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  1. 20th Century Limited Drum & Bugle Corps Staff Openings 20th Century Limited Drum & Bugle Corps (TCL) of Highland, NY is looking to add new staff members for the 2016 season. TCL is entering its 24th season as an all-age parade and exhibition corps. The TCL organization has a growing program and is looking for individuals with a lot of energy and a passion for sustaining the drum corps activity in the Mid-Hudson region. We are looking for individuals who will push our team members to grow as individuals and performers; while having fun and developing pride and ownership in the success of our team-driven organization. The following positions are open: · Battery Percussion Instructor · Percussion Technician - Responsible for working directly with the caption head in instructing music and visual responsibilities for the parade season. · Program and Staff Coordinator Highland, NY is located in the Mid-Hudson Valley of NY; around halfway between New York City and Albany. Rehearsals are weekly year-round on Friday evenings (7:30pm-10:30pm). The instructional team meets weekly at rehearsals and quarterly off-site. Approximately 3-4 weekend field rehearsals are scheduled in May/June to prepare for field exhibitions. Applicants must have experience in the marching activity specifically, and past teaching experience is preferred but not a necessity. In additional to subject expertise, staff must attend staff meetings and maintain open communication with all other administrative and instructional team members. Pay and responsibilities will be based on the applicant’s experience and time commitment. All who are interested should apply. email: tclcorps@gmail.com (845) 728-0415
  2. 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. ###
  3. In the past few days, the Hurricanes have announced their 2016 Program & Design Team! See the information below, and click here for a clip from the local news station plugging our Open House, coming up on November 28 and 29! 2016 Connecticut Hurricanes Program Announcement The concept of Freedom is multifaceted. It is a concept that represents the opportunity to embrace a system of beliefs, to choose methods of expression, and the ability to pursue one’s dreams. It is the concept of Freedom that stands as a cornerstone of democracies around the world. The 2016 Hurricanes are celebrating this idea of Freedom and the opportunities it allows those who have it. Using the liberating and inspiring strains of “Amazing Grace” woven through the program, combined with other musical selections, the Hurricanes will explore varying aspects of Freedom. The repertoire will consist of: •. Amazing Grace •. Freedom by Michael W. Smith •. Now We Are Free (Nelle tue mani) by Andrea Bocelli, from Gladiator (Hanz Zimmer/Lisa Gerrard) •. Freedom Triology by Paul Halley & Theresa Thomason The Hurricanes hope you will celebrate with us the possibilities, realities, and blessings that Freedom can afford. Freedom is a liberating experience that we should never take for granted. 2016 Connecticut Hurricanes Design Team Announcement The Hurricanes are excited to announce their 2016 Design Team! Returning from the 2015 Design Team is Visual Designer Rick Morey and Brass Arranger Matt Krempasky. New to the Hurricanes Design Team in 2016 will be JJ Pipitone as the Percussion Arranger Lennie Machado as the Color Guard Designer. Bob Kogut and Bill Solari are also contributing to the creative process in addition to their roles on the instructional staff. The team is working diligently to put together our 2016 program, Freedom, which will explore the ability to express yourself freely, choose freely, and pursue one’s dreams. The show promises to be a step forward for the Hurricanes and one that will resonate with drum corps fans. Our 2016 Open House is coming up on November 28 from 9AM-3PM and November 29 from 9AM-4PM at Amity Regional High School (25 Newton Road, Woodbridge, CT 06525). You can read more about the designers below! JJ Pipitone – Percussion Arranger JJ Pipitone received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Morehead State University and his Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. He is currently an adjunct percussion professor at Texas A&M University - Commerce. Before this, he served in the public schools for 16 years as an assistant band director in the Lewisville and Grapevine Independent School Districts in the Dallas Ft. Worth area. In addition to all of the percussion responsibilities from 6th-12th grade, his duties have included Concert Band, Music Theory, Music History, Jazz band, and Musical Theater. JJ has extensive drum corps experience, having marched for 9 years in drum corps all over the country including numerous drum corps in the up-state New York area, the Dutch Boy, the Phantom Regiment, and the Concord Blue Devils. He won the DCI Multi tenor competition in 1989, The PAS Multi Tenor competition in 1990 and placed 2nd at the PAS marimba competition in 1992. As an instructor, JJ taught the World Champion Phantom Regiment in 1995 and 1996. In 1997, JJ was the Caption Head and the Battery Arranger. He went on to teach the Glassmen in 1998 and 1999 and the Crossmen in 2000 & 2001. He also served as Caption Head and Percussion Arranger for the Rochester Crusaders and the Empire Statesmen. JJ’s extensive judging experience has taken him around the globe since 2003. He is honored to be affiliated with Bands of America, Winter Guard International, and Drum Corps International. Lennie Machado – Color Guard Designer Lennie Machado is originally from the Boston area and has been involved in the Color Guard activity for over 20 years. He currently runs L-Mac Designs, a custom design company dedicated to the pageantry arts based out of Everett, MA. In 2014, he was inducted into the Massachusetts Drum Corps and Music Educators Hall of Fame for his outstanding contributions to the activity. Lennie has served as Caption Head and Designer for the Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps, Sacred Heart Winter Guard, St. Brendan’s Winter Guard and countless other groups through New England and the US. Lennie will bring his demonstrated and award winning skills to the Hurricanes Design Team this year to help bring the color guard and drum corps as a whole to the next level. Rick Morey – Visual Designer Rick, who lives in Utica, NY with his wife Barbara, has worked in the