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  1. 2017 SKYLINERS JANUARY 14 - 15, 2017 CAMP

  2. Carolina Thunder Drum & Bugle Corps is organizing in the Charlotte, NC area and plans to form a Mini-Corps for 2017. With a goal of competing at DCA in 2017 the corps plans to begin rehearsal in the spring. For more information contact Greg Dearman at cgdearman@gmail.com or look for our page on Facebook,
  3. Keep up-to-date with us via our website, http://www.marchsky.org and join The Skyliners' 2017 Face Book Information Page. For more information, please contact Larry Carbonell or go to or go to http://www.skylinersdbc.org/join and follow the directions to create a CorpsData profile.
  4. Keep up-to-date with us via our website, http://www.marchsky.org and join The Skyliners' 2017 Face Book Information Page. For more information, please contact Larry Carbonell or go to or go to http://www.skylinersdbc.org/join and follow the directions to create a CorpsData profile.
  5. SKYLINERS ANNOUNCE DECEMBER 3rd OPEN HOUSE

    Keep up-to-date with us via our website, http://www.marchsky.org and join The Skyliners' 2017 Face Book Information Page. For more information, please contact Larry Carbonell or go to or go to http://www.skylinersdbc.org/join and follow the directions to create a CorpsData profile.
  6. Keep up-to-date with us via our website, http://www.marchsky.org and join The Skyliners' 2017 Face Book Information Page. For more information, please contact Larry Carbonell or go to or go to http://www.skylinersdbc.org/join and follow the directions to create a CorpsData profile.
  7. The Skyliners’ 2017 show is called XSCAPE! The design team includes Thomas Sparling, Program Coordinator and Visual Designer; John Meehan, Brass Arranger; Ted Mascari, Percussion Arranger; Ryan Reed, Front Ensemble Arranger; James Branche and Krysta Ganey, Color Guard Designers; and Matthew Stevens, Visual Show Consultant. The XSCAPE show is contemporary, sophisticated, and cutting edge. It incorporates a variety of musical styles, and visual and color guard packages to engage and entertain the audience and membership. The Introduction of "All The Rowboats" is from Regina Spektor’s sixth album. The song finds her singing about someone who wants to liberate works of art from the museum where they are kept. For The Skyliners, this will start with pit, percussion, and soloists or small group(s) and then build to an impact with full corps. The Opener is "Escape to Paradise" from the movie Chicken Run by John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams. Although written for an animated film, the score is “perfectly suited to the action on screen: classic instrumentation and serious themes, but with the occasional nod and wink.” Look for lots of sectional features, some percussion windows, moderate tempo, and lots of action! The Skyliners’ Percussion Feature is "Xscape" by Michael Jackson. It was written and recorded in 1999 for Jackson’s tenth studio album, Invincible” album, but failed to make the album. The song was completed in 2001 and leaked on the internet the following year. It is also the name of the second posthumous album of previously unreleased tracks by Jackson that includes “Xscape”. The Ballad is "Lost Boy", the 2015 debut single by Canadian singer Ruth B. “Lost Boy” is a pop tune that has already hit Platinum status, and was part of Ruth B’s EP (Extended Play recording), “The Intro” released on November 27, 2015. A music video for the song was released in May 2016. Look for lush brass and solos, and front ensemble in this fresh single. The Closer is “Kingfishers Catch Fire Movement 2” by John Mackey. This wind ensemble piece premiered on March 17, 2007 in Kurashiki, Japan. It was conducted by Ichirō Saitō, a Japanese film composer. A "kingfisher" is a bird with beautiful, brilliantly colored feathers that look in sunlight as if they are on fire. Kingfishers are rarely seen, but when they are seen, they are undeniably beautiful. The second movement, "Kingfishers Catch Fire," imagines the bird flying out into the sunlight. Starting with the pit, the audience will appreciate the brass features on a 1/16th note ostinato, then a huge build to the ending. The Skyliners are thrilled to be working with these exceptional Creative Designers to continue our growth to the next level in DCA for 2017. Come to The Skyliners’ Open House to find out more: Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016 ~ 10:00 - 7:00 P.M. Check-In: 9:00 a.m. Location: Wyoming Valley West High School 150 Wadham Street, Plymouth, PA 18651 Directions: http://tinyurl.com/Wyoming-West-HS-Directions-Sky Keep up-to-date with us via our website, http://www.marchsky.org and join The Skyliners' 2017 Face Book Information Page. For more information, please contact Larry Carbonell or go to or go to http://www.skylinersdbc.org/join and follow the directions to create a CorpsData profile.
  8. The Skyliners’ 2017 show is called XSCAPE! The design team includes Thomas Sparling, Program Coordinator and Visual Designer; John Meehan, Brass Arranger; Ted Mascari, Percussion Arranger; Ryan Reed, Front Ensemble Arranger; James Branche and Krysta Ganey, Color Guard Designers; and Matthew Stevens, Visual Show Consultant. The XSCAPE show is contemporary, sophisticated, and cutting edge. It incorporates a variety of musical styles, and visual and color guard packages to engage and entertain the audience and membership. The Introduction of "All The Rowboats" is from Regina Spektor’s sixth album. The song finds her singing about someone who wants to liberate works of art from the museum where they are kept. For The Skyliners, this will start with pit, percussion, and soloists or small group(s) and then build to an impact with full corps. The Opener is "Escape to Paradise" from the movie Chicken Run by John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams. Although written for an animated film, the score is “perfectly suited to the action on screen: classic instrumentation and serious themes, but with the occasional nod and wink.” Look for lots of sectional features, some percussion windows, moderate tempo, and lots of action! The Skyliners’ Percussion Feature is "Xscape" by Michael Jackson. It was written and recorded in 1999 for Jackson’s tenth studio album, Invincible” album, but failed to make the album. The song was completed in 2001 and leaked on the internet the following year. It is also the name of the second posthumous album of previously unreleased tracks by Jackson that includes “Xscape”. The Ballad is "Lost Boy", the 2015 debut single by Canadian singer Ruth B. “Lost Boy” is a pop tune that has already hit Platinum status, and was part of Ruth B’s EP (Extended Play recording), “The Intro” released on November 27, 2015. A music video for the song was released in May 2016. Look for lush brass and solos, and front ensemble in this fresh single. The Closer is “Kingfishers Catch Fire Movement 2” by John Mackey. This wind ensemble piece premiered on March 17, 2007 in Kurashiki, Japan. It was conducted by Ichirō Saitō, a Japanese film composer. A "kingfisher" is a bird with beautiful, brilliantly colored feathers that look in sunlight as if they are on fire. Kingfishers are rarely seen, but when they are seen, they are undeniably beautiful. The second movement, "Kingfishers Catch Fire," imagines the bird flying out into the sunlight. Starting with the pit, the audience will appreciate the brass features on a 1/16th note ostinato, then a huge build to the ending. The Skyliners are thrilled to be working with these exceptional Creative Designers to continue our growth to the next level in DCA for 2017. Come to The Skyliners’ Open House to find out more: Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016 ~ 10:00 - 7:00 P.M. Check-In: 9:00 a.m. Location: Wyoming Valley West High School 150 Wadham Street, Plymouth, PA 18651 Directions: http://tinyurl.com/Wyoming-West-HS-Directions-Sky Keep up-to-date with us via our website, http://www.marchsky.org and join The Skyliners' 2017 Face Book Information Page. For more information, please contact Larry Carbonell or go to or go to http://www.skylinersdbc.org/join and follow the directions to create a CorpsData profile.
