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  1. It's a SKYLINER SHOW DAY - and our HOME SHOW. Weather is amazing!! Come on out, and see a great show. TONIGHT! Jake Sobeski Stadium, 120 Boston Ave., West Pittston, PA! Thunderbirds! Hurricanes! Bushwackers! White Sabers! NY Skyliners Alumni! Caballeros Alumni! and of your course your SKYLINERS! Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for kids - 18 and under, if you wear your show shirt of band jacket or are under 6 years old, YOU GET IN FREE!
  2. Crimson Kings Drum Corps seeks Drill designer for Soundsport shows and an upcoming Brooklyn Nets fall 2017 Barclays Center performance. We are looking for both prepackaged drill (preferably scalable) and group specific drill options. Our Corps is currently 25 members. We are actively recruiting and 60 members is our target number. Open to all styles of music, however our Corps still uses G bugles and Fifes. Open to Avant garde, traditional military, and hybrid drill maneuvers, dance, etc. Our Members range from ages 10 to 22. Content should be age and guideline appropriate. Please have links to any of your materials, and compensation requirements. Open to experienced and brand new designers and arrangers. The New York Crimson Kings Drum, Fife and Bugle Corps, established in the 1950s, is the oldest and most honored Asian-American drum corps on the east coast dedicated to youth development through music and performing arts education. Please let us know if you also teach your drill with the staff. Should be familiar with marching band, DCI, DCA, Soundsport judging requirements and Maneuvers Send examples, resume/experience to nycrimsonkings@gmail.com crimsonkings.com facebook.com/crimsonkings
  3. First, a brief history lesson: On December 1, 1996, paperwork was filed in the State of Florida to create Heat Wave of Orlando Drum & Bugle Corps, Inc., the first DCA corps to come out of the Sunshine State. Heat Wave would go on to win or share the DCA Class A Championship twice. Skip ahead to 2009, when a change of direction led to a NEW name, Sun Devils, Inc. The Sun Devils took a more “serious” approach to programming than their fun-loving Florida-themed predecessors. Through a series of ups and downs, the Sun Devils would ultimately go on to become DCA Class A Finalists twice amid numerous DCA South Class A titles. Following the 2014 DCA season, there were philosophical differences that led to a split between the Sun Devils’ staff and administration. On October 1, 2014, the Board of Sun Devils, Inc. voted to change the name to Florida Marching Arts, Inc. The name change was part of a marketing decision based on the fact that we support more than one performing unit. On October 7, 2014, a group of former Sun Devils staff members founded Solaris Performing Arts, Inc. as a not-for-profit corporation in the State of Florida. You can read more about them here: http://www.solarisdrumcorps.org. To be clear, these are two separate groups operated by two separate organizations. So then you may be asking yourself, “well what happens to the Sun Devils?” That’s a very important question. There was much discussion on this topic and it was decided that, given recent events, it would be wise to forego competition in 2015 in order to firm up the corps’ infrastructure and ensure its long-term success. That said, the group is not experiencing financial woes (as is often the case in drum corps today). Additionally, the team in place has already made huge strides in repairing and/or replacing aging equipment and resources. And to be clear, the group is FAR from “inactive.” In fact, the group will be rehearsing in coming months in order to prepare for summer performances as well as solidify the nucleus that will help bring the corps BACK to competition in 2016 and beyond. Our new website is being developed at this time, but you can look for updates periodically athttp://sundevilspag.org. Moving forward, Florida Marching Arts, Inc. endeavors to create and foster more performance opportunities in the State of Florida. Our mission is first and foremost, to give back to the community by providing a positive atmosphere in which our young people receive an education in the performing arts and develop life-enriching character traits such as discipline, teamwork, integrity, leadership, dedication, and good citizenship. Our newest program offering is called PHOENIX. PHOENIX is a mixed ensemble that will perform in WGI’s Winter Winds circuit and possibly DCI’s new SoundSport division. By now you may be asking yourself, “so what is WGI Winds?” Glad you asked! “Continuing the Sport of the Arts tradition of performance and competition, WGI Winds is a unique form of the marching music activity. In fact, winds doesn’t mean “winds only.” Groups can include anything found in a concert band or orchestra as well as color guard and percussion performers. Winds is a natural extension of the WGI organization and will complete WGI’s support of