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  1. We are proud to unveil our first uniform! Some of you may recognize it as Atlanta Quest's old uniform. It fits the bill perfectly for Solaris! Its sleek lines and modern look are a testament to our core values. A very sharp look to set the foundation of our group. Great things are happening here with Solaris. If you would like to help donate toward the corps and the purchase of our uniforms and equipment you can follow this link:
  2. North Star is proud to announce: North Star Drum & Bugle Corps! “All Age Drum Corps” North Star will conduct an official Open House on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at 1:00pm, at the Malden Emergency Center - Jackson Suite. Located at 114 Centre Street, Malden, MA. North Star welcomes everyone interested in becoming a member or learning more regarding performing with this legendary corps. To kick-off this momentous occasion, please join us at a social gathering and fundraising event. The social will be held at the same location on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $25.00 each and are available at the door, or by sending a check, payable to North Star to: Lynda O’Brien, 1002 Foxwood Circle, Peabody, MA 01960. Come join us! Share your drum corps experiences and reacquaint with friends. The corps intends to begin their performance schedule in 2015, which is the 40th anniversary of the North Star organization. To begin, the corps will have a limited practice schedule (one per month, with optional sectional practice time). We are excited to announce that we have secured the services of most of the instructional team which helped create the North Star magic back in the day! Dave Vose, will assume the position of Percussion Caption Head and Arranger. Dave was the architect of the famous “Chrome Wall” and arranged the charts associated with our DCI finalist shows. Dave is a Professor at the Berklee College of Music. Dave is also a member of the Massachusetts Drum Corps Hall of Fame. Neal Smith, will resume the role of Visual Caption Head. In addition to writing and overseeing the entire North Star marching experience, Neal has designed for many DCI and DCA corps. He has been inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame, Massachusetts Drum Corps Hall of Fame, Boston Crusaders Hall of Fame and Connecticut Hurricanes Hall of Fame. Currently he is the visual designer for several high-profile marching bands and continues to adjudicate visual design throughout the United States. Jerry Noonan, returns as Brass Caption Head and Arranger and he will perform with the corps. Jerry, one of the most recognized soloists in DCI history, not only arranged and taught North Star, but also enjoyed a successful tenure in the same capacity with the Boston Crusaders. Jerry is a graduate of Berklee College of Music. The Color Guard will be under the direction of Dolores Zappala, and assisted by Kathy Kerrins and Greg Horne. Dolores has had a long and successful career working with the WGI finalist Blessed Sacrament World-Class Winter Guard and Kathy has also taught WGI guard and has judged. Jim and Lynda O’Brien, two of the Co-Founders and Directors of North Star, will assume their former positions in the new All-Age Corps. Jim and Lynda are alumni members of the Board of Directors of Drum Corps International (DCI) and have held similar positions in many local and national organizations. The corps hopes to attract members who would like to continue the North Star tradition of excellence and performance excitement. We will attain these goals within an atmosphere of fun, camaraderie and pride. We openly welcome all members of other alumni organizations. We fully understand schedule conflicts may arise, so we will set our schedule to minimize them as much as possible. While we are proud of the past accomplishments of the North Star Drum & Bugle Corps, our focus is to the future. We hope you will be part of this and we welcome all new members. See you on Friday, March 28th and Sunday, March 30th, 2014! email: phone: 978-535-5740
  3. Thank you to everyone who came to our Open House on March 1st!! We had a great turn out and are excited about the potential of this year's corps! We would like to see everyone again at our next full corps rehearsal - Sunday, March 15th from 9AM - 6PM at Gahr High School. PERFORM IN THE ROSE BOWL THIS SUMMER WITH CITY SOUND!!
  4. Pacific Crest have just announced that they will be hosting their Corps at the Crest - Los Angeles show at the storied Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena this summer. Get all of the details here See you there! -john
  5. SDCA Texas is announcing the formation of a The Texas All Stars Alumni corps. This will be a parade corps comprised of former members of any corps. The corps will perform at parades around Texas, and is open to anyone who wants to participate. The first performance of the corps will be on May 2, in Corpus Christi Texas(on the Gulf of Mexico), for the Buccaneer Days Night Parade. The Buccaneer Days Night parade, draws approximately 200,000 people, and would be a good way to gain exposure for Drum and Bugle corps in Texas. We are planning a entire weekend of fun for anyone who wants to join us. We are planning to participate in other parades/events, in other parts of the state. if you are interested , send me a private message, for more info.
  6. SouthSong Drum and Bugle Corps is proud to announce those we have hired so far for our 2015 staff! Corps Director: Robert Lee Worthey Visuals Staff: Michael Hanawalt, Stellarae Dorman Color Guard Techs: Trey Hughes, Stephanie Turpin Brass Techs: Clark Bell, Francis Headrick Drumline Techs: Jon Bernreuter, Megan Ramirez We are still looking for Front Ensemble techs, and brass techs to handle the Tuba/Contra section and the Euphonium section! We are based out of Rainsville, Alabama and will be serving musicians of the Northeast Alabama/Southern Tennessee/Northwest Georgia region. Anyone interested in the currently available staff positions need to contact our corps director at Our auditions will be Sunday, March 1st at Northeast Alabama Community College in Rainsville, AL starting at 12 noon CST.
