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    2005 Reading Buccaneers (trumpet)
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    Reading Buccaneers, Phantom Regiment, Santa Clara Vanguard
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    2005 & 2009 Buccaneers, and WAY too many others to name
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    Too many to name. 2005 for obvious reasons.
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    Holland, Pennsylvania
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    Drum corps, English Bulldogs, Music, Sports of all kinds, A really good book, especially biography and historical fiction, Beer tasting, Scotch tasting

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  1. Both corps will be performing. The concert starts at 7 pm, at Bethany Children’s Home, in Womelsdorf, PA (Route 422, western edge of Berks County).
  2. The Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps is thrilled to announce the 60th anniversary inductee class to the Reading Buccaneers Hall of Fame. Each of these individuals has made an indelible impact on the Buccaneers, and they will be honored for their contributions at the corps' annual banquet on November 25th. Please join us in congratulating these exemplary Buccaneers on their well-deserved recognition: Wally Cherasaro Deanna Garber Matt Heckman Johnny Trujillo We're all good men...
  3. Thanks for the kind words, Fran. And thank you for adding your usual flair to the evening's festivities. A HUGE thank you from the Buccaneers to Bill Powers and his entire team of dedicated volunteers for all their efforts to ensure a smooth event. Lots of moving parts to an event like this, especially with the weather we had. Thanks to all the units who shared their talents with our guests. And a huge WOW to the 2017 Reading Buccaneers! We can't wait to see where you will take this show this year!
  4. The Reading Buccaneers family is thrilled to share the announcement below about the 2017 Pagoda Award honoring the corps for 60 years of Excellence in the Arts! Please join us on April 3 for the award ceremony and a special performance by the great Al Chez and The Brothers of Funk Big Band! Details in the announcement. BERKS ARTS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES THE READING BUCCANEERS AS RECIPIENT OF THE 2017 PAGODA AWARD Pagoda Award and special concert by Al Chez and the Brothers of Funk Big Band to be held Monday, April 3, 2017, at DoubleTree by Hilton Reading as part of the 27th annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest. Reading - Berks Arts Council will honor Berks County’s championship drum and bugle corps, the Reading Buccaneers, with the 2017 Pagoda Award for Excellence in the Arts for 60 years of unparalleled performance excellence at 7:00 p.m., Monday, April 3, at DoubleTree by Hilton Reading. The Pagoda Award coincides with the 60th anniversary of the Reading Buccaneers and the 30th anniversary of the Buccaneer Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps. Berks Arts Council Board President Lee Olsen stated: “I am proud to announce that Berks Arts Council chose to commemorate the Reading Buccaneers. We are thrilled to recognize the Bucs 60 years of exceptional work.” Reading Buccaneers director Lou Tierno said: "On behalf of six decades of Buccaneers, I thank the Berks Arts Council for this incredible honor. We are proud to have represented the Greater Reading area for the past 60 years, and we have valued our long association with the Berks Arts Council. To receive this recognition from the local arts community is particularly gratifying.” Pagoda Award Chairperson Kevin Barnhardt added: “I have spent a lot of time with the Buccaneers over the past year, and I am inspired by the energy and commitment to Artistic Excellence that this corps has shown.” The Awards Ceremony will include a special Berks Jazz Fest performance to honor the “Bucs” with Buccaneers alumnus Al Chez performing with his band -- The Brothers of Funk Big Band. Karen Haver, Berks Arts Council Executive Director, shared: “With the long history of production support from the Reading Buccaneers for the Berks Jazz Fest, we felt that the fest was the ideal time to honor the Bucs. Including the concert and awards in the fest allows us to really create a special celebration.” Chez has a long and storied career with multiple ensembles in Drum Corps Associates and Drum Corps International, including the Buccaneers. He is best known for his 25-year stint on trumpet and flugelhorn playing on Late Night with David Letterman and the Late Show with David Lettermen. In 1979, Chez joined forces with Jon Bon Jovi to create the band the Atlantic City Expressway, playing in clubs on the Jersey Shore. Chez went on to play with Tower of Power, Robert Cray Band, Spyro Gyra, Sting, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Bon Jovi, Cee-Lo Greene, Snoop Dog, James Brown and many others before joining Paul Shaffer and the Late Night Orchestra. Al Chez and The Brothers of Funk Big Band are not your typical big band. In 2008 Chez met up with musicians Jimmy Steele and Jarred Streiff and the result was Al Chez and The Brothers of Funk Big Band, which has reinvented the big band sound by changing up classic rock, soul, jazz and standard music to a unique and powerful sound. Along with its unique musical arrangements of rock-soul -- jazz-blues standards and original