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  1. Color Guard Performers - be a part of the Skyliners' "Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets" production as we tell Lola’s story through the diverse musical and visual stylings of the Skyliners’ 2015 show! As the Winter Guard season winds down, the Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps’ outdoor season is ready to begin this weekend. Dave Metzger, Skyliners’ Visual and Color Guard Consultant, is known for decades of top echelon color guard and visual design and teaching work, and we are pleased to welcome him back to the Skyliners. Color Guard Caption Head is Michele Fadden. The Skyliners have had a very strong winter, and we will start learning our 2015 drill this camp weekend: Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015 ~ 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 P.M. Sunday, April 12, 2015 ~ 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 P.M. Location: Wyoming Valley West High School 150 Wadham Street, Plymouth, PA 18651 Directions: http://tinyurl.com/Wyoming-West-HS-Directions-Sky Wear comfortable clothing suitable for spinning and movement, and dress warmly for April outdoor rehearsal weather. Lunch is available for $5.00 per person. Please contact Michele Fadden at Michele@skylinersdbc.org for more information. Keep up-to-date with us via our website, http://www.MarchSky.org and the Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/skylinersdbc.org.
  2. Color Guard Performers - be a part of the Skyliners' "Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets" production as we tell Lola’s story through the diverse musical and visual stylings of the Skyliners’ 2015 show! As the Winter Guard season winds down, the Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps’ outdoor season is ready to begin this weekend. Dave Metzger, Skyliners’ Visual and Color Guard Consultant, is known for decades of top echelon color guard and visual design and teaching work, and we are pleased to welcome him back to the Skyliners. Color Guard Caption Head is Michele Fadden. The Skyliners have had a very strong winter, and we will start learning our 2015 drill this camp weekend: Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015 ~ 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 P.M. Sunday, April 12, 2015 ~ 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 P.M. Location: Wyoming Valley West High School 150 Wadham Street, Plymouth, PA 18651 Directions: http://tinyurl.com/Wyoming-West-HS-Directions-Sky Wear comfortable clothing suitable for spinning and movement, and dress warmly for April outdoor rehearsal weather. Lunch is available for $5.00 per person. Please contact Michele Fadden at Michele@skylinersdbc.org for more information. Keep up-to-date with us via our website, http://www.MarchSky.org and the Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/skylinersdbc.org.
  3. Hello, my name is Alexis Macy. I have been contracted to march baritone with the Sacramento Mandarins for their 2015 season. This is a major dream come true for me because I have always wanted to march with a corps, but I never though I could because Im primarily a flute player. I had taught myself baritone (I have been playing for about 9 months now) and I never thought I wouldve been good enough. But now I have been contracted and I have the chance to live my dream. However, there are a lot of fees associated with drum corps. My tour fees plus round trip flight for April is $1600. I am in desperate need for help with this fee. My parents are doing all they can, but they also have financial committments, which means it is up to me to try to raise the funds. If you, or anyone you know could possibly help, I have a gofundme account with which you can donate. My gofundme is gofundme.com/mandarinsme. Any donation is greatly appreciated! Please, I really need help. It would be heartbreaking if I couldnt march my dream due to lack of finances. Thank you!
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  5. Buccaneers announce 11th Annual Spring Preview! The Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps will present its 2015 “Spring Preview” indoor concert on Saturday, May 9, 7:00 p.m. at Twin Valley High School, Elverson, PA. As always, the show will bring a host of exciting active and alumni corps to the stage. • The Reilly Raiders, Philadelphia, PA - Internationally known and one of the largest, most storied alumni corps • The Skyliners, Scranton, PA – DCA’s newest active open class corps • The Seldon Cadets, Long Island, NY – Performing their championship repertoire of the 1950’s and ‘60’s • St. Rita’s Brassmen Alumni, Brooklyn, NY – “Keeping our Memories Alive - The Elephant in the Room!” • Reading Buccaneer Alumni, Reading, PA – Recreating championship excitement from the 1960’s, ‘70’s and ‘80’s. • The Reading Buccaneers, Reading, PA – The reigning 2014 DCA World Champions premiering their 2015 show: “Twist It!” The event will begin with a buffet style chicken dinner in the school cafeteria from 3:00-6:30. Dinners may be purchased that day. Spring Preview tickets are available in advance at $15.00 (reserved seating center section) and $13.00 (general admission outside sections), and may be ordered online using the Paypal button below, or by mailing a check and self-addressed stamped envelope to: Spring Preview 200 Columbia Ave. Reading, PA 19605 Visit our website at http://readingbuccaneers.org/public_html/
  6. 2015 OPEN CLASS Atlanta CV "EYEconic" Symphony No. 1 (Alfred Reed), In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel), Nessun Dorma (from Turandot, by Giacomo Puccini) The Heat of the Day (Pat Metheny Group) Link Bushwackers "Industrial ®evolution" Industrial ®evolution (Robert W. Smith), The Factory (Robert W Smith), Wild Ride (Robert W. Smith), Tempered Steel (Charles Young), Nimrod (from Enigma Variations, by Edward Elgar) Link Cadets² "The Red Square" Russian Christmas Music (Alfred Reed), Lullaby (from The Gayne Ballet Suite, by Aram Khachaturian), Dance of the Tumblers (Nikolai Rimsky Korsokov), Russian Sailor’s Dance (Reinhold Glière) Link Carolina Gold "Let It Snow" Palladio (Karl Jenkins), Let It Go (from Frozen, by Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez), L’Inverno (Antonio Vivaldi), The Frozen Cathedral (John Mackey) Link Connecticut Hurricanes "After Hours" Since I Don’t Have You (Brian Seltzer), Nutville (Buddy Rich), Harlem Nocturne (Earle Hagen), Jump Jive and Wail (Louis Prima) Link Fusion Core "All Aboard" Empire State of Mind (Jay-Z), Jungstaposed (Craig Fitzpatrick), Hot Honey Rag (from Chicago, by John Kander), Sing Sing Sing (Louis Prima), And Hope Led Them Home (Patrick Roszell, Justin Williams) Link Hawthorne Caballeros "Unchained" Original compositions by Key Poulan Link Kidsgrove Scouts "The Stone Circle: The Myths and Magic of Stonehenge" Featuring Music from Medea’s Dance of Vengeance (Samuel Barber) Link Long Island Sunrisers "Come Fly With Me" Come Fly With Me (Frank Sinatra), El Camino Real (Alfred Reed), Cavalleria Rusticana (Pietro Mascagni), Jai Ho (from Slumdog Millionaire, by A.R. Rahman), La Marseillaise (Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle) Link Minnesota Brass "Mad Circus" Featuring the music of Emerson Lake and Palmer, Danny Elfman, Rufus Wainwright, Beats Antique, Queen Link Reading Buccaneers "Twist-It" Pagliacci (Ruggero Leoncavallo), Palladio (Karl Jenkins), Moonlight Sonata (Ludwig van Beethoven), Going The Distance (from Rocky, by Bill Conti), William Tell Overture (Gioachino Rossini) Link Skyliners "Whatever Lola Wants" Meglio Stasera (from The Pink Panther, by Henry Mancini), Whatever Lola Wants (from #### Yankees, by Richard Adler, Jerry Ross), Ain’t No Sunshine (Bill Withers), Tonight Quintet (from West Side Story, by Leonard Bernstein) Link White Sabers "Incantation and Ritual" Incantation and Dance (John Barnes Chance), The Rite of Spring (Igor Stravinsky), Incantation (from Quidam/Cirque Du Soleil, by Benoit Jutras), Uninvited (Alanis Morissette), O Magnum Mysterium (Morten Lauridsen), Danse Bachhanale (from Samson et Dalila, by Camille Saint-Saëns) Link 2015 CLASS A Alliance "Sub-Zero: Overcome the Elements" Ice Dance (Danny Elfman), Avalanche (James Newton Howard), Coronation (from Boris Goduvov by Modest Mussorgsky), Music of Progue (Karl Husa), Frozen Cathedral (John Mackey) Link Chops "OUTATIME" Times Like These (Foo Fighters), Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry), Music from Back To The Future (Alan Silvestri) Link Cincinnati Tradition "Both Sides" Thnks Fr Th Mmrs (Fall Out Boy), Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell), The Pretender (Foo Fighters) Erie Thunderbirds "The Show Must Go On" Music by Queen: Under Pressure, Fat Bottomed Girls, Another One Bites the Dust, Somebody to Love, Bohemian Rhapsody Link Excelsior "Destination 'U'" Stay With Me (Sam Smith), Maps (Maroon 5), Payphone (Maroon 5), I Just Can't Stop Loving You (Michael Jackson), Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Stevie Wonder) Link Govenaires "Outlaw" Battle Without Honor or Humanity (Tomoyasu Hotei), The Magnificent Seven (Elmer Bernstein), The Ecstasy of Gold (Ennio Morricone), Enemy Guns (DeVotchKa), Kashmir (Led Zeppelin) Link Kilties "A Tour of Time: Old Friends. New Adventures." My Favorite Things (Richard Rogers), First Suite in E Flat (Gustav Holst), English Dances (Malcolm Arnold), Skye Boat Song (Harold Bouldon), Loch Lomand (Norman Luboff) Link
  7. Centurions PR

