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Design Team

Program Coordinator

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Tony Rideout will be joining the team as Program Coordinator. He was a member of the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps and the Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps. Tony has taught Carolina Crown (2001), Crossmen (2003, 2006-2009), Boston Crusaders (2012-2013), Hawthorne Caballeros (2013), and Jersey Surf (2015). Most recently, he was on the visual staff of Cadets2 in 2016 and 2017 and the program coordinator in 2018.

Tony has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from West
The Chester University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts Degree in Music Education
from Montclair State University. He is currently in the Doctor of Musical Arts in
Music Education program at Rutgers University. Tony teaches Pre-K through Fifth
Grade music for the Long Hill Township Public Schools in New Jersey.

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Colorguard Caption Head & Designer

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Battery & Front Ensemble Arranger

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Music Coordinator & Brass Arranger

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Drill Designer

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Front Ensemble Instructor & Designer

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Percussion Team

Percussion Co Caption Head/Ensemble Coordinator

Dave Dumont

David began his drum corps career in 2002 playing snare drum with the Connecticut Hurricanes. He went on to march with the Hawthorne Caballeros, Syracuse Brigadiers, Crossmen and in 2007, he aged out with The Cadets. David has studied under Tom Aungst, Colin McNutt, Daren Hazlett, Chris Vale, and many others.

David’s drum corps teaching career began in 2008 with the Hawthorne Caballeros as a percussion technician. He was then promoted to Battery Coordinator and Arranger in 2009 and held that position until 2010. In 2011, David was Co-Caption head and Arranger for the Connecticut Hurricanes. David was the Percussion Supervisor at Cadets2 since 2012 and Arranger since 2015.

David is currently Percussion Advisor and Battery Arranger at Norwalk High School in Norwalk, Conn. He helped lead them to 4 WGI PSO medals in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2019. In addition to Norwalk, he has held several Connecticut high school marching band instructing and arranging positions—including Trumbull High School—who earned back to back WGI PSO medals in 2008 and 2009.

For the last 15 years, David has been employed at Ventus Wireless in Norwalk, Conn. Currently, David is residing in Montgomery, N.Y. with his longtime partner Kimberly and their Daughters, Avery and Natalie.

Co-Percussion Caption Head and Arrangerry/Front Ensemble Arranger

Jamie Szeinberg

Jamie Szeinberg began his marching career with the Raiders Drum and Bugle at the age of 14. He marched in the battery for five years, playing both bass drum and snare drum. Jamie then went on to march in the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps, where he was a member of the bass line.
 
Jamie has taught various high school programs in North Jersey including Passaic, Bloomfield, Morris Knolls, and is currently the Marching Band Director and Percussion Arranger for the Fair Lawn High School Marching Band. During his tenure at Fair Lawn, the percussion section has won 8 high percussion titles and many state titles. 

Jamie is also the Director of the Fair Lawn Indoor Percussion Ensembles. Under his leadership, the Fair Lawn Indoor Percussion ensemble was crowned the 2017 World Champions in the Percussion Scholastic A class, for the first time in the program's history. In 2019 Fair Lawn finished 4th in the Scholastic Open class in only their second year in the open class. Fair Lawn has also been a multiple-time WGI Regional Finalist at both the Trumbull Connecticut Regional and the Unionville Pennsylvania Regional., winning the Class A Regional Championship award at the Trumbull Regional both in 2013 and 2017. His ensembles have won numerous local Championships in the USBands Indoor Percussion Circuit as well. 
 
Jamie has worked with the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps in various positions including percussion tech, Percussion Caption Head, Arranger and also as the Program Coordinator. During his tenure on staff, the Raiders were crowned the DCI Division 3 World Champions and also were awarded Best Percussion. He was also a percussion tech for the Bridgemen Drum and Bugle Corps under the direction of Dennis Delucia.

Jamie is extremely excited to begin his fifth season with Fusion Core as the Co-Percussion Caption Head, Percussion Arranger and member of the Design Team. 
 
