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  1. Does anyone remember Father Peter G. Mitchell, who started the Emerald Cadets in the New Haven area? This was in the '60's. Thanks, Gail Howard
  2. 20th Century Limited Drum & Bugle Corps Staff Openings 2016 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 phone: (845) 728 - 0415
  3. 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
  4. 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. ###
  5. 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 ###
  6. 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. ###
  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. We have a handful of corps that have the talent to win gold, which is outstanding. The sheer number of great ideas this year is more than I've ever seen in DCI, and I've been watching (or marching) since the mid-80s. What pains me most is when show designs hobble great talent, that demoralize almost as much as inspire. What I love to see most is a show design that empowers MMs to achieve their highest potential as performers, as people, and as artists, making the show itself into a work of art that transcends the idiom of drum corps. Usually, it's the show concepts that either click, or fail. A great concept will most always lead to a string of inspired, aesthetically-unified, and effective (GE) decisions in all captions. A poor concept will fail to a greater or lesser degree in all regards, including demoralizing MMs who have to live with it, act like they love it, but hate it secretly until afterwards, when they just end up regretting the decision they made to trust the design team and join the corps. That's the worst of all possible outcomes. Solution to poor design = Open Innovation Here's how to do it (though versions of this have been tried in the past, I'm well aware): 1. The design team must let go a bit and open up, instead of being like Charleton Heston ("...FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS!!!!"). Egos must be shelved. It's OK, we have to tell the corps directors and design teams. You'll still get your salaries because you're paid to CO-innovate and collaborate, to execute the designs, and hardest of all: to teach a group of young people how to create art. People out there, including potential members who will actually perform the show, have great ideas. Closed innovation doesn't work anymore in business, and it doesn't work well in DCI, at least for several corps, and even sometimes for the very best organizations. (Object lesson: 12.25, 10, Yowza, etc.) 2. They solicit show ideas from fans and alumni, but do so in an organized way, requesting concept, music, arrangement, visual, uniform, flag, prop, etc., ideas that communicate that theme. A standard format and strict requirements for submitting show design proposals must be communicated, just like any professional proposal. I'm talking actual RFPs (requests for proposals). And they could even require that the ideas if rejected cannot be used by other DCI organizations, which would keep the IP (intellectual property) within the community, as it were. Even better: they could request (or even require) individuals and/or teams of future MMs submit proposals. Could be a component of their auditions. 3. They allow the community to view the ideas, comment, and vote. 4. They give the community 50% of the votes, and their team 50%, and the best idea wins. Maybe the second or fourth best ideas will win the following year(s). How could you go wrong with the above? The days of the dictatorial corps director mucking things up are numbered. Just like the days of white guys in cigar-filled rooms deciding which candidate from which prominent political family will represent their party for governor or president. (Oh wait.....) Closed innovation, top-down, dictatorial decisions are so 20th century. So pre-social media. So Greatest Generation. Charleton Heston died angry, red-faced, half-crazy, but reports say that he was holding his wrinkled shrunken antique piece. Don't let this happen to you, top-5 corps. Let go. This is the Millennial Generation marching. They want co-ownership in their organizations. They want to lend a hand, to be empowered, to express their voice, and invest everything they have in its success, from concept to execution, from paper to the Gold medal around their neck at Finals. Trust the alumni, fans, and most of all: future MMs, not just yourselves. Open Innovation will avoid show designs that are inept from the get-go. Open Innovation will yield gold.
  10. We are located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We are looking for a Majorette Team Coordinator (Christian preferred) full-time or part-time. This is a paying position and opportunity for year-round position. Our season is year-round for practices, shows/performance events, parades, and competitions. Must have College or BOA or WBTF or NBTA or USTA or DMA or WGI or Drum and Bugle Corps or DCI or DCA or experience Practice is Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Please send resume to deepimpactdrumline@hotmail.com
  11. We are located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We are looking for a Marching Woodwind and Brass Section Coordinator (Christian preferred) full-time or part-time. This is a paying position and opportunity for year-round position. Our season is year-round for practices, shows/performance events, parades, and competitions. Must have College or BOA or WGI or Drum and Bugle Corps or DCI or DCA experience Practice is Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Please call Ron Thorpe at 423-462-2059. Please send resume to deepimpactdrumline@hotmail.com.
