Contact Us

Band members are free to choose there own level of involvement. Some may only play with the concert band and some will play with only the marching band but others will play with both.

By Mail

Fort Crailo American Legion "Yankee Doodle" Band
PO Box 95
20 Partition Street
Rensselaer NY 12144

Legion Post Phone



Our Officers

Owen "Smokie" Johnson
Musical Director

"Smokie" is only the fourth musical director in the Band's history, serving in that capacity since 1972. Johnson, who holds a B.A. in music from a Eastern college, played professionally in New York City before coming to Albany in 1972 to join the Albany Police Department. Under Johnson's direction, the Band entered national American Legion band competitions in New Orleans, Boston, and Honolulu. He formerly directed the Albany Police Band and the Christian Brothers Academy Band. Classically-trained bass trombonist, Johnson directs the Band in concert, and doubles on trombone and Sousaphone on parade.

Daniel Hannon
Business Manager

As business manager and principal trombonist, Dan is maintaining a Hannon family tradition, following in his father's footsteps. When Dan joined the band in 1957 his function was to pull the enormous bass drum on parade. Eventually he graduated to snare drum and later to trombone. In his role as business manager he is responsible for arranging performances. He also leads the Band on parade.

William Lindemann
Asst. Business Manager

Executive Committee

We are an all-volunteer organization that is guided by a nine-member executive committee, all of whom are active Band members.

Our executive committee consists of the following:

  • Business - Daniel Hannon and William Lindemann
  • Treasurer - Cherish Holmes
  • Secretary - Philip Davis
  • Quartermaster - Debra Snyder
  • Statistician - Richard Stickley
  • At Large - Wayne Barnard, Shannon Kehn and Aaron Koffman
  • Webmaster

    William "Billy" Lindemann 7/2/2012