  9. The Skyliners’ 2017 show is called XSCAPE! The design team includes Thomas Sparling, Program Coordinator and Visual Designer; John Meehan, Brass Arranger; Ted Mascari, Percussion Arranger; Ryan Reed, Front Ensemble Arranger; James Branche and Krysta Ganey, Color Guard Designers; and Matthew Stevens, Visual Show Consultant. The XSCAPE show is contemporary, sophisticated, and cutting edge. It incorporates a variety of musical styles, and visual and color guard packages to engage and entertain the audience and membership. The Introduction of "All The Rowboats" is from Regina Spektor’s sixth album. The song finds her singing about someone who wants to liberate works of art from the museum where they are kept. For The Skyliners, this will start with pit, percussion, and soloists or small group(s) and then build to an impact with full corps. The Opener is "Escape to Paradise" from the movie Chicken Run by John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams. Although written for an animated film, the score is “perfectly suited to the action on screen: classic instrumentation and serious themes, but with the occasional nod and wink.” Look for lots of sectional features, some percussion windows, moderate tempo, and lots of action! The Skyliners’ Percussion Feature is "Xscape" by Michael Jackson. It was written and recorded in 1999 for Jackson’s tenth studio album, Invincible” album, but failed to make the album. The song was completed in 2001 and leaked on the internet the following year. It is also the name of the second posthumous album of previously unreleased tracks by Jackson that includes “Xscape”. The Ballad is "Lost Boy", the 2015 debut single by Canadian singer Ruth B. “Lost Boy” is a pop tune that has already hit Platinum status, and was part of Ruth B’s EP (Extended Play recording), “The Intro” released on November 27, 2015. A music video for the song was released in May 2016. Look for lush brass and solos, and front ensemble in this fresh single. The Closer is “Kingfishers Catch Fire Movement 2” by John Mackey. This wind ensemble piece premiered on March 17, 2007 in Kurashiki, Japan. It was conducted by Ichirō Saitō, a Japanese film composer. A "kingfisher" is a bird with beautiful, brilliantly colored feathers that look in sunlight as if they are on fire. Kingfishers are rarely seen, but when they are seen, they are undeniably beautiful. The second movement, "Kingfishers Catch Fire," imagines the bird flying out into the sunlight. Starting with the pit, the audience will appreciate the brass features on a 1/16th note ostinato, then a huge build to the ending. The Skyliners are thrilled to be working with these exceptional Creative Designers to continue our growth to the next level in DCA for 2017. Come to The Skyliners’ Open House to find out more: Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016 ~ 10:00 - 7:00 P.M. Check-In: 9:00 a.m. Location: Wyoming Valley West High School 150 Wadham Street, Plymouth, PA 18651 Directions: http://tinyurl.com/Wyoming-West-HS-Directions-Sky Keep up-to-date with us via our website, http://www.marchsky.org and join The Skyliners' 2017 Face Book Information Page. For more information, please contact Larry Carbonell or go to or go to http://www.skylinersdbc.org/join and follow the directions to create a CorpsData profile.
  10. The Skyliners’ 2017 show is called XSCAPE! The design team includes Thomas Sparling, Program Coordinator and Visual Designer; John Meehan, Brass Arranger; Ted Mascari, Percussion Arranger; Ryan Reed, Front Ensemble Arranger; James Branche and Krysta Ganey, Color Guard Designers; and Matthew Stevens, Visual Show Consultant. The XSCAPE show is contemporary, sophisticated, and cutting edge. It incorporates a variety of musical styles, and visual and color guard packages to engage and entertain the audience and membership. The Introduction of "All The Rowboats" is from Regina Spektor’s sixth album. The song finds her singing about someone who wants to liberate works of art from the museum where they are kept. For The Skyliners, this will start with pit, percussion, and soloists or small group(s) and then build to an impact with full corps. The Opener is "Escape to Paradise" from the movie Chicken Run by John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams. Although written for an animated film, the score is “perfectly suited to the action on screen: classic instrumentation and serious themes, but with the occasional nod and wink.” Look for lots of sectional features, some percussion windows, moderate tempo, and lots of action! The Skyliners’ Percussion Feature is "Xscape" by Michael Jackson. It was written and recorded in 1999 for Jackson’s tenth studio album, Invincible” album, but failed to make the album. The song was completed in 2001 and leaked on the internet the following year. It is also the name of the second posthumous album of previously unreleased tracks by Jackson that includes “Xscape”. The Ballad is "Lost Boy", the 2015 debut single by Canadian singer Ruth B. “Lost Boy” is a pop tune that has already hit Platinum status, and was part of Ruth B’s EP (Extended Play recording), “The Intro” released on November 27, 2015. A music video for the song was released in May 2016. Look for lush brass and solos, and front ensemble in this fresh single. The Closer is “Kingfishers Catch Fire Movement 2” by John Mackey. This wind ensemble piece premiered on March 17, 2007 in Kurashiki, Japan. It was conducted by Ichirō Saitō, a Japanese film composer. A "kingfisher" is a bird with beautiful, brilliantly colored feathers that look in sunlight as if they are on fire. Kingfishers are rarely seen, but when they are seen, they are undeniably beautiful. The second movement, "Kingfishers Catch Fire," imagines the bird flying out into the sunlight. Starting with the pit, the audience will appreciate the brass features on a 1/16th note ostinato, then a huge build to the ending. The Skyliners are thrilled to be working with these exceptional Creative Designers to continue our growth to the next level in DCA for 2017. Come to The Skyliners’ Open House to find out more: Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016 ~ 10:00 - 7:00 P.M. Check-In: 9:00 a.m. Location: Wyoming Valley West High School 150 Wadham Street, Plymouth, PA 18651 Directions: http://tinyurl.com/Wyoming-West-HS-Directions-Sky Keep up-to-date with us via our website, http://www.marchsky.org and join The Skyliners' 2017 Face Book Information Page. For more information, please contact Larry Carbonell or go to or go to http://www.skylinersdbc.org/join and follow the directions to create a CorpsData profile.
