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  1. The Skyliners’ 2017 show is called XSCAPE! The design team includes Thomas Sparling, Program Coordinator and Visual Designer; John Meehan, Brass Arranger; Ted Mascari, Percussion Arranger; Ryan Reed, Front Ensemble Arranger; James Branche and Krysta Ganey, Color Guard Designers; and Matthew Stevens, Visual Show Consultant. The XSCAPE show is contemporary, sophisticated, and cutting edge. It incorporates a variety of musical styles, and visual and color guard packages to engage and entertain the audience and membership. The Introduction of "All The Rowboats" is from Regina Spektor’s sixth album. The song finds her singing about someone who wants to liberate works of art from the museum where they are kept. For The Skyliners, this will start with pit, percussion, and soloists or small group(s) and then build to an impact with full corps. The Opener is "Escape to Paradise" from the movie Chicken Run by John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams. Although written for an animated film, the score is “perfectly suited to the action on screen: classic instrumentation and serious themes, but with the occasional nod and wink.” Look for lots of sectional features, some percussion windows, moderate tempo, and lots of action! The Skyliners’ Percussion Feature is "Xscape" by Michael Jackson. It was written and recorded in 1999 for Jackson’s tenth studio album, Invincible” album, but failed to make the album. The song was completed in 2001 and leaked on the internet the following year. It is also the name of the second posthumous album of previously unreleased tracks by Jackson that includes “Xscape”. The Ballad is "Lost Boy", the 2015 debut single by Canadian singer Ruth B. “Lost Boy” is a pop tune that has already hit Platinum status, and was part of Ruth B’s EP (Extended Play recording), “The Intro” released on November 27, 2015. A music video for the song was released in May 2016. Look for lush brass and solos, and front ensemble in this fresh single. The Closer is “Kingfishers Catch Fire Movement 2” by John Mackey. This wind ensemble piece premiered on March 17, 2007 in Kurashiki, Japan. It was conducted by Ichirō Saitō, a Japanese film composer. A "kingfisher" is a bird with beautiful, brilliantly colored feathers that look in sunlight as if they are on fire. Kingfishers are rarely seen, but when they are seen, they are undeniably beautiful. The second movement, "Kingfishers Catch Fire," imagines the bird flying out into the sunlight. Starting with the pit, the audience will appreciate the brass features on a 1/16th note ostinato, then a huge build to the ending. The Skyliners are thrilled to be working with these exceptional Creative Designers to continue our growth to the next level in DCA for 2017. Come to The Skyliners’ Open House to find out more: Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016 ~ 10:00 - 7:00 P.M. Check-In: 9:00 a.m. Location: Wyoming Valley West High School 150 Wadham Street, Plymouth, PA 18651 Directions: http://tinyurl.com/Wyoming-West-HS-Directions-Sky Keep up-to-date with us via our website, http://www.marchsky.org and join The Skyliners' 2017 Face Book Information Page. For more information, please contact Larry Carbonell or go to or go to http://www.skylinersdbc.org/join and follow the directions to create a CorpsData profile.