Jamie Szeinberg is a Graduate of Montclair State University, where he received his Bachelors in Music Education. He has had the privilege of being taught by Colin McNutt, Lee Beddis, Brian Tinkel, and many others. Jamie is a member of the Vic Firth Educational Team.

 

Cymbal Tech

Mike Sasson

Mike is very excited for his third year with Fusion Mike has been a member of the University of Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hen Marching Band (2014-2017), East Coast Percussion (2015), The Raiders Drum and Bugle Corp (2015), United Percussion (2016-2017), and the Oregon Crusaders (2017). His previous instructors include: James P. Ancona, Brian Schell, Stephenie Sofield, and Charles Carty.  Mike is currently a middle school band director in Bergen county New Jersey.w

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A.j Frierson

A.j Frierson, from Norwalk, CT, began is marching career in 2007 with Norwalk High School Marching Bears.
 
After graduating in 2011, A.j. marched with the Connecticut Hurricanes from 2011-2014.  Then, from 2015-2016 marched with Cadets2 from 2015-2016, as he was Drum Captain when the corps won the 2016 DCA World Championship.
 
A.j. has taught at Brien McMahon High School from 2014-2015, Stamford High School from 2016-current and Norwalk High School from 2016-current , which he is apart of the Norwalk High School Winter Percussion and becoming a bronze medalist for Percussion Scholastic Open in Dayton Ohio WGI Championships 2019. A.j is excited to continue his experience with the 2020 Fusion Drum and Bugle Corps and looking forward to giving his all to help develop the Fusion percussion ensemble.

Tenor Tech

Oliver Cuautli

Oliver is excited to be back with the Core for his second year on the percussion staff. Oliver’s marching arts career began at Passaic High School in Passaic, New Jersey. He was active through their outdoor and indoor programs. During his time there he also introduced himself into the drum corps scene. He was a member of the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2013-2014 seasons. Upon graduating, he became a member of the percussion staff at his alma mater and is now proudly serving as one of the percussion caption heads.
 
His performance experience also extended with the Hawthorne Caballeros (16’), Cadets2 (17’), and United Percussion (15’ & 16’). He is also serving as a member of the United Percussion 2 battery staff for 2020 WGI season
 
Oliver is currently working towards completing his undergraduate studies and earning his B.S. in Chemistry.

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Michael Monacelli

Michael Monacelli is the percussion director and the front ensemble instructor for the West Milford High School Marching Band and West Milford Percussion.
 
Michael has been a practicing percussionist, composer, and arranger for over 15 years. His compositions for marching band and indoor percussion have won several championships. Michael is also the drum sergeant of the EUSPBA Grade 4 Champion Claddagh Pipe Band. Additionally, Michael is a freelance percussionist, playing shows across the New York City area. He maintains a private percussion studio, Highland Sounds Productions, based out of West Milford, New Jersey.
 
Michael is experienced in orchestral, rudimental, and world percussion. He has performed and recorded with many ensembles and artists—including the Syracuse University Symphony Orchestra, the Syracuse University Wind Ensemble, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Samba Laranja, LaBamba, and the Hubcaps, Yousif Sheronick, JD Shaw, and Vince DiMartino.
 
Michael holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Industry from Syracuse University's Setnor School of Music. He has studied under Michael Bull, Joshua Dekaney, and Ernest Muzquiz of Syracuse University; Chris Nappi at the New York Summer Music Festival; and Dr. Kenneth Piascik of Morristown, New Jersey. Michael is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America.

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Julia Wehrer

Julia began her marching career at Pequannock Township High School in Pompton Plains, NJ. There, she and her peers took home multiple Best Percussion Awards at USBands State and National Championships in addition to two USBands A Class Indoor Championships. She began marching with Fusion Core in 2012 and completed her fifth year in the 2016 season. Julia spent all five years on snare and took the role of percussion section leader for three seasons.
 
Her teaching experience includes working with Ramsey High School and Pequannock Township High School as a percussion and visual instructor. Additionally, Julia is currently the Assistant Band Director and Indoor Percussion Director at Nutley High School in Nutley, NJ. She and her staff established the Nutley Indoor Program in 2017. In 2018, the ensemble won the USBands Regional A Class Indoor Championship, and in 2019 the ensemble became a finalist in their first WGI regional.
 
