Key Poulan is a composer and arranger primarily for the marching arts and has written for the world’s most famous drum corps including the Santa Clara Vanguard, Mandarins, Spirit of Atlanta, Genesis, Spartans, Cascades, Glassmen, Caballeros, Hurricanes, Sunrisers, Juliana, Millennium, and the Star United and Mass Brass Mini Corps. As the owner of Key Poulan Music, he has been recognized as one of the country’s top arrangers and composers in the area of contemporary drum corps and marching band. His marching band arrangements have won several national titles at the Bands of America Grand Nationals Championships. His works have won many state titles throughout the United States and have been performed around the world. His transcription of “The Promise of Living” from Copland’s “Tender Land” was extremely well received at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival and his original works “Carnegie Fanfare and Dance” and “A Fortune in Steel” were premiered at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.
Key Poulan graduated from Marshall High School in Marshall, Texas in 1980 after starting band in Lindale Texas. Key received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from East Texas State University (currently Texas A & M – Commerce) in 1985 and had the opportunity of studying under many fine educators including: Gary Hill, Dave Ward, Dr. Robert Houston, and Dr. Gene Lockhart. Key studied trombone under the late Dr. Neill Humfeld and composition with Dr. Ronald Yates and Dr. Margaret Wheat at ETSU. Key also credits his success to his mentors: Philip Geiger, Bill Watson, Eddie Green, Dr. Lawrence Sutherland, Dr. Gary Gilroy, Dr. Jerry Payne, Melvin Reddic, Hubert “Butch” Almany and the person who started him on trombone in the 5th grade – Jasper Huff.
Key was fortunate enough to audition for the Concord Blue Devils and be selected to the baritone line in 1983. As a fan of Wayne Downey’s electrifying writing style, Key spent time studying Wayne’s work and assisted him in lifting tunes during the 1983 Blue Devils’ season. Since 1985, Key has become an integral part of the Drum Corps International and Drum Corps Associates community.
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 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 2019. I feel this is the best place for me to spend my 21th year in the drum corps activity. I look forward to working with the staff and members to make the 2019 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 has worked as a music educator since 1997 after receiving his degree in Music Education from Elon University. From March of 1998 - June of 2018, Ken served as the Director of Bands at Montville Township High School, and has brought acclaim to both the symphonic and marching programs. The Montville Township High School Marching Band under his direction for 16 seasons, the group earned 6 Championships on both the state and national level.
Ken has also been active an active drum corps brass instructor, having worked with the 2009 and 2010 Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps, the 2016 Cadets 2 Drum and Bugle Corps, and has proudly worked with the 2017 and 2018 Fusion Core programs as a brass instructor in multiple capacities.
Ken brings a wide breadth of experience and knowledge gained from 21 years as an educator, and demonstrates a love for the art of teaching, and the marching arts overall. Those combined attributes with a true commitment to the vision and values of Fusion Core presents makes Ken a person we are happy to have with us.
Mr. Durell Danner is returning to Fusion Core for his second year on the brass staff. He was a member of Fusion Core in 2012 (euphonium), 2013 (tuba), and 2014 (baritone, horn sergeant), and is very excited to return to the "core" in a new capacity as baritone/euphonium technician.
Durell graduated from the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Music in music theory/composition and euphonium. He studied composition under Dr. Fred Cohen and Dr. Robert Aldrige, and euphonium under Dr. Maryann Craig. During his time there, he won the university's prestigious "Carpe Diem" Award for distinguished achievement in his field of study, music composition. There, he also received an undergraduate composer award.
Durell currently resides in New Brunswick, N.J., where is works as a sales trainer. He is an avid drum corps history buff. In his spare time, he works as a freelance composer, and enjoys playing keyboard and synthesizer in a rock band. Attachments area
In April of 2016, JT joined the Atlantic Brass Band. In 2017, JT played second E-flat bass when Atlantic won the North American Brass Band Championships, and played principal tuba for the band when they won the 2017 US Open Championships. JT also passed an audition for the Commandant’s Own in September, and upon graduating will enlist in the Marine Corps as a musician.
JT is very excited to return to his home at Fusion Core as a tuba instructor, and is looking forward to a great season with the rest of the staff.
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 third year as the Mellophone Technician for Fusion Drum Core.