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The Long Island Sunrisers are proud to announce its 2014 designers and

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The Long Island Sunrisers are proud to announce key members of the 2014 Educational Staff.

Leading the team are Program Coordinator, Robert C. Vitti and Staff Coordinator, Frank Mauriello. Both Bob and Frank are returning to the Sunrisers in 2014 and both are successful High School Band Directors (Bob at Port Chester HS and Frank at Mineola HS).

New to the Design team in 2014 is Donny Allen as the Brass Arranger. Donny has a long history with drum & bugle corps including being the brass arranger for the Empire Statesmen, the Syracuse Brigadiers, and the Rochester Crusaders within the DCA, the DCI Corps – Pioneer as well as many alumni groups. Donny is the Music Designer for the Defending DCA mini corps champions – the Ghost Riders from Parts unknown.

The Sunrisers would like to thank Dennis Argul for his many years of providing quality brass arrangements for the Corps and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

Returning to the design team is John Oddo and Frank Mauriello as the percussion arrangers and Michael Coppola as the drill designer.

Joseph Sitler is returning as the Brass Caption head in 2014. Joe is the Band Director at Brentwood LI High School. John Oddo will return as the Percussion director and Frank Mauriello will be the Percussion Caption Head. Nick Ashley will be the Color Guard Caption Head and Color Guard designer. Nick is extremely active on Long Island in both the marching band and winter guard activities.

The Sunrisers will also have two percussion consultants for the current year including Kevin Murphy and Chris (CJ) Johnson. Both Kevin and CJ have vast experiences including designing for the Hurricanes and Caballeros among many other groups.

“This team is extremely excited to get the 60th Anniversary edition of the LI Sunrisers on the DCA competition field this season. The group has extensive experience as well as educational backgrounds,” stated Kevin Hassan,” This group will develop a program that will challenge the student membership as well provide DCA with an entertaining program.

Stay tuned for additional staff announcements from the Sunrisers. For additional information on the 2014 Sunrisers visit our website – or our official Facebook page –

Edited by David Hobart

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It has been a pleasure to write for the Sunrisers and work with this great organization. Donny Allen is a terrific musician and writer! I am looking forward to hearing this production! All the best!


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