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Drum Major Announcement

Updated: Feb 8


Kyle DeFranco:

This is Kyle’s fourth year with Fusion, his third as a Fusion drum major, and his first season as the head drum major. His first year, Kyle marched in the trumpet section for Fusion’s 2015 season. He was previously the drum major of the Morris Knolls High School Marching Band for its 2014 and 2015 seasons. He has attended the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy in 2014 and 2015, at both Kutztown University and the University of Massachusetts. Primarily, Kyle is a clarinet player. He marched this instrument in the University of Massachusetts Minutemen Marching Band for its 2016 season. In 2018, Kyle served as an assistant drum major for the Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps. He is currently finishing his business administration associate’s degree at the County College of Morris.


Stephanie Carbonell:

This is Steph’s first year with Fusion Core.  No stranger to the DCA competitive field, she has been a drum major for the Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps (2014-2017), the Centurions Drum & Bugle Corps (2011-2012), and the Sunrisers (2003). Steph has played mellophone for the Wind Gap Blue Eagles, Lambertville Volunteers, NY Skyliners (brass rookie of the year in 2000), Sunrisers and Centurions. She played mellophone for 3 years in the Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band at West Chester University. Steph has assisted her husband Larry in helping to bring back several drum corps to the competitive field including the Sunrisers, Centurions and Skyliners.  She has twin boys with interests in music, Logan (trombone) and Connor (tuba). Steph is very happy to be marching with her son Connor this year for his rookie year in drum corps. She is thrilled to be marching with the “purple team” at Fusion Core!



Matthew Candelario:

This is Matt's first year with Fusion, his first year as drum major, and his first season as a backfield drum major. His first year, Matt marched in the tuba section for Highland Regiments founding season, and he is currently a drum major at North Arlington High School and is doing his first year of drum major there as well. Matt has played with Rowan University's college youth band and has been playing woodwind and brass instruments of all kinds in his high school program and other programs such as drum corps. Matt is planning on being a music education major in college and becoming a director one day.