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  1. _______________________________________________________________________________ City Sound Drum & Bugle Corps Los Angeles, CA. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE http://www.city-sound.org Contact: Nathaniel Lewis Tel: 323-228-7231 email: nlewis@city-sound.org “Andy Cross” ACCEPTS 2014 POSITION AS COLORGUARD INSTRUCTOR WITH CITY SOUND Andy attended Bernardo Yorba M.S. and Esperanza H.S. playing flute & bassoon and performing in orchestra, wind ensemble, marching band, & as drum major. After graduation, he studied Dance at Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa), Mt. San Antonio College (Pomona), Grossmont College (El Cajon, CA), with the Gloria Newman Dance Theater (Orange County), & with Shirley Jenkins at the University of Washington (Seattle). In 1989 Andy joined the Seattle Men’s Chorus (SMC) singing on their first CD, appearing on PBS specials, and performing at Boston Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York City. He shared the stage with SMC’s special guests Natalie Cole, Bobby McFerrin, Dianne Schurr, Harvey Fierstein, & Maya Angelou. Andy has performed with the Seattle “R.O.T.C.” Colorguard (1987-1997) in SMC Concerts, in New York City’s Central Park, and at the Stardust Casino in Las Vegas. He celebrates over 30 years of performing at “R.O.T.C.” events in New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Long Beach, and Seattle. More recently, Andy has been in San Diego where he attended Dance classes at CoSA – Coronado School of the Arts (through Southwestern College), as well as performing a self-written Dance/CG solo with Rifles (at one point juggling 2) in the 2012 CoSA Spring Dance Concert. That Autumn he attended Grossmont College where he studied Dance and performed in both the Student-choreographed and the Faculty-choreographed Dance Concerts. In 2014 City Sound is ecstatic to have Andy as part of their staff all the while creating one of the most exciting color guards in Southern California. Andy’s massive professional dance experience and WGI teaching experience, will definitely give City Sound the visible projection need to be a sound contender this 2014 season. We are proud to let everyone know that Andy Cross is coming to City Sound as the new color guard instructor. Sincerely Nathaniel W. Lewis, Executive Director City Sound Drum and Bugle Corps http://www.City-Sound.org
  2. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ City Sound Drum & Bugle Corps Los Angeles, CA. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE http://www.city-sound.org Contact: Nathaniel Lewis Tel: 323-228-7231 email: nlewis@city-sound.org CHARLIE GROH ACCEPTS VISUAL MANAGER POSITION WITH CITY SOUND Born to itinerant beet farmers from North Dakota during the dust-bowl of the 1930's, Charles Nelson Groh has been a creative force since shortly after his birth. As the 10th (and last-born) of the Groh siblings, much of young Charles' formative years were spent in the care of his older brothers and sisters - as his parents sought work to sustain their large family. Left to doodle on his own and blessed with a vivid imagination, Charles was creating pencil and crayon sketches before the age of 4. By the time he was 10 and entered the 9th grade, he was an accomplished photographer - with photos published in the Fargo Chronicle and Bismark Times. Some referred to him as a prodigy. Now, recognized as the 'Zen Master' of the marching arts, Charlie has been a student, performer, instructor, designer, and director of marching bands and drum corps. As a member of the original DCI World Champion Anaheim Kingsmen in the early 1970s, and recently returned as the visual instructor and marching member for the Alumni Corps, The Kingsmen made their debut return at the Drum Corps International World Championships in 2007. Over 200 former members, now in their 40's thru 60's, returned to the field to perform and amaze audiences. Currently, Charlie has again taken his highly sought after marching expertise to the field with City Sound Drum and Bugle Corps From Los Angeles, CA. as Visual Manager for the corps. Everyone here at City Sound thinks Charlie Groh is exactly what the corps needs to take that next evolutionary step to a higher level of the marching arts. We are extremely excited and proud to have charlie Groh on our staff as the new Visual Manager! Sincerely Nathaniel W. Lewis, Executive Director City Sound Drum and Bugle Corps http://www.City-Sound.org
