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

 
 
 
 
 

Bobby Jones

Program Coordinator

Bobby Jones is a full time Visual Designer, Program Coordinator and Consultant for a multitude of high school and university marching bands, drum corps, winterguards, and indoor percussion ensembles throughout the country.

Bobby has served as the Visual Designer and Caption Head for the 2006 Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps (Allentown, PA) and the 2007 Hawthorne Caballeros Drum & Bugle Corps (Hawthorne, NJ). From 2011 through 2014 he was a member of the design team with the Jersey Surf Drum & Bugle Corps (Mount Holly NJ) and was the drill designer for the 20178 and 2018 Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps (Allentown, PA).

 

Most notably, Bobby has played an integral part in the success of the Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps (Reading, PA) serving as Visual

Designer and Caption Head (2005, 2008-2011) and as Visual Designer and Program

Coordinator (2012-present). In 2019, the Reading Buccaneers earned the DCA World Championship title, Bobby's eleventh championship with the corps.

Bobby has been recognized by his peers and colleagues for his accomplishments and contributions to the drum corps community with induction into the Reading Buccaneers Hall of Fame in 2014 and into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame in 2016. Bobby also works as a freelance adjudicator, judging for multiple indoor and outdoor circuits across the country, including WGI Percussion, Cavalcade of Bands (Administration) and the Philadelphia Mummers String Band Division.

Bobby lives in Hawthorne, NJ with his wife Amy, son Chase and puppy Myron

Rob Watson 

Colorguard Designer/Caption Head

Rob Watson is the  Color Guard Caption Head for Fusion Core from Morris County, New Jersey.  Fusion’s Color Guard has been a top program for the DCA community, earning the high color guard trophy at DCA World Championships in both 2014 and 2018.   Rob is also the Executive Director of Fusion World Guard from Clifton, NJ.  Fusion World Guard made finals in its first year of existence in 2017 and made history by being promoted mid-season in 2018 from Open Class to Independent World Class – an honor that hasn’t been bestowed upon a group since 1998.  Before the pandemic caused an early shut down to the WGI 2020 season, Fusion was ranked in the Top 5 World Guards in the country.

He has been active in marching arts education for more than 18 years and has taught and consulted with numerous high school, college, drum corps,  marching band and winter guard ensembles all around the country, receiving numerous accolades, with units including Southern Regional HS (NJ) 2003-2008, Middle Township HS, Toms River East HS (NJ) 2009-2012, West Orange HS (NJ) 2011, and Washington HS (MO) 2011.  

Rob also serves as a national color guard and visual performance adjudicator for New York State Field Band Conference (NYSFBC) and served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Mid-Atlantic Indoor Network (MAIN).  In 1999, Rob was named among the "Top 10 Performers in the World" by Field & Floor Magazine. Rob resides in Clifton, New Jersey and is the Chief Experience Officer with Vantage Apparel; the global leader in promotional merchandise. 

Ian Flint

Visual Designer

Ian Flint has been active in the marching activity for over 20 years. He was a member of the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps from 1998-2000 and then was a member of the visual staff from 2004-2007. From 2014-2017 he was on staff with the Oregon Crusaders and served in many roles including Program Coordinator, Visual Caption Supervisor and Drill Designer. He is now entering his 3rd season as the drill designer for 7th Regiment in DCI Open Class and 5th season with Fusion Core in DCA. He also serves as a drill designer for over 30 groups a year between the marching band season and indoor percussion activity.

Ian currently works as Director of Music for Dartmouth Public Schools and is also the Dartmouth High School Concert, Jazz and Marching Band Director. Prior to his appointment at Dartmouth, he was Director of Bands at Bellows Free Academy in Fairfax VT where he was featured in an article for The Instrumentalist magazine that highlighted the development of the band program. Ian holds a Bachelors in Music Performance (Tuba) from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Music Education from Plymouth State University, he currently resides in Bristol, RI.

Key Poulan 

Brass Arranger

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Jamie Szeinberg 

Battery Arranger

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Michael Monacelli 

Front Ensemble Arranger/Instructor

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Percussion Team

Jamie Szeinberg 

Percussion Manager

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Gary Gill

Percussion Caption Head

Gary Gill will be joining Fusion Core in 2021 as the Percussion Caption Head. While new to Fusion Core, Gary is not new to the marching Arts activity.

 

Dating back to 1991 as Percussion Instructor at Brandywine High School, Gary has taught and arranged for several Schools throughout his career. His drum corps affiliations include Empire Statesmen (DCA), Hawthorne Caballeros (DCA), Capital Regiment (DCI), and Magic Of Orlando.