pageantry activity for several decades as a designer with various winter guards, marching bands and drum and bugle corps and as an adjudicator. Rick established the New Hartford Winter Guard and served as a designer and instructor for them for almost 30 years. He continues to be very active as a visual designer for championship marching bands in New York, New Jersey and New Mexico, as well as for the Rutgers University Marching Scarlet Knights. He also had the privilege to design the 2014 Super Bowl Pre-Game featuring the combined Syracuse University and Rutgers University bands. He has had a longtime involvement in both DCI and DCA as a designer, program coordinator and consultant. His DCI affiliations have included Pioneer, Magic of Orlando and the Colts. In DCA, Rick has designed for the Steel City Ambassadors, 5-time DCA Champion Syracuse Brigadiers, Empire Statesmen and Windsor Regiment. Rick is also honored to have been inducted into the Mid-York Color Guard Circuit Hall of Fame, the New York State Field Band Conference Hall of Fame and the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame, where he serves as Chair of the Visual Screening Committee. As an adjudicator, Rick has judged for DCI, DCA, WGI, US Bands and BOA, as well as numerous marching band contests across the country. A past President of the New York Federation of Contest Judges, Rick has also served as a clinician in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. A retired high school counselor who was named New York State Counselor of the Year in 1996, Rick now works in the pageantry activity on a full time basis. Matt Krempasky – Brass Arranger Matthew F. Krempasky’s writing career began with the Reading Buccaneers in 1983, and has since expanded to drum and bugle corps, college and university bands, and high school ensembles from around the world. He wrote for the Bucs from 1983-1987, the Caballeros from 1988-1991, the Spirit of Atlanta from 1997-1999, and, most notably, for the Crossmen drum and bugle corps from 1986-1994, helping to return the Crossmen to DCI finalist status as well as helping them to their highest place finish in the history of the corps (6th place, 1992). He is has been elected to three different Drum & Bugle Corps Halls of Fame - the Reading Buccaneers (2006), the Pennsylvania Drum and Bugle Corps (2011), and the Crossmen (2012). Mr. Krempasky holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA and is currently the band director at Somerville (NJ) High School. He is a frequent performer and recording artist in the tri-state area on both trumpet and trombone. He has also studied computing and education at Columbia University’s Teachers College. In 1998, he was selected as the New Jersey Master Music Teacher by the New Jersey Music Educators Association. Since 1990, he has been a proud member of Mensa, the international IQ society.
  4. FUSION would like to announce the Visual Team for their 2016 season. The 2016 staff will have both familiar and new faces. Fusion is excited about the talents and experiences that the new visual team will bring to the table, and we are confident that the Core will continue to provide quality education to our members and entertaining shows for our fans. The 2016 visual staff has been involved with a variety of DCI, DCA, indoor percussion, and high school marching band ensembles. Pulling on these diverse experiences, Fusion Core is looking forward to establishing a visual program that will continue to elevate our members’ achievement and create memorable moments on the field. Steve Rinda | Visual Designer and Coordinator Steve Rinda began his drum corps career as a hornline member for the Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps and began teaching on the visual staff in 2004. While at the Bushwackers, he also served as drill designer and visual caption head for a number of years. In 2010 he spent the summer on the visual staff of the Connecticut Hurricanes. From 2012 through 2014 Steve was on the visual staff of the Reading Buccaneers. Steve is also the drill designer for a number of high school programs in the area and around the country. When he is not involved in the activity he is a social studies teacher in suburban Philadelphia and spends time with his fiancé and two boys coaching various sports. When asked about his thoughts on the upcoming 2016 season, Steve stated “I am excited to join Fusion as Visual Designer and Coordinator and take the lessons I have learned from my drum corps mentors to take the Core to new levels. Fusion has been really successful in the last couple years and I look forward to building on the success in 2016. I think we have assembled a tremendous design and educational team that will put our members in a great place and put out an entertaining show for DCA.” Justin Wilson | Visual Caption Head Justin Wilson began marching Drum Corps with the Reading Buccaneers in 2007. In 2008, Justin marched with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, and then returned to Reading for their 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013 seasons. He was a soloist his last three years at the Buccaneers, and the Horn Sergeant for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Justin taught at Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014 as a Visual Tech. He studied Music Education at both West Chester University and Rowan University, and currently holds a position as a paraprofessional at Cherokee High School. Justin is currently teaching his eighth season with Pennsauken High School Marching Band, and the his second season with Pennsauken Indoor Percussion Ensemble. He has written drill for Pennsauken High School and Bensalem High school. He also currently holds a AAAI/ISMA personal trainer certification. Jeff Leager | Visual Tech Jeff is currently a senior attending the University of Delaware, where he is working towards a degree in Music Education with a focus in instrumental education on his primary instrument, tuba. Jeff was a member of the University of Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens Marching band serving as drill coordinator for the band his last year. At the University, he is involved in many performing and academic ensembles. Previously, Jeff has served as Vice-President of the University of Delaware Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education. He began his marching career with the Reading Buccaneers, where he marched