  11. The Skyliners proudly unveiled their new battery and front ensemble equipment in 2016, and plan continued growth for the 2017 season! For the front ensemble, the quality of the Pageantry synthesizer and mixer cart is purely top of the line. The sound system includes an M-audio 48 synthesizer, all new microphones, cables, amplifiers, speakers, and a digital mixing board. Ryan Reed, the Front Ensemble Arranger, brought a whole new sound and sophistication, including electronics, amplification, and the unique use of iPads to add another element of excitement and entertainment to The Skyliners. The Skyliners' battery is playing a brand new set of Ludwig Ultimate Percussion marching drums. These are designed specifically to meet today's marching demands. Ludwig was chosen due to their redesign of the equipment, and the new creative team who have brought past knowledge from other companies to bear on their new designs. For the snare, the design features include the Free-Floater model. The tenor drums include what Ludwig calls a "diagonal cut for the "Ultimate" in projection, tone, and durability." Their bass drums are built for power and resonance. The Skyliners' Percussion Section is fully equipped to elevate their level of performance, and bring an even richer and more resonant sound to their productions. View The Skyliners Percussion Line on Ludwig-Musser's Face Book Page - Drum Corps Spotlight: Skyliners at DCA 2016 at https://www.facebook.com/LudwigMusser/videos/10154545480483485/. The Skyliners' 2017 Open House will take place December 3, 2016. More information will be posted shortly. Keep up-to-date with us via the Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps Website and join the Skyliners 2017 Interest Page at Skyliners 2017 Interest Facebook Page. For more information, please contact Larry Carbonell, Director or go to Skyliners 2017 Join Page.
  12. The Skyliners proudly unveiled their new battery and front ensemble equipment in 2016, and plan continued growth for the 2017 season! For the front ensemble, the quality of the Pageantry synthesizer and mixer cart is purely top of the line. The sound system includes an M-audio 48 synthesizer, all new microphones, cables, amplifiers, speakers, and a digital mixing board. Ryan Reed, the Front Ensemble Arranger, brought a whole new sound and sophistication, including electronics, amplification, and the unique use of iPads to add another element of excitement and entertainment to The Skyliners. The Skyliners' battery is playing a brand new set of Ludwig Ultimate Percussion marching drums. These are designed specifically to meet today's marching demands. Ludwig was chosen due to their redesign of the equipment, and the new creative team who have brought past knowledge from other companies to bear on their new designs. For the snare, the design features include the Free-Floater model. The tenor drums include what Ludwig calls a "diagonal cut for the "Ultimate" in projection, tone, and durability." Their bass drums are built for power and resonance. The Skyliners' Percussion Section is fully equipped to elevate their level of performance, and bring an even richer and more resonant sound to their productions. View The Skyliners Percussion Line on Ludwig-Musser's Face Book Page - Drum Corps Spotlight: Skyliners at DCA 2016 at https://www.facebook.com/LudwigMusser/videos/10154545480483485/. The Skyliners' 2017 Open House will take place December 3, 2016. More information will be posted shortly. Keep up-to-date with us via the Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps Website and join the Skyliners 2017 Interest Page at Skyliners 2017 Interest Facebook Page. For more information, please contact Larry Carbonell, Director or go to Skyliners 2017 Join Page.
  13. I've tried going to "Preserve Our Drum Corp Memories" website and get a blank inmotion hosting page. I can't find any information on what happened to it or Glen Weber. Does any one out there know what happened. I'm looking for some recordings of a 1960's Corp the Golden Grenadiers from Medford, NY. I would appreciate any help. Thank you,
  14. Skyliners D&B Announce 2017 Brass Staff

    The Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps proudly announced their 2017 Brass Staff. SHANE STARTZEL - Brass Caption Head; JOE WILT - Assistant Brass Caption Head; RACHEL EWANIUK, MARK HOVER, AND CONNOR BARZ - Brass Technicians; and DOREEN SANDOR - Brass Technician/Brass Assistant to the Caption Head. This is Shane Startzel’s second year as Skyliners’ Brass Caption Head. At Shikellamy High School he was Brass and Visual Tech in 2001, and Brass and Visual Caption Head from 2002-2003. Shane worked with the Victor High School Indoor Percussion Program (VIPE) from 2007 to 2011, was Visual Tech in 2007, and has been The Victor Marching Blue Devils’ Brass Music Instructor from 2008 to present. He marched with The Blue Coats (DCI) in 1991 and 1992, and the Empire Statesman (DCA) from 2003 to 2007. Shane notes: “We are all very excited to return and continue on the journey that we started last year. With the addition of a new partnership with System Blue, we are positive the future of the corps will be exciting and educational for all members.” Joe Wilt is the second generation of a drum corps family, and began his drum corps career at age 6. He will be returning to the Skyliners in 2017 for his second year as Assistant Brass Caption Head. Since 2010 he has been Brass Coordinator for the Webster High School Marching Band (NY). Joe currently plays professionally with Prime Time Brass, and previously with Corps Impact (San Francisco, CA), BD Entertainment (Concord, CA), and The Edge (Rochester, NY). Joe’s DCA experience includes various performing, instructional, and leadership roles in the Empire Statesmen from 2009 to 2013, and the San Francisco Renegades from 1997 to 2008. He was also Founder and Co-Director of the SF Renegades Minicorps, winning the 2001 and 2003 DCA Championships. Rachel Ewaniuk has been on the Brass Staff of the Skyliners and marched Lead Soprano in 2015 and 2016. She marched with the Spirit & Pride of Pennsylvania Marching Band at Mansfield University where she received a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and Music Technology. A featured soloist in senior year, Rachel was a member of the elite Concert Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Brass Band, Symphonic band, Jazz Lab Band and Trombone Choir. Rachel marched lead Trumpet with the Bushwackers Drum & Bugle Corps. Presently a 4th to 6th Grade Band Director at the Lehigh Valley Academy in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Rachel also teaches private instrumental lessons. Mark Hover received a Bachelors of Music degree from SUNY Fredonia (trumpet performance and Education) and a Masters of Music degree from Boston University (Music Education). A teacher in the North Syracuse Central Schools since 2006, Mark is a Middle School band director. His experience includes marching band and indoor drum line in high school, playing Mellophone and Soprano with the Syracuse Brigadiers Drum & Bugle Corps from 1997 to 2000 and the Empire Statesmen from 2011 to 2013. Mark is Assistant Director of the Cicero North Syracuse Northstars Marching Band and Co-director of Northstars Indoor marching ensemble. A New York Skyliner Lifetime Member, Doreen Sandor has been on Sky’s brass staff in the 1980s, 2000s and 2010s as in-line tech, Brass Instructor, 2005 Brass Caption Head and Assistant Caption Head. Doreen played Mellophone, French Horn, and Soprano with Skyliners, and played Mellophone in Sky’s 2007 Mini-Corps and the 2011 and 2012 Alumni Corps. She has been Brass Caption Head, arranger and instructor for corps in DCA, DCI, Garden State, Nassau-Suffolk, British Youth Band Association (BYBA) and DCUK. She was on Kidsgrove Scouts’ U.S. staff in 2012 and 2015. Doreen teaches Music in upstate New York. Connor Barz is Band Director at Northampton Area Middle School (PA) teaching Concert, Marching, and Jazz band. He was Visual Caption Head for Northampton Big 'N' Band for two years, played Mellophone in the Northampton Big 'N' Marching Band from 2007 to 2009, and was Drum Major in 2010. He played Mellophone in the WCU Marching Band from 2011 to 2013, two years as section leader. Connor performed with the WCU Wind Ensemble for seven semesters. He marched with the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps - 2013 on Mellophone and 2014 on Baritone, and played in the Front Ensemble at Aftermath Indoor Percussion for one season. Details about The Skyliners’ 2017 Open House will be announced shortly. Keep up-to-date with us via our website, http://www.marchsky.org and join The Skyliners 2017 Interest Page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/971700419546930. For more information, please contact Larry Carbonell at director@marchsky.org or go to or go to http://www.skylinersdbc.org/join.