tunes, Chez's stratospheric trumpet playing and soulful vocals make for a magical and memorable show. Chez started his musical career at the age of 9 when he joined his local drum corps. Chez still donates his time to drum corps activity, working with many corps and bands. The Pagoda Awards and special concert will be presented on Monday, April 3 at DoubleTree by Hilton Reading. For more information visit Tickets for the Award Ceremony and concert are $25 and are available through,, Santander Arena Box Office, or by calling ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, or Ticketmaster outlets. For more information, please contact the Berks Arts Council at 610-898-1930. The first Pagoda Award was presented to the late Gertrude Sternbergh in 1993 in recognition of her valuable contribution to the arts in Berks County. Over the past 20 years, the awards were expanded to include multiple recipients celebrating contributions to the arts through excellence, patronage, and leadership. Over 30 individuals have been presented since the award’s inception
  5. The Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps Announces its 60 for 60 CAMPAIGN 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps, and to commemorate the milestone, the corps is launching its most ambitious fundraising effort yet: 60 for 60, a capital campaign to raise $60,000 between now and June 15, 2017 to help meet critical current needs and lay the groundwork for important new investments in the corps future. For the past 60 years, the Buccaneers have been at the forefront of providing men and women of all ages with a life-altering experience in the marching arts in which they grow as people and as performers. The Buccaneers have set standards for excellence in education and performance for multiple generations and are continuously at the forefront of innovation in the all-age drum corps activity. Delivering a world-class experience for our precious membership is an expensive undertaking, and the cost of operating a drum and bugle corps like the Buccaneers continues to escalate year over year. The funds raised from the campaign will be used to address the following critical needs: * Replace all aged front ensemble instruments with state-of-the-art equipment; * Begin rotation of replacing brass instruments with new horns; * Invest in the corps fleet of trucks to help ensure their continued viability; and * Fund the corps relocation expenses associated with the eventual transition from Buc Field to a new practice facility Heres how you can make your gift to invest in the future of the Buccaneers: * Visit our web site at and make an online gift using PayPal; * Send a check payable to Reading Buccaneers, Inc. with 60 for 60 noted in the memo line to Reading Buccaneeers, Inc., P.O. Box 13032, Reading, PA 19612-3032 * If your employer matches charitable contributions, be sure to submit for gift matching. Contact your human resources representative to inquire about gift matching. All gifts in any amount are necessary and appreciated, are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. As our thank-you, all donors who make gifts in excess of $500 will receive a voucher for 50% off your entire souvenir purchase at a show this summer. All donors who make gifts in excess of $1,000 will receive the souvenir voucher and two complimentary reserved tickets to The Buccaneer Classic, to be held on July 22, 2017. If you have any questions or would like to discuss opportunities for gifts of unique assets, please contact Corps Director Lou Tierno (, Business Manager Carl Ruocco ( or Public Relations Manager Tom Moore ( The first 60 years have been magical. We need your help to make even more magic for the next 60. Thank you for your support!
  6. THE 2017 READING BUCCANEERS PRESENT BEHIND THE SUIT Celebrating our 60th anniversary, the 2017 Reading Buccaneers proudly present Behind the Suit. With this years production, the Buccaneers will explore and pay homage to the drum corps journey, as seen through the eyes of the performer. By the end of the season, drum corps fans get to experience the performance of a corps at its most powerful, most precise and most confident, the performer almost a superhero in his or her suit of armor the uniform. And as a corps, the uniform masks the individuality of each performer. Yet behind that magical performance is a long, arduous journey, which is different for each member. And its the journey itself that reveals the true magic of drum corps. We will follow our hero throughout the journey and all its ups and downs. We will share in the members determination to achieve the ultimate drum corps experience, despite whatever obstacles present themselves. We will share in the members struggle, recognizing that drum corps is great because it is difficult, not in spite of it. We will experience the members failures and the power derived from not allowing failure to defeat us, but to motivate us. We will witness the member climbing and achieving and learning from difficulty and failure. And finally, we will share in the members triumph as the corps soars to new heights of excellence and entertainment, as a family, and the feeling of pride and invincibility that comes from wearing the suit. The production will feature the music of Hans Zimmer, Michael Daugherty, Samuel Barber and Richard Strauss, as well as original music by Buccaneers designers Mark Lortz, Johnny Trujillo and Mike Lalli.
