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  1. 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. ###
  2. 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 ###
  3. 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. ###
  4. 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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  5. Let the DCA Season Begin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZRezLnHVBQ (select HD ) Tickets are Still available All Seats $18.00 All Seats General Admission Gates open at 5:30 pm Show starts at 6:30 pm Go to http://Cabs.org and order now.