In Memoriam

The Fifth Michigan Regiment Band pays tribute to it’s conductor and arranger.

Lt. Col Guy Smith Lt. Col Guy Smith – Band director, and founder

Guy Raymond Smith Jr., of Brighton, Michigan passed away on August 29, 2013. Husband of 55 years to Carol, and loving father to son Russ, daughter Ruth (Ron) Kadykowski, and grandfather to Ronnie Kadykowski. Guy played tuba in the Michigan State University Marching Band and Symphony Band from 1949 -1952, and after serving Uncle Sam, he returned to play from 1955 to 1957, appearing in the 1956 Rose Bowl Parade and game.

He earned a B.A. in Accounting (’58), and MBA in 1976, both from MSU, and also completed doctorate work in history at MSU. He worked for 28 years at Federal Mogul as a tax law specialist, retiring in 1986.

He served as city councilman for the City of Novi from 1977 to 1983, and founded the Novi Community Concert Band in 1971, serving as their conductor until 1980. In 1979, he joined the Fifth Michigan Regiment Band as conductor and arranger. The 5th Michigan Regiment Band is a Civil War reenactment band, that plays on original and reproduction instruments, and has appeared at events nationwide under his direction. He is responsible for shaping the band as it appears today.  True to the times of the Civil War, and our military, the band will continue to maintain an empty chair for Lt. Col. Guy R. Smith

For Lt. Col. Smith:  ‘Your musical legacy will continue with the 5th Michigan Regiment Band. It will be with us, and in every note we play’.

Past & Retired Members That Are Not Forgotten

  • Doug MacQueen – Trombone
  • Glenn MacQueen- Percussion
  • David Wank – Baritone Saxhorn
  • Jean Wank – Flute/Fife
  • Bill Warren – Percussion
  • Gordon Warren – Drum Major
  • Jerry Grossman- Color Guard
  • Dennis Soszynski – Color Guard
  • Judy MacQueen    – E-Flat Tenor (Retired)