  2. September 15, 2016. The Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps announce that all Caption Heads will be returning for the 2017 season. These include Jeff Crawford, Visual Caption Head who is returning for his fourth season with the Skyliners; Patsy Vankirk, Percussion Caption Head for whom this will be her third season; Shane Startzel who is returning for his second season as Brass Caption Head, and Brenda Perigrim, Color Guard Caption Head, who is in her third season since Skyliners’ return to the competition field in 2014. Jeff Crawford, Skyliners Visual Caption Head, is the third of four generations of his family involved in drum corps. His marching experience includes: the Southern Tier Grenadiers Jr. Drum & Bugle Corps from Tioga county New York; Empire State Express from Elmira Height, New York; the Watkins Glen Squires, and 27th Lancers from Revere, Massachusetts. Jeff’s teaching experience includes being on the Visual Staff of the Johnson City Wildcat Marching Band, and working with the Wyoming Valley West Marching Band as Assistant Band Director, Visual Designer, and Coordinator. He was on the Skyliners’ Visual staff for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, and was named Caption Head for 2016. Patsy Vankirk, Skyliners Percussion Caption Head, has been teaching percussion for over 30 years. She began teaching at Shikellamy High School upon graduation from there. Other high schools she has worked with while living in Pennsylvania were Southwestern and Bloomsburg high schools. She also marched with the Reading Buccaneers from 1998 thru 2000. She then moved to Rochester, NY and began performing and instructing with Empire Statesmen from 2002-2010. She is currently in charge of the battery at Victor High School, Victor, NY. During her time there, the marching band has won 6 New York championships. She is also involved in the Victor Indoor Percussion Ensemble (VIPE), who are a 5-time state champion, including the 2016 New York State Percussion Circuit Champion. In 2010, "VIPE" were a Scholastic A finalist at WGI championships in Dayton, Ohio. In the last 12 months, Victor Percussion has been undefeated, both in indoor competition, and as part of the Victor Marching Blue Devils. Shane Startzel, Brass Caption Head, also started teaching at Shikellamy High School. He was 2001 Brass and Visual Tech, and Brass and Visual Caption Head from 2002-2003. Shane has worked with the Victor High School Indoor Percussion Program (VIPE) from 2007 to 2011, was Visual Teach in 2007, and has been The Victor Marching Blue Devils’ Brass Music Instructor from 2008 to present. Starting as Contra Tech with the Skyliners for the 2006 season, Shane became Brass Caption Head mid-winter. Shane’s marching experience includes being a member of the Shikellamy High School Marching band from 1988 – 1992; The Blue Coats (DCI) from 1991 – 1992, and the Empire Statesman (DCA) from 2003 – 2007. Brenda Perigrim, Color Guard Caption Head, returned to the Skyliners’ Color Guard Staff in 2015 as Designer for Flag and Rifle work, and Instructor. She became Caption Head for the 2016 season. Brenda also has worked with the New York Skyliners Alumni Corps Color Guard over the last few years. She marched guard in the Speigleaires from Troy, New York from 1971 to 1975, and Avant Garde from Saratoga Springs, New York from 1975 to 1981. After aging out, Brenda taught Avant Garde from 1982 to 1983. Brenda is a Skyliner alumna who marched with the Skyliners from 1985 through 1996, and Winter Sky from 1992 to 1996. In addition to teaching Avant Garde, some of the groups that Brenda taught include the Mohonasen Field Band (1997 to 2007), Mohonasen Winter Guard (1997 to 2007), the 1996 Duanesburg Winter Guard, the 1995 Cherry Valley High School Winter Guard and Band, and the Volunteers Drum & Bugle Corps of Troy, New York. Under the guidance of these Caption Heads, The Skyliners established protocols and a competitive rehearsal program that fostered their growth to an 11th place finish at Drum Corps Associates in 2016. With further vital consistency in instructional direction and focus, the Skyliners expect to continue their re-establishment in the DCA community and achieve their long term goals of becoming a Finalist corps once again. The Skyliners’ Open House will take place in November 2016. Details to be announced as soon as possible. Keep up-to-date with us via our website, http://www.marchsky.org and join the Skyliners 2017 Interest Page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/971700419546930. For more information, please contact Larry Carbonell at director@marchsky.org.
