Percussion Co Caption Head/Ensemble Coordinator
Percussion Co Caption Head/Ensemble Coordinator
Co-Percussion Caption Head and Battery Arranger
Assistant Caption Head
Front Ensemble Coordinator
Battery Coordinator/Assistant Battery Arranger
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
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 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.
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. Here are just some of the highlights of Gary's accomplishments:
1991 - 1992 Brandywyne High School (Percussion Instructor)
TOB Atlantic Coast Champions
1992 - 1993 Middle Twp H.S. ( Percussion Instructor)
TOB Atlantic Coast Champions
1995 -1996 Archbishop Ryan High School (Percussion Instructor)
TIA Indoor Scholastic Open Champions 1996
1997-1999 Liberty High School (Percussion Caption Head and Asst. Band Director)
1997 Atlantic Coast Championships
2 Place in percussion Caption
1 Place Brass Caption Winners
2nd Place KIDA White Percussion ( First competing season)
1998 Atlantic Coast Championships
2nd Place overall Band
1st Place High Percussion
1st Place High Brass
1st Place High Woodwinds
1st Place High General Effect
1st place Keystone Indoor Association (KIDA) BLUE division Champions
1999 Atlantic Coast Championships
1st Place High Brass
1st Place High Woodwinds
1st Place High General Effect
2nd Place High Percussion
1998 -2000 Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps (Bass Drum Tech)
High Percussion All three years in Drum Corps Associates (DCA)
1999 - 2000 Colts Drum and Bugle Corps DCI
Bass Tech/ Percussion Consultant
2000 Mechanicsburg Area High School (Percussion Instructor)
1st Place Overall Band Champions
1st Place High Percussion
2001 - 2003 Lower Dauphin High School ( Percussion Caption Head)
2001 TIA/TOB Scholastic A Percussion Champions
2002 TIA/TOB Scholastic Open Percussion Champions
2003 TIA/TOB Scholastic World Percussion Champions
2002 TOB Atlantic Coast High Percussion Champion
2001 - 2002 Empire Statesmen Percussion Caption Head
2002 2nd place Percussion
2003 - 2009 Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps ( Percussion Caption Head)
2003 DCA Champions
2002 - 2004 Capital Regiment DCI
2006 -2007 Magic of Orlando DCI
2005 Red Land High School (Percussion Caption Head)
2005 TOB Atlantic Coast Championships 1st Place High Percussion
2014 Munford High School (Percussion Instructor)
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”!
Percussionist and educator Gage Kroljic is a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Delaware. He is currently studying to obtain his masters degree in Percussion Performance with Dr. Gene Koshinski and Dr. Tim Broscious. He received dual bachelor degrees in music education and percussion performance from Penn State University in 2019 where he received his primary percussion study from Dan C. Armstrong and Dr. Gifford Howarth.
Gage has marched quads with Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014-2015 and Fusion Core in the 2016-2017. He has served as a percussion technician for the Pennsauken High School Marching Band, and teaches private music instruction. Gage has also performed with the Atlantic Brass Band, Altoona Symphony Orchestra, Nittany Valley Symphony, Mad Beatz Philly Drumline and plays in the pop-punk band No!YouFirst.
Welcome Home Gage!
Mike Keller has been involved in the Marching Arts for the past 10 years as both a performer and an instructor. He's been drumming for even longer. Mike's marching career started at Williamstown High School where he spent 5 years in the Marching Band and 4 Years in the Indoor Percussion Ensemble. During his time there, he marched in every section of the battery and earned positions within the groups including Battery Captain, Assistant Drum Major, and Ensemble Leader.
After graduating high school, he joined then moved on to march with Fusion “Core” in the DCA Circuit for the summers of 2015, 2016, and 2017. During the 2017 Summer I was given the honor to serve as center snare and Battery Section Leader. During my time with “The Core”, I was also marching in WGI with Imperial Dynasty (PIO) for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. I also served as Battery Section Leader for Imperial Dynasty during the 2018 season.
After my time Fusion “Core” and Imperial Dynasty, he marched with a World Class DCI group and found a home at Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps for the summers of 2018 and 2019. During my rookie year with the group, I was trusted with serving as center snare and leading the “All-Rookie” Drumline to one of the corps' highest scores in 10 years. After our great success in 2018, I was then promoted to Battery Section Leader and had very similar results as the previous season. While at Spirit of Atlanta, I was also marching United Percussion for the 2019 season and 2020 season before it was cut short by the pandemic.
Outside of marching, I have also taught at many different high schools in the Tri-State area in a number of different roles. As of late I have served as Percussion Caption Head for Kingsway Regional High School (2017 to Present) and Battery Manager for Cab Calloway School of the Arts (2020 to Present). I also have had the great opportunity to play a small role on the Jersey Surf Visual Team for their 2020 season to help upkeep corps member connection and progress.