  12. We are located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We are looking for a Percussion Coordinator (Christian preferred) full-time or part-time. This is a paying position and opportunity for year-round position. Our season is year-round for practices, shows/performance events, parades, and competitions. Must have College or BOA or WGI or Drum and Bugle Corps or DCI or DCA experience Practice is Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Please call Ron Thorpe at 423-462-2059. Please send resume along with a 2- to 3-minute video of you percussing on the drum pad to deepimpactdrumline@hotmail.com.
  13. Generally speaking, what are the basic ins and outs of running an open class corps? I've heard that the biggest expenses are gasoline, housing, and food, but I have no clue what the rough dollar amounts for those tend to be among OC corps. And then buses and instruments are capital expenses (up front) that you can maintain for years - correct me if I'm wrong. I'd just like some clarification and discussion. EDIT: this is not me trying to start a corps. This is solely for the purpose of wanting to know for my own interest.
  14. Park City Pride announces their administrative staff for 2015. The Corps Director will be Mike Marella. Sissy McCarthy and Bob Bradley will serve as Co-Directors. Rich Warga returns as Business Manager. To quote Mike Marella as he addressed the membership at their 2015 kickoff event “There is a very exciting year ahead for us and we can't wait to get to work. Together we will make 2015 our best year yet.” Park City Pride ... Entertaining for the Fun of It! Visit us at TheParkCityPride.org and on Facebook
  15. I'm thrilled to share our 2015 design team announcement with the good people of Drum Corps Planet. From our website: http://mnbrass.org/2014/11/2015-staff/ Blue Devils’ John Meehan joins Minnesota Brass — plus other 2015 staff additions Posted on November 18, 2014 John Meehan celebrates the Blue Devils’ 2014 DCI championship and high brass award in August at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Minnesota Brass is thrilled to announce the addition of Blue Devils luminaryJohn Meehan as arranger and brass consultant. He joins a world-class staff made up of drum corps veterans who know how to build a champion and foster innovation in the marching arts. John is most widely known as an instructor and arranger with the Blue Devils of Concord, Calif., helping to guide the corps to six DCI world championships (including 2014) and nine high brass awards since 1994. He also has been instrumental in establishing the Blue Devils B and C corps as musical forces, with Blue Devils B winning DCI’s Open Class championship this year. John has established himself as a highly sought-after arranger and show creator with a variety of musical ensembles around the globe, from the award-winning James Logan High School Marching Band of Union City, Calif., to Drum Corps Japan champion Yokohama Scouts. As if making a major splash in the marching arts weren’t enough, John is an accomplished composer, too. His key writing credits include the album “The Music Of WYLAND,” the score for the film “Mind Games” and the commissioned concert-band piece “Circe’s Curse.” His performance achievements include playing in a world-champion Blue Devils hornline and soloing in Germany with his college jazz ensemble. “We’re very excited to welcome John Meehan to our design team,” said Eric Molho, executive director of Minnesota Brass. “He will help push our creativity and strengthen the experience for our members, which makes him the perfect addition to Minnesota Brass.” And John isn’t the only new member of the corps’ staff. Also coming aboard are alumni Joe Asleson as visual caption supervisor and Craig Myers as front-ensemble arranger and supervisor. They join returning staffers Joel Matuzak as program coordinator and battery caption supervisor and Wil Furnstahl as color-guard caption supervisor, along with Scott Palmer as brass caption supervisor, in his first full season in that role, and Paul Terry as assistant brass caption supervisor. Here’s a little more about these staff members: Joe Asleson (visual caption supervisor): Joe is the director and visual designer for Minnesota Brass Indoor Drumline and now takes on visual duties for the full field corps. In 2014, he was voted Instructor of the Year by the Minnesota Percussion Association. He serves as the percussion caption head and battery arranger for the Eden Prairie High School Marching Band, as well as battery arranger and visual designer for the Eden Prairie Indoor Drumline. For the 2012 and 2013 seasons, he served as snare technician as well as battery visual instructor and choreographer for the Colts drum and bugle corps of Dubuque, Iowa. He has