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 sixth 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 and 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 and 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 and 2013 John had the pleasure of being involved as a trumpet teacher at The Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2014, John was the brass caption head of The Bushwackers Drum and 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. John was also a soloist, administrator, and mellophone music instructor with the world championship Cadets2 Drum Corps for the 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 and Fairlawn High Schools (both in 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 NY, 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 to be back Fusion Core for my second season as Brass Caption Head for 2018. I feel this is the best place for me to spend my 20th year in the drum corps activity. I look forward to working with the staff and members to make the 2018 season something memorable and special at Fusion Core.”

 

John Molloy currently resides in Greenwood Lake, NY 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 Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corp in both 2009 and 2010 as a brass technician, and served as the baritone technician for the 2016 Cadets 2 Drum and Bugle Corps.

 

Ken is looking forward to spending his second year as a brass instructor with the Fusion Core family.

BoKyung Park | Trumpet Technician

Mr. Bo K. Park is excited to return to Fusion "Core" Drum and Bugle Corps for his 4th consecutive year as part of the brass staff. Bo has previously served as the Baritone/Euphonium (2015, 2016) and Trumpet (2017) Tech, and is excited to "get the ball rolling " with Fusion's 2018 season.

 

Throughout his musical career, Bo has had the privilege of being part of several prestigious musical institutions in the region. During high school, he was part of The Juilliard School's Pre-College Division, where he studied trombone under James E. Markey (NY Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra) and chamber music under Kevin Cobb (American Brass Quintet). Bo also studied conducting under Julien Benichou (Mid-Atlantic Youth Symphony) and was a part of the Pre-College Choir under Patrick Romano (The Juilliard School).

 

Mr. Park attended the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University for his Bachelor’s of Arts in Music Education, and had the opportunity of studying trombone under Michael Powell (American Brass Quintet). Bo was the principal chair of the trombone section in the Rutgers Symphony Band for 5 semesters, and was also involved in several musical productions in and around Rutgers University. He also studied conducting with Darryl J. Bott, the interim Director of Bands at the time.

 

Bo is currently a general music and piano teacher at Irvington High School, where he works alongside fellow Fusion Brass Staff, Mr. Matthew Peterson. He is also the Program Coordinator and Lead Show Designer for the Fort Lee High School Marching Band, Indoor Percussion, and the Indoor Guard. Additionally, Bo is a freelance musician in the Northern New Jersey and Pennsylvania areas, and works as a brass instructor for the Music and Arts Lesson Program in Paramus, NJ. Outside of music, Bo is the owner of Sae Shim Kumdo Academy, an Asian sword martial arts school located in Norwood, NJ.

Teddi Sotiropoulos | Brass Consultant

Teddi Sotiropoulos is in her 32nd 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 Associate's 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 where he has since remained.

 

In addition to drum corps, Ryan is active in the marching arts during the fall outdoor season. 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 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 performer, 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 Schuylkill Marching Band, and The University of Scranton Concert Band. He is a founding member of the Half Ton 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 trusted sidekick, Holden Catfield, and is employed through the Luzerne Intermediate Unit.

Matt Peterson | Mellophone Technician

Matthew has spent the past eight years as a Band Director and Instrumental Music teacher across New Jersey. He is currently 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 Peterson received a Bachelor of Music Education from Seton Hall University. He has served as an Assistant Conductor to the Atlantic Pops Community Band, and Conductor of All South Jersey Elementary Honors Bands. 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. This season will be his second year as the Mellophone Technician for Fusion Drum Core.

 

Frank Ponzo | Brass Consultant

Frank Ponzo has served as assistant horn instructor with some of the best-known drum and bugle corps in North America since the mid 1980s, but is better known to audiences as a dazzling soprano soloist with Long Island Sunrisers and Hawthorne Caballeros Competitive and Alumni corps. He began his long involvement with drum and bugle corps activity with the North Bellmore Flames fire department corps, playing baritone and soprano horn from 1978 to 1986. He then served as the Flames’ horn instructor until 1990 while also performing with and teaching the Sunrisers’ horn line. Frank joined the Sunrisers in 1982 and marched for 7 seasons as a soloist and instructor while helping the corps win 4 DCA Championships during his 7 years of involvement with them. He then joined the ranks of the Hawthorne Caballeros in 1990 as the Assistant Brass Instructor to Mike Longdo and soloist, and stayed involved with them for 26 years. He also was Brass Caption Head and performed as soloist with West Sayville Golden Eagles Mini Corps of Long Island for 20 years from 1990 to 2010 while he was marching with both Hawthorne groups.

 

He was the Drum Corps Associates (DCA) Soloist of the Year in 1994 and 1997 and won the DCA Showmanship Award in 2000. He is a charter member of the Caballeros Alumni Corps, being 1 of 3 members of the competing corps to play in the alumni while also performing with the competing corps when it started. He was inducted into the Buglers Hall of Fame in 2005 and the New Jersey Drum Corps Hall of Fame in 2006, and the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame in 2014 during DCA's 50th Anniversary Season.

 

Frank was also instrumental to the overall success of the Copiague HS Marching Band, from Copiague NY from 1992 - 2002, winning the NYSFBC 2 times, as well as numerous NY State Championships and USSBA Championships in the 90's as the Brass and woodwind technician, and visual instructor during his time with Copiague HS.

 

Frank joined Fusion's staff in 2017 as a consultant on the Brass Staff, working with many other talented Brass specialists.

 

"I want to thank John Molloy and Holly Marino for giving me this opportunity in 2017. I'm looking forward to my second season with Fusion Corps in 2018, working alongside John Molly and the rest of the amazing brass staff. I could not think of a better place I want to be right now, and I look forward to seeing how special this "Core" will be in 2018 and beyond."

 

Frank currently resides in East Orange, NJ and is the Director of Contracting for City Tours USA. Frank is also a Consultant to the Lindenhurst HS Marching Band on Long Island, as a Brass Ensemble and Visual instructor.

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