  3. September 15, 2016. The Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps announce that all Caption Heads will be returning for the 2017 season. These include Jeff Crawford, Visual Caption Head who is returning for his fourth season with the Skyliners; Patsy Vankirk, Percussion Caption Head for whom this will be her third season; Shane Startzel who is returning for his second season as Brass Caption Head, and Brenda Perigrim, Color Guard Caption Head, who is in her third season since Skyliners’ return to the competition field in 2014. Jeff Crawford, Skyliners Visual Caption Head, is the third of four generations of his family involved in drum corps. His marching experience includes: the Southern Tier Grenadiers Jr. Drum & Bugle Corps from Tioga county New York; Empire State Express from Elmira Height, New York; the Watkins Glen Squires, and 27th Lancers from Revere, Massachusetts. Jeff’s teaching experience includes being on the Visual Staff of the Johnson City Wildcat Marching Band, and working with the Wyoming Valley West Marching Band as Assistant Band Director, Visual Designer, and Coordinator. He was on the Skyliners’ Visual staff for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, and was named Caption Head for 2016. Patsy Vankirk, Skyliners Percussion Caption Head, has been teaching percussion for over 30 years. She began teaching at Shikellamy High School upon graduation from there. Other high schools she has worked with while living in Pennsylvania were Southwestern and Bloomsburg high schools. She also marched with the Reading Buccaneers from 1998 thru 2000. She then moved to Rochester, NY and began performing and instructing with Empire Statesmen from 2002-2010. She is currently in charge of the battery at Victor High School, Victor, NY. During her time there, the marching band has won 6 New York championships. She is also involved in the Victor Indoor Percussion Ensemble (VIPE), who are a 5-time state champion, including the 2016 New York State Percussion Circuit Champion. In 2010, "VIPE" were a Scholastic A finalist at WGI championships in Dayton, Ohio. In the last 12 months, Victor Percussion has been undefeated, both in indoor competition, and as part of the Victor Marching Blue Devils. Shane Startzel, Brass Caption Head, also started teaching at Shikellamy High School. He was 2001 Brass and Visual Tech, and Brass and Visual Caption Head from 2002-2003. Shane has worked with the Victor High School Indoor Percussion Program (VIPE) from 2007 to 2011, was Visual Teach in 2007, and has been The Victor Marching Blue Devils’ Brass Music Instructor from 2008 to present. Starting as Contra Tech with the Skyliners for the 2006 season, Shane became Brass Caption Head mid-winter. Shane’s marching experience includes being a member of the Shikellamy High School Marching band from 1988 – 1992; The Blue Coats (DCI) from 1991 – 1992, and the Empire Statesman (DCA) from 2003 – 2007. Brenda Perigrim, Color Guard Caption Head, returned to the Skyliners’ Color Guard Staff in 2015 as Designer for Flag and Rifle work, and Instructor. She became Caption Head for the 2016 season. Brenda also has worked with the New York Skyliners Alumni Corps Color Guard over the last few years. She marched guard in the Speigleaires from Troy, New York from 1971 to 1975, and Avant Garde from Saratoga Springs, New York from 1975 to 1981. After aging out, Brenda taught Avant Garde from 1982 to 1983. Brenda is a Skyliner alumna who marched with the Skyliners from 1985 through 1996, and Winter Sky from 1992 to 1996. In addition to teaching Avant Garde, some of the groups that Brenda taught include the Mohonasen Field Band (1997 to 2007), Mohonasen Winter Guard (1997 to 2007), the 1996 Duanesburg Winter Guard, the 1995 Cherry Valley High School Winter Guard and Band, and the Volunteers Drum & Bugle Corps of Troy, New York. Under the guidance of these Caption Heads, The Skyliners established protocols and a competitive rehearsal program that fostered their growth to an 11th place finish at Drum Corps Associates in 2016. With further vital consistency in instructional direction and focus, the Skyliners expect to continue their re-establishment in the DCA community and achieve their long term goals of becoming a Finalist corps once again. The Skyliners’ Open House will take place in November 2016. Details to be announced as soon as possible. Keep up-to-date with us via our website, http://www.marchsky.org and join the Skyliners 2017 Interest Page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/971700419546930. For more information, please contact Larry Carbonell at director@marchsky.org.
  4. Jenison High School (near Grand Rapids, Michigan) is seeking a Color Guard Director beginning in the winter 2016-17 season. The guard program includes two winter guards, and is a strong and vital part of our competitive marching band (BOA Semifinalist). The Varsity Winter Guard has been the MCGC Scholastic A State Champion six of the last seven years, and has been a WGI Scholastic A Semifinalist and Finalist as well as a Scholastic Open semifinalist (2016). The students, staff, band directors, parents and school administrators are committed to continuing the success of our program. The Color Guard Director will manage and rehearse both winter guards and the fall color guard. Salary and schedule will be negotiated based on experience and availability. Please send a resumé and/or any questions you may have to Dave Zamborsky, Director of Bands, at dzambors@jpsonline.org.