instructed and designed at various high schools in Minnesota. In 2010 and 2014, he served as the snare section leader with Minnesota Brass, where he first performed in 2005. In 2008, he performed with the Madison Scouts, serving as snare section leader for his age-out season. He performed with Minnesota Brass Indoor in its inaugural season in 2008 and with Music City Mystique (bronze medalist) in 2009. Wil Furnstahl (color-guard caption supervisor): Wil has led Minnesota Brass’ color guard for several years, including the 2011 DCA championship season, when his unit won top honors. He also is the director of MBI Winter Guard, which he has built into a consistent WGI Independent Open Class finalist. He has led several winter guard champions in the North Star Color Guard Circuit, including Park Center High School, Eclipse and Elk River. He has performed with St. Cloud All-City Marching Band, the Royal Guard of the Twin Cities, Heritage Winter Guard of Madison, Wis., and Minnesota Brass. He has been teaching color guard since 1997 and is an adjudicator with the Tri-State Judges Association. Joel Matuzak (program coordinator and battery caption supervisor): Joel has been the program coordinator for Minnesota Brass since 2002 and percussion caption head since 1998. Under his leadership, the corps has won the DCA Open Class Championship (2011) and been a silver medalist five times, as well as winning four DCA percussion titles. He is the design coordinator for the Minnesota Brass Indoor Drumline and has been the head instructor of the Sköl Line, a drumline for the Minnesota Vikings NFL franchise, since 2008. He is highly regarded as an arranger, drill writer, clinician and adjudicator. He has instructed and arranged for many marching ensembles throughout the United States, including the University of Arkansas, Governaires drum and bugle corps, Irondale High School, Waseca High School and Eden Prairie High School. He is a graduate of St. Cloud State University with a degree in music education. He has been the director of instrumental music at Highland Park Senior High School in St. Paul since 1997. Craig Myers (front-ensemble arranger and supervisor): Craig is a percussion educator, clinician, composer and arranger who has worked with many programs throughout the Midwest, including Eden Prairie High School, the Colts and Waconia High School. He also is a staff composer/arranger for JKS Music, and serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Percussion Association. He started his performance career at Minnesota Brass in 2003 and also has performed as a World Class finalist with Rhythm X (2008 WGI PIW World Champions), the Cadets (Allentown, Pa.) and the Bluecoats (Canton, Ohio). At Eden Prairie High School, he is the front ensemble/sound design arranger in addition to the assistant director of the program’s percussion ensembles. He received his degree in percussion performance from St. Cloud State University. Scott Palmer (brass caption supervisor): Scott returns to Minnesota Brass to lead its hornline, as well as spend a second season as an instructor on the horn staff of the Blue Devils, which won the DCI championship in his first year with the corps. He has performed with Minnesota Brass and the Madison Scouts. He is in his ninth year of teaching at Eden Prairie High School, where his many roles include directing the Eagle Marching Band and Winter Drumline. Under his direction, the marching band has been a Bands of America Super Regional finalist and Minnesota State Marching Band Championships runner-up. He is a graduate of the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music with a degree in music education and is working on his master of music in conducting from the American Band College through Sam Houston State University. He is an active member of the music education community in Minnesota as an adjudicator, coach and clinician. Paul Terry (assistant brass caption supervisor): Paul has been on the Minnesota Brass horn staff since 2007 and helped lead the corps to back-to-back high brass awards in 2010 and ’11, as well as the 2011 DCA Open Class Championship. He performed with Minnesota Brass in 2005-06. In 2014, he joined the Colts as a low-brass technician. He directs the bands and orchestras at Maple Grove Junior High School and teaches the Anoka High School Marching Tornadoes. He also has served as trombone coach for the Minnesota Music Educators Association’s All-State Jazz Band for several years. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Minnesota and his master’s degree from Boston University. “Our 2015 design team is a great mix of familiar and new faces who are each amazing teachers and writers,” Molho said. “I’m thrilled we have assembled such a talented group to make this season extraordinary.”