  7. We are fortunate to have tremendous support in the community, which includes the generous use of that space for as long as we have. We will be fine.
  8. BUCCANEERS ANNOUNCE 2016 PROGRAM - ConZENtric - Mind, Body, Soul The 2016 Reading Buccaneers proudly present ConZENtric Mind, Body, Soul. With this years program, the Buccaneers will explore the journey each of us takes to becoming truly centered. Through consciousness and meditation, we find true inner peace and happiness that occurs when our mind, body and soul align. We will explore each of the three components: MIND each of us lives in both the left and right side of our brains. When we are centered the sides are not in conflict with one another but exist side-by-side in harmony to represent one whole. Our left side is mathematical, analytical, black-and-white, almost rhythmic, while our right side is colorful, creative, emotional, and melodic. BODY human movement is a miraculous combination of many independent parts and actions that work harmoniously together. We will explore the freedom and pureness of movement. SOUL the soul is the immortal essence of a human being, and a centered soul is spiritual and at peace. We will celebrate the centered soul with exuberance and triumph. As mind, body and soul align to form a centered being, we will draw musical inspiration from several works, not as separate musical statements but woven together throughout the program to present a unified idea. Inspiration will be drawn from the works of Ennio Morricone, Eric Whitacre, Imogene Heap and James Barnes, as well as the vast talent of Buccaneers arrangers Mark Lortz, Johnny Trujillo and Mike Lalli. And as always, our talented visual team will seamlessly marry the visual elements of the program to the musical offering in exciting and unexpected ways. Just as people are centered, so too are organizations. The Reading Buccaneers continually strive to focus on the center of our being and the reason we exist our incredible members. Our mission is to provide them with a life-altering experience in which they grow as performers and as people. This years program is a reaffirmation of that mission and a celebration of their journey.
  9. Larry: It was our pleasure to have you and the Skyliners join us for the Spring Preview! Congratulations on an excellent performance! The new uniforms are fantastic!
  10. TWIST-IT in the new year with the Reading Buccaneers! We will be hosting Winter Camp #2 this weekend, January 3 and 4 for brass and percussion at Twin Valley High School, Elverson, PA. Saturday's rehearsal runs from 9 to 6 and Sunday's from 9 to 4:15. We're excited about the direction the show is taking and the members are having a blast with diving into the music and the tecnhique program. We are still recruiting for all sections of the corps, so if you're thinking about taking the plunge for 2015, make plans to join us! Visit for more information. On behalf of all of us in the Buccaneers family, I extend best wishes for a happy new year! May 2015 be filled with love, laughter, good health, prosperity and awesome drum corps!