from 2010 through 2012. He was the visual instructor for Windsor Regiment in 2014.This will be Jeff's second year on staff with Fusion Core. Since 2012, he has been working with the Avon Grove High School marching band serving as a music and visual technician. The ensemble was the 2012 Cavalcade of Bands Champions. The ensemble has since been a top qualifier in both Cavalcade of Bands and Tournament of Bands. In the winter and spring, he serves as the Director and Visual Designer for the Avon Grove Indoor Percussion Ensemble. Jeff has worked with numerous other marching bands in the tri-state area as a designer and a consultant. In 2013, he was a judge for the Maryland All-State Senior and Junior Bands. He served as the assistant director for the Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens (DFRC) All-Star Blue-Gold Marching Band in 2012. He has also performed in independent groups such as the Chesapeake Brass Band where, in 2013, the group won the division II championships at the North American Brass Bands Association championships held in Cincinnati, Ohio. Katrina Williams | Visual Tech Katrina Williams returns to Fusion Core for her third season as a staff member. She spent the first two seasons as the tuba music tech and has now transitioned to the visual team for the 2016 season. In 2008 Katrina graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Music Education, majoring on Saxophone and minoring on Bassoon and Tuba. She is the Visual Caption Head and drill writer for Louis E. Dieruff High School in Allentown, PA where the band competes in the USBands circuit. Katrina has also previously worked for Northwestern Lehigh High School as a visual consultant and tech. Katrina spent 2004, 2006 through 2010, 2012 and 2013 with the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps where she played tuba all eight seasons. Currently, Katrina resides in Allentown, Pennsylvania and is working for a clinical trial pharmaceutical company providing assistance to medical sites. Carla Giorno | Visual Tech Carla Giorno began marching drum corps with the Reading Buccaneers in 2010 as a rookie trumpet soloist. Carla marched with the Hawthorne Caballeros in 2011, and then rejoined the Buccaneers from 2013 to 2015. She was the trumpet section leader in 2014. Carla graduated ### Laude from West Chester University and holds two Bachelor Degrees, one in Music Performance (Trumpet) and one in Communication Studies. Carla’s marching experience includes the West Chester University “Incomparable” Golden Rams Marching Band, where she was a member from 2006 through 2010. She is an alumnus of the Eta Rho Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and holds a Level 1 CrossFit Certification. Carla currently works in Manhattan for Pfizer World Headquarters as a Promotions Manager in the Marketing department. She resides in Wanaque, NJ. Ernesto Lara | Visual Tech Ernesto marched with the Bushwackers for five years, from 2005 through 2008 (horn sergeant his final year) and again in 2010. In 2011 and 2012, he was the horn sergeant with Windsor Regiment. Since then, he has become a United States Marine. He currently resides in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. ----------------------------------- Caleb DeGroote Fusion Core, Public Relations Director www.fusioncorenj.com ###
  5. LAKE HOPATCONG, NJ Fusion Core is happy to announce Paul Cullen as the 2016 Music and Ensemble Consultant. His experience in the activity will undoubtedly help make the Core's 10th anniversary a great year! Paul Cullen comes to Fusion after years of experience in DCI, DCA, WGI and numerous state and local Pageantry Circuits, most recently as the Brass Caption Head for the Reading Buccaneers (DCA). Beginning in 1995, this will be Paul’s 19th year in the marching arts as a performer, technician, caption head and designer. For more information on Fusion Core, including our Open House and 2016 Education Team, please visit our website at www.fusioncorenj.com. ###
  6. LAKE HOPATCONG, NJ — Fusion Drum & Bugle “Core” is proud to present its 2016 production entitled “UP.” Celebrating their 10th anniversary in DCA, Fusion will explore musical and visual extremes in all different directions, using arrows as its central visual focus.

 Jarring effects and dissonance surround the first movement, “Chaos” (Ignition by Todd Stalter), when members, wearing arrows facing in all different directions, take spectators on a fast-paced journey of finding your way when other forces are moving against you. Creative staging, led by drill writer Steve Rinda and Visual Caption Head Justin Wilson, will keep you entertained right out of the gate.

 As the arrows change direction, Fusion brings to life a gorgeous ballad, “Down” from Music Arranger Chris Bernotas, which depicts the humble emotion of reflection. Rich tones from Fusion’s brass line, led by caption head, Brian Wilkie, will offer an interesting twist to Fleetwood Mac’s Landslide. 

Fusion leaves its ballad when the arrows point to each other and the Core plays “Conflict” (Asphalt Cocktail by John Mackey). This high-adrenaline piece will explore inter-weaving melodies along with an incredible percussion feature, led by caption heads Mike Schmitt and Jamie Szeinberg. Which side of the arrow will win? You’ll have to see on the field!

 Creating a finale that only Fusion can, members turn their arrows UP, moving in the same direction in their high-velocity closer, “Up” (Windsprints by Richard Saucedo). Highlighting Fusion’s award-winning color guard, led by caption head Rob Watson, this up-tempo movement creates an effect at the end of the journey that will have you on your feet long before the show is over.

 “2016 marks an exciting year for our organization,” says Director Holly Marino. “In our 10th anniversary season, we wanted to design a show surrounding the emotional highs and lows we’ve experienced as a growing and successful drum corps. This year’s production of UP not only tells our story, but one that our fans will love to watch and listen to.” For more information on Fusion Core, please visit www.fusioncorenj.com. The 2016 Open House is scheduled for Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29, 2015 at Eisenhower Middle School in Randolph, NJ. For details about auditions and open house, please visit the Fusion website.

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  7. 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!