When not involving myself with music, I have earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from University and is currently pursuing a career in Inventory Management and Logistics for Holt Logistics (one of the largest ports on the entire East Coast)
Michael Seville joins Fusion Core for the 2021 season as a member of the Battery Staff. Michael is also an alumnus of Fusion Core.
Michael’s marching affiliations are as follows:
2011 Hawthorne Caballeros (Quads) “2011 Hawthorne Caballero Percussionist of the Year”
2013 Fusion Core (Quads)
2014 Fusion Core (Snare)
2017 Fusion Core (Snare)
2015 United Percussion (Snare)
2016 Matrix (Snare)
Michael’s Teaching Affiliations:
2012-Present Consultant for numerous high schools in the Tri-State Area (MD, PA, WV)
2012-2014 Boonsboro High School
2015-2016 Musselman High School
2015-2016 South Hagerstown High School (Consultant)
2016 Susquehanna Township High School
2016-Present James Buchanan High School
2016 Bushwackers (Battery Tech)
2017 Aftermath Percussion (Snare Tech)
2018 Fusion Core (Battery Consultant)
Michael is excited to get the opportunity to come back home with Fusion Core and is looking forward to getting a sense of normalcy being out on the field with Fusion this season.
“Many wonderful things have been taking place over Fusion’s short but great existence, and I am thrilled to continue to be a small part of that history”.
Welcome home Michael!
Steve is excited to join the Fusion team as the Bass tech for the 2021 season! He brings experience from world class ensembles such as Carolina Crown and United Percussion.
He lives in the Philadelphia suburbs where he is helping bring shape to the burgeoning vegan culinary scene with his new catering service Savoree Swerls.
As a hobbyist Steve has developed a passion for creating and capturing videos especially of the marching arts which led him to create Shots: Marching Percussion Media Production, a company focused on providing high quality visual media for marching ensembles.
With his dedication to the activity and drive for innovation, Steve is sure to build a strong foundation for the battery through the Bass Line.
Dustin Smith is percussion instructor and indoor director for Carlisle High School in Carlisle, PA. Dustin is a member of the Vic Firth and Zildjian Educational teams. He currently lives in Mechanicsburg, PA with his wife and 3 children.
Dustin’s drum corps performance experience includes four seasons with the Reading Buccaneers (1999-2000, 2006, 2008), two seasons with the Empire Statesmen (2001-2002), and one season with the Hawthorne Caballeros (2003). He also marched at Mechanicsburg High School (1997-2000). Dustin performed for the SRO Associates in Percussive stage show (Lightning Strike) at Hersheypark during the summer of 2009.
Dustin has taught at Lower Dauphin High School, Mechanicsburg High School, Penn State Indoor Percussion, and most recently Carlisle High School. Some accolades from his teaching include multiple KIDA and TIA championship titles between those three groups. As well as a WGI A Class Silver medal with Mechanicsburg High School in 2012. He was the director for the Hersheypark Cocoa Rhythm Factory drumline during the show first two years (2018-2019).
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.
Low Brass Staff
Minesh is a band director on a self improvement break while he gets his Masters in Education with a Conducting concentration. As an undergrad he was privileged to study as Willis Traphagan’s final student. For Minesh, “Trap” enflamed passion for Brass Pedagogy which has been the core of his career. Since then, he has studied exclusively within the Alessi coaching tree including James Markey who is the Principal Bass Trombone Boston Symphony. Outside of drum corps he is heavily involved in avocational music as he is currently the Music Director and Conductor of the Ramsey Wind Symphony.
Minesh has some special memories within drum corps including conducting “Danny Boy” with a 27th Lancer Alumni corps, the “Signature” ‘99 New York Skyliners and “The Bull Call” ‘08 Caballeros. He has held many positions in this activity with notable stops with Reading Buccaneers ‘10, Cadets ‘11, Cadets2 ‘12 & Bushwackers ‘13 & ’14. Lately he has been a Brass and Music Ensemble adjudicator for DCA.
Minesh is an active sneaker collector and is curating a collection of fashionable Adapt sneakers as a resource for disabled people. He loves driving around Jefferson NJ in his Jeep with his dogs Davross and Straxx (only when Straxx is being a goodboy) with the music ALMOST inappropriately loud.
In his personal life, Minesh is Chase’s best friend and is lucky to be married. Even more lucky she said yes to letting him teach drum corps again.
