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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: to join now and for more information about The World Famous Hawthorne Caballeros

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