  11. Friends: I am happy to share the Buccaneers' 2015 program announcement below. The corps had an incredible weekend. We bade an official 'goodbye' to the remarkable 2014 season with our annual year-end banquet Saturday night. At that event we inducted 5 outstanding Buccaneers into the Buccaneers Hall of Fame and also honored our Commodore, James C. Gruber, for his many years of selfless dedication to the corps. We kicked off the 2015 season yesterday with a very successful Membership Day. Lots of smiles at Twin Valley High School yesterday, as we got right to work on the 2015 show. The journey continues for brass and percussion this weekend with WINTER CAMP #1: - Saturday, December 6 - 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Sunday, December 7 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Twin Valley HS, Elverson, PA. Registration begins both days at 8:15 a.m. JOIN US! #blueismycolor READING BUCCANEERS ANNOUNCE 2015 PRODUCTION: “TWIST-IT” The Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps is proud to announce its 2015 production, “Twist-It.” With this year’s production, the Buccaneers will take you on a unique and unforgettable musical and visual journey full of unexpected and entertaining twists and turns. The Buccaneers will build upon the success of recent productions with a very ambitious program, highlighted by a spirited return to the corps’ classical music identity, but with a creative and modern twist added to each piece of music. Fans will recognize all of the music, but each chart will be infused with something unique and unexpected twists that will make the program engaging and entertaining, yet also forward-thinking and cutting-edge in the all-age drum corps activity. The twists and turns of the musical book will also be reflected in an ambitious visual program, which has become a Buccaneers hallmark. Look for lots of twisting, bending, shaping and re-shaping – not only in form but equipment as well – and other unexpected visual motifs to tie the program together. One of the enduring and compelling qualities of the drum corps activity is its ability to bring out the best in performers by giving them plenty of opportunities for growth that come from the unexpected twists and turns of the drum corps season. Above all else, the Buccaneers strive to provide our incredible members with an unforgettable experience in which they grow as people and as performers. This year’s program is a celebration of their journey. Musical selections include: Pagliacci, by Ruggero Leoncavallo Palladio, by Karl Jenkins Moonlight Sonata, by Ludwig von Beethoven "Going the Distance,” from Rocky, by Bill Conti William Tell Overture, by Gioachino Rossini Original music by Buccaneers designers Mark Lortz, Johnny Trujillo and Mike Lalli, along with other surprises you will know. The Buccaneers will rehearse next on Saturday, December 6 (9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) and Sunday, December 7 (9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.) at Twin Valley High School, Elverson, PA. Both sessions are for brass and percussion only. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. both days. This is going to be an incredible journey. Join us for all the twists and turns!
  12. Less than a week to go before we kick off an unforgettable journey! We've had a series of announcements introducing you to the members of a world-class team of designers and instructors who are putting together another ambitious and exciting program for the Balance in Blue. We can't wait to get the season started and hope you'll make plans to join us for Membership Day THIS SUNDAY! While you're at it, make plans to join us for the first Winter Camp, December 6 and 7 - Saturday 12/6 from 9 to 6, Sunday 12/7 from 9 to 4:15. Both days for brass/percussion only. #blueismycolor
  13. Friends: I am pleased to share the final 2015 staff announcement for the Reading Buccaneers. We've assembled a world-class team to design and teach a great program for the season. It's going to be an exciting and enriching year - make plans to be part of it and join us for Membership Day THIS SUNDAY, November 30, at Twin Valley HS! #blueismycolor MEET THE 2015 BUCCANEERS COORDINATORS AND PROGRAM CONSULTANT! We are pleased to introduce you to the two coordinators and the program consultant who will help lead the design and instructional program for the 2015 Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps. CHRISTOPHER FEIST (Staff Coordinator). Christopher is entering his fifteenth consecutive year with the Buccaneers and second full year as staff coordinator. He has been involved in the drum corps activity for more than thirty years as a performer, arranger, teacher, coordinator, consultant, and well-respected judge in the tri-state area. “I believe the strength of our organization is the ability to adapt to change, whether it be administrative, design, or instructional. We strive to maintain the Buccaneer brand and provide our members with a quality drum corps education and a level of achievement that gives fans their money’s worth. I eagerly accept the challenge to be a positive