  7. SouthSong is a grassroots, all-age drum and bugle corps based in the Northeast Alabama/Southeast Tennessee/Northwest Georgia region. Our surplus proceeds will be going to low income, at risk music programs and those in the process of rebuilding across the area, as Alabama(particularly) has been cutting band programs for financial reasons for the last several years. We are hosting auditions March 1, 2015 at Northeast Alabama Community College in Rainsville, AL at 12pm CST. We are hopeful for a great turnout and an exciting journey for this area seeing its first ever DCA Corps. You may find our facebook page at Our show this year is entitled, "Death Metal Symphony," which feature the clashing duality of classical symphony and heavy metal rock as these genres duke it out for the prize of getting to finish the show. We are excited to bring our own taste of the South to DCA and hope to show the world of DCA what Alabama musicians are made of! Best of luck to all DCA Corps this year, and we wish you all the best of luck with your season!
  8. I've tried to list every corps who has indicated intention of appearing in Open Class this season. Naturally this is a work in progress, and I welcome your input to help fill gaps and correct errors. Blue Devils B -- Noir [nuvo] Music Selections: --"Young and Beautiful" (Lana del Ray & Rick Nowels) --Brute Force (Miklos Rozsa) --Theme from The Usual Suspects (John Ottman) --"Children's Hour of Dreams" (Charles Mingus) --"Asphalt Cocktail" (John Mackey) --"Film Noir" / "Pursuit" from Cirque du Soleil's Iris (Danny Elfman) Show Announcement Blue Devils C -- Surfin' BDC Music Selections: --"Fun Fun Fun" (Brian Wilson and Mike Love) --"School's Out" (Alice Cooper, Michael Bruce, Glen Buxton, Dennis Dunaway, and Neal Smith) --"Surfin' USA" (Brian Wilson and Chuck Berry) --"Wipeout" (Bob Berryhill, Pat Connolly, Jim Fuller, and Ron Wilson) Blue Saints -- Summon the Gods Music Selections: --"Flight of the Pegasus" (David Shaffer) --"Fate of the Gods" (Steven Reineke) City Sound -- Big Easy Blues Music Selections: --"Do Watcha Wanna" (as popularized by Rebirth Brass Band) --"St. James Infirmary" (traditional) --"Beale Street Blues" (W.C. Handy) --"Brooklyn" (as popularized by Youngblood Brass Band) Coastal Surge -- A Southern Saga: Scenes from Charles Towne Harbor Music Selections: --"Spangled Heavens" (Donald Grantham) --"Gone" (Scott McAllister) --"Final Battle" from We Were Soldiers (Nick Glennie-Smith) --Symphony No. 1 (Chris Theofanidis) Show Announcement Colt Cadets -- Crazed! Music Selections: --"Goin Out of My Head" (Teddy Randazo & Bobby Weinstein) --"Overture" from Dancer in the Dark (Bjork) --Equus (Eric Whitacre) --"Crazy" (Brian Burton, Thomas Callaway, Gian Franco Reverberi & Gian Piero Reverberi) --"Love Crazed" (Terry White & Brian Zeglis) Show Announcement Columbians -- Stardust Music Selections: --The Planets (Gustav Holst) --"Vincent" (Don McLean) --"Coronation" from Stardust (Ilan Eshkeri) Eruption -- Burdens of Brilliance: Inside the Mind of Mozart Music Selections: --Symphony 25 in G minor (K-183)- Allegro con brio --Concerto for Two Pianos in Eb major (K365) – Rondeau --Serenade No.#10 Bb major (K-361) -3rd movement --Requiem (K-626)- Confutatis --Don Giovanni (K-527) -a cenar teco, da qual tremore insolito Show Announcement Genesis -- The Art of Darkness Music Selections: --"Strength of 1,000 Men" (Thomas Bergersen [Two Steps from Hell]) --"United We Stand, Divided We Fall" (Thomas Bergersen [Two Steps from Hell]) --"Mad World" (Roland Orzabal) --"Lux Aeterna" from Requiem for a Dream (Clnit Mansell) Show Announcement (The program had previously been announced as "Pure Imagination" to feature music from Mary Poppins [R. Sherman & R. Sherman], The Sound of Music [R. Rodgers & O. Hammerstein] and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory [L. Bricusse & A. Newley].) Gold -- The Journey Music Selections: --Original Music by Scott Director and Seth Woodard Mvt. I: Every Journey Begins ... With a Single Step Mvt. II: New Places, New People, New Things Mvt. III: One Journey Ends and Another Begins Show Announcement Golden Empire -- A Journey Begins Music Selections: --Symphony No. 9, "From the New World" (Antonin Dvorak) Guardians -- Terra Nova Show Announcement Music of Steven Bryant, Aaron Copland, Maurice Ravel, Loys Bourgeois, Daniel Montoya, Jr. and Sarah Santa Cruz. Music Selections: --"Ecstatic Waters" (Steven Bryant) --Symphony No. 3, second movement (Aaron Copland) --"Daybreak" from Daphnis and Chloe (Maurice Ravel) --"Old Hundredth" (Loys Bourgeois) --Original music (Daniel Montoya, Jr. and Sarah Santa Cruz) (Show title originally announced as "The Logic of All My Dreams".) Impulse -- Dusk to Dawn Music Selections: --Symphony No. 5 (Ludwig van Beethoven) --Moonlight Sonata (Ludwig van Beethoven) --"Ode to Joy" from Symphony No. 9 (Ludwig van Beethoven) Incognito -- <3 – less than love Music Selections: --Romeo and Juliet (Sergei Prokofiev) --Romeo and Juliet (Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky) --Carmen (Georges Bizet) --Original music (Rick Barclay and Tony T. Nguyen) in four movements: Romance, Struggle, Trust, Betrayal including excerpts from Romeo and Juliet and Carmen Show Announcement Legends -- La Cathedrale Music Selections: --The Sunken Cathedral (Claude Debussy) --Stained Glass (David Gillingham) --Lux Arumque (Eric