FUSION CORE BRASS STAFF

 

Chris Bernotas | Brass Arranger

Chris is an active composer and arranger of concert band music. Mr. Bernotas is published with Alfred Music Publishing, Daehn Publications, TRN Music Publishing, Northeastern Music Publications and Bandworks Publications. His music has been performed at the Midwest Clinic and has appeared on J.W.Pepper's Editor's Choice list and numerous state lists. Mr. Bernotas is co-author of the third book in Alfred's revolutionary method Sound Innovations series, called Sound Innovations: Ensemble Development, along with Peter Boonshaft.

 

Mr. Bernotas holds a BM from William Paterson University and an MAT from Marygrove College. As an instrumental music teacher at Mountain Lakes High School in New Jersey, he conducts the wind ensemble, concert band, pep band, jazz band, and pit orchestra. Mr. Bernotas has served the North Jersey Area Band as President, and Symphonic Band conductor. He has also served on the executive board for the New Jersey School Music Association, Region I, and has worked with the NJ All-State Band as a manager.

 

His accomplishments include writing and arranging music for many drum corps and marching bands throughout the United States. He also adjudicates for marching band competitions and festivals nationwide. His professional affiliations include MENC, ASCAP, NBA, and NJMEA. Mr. Bernotas resides in New Jersey with his wife Cristina and three children. Specifically, for drum corps, in addition to Fusion Core, Chris has written for the Caballeros, Crusaders, Hurricanes, Sunrisers, Carolina Gold, Phoenix, and Magic of Orlando. 

 

Fusion brass members have loved playing Chris’ charts over the last few years and we are very excited to have Chris return to The Core for a fifth season.

John Molloy | Brass Caption Head

John Herbert Molloy has been involved with the drum corps activity since 1998. He was a member of The Sunrisers Drum & Bugle Corps at the age of 15, and in 2000 he was a member of The Bushwackers. In 2001, he joined The Cadets Drum Corps where he played lead and solo trumpet for 3 years.

 

In 2005 & 2006, he marched with The Hawthorne Caballeros and by 2010 had experienced 3 years as a performer and teacher of brass at The Reading Buccaneers. In 2012 & 2013 John had the pleasure of being involved as a trumpet teacher at The Oregon Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps. In 2014, John was the brass caption head of The Bushwackers Drum & Bugle Corps.

 

At various points over the past 6 years dating back to 2011, John was also involved with The Cadets and Cadets2 Drum Corps as a teacher of brass for both corps, recruiter, and was even the assistant corps director of Cadets2 in 2015. Most recently John was a soloist, administrator, and mellophone music instructor with the world championship Cadets2 Drum Corps this past 2016 season.

 

Mr. Molloy’s teaching and performance career expands far beyond the drum corps activity. He has been a performing member of professional jazz big bands in northern NJ, central DE, and western WA near Seattle. He has performed and/or recorded trumpet in the states of PA, WA, NJ, and DE with various parade bands, Italian and Peruvian procession bands, wedding bands, and soul/rock/funk bands.

 

As a teacher, John has taught various High School Marching Bands including Montville High School (NJ), Smyrna High School (DE), Belleville High School (NJ), and currently Northern Highlands Regional High School (NJ). He has also directed high school jazz big bands in NJ and DE. Additionally, John has taught hundreds of private brass lessons in the states of NJ, PA, DE, and WA.

 

John attended Central Regional High School as a member of The Golden Eagle Marching Band under the direction of Rich Guillen, and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Montclair State University. There, he studied with trumpet instructors Don Bachelor, Chuck Bumcrot, and Tony Kadleck. He was also appointed as the lead trumpet player for the NJ intercollegiate jazz big band for four straight years from 2006 to 2009 in addition to playing principal roles in various other college ensembles at Montclair State University.

 

“I am extremely excited for this new teaching opportunity at Fusion Core. I feel this is the best place for me to spend my 19th year in the drum corps activity. I look forward to working with the staff and members to make the 2017 season something memorable and special at Fusion Core.”

 

John Molloy currently resides in Allentown, PA with his girlfriend Brittany and his pets: Andy the Cat and Mello the Corgi. He is currently active in the Northern NJ and Southern NY state areas as a teacher and a performer. He is grateful for his musical opportunities and endeavors to date, and he believes that all aspects of teaching and performance should be done with passion and inspiration.

Ken Korlishin | Brass Technician

Ken Korlishin has been the Director of Bands at Montville Township High School in Montville, NJ since March of 1998 to which the band program has attained national and state acclaim. Ken graduated from Elon University with distinction with a degree in Music Education and Performance in Euphonium. Ken is currently attending Liberty University seeking to attain a Masters of Arts in Education/Teaching and Learning. Additionally, Ken has worked with the Reading Buccaneer Drum and Bugle Corp in both 2009 and 2010 as a brass technician, and most recently served as the baritone technician for the 2016 Cadets 2 Drum and Bugle Corps.

 

“I am looking forward to being a part of the Fusion family, and playing my part to honoring and building upon the Corps’ honored traditions and commitment to excellence.”

BoKyung Park | Trumpet Technician

Bo Park returns as part of Fusion Core's Brass Team for his 3rd season with the Core. Bo originally served as the Bari/Euph technician during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, and is excited to serve as the Trumpet Technician for the 2017 season.

