Long Island Grenadiers

Other Names:Golden Grenadiers

Medford, NY United States
Founded: 1958

Inactive Junior
1983 Conquistador * Loco Otto * The Rainmaker * Theme from Magnum P.I. * Come in from the Rain  
1984 44 51.600 Conquistador * Loco Otto * The Rainmaker * In Like A Lion * Netherlands  
Position 200+ indicates Division II, Position 300+ indicates Division III, Position 400+ indicates Mini Corps.

CORPS Photos


Grenadier Timeline

by "Uncle Bert" Ellis

1958Medford Fire Dept. takes over defunct V.F.W. Fife & Drum Corps.

Total of 15 members.
1959Add bugles - fifers become guidons. Compete in Nassau-Suffolk Assn. Standstill.
1960Guidons become nucleus for a future color guard - now have 12 bugles - valve & slide
1961Join new Sound of Suffolk Drum Corps Circuit - corps competes standstill
1962Move from standstill to M&M corps - a big move
1963Sound of Suffolk - Class A M&M Champions

Play for John F. Kennedy at Commack Arena
1964Join new Long Island M&M Circuit - Play for Robert Kennedy at Islip Airport
1965Join Greater New York M&M Circuit - now competing 2 circuits

Start traveling to Connecticut and Manhattan
1966Within the corps create a winter competing color guard
1967Long Island Color Guard Circuit - Class A Champions
1968Compete L.I. & Greater NY Circuits - compete in American Legion Championships in Buffalo, NY - 11th place
1969Losing members but compete in American Legion Championship in Syracuse
1970Lose 26 playing members - merge with Kings Park Kingsmen
1971Retain Grenadier competing color guard - compete in Metropolitan Circuit
1972Best flag section - and guard runner-up - Metropolitan Circuit
19732nd time runner-up Met Circuit ( we are in a rut )
1974Guard competes in New Jersey in the Met & Baltimore, MD
1975Grenadiers re-activate as a Drum & Bugle Corps under Medford Fire Dept.

Sound of Suffolk Class C Champions
1976Bi-Centennial year - 75 members - 2 camps - Sound of Suffolk -Class A Champs

Play for President Ford at Nassau Coliseum
1977Year of building - 90 members (18 P, 43 H, 33 CG & major )

2 camps - do Sunriser Show and lots of parades
1978New horn & drum instructors - new outlook - complete change in sound - topping 100 members - first show L.I.M&M win by 8 points - runner up for season - plenty of F.D. parades
1979Continue climbing - rifle line doing great ( 32 CG, 38 H, 17 P )
1980Compete in Garden State Circuit - more travel - New Jersey, Connecticut & Maryland
1981After marching for the Medford Fire Dept. For 25 years - the Grenadiers become self-supporting - have buses - Incorporate, with the lawyer Mr. Mars doing the leg work for free
1982Compete in Garden State Circuit with Philadelphia PAL, Fantasia, Blue Max, Lancers & NY Vanguard

Paraded for Governor Mario Cuomo and New York State Assemblyman Bill Bianchi in Patchogue, NY
1983Finally capture Garden State Championship - next day win Northeast Championship in Delaware
1984Start two tours - Rochester, NY for V.F.W. Championship (2nd) - D.C.I. at Rome, NY, Watkins Glen, NY, Pittsfield, MA (Guard wins Best Guard in DCI parade), Allentown, PA, & Toms River, NJ.

Second tour ended in Atlanta, GA - D.C.I. Championship - 10th in Division II. A GREAT YEAR. Remember the armories.

Played for Vice-President George Bush at the Colonie Hill, Long Island NY
1985With so many members aging out - a year of re-building
1986Bleak year - try every recruiting technique
1987Enter newly formed U.D.C.A. Circuit
1988Continue to compete and do 2 camps & parades - win U.D.C.A. M&M Championship
1989Compete U.D.C.A.Circuit (19 H, 15 P, 8 CG, 1 flag elf )

Runner-up in M & M Division
1990Compete U.D.C.A. Finals with a total of 45 members
1991Last ever show was performed by the Long Island Grenadiers at Raider Stadium in August 1991 with 17 H, 15 P, 10 CG
1992L.I. Grenadiers dissolved by Director "Uncle Bert" Ellis on March 10, 1992 - due to lack commitment of some of the members - A heart breaking thing to do after 34 years

To all the wonderful members of the Grenadiers:

Thanks for the memories and for all those years.

"Uncle Bert"


"Aunt Ethel"

199941 years from the corps' inception a Reunion Committee was formed - with the following goals:
  • West Sayville Golden Eagles Drum & Bugle Corps would sponsor the event underwriting the cost of stamps, envelopes, flyers, heroes, salads, and beverages.
  • 700 flyers were sent with an additional 260 unknown addresses remaining.
  • Reunion to be held in May for marching members only (due to space limits)

To be updated after the reunion!

[Submitted by David A. Stumme August 2018]

Members (5)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Henry, Craig(Rambo) Drum Line 1983 to 1984
Jenner, Bryan Instructor 1983 to 1988
Jenner, Bryan Instructor 1983 to 1988
Livreri, Tammy Colot Guard Captain 1986 to 1990
Stumme, David Drum Line 1980 to 1992
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