liaison between our staff and administration in order to ensure the best possible experience for our membership.” Christopher was inducted into the Buccaneers Hall of Fame in 2009. He has been gainfully employed by the USPS for over twenty years and happily lives in the Reading area with girlfriend Julia and faithful labrador, Newman. BOBBY JONES (Program Coordinator, Visual Designer). Bobby returns to the Balance in Blue for his tenth year, having produced award-winning visual programs for the Buccaneers in 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, as well as a year on the corps’ color guard staff (2002). Bobby is a much sought-after visual designer and program consultant for many high school marching bands, winter guards, indoor percussion ensembles and drum and bugle corps throughout the country. In the past, Bobby has been the Visual Designer and Caption Head for the Crossmen, the Hawthorne Caballeros and the Jersey Surf. He is also the Visual Designer for the Long Island Sunrisers Drum & Bugle Corps. When Bobby is not designing or teaching he is a freelance adjudicator and judges several indoor and outdoor circuits across the country throughout the year. He lives in New York with his wife Amy and puppy Myron. MARK THURSTON (Program Consultant and Music Ensemble Supervisor). We are pleased to welcome marching percussion legend Mark Thurston back to the Buccaneers as a program consultant and music ensemble supervisor. This will be Mark’s fourth year working full-time with the Buccaneers production team, and he is looking forward to the next chapter. “The past three seasons have been very rewarding for me. Working with Chris and Bobby along with this talented design and teaching team is very inspiring.” Mark was inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame in 2014. He is the Director of Percussion for WGI Sport of the Arts and is a member of the WGI Hall of Fame. In 2003, Mark was inducted into the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps Hall of Fame after 18 years with the corps including four years in the snare line and 14 years as the percussion arranger. In addition to his work with the Crossmen, Thurston’s drum corps instruction and arranging resume includes stints with Spirit of Atlanta, the Westshoremen and the Reading Buccaneers. Currently, Mark is the Percussion Director at Spring-Ford High School in Royersford, PA. He lives in Limerick, PA with his wife Marci and their two children, Emmi and Luke. The Buccaneers are seeking members in all sections for the 2015 edition of the Balance in Blue. On Sunday, November 30, 2014, the Buccaneers will host Membership Day 2015, at Twin Valley High School, Elverson, PA. Registration begins at 11:00. All persons interested in learning more about membership in the Reading Buccaneers and being part of the 2015 corps are invited to contact Business Manager Angelo Bufalino to indicate their interest. Visit us on Facebook or on for more information or email
  14. Friends: Please join me and the entire Reading Buccaneers family in congratulating Bobby Jones, Laura Kauffman, Heidi Sarver, Wayne VanOstenbridge, Karen Wildonger and the family of the late Randy Roy, for their 2014 induction into the Buccaneers Hall of Fame! This is an outsanding class of exceptional Buccaneers, and we are happy for each of them for their well-deserved accolades. Our release is below. Enjoy! READING BUCCANEERS ANNOUNCE 2014 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES Reading, PA (November 10, 2014) – The Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps and the Buccaneer Alumni Association announced today that Bobby Jones, Laura Kauffman, Heidi Sarver, Wayne VanOstenbridge, Karen Wildonger and Randy Roy will be inducted into the Buccaneers Hall of Fame at the corps’ annual year-end banquet on Saturday, November 29, 2014. “The Buccaneers Hall of Fame was established in 1995,” said Hall of Fame Committee Co-Chairman Louis D. Tierno, Jr., himself inducted in 2001. “This organization has been blessed with so many fine men and women who have given so much of themselves to make the Buccaneers the storied corps it is. Singling out only a small number of people for induction every year is extremely difficult. But just the same it’s a tremendous pleasure for us to announce this year’s class and thank them for the indelible impact they’ve made on the Buccaneers and on the drum corps activity.” BOBBY JONES actually started his Buccaneers career in 2002 as a member of the color guard staff; a fact that most would easily forget because of his incredible achievements most recently as the corps’ visual designer and program coordinator. In 2005, the corps started a search for a new drill writer. Bobby stepped in as a relative unknown in the drum corps genre, but Bobby’s impact was immediate. He hired an amazing staff and started to put together a winter marching training program that had never been seen previously at the Buccaneers. The membership quickly fell in love with Bobby as he became more than a teacher. Bobby is a leader, someone that the membership follows, not just because he has a title, but because they