  3. The Hawthorne Muchachos (age 16 and older, alumni and new members) are now practicing monthly for their 2014 season. In addition to performing positions, the corps is also staffing volunteer leadership roles in public relations, recruiting and fund raising. Prior membership in the Muchachos is not required. To be considered for one of the leadership positions, please respond with a brief description of your experience to hawthornemuchachos@yahoo.com
  4. The Hawthorne Muchachos (age 16 and older, alumni and new members) are now practicing monthly for their 2014 season. In addition to performing positions, the corps is also staffing volunteer leadership roles in public relations, recruiting and fund raising. Prior membership in the Muchachos is not required. To be considered for one of the leadership positions, please respond with a brief description of your experience to hawthornemuchachos@yahoo.com
  5. *****OFFICIAL SUN DEVILS PRESS RELEASE***** 2014 Staff Announcement Sun Devils Drum and Bugle Corps Florida’s DCA A Class Finalist Sun Devils Drum and Bugle Corps have announced the instructional and design staff for the corp’s 2014 campaign. “This team of instructors and the creative team is a great family already. We are all looking forward to working with our membership to put a high energy and engaging drum corps product in 2014”, said second year Corps Director Robb Van Eck. The 2014 design team will be under the leadership of Brandon Lesando who moves over from the Brass Caption take the role of Program Coordinator; his job will include supervision of the creative show elements from design to implementation. Anthony Parisi will continue as Drill Writer has the new role of Staff Coordinator. New to the team is Brass Arranger Adam Freeman, who comes to the Sun Devils with a strong background with DCA ties to the Hawthorne Caballeros and Reading Buccaneers, as well as DCI experience with The Cadets and Jersey Surf. Also assisting the corps, David Bolzman with his years of pageantry arts experience and his time with Marching Show Concepts will be returning as a program consultant. Assisting Robb will be Lindsey Brown in the new role of Assistant Director bringing her extensive arts management knowledge and experience with Spirit of Atlanta, Nebraska University “Cornhusker Band”, and area high school groups. Jeff Dixon will continue as Percussion Caption Head and arranger, bringing back his team from the 2013 season. Oscar Escobar is stepping into the role of Brass Caption Head, taking the team that he has inherited from Brandon and Robb. Thomas Baker will be taking the position of Visual Caption Head; he will be building a new team of visual instructors for the 2014 campaign. Sun Devils are currently going through the search process for a Color Guard Caption Head, seeking a team focused individual from outside the organization with a strong Florida-based network of performers and teachers to fill out the ranks in that caption. Full Bios for the staff can be found at http://sundevilsdrumcorps.org
  6. The World Famous Hawthorne Caballeros are proud to announce that the creative team for the 2014 campaign has been chosen. Plans and designs for the upcoming year are well under way! The Staff will be lead by our Program and Show Coordinator Cliff Bialkin. He will be assisted by “World Drum Corps Hall of Fame” member, Lou Stork. Both bring a lifetime of leadership and experience to the team. Key Poulan returns as the Brass Arranger for 2014. One of the best known names in marching music today, Key has been a successful writer in both the DCI Ranks with the World Class Santa Clara Vanguard, the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets, the World Class Glassmen, and most recently, the World Class Mandarins, as well as the DCA ranks with The Hawthorne Caballeros and many more. Rob Ferguson returns as the Percussion Arranger for 2014. He brings a wealth of writing experience to the team. As the writer/ arranger for the Matrix Indoor Percussion Ensemble and the Glassmen World Class Drum and Bugle Corps, Rob has been a great asset to the recent progress of the Caballero’s percussion program. Drew Farmer- Joining the Caballeros Design Team for the very first time in 2014 is Drew Farmer. Drew began his design career in 2003 and has designed full-time for the last 6 years for many successful marching bands, winter guards, indoor percussion ensembles, and Drum Corps throughout the United States. In 2013, he was the drill designer for the Mandarins World Class Drum and Bugle Corps. Drew is also the principle visual designer for Key Poulan Music. We welcome Drew to the Caballeros Design Team! For additional information on Drew