  8. FUSION would like to announce a new Brass Team to lead the Core Brass in 2016. The 2016 Educational Team will be a mix of returning and new staff, all under the direction of our new caption head Brian Wilkie. Fusion has put together a team that will facilitate growth and development in each individual player. The staff is dedicated to focusing on refining member skills while nurturing the Fusion philosophy of entertainment and achievement. The 2016 brass staff has various backgrounds consisting of DCA, DCI, scholastic band programs, and formal education. We are confident that these will all culminate in one amazing summer of instruction, education and growth for our members and our Core. Please join us in welcoming returning staff as well as some new music educators to the team! Chris Bernotas | Brass Arranger & Composer, Design Team Member Chris is an active composer and arranger of concert band music. Mr. Bernotas is published with Alfred Music Publishing, Daehn Publications, TRN Music Publishing, Northeastern Music Publications and Bandworks Publications. His music has been performed at the Midwest Clinic and has appeared on J.W.Pepper's Editor's Choice list and numerous state lists. Mr. Bernotas is co-author of the third book in Alfred's revolutionary method Sound Innovations series, called Sound Innovations: Ensemble Development, along with Peter Boonshaft. Mr. Bernotas holds a BM from William Paterson University and an MAT from Marygrove College. As an instrumental music teacher at Mountain Lakes High School in New Jersey, he conducts the wind ensemble, concert band, pep band, jazz band, and pit orchestra. Mr. Bernotas has served the North Jersey Area Band as President, and Symphonic Band conductor. He has also served on the executive board for the New Jersey School Music Association, Region I, and has worked with the NJ All-State Band as a manager. His accomplishments include writing and arranging music for many drum corps and marching bands throughout the United States. He also adjudicates for marching band competitions and festivals nationwide. His professional affiliations include MENC, ASCAP, NBA, and NJMEA. Mr. Bernotas resides in New Jersey with his wife Cristina and three children. Specifically, for drum corps, in addition to Fusion Core, Chris has written for the Caballeros, Crusaders, Hurricanes, Sunrisers, Carolina Gold, Phoenix, and Magic of Orlando. Fusion brass members have loved playing Chris’ charts over the last few years and we are very excited to have Chris return to The Core for a fifth season. Brian Wilkie | Brass Caption Head, Design Team Member Brian has been involved in the marching arts for over 35 years. His marching career began in 1976 as asoprano player with the C.W. Townsmen of Wood-Ridge, NJ. Afterwards, he became a soprano soloist with the newly formed DCI corps Royal Brigade from the Meadowlands, NJ. Following four increasingly successful seasons, Brian marched with the Garfield Cadets from 1981 to 1984 as a soprano player and soloist. He enjoyed being part of the corps’ ground-breaking and influential climb to ultimately winning ten DCI World Championships, winning back-to-back titles in 1983 and 1984. After aging-out, Brian was brought aboard the brass staff of the Cadets and served under the mentorship of James Prime, Jr. and Don Van Doren as the corps completed DCI’s first-ever “three-peat.” In 1991, Brian joined the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps as the organization’s first Brass Caption Head and served in that capacity through 1993, helping the corps gain a solid footing in DCI Open Class competition. Brian has also designed and taught both brass and visual programs for numerous award-winning marching bands, indoor color guards and percussion ensembles including Northern Highlands Regional HS (NJ), Pennsauken HS (NJ), Westwood HS (NJ), Rutherford HS (NJ), Lacey HS (NJ), and Parkland HS (PA). From 2000-2006 Brian was Music Caption Head and Assistant Band Director at Southern Regional HS (NJ), where the band rose from finalist in Tournament of Bands (TOB) competition in 1999 to winning 3 consecutive Group IV TOB Atlantic Coast Championships from 2003-2005, achieving Best Music and High Brass awards each time. Brian served as the senior brass technician for the World Champion Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps from 2004-2008. In 2009, Brian returned to the Jersey Surf as Brass Caption Head for the corps’ highly successful inaugural season in DCI World Class competition. From 2010-2011, while completing post-graduate studies at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Brian worked with Dr. Daniel Neuwenschwander as brass and visual instructor for the Kutztown Marching Band. As a performer, Brian has been both a guest soloist and principal trumpet with the South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble and was a co-founder, musical director, soloist and conductor for the nationally known Brass Tacks Big Band from 1990-2000. He has continued to perform with The Bluez Brothers, various community bands in NJ and PA, the Whitehouse Wind Symphony, the Cadets and Friends Big Band, the Ocean Pops of Ocean County, NJ, and many groups in the NYC metropolitan and tri-state area. While pursuing his Bachelors of Music Education degree at New Jersey City University, Brian studied classical performance and music pedagogy with John Eckert of the NY Philharmonic and The Eastman School of Music and jazz performance and theory with Dick Lowenthal of Julliard and The Manhattan School of Music. Brian continued his educational pursuits at Kutztown University of PA from 2009-2011,completing a post-baccalaureate music education program and graduating Summa ### Laude. After relocating to the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania in 2008, Brian expanded his private teaching practice through his company, The Brass Studio, to maintain a full complement of students ranging from new elementary school students through advanced adults, each of which consistently perform in lead roles in their respective groups. Brian also continues to serve the marching arts community as a brass and music clinician and adjudicator for USBands. Among many others, Brian has been fortunate to have been influenced throughout his career by the following exceptional teachers: Brass: Dr. Kevin Kjos (University of Indiana, Bloomington), Dr. John Murphy, John Eckert, Richard Lowenthal, Don Van Doren, Jim Prime, Jr., John Simpson, Lloyd Pesola, Michael Klesch, Tim Bartholomew, Larry Kerchner, Frank Pisillo, and Al DiCroce. Visual: George Zingali, Marc Sylvester, Michael Cesario, John DiLeo, John Oppedisano, and Tony Hall. Brian is excited to be working with Fusion Core as the Brass Caption Head, and looks forward to helping the horn line continue to impress crowds and judges as the corps celebrates its 10th anniversary. Jeremy Gaddy | Assistant Brass Caption Head Jeremy started