    Centurions 2015

    An message from our corps director: The Centurions Drum and Bugle corps will take on a new direction for the 2015 season. As a rebuilding year, the corps will focus on its membership and staff while strengthening its relationship with the alumni and community. With a conservative rehearsal schedule, performances will focus on (but not limited to) Ensembles, Individual, Exhibitions and Parades. “The fun of performing” will be emphasized this year as the corps embarks on a road less traveled. With this in mind, the corps continues to seek enthusiastic, motivated and creative individuals to bring this vision to light. To be a part of this new adventure, contact Nick Yaworski at nyaworski@sbcglobal.net or 203-720-2858.
  8. 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 robertleeworthey@gmail.com Our auditions will be Sunday, March 1st at Northeast Alabama Community College in Rainsville, AL starting at 12 noon CST.
  9. 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 www.facebook.com/SouthSongMusic 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!
  10. NY Skyliners PR

    2015 SKYLINERS CAMP WEEKEND ~ FEB. 7 - 8

  11. 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 http://www.ajmerlino.com/press-kit. 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, http://www.MarchSky.org and the Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/skylinersdbc . For more information, please contact Adam Burdett at info@MarchSky.org.
  12. 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 http://www.ajmerlino.com/press-kit. 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, http://www.MarchSky.org and the Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/skylinersdbc . For more information, please contact Adam Burdett at info@MarchSky.org.