  5. The Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps completed their third successful season since their 2014 return to the DCA Field of Competition. Finishing in 11th place with a score of 83.50, this is the first time since DCA 2004 Prelims that the Skyliners finished 11th (in 2004 with an 81.08). This is also the highest score the Skyliners has achieved since DCA 2001 Finals, when Skyliners placed 9th with a score of 86.50. Despite not breaking into the “Top Ten”, the Skyliners were invited to perform an exhibition in front of the DCA Finals crowd, and our battery was given the honor of playing all the DCA Finalists corps onto retreat. In addition to the growth of the Skyliners over the 2016 season, fan appreciation for the corps has been rekindled as well, as was indicated by the standing ovation at Prelims this year and through the season. The corps brought their traditional “An Evening with the Corps” drum corps show back to DCA Competition on June 25, 2016, and will sponsor this show again next year. Over the 4th of July weekend the Skyliners participated in the Ijamsville, Maryland DCA show and stayed through Monday to march in local parades. The continued mutual appreciate and support with the New York Skyliners Alumni Corps is also a bright spot in this season. The Skyliners will hold its Open House in November, with dates and place to be announced. Our winter schedule will be ONE camp per month January through March. We can also boast that we have one of the lowest dues/tuition costs in the circuit. The Skyliners Drum and Bugle Corps is a charitable non-profit, self-funded competitive marching organization located in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area. Founded in 1945, they are one of the Nation’s oldest and most beloved corps and are sponsored by the Michael Steiner American Legion Post #411 in Jessup, Pennsylvania and the Garbarina-Mazarakos American Legion Post #1523 of New York City. Keep up-to-date with us via our website, http://www.marchsky.org and join the Skyliners 2017 Interest FaceBook Page at https://www.facebook...971700419546930. For more information, please contact Larry Carbonell at director@marchsky.org.
  6. 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.
  7. Tickets cost an affordable $15.00 for General Admission. 6 and under free. Call Susan Eckert – 484-619-5151 (calls taken until 9:00 P.M.) to order your tickets. Go to our Home Show Link: http://www.skylinersdbc.org/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. We look forward to seeing you at the show!
  8. Heat wave Of Florida, Florida's only DCI drum and Bugle Corps, has a few guard openings. If you, or someone you know might be interested, please contact our Guard Caption head. This is going to be an exciting year for us, and you can be a part of it. contact guard@heatwavedrumcorps.org or go to our website at: www.heatwavedrumcorps.com Thanks!!
  9. Heat Wave Of Florida We have a few guard spots left. If you, or anyone you know might be interested, please contact our Color Guard Caption Head at: guard@heatwavedrumcorps.org This years show is really somthing special, and being a part of it is somthing special. Don't let this opportunity pass you by.
  10. 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.
  11. 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. ###
  12. 2016 Colorguard Team Announcement The Sunrisers are pleased to welcome Jason Nealy to the Corps as our new Color Guard Designer/Caption Head . Jason is originally from Stratford, CT and is currently residing in Lowell, MA. He has been involved with the color guard world for 18 years, having started his color guard career with Bunnell High School in 1996. This year marks his second year working with the Les Eclipses Independent Open colorguard. He is also working with Blessed Sacrament World and Open Class Winterguards. His marching career includes two world championships, one with Fantasia Winterguard from Riverside, CA in 2006 and the other with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from Rosemont, IL in 2002. Jason has DCA experience as a member of the Bushwackers (2000-2001), the Caballeros (1999, 2014), and the Hurricanes (1998). The Sunrisers welcome Rachel Montanez to the team as a colorguard instructor. Rachel began her colorguard career at Mineola High School in 2008. She enjoyed four years of high school fall and winter guard, where under her captainship, she has won a NYSFBC Championship (2009) and was an A Class WGI Finalist (2011). She went on to march Independent World-Class winter guard with Alter Ego (2013) and was a World Class WGI Finalist. Rachel has also performed with many other note-worthy organizations such as, The Sunrisers (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015), The Hurricanes (2012) and The Cadets (2013 – 2015). Rachel found an irresistible attachment to color guard at a young age and had the urge to share that passion with other young performers as soon as she graduated high school. Rachel has had the pleasure of teaching programs such as Division Avenue High School, Garden City High School, Longwood High School, and is currently in her fourth year teaching Mineola High School where she is the Color Guard Director. Rachel is looking forward to being with the Sunrisers colorguard full-time for the summer of 2016. Lindsay Beaumont joins the team as a colorguard instructor. Lindsay began her colorguard career at the age of 9 in a local independent group from Long Island, NY. In 2007, she joined Alter Ego Colorguard where she marched for 9 consecutive