playing trombone at the age of nine. Originally from Reston, VA, he is currently completing his Music Degree at the University of Delaware. Through the years, Jeremy has studied with Dr. Hal Reynolds, Dr. Bruce Tychinski and more recently with Nitzan Haroz. He is the principal trombonist with both the Chesapeake Brass Band and the Atlantic Brass Band. He is also currently the Principal Trombonist with the Philadelphia Wind Symphony, a member of Al Chez and The Brothers of Funk Big Band and has his own brass quintet, “Brass Act of Delmarva.” As a freelance musician on the east coast, Jeremy has played at The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia as well as The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Jeremy’s drum corps career includes marching three years with DCA’s Empire Statesmen. Jeremy’s scholastic experience includes serving as the Assistant Band Director of the Cab Calloway High School Marching Band. Most recently, Cab Calloway won the 2014 TOB Chapter IX Group 4 Open Championship and placed 2nd in 2014 TOB Group 4 Open Class Atlantic Coast Championships. He has also been the Assistant Band Director with the Lake Forest High School Band for a number of years and serves as a consultant with several other marching bands along the East Coast. Moving into the 2016, Jeremy is eager to share his passions and experience with the Fusion Core Horn Line, and help the ensemble continue to reach new levels of achievement. Bo Park | Euphonium Technician Bo Park will return to the Fusion Core Brass Staff as the Baritone and Euphonium Technician for the 2016 season. Bo is currently the Brass and Visual Caption Head for Fort Lee High School Marching Band and is a popular guest clinician for neighboring scholastic music programs. Bo currently operates a martial arts school as the co-owner and lead instructor, and also maintains a full low brass private lesson studio. Bo graduated from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2011, earning a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. While at Rutgers, Bo studied with Michael Powell and Nitzan Haroz, and has played in various ensembles. Before college, Bo had the privilege of attending the Juilliard Pre-College program, where he studied trombone with James Markey and chamber music with Kevin Cobb. Bo has also studied conducting with Julien Benichou, Darryl J. Bott, and David Gilbert. David Durham | Mellophone Technician David’s drum corps career began in 2011 marching in the mellophone section of the Empire Statesmen. He marched there for three seasons, from 2011 through 2013. For the 2014 and 2015 seasons, David marched mellophone with Fusion Core, and is making the transition to staff for the 2016 season. As an instructor, David has taught both brass and visual with several high school marching bands in the Chesapeake Bay region. He is currently working with Queen Anne’s High School in Maryland. With his assistance, Queen Anne’s won back-to-back TOB Chapter IX Group I Championships in 2011 and 2012. David was also the Band Director of Lake Forest High School from 2012-2015. In his time in that role, the program went from a non-competitive group to winning the 2012 TOB Chapter IX Group II Championship and placing in the Top 5 at the 2013 TOB Atlantic Coast Championships. David is a graduate of Frostburg State University where he majored in Music Education and Horn Performance, under the instruction of Dr. Philip Klickman. Outside of drum corps, David is an elementary music teacher in the Lake Forest School District and performs solo tenor horn with the Chesapeake Brass Band. He is looking forward to working with the Fusion Core’s 2016 mellophone line and helping to make this season a memorable one for the membership and fans alike. Lara Miller | Tuba Technician Lara Miller started her drum corps career marching with the Hawthorne Caballeros from 2008 through 2010. After spending several successful years in DCA, she became a member of The Cadets where she marched from 2011 through 2013. In 2012, she was featured as a tuba soloist and in 2013 was appointed the tuba section leader. She has also taught several highly successful high school programs throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, most notably Bridgewater-Raritan High School and Rustin High School, for which she is presently both the Visual Coordinator and Low Brass Instructor. Lara has also taught at the DCA level with Cadets2. She is a graduate of West Chester University in Pennsylvania with a degree in Music Education, where she also resides. The 2016 season will be her first at Fusion Core, and she is excited to contribute her experiences and enthusiasm as part of the educational team. Fusion’s Design Team has been hard at work designing a show that will not only entertain our fans but one that our members will enjoy playing. We are dedicated to constantly challenging our members and providing them with a top notch education year after year. ###
  9. Long time president of DCA, Mr. Gil Silva will be retiring from his post at the December 2015 meeting of DCA directors. Please join us in wishing him a healthy and happy retirement. He have given us many great years and wonderful memories. Gil still expects to act as Chief Judge/timing and penalties at several shows in the 2016 season. See the full story here. http://dcacorps.org/?p=4489 Lois Tierno DCA Public Relations/Marketing Manager loiswt@comcast.net
  10. Good evening Drum Corps Planet! The Sunrisers are gearing up for the 2016 season and are pleased to announce our design and visual teams to you! Sunrisers 2016 Design Team Bobby Jones Continues with the Long Island Sunrisers as Visual Designer and Co-Program Coordinator. Bobby is a freelance Visual Designer and Program Consultant for many high school and collegiate marching bands, winter guards, indoor percussion ensembles and drum and bugle corps throughout the country. He has been the Visual Designer, Caption Head and as the Program Coordinator for the DCA World Champion Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps (Reading, PA as well as the Visual Designer and Caption Head for the 2006 Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps (Allentown, PA) and the 2007 Hawthorne Caballeros (Hawthorne, NJ). For the past four years he has been the Visual Designer for the DCI World Class Jersey Surf Drum & Bugle Corps (Mount Holly, NJ). As well as designing, Bobby also serves as a freelance adjudicator and judge for several indoor and outdoor circuits across the country throughout the year. Bobby lives in New York with his wife, Amy and his dachshund puppy, Myron. Eugene O’Brien continues with the Sunrisers as co- Program Coordinator. Gene has taught numerous award winning drum and bugle corps including the Spartans of Nashua NH, the Boston Crusaders, Connecticut Hurricanes, Rochester Crusaders, Syracuse Brigadiers, Carolina Gold, and Fusion Corps from Morristown New