Fusion Core Announces 2011 Design Team

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Fusion Core is pleased to announce the 2011 Design Team. With the Corps concluding a very successful season as DCA?s Class A Champions, the Fusion Core Administration is pleased to announce the return of Joe Itkor as Program Coordinator and Pit Arranger, Izzy Delgado as Drill Designer/Visual Coordinator, Daniel Bostic as Designer/Color Guard Caption Head and Deb Knisely as the Brass Arranger.

New to the Design Team are Terrell Smith as Percussion Arranger/Director of Percussion and James Riley as Brass Supervisor.


Izzy Delgado served as Visual Designer in 2007, 2008 and 2010, helping the corps receive High Visual Award in 2008 and 2010. Izzy is a freelance drill designer who currently designs for the bands at Hunterdon Central HS, Matawan Regional HS, and North Bergen HS. Previously, he has designed for several other high school marching bands, winter guards, and indoor drum lines, including serving as Visual Designer and Program Coordinator for the Sayreville HS Marching Band and Winter Guard, both of whom had won several local circuit championships during his nine year tenure. 

Izzy is a former marching member of the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps and the Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps. After aging out of the Raiders, he became a part of their visual staff and was eventually elevated to the position of Visual Caption Head. He has also been Visual Designer and Caption Head for the NY Skyliners, and has served on the design staff for the Fusion Winter Guard and Raiders Winter Guard. 

On the administrative front, Izzy is a member of the Executive Board and Task Force for the Mid-Atlantic Indoor Network. He is also a visual adjudicator for the US Scholastic Band Association. In ?real? life, Izzy is an insurance agent and currently resides in Old Bridge, NJ as a newlywed with his wife Elyse.

Daniel Bostic returns to the 2010 award winning color guard. Daniel has earned a Bachelor of Arts, Music Education (Composition/Theory) at the University of Michigan and a degree from Villanova in Information Science. Daniel has instructed numerous indoor and outdoor color guards, DCI/DCA/USSBA, in the NJ and PA area including Light Brigade Winter Ensemble in PA (1993 – 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009), Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps, NJ (1999, 2000), Pennsauken High School Marching Band and Winter Guard in NJ (2009) as well as Fusion Winter Guard in NJ (2002 ? 2006, 2010). Daniel’s WGI/DCI experience began in 1985 marching with the Studio One Winter Guard in Michigan and Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corp, West Chester, PA (1986, 1987), ending with Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corp, S.C. CA (1988, 1989). Daniel has had the privilege of being a staff or performing member of several other arts/marching arts organizations along the way, dance, winter guard, marching band, both independent and scholastic. Daniel aged himself out performing as one of the “blue-hair seniors” with The Black Watch Winter Guard, Blackwood NJ (2002). “Now I enjoy teaching, and marching vicariously through my students.

Deb Knisely currently teaches band, small ensembles, AP music theory, garage band class and instrumental lessons at Cinnaminson High School, where she also runs the marching band, jazz band, percussion ensemble and indoor marching and music ensemble. Deb received her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Rowan University. She studied tuba and euphonium with John Turk, Owen Metcalf and Tyrone Breuninger, and conducting with Robert Fleming, Salvatore Scarpa, Jerry Junkin, Thomas McCauley, H. Robert Reynolds, Bruce Dinkins, and John Pastin. Next summer Deb will receive her Masters in Instrumental Conducting from the American Band College at Sam Houston State University. 

Drum and Bugle Corps is in her blood. As a contrabass player, Deb began marching in DCI corps in the 1980?s with Defenders from Rockland, MA, Alliance from Greater Boston, General Butler Vagabonds from Butler, PA and aged out with the 27th Lancers from Revere, MA. She moved on to perform in DCA with the Steel City Ambassadors from Pittsburgh, PA, the Westshoremen from Harrisburg, PA and the New York Skyliners. Deb has also played with many alumni corps including the Yankee Rebels, Westshoremen Alumni, Steel City Alumni, Reilly Raiders, SwingHouse, and Hawthorne Caballeros Alumni, and is a founding member of The Music Express Drum and Bugle Corps from Cinnaminson, NJ. She has also been on the instructional staff of the Westshoremen, Cabs Alumni, Jersey Surf, and Fusion Core. 

Deb is also quite active with NJMEA (New Jersey Music Educators? Association) where she manages the All-State Wind Ensemble, and is an active member of the Band Procedures Committee. She is currently President of SJBODA (South Jersey Band and Orchestra Directors? Association). 

Terrell Smith has several years of experience as an instructor, music arranger, adjudicator and clinician for world class drum and bugle corps, indoor percussion ensembles and marching bands throughout the United States. Most recently, Mr. Smith relocated back to the northeast from south Florida, where he was the Director of Bands and Music Arranger at Royal Palm Beach Community High School. Before moving to Florida, he was Marching Percussion Arranger and Instructor at Kutztown University and Director of Percussion at Teal Sound Drum & Bugle Corps. 

Terrell has enjoyed great success as a music instructor, serving on the award-winning staffs of the Santa Clara Vanguard, The Cadets, Capital Regiment, Teal Sound and The Reading Buccaneers. Tee has had a wide variety of instructional and performance experiences. He was a performer/clinician at the Puerto Rico Percussion Ensemble Festival, the Kutztown University Percussion Ensemble Festival and The Paris Conservatoire de Musique Percussion Ensemble Festival.

Some of his teachers and colleagues include: Dr. Will Rapp, Thom Hannum, Tom Aungst, Neil Larrivee, Eric Ward, Dave Franceschina, Lee Rudnicki, Ed Teleky, Charlie Dolar, John Riley, Rich Hammond and Chris Feist.

Terrell has been an active marching band and indoor percussion adjudicator for the USSBA, Cavalcade of Bands, Keystone Indoor Drill Association and the Mid-Atlantic Percussion Society since 1999 and is a press writer for WGI. He currently resides in the Washington, D.C. metro area with his wife Kristin and cat, Snickelfritz.

James Riley is currently in his tenth year as a music educator, and sixth as Director of Bands and Varsity Golf Coach for Pequannock Township High School. In Mr. Riley?s tenure at Pequannock, the Music Department has twice been nominated and accepted to National Association of Music Merchant?s list of 100 Best Districts in the United States for Music Education, a distinction shared by only seven other New Jersey school districts. In addition, the PTHS Marching Band was named 2008 USSBA, Group IVA New Jersey and Northern States Champions. The band has also captured first place at the Yamaha Cup at Giants Stadium in each of the past three seasons.

Mr. Riley is an active adjudicator and clinician for the USSBA, East Coast Judges Guild, Drum Corps Associates, and was the youngest examiner ever to be appointed to the Royal College of Examiners. He has worked as program designer, music and marching clinician, and consultant for several area high schools and drum corps. He has served as Caption Head and Staff Coordinator for the Hawthorne Caballeros, and currently works as Brass Consultant for the West Sayville Golden Eagles Mini Corps. He has also served as Manager, Coordinator, and Auditions Chair for the Bergen County Music Educators and North Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, Region Band, and Region Jazz Bands. 

Mr. Riley resides in Pompton Plains, NJ with his wife Kristin and two sons, Liam and Aedan. He holds a Bachelor of Music, Magna cum Laude, from the Hartt School of Music, Master of Music from SUNY Purchase, Artist Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, and a Master of Administration and Supervision from Montclair State University. 

Posted by on Friday, October 15th, 2010. Filed under DCA News.