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Sunrisers announce Tom Lizotte and Bob Vitti to Program Team

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Tom Lizotte Appointed Program and Performance consultant - Tom has had a long and varied career in the marching arts, serving at various times as design team member, brass caption head, brass technician and consultant for Boston Crusaders, Glassmen, Colts, 27th Lancers, Cadets, North Star, Syracuse Brigadiers, Connecticut Hurricanes and Rochester Crusaders.

He is director of bands at Cape Elizabeth High School in Cape Elizabeth, ME., where he directs a program of two concert bands, three jazz ensembles and five jazz combos. He is an adjudicator for marching band and jazz and has appeared as an all-state and district conductor for festival groups in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire.

Tom is a member of the Maine Music Educators Association Hall of Fame as well as the halls of fame of the Massachusetts Drum Corps and Music Educators and Boston Crusaders.

“We are ecstatic to have TL as part of the 2015 Sunriser team,” program coordinator Gene O’Brien said. “Since our initial association with the Boston Crusaders when he was caption head, we have done many successful projects. He has proved to be a great sounding board for me in a number of venues, and his expertise in programming will help us greatly as we seek to preserve the Sunriser identity while moving the corps forward.”

“I’m very happy to be part of the Sunriser tradition,” Lizotte stated. “Gene and I think in similar ways creatively and believe the basis to any meaningful musical organization lies in providing the members with the best possible literature. We want musicians to come to Sun because they realize they will be playing great literature well.”

“I am also very pleased to have the chance to work with JD Shaw again. In 1999, the first year Boston made DCI finals, JD wrote the brass book, and that season was a great ride for us all. Since then he has done so many great things and it will be an honor and pleasure to work with his music again,” Lizotte said.

In addition to Tom, the Corps is pleased to announce that Bob Vitti will be continuing as a program consultant for the 2015 season. Bob joins the team with a wealth of knowledge!

Robert C. Vitti began his career in the Port Chester Public School System in the 1980’s as a music instructor. He later moved up to Assistant Director and then for the past 20 years has been Director of Bands at Port Chester High School. His tenure as Director includes direct responsibility for the High School Concert and Jazz Bands along with the infamous (“Pride of Port Chester”) High School Marching Band.

Under his direction the Marching Band has achieved a prestigious reputation both locally and nationally. The Band captured several State championship titles during its many competition seasons including Best Percussion, Best Color Guard and Best Overall Band. The Band also participated in many special events such as a performance at the Orange Bowl Football half time show, marching in the Spetro Magic Parade at Walt Disney World and appearing In two major motion pictures, the remake of Miracle on 34th Street and Spiderman 3.

Mr. Vitti has been involved with music marching activity for several decades, both as a participant and a teacher. He began his performance career as a percussionist in the 1960’s as a member of the Greenwich Boys Club Drum and Bugle Corps, the Byram, CT Stateliners and the Hawthorne Muchachos.

He was the Percussion Coordinator for the 5 time DCA World Champion Brigadiers and served as Caption Head of the Brigs percussion from 2000-2003. He also served as the Sunrisers program coordinator for the past two seasons. Mr. Vitti has been active as a teacher and percussion arranger for both Junior and All-Age Corps including various Division II and III Corps in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusettes.

He was also on staff as Percussion Specialist for the Sky Riders from Kansas, the Bridgemen from New Jersey, the NY Skyliners, the Connecticut Hurricanes, the Westchester Brassmen and the Sunrisers.

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Tom Is great. Loved working with him in 27th.

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Bob is a great guy and great band director.

The Port Chester band is infamous? :tounge2:

They have had a wonderful marching band for decades.

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