Skyliners Expands Brass Staff For 2015

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skyliners_100x100The Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps is proud to announce their Brass Staff for the 2015 season. They have expanded staff in all sections to build upon the successes of last season.

BRASS. With Brass Arranger Joey Pero designing their 2015 field show, the Skyliners promise an exciting, entertaining, and crowd pleasing show that will bring the corps to another level! The Skyliners are excited to welcome back Scott Carey as Brass Caption Head, and to announce Ryan Lamoreaux’s new position of Assistant Brass Caption Head. Doreen Sandor, Bob Fizette, Kevin Davenport, Rachel Ewaniuk, and Adam Helker will be Skyliner Brass Technicians.

Scott Carey received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Susquehanna University in 1990. He has pursued additional studies at Villanova University, and through the University of The Arts of Philadelphia, where he studied with Quincy Hilliard, Jerry Nowak, Ed Sueta, and Denis DiBlasio. An educator for 23 years, Scott has been the band director at Shikellamy High School for fifteen years. For seven years previously Scott held the positions of Band Director, Choir Director, Play Director, and Instrumental Music Supervisor at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School, Shamokin. He taught general music, instrumental and vocal classes. At the same time he also held the posts of Assistant Marching Band Director at Selinsgrove HS, Marching and Music instructor and Drill designer for Mifflinburg HS, Marching and Music Instructor for Shikellamy, Drill Designer for Lewisburg HS, and Assistant Marching Instructor for the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps. Scott remains active as a performer, composer, and arranger. He has performed with the Reading Pops Orchestra, Susquehanna Valley Chorale, Unico Band, Pottstown Band, Centerport Band, Bucknell University Orchestra, Seasoned Sounds, the Milton Community Band and for musicals for the Rockwell Theater, Warrior Run HS, Selinsgrove HS, Conrad Weiser HS, Milton HS, and Mifflinburg HS. Scott performs in Director Jazz and Concert Bands during District and Region Band Festivals and String ensembles at District Orchestra Festivals. His original compositions have been performed at Diocesan Chorus and Jazz Festivals.

Ryan Lamoreux is a 2008 graduate of Hazleton Area High School. He holds an Associates Degree in music recording from Luzerne County Community College. Ryan has worked as an assistant band director for the Greater Nanticoke Area Marching Band since 2010. In 2008, Ryan marched with the Reading Buccaneers. He also performs with ensembles throughout the NEPA region including the Scranton Brass Orchestra, Wilkes University Civic Band, Wyoming Valley Band, and the Hazleton Liberty Band. Ryan is currently on staff with the Wilkes University Marching Colonels.

Doreen Sandor is thrilled to return to Sky’s Brass staff for 2015. Her drum corps teaching career spans 40 years. A New York Skyliner Lifetime Member, Doreen is also Assistant Director. Doreen joined the Skyliners in the Fall of 1979, when women were first welcomed into the corps’ horn line. She has been the Skyliners’ Brass Caption Head, Assistant Brass Caption Head, Brass Instructor, Assistant Drum Major, Assistant Director, Secretary, and Director of PR/Publicity. Doreen has played Mellophone, French Horn, Soprano, in the pit, and marched in the Championship American Section. In 2007, she played in the New York Skyliners Mini-Corps and played Mellophone with the 2012 and 2013 New York Skyliners Alumni Corps. Doreen has also been Brass Caption Head, arranger and/or instructor for corps in numerous Associations, including DCA, DCI, Garden State Association, Nassau Suffolk Association, British Youth Band Association (BYBA) and DCUK, and has arranged music for and/or taught corps and brass lines in the States and in England (DCUK). These corps include the Skyliners, Lehigh Valley Chieftains, Conquest Alliance (1986 and 1987 DCUK Champions), N. Y. Chinese Crimson Kings, St. Joseph’s Brigade, and St. Matthias “Blue Max” to name a few. Doreen was part of Kidsgrove Scouts’ staff when they competed in DCA in 2012. She holds a B.A., Music Education from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in Flushing, New York and teaches Elementary General Music and 4th & 5th Grade choruses in an upstate New York State school district.

