Hawthorne Caballeros Design Team Announced For 2011

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The Hawthorne Caballeros would like to introduce the following members of the 2011 Design Team, Arrangers and Caption Heads. This team will provide the foundation for the 65th Anniversary edition of the Hawthorne Caballeros!

Rich Templin ? Staff and Show Coordinator
Rich Templin returns to the Hawthorne Caballeros as the 2011 Show and Staff Coordinator. Rich began his Drum Corps Career in 1965 as a marching member of the Milton Keystoners Senior Drum Corps. Over the next five decades Rich has contributed to the Drum Corps activity in many capacities. He marched with several corps up until 1976 and then began his design and teaching career in drum corps including several years as the drill instructor for the Hawthorne Caballeros (1983 to 1985). From 2000 to 2002, Rich was the drill designer and consultant for the Blue Coats Junior Drum and Bugle Corps. 


Mr. Templin also created the Drill Design for many senior corps including the 2003 World Champion Hawthorne Caballeros. He was a DEA Visual Caption HAN/Judging Coordinator from 1992 through 2002 and the DCA Judging Coordinator in 2004 through 2008. The Caballeros are excited to have Rich rejoin the Caballeros and the Design Team in 2011. 

Lou Storck ? Assistant Staff Coordinator
Lou Storck has been with the Hawthorne Caballeros since 1966. Currently the Manager of Operations, Lou will continue in the role of Assistant Staff Coordinator. He began his career with Hawthorne marching in the percussion section and taught the Caballeros Color Guard from 1969 through 1999. Lou was a drum major from 1977 through 2007; is currently a drum major for Hawthorne Caballeros Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps and assists in parades and as always, where ever he is needed. Lou was inducted into the Drum Corps Hall of Fame in 2004. 

Tom Aungst ? Percussion Consultant
Tom Aungst has been involved in the drum corps activity for almost thirty years. Tom started marching in 1979 with the Reading Buccaneers Senior Drum and Bugle Corps, where he played snare drum. In 1981, he became a member of the Garfield Cadets and continued to march with the corps until his age-out year in 1984. Aungst became the lead percussion technician for the Cadets from 1985 until 1989. From 1989 through 2008, Tom was the Director of Percussion and Arranger for the Cadets. In his 27 years with the Cadets, Aungst has been involved with winning nine DCI World Championships, six Fred Sanford High Percussion Awards, and nine runner-up titles. Tom was inducted into the Cadets’ Hall of Fame in 2004 and the DCI Hall of Fame in 2006.

Aungst is currently the Percussion Director for the Dartmouth Public School System in Dartmouth, MA. His position includes teaching percussion students from fourth grade through high school. He also carries with him great success on the Winter Guard International Percussion circuit with Dartmouth High School capturing 4 World Championships in 1998, 1999, 2008, 2009, and placing in the top three every year since.

Aungst has a Bachelor?s Degree in Music Education from West Chester University in PA, and a Masters in Jazz Performance from Rutgers University. Tom lives in New Bedford, MA. Tom was the Percussion Advisor for the 2010 Hawthorne Caballeros and Hawthorne welcomes Tom back to our 2011 Design Team.

Key Poulan ? Brass Arranger
Key Poulan returns to Hawthorne as our 2011 Brass Arranger. Key is the brass composer and arranger for the Santa Clara Vanguard. Key has also served as an arranger or composer for the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets, Spartans, Caballeros, Bushwackers, and Millennium (Italy) Drum and Bugle Corps. and is also serving as the arranger for the Mass Brass Minicorps and the music coordinator with the Mandarins. 

As the owner of Key Poulan Music, he is recognized as the leading independent composer/arranger for contemporary marching ensembles. Key received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from East Texas State University (currently Texas A & M – Commerce) in 1985 and had the opportunity of studying under many fine educators including: Gary Hill, Dave Ward, Dr. Robert Houston, and Gene Lockhart. Key studied trombone under the late Dr. Neill Humfeld and composition with Dr. Ronald Yates and Dr. Margaret Wheat at ETSU. Key also credits his success to his mentors: Philip Geiger, Bill Watson, Eddie Green, Dr. Lawrence Sutherland, Dr. Gary Gilroy, Dr. Jerry Payne, and the person who started him on trombone in the 5th grade – Jasper Huff.

Key is excited to return to the 2011 Caballeros where he got his start in the all-age drum corps activity. His inaugural season was capped off with tremendous success including their 2003 championship.

Larry Markiewicz ? Brass Supervisor
Larry Markiewicz will join the Hawthorne Caballeros Design Team as our 2011 Brass Supervisor. Larry has an extensive DCA and DCI list of credentials. Larry has climbed virtually every rung in the drum corps hierarchy ladder, starting as a member in the late 1980’s with the Bushwackers and the Crossmen. Mr. Markiewicz has held the position of Brass Technician, Brass Caption Head, Staff Coordinator, Program Coordinator, Assistant Director and Corps Director with Carolina Crown, Glassmen, Reading Buccaneers, Syracuse Brigadiers, and Crossmen. 

Recently, he has spent the past several summers back with the Cadets as an auxiliary brass instructor. In his present role Larry can be found teaching virtually any part of the brass section from Trumpets through the Tubas and everything in between. Including 2010; he has spent a total of 12 seasons helping the Cadets as an instructor and past caption head in 1995, 1996 and 1997. Larry will continue in his current role with the Cadets.