the total band program.” What this means, is a unique and exciting performance opportunity that is open to literally EVERYONE! PHOENIX is open to all ages, ability levels, and instrumentation. Anyone with a great attitude and a desire to participate is welcome. The first organizational meeting for PHOENIX is scheduled for January 17th. More information will be available at their website: http://www.phoenixcorps.org/ PHOENIX is currently looking for staff and member applicants for their 2015 campaign. This first exploration of a new circuit(s) will start small – staying primarily local – with minimal fees and expenses. This is an excellent opportunity for those who have always wanted to check out the activity to “get their feet wet” so-to-speak without the exorbitant financial commitment normally associated with drum corps today. Please go to our website for more information on how you can become a performer or staff member today! We would be remiss if we did not offer a mention of our sister organization – Impact Drum & Bugle Corps. Impact has been performing at DCA’s mini corps championships and entertaining audiences all over for the past three seasons. The corps has shifted gears a bit this year with regards to programming and has taken on a very challenging but extremely fun and modern book. Impact welcomes all players ages 18 and up. You can find out more about Impact here: http://www.impactoforlando.org. In addition to the groups mentioned above, there are many more WGI Winds, DCI SoundSport, and other groups in development all over the state – probably the most exciting of which is the return of junior corps to the Sunshine State! Our friends at Heat Wave of Florida are bringing DCI-aged drum corps back to Florida. You can check them out here:http://www.heatwaveofflorida.com. In summary, drum corps/the marching arts are not dead in Florida. In fact, they’re very much alive AND GROWING! If you’ve read this far, we want to sincerely thank you for taking the time to read and understand what has been going on. We appreciate your patience while we went “silent.” During any transition period emotions and tensions understandably tend to run high. It was our intent to stay quiet until emotions calmed and details were worked out and ready to share. We invite you to follow ALL the goings on at Florida Marching Arts, Inc. by visiting our website at http://www.fmainc.org. From there you can find information on all of our performing units, make a donation, learn more about joining, volunteer, or inquire about joining our staff. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your continued support. We’ll see you on the 50. Florida Marching Arts, Inc. is the longest running active drum corps organization in the State of Florida. Florida Marching Arts, Inc. is incorporated in the State of Florida and is registered with the United States Internal Revenue Service as a 501©3 not-for-profit corporation, governed by a board of directors.
  4. As a corps member of a local fire department back in the 1960's I would like to know for my grandkids and kids of my generation are there still any local corps left. In the 60's there were hundreds of corps in the north east sponsored by fire departments, VFW and other organizations. Today I only see large corps where members have to audition. In the "good ole days" any one could join and learn to play and instrument and march. What is available to the youth today, or in fact there may be no interest. Grenadier
  5. Watchmen Summer Auditions January 7th & 8th, February 4th & 5th Check in 8:00am - Audition Fee: $40 Auditions 9:00am - 9:00pm Location: Patriot High School 4355 Camino Real, Riverside, Ca 92509 email: director@watchmenartsassociation.org http://watchmenartsassociation.org/
  6. Members and Friends of Freedom Drum and Bugle Corps got together and we've made an album called "The Advent Album". We worked tirelessly over it for the last few months, and we'd really appreciate the support if you would like to drop by iTunes, Google Play or any of the other major markets/streaming platforms to purchase/stream our album. We as an organization decided this last January that we would take the summer off to find reputable people to populate our board and staff, but we agreed that no matter what, we needed to GAPOTS. (Get a Performance on the Stage) Despite personal setbacks and obstacles, this is what we were able to do. It's different, but we're proud of it nonetheless, because it meant we were able to come together and make something cohesive, and I'm beyond thankful for that. More to come. iTunes link: https://itun.es/us/AnHXgb Google Play link: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Freedom_Drum_and_Bugle_Corps_The_Advent_Album?id=B4fpgabpx377d7omp4gw7ymniya&hl=en