Jersey. Mr. O’Brien has worked on the Drum Corps International (DCI) Event Staff since 2004. He was inducted into the Massachusetts Drum Corps/ Music Educators Hall of Fame in 2012. Gene was marching member of the Rhode Island Matadors, Fitchburg Kingsmen, Boston Crusader Senior Corps, and Connecticut Hurricanes. Gene attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and received his BS Degree in Environmental Design/Transportation Planning and minored in Music Education in 1987. He performed in the Marching Band, Symphonic Band, University Chorale, and Choral Union. He studied marching band technique with George Parks and Thomas Hannum, Instrumental conducting with Ronald Steele, Choral Conducting from Dr. Richard DuBois. Mr. O’Brien then attended the University of Massachusetts at Lowell to further study Music Education with Dr. Rosita Sands and performed with the University Concert Band under the Baton of Dan Lutz. Performances include two Presidential Inaugurations, Statue of Liberty Dedication, Macy’s Parade, and a Montreal Canada performance. Gene has consulted numerous award winning marching bands along the East Coast. He has brought a vision to the Everett Public Schools in building one of the finest music programs in the state of Massachusetts. Gene firmly believes in a team approach to music education with superb teachers that will inspire young students to achieve to their highest potential. Mr. O’Brien resides in Waltham Massachusetts with his wife Carol. The Sunrisers are pleased to announce that J.D. Shaw has agreed to continue as our brass arranger/composer for the corps. Drum corps membership first began for Shaw at the Sky Ryders and later, he aged out at Phantom Regiment. He joined the Regiment’s brass staff in 1993 and in 2002 began his tenure as a brass arranger/composer for the corps, through the 2011 season. In 2012, he moved to his current position of brass arranger/composer for the Santa Clara Vanguard. He has written for several other DCI corps, including the Boston Crusaders and The Academy. J.D. Shaw is Associate Professor of Horn at University of South Carolina and was formerly the French hornist with the internationally acclaimed Boston Brass where he was creative director, music arranger and co-owner of the ensemble. J.D. is an active solo artist and travels extensively throughout the United States as well as many countries in North America, Europe, and Asia. In addition, J.D. has also been a featured performer on National Public Radio’s Performance Today and the CBS Morning Show. Kevin Murphy continues the Sunrisers as Percussion Arranger. Kevin is an active percussion arranger and instructor for high school, college and drum and bugle corps across the United States. As a marching member, he has had an exciting and diverse drum corps career culminating as a section leader with the DCI World Champion Concord Blue Devils. Additionally, Kevin studied music education at Lebanon Valley College as an undergraduate. As an arranger and instructor, Kevin’s creative writing style is the result of studying under well- known percussionists such as Tom Float, Paul Rennick, Tom Aungst, Dan Delong and John Oddo. Kevin has enjoyed success in the DCA arena with three consecutive high drum trophies as well as many writing, arranging, and designing credits with groups such as the Connecticut Hurricanes, Empire Statesmen, Hawthorne Caballeros and the Reading Buccaneers. In the DCI arena, he has written for, instructed, and consulted groups including the Capital Regiment, Blue Coats and Orlando Magic. 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). As we welcome Jason, we would like to thank Nick Ashley for his dedicated service to the Sunrisers as caption head. We wish him all the best. Tom Lizotte continues as program and performance consultant for the 2016 season. Tom has had a long and varied career in the marching arts, serving at various times as design team member, brass caption head, brass technician and consultant for Boston Crusaders, Glassmen, Colts, 27th Lancers, Cadets, North Star, Syracuse Brigadiers, Connecticut Hurricanes and Rochester Crusaders. He is director of bands at Cape Elizabeth High School in Cape Elizabeth, ME., where he directs a program of two concert bands, three jazz ensembles and five jazz combos. He is an adjudicator for marching band and jazz and has appeared as an all-state and district conductor for festival groups in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire. Tom is a member of the Maine Music Educators Association Hall of Fame as well as the halls of fame of the Massachusetts Drum Corps and Music Educators and Boston Crusaders. The Sunrisers welcome back to the team, Frank Mauriello. Frank continues his position as Staff Coordinator and is a member of the design team. Frank Mauriello received his B.M. in Music Education at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University and has performed in many ensembles such as, the C.W. Post Percussion Ensemble, the C.W. Post Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, and the C.W. Post Orchestra. Frank’s achievements include the Coordinator of Music Scholarship Award. Frank was the assistant director and the front ensemble arranger for “Rage”, L.I.’s first Independent Indoor Marching Percussion Ensemble. In addition, he has arranged and instructed several competitive marching bands, such as Garden City High School, Roslyn High School, Eastport-South Manor High School, Seaford High School, Division Avenue High School, and the 2009 New York State Champions – Mineola High School. Frank is the director of the Mineola High School Mustang Marching Band whose achievements have been noted throughout New York State, including performances at the Syracuse Carrier Dome in the NYSFBC Circuit and the Newsday Marching Band Festival. The Mineola Mustangs performed at Rose Hall in Lincoln Center (Jazz at Lincoln Center) for a special event presented by Turner Broadcasting (TBS) for over 500 television executives, honoring the 20th Anniversary of the Cartoon Network. Frank’s great aspiration is to combine his range of experience with his ability to be a kind hearted, enthusiastic and intelligent teacher, who will make a positive contribution both musically and educationally. Frank’s dedication to the advancement of the Sunrisers should be noted. He has had a steady hand in the development of this corps. 