truly admire and respect his character and confidence. Combine all these qualities together with amazing talent, vision and passion, and you get a motivated, happy membership with a top-notch program and arguably the best visual design program ever seen in DCA. In 2005, his first year as our visual designer, the corps won its first championship in 25 years. Bobby took a brief hiatus from the Buccaneers in 2006 and 2007, but came back to resume his career in 2008 and has been a committed member of the staff since. That’s nine seasons with the corps and an astounding seven championships. As far as her drum corps career is concerned, LAURA KAUFFMAN is a late-bloomer, but that just makes her achievements all the more impressive. The wife of Buccaneers Hall of Fame member Wayne Kauffman, Laura has been involved in music all her life. Her first year of active drum corps participation came with the Buccaneers Alumni in 1986 as a member of the honor guard. In 1994, she learned to play the soprano in order to help out the Alumni brass line. Her journey began in October of 1994 with a 2-valve horn. The following spring, she decided to try her talents out in the competitive corps. The Buccaneers were struggling at the time, and she wanted to help there, too. She became a “tweener” – marching with both the Buccaneers Alumni and the competing corps. At the age of 44, Laura had her rookie year with the Buccaneers in 1995. Laura also took on the role of Membership Chairperson for the Buccaneers in 1996 and 1997. A small ensemble also formed during this time and soon began to play at local church services. It wasn’t long before Laura was asked to join. She did, and continued playing until the group disbanded. She marched in the soprano line from 1995 to 2000, and was the soprano section leader in 1999. In 2001, she joined the Support Staff and served in that capacity until 2003, coming back again for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. The whole time Laura was involved with the Buccaneers and the ensemble, she continued to march with the Alumni Corps at every opportunity and is still marching there today. HEIDI SARVER began her career with the Buccaneers as a member of the brass line in 1983 and continued as a soloist until 1987. From 1988 until 1990 she followed her mentor, George Parks, on the podium as lead drum major and Heidi finished her career as a brass instructor in the winter of 1997/1998. Though her active time with the Buccaneers totaled seven years, her time spent as a supporter and educator has lasted over 20 years. Heidi is currently Associate Professor of Music at the University of Delaware where, among other things, she is the director of the University of Delaware Marching Band. She is also a lead clinician at the George M. Parks Drum Major Academy. When asked what the Buccaneers have meant to her, Heidi said, “Reading defined me as a young college student. It helped shape who I was to become. It taught me discipline, commitment, responsibility and dedication. The corps made me a better person, period. Each year at the UDMB’s band camp I have a “history night” with the members of my program who are also Buccaneers. I love that night—it allows me to selfishly reminisce while ensuring that my students (and fellow Bucs) know where they came from. I believe in my heart that you need to know what came before you in order to know where you are going. . . I encourage my students to go to Membership Day. Reading is still, in my mind at least, the most educationally sound drum corps in the area—inclusive of junior corps. That alone is one of the proudest memories I have of being part of the Buccaneers.” Over the years there has been a steady stream of enthusiastic musicians that have participated in her programs and have joined the ranks of the Reading Buccaneers as a result of her influence. WAYNE VANOSTENBRIDGE’s first exposure to the Reading Buccaneers came as a brass player in 1984 and 1985, after he had finished competing both seasons in DCI with the Crossmen. Wayne marched his first full seasons with the Bucs in 1986 and 1987. After the 1987 season, Wayne left the drum corps activity; but as he would eventually learn, you never really leave the Buccaneers. Wayne re-joined his family in Blue in 1998 and 1999, again as a member of the brass section. In 2000, Wayne took a new drum corps challenge by moving into the administrative ranks as the corps’ Business Manager. But Wayne was not finished marching. Wayne marched in the brass line and admirably performed his administrative duties from 2000 to 2003. In 2004, Wayne decided that he was finally finished with marching (not really) and continued as Business Manager. That “not marching thing” lasted all of one season. In 2005, Wayne again marched and again held down his Business Manager responsibilities. Wayne was an integral part of the committee that helped bring the corps to its current prominence in DCA. After the 2005 season, Wayne left to corps to get married and start a family, but stayed involved by assisting with audio-visual projects and other tasks. In summary: twelve years of service; 6 as a brass player, one