Whitacre) --Gloria, mvt. III (John Rutter) Show Announcement Louisiana Stars -- The Lighter Side Music Selections: --Light Cavalry Overture (Franz von Suppe) --The Barber of Seville (Gioachino Rossini) --The Marriage of Figaro (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) --"Toreador Song" from Carmen (Georges Bizet) --"La Habanera" from Carmen (Georges Bizet) --William Tell Overture (Gioachino Rossini) --"Infernal Galop" from Orpheus in the Underworld (Jacques Offenbach) Music City -- Go West! Music Selections: --"On the Trail" from The Grand Canyon Suite (Ferde Grofe) --Billy the Kid (Aaron Copland) --"Sunset" from The Grand Canyon Suite (Ferde Grofe) --The Red Pony (Aaron Copland) Show Announcement Patria -- Todos es Posible Music Selections: --"Treasure" (Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, and Phredley Brown) --"Paradise City" (Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan, and Steven Adler) --"It's My Life" (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and Max Martin) --"Gangster's Paradise" (Stevie Wonder, Coolio, Doug Rasheed and Larry Sanders) --"Boogie Wonderland" (Allee Willis and John Lind) Racine Scouts -- 87 Music Selections: --"Eine kleine Nachtmusik" (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) --"Four Score and Seven" (Vic Schoen and Les Brown) --"Once Upon a Time" from All American (Charles Strouse) --"7/8" (Colin "Kyteman" Benders) --"Crown Imperial" (Wlliam Walton) --"Onward Christian Soldiers" (Sabine Baring-Gould and Arthur Sullivan) Show Announcement Music Announcement Raiders -- Seasons of the Earth Music Selections: --"October" (Eric Whitacre) --"Month of the Cold Moon (January, 1839)" (Roland Barrett) --"Into the Joy of Spring" (James Swearingen) --"Kingfishers Catch Fire" (John Mackey) Show Announcement 7th Regiment -- Nev7sky: Alexander's Legacy Music Selections: --Alexander Nevsky by Sergei Prokofiev Show Announcement Spartans -- Olympus Show Announcement Music Selections: --"Olympic Fanfare" (Jeff Bolduc, Mike Moore, and Matt McGuire) --I. Hades: Symphony for Brass and Percussion (Alfred Reed) --II. Aphrodite: "You Are So Beautiful" (Billy Preston) --III. Artemis and Apolllo: Apollo Unleashed (Frank Tichelli) --IV. Hera and Zeus: Rest (Frank Tichelli) Les Stentors -- Magical Illusion Music Selections: --Now You See Me, Now You Don't (Brian Tyler) Vanguard Cadets -- The Road Not Taken --"Kaval Sviri" (traditional) --Meetings Along the Edge (Philip Glass) --"Test Drive" from How to Train Your Dragon (John Powell) --"Forbidden Friendship" from How to Train Your Dragon (John Powell) --"I'll Stand by You" (Chrissie Hynde) --"Secrets" (One Republic and Ludwig van Beethoven) Show Announcement Watchmen -- Lost Souls Music Selections: --"Under the Bridge" (Flea, John Frusciante, Anthony Kiedis, and Chad Smith) --"They Don't Care About Us" (Michael Jackson) --"Hallelujah" (Leonard Cohen) --Music of Korn? --Music of Skillrex? Edited 3/11 to add Spartans show title; 3/16 to add Racine repertoire; 4/19 to update Genesis repertoire; 5/2 to add Raiders repertoire; 5/9 to add Surge show title; 5/10 to add Louisiana; 5/21 to add logos for Eruption, Empire, Guardians, Incognito, Louisiana, and Watchmen; 5/22 to add Gold show title and repertoire; 5/28 to add BDB show title and repertoire, to add Legends show title and repertoire, to add Colts show title and repertoire; 6/10 to remove Newark (who show no signs of participating in DCI this year) and Thunder (the latter had announced a show titled "Our Generation", inspired by Jonathan Reed's poem "Lost Generation", but while there's been no official announcement, all indications are that they're taking a year off), to correct name of NET ("Eastern" not "East"), to add two items to Incognito, to add Saints show title and repertoire,* to add Surge repertoire,* to add alternate Eruption show title,* to update Genesis repertoire;* 6/19 to add Raiders program title; 6/23 to update Eruption program title, to add BDC program title and repertoire; 6/25 to add Patria (and their show title); 8/18 to clarify 7th repertoire, to note sections of Gold's show, to add Stentors title and repertoire, to delete North Eastern Technology, to clarify Music City repertoire, to add to Racine repertoire, to add Spartans repertoire, to add SCVC repertoire, to add composers to BDC repertoire, to add City Sound title and repertoire, to add Columbians title and repertoire, to add Golden Empire title and repertoire, to add a note about Guardians repertoire, to add a note about Watchmen repertoire; 8/19 to add Louisiana Stars title and repertoire,* to add Patria repertoire,* to change Guardians title and add repertoire,* to add Impulse title and repertoire,* to expand Incognito repertoire,* to add Watchmen repertoire. *found on CorpsReps
