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Garrison Excelsior is part of the 501st Legion of Imperial Stormtroopers, a professional costuming group that takes great joy out of constructing movie accurate costumes from the Star Wars Universe. Our unit of the legion covers Upstate NY (the shaded area of the map below.)

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Our purpose is to bring fun and joy to the multitudes of Star Wars fans throughout the world, while also introducing the world of Star Wars to a whole new generation, with the release of the new Star Wars movies.

For pictures and more information on our costumes, please go to the Gallery Page.

If you know of, or are part of a children's based charity, and would like us to attend, please contact us. We'd love to hear from you.



The members of Garrison Excelsior are the regional representatives of the global Star Wars costuming group known as the 501st Legion of Imperial Stormtroopers. Through group discussions and organized appearances, we strive to memorialize the Star Wars films and create an exciting atmosphere to fans and the general public. Members of the garrison promote unity, encourage the creativity of the art of costume making, assist charities by promoting and participating in their events, wear the detailed costumes at public appearances, and to strive EVER UPWARD

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2019 Command Staff
by tk9510 on Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:49 pm
It is our great pleasure to announce this year’s Garrison Excelsior command staff for 2019. They are:

James Fefes (TI 72020) - Garrison Commanding Officer [GCO]
Chris Solecki (SL 2904) - Garrison Executive Officer [GXO]
Ed J. Fairbairn (BH 42122) - Garrison Membership Liaison [GML]
John T. DiMauro (TI 10801) - Garrison Membership Liaison [GML]
Stephen T. Smith (TS 44603) - Garrison Web Liaison [GWL]
Peter G. Myhalenko (TK 9510) - Garrison Public Relations Officer [GPRO]
Nicky Blum (DZ 8397) - Garrison Events Coordinator [GEC]
Vanya Yount (ID 42010) - Garrison Web Master [GWM]
Kevin Rabener (IC 14222) - Garrison Web Master [GWM]
Jill Olsen (TI 71411) - Garrison Charity Representative [GCR]
Steven M. Lukasik (SL 8378) - Garrison Merchandising & Branding Officer [GMBO]
Darren Blum (TK 8399) - Garrison Quartermaster [GQ]
John T. DiMauro (TI 10801) - Garrison Captain of the Guard [GCoG]
Tom R. Rogers (TK 19764) - Garrison Captain of the Guard [GCoG]

Congratulations to all our new officers! We look forward to serving you in 2019!

Albany Kidz Expo - 3/4/2017
by Sunstone on Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:50 pm
Big shout out to everyone who came out to help for the 2017 Kidz Expo! Thanks to BH-9069, DZ-9572, DZ-8397, TB-9215, TD-3279, TD-82573, TI-10801, TI-10795, TK-8399, SL-88222, as well as our guests from Falco Clan, we managed to raise over $1600 for Things of My Very Own!

Command Staff 2017
by Arch27 on Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:43 am
Without further ado -- the long-awaited list:

GCO: Bob Thayer (TD 3279) - Arch27

GXO: John T DiMauro (TI 10801) - Gobsmacked

GML: David Ramsay (SL 9215) - TrooperPX

GEC: Nicky Blum (DZ 8397) - Doc_Bev

GPR: Grace Goehler (TI 10795) - Sunstone

GQM: Darren Blum (TK 8399) - Knightshade

GCR: Heidi Dundon (BH 5938) - Aurra Dundon

GMB: Jason Yap (TD 82573) - AirborneTooper

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