As a boy, Gene Belschner drummed with the Redwood Cadets and Flanders Cadets, from 1942 to 1946. For most of the following 21 years, he was a member of the United States Marines Drum and Bugle Corps (Commandant’s Own). He served in Korea in 1952 and 1953, then returned to the Commandant’s Own. He became drum major in 1958, retiring from that position in 1967. He became the assistant drum major of the Yankee Rebels alumni corps in 1999. In between, he was color guard captain with Hanover Lancers and Towson Troubadours. He has also served as corps director of the Starlighters. He marched with Yankee Rebels alumni drum and bugle corps from 2000 to 2012.