  9. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 16, 2015. The Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps is proud to announce the Percussion Staff for the 2015 season. With Percussion Arranger Eric Boylan returning to the Skyliners for a second year to arrange and design their 2015 percussion show, the Skyliners promise another entertaining and crowd pleasing show! The Skyliners are excited to welcome Thomas Siegfried as Percussion Caption Head, a position he has held previously with the Skyliners. Dr. AJ Merlino joins the Skyliners as Front Ensemble Technician/Coordinator. Patsy Vankirk, Mike Nederhood, Brendan Carter, and Cecily Siegfried are Skyliner Percussion Technicians. Thomas Siegfried is pleased to be back as the 2015 Percussion Caption Head for the Skyliners Drum and Bugle Corps. Thomas, a graduate of the Buffalo School of Performing Arts with percussion as his major has worked with Robbie Robison, Dan Delong, Rob Patterson, Billy Kaufman, John Reilly, Chris Feist and a host of others. Thomas has been involved in the Drum Corps activity for well over 25 years and has marched with the Reading Buccaneer, the Westshoremen, the Lehigh Valley Chieftians, the Buccaneer Alumni Corps, the Emmaus Sentinels, and the Reilly Raiders. He has served as Caption head and Percussion Arranger for the New York Skyliners, the Westshoremen, the Lehigh Valley Chieftain, the Emmaus Sentinels, the Buccaneer Alumni Corps, Wilson Central and Southern Junior High Schools, Muhlenburg High School and Kutztown High School. Thomas presently is the Assistant band director and percussion arranger for the Kutztown Senior High School. In addition, Thomas has done work for the undergraduate music program at Kutztown University and most recently has been involved with the graduate program at Indiana University. In 2008 he was given the honor of being inducted into the Pennsylvania Drum Corps Hall of Fame. Helping to get the Skyliners back on the field in 2014 was a deep heartfelt accomplishment and a very proud moment in his Drum Corps career. Thomas is looking forward to a positive year filled with many more accomplishments for the Skyliner organization. Mike Nederhood, Tenor Technician, grew up in Olympia, WA, and has lived and taught in both Seattle, WA, and eastern Pennsylvania. Mike has been playing all areas of percussion for 25 years. He has been teaching, arranging, and composing for 15. Mike moved to Pennsylvania to be in the heart of the drum corps activity, and he had the privilege of winning three world championships with the Reading Buccaneers, where he marched tenors and played in the pit. Mike is very excited to be in his second year as tenor technician with The Skyliners. During his first year with Sky, he was the DCA tenor individual champion. Mike credits much of his success to the fantastic instruction he has received, especially from his private instructors, Dan Adams, David Reeves, Frank Kumor and Will Rapp. Mike has been a member of the University of Washington marching band, the Seahawk's Blue Thunder drum line, and the Seattle Sounder's Soundwave band; he has performed at Lincoln Center, Benaroya Hall, Super Bowl XL, the Rose Bowl, and on a tour of China. Some highlights of his teaching career include winning two championships as director of the Whitehall indoor percussion ensemble, a silver medal finish as tenor tech with the North Penn Marching Knights, a gold medal finish as a percussion instructor with the Warwick marching band, and winning the Puget Sound Festival of Bands as pit tech with the Kamiak Show Band. Mike currently works with Lake-Lehman high school and the Wilkes University Marching Colonels. Mike holds an AA degree from Seattle Central Community College and a BA in Comparative History of Ideas from the University of Washington. He also attended Kutztown University in music performance. Dr. A.J. Merlino received his DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) Degree from UNLV (University of Nevada Las Vegas) in 2014. He received his MM (Master of Music) Degree at UNLV in 2012, and his BA (Bachelor of Arts in Music) in 2010 at Kutztown University. A.J. is the author of The Percussionist Bodybuilder: Optimizing Performance Through Exercise and Nutrition. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society; National Academy of Sports Medicine; and Performing Arts Medicine Association College Music Society. A.J. Merlino’s intense and versatile performing style has made him a highly sought after percussionist for the past decade. His playing has taken him around the world including Scotland, Croatia, Greece, Thailand, Australia, and Argentina. He has also collaborated with famed percussionists Michito Sanchez, Pepe Jimenez, Christian Tamburr, Bernie Dresel, and Kurt Rasmussen. Merlino has worked as music director, composer and performer for many projects held at The Venetian, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, and Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas as well as the production show Resurrecting Sin City, which premiered in Las Vegas and traveled to Adelaide, Australia in 2012. As a clinician, he has presented to numerous colleges, high schools, festivals and has worked for the International House of Blues with Kurt Rasmussen. A.J.’s Professional Employment resume includes being Instructor of Percussion Studies, Kutztown University, 2013-Present; Yocum Institute for Arts Education, Percussion Instructor, 2014-Present; Reading Music Foundation Instructor, Percussion Instructor, 2014-Present; Mexican Marimba Ensemble Director, New York Youth Musicians, 2014-Present; Skyliners Drum and Bugle Corp, Front Ensemble Instructor/Coordinator, 2014-Present; ESF Camps, Lead Instructor of Performing Arts, 2014; Front Ensemble Instructor, Kutztown University Marching Unit, 2014; Chamber Music Instructor, Kutztown University Chamber Festival, 2014; Percussion Graduate Assistant, UNLV, 2010-2013; Studio Manager, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA, 