  15. The CTHurricanes are excited to announce their 2017 Music Design Team. Ray Fallon, Jr. is joining the Hurricanes and will serve as the Program Coordinator. Aaron Goldberg, who consulted with the corps in 2010, will be the brass arranger. Hurricanes Alumnus Tom Gasparrini will be the Battery Arranger and Matt Hahn will serve as the Front Ensemble/Electronics Arranger. This team brings a wealth of music experience to the Hurricanes, along with years of success in the drum corps activity. The team is hard at work to design a competitive and engaging program for the DCA audience! Executive Director Brian Maroldt said, “We’re extremely excited about the music design team we’ve assembled. I can’t wait for everyone to see what Ray, Aaron, Tom & Matt put together for the Hurcs in 2017!” You can check out the bios for our Music Design Team on our website. Remember, our 2017 Open House is taking place November 26 & 27 at Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge, CT. Get all the details at CTHurricanes.org/Join.
  16. The Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps proudly announced their 2017 Brass Staff. SHANE STARTZEL - Brass Caption Head; JOE WILT - Assistant Brass Caption Head; RACHEL EWANIUK, MARK HOVER, AND CONNOR BARZ - Brass Technicians; and DOREEN SANDOR - Brass Technician/Brass Assistant to the Caption Head. This is Shane Startzel’s second year as Skyliners’ Brass Caption Head. At Shikellamy High School he was Brass and Visual Tech in 2001, and Brass and Visual Caption Head from 2002-2003. Shane worked with the Victor High School Indoor Percussion Program (VIPE) from 2007 to 2011, was Visual Tech in 2007, and has been The Victor Marching Blue Devils’ Brass Music Instructor from 2008 to present. He marched with The Blue Coats (DCI) in 1991 and 1992, and the Empire Statesman (DCA) from 2003 to 2007. Shane notes: “We are all very excited to return and continue on the journey that we started last year. With the addition of a new partnership with System Blue, we are positive the future of the corps will be exciting and educational for all members.” Joe Wilt is the second generation of a drum corps family, and began his drum corps career at age 6. He will be returning to the Skyliners in 2017 for his second year as Assistant Brass Caption Head. Since 2010 he has been Brass Coordinator for the Webster High School Marching Band (NY). Joe currently plays professionally with Prime Time Brass, and previously with Corps Impact (San Francisco, CA), BD Entertainment (Concord, CA), and The Edge (Rochester, NY). Joe’s DCA experience includes various performing, instructional, and leadership roles in the Empire Statesmen from 2009 to 2013, and the San Francisco Renegades from 1997 to 2008. He was also Founder and Co-Director of the SF Renegades Minicorps, winning the 2001 and 2003 DCA Championships. Rachel Ewaniuk has been on the Brass Staff of the Skyliners and marched Lead Soprano in 2015 and 2016. She marched with the Spirit & Pride of Pennsylvania Marching Band at Mansfield University where she received a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and Music Technology. A featured soloist in senior year, Rachel was a member of the elite Concert Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Brass Band, Symphonic band, Jazz Lab Band and Trombone Choir. Rachel marched lead Trumpet with the Bushwackers Drum & Bugle Corps. Presently a 4th to 6th Grade Band Director at the Lehigh Valley Academy in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Rachel also teaches private instrumental lessons. Mark Hover received a Bachelors of Music degree from SUNY Fredonia (trumpet performance and Education) and a Masters of Music degree from Boston University (Music Education). A teacher in the North Syracuse Central Schools since 2006, Mark is a Middle School band director. His experience includes marching band and indoor drum line in high school, playing Mellophone and Soprano with the Syracuse Brigadiers Drum & Bugle Corps from 1997 to 2000 and the Empire Statesmen from 2011 to 2013. Mark is Assistant Director of the Cicero North Syracuse Northstars Marching Band and Co-director of Northstars Indoor marching ensemble. A New York Skyliner Lifetime Member, Doreen Sandor has been on Sky’s brass staff in the 1980s, 2000s and 2010s as in-line tech, Brass Instructor, 2005 Brass Caption Head and as Assistant Caption Head. Doreen played Mellophone, French Horn, and Soprano with Skyliners, and played Mellophone in Sky’s 2007 Mini-Corps and the 2011 and 2012 Alumni Corps. She has been Brass Caption Head, arranger and instructor for corps in DCA, DCI, Garden State, Nassau-Suffolk, British Youth Band Association (BYBA) and DCUK. She was on Kidsgrove Scouts’ U.S. staff in 2012 and 2015. Doreen teaches Music in upstate New York. Connor Barz is Band Director at Northampton Area Middle School (PA) teaching Concert, Marching, and Jazz band. He was Visual Caption Head for Northampton Big 'N' Band for two years, played Mellophone in the Northampton Big 'N' Marching Band from 2007 to 2009, and was Drum Major in 2010. He played Mellophone in the WCU Marching Band from 2011 to 2013, two years as section leader. Connor performed with the WCU Wind Ensemble for seven semesters. He marched with the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps - 2013 on Mellophone and 2014 on Baritone, and played in the Front Ensemble at Aftermath Indoor Percussion for one season. Details about The Skyliners’ 2017 Open House will be announced shortly. Keep up-to-date with us via our website, http://www.marchsky.org and join The Skyliners 2017 Interest Page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/971700419546930. For more information, please contact Larry Carbonell at director@marchsky.org or go to or go to http://www.skylinersdbc.org/join.