  16. The Connecticut Hurricanes are pleased to announce their 2015 Percussion Caption Head. Mr. G. James Miller holds a Master of Science Degree from Full Sail University (2011), a Master of Arts Degree in Music from Columbia University Teachers College (1985), and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from William Paterson College (1983). Mr. Miller has served in many of the tri-state area schools as an educator, writer, and clinician for over thirty five years. His writing credits include percussion ensemble works performed by many colleges, universities and high schools. Mr. Miller's exercises and ensemble works have been published and distributed world-wide by Premier Percussion, as well as authoring two books on percussion technique and several articles published in trade magazines. Mr. Miller has composed for and taught many drum and bugle corps such as the Skyliners (NY), Hurricanes (CT), Westshoremen (PA), Chieftains (PA), Bridgemen (NJ), the Star of Indiana (IN), and most notably the Bushwackers (NJ) - who were awarded the "Best Percussion" award at the DCA World Championships for five consecutive years. He has performed with the Hawthorne Muchachos, Fantasia III, and has earned a DCI High Percussion award with the Bayonne Bridgemen Drum & Bugle Corps. He is also currently on call staff of the Bridgemen Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Bridgeport PAL Drum Corps. G. James Miller has been a finalist for the Teacher of the Year award in Stratford CT, where he is currently employed (since 1986) as the Director of Music at Frank Scott Bunnell High School. At Bunnell he directs the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, the National Champion Indoor Drumline and the thirteen time Connecticut State Champion Marching Band. Additionally, Mr. Miller is an adjunct ECE Professor at the University of Connecticut.
  17. Hi- We're a growing band in the Greater Charlotte area looking for a guard instructor that can choreograph and teach. We are looking for someone that can teach not only for band camp but also the winter season (we don't currently have a winter guard because we don't have an instructor). Our marching season schedule starts at the beginning of August- we have 14 days of camp (somewhat negotiable), Monday nights 6-8, Tuesdays 5-8 and 6 Saturdays in Sept. and Oct. for competitions. We will pay a separate fee for choreography and the season. We are not interested in hiring someone directly out of high school and would prefer to have someone with prior experience. Please email Amy Vitulli at amy.vitulli@ucps.k12.nc.us if you are interested in teaching with us. Thanks!
  18. This Color Guard is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and is an indoor and marching independent unit. We are looking for a Color Guard Caption Head and for Color Guard Instructors (Christian preferred) full-time or part-time. Pay and opportunity for year-round position. Our season is year-round for practices, performance events/shows, parades, and competitions. Must have BOA or WGI or TIA or Drum and Bugle Corps or DCI or DCA experience Instructors needed for the following Flag Corps divisions: Alumni Color Guard -- Ages -- 23 to 60 A Color Guard -- Ages 16 to 22 B Color Guard -- Ages 11 to 15 C Color Guard -- Ages 5 - 10 Practice is Sundays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday Through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Please send resume to rwyouthgospel(@hotmail.co
  19. The Connecticut Hurricanes are excited to announce the addition of WGI Director of Percussion and Hall of Fame member Mark Thurston to the position of Percussion Arranger for the 2015 season. Mark began his drum corps career as a snare drummer with the Royaleers Drum & Bugle Corps in his hometown of Utica, NY. In the early 70’s, he became a member of the Yankee Cadets and in 1976, he joined the Avant Garde Drum & Bugle Corps from Saratoga Springs, NY. From 1979 to 1982 he marched in the Crossmen’s snare line. After his age-out, he was asked to join their percussion staff and went on to serve as their Percussion Caption Head and Arranger from 1984 to 1996. In 2003, he was elected to the Crossmen Hall of Fame. Mark joined WGI Percussion in 1996, first as an adjudicator and then as the Percussion Educational Director in 1997-1998. Since 1999, he has been the Percussion Director and has been recognized as a driving force behind the significant growth of the indoor percussion activity. He has been a marching percussion artist and clinician