Larry is presently the Band Director at Bridgewater-Raritan High School in Bridgewater, N.J., as well as an adjunct of the music education department at Montclair State University. Since 2005 he has also been the artistic director and conductor of the award winning Raritan Valley Symphonic Band. 

In his “day job”, Larry has been a music educator in the state of New Jersey since 1992 and has been at Bridgewater-Raritan since November 2000. In just nine short years, BRHS has won 6 USSBA state titles, 8 Best Music Titles, I Northern States Title, 1 BOA Regional Class Champion Title and five (5) top 5 finishes at BOA Regionals. The BRHS wind ensemble has also been noted for critically acclaimed performances at the Prestigious NY Wind Band Festival in Carnegie Hall in 2008 and the CBDNA North Eastern Convention Grand Concert in 2006. 

Other career highlights include being the music director and caption head of North Penn HS marching band from 1997-2003. During that time, North Penn won the USSBA Group VI title every year he was there and also won the BOA Northeastern Regional in 2002. Also, from 1999-2001 Larry was the staff coordinator and program coordinator for the Syracuse Brigadiers. During his tenure he helped propel the corps to the first three of their four consecutive championships.

Larry graduated from JP Stevens High School and received his degree in Music Education from The College of New Jersey. He studied low brass with Dr. David Uber and Don Butterfield, and studied conducting with Daniel Spalding. The Caballeros welcome Larry to the 2011 Design Team.

Eric Robertshaw ? Visual Designer and Caption Head
Eric Robertshaw will also be returning to the Caballeros for his fourth season as Visual Designer and fifth year as Visual Caption Head. Eric?s drum corps teaching experience includes working with the Crossmen, the Cadets and the Reading Buccaneers. In addition to being a visual judge for the National Judges association, Eric has been designing drill for numerous award winning marching bands throughout New Jersey. The 2011 Caballeros welcome the return of Eric for his fourth season.

Kevin Murphy ? Percussion Arranger and Co-Caption Head
The Hawthorne Caballeros welcome back Kevin Murphy as a 2011 Percussion Arranger and Co-Caption Head. Kevin started his drum corps career with the Long Island Grenadiers in 1982. He also marched with the Bridgemen in 1987 and the Concord Blue Devils from 1989 until 1991.

Kevin has been an arranger, consultant and caption head for DCA, DCI and high school drum lines. Kevin?s experience includes: Percussion Caption Head and Arranger for the New York Skyliners from 1993 ? 1995; the Percussion Caption Head for the 1997 Westshoremen; High Percussion Award Winner and Percussion Caption Head for the 1998 and 1999 Reading Buccaneers and Percussion Caption Head and Arranger for the 2000 High Percussion Award Winning Reading Buccaneers; Percussion Arranger and Instructor for the 2001 and 2002 Empire Statesmen, Staff Coordinator, Percussion Caption Head and Arranger for Capital Regiment from 2002 through 2005; Percussion Caption Head for the 2006 Magic of Orlando; a Percussion Consultant for the 2003 through 2007 Hawthorne Caballeros and most recently, the Percussion Caption Head and Arranger for the Connecticut Hurricanes. 

The Caballeros look forward to working with Kevin again in 2011. 

Mike Schmitt ? Percussion Arranger and Co-Caption Head
Mike Schmitt will return to the 2011 Caballeros as a Percussion Arranger and Co-Caption Head. Mike is from Parsippany, NJ, is currently living in Lake Hopatcong, NJ and has been a member of the Hawthorne Caballeros since 1999, most recently as Caption Head and an arranger for the Percussion Ensemble. 

Mike was the recipient of the 2002 Caballeros Percussionist of the Year and marched with the 2003 World Champion Hawthorne Caballeros. Mike has arranged and taught many high school band programs both in New Jersey and Connecticut. Mike has been the caption head and arranger for Parsippany Hills High School Marching Band since 2001 where he won 4 percussion titles. He is currently a technician and arranger for Westhill High School Marching Band as well as their Winter percussion program in Stamford, CT. Also taught Roxbury 2008 as a battery tech, brought home there first drum title, taught West Essex for 6 years as well.

In the next few days, the Caballeros will announce the Brass Caption Head and the Color Guard Designer and Caption Head for the 2011 Design Team. 

Frank Gerris, President and General Manager of the Hawthorne Caballeros welcome the 2011 Design Team. ?Drum Corps, DCA and our fans demand the best from the Caballeros. As we celebrate our 65th year in the drum corps activity we welcome the opportunity to live up to this continued demand. We are ready for yet another great season of drum corps, challenging our members to present an entertaining and winning package and creating a show the fans just can?t wait to stand up for. This is the start of a great team for our 65th year of drum corps.?

The Hawthorne Caballeros, sponsored by American Legion Post #199 in Hawthorne, will enter their 65th season of competition and have amassed a remarkable host of records. They have won the DCA World Championship 9 times, the American Legion National Title 16 times, the National Dream Contest 17 times, and the New Jersey State American Legion Title 43 times. They have completed 5 undefeated seasons, consecutively in 1984 and 1985. In 1989, during DCA’s 25th Anniversary season, fans voted the Caballeros their favorite Senior Drum and Bugle Corps of all time.

For information visit our website: www.cabs.org. The Hawthorne Caballeros will begin our 65th season of competition with our 2011 Open House. Join us on November 27th, 2010 at 12:00 noon. To receive an email about our 2011 open house or to get additional information on membership contact Mike Ryan by phone (973) 709-0500 ext. 1532 – or email Mike at cabscontra [at] aol [dot] com.

For additional information on this press release contact: Marianne Kerr, Marianne658 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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