2016 Visual Team Announcement The Sunrisers are pleased to announce our 2016 Visual Team. Mike Durborow joins the Sunrisers this year as our Visual Caption Head. Mike started his marching career with the Hawthorne Muchachos (1967-1977) and held the position of Drum Major in 1977. Mike was a visual instructor for the Garfield Cadets (1979-1980). Mike then marched with the Hawthorne Caballeros as their Drum Major (1983-1984). He was a Visual Instructor (1985-1993), Visual Caption Head (1994-2005) He was also Staff Coordinator and design team member (2002-2004). Mike’s recent years had him with Fusion Core as Visual Caption Head and design team member (2011-2015). Mike has written and taught many high school bands since 1975. A few are Westfield, Bernardsville, Hawthorne, Jackson Memorial, and Southern Regional to name a few. The Sunrisers Organization welcomes Mike on board! Joseph White, Visual Instructor,Studied Music Comp and Film at Brooklyn College and earned a degree in Media Communications from New York Institute of Technology. Joe has written music for a few films and commercials. Now doing sound mixing for movies and T.V. shows including Friends with Benefits, The Bounty Hunter, and Men in Black 3 as well as TV shows including Pan Am, The Big C and Girls. In addition to being an Emmy Nominee (Sound) for his work on Sex And The City, he is now a voting member of the Television Academy for the Emmy awards. Joe played French Horn for many years, when marching drum corps he played mellophone. He continued on to perform in the pit playing Timpani and Marimba as well. He has Marched with Bayonne Bridgemen, NY Skyliners, Crossmen, Sunrisers and Bushwackers Joe aged out of the Velvet Knights of Anaheim, CA in 1992 which was one of his favorite seasons on the field. Joe returned to Velvet Knights the following year as Visual Instructor which began his teaching career. Joes background includes Drill Designer and Visual Instructor for many drum corps, marching bands, winter guards and drum lines including Fusion Core, NY Skyliners, Bushwackers, and the Sunrisers. He also worked with Brentwood HS Marching Band (NY), Monroe HS (NJ), Hicksville HS (NY), St. Frances Prepatory (Queens NY), Winsor Central HS (NY) and Malverne HS (NY) and Consulted with many other groups. Joe has also performed and instructed Pegasus Winter Guard as well as Saturday Matinee and Consulted with Light Brigade color guard. Welcome to the 2016 Sunrisers, Joe! Joe Taylor joins the Sunrisers as visual consultant/instructor. Joe has been involved with the marching arts either as a trumpet / mellophone player or instructing since 1979. During this time he has spent many years working in both the DCI and DCA arenas. He has had the opportunity to work with some great designers and instructors including: Rick Morey, Chris Calhoun, Jim Allen, Jim Steele, Jamie Thompson, Rich Templin and Wayne Downey. No matter what group Joe was working with Brigadiers, Empire Statesmen, Fusion or Spirit of Atlanta, his passion for the activity and his strive for perfection is infectious. Joe has been working with Victor High School’s Marching Band and Winter Percussion group for the past 11 years and has enjoyed championship seasons in NY State and recent success in the WGI, US Bands and BOA arenas. Joe is a graduate of Nazareth College in Rochester, NY where he lives with his wife Josette and 9yr old daughter Juliana. He is employed as a Sr. Corporate Trainer and travels throughout the US and South America on the development and presentation of training material for such companies as Mercedes Benz, VW, State Farm Insurance and Microsoft. Welcome to the Sunrisers, Joe! Molly Tittler joins us as a visual instructor. Molly has been involved in the marching arts for the last 17 years. After graduating from Garden City High School as a 5 year member of the marching band, she went on to march with the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps (’03), Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps (’04 – ’05), and the Silver Medalist Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (’06) where she played lead mellophone. She also served as a mellophone soloist for the University of Connecticut Marching Band in 2004. More recently, Ms. Tittler performed with the Fusion Drum and Bugle corps for two seasons. has taught high school marching band across Long Island and Westchester in places including Garden City, Port Chester, Levittown, Hicksville, Franklin Square, Farmingdale, and Sachem. She has also consulted for the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps and the Sunrisers Drum and Bugle Corps. Molly was a high school band director at Hicksville High School from 2007 – 2012. At Hicksville, she ran the award winning high school Marching Band and Winterguard programs (USSBA NYS Champions 2007 – 2011, USSBA Northern States Champions 2007) as well as taught the Level V NYSSMA Majors Gold Rated Symphonic Band. Molly is currently a band director at East Meadow High School where she conducts the ninth grade band and concert band, teaches brass sectionals, directs the colorguard, and runs the extracurricular brass ensemble, Winterguard, Tri-M Music Honor Society, and Pit orchestra. She is a graduate of Hofstra University. Molly received her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education with a concentration in horn performance, graduating with honors. Ms. Tittler also holds a Master of Arts degree in Wind Conducting. During her graduate studies at Hofstra, she served as the Graduate Conducting Associate to Dr. Peter Loel Boonshaft from 2010-2012, for which she conducted both the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. Molly maintains a private brass studio; many of her students have received county and state honors. She is an active member of the Nassau Music Educators Association where she has served as an All County chairperson several times, and currently serves as the Corresponding Secretary on the executive board. She is also a member of the New York State School Music Association, for which she is a certified brass adjudicator. We look forward to having Molly on board! Bill Woodruff is excited to be returning to the Sunrisers as a visual instructor. Bill marched at Sacred Heart University as a Tuba Player (1998-2002) and 3 years with the Bushwackers (2005-2007) before joining the Sunrisers visual staff as a tech in 2009. Since then he has marched with the Bridgemen Alumni (2010) and for the last 2 years worked with Fusion Core (2014-2015) as a member of their visual Team. Welcome back to the Sunrisers, Bill ! Krissy McMullen joins the Sunrisers as a visual instructor. Krissy marched with the Reading Buccaneers as a french horn player (1983-1986). She returned to the Buccaneers again (2007-2012) as a member marching Mellophone. Krissy’s teaching includes groups such as Lower Dauphin High School, Lancaster Catholic High School, and Fusion Core as a mid season visual tech. Krissy has been a field visual judge for six years with Cavalcade of Bands. Welcome to the team, Krissy! Paul Williams returns to the Sunrisers as a visual instructor. Paul started his drum corps career as a baritone in the Enfield Centurions (1965-1974). After aging out, he marched with the Sunrisers (1974-1979). Paul worked with the Woonsocket, RI winter guard (1980-1982). Paul then took time to raise his family before returning to the Sunrisers as a visual instructor (2013-2015). We welcome Paul back to the staff for 2016!