please feel free to view his website www.drewfarmer.com The 2013 Best DCA Color Guard Award winners will continue to achieve excellence while moving in a new and exciting direction. In 2014 our color guard design duties will be shared by Bobbey Biddle and Matt Hurley. Both are masters at their craft. Bobbey Biddle has served as our Color Guard Caption Head for the past few seasons. In addition, he has worked with the Black Watch World Class Indoor Color Guard and many HS guards including Plymouth-Whitemarsh HS Marching band and Winter Guard. Matt Hurley brings years of color guard design from his years with Bridgewater/Raritan HS Marching Band, The Black Watch Winter Guard and The Jersey Surf World Class Drum and Bugle Corps. This is going to be one exciting color guard to watch! Interested in marching? Open House is November 30th and December 1st 2013 at Lincoln Middle School in Hawthorne NJ 07506 11am Registration 12pm Start Get in touch with us at m.ryan@cabs.org. or fill in the membership interest form on our website. www.cabs.org Open House Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8BPLwh8JiI Facebook Interest Group Page https://www.facebook.com/groups/404587579646723/ More Information about the Caballeros can be found on their website at www.cabs.org.
  7. http://www.arizonaacademy.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=452:announcing-the-2014-design-team&catid=37:news&Itemid=94 Anybody take a look at their staff this year? Their design team alone is already killer. Crown's main designer and their music arranger, and one of the Blue Devils drill writers. That alone is a great start. They have a great visual staff coming in, brass staff is almost identical to previous years so the technique should be the same. Most of the perc staff is coming back, which means Ike is returning for his 3rd year, should be AWESOME! And the new guard staff looks very promising. I really hope they can bounce back from this previous season, the main excuse for the scores last year was the design, looks like the problem should be solved now. How do you guys think they will do in 2014?
  8. The Hawthorne Caballeros proudly announce their Caption Heads for the 2014 Season. The world famous Hawthorne Caballeros are proud to announce their selections for the Caption Head positions for the 2014 season. Recruiting for the upcoming campaign are well under way. These are the educators who will lead each of sections to success! Brass Caption Head - Russ Batsch Russ Batsch returns to the Hawthorne Caballeros as the 2014 Brass Caption Head. No stranger to Hawthorne, Russ started his career with the Cabs in 2000 as a lead Soprano. He then was promoted to head Drum Major in 2004. During his stay with the Cabs, he instructed brass on many levels, from warm-ups to visual basics, and in 2011, Russ joined the Caballeros as Brass Caption Head. He even helped tie up the broken exhaust on the "Hat" truck one lonely evening on Route 78. Russ graduated Hightstown High School and went to Rowan University for a BA in Music Education and a Minor in Special Education. He started his Band Director Career in 1996 in the Pompton Lakes School District. Russ taught Junior High Band, Chorus and Jazz Band, and assisted with the High School Marching Program. While there, Mr Batsch was named teacher of the year. Mr. Batsch then took the High School position at West Essex Regional Schools and taught for 8 years. While there, his program won numerous awards for Marching, Jazz and Concert bands. Russ currently teaches with the Madison School District where he re-started the Marching program after 25 years. His other responsibilities include, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Senior Class advisor and Tri-M Honors Society Advisor. Russ is also the Wind Ensemble Director at Drew University. In May of 2010 he was the 5-6 Band Director for the Morris Jointure Band. Russ is married to his wonderful wife Jenn, who herself worked the souvenir table, and has 3 amazing future Cabs, sons Brady, Logan and the newest addition Austin. Color Guard Caption Head - Bobbey Biddle Bobbey Biddle returns as our 2014 Color Guard Caption Head. A Delaware native, Bobbey resides in Philadelphia, PA. Bobbey is the Director of the Plymouth Whitemarsh High School and Colonial Middle School Color Guard programs in Plymouth Meeting, PA. During his tenure at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, Bobbey’s color guard captured championship titles at the 2009, 2011 and 2012 Cavalcade of Band Marching Band Championships, 2010 and 2011 USSBA Nationals Championships, and the 2011 