have been inducted into the prestigious Drum Corps Hall of Fame, Buglers Hall of Fame, and various State Halls of Fame, such as the New Jersey Drum Corps Hall of Fame.