  17. The Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps announces the return of the following Designers for 2017: Thomas Sparling - Program Coordinator/Visual Designer; Ted Mascari - Percussion Caption Supervisor and Battery Arranger; Ryan Reed - Front Ensemble and Soundscape Arranger; and John Meehan, Brass Arranger. Thomas Sparling, Program Coordinator/Visual Designer, engaged and challenged the 2016 Skyliners with a drill package that elevated their skill palette while pushing them to march at 200 bpm in the drum solo. His vision, creativity and responsiveness to the corps’ needs kept the visual program growing and advancing throughout the season. He graduated from Miami University in 2009 with degrees in Music Education, Music Performance, Music Composition and a minor in Arts Management. Thomas marched bass drum with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2006), and Rhythm X (2006-2009). Since graduation he has served as a percussion instructor at William Mason HS, Centerville HS, Bellbrook HS, and Kettering Fairmont HS; and Percussion Director at Northmont HS, and La Salle HS, where he currently teaches. He has taught privately since 2005, and has instructed the Glassmen (2012), Matrix Indoor Percussion (2013-present), and The Madison Scouts (2015-present). In addition to teaching, Thomas spends much of his time as a visual designer for bands and percussion groups in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, Texas, and Italy. Percussion Caption Supervisor and Battery Arranger Ted Mascari brought a new level of confidence and expertise to the 2016 Skyliners’ battery book and percussion line. The Skyliners were honored to have Ted run full corps ensemble rehearsals at various times in the season as well. Ted has been involved in all aspects of percussion since 1980 as a performer, educator and arranger and is considered one of the top marching percussion minds in Upstate New York. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Music from Syracuse University. Over the past 25+ years, Ted has directed and arranged for several marching band and indoor percussion programs in New York. He served most recently as the Director and Music Designer for Victor High School Percussion, a NYSPC/WGI Scholastic A percussion ensemble finalist, from 2006-2014, winning 8 State Championships between indoor and marching band. Ted has been and still is involved with quality programs like ESM, Jordan Elbridge, Oswego, Webster, Mohonasen and Central Square. Proud of the many students from these high schools who have gone on to march in top Drum Corps (DCI/ DCA), WGI drum lines and gone on to teach, Ted is often sought out for private instruction and consultation. Ted's drum corps instructional career began in 1993 with the Syracuse Brigadiers, then the Rochester Crusaders from 1994-1996. Percussion Coordinator, Arranger and Consultant for the Empire Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps from Rochester, New York from 1997-2012, Ted has also worked as Percussion Advisor with the Kidsgrove Scouts since 2010; they are the 2012 Drum Corps United Kingdom and 2015 Drum Corps Europe Champions. Ted currently holds the title of Percussion Arranger for The Skyliners since 2016. He has been strongly influenced through past experiences with Chris Calhoun, Chris Thompson, Joseph Guadagnino, Thom Hannum, and Colin McNutt. Ted has a newly appointed position serving as the Judging Coordinator and Education Director for the New York State Percussion Circuit. In addition, he is an adjudicator for marching band, indoor percussion and color guard in circuits throughout Pennsylvania, Michigan, Utah, Ohio, Indiana, South Carolina and New York. He is also an endorser for and on the educational team of Innovative Percussion, Ludwig-Musser Percussion and SABIAN Cymbals. Ted lives in Webster, New York with his wife Sara and their twin boys Christian and Mason. Ryan Reed, 2017 Front Ensemble and Soundscape Arranger, brought a whole new sound and sophistication - including electronics, amplification, and the unique use of iPads - to add another element of excitement and entertainment to the Skyliners as the 2016 Front Ensemble Arranger. He is a percussion specialist from the Northeast Ohio area, and Director of Percussion at New Philadelphia High School (2015 WGI PSCO Silver Medalist) and Carrollton High School. For the fourth year Ryan is on the Matrix World staff; he is joining Matrix Open this year. Ryan was on the Front Ensemble Staff one year each at Empire Statesmen, Glassmen, and Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps; two years with Notre Dame Indoor Percussion Ensemble, and three years with Capital City Percussion. Ryan received a B.M. in Music Education from Kent State University where he studied percussion with Ted Rounds. He was a front ensemble member of Matrix Percussion from 2006-2008, Empire Statesmen in 2007 and 2009, and the Glassmen in 2008. In addition to teaching, Ryan is the front ensemble arranger for OCC Indoor Percussion and serves as a designer/arranger for Downbeat Percussion, a percussion entertainment and design company, both based out of Syracuse, New York. He is extremely excited to return to The Skyliners for the 2017 season. The Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps recently announced that John Meehan will be the corps’ Brass Arranger for the 2017 season. John Meehan works with The Blue Devils organization as Brass Caption Head and Arranger for the 17 time D.C.I. Champion ‘A’ Corps, as well as Music Director and Arranger for the ‘B’ and ‘C’ Corps. Since joining the staff in 1994, John has helped the ‘A’ Corps win 11 D.C.I. Championships and 12 Jim Ott High Brass Awards. John has been composing and arranging since 1992. Current and past groups include Eden Prairie High School (MN), James Taylor High School (TX), Ayala High School (2013 BOA Grand National Finalist), American Fork High School (2014 BOA Regional Champion), Clements, Amador Valley and Homestead High Schools, as well as the Yokohama Scouts Drum Corps from Japan. He is very much looking forward to his work with The Skyliners this coming season! Details about The Skyliners’ 2017 Open House will be announced shortly. Keep up-to-date with us via our website, http://www.marchsky.org and join The Skyliners 2017 Interest Page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/971700419546930. For more information, please contact Larry Carbonell at director@marchsky.org or go to or go to http://www.skylinersdbc.org/join.
