NYC Mission Society Drum & Bugle Corps Brings the Music Back to Harlem

NYC Mission Society Drum & Bugle Corps Brings the Music Back to Harlem – Preparing to Perform for Mayor Bill de Blasio Sunday

New York, N.Y. – For nearly a half century, NYC Mission Society’s Minisink Marching Band performed for crowds both small and large, including in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. After legions of teenagers perfected their musical craft with the corps, the band dissolved in the mid-90s.

But NYC Mission Society has brought the music back.

Two new NYC Mission Society groups – Mission Society Drum & Bugle Corps and Warriors Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps – have formed, and will be performing this Sunday in the annual African American Day Parade.

Further putting a spring in their step will be a contingent of three dozen of the defunct Minisink Marching Band, who have traveled back to Harlem from other states to march alongside their younger brethren.  And they’ve been invited to march with Mayor Bill de Blasio (the first mayor to participate in the parade since the 90s).

One day before, on Saturday, both contingents will come together at NYC Mission Society’s Minisink auditorium to practice before their big performance. Media are invited to attend the practice and interview members as they run through their song selection.

What: Youth, young adults and seniors – all part of the Warriors Alumni Drum & Bugle Corp, the Mission Drum & Bugle Corp, and Minisink Marching Band – practice before Sunday’s annual African American Day Parade in Harlem

When: Saturday, September 20, 2014, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Where: NYC Mission Society, Minisink auditorium, 646 Malcolm X Boulevard, Central Harlem

About New York City Mission Society

New York City Mission Society (NYCMS) is a multi-service community-based organization that improves the lives of children, youth and families in the city’s most underserved communities. Through programs and services that respond to community needs, we create cycles of success for generation to come. Learn more at

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Alumna Kimberley Crabble Shares Her Story

Kimberley Crabbe, alumna and New York City Mission Society donor, gives back to the community that helped shaped her into the   person she is today. To Kimberley, New York City Mission Society is not just an organization, it’s a family, and a close knit one at that. In between the hustle and bustle of her fully booked schedule, she takes some time to reflect on her involvement with NYCMS and how the organization has
affected her life.

Today, Kim lives in Washington, D.C. and works with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspections as a Program Analyst. For the past 6years, she’s called the Capital her home; however, Kim spends a lot of time traveling both domestically and abroad for work. She was first introduced to New York City Mission Society nearly 15 years ago when her high school teacher encouraged her to apply for a college scholarship. She was awarded the scholarship and enrolled at Hunter College the next fall.

Kim quickly became a part of the New York City Mission Society culture. Here, she was encouraged to give back to her community and reach her greatest potential. She gravitated towards mentorship as a means of having an impact on others and decided to serve on the girl’s leadership council for the It’s All About Me (IAAM) program. Kim equates her experiences with IAAM to a sisterhood. They shared their unique experiences and addressed relevant issues effecting women. She’s built lasting relationships with not only the participants, but also the other council members and Mission Society staff. According to Kim, participating in New York City Mission Society’s programs instilled leadership, project management, and team building skills – skills that Kim will continue to use for a lifetime.