years (2007-2015). She won a WGI gold medal with Alter Ego in 2008 while she was only in 8th grade. She was a WGI world class finalist for 7 years in a row and was captain her last two years in the word class organization. She was a member of the Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps (2006-2008). She was then a member of the Connecticut Hurricanes (2009-2011). After six years of marching DCA, Lindsay decided to march DCI with The Cadets. She performed with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps for four consecutive seasons (2012-2015). Lindsay has been involved with this activity for over a decade at only the age of 21. She goes to St. Joseph’s College and is on her way to becoming an elementary school teacher. She has grown to love the activity immensely and wants to be able to share her passion and love with other young performers and students. Lindsay has had the pleasure of teaching Sachem Marching Band (2015), The Sunrisers Drum and Bugle Corps (2015), and Mineola Winter Guard (for the upcoming season). Lindsay is truly looking forward to pursuing her career as a teacher while still being able to share her love and passion for the activity. She is excited to work with The Sunrisers again for the upcoming season. Maria White joins the Sunrisers as a colorguard instructor. Maria began her marching career 1988. She has built years of experience since, both marching and teaching various color guards,drum lines and and front ensembles. Some of her positions include: Front Ensemble instructor with Sunrisers and Fusion Core Drum and Bugle Corps, Brentwood HS (NY), Williamsport HS (MD) Color Guard caption head for Brentwood HS (NY) (1998 – 2011) and Malverne HS (NY) since 2014. She has been the director of Saturday Matinee Winter guard since 2010. Maria has been a guard member of several award winning organizations. She performed with Heatwave and Fusion Core Drum and Bugle Corps, Light Brigade Indoor and most recently spent the last 3 seasons performing with The Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps. Maria is a full time full time mother of 4 and happily married to Joe White who is also actively involved in the marching arts. They are both Sunriser Alumni and are thrilled to be making their return this season. Rodney Thomas joins the Sunrisers as a colorguard consultant. Rodney currently resides in Mount Vernon, NY. He began his colorguard career in 1995 starting in a small parade corps from his hometown. He then went on to become a member of the Alter Ego Colorguard (2002-2003) and the Light Brigade Colorguard (2004-2007 and 2009). Rodney was also a member of the Bushwackers all-age corps (2004) and a member of The Cadets (2000 and 2005) winning the DCI World Championship both years. Rodney has taught numerous colorguards, marching bands and colorguards throughout New Jersey, Connecticut and Texas including The Bushwackers (2006-2008), Piscataway High School (2007, 2008), Bunnell High School (2008-2010), Passaic High School (2005) and Revolution Drum Corps (2009-2011). Rodney is excited to be working with the Sunrisers and we welcome him on board. Amy Vercruysse-Jones is excited to return to the colorguard instructor of the 2016 Sunrisers. After joining the team mid-season in 2015. Amy began her colorguard career with the Persuasion Winterguard (IA) in 1998 & 1999, then went on to march/teach with Emanon Winterguard (IA) 2000-2002 and Innuendo Winterguard (IO) 2004. She also marched with the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum & Bugle Corps beginning in 1999 through their DCA championship season in 2003. Amy has taught a variety of high school marching band and winterguard programs including Jackson Memorial HS (NJ), Urbana HS (MD), and WGI and BOA regional finalists Governor Thomas Johnson HS (MD) and Westminster HS (MD). Outside of the activity, Amy is a graduate of The Richard Stockton College of NJ (B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology) and the MGH Institute of Health Professionals (Boston, MA) where she earned her Masters degree in Speech Pathology. She has previously worked at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD and is currently at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY where she specializes in swallowing disorders and voice restoration following laryngectomy. Amy now resides in Pleasant Valley, NY with her husband, Bobby and their puppy, Myron. The Sunrisers are pleased to welcome Greg Lagola back to our family as a colorguard consultant. 2016 marks Greg’s 30th year as a designer and guard instructor for Drum Corps and Winter Guard. He has had the honor and privilege of working with many of the greatest talents in the activity, and is proud to be part of the world of Pageantry Arts. Greg has served on the design staff for many organizations including; Cadets, Bluecoats, Santa Clara Vanguard, (Summer and Winter guards), Sunrisers, Emerald Marquis, and Pride of Cincinnati. He has designed guard and dance costumes for hundreds of marching bands, drum corps, winter guards and dance groups, including the Arcos Dance Company, a recent participant at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Greg has a degree in Art from the Pennsylvania State University, as well as a fashion design degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. He currently works as a freelance designer for various apparel collections, and is an adjunct faculty member at Parsons, The New School for Design. He lives in New York City with his partner Joseph La Corte, who thankfully is a color guard fan!
