Arab Patrol being 120 years old is the oldest unit in Aleppo. Two
years after Aleppo was chartered, 12 Nobles started the Arab Patrol.
Today the Patrol has 60 men which makeup the
Staff, Color Guard and two Platoons. Competitions are entered at the Northeastern Shrine Association
Convention, Shrine Patrol of North America and by Invitation at other
Temples. Regular drills are held at
the Auditorium, Ladies’ Nights, outings and other Social Activities are
enjoyed by the members. Over the years several Nobles from the unit have
unit is the one that organized the many stunts which highlights the
initiation of candidates. The unit meets weekly for planning programs
and social times. Unit members include an artist,
engineers, cabinet makers, carpenters and lab technicians; all of whom
contribute their “know how” to provide ceremonial entertainment.
band has won many honors over the years since its organization, being
originally known as a Band and Drum Corps. The stirring music of this unit is always highlight of any parade
beautiful palominos are enthusiastically greeted as they lead the
various Shrine units in parades. The Mounted unit is a charter member of the
International Shrine Horse Patrol and appears not only in parades, but
also on occasion, at Northeastern Shrine Association Conventions.
Recently, the Mounted Patrol has rodeo "Cowboys" on horseback
to the parade schedule.
Chanters supply vocal music at Ceremonials and other functions,
presenting a showcase of color, harmony and musical aptitude. Especially
appreciated is their appearance at the annual Memorial Service for
Aleppo’s departed members. Members enjoy gathering together for
rehearsals as well as outings and sharing in Aleppo’s special program.
one of the most popular units at any Shrine affair or parade, the
Oriental Band with its colorful costumes, music of the musette and the
drums, grows in prestige each year, with many trophies being won and
displayed in the cases on the auditorium mezzanine floor.
of the unit’s work is to guard the doors at Ceremonials and Shrine
auditorium events. Meetings are
held monthly in the unit room and, outings are held on occasion. The unit also participates in all
The Aleppo Temple Guard is a member of the International Association of
Shrine Provosts. One member of the Aleppo Temple Guard has recently
served as Colonel and Chief of the I.A.S.P. – Noble Stephen G.
Provost Guard was founded in 1957 for the
purpose of assisting the potentate to assure the safety and welfare of
the Nobility, and to perform police duties at Ceremonials, parades,
conventions and Shrine functions. The original organization was composed
of one Captain, one Sergeant and fifteen members. The present
organization is lead by a Chief, Major, Captain and 1st Lieutenant,
plus thirty very active and dedicated members. The Aleppo Provost Guard
is a member of the International Association of Shrine Provosts. Two members of the Aleppo Provost Guard have
recently served as Colonel
and Chief's of the I.A.S.P. – Noble Alan Ray Jr. and Noble Michael
the world loves a clown and the Aleppo Clowns are well aware of this as
they receive many requests for performances at outside functions. The
clowns bring joy to children and adults wherever they appear. Their bright
costumes, funny faces and fantastic balloons always bring smiles from to
one and all.
Medical Corps works in conjunction with the Medical Staff providing
emergency medical assistance at all Shrine functions. Most of its
members are either Emergency Medical Technicians or have taken advanced
courses in CPR. The unit attends all parades and stands ready at all
time to be of assistance.
Motor Patrol is comprised of 17 members, eleven automobiles, replicas of
1901 Oldsmobiles, and a scale model of the Shrines Hospital. Motor
Patrol members are required to keep the antique cars in excellent
condition as they participate in many parades and Shrine functions. This
standard of excellence has allowed the Motor Patrol to capture many 1st
Place awards in both International and Northeast competitions. The
officers of our unit are greatly involved in all International Motorcorp
activities. The full trophy cases in their unit review are a tribute to the excellence and
dedication of all members of this unit. The Motor Patrol Ladies, known as the Road
Runners, attend various parades and competitions through out the country to
spur the members on. They are a great asset in assisting at all fund raising
events sponsored by the Shriners. The Motor Patrol runs many social
activities and functions, which always include the ladies. The Unit is currently soliciting new members to
become a part of this great
tradition. Why Walk When You can Ride!
