Fusion Core is excited to have Rob Watson return to Fusion for a second season as Guard Designer/Caption Head and with additional responsibility in the role of Production Coordinator. Rob joined us in mid-season this year, and led the guard’s rapid development which in turn propelled the entire Core
Rob has been active in the marching arts and education for more than 15 years. Many people know him for his work with Emanon Winter Guards where he was the 2013 Caption Head of Emanon A Guard, and a show designer of Emanon's 2010 "Seated Perspective", earning a WGI IO 6th Place finish.
Rob 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 US Bands. In 1999, Rob was named among the "Top 10 Performers in the World" by Field & Floor Magazine. Rob resides in Mount Olive, New Jersey and is the Vice President of User Experience for the Advertising Specialty Institute, a leading agency in promotional marketing and advertising.
Todd Diamond was born and raised in Rochester, New York where he started his musical marching career with the Patriots Drum and Bugle Corps. After graduating high school he continued with the Patriots as a member of the Winterguard from 1993 – 1997. After aging out Todd began his teaching career which included Livonia High School, Liverpool High School, Gates Chili High School, Syracuse Brigadiers Drum Corps, Rochester Crusaders Drum Corps and most recently the Raiders Drum Corps.
During his 15 years with Gates Chili the Winterguard they were an 8 time WGI finalist. His most memorable time with Gates was capturing the title in 2006 as Scholastic A World Champions. After a successful run the guard placed 6th in Scholastic Open in 2009 and was promoted to Scholastic World.
Todd has recently relocated to Jersey City, New Jersey where he is the current caption head for Emanon A Winterguard. He is very excited to become a part of the Fusion Core team!
Anthony Gabriele has been performing in color guard since high school and has been an on again off again member of the Hawthorne Caballeros Guard. Since 2008, he has been on staff as Designer and Instructor with the Pequannock Township High School Guard. The PTHS guard has received many accolades over the years, the pinnacle of which was the “Best Guard” honor at the 2012 NJ State Championships.
Anthony graduated from William Paterson University in 2006 with a B.M. in music education. Since then, he has served as Band Director at Rockaway Valley School, K through 8, in Boonton Township. He currently resides in Jersey City.
Kerri Newlander was inspired by the color guard activity in 1994 while watching her brother at football games and competitions. In 1996 Kerri was asked to be a flag runner and began marching in 1997 with her high school, Mt. Pocono, through 2000 earning auxiliary awards in 1999 & 2000; Group 4 ACC Champions.
Kerri’s drum corps experience began with the New York Skyliners in 2003, 2004 and 2006. She marched with Fusion’s A winter guard, aging out in 2006 and then serving in 2007 as Instructor. Kerri’s other instructional background includes Pocono Mountain East High School in 2002 – 2004, 2009 and 2010, Huntington High School, 2005 and Hicksville High School winter guard in 2007. During her tenure with Mt. Pocono the group has gone from 12th place to 6th place finish at ACC's, their highest placement to date. In 2007 Kerri was part of Fusion's first year out as a Drum Corps and has been a part of Fusion Core's Guard staff and helped with marching on the field for the 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons. Kerri is looking forward to being a part of this group’s continued success this season!