  7. The Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps' Open House this past Saturday was a tremendous success, and an exciting beginning for the corps' 2017 competitive season. Shane Startzel, Brass Caption Head, assisted by Joe Wilt, Assistant Brass Caption Head, led the brass instruction, supported by 2017 Brass Staff. After warm-ups, the horn line worked through the "Lost Boy" Ballad and the beginning of "Escape from Paradise" from The Skyliners' 2017 show "XSCAPE". Front and center was the inaugural use of B Flat System Blue brass by The Skyliners, which caused great excitement and anticipation. Brass Arranger John Meehan sent a special video greeting for Open House attendees. Percussion Caption Head Patsy Vankirk, Front Ensemble Coordinator Dr. Rick Wolfel, and the Percussion staff, led the Percussion through battery and front ensemble warm-ups. The talent level of the ensemble and the incredible interest will no doubt be a driving force for The Skyliners in 2017, and raise the bar even further than 2016. The Color Guard members in attendance were led by Brenda Peregrim, Color Guard Caption Head, James Branch, one of The Skyliners' Color Guard Designers and staff through stretching, movement, and flag and weapon work. At the end of the day, the guard members performed their routines for fellow corps members, giving the corps a taste of what to expect from this talented group of performers and designers. Jeff Crawford, Visual Caption Head and the 2017 Visual Staff introduced the Visual program to the attendees, working on ensemble and individual elements. A PT session introduced some of the exercises that members will focus on throughout the year, and a structure to an overall fitness program that will help develop and improve skills, fitness and endurance. The Skyliners thank everyone who attended today, everyone who helped set up, served lunch, cleaned up for the Open House, or helped in many ways to make it such a success. To those who were not able to attend due to school/family commitments, please mark The Skyliners' next rehearsal on your schedule: The Skyliners' JANUARY CAMP dates: Dates: Saturday, January 14, 2017 - BRASS ONLY 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 P.M. Sunday, January 15, 2017 FULL CORPS - Brass, Percussion, Guard 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 P.M. Location: Wyoming Valley West High School 150 Wadham Street, Plymouth, PA 18651 Directions: Directions to Wyoming Valley West High School 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 to follow the directions and create a CorpsData profile.
  8. 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,
  9. 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,
  10. 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.
  11. Just two weeks left for the Skyliners "An Evening with The Corps" show on Saturday, June 25, 2016. Get your tickets now! Tickets cost an affordable $15.00 for General Admission. Aged 6 and under free. Call Susan Eckert – 484-619-5151 (calls taken until 9:00 P.M.) to order your tickets. The DCA-sanctioned show will take place at Lake Lehman High School, 1128 Old Route 115, Lehman, PA 18627. The show starts at 7:00 P.M. but gates open at 5:00 P.M. so that competitors and fans can enjoy a meal and mingle with drum corps friends before the show. The corps appearing, in order, are: · Bridgemen Alumni Corps, Bayonne, NJ - In Exhibition; · Bushwackers, Princeton, NJ; · White Sabers, Dansville, NY; · Skyliners, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA; · Fusion, Morris County, NJ; and · The New York Skyliners Alumni Corps – In Exhibition. The Skyliners will be premiering their 2016 Production, “Corner of the Sky” at their home show. Go to our Home Show Link: http://www.skyliners...g/homeshow.html to place a program ad or sponsor listing. The program will be distributed on June 25, 2016 at the Skyliners’ Home Show. Your support with an ad of any size is greatly appreciated.
  12. Just two weeks left for the Skyliners "An Evening with The Corps" show on Saturday, June 25, 2016. Get your tickets now! Tickets cost an affordable $15.00 for General Admission. Aged 6 and under free. Call Susan Eckert – 484-619-5151 (calls taken until 9:00 P.M.) to order your tickets. The DCA-sanctioned show will take place at Lake Lehman High School, 1128 Old Route 115, Lehman, PA 18627. The show starts at 7:00 P.M. but gates open at 5:00 P.M. so that competitors and fans can enjoy a meal and mingle with drum corps friends before the show. The corps appearing, in order, are: · Bridgemen Alumni Corps, Bayonne, NJ - In Exhibition; · Bushwackers, Princeton, NJ; · White Sabers, Dansville, NY; · Skyliners, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA; · Fusion, Morris County, NJ; and · The New York Skyliners Alumni Corps – In Exhibition. The Skyliners will be premiering their 2016 Production, “Corner of the Sky” at their home show. Go to our Home Show Link: http://www.skyliners...g/homeshow.html to place a program ad or sponsor listing. The program will be distributed on June 25, 2016 at the Skyliners’ Home Show. Your support with an ad of any size is greatly appreciated.
