Band Director Nov 4,2015 - July 27,2016
Mike Price, a native of Atlanta, began his music career at age 8 when he enrolled in the East Atlanta Elementary Band Program. The EAEB was an extraordinary band that gained fame playing at many national conferences including Mid East, Mid West, and the MENC during the 50's and 60's. Mike premiered a solo saxophone work by Alfred Reed with Mr. Reed conducting in Chicago. He studied at East Carolina University with James Houlik and James Forger. He was the first student to perform at the World Saxophone Congress in Toronto. Since that time, Mike has been an active band director in North Carolina for over 30 years before retiring to the New Orleans area. In New Orleans, he was a member of the Jefferson Parish Community Band, the New Orleans Concert Band and member/director of the American Legion Post 175 band. In July of 2016 Mr. Price left New Orleans to return to North Carolina.
Band Director Oct 2007 - May 2008, May 2013 - Nov 4,2015
Charmaine deMoruelle is a retired band director from the Jefferson Parish Public School System. She was the band director at Grand Isle High School, Barbre Junior High School and Meisler Middle School. Under her leadership, her bands earned many awards and recognitions.
Ms. deMoruelle holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Orleans where she held the position of principal clarinet in the wind ensemble and concert bands. Her greatest enjoyment was playing in the pit of musical theater. She studied under George Harris, Arthur Knight and Stanley Weinstein. As a performer, Ms deMoruelle has performed with the New Orleans Concert Band, the New Orleans Concert Band Clarinet Choir, the Crescent City Wind Symphony, Ira's Polka Band, the Community Band at Sea, the National Community Band, the Jefferson Parish Community Band, and the Northlake Community Band. She also organized and performed in “Quintessence” a woodwind quintet. 
She began performing in the Post #125 Legion Band in 1962 under Professor Howard Voorhies. In 1995 the post #125 was changed to post #175 and she was a band member, playing clarinet at that time.  

Band Director May 2008 - May 2013  

Frank Marinaro, veteran and musician, continues to enjoy performing in the American Legion Post 175 band. Former pilot, Captain Marinaro, flew L-19's along the DMZ and lead the Honest John Rocket Platoon while serving his country.

With over 48 years of teaching, Frank has taught all levels of education and his bands have earned many awards and trophies.

      Frank's love for music began at an early age which was a motivation to play in swing bands starting in the 8th grade. He has played and lead numerous bands over the years, such as "The Spades", "The Changing Times" and the "Encore Orchestra". Frank remains active conducting and continues playing in several bands such as the Crescent City Big Band, Delgado Jazz Band, and the Shrine Band.  

Band Director 2005 - Oct 2007  

Rosario (Roy) M.Carruba, older son of Joseph and Gaetana Giacomazzo Carubba and brother Michael, was born June 22,1927. He attended Berhman, Benjamin Franklin, St. Ann elementary schools and graduated from St. Aloysius High School in 1944. He received his B.S. from Loyola University, M.E. from University of South Mississippi and Ed. D. from Mississippi State University. Began playing the trumpet in 1936 and turned professional in 1940 performing dixieland, danceband and classical venues. In 1944 he joined the religious order of the Brothers of Sacred Heart and began his teaching career which lasted 46 years, 11 in the order and 35 in civilian life. He conducted for some years the American Legion bands Post 175 and Post 64. Presently he performs with the Crescent City Big Band and the Delgado Jazz Ensemble. 

Band Director March 1966 - 2005  

Frank Rosato was the band's director from March 1966 - 2005. During World War II Rosato served as the director of the 156th Infantry Band. In addition to ceremonies and official functions, Rosato's band played several USO shows, including two with Bob Hope. At the close of the war, Rosato said he had the honor of directing the military band at the Potsdam Conference in Germany  attended by President Harry Truman, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stallin.

Band Director 1936-1950

Leonard Joseph Denena, Jr was the director of the American Legion Post 125 band beginning in the early 1930’s, and into the 1950's. In national Legion Band competitions, Post 125 placed fourth in New York in 1937, third in Los Angeles in 1938, and fourth in Chicago in 1939. The band had such notoriety that mayor Maestri, also a member of Post 125, arranged for a special train for the band’s 1939 trip to Chicago.


Leonard Denena was director of the Warren Easton Annex Band in 1929, an expansion that became Fortier High School in 1931. He was the first director of  the award winning Fortier High School Band from Feb. 1931 to 1938 and the New Orleans Police Band from 1947 to 1970. He was the first president of the LMEA (1936-1937).  Denena was in the US Navy 1917-1921, and later served as a Captain and then Major in the Marine Corps.  He directed the 10th Battalion Band, US Marine Corps, Reserve, based in New Orleans.  He was highly regarded as a music educator and director. 


 Band Director 1934 - 1935 

Joseph M. Picone was a native of Ustica, Italy. He came to the United States when he was 15.

A graduate of Immaculate Conception school, he served with the US Army during World War I. In 1935 he served as director of the Crescent City Post No. 125 Band of the American Legion. He was also director of the Celotex Corporation Band in 1937 and 1938.


A hair stylist for Goudchaux's for 15 years, Mr. Picone opened his own shop at 3333 Magazine in 1949. He retired in 1965. Mr. Picone resided in Metairie.

First Post 125 Band Director 1929 - 1933, 1950 - 1966

Howard Voorhies  The American Legion band was founded in 1929, with Voorhies being elected the first director, and the band was the first Legion Band in Louisiana.  

    Voorhies was a 1985 Louisiana Music Educators Hall of Fame winner. In 1938 he became the director of the Southwestern Louisiana Institute Band, now USL in Lafayette. At the same time, he worked with Louisiana's first State Supervisor of Music Sam Burns, another 1985 Hall of Fame inductee, in organizing a statewide plan for school music education and a united music education professional organization, the LMEA. He was the 4th president of the LMEA from 1938-39.

    Voorhies retired from Werlein's in 1972, following 42 years as manager of the band instrument repair department. While working at Werlein's he gave trumpet lessons to the great Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. He was well known for his teaching ability as well as organizing 68 bands in southwestern Louisiana.

   Know throughout the New Orleans area as a great trumpet player, Voorhies fronted such well known dance bands as "Voorhies and His Southern Gents" in Lafayette and the "Voorhies Beverly Gardens Orchestra" in New Orleans.

   He was recognized for his contribution to musical education by being elected an honorary life member of the Louisiana Band Masters Association and the Mississippi Music Educators Association.