Design Team 

Percussion Co Caption Head/Ensemble Coordinator

Percussion Co Caption Head/Ensemble Coordinator

Co-Percussion Caption Head and Battery Arranger

Percussion Instructor

Percussion Instructor

Percussion Instructor

Front Ensemble 

Assistant Caption Head

Front Ensemble Coordinator

Percussion Instructor

Battery Coordinator/Assistant Battery Arranger

Percussion Instructor

Percussion Instructor

 
 
 

Marc Garside

Program Coordinator

Marc Garside has been a percussion instructor and a show designer in the marching arts since 2002. He has worked with many scholastic and independent programs as a music and/or drill designer. These include the White Sabers Drum and Bugle Corps, the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps, Williamsport High School, the Shikellamy High School, Danville High School, Central Dauphin East High School, Tyrone High School, the Penn State Indoor Drumline, the EPIC Summer Drumline, and the EPIC Cadets Jr. Independent Drumline, as well as many other high school programs.

 

Marc also serves as a judge for various competitive band circuits, and is the instructor of the TOB All-Star Drumline that performs in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade. Marc has also performs as a freelance percussionist with the Bucknell University Symphony and various other ensembles when called upon. In 2013 Marc started a percussion academy called EPIC Percussion. Since then EPIC has grown into an academy/ retailer and enrolls about 50 students from 4th grade to adults. They also provide customers and schools with percussion gear and expertise.

 

“I am very excited to join the Fusion team! There are really good things happening here and there’s a plan to grow, adapt, and expand into the future for Fusion Core, and for drum corps in general. Holly and the admin are putting together an outstanding team of designers and educators that I’m humbled to be a part of. Watch out for Fusion in 2022!”

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Key Poulan

Brass Arranger

Key Poulan is a composer and arranger primarily for the marching arts and has written for the world’s most famous drum corps including the Santa Clara Vanguard, Mandarins, Glassmen, Spirit of Atlanta, Seattle Cascades, Vanguard Cadets, Spartans, Caballeros, Bushwackers, Connecticut Hurricanes, Renegades, Sunrisers, Juliana, Millennium, Fusion Core and The Star United Mini Corps.

 

As the owner of Key Poulan Music, he has been recognized as one of the country’s top arrangers and composers in the area of contemporary marching band and has several concert band works to his credit. His marching band arrangements have won several national titles at the Bands of America Grand Nationals Championships. His works have won many state titles throughout the United States and have been performed around the world. His transcription of “The Promise of Living” from Copland’s “Tender Land” was extremely well received at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival and his original works “Carnegie Fanfare and Dance” and “A Fortune in Steel” were both premiered at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.

Key received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from East Texas State University (currently Texas A & M – Commerce) in 1985 and had the opportunity of studying under many fine educators including: Gary Hill, Dave Ward, Dr. Robert Houston, and Dr. Gene Lockhart. Key studied trombone under the late Dr. Neill Humfeld and composition with Dr. Ronald Yates and Dr. Margaret Wheat at ETSU. Key also credits his success to his mentors: Philip Geiger, Bill Watson, Eddie Green, Dr. Lawrence Sutherland, Dr. Gary Gilroy, Dr. Jerry Payne, Melvin Reddic, Hubert “Butch” Almany and the person who started him on trombone in the 5th grade – Jasper Huff.

We're really excited to have Key back for a third consecutive season.

Grant Butters

Battery & Front Ensemble Arranger

Grant Butters earned his Bachelors Degree in Music Business from Mansfield University. He has performed with the Mansfield University Wind Ensemble, the Hawthorne Caballeros, the Glassmen, and the Mansfield University Jazz Ensemble. Throughout his performing career, Grant has had the privilege of being taught by Marc Garside, Ryan Pritchard, Conrad Alexander, David Dumont and Rob Ferguson.

 

Grant is currently a designer and consultant to numerous groups in the Northeast. Most notably, he is the director of the South County High School Indoor Drumline in Lorton, VA. After starting the indoor program in 2014, the ensemble quickly grew into a WGI Scholastic Open Finalist in 2017 and 2018. The growth continued as South County became a WGI World Class Finalist in 2019. Grant has also been on staff for the perennial DCA World Champion Reading Buccaneers, Westfield High School, the Penn State Indoor Drumline, the Hawthorne Caballeros and the George Mason University Indoor Drumline.

 

Grant was one of the first instructors at EPIC Percussion in Williamsport, PA before moving out of the area in 2013. Through Marc Garside's leadership, EPIC has become an amazing school for the percussive arts as well as a truly knowledgeable percussion retailer.

 

Grant is currently a special education teacher at South County Middle School in Fairfax County and is pursuing his Masters degree in special education at George Mason University.

 

Grant endorses Innovative Percussion Inc., Pearl Corporation, Dream Cymbals and Epic Percussion.

Percussion Team

Marc Garside

Percussion Caption Head

Marc Garside has been a percussion instructor and a show designer in the marching arts since 2002. He has worked with many scholastic and independent programs as a music and/or drill designer. These include the White Sabers Drum and Bugle Corps, the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps, Williamsport High School, the Shikellamy High School, Danville High School, Central Dauphin East High School, Tyrone High School, the Penn State Indoor Drumline, the EPIC Summer Drumline, and the EPIC Cadets Jr. Independent Drumline, as well as many other high school programs.

 

Marc also serves as a judge for various competitive band circuits, and is the instructor of the TOB All-Star Drumline that performs in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade. Marc has also performs as a freelance percussionist with the Bucknell University Symphony and various other ensembles when called upon. In 2013 Marc started a percussion academy called EPIC Percussion. Since then EPIC has grown into an academy/ retailer and enrolls about 50 students from 4th grade to adults. They also provide customers and schools with percussion gear and expertise.

 

“I am very excited to join the Fusion team! There are really good things happening here and there’s a plan to grow, adapt, and expand into the future for Fusion Core, and for drum corps in general. Holly and the admin are putting together an outstanding team of designers and educators that I’m humbled to be a part of. Watch out for Fusion in 2022!”

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Brass Team 

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