only Colonial militia in the Shrine is proudly one of Aleppo’s
outstanding units. The unit has appeared in parades far and wide, even
as far as Hawaii, and has brought much credit to the Aleppo. Musters are
held monthly with other social events occurring during the year. The
firing of the Colonial muskets along a parade route snaps everyone to
attention and the fifes and drums demonstrate the Colonial Beat.
the most active and dedicated units of Aleppo is its Fire Brigade. Always in
attendance at Temple functions, their bright red jackets are evidenced
as they stand at their duty posts. They present a colorful appearance in
every parade. Their five mini fire engines are an eye catcher whereever they
convertibles are driven by members of this unit in parades and provide
transportation for dignitaries as well as senior members of other units
unable to march.
Pipe Band has made a name for itself for their authentic Scottish appearance. The swirling
kilts, twirling drumsticks and strutting drum major attract much
attention in parades. Many members never know how to hold a pipe let
alone play one until they joined the unit, and now have become very
is one of the most vital units in the Temple. Without the Transportation
Unit, which is command of professional drivers, none of
Aleppo’s equipment would be available at various parades. members
provide tractor trailer transportation all over the country, north, south, east and
west, for imperial Sessions and Northeastern Association Conventions.
Members serve as jitney bus drivers all day Ceremonial Day as they
transport Nobles from adjacent lots parking to the Auditorium.
would a circus or rodeo be without bright, rotating lights or a
spotlight on a featured performer? The Lighting Unit controls the
electrical panels and provides all manner of lighting for all
performance. They organized, set up and maintain the in-house sound
system. They even participate in parades with no lights to worry about.
Aleppo Cycle Unit is composed of ten 2007 Harley Davidson 883 Sportster motorcycles, which represent Aleppo Temple in parades, ceremonials,
and other functions as directed by the Potentate. Within this unit is the Precision Motorcycle Drill and
Competition Team, composed of eight expert precision riders who are
members of the International Association of Shrine Motor Corps and the
Northeast Association competition. Membership is open to all Aleppo
Shriners who are either presently motorcycle riders or who are willing
to learn to be one. – Why not come ride with the proudest motorcycle
team in all of Shrinedom?
Another hard working group
in the Temple is the Stewards Unit. They can be seen diligently at work
in the kitchen, serving coffee and doughnuts, cooking hamburgers and hot
dogs, making chili and other tempting food. Circuses and Roller Derby,
as well as various trade shows held in the Auditorium during the year,
are all busy times for them, whether they are operating the kitchen or
serving the public at the concession stands. With their red
Hawaiin shirts and black caps, they work hard to make every affair a
success for the Aleppo Temple.
The Shriners Swing Band is a
seventeen piece “Big Band” comprised of five Saxophones, four
Trumpets, four Trombones, Bass, Guitar, Drums and Piano. The band members are dedicated
and are all volunteers. The monies that are raised for band’s
performances are donated to the
for patient care.
Legion of Honor is Aleppo’s Uniformed Marching Unit. Membership in the Legion of honor is
restricted to veterans and active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces
and/or former military allies of the United States, who have honorably
served their country in times of war and peace. Members of Aleppo’s
Legion of Honor include men who have fought in WWII, Korea, Vietnam and
Operation Desert Storm.
Brigade Cape Cod Unit
Cod Fire Brigade is Aleppo’s newest Uniformed
Unit. Cape Cod Fire Brigade consists
of 30 active members who attend various parades, conventions, and get
together thru-out the country for the purpose of rising money for the
The organization is
comprised of four officers (Chief, Deputy Chief, Captain, and
Lieutenant) plus 26 very dedicated members. The CCFB has 12 units of
motorized replicas of fire and ladder trucks, individually owned, with
our motto of “We Ride so Kids can Walk.”
The Mini Haulers are scale 16’ Tractor Trailers, and Aleppo’s newest
Uniformed Parade Unit.