as the business manager and five as both. KAREN WILDONGER has been a Buccaneer for fifteen years. During her tenure, she was a member of the brass line for 4 four years and served diligently on the administrative staff as the Membership Chairperson for ten years, support staff, and has been a volunteer in many other capacities. Her dedication has been recognized with two Director’s Awards and a Most Improved Brass award. Karen’s work with the corps is characterized by her many years of service, diligence and hard work, her genuine, caring style, and her approachable manner. Her dedicated efforts as Membership Chairperson produced a steady stream of talented and committeed performers that were instrumental in the corps’ recent competitive success. Karen’s passion for the Reading Buccaneers is immeasurable and undeniable, her “Karing” attitude and motherly love are contagious. She is the epitome of a true blue Buccaneer. To help commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Drum Corps Associates, the Buccaneers are proud to bestow a posthumous induction to Buccaneer RANDY ROY, who played a key role in DCA’s formation. On August 25, 1963 a meeting was held in Scranton, PA to address issues experienced by competing corps and show sponsors alike. The meeting was hosted by Dr Almo Sebastianelli, sponsor of the Parade of Champions show, which continues to this day. The corps represented included the New York Skyliners, the Archer-Epler Musketeers, the Baltimore Yankee Rebels and the Reading Buccaneers. The August meeting was followed by another in September where the Drum Corps Associates was born. At this September meeting officers were elected and Randy Roy of the Reading Buccaneers was elected to the critical position of DCA Treasurer. Randy joined the Buccaneers shortly after the corps’ inception in 1957 and served as Business Manager from 1960 thru 1966. Randy died in 2004 at the age of 77. Jones, VanOstenbridge, Kauffman, Sarver, Wildonger and Roy join 90 other members of the Buccaneers Hall of Fame. Each of these individuals has made a lasting impact on the Buccaneers and the drum corps activity: 1995 inductees: Norman DeTemple, Bruce Englehart, LaVern Rohrbach, Roy Miller, Ron Gehris, Edward Johnston, John Flowers, George Parks, Ned Baldinger and Frank Ferraro. 1996: John Ferraro, Willard Marcks, Tony Yaklich, Roland Hoffman and Elmer Winzer. 1997: John Derr, Diane Koenig, Michael Vilardo, Joe Jasinski and Donnie Solinger. 1998: Wilson Goodwin, Glenn Rhine, Bruce Young, Gary Koenig and Jack Wells. 1999: Norm Cimerol, Jim Gruber, Lou Werner, Candy Golding and Robert Weidenhammer. 2000: Thomas Brown, Grant Hill, Earl Price, Mike Doherty and Wayne Kauffman. 2001: Bill Battaglia, Louis Tierno, Fred Windish, Gary Smith and Darrell Weyman. 2002: Victor Brown, Mike Luckenbill, Donald Walls, Rich Koenig and Henry Smith. 2003: Ronald Ferraro, Phil Rabenold, Dan Fitzpatrick and John Rozum. 2004: Tom Bitner, Robert Gruber, Bernard Brown and Howard Nagel. 2005: Lois Tierno, Joel Miller, Randy Kerschner and Curt Rissmiller. 2006: Glen Brumbach, Francis Chupick, Matt Krempasky and Amy Snook. 2007: Ron Fisher, George Price, Carl Bagenstose, Roberta Doherty and Rich Hammond. 2008: Ken Honsberger, Ralph Pace, Jay Landis and Randy Mutter. 2009: Josh Decker, Chris Feist, Bill Snook and Lee Umberger 2010: Martie Hetherington, Al Cola, Robbie Robinson and Steve Vincent 2011: Wilson Black, Althea Mazar, Carl Ruocco, and Jerry Ware 2012: Dwight Bomberger, James Gaiewski, Yvonne Landis, and Ernie Shott 2013: Andrea Gwyn, Mary High, Marty Holahan and Dan Wildonger 2014: Bobby Jones, Laura Kauffman, Heidi Sarver, Wayne VanOstenbridge, Karen Wildonger and Randy Roy The Buccaneers are seeking members in all sections for the 2014 edition of the Balance in Blue. On Sunday, November 30, 2014, the Buccaneers will host Membership Day 2015, at Twin Valley High School, Elverson, PA. Registration begins at 11:00. All persons interested in learning more about membership in the Reading Buccaneers and being part of the 2015 corps are invited to contact Business Manager Angelo Bufalino to indicate their interest. Visit us on Facebook or on for more information or email Founded in 1957, the mission of the Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps is to provide men and women of all ages a unique and enriching educational experience in the performing arts in which they develop as individuals and as performers. The Buccaneers were founding members of Drum Corps Associates and won the first-ever DCA World Championships in 1965 and won twelve additional titles since. Formed in 1981, the mission of the Buccaneer Alumni Association is to reunite all past members of the Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps in camaraderie and fellowship, to engage in the parade drum & bugle corps activity, to encourage the growth of the Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps, to maintain the commitment to excellence generally associated with said Corps, and to perpetuate drum & bugle corps in general as an art form and entertainment medium. The Buccaneer Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps was formed in 1987 as a program of the Buccaneer Alumni Association. For more information, visit