for Zildjian cymbals since 1985. The Zildjian-Mark Thurston scholarship has been presented to WGI percussionists since 2010. He was elected to the WGI Hall of Fame in 2006. In addition to his work with the Crossmen, Mark’s drum corps experience includes arranging and instructing the Spirit of Atlanta (DCI), the Westshoremen (DCA) and most recently, the Reading Buccaneers (DCA). The Bucs won the DCA championship in 2012, 2013 & 2014 when he served on their staff in the role of Program Consultant and Music Ensemble Supervisor. They also took the DCA percussion title in 2012 & 2014. He was a Drum Corps Associates (DCA) percussion/music adjudicator from 2005 to 2011. In 2006, he also served as a Drum Corps International (DCI) percussion adjudicator. Mark Thurston is a highly regarded percussion clinician and educator. Adding to his memberships in the Crossmen and WGI Halls of Fame, Mark was inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame in 2014, recognizing his many contributions to the Drum Corps activity. A resident of Limerick, PA, Mark currently teaches percussion at Spring-Ford High School in Royersford, PA.
  20. The Centurions have some openings for visual and percussion staff for the upcoming season. To view the available positions, please visit our website. Those interested should contact Nick Yaworski at nyaworski@sbcglobal.net
  21. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - The Connecticut Hurricanes are pleased to announce the addition of Matt Krempasky to their 2015 creative team in the role of 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 Buccaneers from 1983-1987, the Hawthorne Caballeros from 1988-1991, Spirit of Atlanta from 1997-1999, and most notably, the Crossmen from 1986-1994. While writing for the Crossmen, he helped the corps return to DCI finalist status and helped them reach the highest placement in the history of the corps (6th in 1992). He has been elected to the Hall of Fame for three different corps: The Reading Buccaneers in 2006, the Pennsylvania Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011, and the Crossmen in 2012. Mr. Krempasky holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA. 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 high IQ society. Matthew is currently serving as the band director at Somerville (NJ) High School and looks forward to working with the 2015 Connecticut Hurricanes.
  22. The Centurions are pleased to welcome Izzy Delgado to the corps as our 2015 Visual Designer. Izzy Delgado has been designing drill for drum corps, marching band, and winter guard for over 15 years. He is currently the drill designer for the 2013 and 2014 DCA Class A World Champion White Sabers Drum & Bugle Corps, and also served as the original drill designer for Fusion Core, helping them win the 2010 DCA Class A World Championship. In his time working with both corps, Izzy has been the drill designer for 3 DCA Class A titles, 4 DCA Class A High Visual awards, and 5 Class A Top 2 finishes. Upon his age out from the Raiders Drum & Bugle Corps, Izzy was named to the visual staff, eventually being elevated to the position of Visual Caption Head. He has also served as drill designer for the Skyliners. Izzy is currently the drill designer for the 3 time USBands 5A National and NJ State Champion Elizabeth HS Marching Band, as well as several other programs in New Jersey. He is the program designer for the Matawan HS Winter Guard programs and has served on the design team for the Fusion Winter Guard. Izzy has also served as a visual adjudicator for USBands marching band and indoor color guard circuits for the past 12 years. In his “real life”, Izzy is employed as an Insurance Sales Representative with AAA NJ Insurance. He currently resides in Old Bridge, NJ with his lovely wife Elyse (also a design partner on many of his projects) and their soon to be one year old daughter Taylor Lynn.
  23. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - The Connecticut Hurricanes are excited to announce the appointment of Rick Morey to the position of Visual Designer for the 2015 season. 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. This year he was privileged 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. We also want to take this time to thank Jamey Thompson for his services over the last 7 seasons. The time, talent, and effort Jamey put forth was instrumental in getting the Hurricanes into the top 4 in 5 consecutive seasons (2008-2012). We wish Jamey the best of luck in his future endeavors!