  13. Just two weeks left for the Skyliners "An Evening with The Corps" show on Saturday, June 25, 2016. Get your tickets now! Tickets cost an affordable $15.00 for General Admission. Aged 6 and under free. Call Susan Eckert – 484-619-5151 (calls taken until 9:00 P.M.) to order your tickets. The DCA-sanctioned show will take place at Lake Lehman High School, 1128 Old Route 115, Lehman, PA 18627. The show starts at 7:00 P.M. but gates open at 5:00 P.M. so that competitors and fans can enjoy a meal and mingle with drum corps friends before the show. The corps appearing, in order, are: · Bridgemen Alumni Corps, Bayonne, NJ - In Exhibition; · Bushwackers, Princeton, NJ; · White Sabers, Dansville, NY; · Skyliners, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA; · Fusion, Morris County, NJ; and · The New York Skyliners Alumni Corps – In Exhibition. The Skyliners will be premiering their 2016 Production, “Corner of the Sky” at their home show. Go to our Home Show Link: http://www.skyliners...g/homeshow.html to place a program ad or sponsor listing. The program will be distributed on June 25, 2016 at the Skyliners’ Home Show. Your support with an ad of any size is greatly appreciated.
  14. Presenting an exclusive look at upcoming Boston Crusaders show and season just two days before the Boston Crusaders kick-off the 2016 DCI Tour in movie theaters across the country. Join us live from Inspire Arts and Music headquarters in Hyde Park for a detailed designer’s preview of the 2016 production of Quixotic. We’ll have look-in video from recent rehearsals, a wrap-up of preseason performances in Boston, highlights of the upcoming tour, clips from the 75th Anniversary Documentary, Corps of Giants, and more. Tune in for the live stream on the Boston Crusaders YouTube Channel on Tuesday, June 21 at 7:30 PM EDT. Here is the link for that live broadcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3eQBJDqH7w
  15. The Hit Men Brass Band are auditioning tuba players to fill a opening later this summer. This paid position requires a commitment of 30 to 35 performances yearly. Applicants must live in the Western New York area, be able read music and perform at a advanced level on the move. Transportation and everything needed to perform is provided. Interested candidates please reply to hitmenbrassband@yahoo.com.
  16. The Hit Men Brass Band are auditioning tuba players to fill a opening later this summer. This paid position requires a commitment of 30 to 35 performances yearly. Applicants must live in the Western New York area, be able read music and perform at a advanced level on the move. Transportation and everything needed to perform is provided. Interested candidates please reply to hitmenbrassband@yahoo.com.
  17. The Hit Men Brass Band are auditioning tuba players to fill a opening later this summer. This paid position requires a commitment of 30 to 35 performances yearly. Applicants must live in the Western New York area, be able read music and perform at a advanced level on the move. Transportation and everything needed to perform is provided. Interested candidates please reply to hitmenbrassband@yahoo.com.
  18. Joining DCI's SoundSport division for 2016, Appalachian Sound is the Atlanta area's newest performing arts ensemble. The corps is geared toward younger performers with the goal of transitioning to DCI Open Class after a few successful seasons in SoundSport. The corps is hosting its Inaugural Experience Camp on Saturday, January 30th 2016 at Lanier Middle School in Buford, Georgia, and is now accepting interest forms and registration. Corps website: http://mayde-inc.org/appalachiansound/ Corps Facebook page: http://facebook.com/appalachiansounddbc
  19. Anyone have any knowledge of any open Conductor spots?
  20. Excited to share this news, announced today through the corps' website and social media. Coming off an incredible spin clinic where over 40 recruits were in attendance, The Bushwackers are excited to announce the addition of 5 outstanding designers to our guard caption for the 2016 season. John Lemire Eric Babula Philip Traini Michael Kinner Bert Serrano Along with caption supervisor, WGI & World Drum Corps Hall of Famer Mickey Kelly, and caption manager Lauryn Heller, this team of designers are no strangers to producing award winning programs. The corps is anxiously waiting to see what lies ahead for the guard as this team of designers makes the 2016 production PianoForte come to life. WGI hall of fame member and 2016 Bushwacker drill designer Vince Monacelli, noted for his ground breaking work in the guard realm, will undoubtedly set everything in motion with attention to detail as we try and set new standards for the Bushwacker guard program. We're excited to enter the spring season strong after a successful winter, and these wonderful additions to the design team only adds more energy as the corps takes the necessary steps forward during our 35th anniversary season.