2007-2010; and Conference Associate, Mostly Marimba Corporation, Neptune NJ, 2007-2010. AJ’s Endorsements include: Yamaha Percussion, Innovative Percussion, Paiste, Remo, DrumTacs, and Meinl Percussion. His Select Performance Experience, just since 2008, includes percussion and instructional performances from Cirque du Soleil’s One Night for One Drop, Percussionist, at Bellagio Las Vegas, 2013 to Percussion Festival, Percussionist and Instructor, Cordoba in Argentina, 2012. While the entire list is too long to include here, AJ Merlino’s Press Kit can be viewed at Patsy Vankirk, Snare Drum Technician, has been teaching percussion for 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 through 2000. She then moved to Rochester, NY and began performing and instructing with Empire Statesmen from 2002-2010. Patsy is currently in charge of the battery at Victor High School, Victor, NY. During her time there, the marching band has won 7 New York championships. She is also involved in the Victor Indoor Percussion Ensemble (VIPE) , who are a 4-time State Champion. In 2010, "VIPE" were a Scholastic A finalist at WGI championships in Dayton, Ohio. Brendan Carter, Bass Drum Technician, has been teaching percussion at local high schools since 2008. He began teaching at Lake-Lehman High School under the direction of former band director Greg Riley. While at Lake-Lehman Brendan also began working with the indoor percussion ensemble. During his time at Lake-Lehman the percussion consistently placed in the top 10 in TOB and in 2009 Lake-Lehman won the TIA Scholastic Middle School Percussion Championship. Since then Brendan has worked with Wyoming Area High School from 2009 to present, Pittston Area High School 2010-present, as well as Dallas High School 2013-present. In 2010 Brendan became a Vic Firth educator. At Wyoming Area, Brendan directs the Indoor Percussion ensemble which has won the 2012 Scholastic Novice Percussion and the 2012 Scholastic Middle School Stationary Percussion Championships in TIA. While at Pittston Area, the percussion has consistently achieved the high percussion award in the Independence Open conference at Cavalcade Championships. Brendan is currently the marching band director at Pittston Area High School. Cecily Siegfried is returning to the Skyliners as Cymbal Technician. Cecily Siegfried brings to the Skylines years of experience in performing and teaching bands and drum corps. She will be lending her talents once again to our cymbal line. Cecily has been a performance and musical educator for numerous Drum Corps and countless bands and indoor units including the Westshoremen, Buccaneers, Chieftains, Governor Mifflin, Parkland, Cumberland Valley, Blue Mountain, Whitehall and Northern Lebanon to name a few. As a 5 time DCA world champion and former member of Up with People, she brings the work ethic, knowledge and experience to encourage members to strive to exceed their own expectations. She was a member of the Macy’s All Star Drum Corps in 1991, 1992 and 1994, and was inducted as an associate member of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2005, Cecily became the first inductee of the Pennsylvania Drum Corps Hall of Fame. Keep up-to-date with us via our website, and the Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps Facebook page at . For more information, please contact Adam Burdett at
  10. Park City Pride announces their administrative staff for 2015. The Corps Director will be Mike Marella. Sissy McCarthy and Bob Bradley will serve as Co-Directors. Rich Warga returns as Business Manager. To quote Mike Marella as he addressed the membership at their 2015 kickoff event “There is a very exciting year ahead for us and we can't wait to get to work. Together we will make 2015 our best year yet.” Park City Pride ... Entertaining for the Fun of It! Visit us at and on Facebook
  11. 2015 Sunrisers Show Announcement - “COME FLY WITH ME” How would you respond if someone said, “You can travel the world for the price of a seat at a drum corps contest?” That is the option available to those who will see the Long Island Sunrisers in 2015. The journey is called “Come Fly With Me.” “When we sat down to map out the course of the corps, we wanted to choose a show that was audience-friendly, artistic and true to the identity of the Sunrisers,” program coordinator Gene O’Brien states. “Many routes were open to us, but this one really excited the staff as being a Sunrisers production, with a twist.” “The concept was chosen because the staff felt that a travelogue would present excellent opportunities visually combined with a limitless array of music,”O’Brien states. “During a conference call in the early fall, one participant said that the concept reminded him of an iconic Frank Sinatra travelogue concept album from the 1950s ‘Come Fly With Me’. JD Shaw, our brass arranger, thought that tune would be a perfect launching pad for this international journey.” The show opening evolved into a flight from New York’s JFK Airport to Europe. Keep your eye on the Sunrisers color guard this year, led by Nick Ashley and Budd Williams as they take us on this visual journey with the first stop being Spain. “The paso doble is a great Spanish dance form, so Alfred Reed’s ‘El Camino Real’ seemed a perfect choice,”O’Brien said. “This is music with lots of fire and drive. What really excites me is the opportunity for the front ensemble and brass to engage in a conversation. Organic design is important to us,”he states. From Spain, the Sunrisers will bring the audience to Italy. “So many pieces could fit this bill, but JD gravitated to Mascagni’s ‘Cavalleria Rusticana.’ This was an excellent selection, because it is such a great tune that has so far flown under the drum corps radar. It is so difficult to find material that hasn’t been picked over by drum corps, but this piece is a gem,’ O’Brien says. The Sunrisers entourage then travels to India, in which the percussion features within “Jai Ho” from the hit movie franchise “Slumdog Millionaire.” This film is the Indian version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” states O’Brien: “This is a great opportunity for us to explore ethnic percussion. Kevin Murphy, our new percussion writer and caption head, presented this material and is very excited about producing it for the field. We are equally excited.” The journey so far has been fun, but the Sunrisers are working their way back to the mainland. France, in the form of “Marseilles” is the conclusion of the European trek and springboard for the return to the mainland. Staff coordinator, Frank Mauriello states, “We as a staff are extremely excited about this upcoming season and it is one of the most anticipated seasons to date for the Sunrisers. We have assembled one of the most experienced rosters of staff that we have ever had, with JD Shaw, Bobby Jones, and Kevin Murphy taking the lead on the design team.” The design team and instructional staff have many years of experience and knowledge coming from all over the drum corps landscape; ranging from The Santa Clara Vanguard, The Cadets, The Blue Devils, The Blue Stars, Syracuse Brigadiers, Reading Buccaneers, and Phantom Regiment and more. Frank Mauriello continues, “Obviously, this top notch team is no stranger to success and we’re looking forward to having them share their wealth of knowledge with our members, as well as help the Sunrisers soar to new heights in their 2015 production, ‘Come Fly With Me.’”
  12. Now that the holidays are over, its time to get back to drum corps! Our first camp of 2015 is coming up in just over a week. We will continue work on our program "A Roman Legion's Tale." We will be getting a first read of our second part "Mars (from the Planets)." We are looking for members in all sections. When: Saturday, January 17, 12:00-6:00pm Sunday, January 18, 11:00am-5:00pm Where: Sacred Heart Parish Center 1061 Springfield St., Agawam, MA 01030 For more information, visit our website or Facebook page. Join the Legion!
  13. Reading Bucs Website NEW TRUCK CAMPAIGN IS UNDER WAY AND WE NEED YOUR HELP! While expenses in this activity continue to rise each season, our aging box trucks are beginning to take a larger toll on our budget than anticipated. Because of this we are kicking off this campaign to raise some much needed funds that will allow us to not only replace one of our trucks, but also provide some much needed preventative maintenance to the other. We take great pride in the fact that we are able to provide the highest quality educational experience this activity has to offer without a huge financial sacrifice from our members...THIS is one of the things that separates the Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps from the rest. Please consider donating to this worthy cause and help us continue to provide a financially attainable, world class educational experience for our members that not only meets, but exceeds their expectations. The Reading Buccaneers, founded in 1957, are a 501c3 not for profit organization. Your donations to this great cause will not only be appreciated by every member of the organization, but are tax deductible as well. Please help us spread the word and give today! Thank you! **If you have a company looking to donate a truck, we have the followingminimum requirements: 24 Foot Box, Able to be Registered Non-CDL (26,000lbs), Curbside Door a plus Donations can be made on our website
  14. After an exciting end to the 2014 season, coupled with the kick off of 2015 this past weekend, the Hurricanes are excited to announce our 2015 Program. Tonight, join the Hurricanes as we hit a few of the City’s hippest “After Hours” clubs, on a Saturday night to remember! Hearing Brian Setzer’s dramatic ballad, “Since I Don’t Have You”, coming from a place just down the street, we set the adventure in motion. Our evening blasts to life in a high-octane jazz club where “Nutville”, one of our favorite big band productions, begins. Killer horn riffs and relentless energy deliver the wild ride of this Buddy Rich classic. We need a breath of air and escape outside, only to catch the plaintive sounds of “Harlem Nocturne” echoing from a smoky club down the block. Thinking we might catch a break, we're in for a big surprise when the band suddenly lights up the joint with “Jump, Jive and Wail”, Louis Prima’s dynamite up-tempo hit. Jammed with driving drums, pulsing rhythm, and dynamic horn moments, this iconic swing tune leaves us exhausted. But just as we're ready to leave, the haunting, dramatic “Since I Don’t Have You” begins to weave its spell again. The bold, textured, familiar melody welcomes the dawn, capping off a night of entertainment and emotion, cruising the jazz scene “After Hours”.
