Fusion Core Design Team


Steve Rinda | Visual Coordinator & Designer

Steve Rinda began his drum corps career as a hornline member for the Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps and began teaching on the visual staff in 2004. While at the Bushwackers, he also served as drill designer and visual caption head for a number of years. In 2010 he spent the summer on the visual staff of the Connecticut Hurricanes. From 2012 through 2014 Steve was on the visual staff of the Reading Buccaneers. Steve is also the drill designer for a number of high school programs in the area and around the country. When he is not involved in the activity he is a social studies teacher in suburban Philadelphia and spends time with his fiancé and two boys coaching various sports.


When asked about his thoughts on the upcoming 2016 season, Steve stated “I am excited to join Fusion as Visual Designer and Coordinator and take the lessons I have learned from my drum corps mentors to take the Core to new levels. Fusion has been really successful in the last couple years and I look forward to building on the success in 2016. I think we have assembled a tremendous design and educational team that will put our members in a great place and put out an entertaining show for DCA.”

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.

Justin Wilson | Visual Caption Head

Justin Wilson began marching Drum Corps with the Reading Buccaneers in 2007. In 2008, Justin marched with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, and then returned to Reading for their 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013 seasons. He was a soloist his last three years at the Buccaneers, and the Horn Sergeant for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Justin taught at Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014 as a Visual Tech.


He studied Music Education at both West Chester University and Rowan University, and currently holds a position as a paraprofessional at Cherokee High School.


Justin is currently teaching his eighth season with Pennsauken High School Marching Band, and the his second season with Pennsauken Indoor Percussion Ensemble. He has written drill for Pennsauken High School and Bensalem High school. He also currently holds a AAAI/ISMA personal trainer certification.

Mike Schmitt | Ensemble/Music Coordinator, Co-Battery Arranger & Percussion Supervisor

Mike began his drum corps career serving the roles of marching member, technician, Caption Head, and Arranger at the Hawthorne Caballeros from 1999-2010, earning a world championship in 2003. In 2011, Mike joined the Connecticut Hurricanes as Caption Head and Arranger through 2012.


Mike is heavily involved teaching both marching bands and indoor drum lines. His teaching career began as Caption Head and Arranger for the Parsippany Hills High School (NJ) from 2001-2008. While in this position, his drumline won 4 state drum titles, 4 national drum titles, and 4 overall band championships.


Mike taught for seven years at Westhill High School in Stamford, CT, as Arranger and Ensemble Director. During this time, Westhill's percussion ensemble won state championships three times, became a WGI finalist in 2012, and won the US Bands Indoor Championships in Group AA in 2012.


During the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Mike was Caption Head and Arranger for Pequannock Township High School in Pompton Plains, NJ. This ensemble won the Best Percussion award at both the US Bands States and National Championships in 2011 and were the US Bands Indoor Champions in Group A in 2012.


In addition to Parsippany, Westhill, and Pequannock, Mike has been involved with a large number of high schools, including Stamford High School, Roxbury High School, Ramapo High School, Morristown High School, Pompton Lakes High School, West Essex Regional High School, Wayne Valley High School and Ramsey High School.


Mike has been with Fusion Core since 2013 where he started as percussion caption head, arranger and ensemble coordinator. He looks forward to his 4th season with Fusion Core returning as battery arranger and ensemble/music coordinator.

Rob Watson | Guard Caption Head

Throughout his 18-year career, Rob has remained active in the marching arts and education. He has been the Guard Caption Head at Fusion Core since 2013 and returns in 2017 for his 5th consecutive season. In addition, Rob is the Caption Head and Supervisor for Fusion Winter Guard, returning to the winter floor and competing in Independent Open Class in both the MAIN and WGI circuits.


He is no stranger to the winter activity -- Rob has worked with Emanon Winter Guards: 2013 Caption Head of Emanon A Guard and a show designer of Emanon Open Guard’s 2010 "Seated Perspective" show (WGI IO 6th Place) and was a cast member of Emanon World in 2014.


For the 2017 Summer Season, Rob has assembled a instructional team of some of the best color guard designers and technicians in the activity, which bring innovation and unmatched creativity to our members. It is through this team's achievements that lead to Fusion's 2014 production of “Dreamscapes” bringing home the World Champion Color Guard trophy at the DCA World Championship in Rochester, NY.


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, Middle Township HS, Toms River East HS, West Orange HS, and Washington HS (MO).


Rob also serves as a national color guard and visual performance adjudicator for several marching arts and winter guard associations around the country. In 1999, Rob was named among the "Top 10 Performers in the World" by Field & Floor Magazine. Rob resides in Mount Laurel, New Jersey and is the Global Chief Marketing Officer for a global marketing and advertising agency in New York City.

Jamie Szeinberg | Percussion Caption Head

Jamie Szeinberg began his marching career with the Raiders Drum and Bugle at the age of 14. He marched in the battery for five years, playing both bass drum and snare drum. Jamie then went on to march in the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps, where he was a member of the bass line.


Jamie has taught various high school programs in North Jersey including Passaic, Bloomfield, Morris Knolls, and is currently the Marching Band Director and Percussion Arranger for the Fair Lawn High School Marching Band. During his tenure at Fair Lawn, the percussion section has won 8 high percussion titles and many state titles. Jamie is also the Director for the Fair Lawn Indoor Percussion Ensembles. Under his leadership, the Fair Lawn Indoor Percussion ensemble has been a WGI Regional Finalist at both the Trumbull Connecticut Regional and the Unionville Pennsylvania Regional. In 2013, Fair Lawn was named the Class A Regional Champion at the Trumbull Regional. They have also been a Class A semi-finalist at WGI World Championship in Dayton, OH. His ensembles have won the USBands Indoor Percussion Championships.


Jamie has worked with the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps in various positions including percussion tech, Percussion Caption Head, Arranger and also as the Program Coordi- nator. During his tenure on staff, the Raiders were crowned the DCI Division 3 World Champions, and also were awarded Best Percussion. He was also a percussion tech for the Bridgemen Drum and Bugle Corps under the direction of Dennis Delucia.


Jamie Szeinberg is a Graduate of Montclair State University, where he received his Bachelors in Music Education. He has had the privilege of being taught by Colin McNutt, Lee Beddis, Brian Tinkel and many others. Jamie is a member of the Vic Firth Educational Team.

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.

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