  21. Stop by our website to check out our 2 winter update videos! http://cthurricanes.org/winter-updates Our next camp will be held at Manchester High School (located at 134 Middle Turnpike E, Manchester, CT 06040. Park in the lot on Summit Street). February 20 from 9AM - 4PM, brass only February 21 from 9AM-4PM, full corps, including guard There are still spots available, so fill out an application at http://cthurricanes.org/join-the-hurricanes or email is at info@cthurricanes.org for more information!
  22. New York Skyliner Alumnus Andy Lisko Donates Vintage Drum Corps Memorabilia to the Skyliners Drum Corps On behalf of the Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps, we would like to thank Andy Lisko, Skyliner alumnus, for his generous donation of his vintage collection of DCA Championship vinyl records (full sets), CD and DVD's, and a treasure trove of full year sets of DCN publications from 1962 through the early 1980s. Once we have catalogued everything, and done research on value, we will announce how people can buy items or lots through auction or other methods. All proceeds will raise funds for the Skyliners Drum & Bugle corps (field corps). Thanks again, Andy, for keeping the corps in mind and generously donating your long term collections.
  23. LAKE HOPATCONG, NJ http://www.fusioncorenj.com FUSION is proud to announce its 2016 guard staff, under the continuing leadership of caption head Rob Watson. This year’s staff will benefit from the mix of returning individuals and new additions with a unique blend of backgounds, influences, and competitive experiences. Rob is joined by returning designers Tim McLaughlin and Lia Grauch on weapons and Kerri Newlander returns as guard instructor. New to the “core” are Carlos Diaz and Fain King. Complete bio’s on each Fusion Core staff member can be found on our website. Fusion’s color guard has a history of excellence, and we are confident that the 2016 staff will continue to provide not only a highly achieving visual ensemble but an environment where our membership can learn and grow. This staff has a wide range of experiences, and the combination of these strengths will ensure a highly competitive ensemble along with a rich and rewarding experience for our members. Rob Watson | Color Guard Caption Head Throughout his 17-year career, Rob has remained active in the marching arts and education. He has been the Guard Caption Head at Fusion Core for the last three years. In addition, he has worked with Emanon Winter Guards: 2013 Caption Head of Emanon A Guard and a show designer of Emanon Open Guard’s 2010 "Seated Perspective" show (WGI IO 6th Place). Currently, he serves on the Northern New Jersey Performing Arts Council's executive administrative team, the non-profit organization which funds Emanon Winter Guards. Rob is proud to return as Show Designer and Color Guard Caption Head for the 2016 summer season. He has assembled an instructional team of some of the best color guard designers and technicians in the industry — culminating Fusion's 2014 production of “Dreamscapes” with a World Champion Color Guard trophy at the DCA World Championship in Rochester, NY. Rob has taught and consulted with numerous high school, college, drum corps, marching band and winter guard ensembles all around the country, receiving numerous accolades, with units including Southern Regional HS (NJ) 2003-2008, Middle Township HS, Toms River East HS (NJ) 2009-2012, West Orange HS (NJ) 2011, Washington HS (MO) 2011. Rob also serves as a national color guard and visual performance adjudicator for several marching arts and winter guard associations around the country. In 1999, Rob was named among the "Top 10 Performers in the World" by Field & Floor Magazine. Rob resides in Mount Olive, New Jersey and is the Senior Vice President of Marketing & User Experience for the Advertising Specialty Institute, a leading agency in promotional marketing and advertising. Tim McLaughlin | Rifle Lead & Designer Tim is excited to return to Fusion Core's Guard Staff for his third year as the primary rifle designer and technician. With 11 consistent years of performing and teaching behind him, Tim offers a fresh take on choreography while capitalizing on weapon technique with his programs. He has taught extremely successful programs to date: Fusion Core (2014, 2015), Sunrisers Drum and Bugle Corps (2013), Sachem High School (2012), Cadets2 Drum and Bugle Corps (2012), Northern Highlands Regional High School (2009-2011), and Lindenhurst High School (2009). Tim is no stranger when it comes to performance either, completing the most successful season with the Emanon Independent World winter guard (2010, 2013-2015) and