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Redskins Honor Veteran Marching Band Members

Posted Sep 17, 2010

During a pep rally at Redskins Park on Saturday, Redskins Marching Band members with 20-50+ years of service were presented with rings to honor their dedication.

The Redskins honored more than 30 veteran Redskins Marching Band members on Saturday during a pep rally at Redskins Park.

Band members with 20-50 years of service were given rings to honor their dedication.

The rings were inscribed with each band member’s name, the words “Honor, Strength, Tradition,” and the number of years each performed with the first-ever NFL marching band.

Band Members With 20 Years:
Edward Greene, Garry Walker, Harry Horning, Darryl Scott, Greg Rodgers, Lee Culbreth, Howard Lessey, Zina Facemire, Kenneth Fry, Cheryl Casnoff, Eric Summers, Tony Cardenas, Harold Rhoads and Tom Otis

Band Members With 30 Years
Maxey Jones, Bonnie Maslanik, Fred Windbeck III, Arthur (Fudd) White, Morris King, Nick Novak, Steven Novak, and Roger Browdy

Band Members With 40 Years
Mark Wright, Stafan Monica, Rivers McCreary, Don Barlett, Ed Barnett, Gerry Bassett, and Steven (Tweety) Twitford

Band Members With 50 Years
Fred Windbeck Jr., Charles (Bill) Harry, and Dexter Tuthill

In addition to performing at Saturday’s pep rally, the Redskins Marching Band is performing on Sunday afternoon in the tailgating areas of the parking lot at FedExField, leading up to Sunday night’s Redskins-Cowboys game.

The Redskins Marching Band is an all-volunteer ensemble formed in 1937 when George Preston Marshall brought the Redskins to Washington, D.C., with the goal of entertaining fans from the moment they walked into the stadium until the time they left to go home.

For more than 70 years, the Redskins Marching Band has led sell-out crowds in the team fight song, "Hail to the Redskins!" They are one of only two pro football marching bands in existence today.

"Hail to the Redskins" made its debut on Aug. 17, 1938 as the official fight song of the Washington Redskins. The song was written by renowned band leader Barnee Breeskin and the lyrics were written by Hollywood movie star Corinne Griffith, the wife of team founder and owner George Preston Marshall.