  13. The Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps have announced their 2016 Production, “Corner of the Sky”. Skyliners’ Opening Statement is “Corner of the Sky” as performed by the Jackson 5 on their 1973 album, Skywriter. The song was written by Stephen Schwartz as part of the musical, Pippin. When Pippin first hit Broadway in the 1970s, everyone was humming this iconic song, including Michael Jackson. The 1970’s pop style engaged audience, while the meaningful lyrics, such as the words, “Every man has his daydreams; Every man has his goal”, featured Pippin singing about how he wants to find where he belongs. Certainly, the Skyliners will lead the audience on a journey throughout the show. The Skyliners’ Opener, "Mr. Blue Sky", is by British rock group, Electric Light Orchestra. From their 1977 album, Out of the Blue, the song was played as a wake-up call to astronaut Christopher Ferguson on Day 3 of acSTS-135, the final mission of Space Shuttle Atlantis. It was performed live as part of the 2013 Children in Need Rocks and Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park 2014 concerts. The song's arrangement has been called "Beatlesque", due to its similarity to certain Beatles songs. ELO itself was formed due to the desire to create modern rock and pop songs with classical overtones. Anyone who knows their scores and keyboard parts, can appreciate that they achieved these goals. The ballad, "Goodbye Blue Skies", is from Pink Floyd’s 1977 album, The Wall. Stressed out by power struggles and creative differences, Pink Floyd were near the breaking point when they created this, the greatest album of their career. The dark themes throughout this piece include betrayal, breakdown and collapse. Out of the emotional wreckage came one of rock’s greatest milestones, although Pink Floyd suffered as a result. A journey would not be complete without challenge and struggle. "Lean On" by Major Lazer and "Storm", part of Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”, will come together as this year’s Percussion feature. Released in the 2015 Peace Is the Mission studio album, “Lean On” features DJ Snake and MØ. The genre is noted as Moombahton, which is a fusion genre of house music and reggaeton that was created by American DJ and producer Dave Nadaanother in 1997. Characteristics of moombahton include a thick and spread-out bass line, dramatic builds, a two-step pulse, and quick drum fills. In September 2015, 'Lean On' was named by Spotify as the most globally streamed song of the summer. Natalie Cole’s "Orange Colored Sky" takes us in another direction. Also recorded by her father, Nat King Cole with Stan Kenton's orchestra, it is a popular song written by Milton DeLugg and Willie Stein and published in 1950. Its popularity is clear, based on the number of stars who recorded this piece and the decades it has remained popular - Danny Kay, Doris Day, Burt Ward with Frank Zappa, Michael Bublé, and Lady Gaga, to name a few. In 2013, a modified version of this melody was part of a Weight Watchers commercial. Its upbeat jazz style with quick rhythmic flurries and lines captures the listeners no matter who performs it. While the Skyliners’ Closer reprises "Corner of the Sky" by Jackson 5, do not expect a simple repeat of the Opening Statement. The Skyliners will stay somewhat true to the individual songs’ styles, but they will be instilling our own Skyliners style to each song too. As Larry Carbonell put it, “I can't WAIT to see what our arrangers do with this show!’ Come out to The Skyliners’ Open House; it will take place: Saturday, November 28, 2015 ~ 10:00 - 6:00 P.M.; Registration 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. More information to come soon. Keep up-to-date with us via our website, http://www.marchsky.org, join the Skyliners 2016 Interest Page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/971700419546930. For more information, please contact Adam Burdett at info@skylinersdbc.org