  18. The Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps announces the return of the following Designers for 2017: Thomas Sparling - Program Coordinator/Visual Designer; Ted Mascari - Percussion Caption Supervisor and Battery Arranger; Ryan Reed - Front Ensemble and Soundscape Arranger; and John Meehan, Brass Arranger. Thomas Sparling, Program Coordinator/Visual Designer, engaged and challenged the 2016 Skyliners with a drill package that elevated their skill palette while pushing them to march at 200 bpm in the drum solo. His vision, creativity and responsiveness to the corps’ needs kept the visual program growing and advancing throughout the season. He graduated from Miami University in 2009 with degrees in Music Education, Music Performance, Music Composition and a minor in Arts Management. Thomas marched bass drum with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2006), and Rhythm X (2006-2009). Since graduation he has served as a percussion instructor at William Mason HS, Centerville HS, Bellbrook HS, and Kettering Fairmont HS; and Percussion Director at Northmont HS, and La Salle HS, where he currently teaches. He has taught privately since 2005, and has instructed the Glassmen (2012), Matrix Indoor Percussion (2013-present), and The Madison Scouts (2015-present). In addition to teaching, Thomas spends much of his time as a visual designer for bands and percussion groups in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, Texas, and Italy. Percussion Caption Supervisor and Battery Arranger Ted Mascari brought a new level of confidence and expertise to the 2016 Skyliners’ battery book and percussion line. The Skyliners were honored to have Ted run full corps ensemble rehearsals at various times in the season as well. Ted has been involved in all aspects of percussion since 1980 as a performer, educator and arranger and is considered one of the top marching percussion minds in Upstate New York. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Music from Syracuse University. Over the past 25+ years, Ted has directed and arranged for several marching band and indoor percussion programs in New York. He served most recently as the Director and Music Designer for Victor High School Percussion, a NYSPC/WGI Scholastic A percussion ensemble finalist, from 2006-2014, winning 8 State Championships between indoor and marching band. Ted has been and still is involved with quality programs like ESM, Jordan Elbridge, Oswego, Webster, Mohonasen and Central Square. Proud of the many students from these high schools who have gone on to march in top Drum Corps (DCI/ DCA), WGI drum lines and gone on to teach, Ted is often sought out for private instruction and consultation. Ted's drum corps instructional career began in 1993 with the Syracuse Brigadiers, then the Rochester Crusaders from 1994-1996. Percussion Coordinator, Arranger and Consultant for the Empire Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps from Rochester, New York from 1997-2012, Ted has also worked as Percussion Advisor with the Kidsgrove Scouts since 2010; they are the 2012 Drum Corps United Kingdom and 2015 Drum Corps Europe Champions. Ted currently holds the title of Percussion Arranger for The Skyliners since 2016. He has been strongly influenced through past experiences with Chris Calhoun, Chris Thompson, Joseph Guadagnino, Thom Hannum, and Colin McNutt. Ted has a newly appointed position serving as the Judging Coordinator and Education Director for the New York State Percussion Circuit. In addition, he is an adjudicator for marching band, indoor percussion and color guard in circuits throughout Pennsylvania, Michigan, Utah, Ohio, Indiana, South Carolina and New York. He is also an endorser for and on the educational team of Innovative Percussion, Ludwig-Musser Percussion and SABIAN Cymbals. Ted lives in Webster, New York with his wife Sara and their twin boys Christian and Mason. Ryan Reed, 2017 Front Ensemble and Soundscape Arranger, brought a whole new sound and sophistication - including electronics, amplification, and the unique use of iPads - to add another element of excitement and entertainment to the Skyliners as the 2016 Front Ensemble Arranger. He is a percussion specialist from the Northeast Ohio area, and Director of Percussion at New Philadelphia High School (2015 WGI PSCO Silver Medalist) and Carrollton High School. For the fourth year Ryan is on the Matrix World staff; he is joining Matrix Open this year. Ryan was on the Front Ensemble Staff one year each at Empire Statesmen, Glassmen, and Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps; two years with Notre Dame Indoor Percussion Ensemble, and three years with Capital City Percussion. Ryan received a B.M. in Music Education from Kent State University where he studied percussion with Ted Rounds. He was a front ensemble member of Matrix Percussion from 2006-2008, Empire Statesmen in 2007 and 2009, and the Glassmen in 2008. In addition to teaching, Ryan is the front ensemble arranger for OCC Indoor Percussion and serves as a designer/arranger for Downbeat Percussion, a percussion entertainment and design company, both based out of Syracuse, New York. He is extremely excited to return to The Skyliners for the 2017 season. The Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps recently announced that John Meehan will be the corps’ Brass Arranger for the 2017 season. John Meehan works with The Blue Devils organization as Brass Caption Head and Arranger for the 17 time D.C.I. Champion ‘A’ Corps, as well as Music Director and Arranger for the ‘B’ and ‘C’ Corps. Since joining the staff in 1994, John has helped the ‘A’ Corps win 11 D.C.I. Championships and 12 Jim Ott High Brass Awards. John has been composing and arranging since 1992. Current and past groups include Eden Prairie High School (MN), James Taylor High School (TX), Ayala High School (2013 BOA Grand National Finalist), American Fork High School (2014 BOA Regional Champion), Clements, Amador Valley and Homestead High Schools, as well as the Yokohama Scouts Drum Corps from Japan. He is very much looking forward to his work with The Skyliners this coming season! Details about The Skyliners’ 2017 Open House will be announced shortly. Keep up-to-date with us via our website, http://www.marchsky.org and join The Skyliners 2017 Interest Page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/971700419546930. For more information, please contact Larry Carbonell at director@marchsky.org or go to or go to http://www.skylinersdbc.org/join.
  19. The Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps announces the return of the following Designers for 2017: Thomas Sparling - Program Coordinator/Visual Designer; Ted Mascari - Percussion Caption Supervisor and Battery Arranger; Ryan Reed - Front Ensemble and Soundscape Arranger; and John Meehan, Brass Arranger. Thomas Sparling, Program Coordinator/Visual Designer, engaged and challenged the 2016 Skyliners with a drill package that elevated their skill palette while pushing them to march at 200 bpm in the drum solo. His vision, creativity and responsiveness to the corps’ needs kept the visual program growing and advancing throughout the season. He graduated from Miami University in 2009 with degrees in Music Education, Music Performance, Music Composition and a minor in Arts Management. Thomas marched bass drum with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2006), and Rhythm X (2006-2009). Since graduation he has served as a percussion instructor at William Mason HS, Centerville HS, Bellbrook HS, and Kettering Fairmont HS; and Percussion Director at Northmont HS, and La Salle HS, where he currently teaches. He has taught privately since 2005, and has instructed the Glassmen (2012), Matrix Indoor Percussion (2013-present), and The Madison Scouts (2015-present). In addition to teaching, Thomas spends much of his time as a visual designer for bands and percussion groups in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, Texas, and Italy. Percussion Caption Supervisor and Battery Arranger Ted Mascari brought a new level of confidence and expertise to the 2016 Skyliners’ battery book and percussion line. The Skyliners were honored to have Ted run full corps ensemble rehearsals at various times in the season as well. Ted has been involved in all aspects of percussion since 1980 as a performer, educator and arranger and is considered one of the top marching percussion minds in Upstate New York. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Music from Syracuse University. Over the past 25+ years, Ted has directed and arranged for several marching band and indoor percussion programs in New York. He served most recently as the Director and Music Designer for Victor High School Percussion, a NYSPC/WGI Scholastic A percussion ensemble finalist, from 2006-2014, winning 8 State Championships between indoor and marching band. Ted has been and still is involved with quality programs like ESM, Jordan Elbridge, Oswego, Webster, Mohonasen and Central Square. Proud of the many students from these high schools who have gone on to march in top Drum Corps (DCI/ DCA), WGI drum lines and gone on to teach, Ted is often sought out for private instruction and consultation. Ted's drum corps instructional career began in 1993 with the Syracuse Brigadiers, then the Rochester Crusaders from 1994-1996. Percussion Coordinator, Arranger and Consultant for the Empire Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps from Rochester, New York from 1997-2012, Ted has also worked as Percussion Advisor with the Kidsgrove Scouts since 2010; they are the 2012 Drum Corps United Kingdom and 2015 Drum Corps Europe Champions. Ted currently holds the title of Percussion Arranger for The Skyliners since 2016. He has been strongly influenced through past experiences with Chris Calhoun, Chris Thompson, Joseph Guadagnino, Thom Hannum, and Colin McNutt. Ted has a newly appointed position serving as the Judging Coordinator and Education Director for the New York State Percussion Circuit. In addition, he is an adjudicator for marching band, indoor percussion and color guard in circuits throughout Pennsylvania, Michigan, Utah, Ohio, Indiana, South Carolina and New York. He is also an endorser for and on the educational team of Innovative Percussion, Ludwig-Musser Percussion and SABIAN Cymbals. Ted lives in Webster, New York with his wife Sara and their twin boys Christian and Mason. Ryan Reed, 2017 Front Ensemble and Soundscape Arranger, brought a whole new sound and sophistication - including electronics, amplification, and the unique use of iPads - to add another element of excitement and entertainment to the Skyliners as the 2016 Front Ensemble Arranger. He is a percussion specialist from the Northeast Ohio area, and Director of Percussion at New Philadelphia High School (2015 WGI PSCO Silver Medalist) and Carrollton High School. For the fourth year Ryan is on the Matrix World staff; he is joining Matrix Open this year. Ryan was on the Front Ensemble Staff one year each at Empire Statesmen, Glassmen, and Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps; two years with Notre Dame Indoor Percussion Ensemble, and three years with Capital City Percussion. Ryan received a B.M. in Music Education from Kent State University where he studied percussion with Ted Rounds. He was a front ensemble member of Matrix Percussion from 2006-2008, Empire Statesmen in 2007 and 2009, and the Glassmen in 2008. In addition to teaching, Ryan is the front ensemble arranger for OCC Indoor Percussion and serves as a designer/arranger for Downbeat Percussion, a percussion entertainment and design company, both based out of Syracuse, New York. He is extremely excited to return to The Skyliners for the 2017 season. The Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps recently announced that John Meehan will be the corps’ Brass Arranger for the 2017 season. John Meehan works with The Blue Devils organization as Brass Caption Head and Arranger for the 17 time D.C.I. Champion ‘A’ Corps, as well as Music Director and Arranger for the ‘B’ and ‘C’ Corps. Since joining the staff in 1994, John has helped the ‘A’ Corps win 11 D.C.I. Championships and 12 Jim Ott High Brass Awards. John has been composing and arranging since 1992. Current and past groups include Eden Prairie High School (MN), James Taylor High School (TX), Ayala High School (2013 BOA Grand National Finalist), American Fork High School (2014 BOA Regional Champion), Clements, Amador Valley and Homestead High Schools, as well as the Yokohama Scouts Drum Corps from Japan. He is very much looking forward to his work with The Skyliners this coming season! Details about The Skyliners’ 2017 Open House will be announced shortly. Keep up-to-date with us via our website, http://www.marchsky.org and join The Skyliners 2017 Interest Page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/971700419546930. For more information, please contact Larry Carbonell at director@marchsky.org or go to or go to http://www.skylinersdbc.org/join.
  20. Hello all from across the pond, We have completed our 2016 season and we are all safely home from the DCE European Championships where the corps placed in 3rd and took High Brass. (Field Music) The preparations for the 2017 season are well underway, the show has been chosen and is promised to be another great crowd pleaser. I am personally very excited to see the corps perform this show! Very soon the details for this will be announced, keep your eyes peeled. Also the arrangements for the DCA Tour are pretty much done, a lot of the tour will consist on re-visited places we have been before so its been a lot easier to make sure things get organised. However this is promised to be our biggest and best tour to date, we're looking at a pretty big touring party with more families joining us and the corps potential numbers are looking very healthy. We're very excited for 2017 and can't wait to perform for you all once again! bit.ly/JoinKS17 - I'll be updating this page with all the details about the tour and where you will be able to come and see us etc. Cheers, Sam
  21. September 18, 2016. The Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps is pleased to announce that John Meehan will be the corps’ Brass Arranger for the 2017 season. John Meehan works with The Blue Devils organization as Brass Caption Head and Arranger for the 17 time D.C.I. Champion ‘A’ Corps, as well as Music Director and Arranger for the ‘B’ and ‘C’ Corps. Since joining the staff in 1994, John has helped the ‘A’ Corps win 11 D.C.I. Championships and 12 Jim Ott High Brass Awards. John has been composing and arranging since 1992. Current and past groups include Eden Prairie High School (MN), James Taylor High School (TX), Ayala High School (2013 BOA Grand National Finalist), American Fork High School (2014 BOA Regional Champion), Clements, Amador Valley and Homestead High Schools, as well as the Yokohama Scouts Drum Corps from Japan. Other non-pageantry writing includes composing for the album “The Music of WYLAND”, scoring the film “Mind Games”, writing two spots for Kaiser Permanente, and being commissioned to compose several wind ensemble pieces. Notable career achievements include lead designer for the System Blue and King marching brass instruments, development and production for Sample Logic/System Blue sound libraries, and performing (as a percussionist) on the movie soundtrack “Monsters University”. John is a Conn-Selmer artist, exclusively uses Sibelius, and lives in California with his wife Jackie, their 3 daughters, and two rescue dogs. He is very much looking forward to his work with The Skyliners this coming season! The Skyliners’ Open House date and place to be announced as soon as possible. Keep up-to-date with us via our website, http://www.marchsky.org and join The Skyliners 2017 Interest Page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/971700419546930. For more information, please contact Larry Carbonell at director@marchsky.org or go to http://www.skylinersdbc.org/join.