 

Bo attended the Ridgefield Memorial High School and was a part of the high school's Marching Band under the direction of Matt Tracey (Bushwackers, Cadets), and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Mason Gross School of the Arts. Mr. Park also holds a certificate from the esteemed Juilliard Pre-College Program for Trombone Performance. During his time at Juilliard, Bo studied trombone with James E. Markey (Boston Symphony Orchestra) and Chamber Music with Kevin Cobb (American Brass Quintet). During college, he studied Trombone with Michael Powell (American Brass Quintet) and instrumental conducting with Darryl J. Bott (Mason Gross). Bo Park has also studied Orchestral Conducting privately with David Gilbert, the resident conductor of Manhattan School of Music. During his Drum Corps journey, Bo has worked under influential and well-known educators of the activity, including Paul Cullen, John Herbert Molloy, Mike Schmitt, and Mike Durborow.

 

As a player, Bo Park was a part of many high-regarded musical ensembles, such as the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra, Rutgers University's Symphony Band, and numerous other musical groups in the New Jersey Area. Bo Park also had the privilege of performing for Nitzan Haroz for his Master Classes during his time at Rutgers University. Drum Corps wise, Bo was a part of The Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps during their 2013 and 2014 seasons, and served as the Baritone Section Leader and Lead Soloist during the 2014 year. During this first year with Fusion Core, Bo Park filled a hole in the 2015 field show, "All Aboard."

 

As a teacher, Bo is currently the lead Show Designer, Show Coordinator, Brass Caption Head, and Visual Caption Head of Fort Lee High School's Bridgemen Marching Band, and the Indoor Programs Coordinator for Fort Lee High School's Indoor Guard and Percussion Programs. Bo has also been a guest clinician for other marching band programs including Harrison, Woodbridge, and other New Jersey marching band programs. Bo Park has also taught in the public school systems, serving as the Director of Music at Central Jersey College Prep Charter School and the K-8 General Music teacher at the Elizabeth Public Schools System. Currently, Bo Park also owns and operates Sae Shim Kumdo Academy, a Korean Sword Martial Arts Academy based in Norwood, New Jersey, with his family.

Teddi Sotiropoulos | Brass Consultant

Teddi Sotiropoulos is in her 31`th year as a music educator in Bergen County. Currently she is the Director of Bands at Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, NJ. There, she directs the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and the Highlands Regiment Marching Band. Under her direction the Highlands Regiment has won 3 Yamaha Cup titles, 3 State Championships and 3 National Championships in the US BANDS competitive circuit. Prior to her position at Northern Highlands she was the Instrumental Teacher in the Northvale Public Schools and Director of Bands at Midland Park High School. She holds a B.M. in Music Education from the University of Illinois and an M.M. in Wind Music Conducting from the University of South Florida, where her principal teachers included Dr. Harry Begian and Dr. Mallory Thompson. Teddi was an adjunct professor at Montclair State University where she taught the Marching Band Techniques class. During her tenure at NHRHS her ensembles have performed in Disney World, Universal Studios, Williamsburg, Virginia, Chicago, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

 

Teddi marched in the Mellophone section of World Champion Syracuse Brigadiers from 2000 to 2008 where her instructors included, Rick Morey, Gino Cipriani, Wayne Downey, Larry Markiewicz and Tom Santino. She held to positions of Mello Section Leader and Brass Captain. She is thrilled to be on the Fusion Team!

Ryan Lamoreux | Tuba Technician

Ryan Lamoreux is an active freelance musician from Hazleton Pennsylvania. Ryan is a 2008 graduate from the Hazleton Area School District where he was an active student within the music department. After graduation, Ryan studied Music Recording, receiving his associates degree from Luzerne County Community College. Ryan has also studied tuba privately since 2009 with Dr. Philip Simon, director of instrumental music at Wilkes University.

 

Ryan began his drum corps involvement in 2008 with the Reading Buccaneers. He then served as the in-line tuba technician for The Skyliners Drum and Bugle corps in 2014. Ryan then took on the role of assistant brass caption head for the Skyliners in 2015. 2016 brought Ryan to Fusion Core as the tuba music technician.

 

In addition to drum corps, Ryan is active in the marching arts during the fall outdoor season as well. He served as the assistant band director at Greater Nanticoke Area from 2010-2015. He is currently a show coordinator for the Hazleton Area High School, and is also the visual instructor for the Wilkes University Marching Colonels, as well as a guest clinician for marching bands in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

 

As a perfomer, Ryan has played with ensembles such as The Scranton Brass Orchestra, The Wyoming Valley Band, The Wilkes University Civic Band, The Hazleton Liberty Band, The Upper Schuylkhill Marching Band, and The University of Scranton Concert Band. He is a founding member of the Anthracite Tuba Quartet, and is the tuba player for The East End Vipers jazz combo. Ryan also freelances with large and small ensembles throughout Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania.

 

Ryan currently resides in Hazleton with his dog, Rusty, and is employed through the Luzerne Intermediate Unit.

Matt Peterson | Brass Technician

Matthew Peterson received a Bachelor of Music Education from Seton Hall University. He has spent the past seven years as a Band Director and Instrumental Music teacher across New Jersey. Matthew has served as an Assistant Conductor to the Atlantic Pops Community Band, and Conductor of All South Jersey Elementary Honors Bands.

 

Currently, Matthew is the Band Director for Irvington High School in Irvington, NJ and Assistant Director and Visual Caption Head for Morris Knolls High School in Rockaway, NJ.

 

Matthew marched in the Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps from 2012-2014, and won a World Championship during the 2015 inaugural season of WGI Winds with Rhythm X Winds.

 

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