  15. Friends: I am proud to announce the fantastic team the Reading Buccaneers have assembled to lead our 2015 color guard program! MEET THE 2015 READING BUCCANEERS COLOR GUARD STAFF! We are pleased to introduce you to the fine men and women who will lead the 2015 Reading Buccaneers color guard program. This is an exceptional team of designers and educators! SHANNON HALL (Caption Head and Designer) is proud to return to the Reading Buccaneers, his first year as Color Guard Caption Head and Designer. 2015 marks his 8th season with Reading and his 6th on staff. He is excited to teach and work with the talented 2015 ensemble and staff. Shannon has actively been involved in the marching arts, teaching and consulting with many groups in the area. He has worked with Pennsauken HS (NJ), Allentown HS (NJ), Broadneck HS (MD), William Penn HS (DE), and currently Middletown HS (DE). While involved with these programs, they have achieved many accolades and awards in the USSBA, TOB and TIA organizations. Young at heart, he remains a marching member with the world class Black Watch Color Guard. This has been his “home away from home” for the past 10 years, and he will be returning for his second year as Co-Captain. NICHOLAS TAVARES (Caption Head and Designer) returns to the Reading Buccaneers for his fifth year on staff, and his first as Color Guard Caption Head and Designer. Nicholas resides in Wilmington, Delaware and is heavily involved in the color guard activity in the area. He is currently the color guard director at Middletown High School in Middletown, Delaware and has led the group to numerous award and accolades, including the TIA 2014 Scholastic Novice Championship. He is also the visual and guard designer for the Cab Calloway School of the Arts Marching Band and Winter Guard. In 2014, Cab Calloway earned a silver medal in the TIA Scholastic Intermediate class. In the past, Nicholas has worked with other groups in various roles, including William Penn High School, McKean High School, Brandywine High School, Apex, Bpex and Cpex Winter Guard, Haverford High School, Ridley High School and Mount Pleasant High School. Nicholas has had an extensive marching career, including the Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps (2009-2011), Black Watch Color Guard (2009-2010), Apex Winter Guard (1999-2003, 2005-2008), Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps (2000) and Brandywine High School (1996-1998). Nicholas has a degree in Early Childhood Education and Development and is the Pre-K/K Lead Teacher at the Delaware Technical Community College, Child Development Center in Wilmington, Delaware. Nicholas is extremely passionate about the performing arts and is looking forward to working with the staff and cast of the 2015 Reading Buccaneers. We are pleased to announce the addition of 11-year Buccaneers performance veteran JENNIFER LUBE (Color Guard Staff) to the instructional team. Jennifer has been a highly respected performer, designer and consultant at every level of the color guard activity for many years, and will bring a unique combination of experience, technical ability and performance skill to her new role in the color guard program. KATIE BROWN (Color Guard Staff) attended school in the Hatboro Horsham School District, where she participated in both the marching unit and winter ensemble from 7th grade through 12th grade. She was also a member of the Jersey Surf Drum & Bugle Corps Color Guard from 2006-2009. She attended West Chester University and spent four years performing with the Golden Rams Marching Band. After graduation, Katie joined the Reading Buccaneers and marched the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Teaching credits include Rustin High School, Upper Dublin High School Marching Band and Winter Guard, Upper Darby High School and Central Bucks West High School. In the winter of 2014 she served as the movement and sabre tech for the inaugural season of the Field of View “A” Winter Guard. For the last five summers, she has worked with Vivace Camps, working primarily in the role of weapon and movement instructor. She currently works with the Keith Valley Middle School Winter Ensemble and the Central Bucks South Marching Titans. In the “real world,” Katie holds her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from West Chester University. She is currently attending Keller Graduate School of Management working towards her MBA with a concentration in HR Management. Recently, she started simultaneously working as an HR intern and the front desk receptionist at The Philadelphia Orchestra. We are grateful to STEVE VINCENT and MELISSA HECKMAN for their many years of involvement with the Buccaneers as performers and instructors, and wish them well as life’s endeavors pull them away from the corps this year. We are seeking members in all sections to comprise the 2015 edition of the Balance in Blue. It all gets started on Sunday, November 30 with Membership Day 2015 at Twin Valley High School, Elverson, PA. Join us!