  14. September 28, 2015. The Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps announce the appointment of the following 2016 Creative Management and Design Staff. CREATIVE DIRECTOR - David Bruni and PROGRAM COORDINATOR - George D Mattis III. BRASS ARRANGER - Joey Pero; BATTERY ARRANGER - Teddy Mascari; PIT ARRANGER - Ryan Reed; and VISUAL DESIGNER - Thomas Sparling. Creative Director David Bruni was Empire Statemen’s Assistant Director, drum major and Show Coordinator from 1983 to 2013. Under David’s leadership, from 1988 through 2013, the Empire Statesmen never finished below 4th (except 6th in 2012). They won the DCA Championship in 1994, 1997, 1998 and 2004. Dave has worked with numerous marching bands and is currently judging indoor percussion and marching bands. The Skyliners are thrilled to welcome David Bruni to our team. George D. Mattis III, Program Coordinator, started his drum corps marching career with the New York Skyliners in 1983. He marched Sky in ‘83, ‘84, and ‘85 (after DCI), and Bush in ‘86 & ‘88. George was fortunate to march in the Spirit of Atlanta’s winning high Color Guard in 1985 and 1987. His drum corps teaching experience began in 1989 and includes the New York Skyliners, Raiders, and Bushwackers. George's winter guard teaching experience includes Winter Sky (the Skyliners’ winter guard), Pegasus (1985 Silver Medalist in WGI and 1986 Open class finalist), and many HS programs around New York. Currently, George designs drill and teaches color guard for Hunterdon Central HS, Elizabeth HS., Chatham HS, and Ridge HS. Joey Pero, Buglers Hall of Fame Member and virtuoso master of the trumpet in the jazz and classical genres, is returning as Brass Arranger. He is currently a featured performer with the world premiere of the musical ‘The Bandstand’. According to a report by the New York Post’s Michael Riedel, “Broadway’s next hit could be ‘Bandstand’.” Joey has also performed with Jersey Boys and at the Composers Showcase in Las Vegas. A student of the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City, Maynard Ferguson hired him to play second chair on his Big Bop Nouveau Band Tour. Joey was the DCA Soprano Individual Champion in 2000, 2001 & 2002, and has performed with drum corps such as the Genesee Quest, Ghost Riders, Empire Statesmen and the performance ensemble, The Edge. For the Skyliners, Joey’s focus will continue to be on entertainment and bringing performers’ performances to that next level, while designing an exciting and dynamic brass show. Ted Mascari is joining the Skyliners as Battery Arranger. He has been involved in all aspects of percussion since 1980, and has directed and arranged for marching band and indoor percussion programs in New York for 25 years. Ted is considered one of the top marching percussion minds in Upstate New York. Most recently he served as the Director and Music Designer for Victor High School Percussion, a NYSPC/WGI Scholastic A percussion ensemble finalist, from 2006-2014, winning four State Championships. Ted's drum corps instructional career began in 1993 with the Syracuse Brigadiers, then Rochester Crusaders from 1994-1996. Percussion Coordinator, Arranger and Consultant for the Empire Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps from 1997-2012, he has also worked as percussion advisor with the Kidsgrove Scouts since 2012, DC United Kingdom and DC European Champions. Ryan Reed is a percussion specialist from the Northeast Ohio area and the Skyliners’ 2016 Front Ensemble Arranger. He is 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 join the Skyliners for the upcoming 2016 season. Tom Sparling, Visual Designer, 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. The Skyliners are excited to be working with these outstanding Creative Managers and Designers to bring the Skyliners to the next level in DCA for 2016. The Skyliners’ Open House will be announced shortly. Stay tuned for more announcements! Keep up-to-date with us via our website, http://www.marchsky.org, join the Skyliners 2016 Interest Page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/971700419546930. For more information, please contact Adam Burdett at info@skylinersdbc.org.