  15. Intro to our 2015 season. All are welcome.....Come check it out!!!! Rehearsal Hours: Saturday, Novemeber 29th 10:00AM -5:00 PM Sunday, Novemeber 30th 9:00 AM - 4:00PM Please fill out a profile at It will help us to prepare for you at our Open House 2015!!! Registration fee for Open House... $25.00 for returning members. $50.00 for new members. This fee will be put towards your tuition / dues should you continue on with the 2015 Caballeros. A little Open House Video 2015 Interest Page on FB Fan Page on FB Sign Up Now
  16. November 25, 2014. The Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps’ Open House this past weekend was a tremendous success, and an exciting beginning for the corps’ 70th Anniversary season. After the Skyliners’ return to the field of DCA Competition last season, the corps is looking forward to continued growth and more opportunities to entertain its stalwart fans and alumni. Scott Carey, Brass Caption Head, assisted by Ryan Lamoreux, Assistant Brass Caption Head, led the brass instruction, supported by the 2015 Brass Staff. After warm-ups, the horn line worked through the beginning of “It Better Be Tonight”, from their 2015 show “Whatever Lola Wants.” Although composed for the 1963 film ‘The Pink Panther’, the Skyliners have chosen Michael Bublé’s treatment of this song, which is an adaptation of the musical arrangement made for the great songstress, Lena Horne. Percussion Caption Head Tom Siegfried and Percussion Arranger Eric Boylan, together with the Percussion staff, led the Percussion line through percussion warm-ups. They also embarked on music for “It Better Be Tonight”. The color guard members in attendance were led by Michele Fadden, Color Guard Caption Head, and the Color Guard Staff. They stretched, danced, spun and did jazz runs. Throughout the day Andrew Hayward, Visual Caption Head, and the Visual Staff visited each section to help focus on visual basics during sectionals. The Skyliners unveiled a new uniform for the 2015 season to the attendees of the Open House. SKY OPEN HOUSE VIDEO REPORT - The Skyliners thank everyone who attended today, everyone who helped set up or clean up for the Open House, those who baked or cooked, 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: SKYLINERS DECEMBER CAMP WEEKEND Dates/Times: Saturday, December 13th, 2014 ~ 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 P.M. Sunday, December 14th, 2014 ~ 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 P.M. Location: Wyoming Valley West High School 150 Wadham Street, Plymouth, PA 18651 Directions: Keep up-to-date with us via our website,, the Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps Facebook page at and the Skyliners 2015 Interest Page: For more information, please contact Adam Burdett at
  17. November 25, 2014. The Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps’ Open House this past weekend was a tremendous success, and an exciting beginning for the corps’ 70th Anniversary season. After the Skyliners’ return to the field of DCA Competition last season, the corps is looking forward to continued growth and more opportunities to entertain its stalwart fans and alumni. Scott Carey, Brass Caption Head, assisted by Ryan Lamoreux, Assistant Brass Caption Head, led the brass instruction, supported by the 2015 Brass Staff. After warm-ups, the horn line worked through the beginning of “It Better Be Tonight”, from their 2015 show “Whatever Lola Wants.” Although composed for the 1963 film ‘The Pink Panther’, the Skyliners have chosen Michael Bublé’s treatment of this song, which is an adaptation of the musical arrangement made for the great songstress, Lena Horne. Percussion Caption Head Tom Siegfried and Percussion Arranger Eric Boylan, together with the Percussion staff, led the Percussion line through percussion warm-ups. They also embarked on music for “It Better Be Tonight”. The color guard members in attendance were led by Michele Fadden, Color Guard Caption Head, and the Color Guard Staff. They stretched, danced, spun and did jazz runs. Throughout the day Andrew Hayward, Visual Caption Head, and the Visual Staff visited each section to help focus on visual basics during sectionals. The Skyliners unveiled a new uniform for the 2015 season to the attendees of the Open House. SKY OPEN HOUSE VIDEO REPORT - The Skyliners thank everyone who attended today, everyone who helped set up or clean up for the Open House, those who baked or cooked, 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: SKYLINERS DECEMBER CAMP WEEKEND Dates/Times: Saturday, December 13th, 2014 ~ 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 P.M. Sunday, December 14th, 2014 ~ 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 P.M. Location: Wyoming Valley West High School 150 Wadham Street, Plymouth, PA 18651 Directions: Keep up-to-date with us via our website,, the Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps Facebook page at and the Skyliners 2015 Interest Page: For more information, please contact Adam Burdett at
  19. I'm thrilled to share our 2015 design team announcement with the good people of Drum Corps Planet. From our website: Blue Devils’ John Meehan joins Minnesota Brass — plus other 2015 staff additions Posted on November 18, 2014 John Meehan celebrates the Blue Devils’ 2014 DCI championship and high brass award in August at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Minnesota Brass is thrilled to announce the addition of Blue Devils luminaryJohn Meehan as arranger and brass consultant. He joins a world-class staff made up of drum corps veterans who know how to build a champion and foster innovation in the marching arts. John is most widely known as an instructor and arranger with the Blue Devils of Concord, Calif., helping to guide the corps to six DCI world championships (including 2014) and nine high brass awards since 1994. He also has been instrumental in establishing the Blue Devils B and C corps as musical forces, with Blue Devils B winning DCI’s Open Class championship this year. John has established himself as a highly sought-after arranger and show creator with a variety of musical ensembles around the globe, from the award-winning James Logan High School Marching Band of Union City, Calif., to Drum Corps Japan champion Yokohama Scouts. As if making a major splash in the marching arts weren’t enough, John is an accomplished composer, too. His key writing credits include the album “The Music