Color Guard Team
Mr. David Iacoviello is a music educator in the Northern & Central New Jersey areas. He has taught in public schools since 2013 in Mahwah, Kinnelon, and Newark school districts, teaching an eclectic array of different instrumental ensembles. He has been involved in managing both Jr. High School and High School Region I bands during this time.
Dave has also been a marching band instructor/consultant since 2007 in districts including Old Bridge, West Essex, Mahwah, Hanover Park, Middletown South, and more. He currently is the Drill Writer/Visual Designer and Brass Instructor for Wayne Valley HS Marching Band. His passion for teaching marching band/drum corps came from his personal marching experiences in high school marching band and the Jersey Surf Drum & Bugle Corps, where he marched in 2005 on mellophone.
Outside of the marching arts, Dave is a freelance trumpet player and has performed in Livingston Symphony Orchestra, church services, taps ceremonies, and more. He also teaches trumpet as well as piano private lessons to students throughout the area.
Dave is really looking forward to bringing all his experience and knowledge to the table this year with the Fusion Drum & Bugle Corps, while learning/working with the reputable staff that Fusion has put together for this season!
Mr. David Mario Caravella is excited to be on board the visual staff of Fusion Drum & Bugle Corps this year.
Dave has been involved with the drum & bugle corps activity since 2001 as a performer with corps such as the Raiders (‘01-‘03), Cadets of Bergen County (‘04) and the Concord Blue Devils (‘05-‘06). After aging out, Dave went on to teach various drum corps including the Raiders in ’07-’09 as a field technician and later returning to lead the visual team in ’13-‘14, the Cadets2 brass staff (’12), and the Reading Buccaneers (’10-’11, ’15-pandemic).
As a drill designer, Dave has been writing shows for numerous high school marching bands and drum corps in the New Jersey area including Kearny High School, Rahway High School, Mahwah High School, Morris Knolls High School, the Raiders Drum & Bugle Corps (’14), and the Bushwackers Drum & Bugle Corps (’13-‘14).
Mr. Caravella is an alumnus of Montclair State University Class of 2008, with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. During his time at Montclair, he studied with renowned euphonium professors Dr. Mary Ann Craig and Mr. John Palatucci. He is also a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Dave currently resides in Paramus, New Jersey and is the full time director of bands at Lincoln Middle School in Kearny as well as the director of the Kearny High School Marching Band. He is also an adjudicator of marching band contests with USBands.
Bio to follow...
Katie McFadden has been involved in drum corps for more than a decade. She grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania, and began her first year of drum corps in 2007 with the "home team," the Reading Buccaneers. She performed as a tuba player for six undefeated seasons (2007-2010, 2012-2013) and was section leader for two seasons (2009, 2013). After marching, she continued to help the corps as a member of the support staff. In 2015, she began teaching with the Buccaneers on the visual staff and she looks forward to the group getting back on the field.
Despite the pandemic, drum corps continues to be a passionate part of her life. "The opportunity to teach and experience Fusion Core this year is going to be exciting and invigorating! Fusion has always been an entertaining group to watch from the sidelines and I'm eager to learn and give back to the program!"
In addition to drum corps, Katie has also been an instructor to numerous high school groups, including Lancaster Catholic, Reading, and Cab Calloway. She is currently the visual caption head of her alma mater, the Wilson High School Marching Band. By day, she is a fifth-grade elementary school teacher in Cecil County, MD
Jordan Fisch is excited to join the Fusion team for the 2021 season! Jordan graduated from West Chester University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in music education. While there he served in the role of student coordinator of the West Chester University Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band for three years alongside the leadership and guidance of Dr. Andrew Yozviak and Dr. Greg Martin.
Jordan also marched DCI World Class Drum and Bugle Corps with the Crossmen (2006), Boston Crusaders (2007), and The Cadets (2008-2010). Jordan taught three years at the Bushwackers on visual staff (2017-2019) as caption lead and captain head. Jordan has also been working with marching bands in New Jersey and Pennsylvania since 2008 and currently enjoys writing the drill for and working with several competitive local marching bands outside his home town of Jackson, NJ. Jordan also teaches middle school band in central New Jersey.
Lydia Baranoski is very excited to be part of the Fusion team!
Lydia started her involvement in the Drum Corps activity in 2013 when she joined the Reading Buccaneers. She marched as a Baritone player with the Buccaneers from ’13-’16. She then marched with DCI’s Blue Knights in 2017.
After DCI she came back to “home base” with the Buccaneers and taught visual and horn line movement and choreography in 2018 and 2019. Lydia has also written choreography for high school programs such as Westfield HS (NJ), William Tennent HS (PA), and Liberty HS (MA).
Lydia is an alumni of Penn State University class of 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. She currently lives in State College, Pennsylvania and spends her days teaching music and movement classes to preschool students and taking dance classes.