T.I.A. All Chapter Championships. Bobbey is also a member of the instructional staff for the legendary World Class Color Guard Black Watch. He adds to his accomplishments this season with the awarding of DCA's top guard for 2013. Bobbey’s performing background goes back to Middletown High School in Delaware and continued with the Apex Winter Guard, the University of Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hen Marching Band, the Visual Arts Production Company, and finally with Black Watch. Bobbey is a Musical Theater artistic director and has also been a long-time volunteer with the Miss America Pageant Organization. Percussion Caption Head - Marc Garside Marc Garside returns to the 2014 Caballeros as our Percussion Caption Head. Marc’s marching experience includes performance membership with Caballeros and Capital Regiment Percussion sections. Marc had been teaching competitive marching percussion actively at the high school level for the past 10 years. He served as the caption head and arranger for Shikellamy High School and currently is the caption-head and arranger at Williamsport High School in PA. Marc has also served as arranger and/or consultant for multiple high schools in the central PA region, including: Shamokin, Line Mountain, Mifflinburg and Montoursville High Schools. Recently, he was hired as the Program Coordinator for Penn State University's Indoor Drumline. Marc has also performed in the Susquehanna University Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble and Choir. He has studied percussion under Patsy VanKirk, Mike Ferlazzo, Greg Alico, Kevin Murphy, Gary Gill, Terrell Smith and Mike Schmidt. On his return to the Caballeros as Percussion Caption Head, Marc said, “I’m very excited to be back again for 2014. I look forward to continuing to build off of a very strong 2013 foundation, and moving this program to even greater heights of excellence this coming season. I’m honored and very humbled to be a part of this historic drum corps, and I am very excited to do my part to give the members and fans of Caballero Percussion a great 2014 experience!" TheCaballeros are excited to have Marc back in 2014. Visual Caption Head - Matt Young Matt Young is excited to return to the Caballeros family. Matt began his involvement with the drum corps activity as a member of the Caballeros soprano line in 1998 before eventually spending 7 seasons as a member of the corps, and is a former member of the DCI finalist Crossmen. Matt has also worked as a visual tech for the Parsippany Hills High School Marching Band, West Essex Marching Knights, and is currently an assistant director and co-visual designer (with his wife Diane) for the Madison Marching Dodgers. In Madison, Matt was instrumental in founding a new marching band program where none had existed for over 20 years including being responsible for developing a visual program from scratch. Matt earned a BA from the University of Massachusetts, where he was a member of the renowned Minuteman Marching Band, and a JD from the Seton Hall University School of Law. Matt is currently an attorney at law in the State of New Jersey, and lives in Butler with his wife, Diane (a fellow Caballeros veteran), who will also be joining the visual staff. For information on Hawthorne Caballeros 2014 season Open house is on November 30th, 11 am Registration 12 PM Start time at the Lincoln Middle School in Hawthorne, New Jersey. (Practice will Follow Open House) Go to our web site: cabs.org. to join now and for more information about The World Famous Hawthorne Caballeros
  9. Pacific Crest has announced that DCI Hall of Fame member Todd Ryan will be joining their staff as a Visual Consultant for the 2014 season. Read more here In my opinion - another GENIUS move by the folks at Pacific Crest, as Todd is one of the very best in the business.
  10. Directors and staff - As the winter season is soon upon us, many of you may be looking for an effective and affordable visual package to compliment your music arrangements. I have had the pleasure of writing for ensembles of all sizes and abilities, and the design is always tailored to emphasize each group's needs and goals. With years of award-winning experience in the marching arts -- including performance, instruction, music arrangement and show design in WGI, BOA, DCI, DCA and a number of state circuits -- I hope you will consider me as you put the pieces of your show together. Some examples of my work can be found at http://ampelmann.yolasite.com Please feel free to contact me with any questions! Cheers, -Brad, Con Moto Design bradleyjharris1@gmail.com