 

Outside of the marching arts, Gary is a Professional Ice Hockey Coach. He is the father of four children, one who marched in the Fusion Core Colorguard.

 

Gary states “I’m super excited to be a part of Fusion Core. I'm thankful to be a part of their short but rich History. I’m looking forward to working with the Corps and contributing to an already fantastic Drum Corps”!

Gage Kroljic 

Tenor tech

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Mike Keller 

Snare Tech

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Michael Seville 

Snare Tech

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Steve Nixon 

Bass Tech

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Front Ensemble

Michael Monacelli

Front Ensemble Arranger/Instructor

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David Paradis 

Team Member

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Brass Team 

John Maiello 

Caption Head

Mr. John J. Maiello recently retired as the director of bands at John H. Walker Middle School in Nutley, New Jersey. He was the Nutley High School Director of bands from 2004-2018. His teaching responsibilities include, Marching Band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo. A native of northern New Jersey, he earned both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Music Education from William Paterson University. This year, he completed his 34th year of teaching in New Jersey public schools.

Mr. Maiello is a freelance trumpeter and has performed with the Ridgewood Concert Band, the New Sussex Symphony and the County College of Morris Wind Ensemble. He recently managed the Region I Symphonic Band (2020).

 

He was guest conductor for the Region I Jazz Ensemble (2020) and  New Jersey Area Symphonic Band. (2018).  He has managed the North Jersey Area Wind Ensemble (2013), North Jersey Area Band Wind Ensemble (2011), North Jersey Area Band Symphonic Band (2010), Region I Intermediate Band (1990), North Jersey Junior Area Band (1999), and was guest conductor for the North Jersey Junior Area Band (2000). He was an adjudicator for Drum Corps Associates and the National Judges Association.

He is currently the Treasurer for New Jersey Association of Jazz Educators (NJAJE) and the Co-Chair of the New Jersey Region I Concert Band Festival. He also served as the Region I President of (NJAJE) from 2015-2019.

 

He was also honored in 2014 as the Nutley Jaycees Educator of the year.  In 2009, he was selected by Nutley High School as the Governor’s Award Recipient as well as Teacher of the Year. He was also a member of Who’s Who Among American Teachers and Educators in 1999 and 2001.

 

Mr. Maiello resides in Stanhope, New Jersey with his wife Erin, daughter Katie, and sons Matthew and Joseph.

Willy Carmona

Team Member

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Lauren Kulich

Team Member

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Arden Harper

Team Member

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Minesh Shah

Team Member

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Jacobo Medina

Team Member

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Frank Ponzo

Online Team Member

Frank Ponzo has served as assistant horn instructor with some of the best-known drum and bugle corps in North America since the mid 1980s, but is better known to audiences as a dazzling soprano soloist with Long Island Sunrisers, and Hawthorne Caballeros competitive and Alumni corps. He also performed as soloist with West Sayville Golden Eagles of Long Island for 20 years from 1990 to 2010 while he was marching with both Hawthorne groups.

 

He was the Drum Corps Associates (DCA) soloist of the year in 1994 and 1997 and won the DCA Showmanship Award in 2000. He initiated what has become a Hawthorne tradition when as a member of the Caballeros competing corps he began to attend alumni corps rehearsals to play some of the original music with members who had helped the corps achieve such high levels of success in earlier years. He was a member of the alumni corps from 2001 to 2008, performing and assisting the horn instructor. He began his long involvement with drum and bugle corps activity with the North Bellmore Flames fire department corps, playing baritone and soprano horn from 1976 to 1986. He then served as the Flames’ horn instructor until 1990 while also performing with and teaching the Sunrisers’ horn line. He was on the Sunrisers Brass Staff in 2016 and Fusion Core's Brass staff in 2017.

 

Frank was inducted into the Buglers Hall of Fame in 2005, the New Jersey Drum Corps Hall of Fame in 2006 and the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame in 2014.

Donny Allen

Online Team Member

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Dan "Bubba" Gaffney

Online Team Member

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Joey Pero

Online Team Member

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Roland Garceau

Online Team Member

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Color Guard Team

Rob Watson

Designer/Caption Head

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Timothy McLaughlin

Team Member

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Carlos Diaz

Team Member

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Kerri Newlander

Team Member

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Jacqueline Yurkin

Team Member

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Kerri Newlander

Team Member

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Visual Team

Dave Iacovello

Designer/Caption Head

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Dave Caravella

Team Member

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Katie McFadden

Team Member

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Jordan Fisch

Team Member

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Cristen Shannon

Team Member

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