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2016 Sunrisers Brass Team Announcement

The Sunrisers announce the 2016 Brass Team!


The Sunrisers are pleased to announce that Joseph Sitler continues as Brass Caption Head for the 2016 season.

Joe is no stranger to the Sunrisers. He served as a Visual Staff Member for the Sunrisers (1994-1996) and as a Brass Technician from 1997-1998. In 2007, he was part of the brass staff that helped the Sunrisers win the DCA Class A Championship. Joe was the Program and Staff Coordinator for the Sunrisers from 2009-2012. He has been the Brass Caption Head for the Sunrisers since 2009. He was also inducted into the Sunrisers Hall of Fame in 2012.

Joe is the Band Director of the Brentwood High School “Green Machine” Marching Band. He is currently in his 20th year of teaching in the Brentwood School District. Joe was the Band Director at West Middle School from 1995-2010, and has been the Band Director of the High School Symphonic Band since 2010.

Joe has been an instructor in many areas of the marching arts. He was a Drill and Music Technician for the Brentwood High School “Green Machine” Marching Band (1989-1998), Associate Band Director (1999-2008), and has been the Director since 2009. He was also a Band Camp Instructor for the Arlington (NY) High School Marching Band (1997-2005).

Joe graduated from Long Island University C.W. Post with Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Education (1995). He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Music Education from the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY Queens College (2000). Mr. Sitler also received a Master of Arts in Wind Conducting from Hofstra University (2011).


John Meyer joins us this year as a brass instructor.

John is beginning his third year with the Sunrisers. In his many years in the marching arts John has been involved both as a tech and a marching member of several drum corps throughout New York State, including Long Island Jr. Blue Jays, West Sayville Golden Eagles, DCA champion Syracuse Brigadiers, and the Rochester Crusaders.

While attending Syracuse University,John was a member of the Pride of the Orange Syracuse University Marching Band and the Sour Sitrus Society. He prides himself as being a student of some the greatest brass instructors and musicians in DCA/DCI, including Peter Blake, Donny Allen, Mike Dimeo, Dave Hamilton, Frank Ponzo, Tom Martin and Wayne Downey. John has also worked with several marching bands in the area including, Copiague, Huntington, Northern Highlands (NJ), Oswego, West Moreland, New Hartford, and Mineola.


Alyssa Rizzuto returns as brass instructor.

Alyssa is excited to be returning to the brass staff for the 2016 season a a brass instructor. She has been with the Sunrisers since 2009. From 2011-2013, she was an In-Line Brass Technician for the corps in 2014. She also held the position of Personnel Manager for the corps that year.

Alyssa is currently the 7th and 8th Grade Band Director at Howard T. Herber Middle School in the Malverne School District on Long Island. She is also the Assistant Director of the three time state champion “Pride of Malverne” Marching Band. Prior to her current position, she was the Band Director at Catherine and Count Basie Middle School in Jamaica, NY.

Alyssa holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Hofstra University. She is currently enrolled in the Masters Degree program at the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY Queens College. She also maintains a private French horn studio and performs as a freelance musician in the New York City metropolitan area. We welcome her back!


Tim Doran returns as brass instructor.

Tim Doran graduated with Bachelors of Arts in Music from Western Connecticut State University in 2005. While at Western, he was a member of the Symphonic Band and Concert Choir. He was a featured solist during Mozart’s Regina Coeli with the Concert Choir and also appeared on stage in numerous WCSU Opera productions including featured roles in The Magic Flute, Street Scene, HMS Pinafore and Amahl and the Night Visitors. In addition to his musical accomplishments at Western, he also received the Vice President of Student Affairs award for leadership and was a member of the Connecticut State University System Board of Trustees. He was also a member of Who’s Who Among America’s College and University Students from 2002-2005.

Tim’s professional experience includes working as the Administrator of Special Events and Stewardship in the Development Office at Western Connecticut State University and as the Manager of Operations and Student Life at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, MA. Currently, Tim is a brass instructor for the Mineola High School Marching Band in Mineola, NY and has also coached a trombone quartet at the high school. He is also an active member of the Music Ministry for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Lindenhurst, NY.


David Abrams returns as brass instructor.

David has been working with the Long Island Sunrisers since 2008. He held positions as an In-line brass tech from 2008-2012 playing soprano and contra. In 2013, he held the Executive Director position and was happy to lead the corps back to a performance on Sunday night at DCA Championships. David received his Bachelor of Arts in music from the University of Connecticut in 2004 and his Master of Science in Music Education from Hofstra University in 2006. Currently, David maintains a private studio of low brass students ranging in age from 8-18 years old.

David has taught bands on Long Island since 2004 including the Huntington HS Blue Devil Marching Band (2004-2006), Division Avenue HS Marching Band (Director, 2007-2010), Copiague HS Marching Band (Asst. Director, 2010-2012), and most recently – the Mineola Marching Band.


Tom Lizotte continues as brass consultant. He adds this to his role of program and performance consultant for the 2016 season.

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.


The Sunrisers are pleased to announce that J.D. Shaw has agreed to consult with the 2016 brass instructional staff. He also continues as brass arranger/composer for the corps.

Drum corps membership first began for Shaw at the Sky Ryders and later, he aged out at Phantom Regiment. He joined the Regiment’s brass staff in 1993 and in 2002 began his tenure as a brass arranger/composer for the corps, through the 2011 season. In 2012, he moved to his current position of brass arranger/composer for the Santa Clara Vanguard. He has written for several other DCI corps, including the Boston Crusaders and The Academy.

J.D. Shaw is Associate Professor of Horn at University of South Carolina and was formerly the French hornist with the internationally acclaimed Boston Brass where he was creative director, music arranger and co-owner of the ensemble. J.D. is an active solo artist and travels extensively throughout the United States as well as many countries in North America, Europe, and Asia. In addition, J.D. has also been a featured performer on National Public Radio’s Performance Today and the CBS Morning Show.

Edited by Sunrisers Publicity
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