Outside of the marching arts, Julia received a bachelor’s degree in Genetics from Rutgers University in May of 2017 and she is working towards her master’s degree in Physician Assistant studies. She is excited to spend her 4th season as an instructor at Fusion!

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David Paradis

David started in 2000 playing soprano(2000) and bass drum(2001-2004) for the Ct Hurricanes alumni. In 2005 He played Bass drum(2005-2009) and timpani(2010) with the CT hurricanes up until 2010. After a year off, he returned in 2012, playing bass drum. In 2011 and 2012 David marched and aged out on xylophone with WGI PIW group, United Percussion.
David Began teaching high school marching band in 2006 as a Front Ensemble technician,bass technician, or Front ensemble arranger for many different high schools until 2011. In 2012 he settled in at New Milford High School in CT as Front Ensemble coordinator/arranger until 2015. After a year off, he came back to New milford highschool in 2017 as Front Ensemble Coordinator/arranger and in 2018 became Percussion Caption Head during the Indoor Season. David also was a Front Ensemble technician for the CT Hurricanes in 2015 and 2017.  Aside from his drum corps career David has played Drum set with his band for 8 years and has gotten to open for many national acts.  He has also been a member of local 777 CT Plumbers and Pipefitters union from 2007-present and currently resides in south-western CT.

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Daniel Porrelli 

Danny started his marching career in the marching band and indoor percussion programs at Norwalk High School in Connecticut. After graduating he joined DCA where he marched with the Connecticut Hurricanes and Cadets2. He began teaching at Westhill High School where he was the Battery Coordinator for 3 years. He returned to Norwalk in 2016 and earned his first WGI medal with NP this past winter season. Danny is very excited to work with Fusion and can't wait to get started! 

Snare Tech

Connor Horwath

Connor began his drum corps career in 2012 at the Connecticut Hurricanes. In 2013, he started marching snare drum at Fusion “Core” and remained there through the 2015 season. In 2016, Connor marched with 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. Finally, he marched with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in 2017, and aged out there in 2018. Additionally, Connor competed in WGI with United Percussion in 2014, 2015, and 2018 where he served as center snare and battery section leader. He recently joined the United Percussion staff as a snare technician for the 2020 season. In 2019, Connor served as the snare technician for Fusion Core and has now been given the role as Battery Coordinator and Co-arranger.

Outside of drum corps, Connor teaches at Nutley High School where he is the battery arranger. He is currently studying PR and Marketing at William Paterson University. 

After seven seasons of marching drum corps, Connor is very excited to continue his career on the other side. He looks forward to the future of Fusion Core, and is happy to be with the home team!
 

Cymbal Tech

Amy Hawley

Amy is enthusiastic to be teaching the cymbals at Fusion this year! Her drum corp experience includes the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corp, and The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corp. She has worked with a variety of cymbal lines including WGI World Champion Fair Lawn HS. Amy is currently working on her Masters of Social Work at Simmons College. 

Bass Tech

Beanna

This will be Breanna's first season teaching Fusion Core. Breanna started off as a front ensemble and color guard member in 2007 before transitioning into the front permanently in 2009. Breanna's drum corps playing career started as the timpanist for the Connecticut Hurricanes in 2013. She finished the 2019 season as center marimba for the Connecticut Hurricanes.

Breanna started teaching at Brookfield High School as Pit Caption Head in 2013. After a few seasons, and building a winter performance class, Breanna was offered the position of Front Ensemble Technician at New Milford High School in 2014. Breanna has remained at New Milford High School now apart of the design team for winter alongside helping with logistics management for the program.

Breanna outside of drum corps has played piano since 2000 alongside composed music. Breanna currently works at Red Lobster as a server/bartender. She is also a professional gamer and Twitch Partner who owns a competitive esports organization. Breanna currently resides in southwestern Connecticut. 
 

