"I am very pleased to introduce the 2014 Fusion Visual Team and look forward to their leadership and productivity this season," said Corps Director Holly Marino. "We have a strong team of dedicated and experienced instructors joining us this season. I can't wait for the season to get underway."
Fusion is pleased to announce the return of the Visual Team for the 2014 season. Mike Durborow, Caption Head, returns for the 2014 season with a long history in the drum corps activity including DCA and DCI. Mike is a great motivator with his “can do attitude”. Mike began his drum corps career marching with the world acclaimed Muchachos Drum & Bugle Corps from 1967 to 1977, performing as Drum Major in 1977 and in winter guard from 1968 to 1973. He continued on to teach Garfield Cadets from 1979 to 1980. In 1983 Mike joined the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum & Bugle Corps and was Drum Major from 1983 to 1984, and he continued with the corps on the Visual Staff from 1985 to 1993, as Visual Caption Head from 1994 to 2005 and as Staff Coordinator from 2002 to 2005.
Joe White, Visual Instructor, studied Music Composition and Film at Brooklyn College and earned a degree in Media Communications from New York Institute of Technology. Joe has written music for a few films and commercials, and did production and sound mixing for movies including Friends with Benefits, The Bounty Hunter, and Men in Black 3 as well as TV shows including Pan Am, The Big C and Girls. Joe was an Emmy Nominee (Sound) for his work on Sex And The City. Joe’s passion is French horn, which he has mastered over the past 25 years influencing him to join drum corps playing mellophone and trumpet. Once he got the “bug” he continued on to play timpani, marimba and xylophone. Joe has marched with Bayonne Bridgemen, NY Skyliners, Crossmen, Sunrisers and Bushwackers. Previously he aged out of the Velvet Knights of Anaheim, CA in 1992 which was one of his favorite seasons on the field. Joe returned to Velvet Knights the following year as a Visual Instructor which began his teaching career.
Joe’s background includes Drill Designer and Visual Instructor for many drum corps, marching bands, winter guards and drum lines including the NY Skyliners, Bushwackers Drum & Bugle Corps, Sunrisers Drum & Bugle Corps, Brentwood HS Marching Band (NJ), Monroe HS (NJ), Hicksville HS (NY), St. Frances Preparatory (Queens NY), Winsor Central HS (NY) and Malverne HS (NY). Joe has also performed and instructed Pegasus Winter Guard as well as Saturday Matinee. Joe is married to Maria White and they enjoy life with their 4 kids -Tim, David, Elijah and Cecilia and their Great Dane, Charlie on Long Island.
Kate Socha is excited to return to Fusion in her dual role as Lead Drum Major and Visual Instructor.
Kate joined Fusion in 2013 as a Visual Instructor and Backfield Conductor. Her drum corps career began in 2004 as Drum Major for the 7th Regiment in New London, CT. In 2005, Kate joined the Connecticut Hurricanes where she served as Drum Major from 2005-2010 and marched bass drum from 2011-2012.
Kate currently teaches Instrumental Music at Pequannock Township High School in Pompton Plains, NJ, where her duties include the roles of Marching Band Director and Winter Percussion Advisor. In 2012, the Pequannock Township Marching Band defended their title by becoming the USBands New Jersey State Champion two years in a row. The Winter Percussion ensemble also defended their title as USBands Class A Indoor Champion in the 2013 season.
Kate has also been a Woodwind/Visual Technician for the Norwich Free Academy Marching Band in Norwich, CT, and a Visual Technician for the Shelton High School Winter Percussion ensemble in Shelton, CT.
Kate looks forward to a great season of drum corps in 2014.