  24. Sun Devils Announce 2015 Executive Director and Corps Director FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – The Sun Devils Drum and Bugle Corps are excited to announce that corps founding member John “JJ” Johnson will once again return as the Executive Director. JJ’s leadership has been crucial to organization since the beginning. As a founding father of this drum corps his consistent involvement has helped to truly develop the personality of the drum corps. Anthony Parisi will be taking over the responsibilities of Corps Director. Anthony has been an integral part of the corps resurgence. He has worked tirelessly on both the design and administrative direction of the corps over the last 2 years. Anthony’s experience with the Sun Devils family has made him a natural fit to replace our friend Robb Van Eck who retired as corps director after the 2014 season. Anthony looks forward to continuing many of the standards that have been set over the history of the corps while helping the corps to grow and take our next steps toward success. Anthony had this to say about the 2015 season “The team of staff and members we have assembled over the last few years are a true family. We are in the process of adding some amazing people to further move the corps in the right direction, competitively, educationally and administratively. I am looking forward to working closely with JJ and the rest of the management team to reach our true potential while never losing site of the fact why we really do this, Family! ” More announcements about additional administrative and Creative staff will be coming shortly, so stay tuned! See the bios for JJ and Anthony below. John “JJ” Johnson, Executive Director JJ has been involved with the marching arts since 1989, starting with the 7 time BOA Grand National Champions, Marian Catholic High School. As a graduate of Marian Catholic, the lessons learned have spanned a lifetime. While at NIU, JJ garnered several accolades including, Rookie of the Year, Director's award, and he also was a two time recipient of the Marching Huskie of the Year Award. JJ started his drum corps career back in 2000. While with Heat Wave, which happened to be JJ's first drum corps experience, he played soprano, mellophone, and then eventually Drum Major. Utilizing the skills learned from Marian Catholic and Northern Illinois University, he excelled and eventually became Executive Director of Heat Wave and more recently, the Sun Devils. "I am looking forward to another fun and challenging season. We have every intention on building upon last year's successes." Anthony Parisi, Corps Director Anthony Parisi has spent most of the last 20 years deeply involved in many aspects of the marching activity. In high school and college he marched both brass and percussion. Anthony moved on and participated in junior corps for partial seasons with both the Bluecoats and Boston Crusaders. He began his DCA career with a year in the Sunrisers and then marched for the next 8 years with the World Champion Hawthorne Caballeros playing both baritone and euphonium. Anthony has been involved with the Tampa Bay Thunder drum and bugle corps as both a visual and brass tech and was also involved for several years with the WGI World Finalist Emanon Winter Guard as a visual tech/consultant. Anthony has been the Assistant Director/Drill Designer/Show Coordinator for several bands in the NY/NJ/PA area, including 4 time winner of the Yamaha Cup and Northern States/NJ Champions, Pequannock Township High School. Anthony has also worked with Riptide Indoor Percussion(RPT)Recently he was the Drill Designer for the St. Augustine Ancient City Regiment. Outside the marching arena Anthony works for Expedia Local Experts as a concierge in the Orlando hospitality market.
  25. This Brass and Woodwind Section in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is an independent indoor-marching unit. We are looking for both Brass and Woodwind Caption Heads and Instructors (Christian preferred) full-time or part-time for the year-round season. pay, opportunity for year-round position. Instructors needed for the following Brass and Woodwind sections: Alumni Brass Section – Ages – 23 to 60 Brass Section A – Ages 16 to 22 Brass Section B – Ages 11 to 15 Brass Section C – Ages 5 – 10 Alumni Woodwind Section – Ages – 23 to 60 Woodwind Section A – Ages 16 to 22 Woodwind Section B – Ages 11 to 15 Woodwind Section C – Ages 5 - 10 Practice is Sundays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Must have BOA or WGI or Drum and Bugle Corps or DCI or DCA or TIA experience. Please send resume to androb22@hotmail.com.