Gasparre, Michael J.

Gasparre, Michael J.

Michael Gasparre is currently playing mellophone with Florida Brass more than 70 years after he began playing a G bugle in 1937 with St. Anthony’s drum and bugle corps in Yonkers. He then played for 10 years with the Ivy A corps in Yonkers before serving in the United States Army for three years. In the 1940s, he took trumpet lessons with Professor Frank Rice, and played professionally with a number of dance bands. He also marched with Frank A. Rea American Legion Post drum and bugle corps before and after serving in the army for three years. During his years of service, he played trumpet and bass fiddle with U.S. Army Field Bands and orchestras in England and Germany. From 1955 to 1967, he played French horn with the New York Skyliners and taught music to several other corps in the New York area. He was awarded a Skyliner lifetime membership award in 1985. Since then, he has served the corps as field equipment manager, scout, driver, advisor and member of various committees. He served on the committee which organized the alumni association in 1986. Since 1986, he has been a music judge for the Tri-State Musical Parade Judges Association, including several years as chief music judge. He has been a member of the Skyliners alumni chorus since its inception. He has been a bass fiddle player, trumpeter and vocalist with various professional recording and music groups, performing across the country.