Brass Team 

Brass Arranger

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Caption Head

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Baritone & Euphonium Technician

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Mellophone Technician

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Color Guard Team

Colorguard Caption Head/Designer

Casey McCoy

Casey McCoy joins Fusion Core for the 2020 season as Colorguard Caption Head/Designer. Casey has been involved in the performing arts for over 20 years. He began his performing career with his high school program, while in school he also performed with the Syracuse Brigadiers Drum & Bugle Corp from Syracuse, NY. Upon graduating he went on to perform with the Empire Statesmen from Rochester, NY and later the Hawthorne Caballeros from Hawthorne, NJ.
Casey has performed with various WGI finalist colorguards including Brigadiers Winterguard from Syracuse, NY, Spectrum Winterguard from Binghamton, NY and Alter Ego Colorguard from Trumbull, CT; he was also a member in David Byrne’s live performance event titled “Contemporary Color” held in Toronto, ON and Brooklyn, NY and was also a featured Documentary film at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016.
For the last 15 years, Casey has designed, teched and consulted with various high school and Independent programs throughout the United States; more recently West Milford HS (NJ), Northern Valley HS (NJ), West Orange HS (NJ), McNeil HS (TX), Bridgewater Raritan HS (NJ), Spectrum Winterguard (NY) and Delazure (DE).
Casey has taught within the DCA community to establish some of the best colorguards in the circuit. In 2014, he worked with Fusion Core, helping them to earn their first DCA Open Class colorguard title. In 2015, he went on to spend the next 4 years with the Cadets2 Drum Corp from Allentown, PA who were the 2015 & 2016 DCA Best Colorguard and 2016 DCA World Champion.
Originally from New Hartford, NY; Casey currently resides in Lyndhurst, NJ where he is a Business Manager for a high-end home furnishings company based in East Brunswick, NJ.

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Guard Staff 

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Visual Team

Drill Designer

Darryl Pemberton

Darryl Pemberton is the Visual Designer and Color Guard director for the Claudia Taylor Johnson High School Band. In his time at Johnson, Pemberton has led the Johnson Color Guard to numerous medals in the Texas Colorguard Championship circuit, Johnson Color Guard is also a multiple WGI finalist, winning first place in Scholastic World at the WGI Southwestern Colorguard Championship in 2015 and earning the Silver Medal in the Scholastic Open Class in 2013.
 Pemberton began his career performing with the World Champion Cadets of Bergen County. After aging out of the corps, Pemberton served as a Visual Technician for the Cadets in 1996 and 1997 before taking over as the Visual Caption Head in 1998, a role he held through 2001. As Caption Head in 1998, Pemberton led the corps to another championship title and a perfect score in marching technique.
 Additionally, Darryl served as the Visual Designer with The Boston Crusaders (Mass.), in 2011. After nearly 15 years with The Cadets, Pemberton took over as the Drill Designer and Visual Caption Head for the World Class Finalist Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2002. Pemberton served in that capacity from 2002-2004, during which the corps continued its tenure as a DCI Finalist each season. In 2007, upon the Crossmen's geographic relocation to Texas, Pemberton returned to the corps as the Visual Caption Head, helping to provide stability in the move and build consistency in the visual program. In 2008, Pemberton resumed his responsibilities as the Visual Designer for the Crossmen, and served this role for two seasons in 2008 and 2009, until returning to The Cadets for the 2010 summer.
 In the Color Guard world, Pemberton has previously served as the Program Designer for Alter Ego Independent Winter Guard. Under his guidance, Alter Ego were bronze medalists in Independent A class at WGI world championships in 1997, and also garnered four consecutive championship titles in the Mid Atlantic Indoor Network (MAIN) circuit on the East Coast. Prior to his re-location to San Antonio, Pemberton was the founder of New Era Independent Winter Guard from Portland, Oregon who became a WGI regional finalist and also worked as Program Designer for WGI Southern California regional champions Aloha High School Winter Guard. Aloha High School won three consecutive championships titles at NWMBC championships in Portland, Oregon.

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Visual Caption Head

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Visual Tech

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