has a marching history that holds his stake in the ground with Alter Ego Independent World (2011-2012), The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps (2010), Sunrisers Drum and Bugle Corps (2009, 2013), Regime (2008-2009), and the Sachem Flaming Arrows Marching Band (2003-2007). Outside of the activity, Tim is a Senior Packaging and Brand Designer in Brooklyn, NY and lends his graphic talents to winter guard set design, notably Trumbull High School (2011-2012, 2015), Alter Ego (2011-2012, 2015), Claudia Johnson High School (2015), Newtown HS (2013-2014) and Redlands HS (2013-2014). He currently lives in New Jersey. Lia Grauch | Saber Lead & Designer Lia returns for her second season to Fusion Core's Guard Staff as the Saber Instructor & Designer. She has been involved in guard activity since the late nineties. Lia began teaching while attending high school and continued throughout college. She has had the opportunity to be on the design team for numerous groups such as Haverford HS, Daniel Boone HS, Immaculata HS, Mount Olive HS and most recently Spring Ford HS. Lia started her Drum Corps career with the Bushwackers Drum & Bugle Corps from 2006-2009. Then, marched with the Reading Buccaneers until 2011. She has had the opportunity to travel and perform abroad with support from WGI- Sport of the Arts. She currently is a captain at Emanon Independent World Color Guard from Hackettstown, NJ. Lia currently lives in Pottstown, PA and Works for a Software and Technology company in the HR department. Kerri Newlander | Guard Instructor Kerri was inspired by the color guard activity in 1994 while watching her brother at football games and competitions. In 1996 Kerri was asked to be a flag runner and began marching in 1997 with her high school, Mt. Pocono, through 2000 earning auxiliary awards in 1999 & 2000; Group 4 ACC Champions. Kerri’s drum corps experience began with the New York Skyliners in 2003, 2004 and 2006. She marched with Fusion’s A winter guard, aging out in 2006 and then serving in 2007 as Instructor. Kerri’s other instructional background includes Pocono Mountain East High School in 2002 – 2004, 2009 and 2010, Huntington High School, 2005 and Hicksville High School winter guard in 2007. In 2007 Kerri was part of Fusion's first year out as a Drum Corps and has been a part of Fusion Core's Guard staff and helped with marching on the field for the 2007-2008 and 2010-2015 seasons. Kerri is looking forward to being a part of this group’s continued success this summer! Carlos Diaz | Guard Instructor New to the Fusion Core family this year is Carlos Diaz, a performer and educator with a young but rich history in the color guard activity. Carlos capitalizes on the foundations of technique and the education it takes to get a team in tip-top shape. Most recently, Carlos has taught Cadets 2 (2012, 2014) and 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (2013) and has taught other successful programs such as Bridgewater Raritan HS (2014), Northern Highlands Regional High School (2008-2011), and Monsignor Farrell High School (2009). Aside from teaching, Carlos has marched very successful seasons with Alter Ego (2008 - 2012, 2015), Blessed Sacrament (2013 - 2014), The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps (2010), Connecticut Hurricanes Drum and Bugle Corps (2009), Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps (2008), Joy IA (2007), and Old Bridge HS (2006). Aside from being so involved with the sport of the arts, Carlos works as a dental assistant in New Jersey while studying in school to further his career in the dental field. Fain King | Flag Ensemble Lead Fain started marching in 2004 in high school in North Carolina. In 2005, he attended NYU where he was introduced to Alter Ego and marched there in 2006 (WGI Independent Open Class). Through the years, Fain has taught and consulted with various high school camps in NC, SC, and NJ. In 2007 and 2008, he studied abroad in France. While there, Fain taught Xpression Winterguard and was invited to teach a drum corps camp in the Netherlands. When he returned to NYU, Fain returned to Alter Ego (IW) and marched from 2009-2012, making WGI Finals each year; culminating his career with Alter Ego as co-captain in 2012. In the summer of 2009, Fain marched with the Connecticut Hurricanes Drum & Bugle Corps and received the Best Color Guard in DCA award. Currently, Fain lives in Connecticut, received his degree in Linguistics & French from NYU and works as a manager of the Linguist Services and Traffic Management Departments at Corporate Translations. This will be Fain's first year with Fusion Core and he is especially excited to join such an amazing team. ###