Of WYLAND,” the score for the film “Mind Games” and the commissioned concert-band piece “Circe’s Curse.” His performance achievements include playing in a world-champion Blue Devils hornline and soloing in Germany with his college jazz ensemble. “We’re very excited to welcome John Meehan to our design team,” said Eric Molho, executive director of Minnesota Brass. “He will help push our creativity and strengthen the experience for our members, which makes him the perfect addition to Minnesota Brass.” And John isn’t the only new member of the corps’ staff. Also coming aboard are alumni Joe Asleson as visual caption supervisor and Craig Myers as front-ensemble arranger and supervisor. They join returning staffers Joel Matuzak as program coordinator and battery caption supervisor and Wil Furnstahl as color-guard caption supervisor, along with Scott Palmer as brass caption supervisor, in his first full season in that role, and Paul Terry as assistant brass caption supervisor. Here’s a little more about these staff members: Joe Asleson (visual caption supervisor): Joe is the director and visual designer for Minnesota Brass Indoor Drumline and now takes on visual duties for the full field corps. In 2014, he was voted Instructor of the Year by the Minnesota Percussion Association. He serves as the percussion caption head and battery arranger for the Eden Prairie High School Marching Band, as well as battery arranger and visual designer for the Eden Prairie Indoor Drumline. For the 2012 and 2013 seasons, he served as snare technician as well as battery visual instructor and choreographer for the Colts drum and bugle corps of Dubuque, Iowa. He has instructed and designed at various high schools in Minnesota. In 2010 and 2014, he served as the snare section leader with Minnesota Brass, where he first performed in 2005. In 2008, he performed with the Madison Scouts, serving as snare section leader for his age-out season. He performed with Minnesota Brass Indoor in its inaugural season in 2008 and with Music City Mystique (bronze medalist) in 2009. Wil Furnstahl (color-guard caption supervisor): Wil has led Minnesota Brass’ color guard for several years, including the 2011 DCA championship season, when his unit won top honors. He also is the director of MBI Winter Guard, which he has built into a consistent WGI Independent Open Class finalist. He has led several winter guard champions in the North Star Color Guard Circuit, including Park Center High School, Eclipse and Elk River. He has performed with St. Cloud All-City Marching Band, the Royal Guard of the Twin Cities, Heritage Winter Guard of Madison, Wis., and Minnesota Brass. He has been teaching color guard since 1997 and is an adjudicator with the Tri-State Judges Association. Joel Matuzak (program coordinator and battery caption supervisor): Joel has been the program coordinator for Minnesota Brass since 2002 and percussion caption head since 1998. Under his leadership, the corps has won the DCA Open Class Championship (2011) and been a silver medalist five times, as well as winning four DCA percussion titles. He is the design coordinator for the Minnesota Brass Indoor Drumline and has been the head instructor of the Sköl Line, a drumline for the Minnesota Vikings NFL franchise, since 2008. He is highly regarded as an arranger, drill writer, clinician and adjudicator. He has instructed and arranged for many marching ensembles throughout the United States, including the University of Arkansas, Governaires drum and bugle corps, Irondale High School, Waseca High School and Eden Prairie High School. He is a graduate of St. Cloud State University with a degree in music education. He has been the director of instrumental music at Highland Park Senior High School in St. Paul since 1997. Craig Myers (front-ensemble arranger and supervisor): Craig is a percussion educator, clinician, composer and arranger who has worked with many programs throughout the Midwest, including Eden Prairie High School, the Colts and Waconia High School. He also is a staff composer/arranger for JKS Music, and serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Percussion Association. He started his performance career at Minnesota Brass in 2003 and also has performed as a World Class finalist with Rhythm X (2008 WGI PIW World Champions), the Cadets (Allentown, Pa.) and the Bluecoats (Canton, Ohio). At Eden Prairie High School, he is the front ensemble/sound design arranger in addition to the assistant director of the program’s percussion ensembles. He received his degree in percussion performance from St. Cloud State University. Scott Palmer (brass caption supervisor): Scott returns to Minnesota Brass to lead its hornline, as well as spend a second season as an instructor on the horn staff of the Blue Devils, which won the DCI championship in his first year with the corps. He has performed with Minnesota Brass and the Madison Scouts. He is in his ninth year of teaching at Eden Prairie High School, where his many roles include directing the Eagle Marching Band and Winter Drumline. Under his direction, the marching band has been a Bands of America Super Regional finalist and Minnesota State Marching Band Championships runner-up. He is a graduate of the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music with a degree in music education and is working on his master of music in conducting from the American Band College through Sam Houston State University. He is an active member of the music education community in Minnesota as an adjudicator, coach and clinician. Paul Terry (assistant brass caption supervisor): Paul has been on the Minnesota Brass horn staff since 2007 and helped lead the corps to back-to-back high brass awards in 2010 and ’11, as well as the 2011 DCA Open Class Championship. He performed with Minnesota Brass in 2005-06. In 2014, he joined the Colts as a low-brass technician. He directs the bands and orchestras at Maple Grove Junior High School and teaches the Anoka High School Marching Tornadoes. He also has served as trombone coach for the Minnesota Music Educators Association’s All-State Jazz Band for several years. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Minnesota and his master’s degree from Boston University. “Our 2015 design team is a great mix of familiar and new faces who are each amazing teachers and writers,” Molho said. “I’m thrilled we have assembled such a talented group to make this season extraordinary.”