  11. 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
  12. 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
  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 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. 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 STS-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
  15. 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.
  16. Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, New York, home of the 2015 Drum Corps Associates World Championshiops Finals competition! I am your host, Kevin Gamin, Managing News Editor of Drum Corps Planet, and I will be providing you LIVE! From the Stands coverage of tonight's competition, the finale of the 2015 North American drum and bugle corps season. Here is the schedule for tonight's competition from the DCA website: WELCOME – 5:00PM Cincinnati Tradition – 5:40 Kilties – 5:57 Alliance – 6:14 Govenaires – 6:31 Hurricanes – 6:48 Sunrisers – 7:05 White Sabers – 7:22 Fusion Core – 7:39 Atlanta CV – 7:56 Kidsgrove Scouts – 8:13 Minnesota Brass – 8:30 Caballeros – 8:47 Cadets2 – 9:04 Buccaneers – 9:21 Exhibition by Star United and Caroline Gold immediately following the Buccaneers’ performance Awards Ceremony
  17. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, New York, site of the 2015 Drum Corps Associates Alumni Spectacular! I am your host, Kevin Gamin, Managing News Editor of Drum Corps Planet, and I will be providing LIVE! From the Stands coverage of every performing unit this morning. The stands are starting to fill up as we approach our first step off at 10AM so be sure to check this thread for updates as we prepare to celebrate drum corps history and "kick it old school"!
  18. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2015 Drum Corps Associates World Championships Preliminary competition at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, New York! I am your host, Kevin Gamin, Managing News Editor of Drum Corps Planet, and I will be providing you LIVE! From the Stands coverage of every performing drum corps today. Here is the schedule for today's competition, courtesy of the DCA website: CLASS A Excelsior 2:00 Erie Thunderbirds 2:18 Cincinnati Tradition 2:36 Chops, Inc. 2:54 Kilties 3:12 Alliance 3:30 Govenaires 3:48 Intermission (25 minutes) OPEN CLASS Skyliners 4:31 Bushwackers 4:49 Hurricanes 5:07 Carolina Gold 5:25 Sunrisers 5:43 Atlanta CV 6:01 White Sabers 6:19 Intermission (25 Minutes) Kidsgrove Scouts 7:02 Fusion Core 7:20 Minnesota Brass 7:38 Cadets2 7:56 Caballeros 8:14 Buccaneers 8:32 We'll be kicking off coverage with Excelsior at 2PM!
  19. I'm a filmmaker. I communicate in video form. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyzctsA0ZoU Thanks to Minnesota Brass for the access and hang time all last week! Let the Madd circus begin! Their closer features some of Queen's "The Show Must Go On" and I thought it the perfect track for a DCA team who spends most of the season all alone in MN. ;)
  20. This morning I pulled out my DCA tickets which I bought last year at Finals. I forgot I had bought two seats to DCA Prelims and Finals (hoping that perhaps I wouldn't be....all...by....myself....don't wanna be...all...by...myself...anymore....). Anyway if anyone is looking for one seat for both nights in the best possible location (section 307, row G, seat 11), please be in touch soon. These are premium seats and are sold-out. I am offering at face value of $45 Prelims, $50 finals, and I'd prefer to sell both to the same person rather than be stuck holding one or the other. (Yes, I know that if you look at the ticketing website, it shows $40 for prelims premium seats, but apparently someone made that decision after I purchased my tickets, because I paid $45.)
  21. Drum Corps Associates (DCA) is hosting their 53rd annual “Parade of Champions” competition on Saturday, August 15, 2015. It is being held at Scranton High School Stadium, 63 Mike Munchak Drive, Scranton PA 18508, and starts at 7:00 P.M. sharp. Corps appearing are: Buccaneers, Bushwhackers, Caballeros, Cadets 2, Fusion Corps, Skyliners, and White Sabers (in alphabetical order). The “Parade of Champions” is one of DCA’s longest running shows. They have been holding the “Parade of Champions” in conjunction with local American Legion Posts since 1962. It is one of the most popular DCA shows of the season, and since the DCA competitive season ends over Labor Day weekend, championships are only three weeks away. Be prepared to see Brass, Percussion, and Color Guard sections of all corps raising their game and dedicated to entertainment! Support your favorite corps, or just come to enjoy an evening of music and motion. Tickets can be purchased in advance at: http://dcitickets.showare.com/ordertickets.asp?p=450. They also can be ordered by phone at 855-632-8090. For more information, go to: http://www.DCAcorps.org