  22. September 18, 2016. The Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps is pleased to announce that John Meehan will be the corps’ Brass Arranger for the 2017 season. John Meehan works with The Blue Devils organization as Brass Caption Head and Arranger for the 17 time D.C.I. Champion ‘A’ Corps, as well as Music Director and Arranger for the ‘B’ and ‘C’ Corps. Since joining the staff in 1994, John has helped the ‘A’ Corps win 11 D.C.I. Championships and 12 Jim Ott High Brass Awards. John has been composing and arranging since 1992. Current and past groups include Eden Prairie High School (MN), James Taylor High School (TX), Ayala High School (2013 BOA Grand National Finalist), American Fork High School (2014 BOA Regional Champion), Clements, Amador Valley and Homestead High Schools, as well as the Yokohama Scouts Drum Corps from Japan. Other non-pageantry writing includes composing for the album “The Music of WYLAND”, scoring the film “Mind Games”, writing two spots for Kaiser Permanente, and being commissioned to compose several wind ensemble pieces. Notable career achievements include lead designer for the System Blue and King marching brass instruments, development and production for Sample Logic/System Blue sound libraries, and performing (as a percussionist) on the movie soundtrack “Monsters University”. John is a Conn-Selmer artist, exclusively uses Sibelius, and lives in California with his wife Jackie, their 3 daughters, and two rescue dogs. He is very much looking forward to his work with The Skyliners this coming season! The Skyliners’ Open House date and place to be announced as soon as possible. Keep up-to-date with us via our website, http://www.marchsky.org and join The Skyliners 2017 Interest Page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/971700419546930. For more information, please contact Larry Carbonell at director@marchsky.org or go to http://www.skylinersdbc.org/join.
  23. September 18, 2016. The Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps is pleased to announce that John Meehan will be the corps’ Brass Arranger for the 2017 season. John Meehan works with The Blue Devils organization as Brass Caption Head and Arranger for the 17 time D.C.I. Champion ‘A’ Corps, as well as Music Director and Arranger for the ‘B’ and ‘C’ Corps. Since joining the staff in 1994, John has helped the ‘A’ Corps win 11 D.C.I. Championships and 12 Jim Ott High Brass Awards. John has been composing and arranging since 1992. Current and past groups include Eden Prairie High School (MN), James Taylor High School (TX), Ayala High School (2013 BOA Grand National Finalist), American Fork High School (2014 BOA Regional Champion), Clements, Amador Valley and Homestead High Schools, as well as the Yokohama Scouts Drum Corps from Japan. Other non-pageantry writing includes composing for the album “The Music of WYLAND”, scoring the film “Mind Games”, writing two spots for Kaiser Permanente, and being commissioned to compose several wind ensemble pieces. Notable career achievements include lead designer for the System Blue and King marching brass instruments, development and production for Sample Logic/System Blue sound libraries, and performing (as a percussionist) on the movie soundtrack “Monsters University”. John is a Conn-Selmer artist, exclusively uses Sibelius, and lives in California with his wife Jackie, their 3 daughters, and two rescue dogs. He is very much looking forward to his work with The Skyliners this coming season! The Skyliners’ Open House date and place to be announced as soon as possible. Keep up-to-date with us via our website, http://www.marchsky.org and join The Skyliners 2017 Interest Page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/971700419546930. For more information, please contact Larry Carbonell at director@marchsky.org or go to http://www.skylinersdbc.org/join.
  24. September 15, 2016. The Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps announce that all Caption Heads will be returning for the 2017 season. These include Jeff Crawford, Visual Caption Head who is returning for his fourth season with the Skyliners; Patsy Vankirk, Percussion Caption Head for whom this will be her third season; Shane Startzel who is returning for his second season as Brass Caption Head, and Brenda Perigrim, Color Guard Caption Head, who is in her third season since Skyliners’ return to the competition field in 2014. Jeff Crawford, Skyliners Visual Caption Head, is the third of four generations of his family involved in drum corps. His marching experience includes: the Southern Tier Grenadiers Jr. Drum & Bugle Corps from Tioga county New York; Empire State Express from Elmira Height, New York; the Watkins Glen Squires, and 27th Lancers from Revere, Massachusetts. Jeff’s teaching experience includes being on the Visual Staff of the Johnson City Wildcat Marching Band, and working with the Wyoming Valley West Marching Band as Assistant Band Director, Visual Designer, and Coordinator. He was on the Skyliners’ Visual staff for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, and was named Caption Head for 2016. Patsy Vankirk, Skyliners Percussion Caption Head, has been teaching percussion for over 30 years. She began teaching at Shikellamy High School upon graduation from there. Other high schools she has worked with while living in Pennsylvania were Southwestern and Bloomsburg high schools. She also marched with the Reading Buccaneers from 1998 thru 2000. She then moved to Rochester, NY and began performing and instructing with Empire Statesmen from 2002-2010. She is currently in charge of the battery at Victor High School, Victor, NY. During her time there, the marching band has won 6 New York championships. She is also involved in the Victor Indoor Percussion Ensemble (VIPE), who are a 5-time state champion, including the 2016 New York State Percussion Circuit Champion. In 2010, "VIPE" were a Scholastic A finalist at WGI championships in Dayton, Ohio. In the last 12 months, Victor Percussion has been undefeated, both in indoor competition, and as part of the Victor Marching Blue Devils. Shane Startzel, Brass Caption Head, also started teaching at Shikellamy High School. He was 2001 Brass and Visual Tech, and Brass and Visual Caption Head from 2002-2003. Shane has worked with the Victor High School Indoor Percussion Program (VIPE) from 2007 to 2011, was Visual Teach in 2007, and has been The Victor Marching Blue Devils’ Brass Music Instructor from 2008 to present. Starting as Contra Tech with the Skyliners for the 2006 season, Shane became Brass Caption Head mid-winter. Shane’s marching experience includes being a member of the Shikellamy High School Marching band from 1988 – 1992; The Blue Coats (DCI) from 1991 – 1992, and the Empire Statesman (DCA) from 2003 – 2007. Brenda Perigrim, Color Guard Caption Head, returned to the Skyliners’ Color Guard Staff in 2015 as Designer for Flag and Rifle work, and Instructor. She became Caption Head for the 2016 season. Brenda also has worked with the New York Skyliners Alumni Corps Color Guard over the last few years. She marched guard in the Speigleaires from Troy, New York from 1971 to 1975, and Avant Garde from Saratoga Springs, New York from 1975 to 1981. After aging out, Brenda taught Avant Garde from 1982 to 1983. Brenda is a Skyliner alumna who marched with the Skyliners from 1985 through 1996, and Winter Sky from 1992 to 1996. In addition to teaching Avant Garde, some of the groups that Brenda taught include the Mohonasen Field Band (1997 to 2007), Mohonasen Winter Guard (1997 to 2007), the 1996 Duanesburg Winter Guard, the 1995 Cherry Valley High School Winter Guard and Band, and the Volunteers Drum & Bugle Corps of Troy, New York. Under the guidance of these Caption Heads, The Skyliners established protocols and a competitive rehearsal program that fostered their growth to an 11th place finish at Drum Corps Associates in 2016. With further vital consistency in instructional direction and focus, the Skyliners expect to continue their re-establishment in the DCA community and achieve their long term goals of becoming a Finalist corps once again. The Skyliners’ Open House will take place in November 2016. Details to be announced as soon as possible. Keep up-to-date with us via our website, http://www.marchsky.org and join the Skyliners 2017 Interest Page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/971700419546930. For more information, please contact Larry Carbonell at director@marchsky.org.