Bob Fizette returns to the Skyliners’ brass staff for his 14th season as a Skyliner. For most of Bob’s drum corps career he has played lead soprano, been a soloist, and taught. He marched with the Wind Gap Blue Eagles in 1979. In 1980, Bob played lead soprano and a solo for Avant Garde from Saratoga Springs, New York; they finished in the Top 25 in DCI. Bob has taught brass/marching at the Troy Volunteers (NY) for 1982 – 1983 DCI seasons and brass/drill design for Targets Drum & Bugle Corps 2007 -2009. He marched with the Reading Buccaneers from 1981 – 1990, and was brass instructor from 1987 – 1992. Solos include “Rainmaker”, “Wind Machine”, “Nutville”, “Cuban Overture”, “Shostakovich’s Symphony #5”, “Captain from Castille,” “Batman” and “Pie Jesu.” Bob was a trumpet soloist with the College of St. Rose Jazz Band in 1981 – 1982. He taught brass at Lehigh Valley Chieftains in 1998, and joined the New York Skyliners in 1999. Skyliner solos include: “It’s Alright With Me”; “God Bless The Child”; “I Want More”, “Last Tango”, “I Have Dreamed/We Kiss in The Shadows”; “Prelude, Fugue and Riffs”; “Skyfire Tango”; a duet in “Bohemian Rhapsody”; Feeling Good/Blue Skies”, “It Ain’t Necessarily So”, and the ‘four notes’ at the Finale. He performed with the 2007 New York Skyliners Mini-Corps, the Skyliners Street Corps, and joined the New York Skyliners Alumni Corps for the 2012 and 2013 seasons, playing lead and some solos. Bob is an Assistant Director of the Skyliners, and is proud to be part of the team that brought the Skyliners back onto the field of competition.

Kevin Davenport has played brass instruments for the past 24 years, 16 of them playing Baritone/Euphonium. He attended Mansfield University as a Music Therapy major from 2000-2003. While at Mansfield, Kevin played in the Pride of Pennsylvania Mansfield University Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Lab Band, and Tuba Euphonium Ensemble. In 2001, Kevin joined the Army Reserves 78th Army Band in Fort Dix, NJ, where he was a Euphonium Bandsman and also played trombone for their jazz band from 2001-2003. Kevin brings 13 seasons of experience marching and teaching Marching Band at Northwest Area, Dallas Area High Schools and Mansfield and Bloomsburg Universities. In 2010 and 2011 Kevin served as the Drill Technician for the Dallas Area Marching Band; he wrote all drill and visuals in 2011 while working with the brass section. Kevin went to Bloomsburg to continue his studies toward a degree in Music Education at Bloomsburg University.

Rachel Ewaniuk has a Bachelors of Music Degree from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. She majored on trumpet in Music Education and Music Technology, and marched four years with the Spirit & Pride of Pennsylvania Marching Band. Rachel was a featured soloist in her senior year, and auditioned into the elite Concert Wind Ensemble, Orchestra and Brass Band. She was also a member of the symphonic band, jazz lab band and trombone choir. Rachel has spent the last three summers marching lead trumpet with the Bushwackers Drum & Bugle Corps from Princeton, NJ. In the 2012 and 2013 seasons, she was a featured soloist and in the 2014 season she was in a featured small ensemble. Rachel is 4th to 6th Grade Band Director at the Lehigh Valley Academy in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She also teaches private instrumental lessons through The Lesson Center in Coopersburg and Trexlertown, Pennsylvania.

Adam Helker currently attends the University of Maryland, working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Physics Education, with a minor in Music. He was a Lead Trumpet for Cadets 2 in 2013, Lead Trumpet for the Bluecoats in 2014, and returned to Cadets 2 in the post-DCA season to play Lead Trumpet with Cadets 2. As a member of the UMBC Wind Ensemble, Adam has participated every semester he has been a student at UMBC. For the past two years, he has served as the ensemble’s principal trumpet.

Keep up-to-date with us via our website, and the Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps Facebook page at . For more information, please contact Adam Burdett at info [at] MarchSky [dot] org.

Posted by on Sunday, January 11th, 2015. Filed under DCA News, FrontPage Feature.