Fusion Core Guard Staff


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.

Tim McLaughlin | Weapon Lead

Tim is excited to return to Fusion Core's Guard Staff for his fourth year as the primary rifle designer and technician. With 12 consistent years of performing and teaching behind him, Tim offers a fresh take on choreography while capitalizing on weapon technique with his programs. He has taught extremely successful programs to date: Fusion Winter Guard (2017), Fusion Core (2014, 2015, 2016), Sunrisers Drum and Bugle Corps (2013), Sachem High School (2012), Cadets2 Drum and Bugle Corps (2012), Northern Highlands Regional High School (2009-2011), and Lindenhurst High School (2009).

Tim is no stranger when it comes to performance either. He has marched with Emanon Independent World winter guard (2010, 2013-2015), Alter Ego Independent World (2011-2012), The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps (2010), Sunrisers Drum and Bugle Corps (2009, 2013), Regime (2008-2009), and the Sachem Flaming Arrows Marching Band (2003-2007).

Outside of the activity, Tim is a Design Director in Brooklyn, NY and lends his graphic talents to winter guard set design, notably Trumbull High School (2011-2012, 2015), Alter Ego (2011-2012, 2015), Claudia Johnson High School (2015), Newtown HS (2013-2014) and Redlands HS (2013-2014). He currently lives in New Jersey.

Kerri Newlander | Flag Lead

Kerri 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 high guard 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.


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 and 2010-2016 seasons. Kerri is looking forward to being a part of this group’s continued success this summer!

Carlos Diaz | Equipment Designer

Returning for his second year with the Fusion Core family is Carlos Diaz, a performer and educator with a rich, young history in the color guard activity. Like with every successful color guard program, Carlos capitalizes on the foundations of technique and the education it takes to get a team in tip-top shape.


Most recently, Carlos has taught Fusion Color Guard (2016), Cadets 2 (2012, 2014) and 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (2013) and has taught other successful programs such as Bridgewater Raritan HS (2014), Northern Highlands Regional High School (2008-2011), and Monsignor Farrell High School (2009). Aside from teaching, Carlos has marched very successful seasons with Alter Ego (2008 - 2012, 2015), Blessed Sacrament (2013 - 2014), The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps (2010), Connecticut Hurricanes Drum and Bugle Corps (2009), Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps (2008), Joy IA (2007), and Old Bridge HS (2006).


Aside from being so involved with the sport of the arts, Carlos works as a dental assistant in New Jersey while studying in school to further his career in the dental field.

Jackie Yurkin | Movement Lead & Flag Instructor

Jackie began her marching arts career in 1995 where she first performed with the Crimson Stars winter guard from Hilton, NY. After a few years in NY and several years of dance lessons, Jackie returned to NJ and became a member of the Persuasion Winter Guard from Fair Lawn in 2003.  Her career continued to grow from there into a full blown passion with association to several prominent organizations for the next 13 years including Emanon Winter Guard (‘04 –’07), and Alter Ego (’08-’13, ’16 and '17).


Her accomplishments include 10 time WGI finalist in Independent A, Open and World Classes, and WGI Open Class World champion in 2008 with Alter Ego. Other winter guard credits include being a performing cast member in the 2015 edition of David Byrne’s Contemporary Colors production debuted in Brooklyn and Toronto.


Jackie is also accomplished in the Drum Corps activity as a member of the Hawthorne Caballeros, Bayonne Bridgemen, Carolina Crown, Bushwackers and Connecticut Hurricanes.


Aside from her performance experiences, Jackie has had the pleasure of teaching High School programs throughout NJ, NY and CT such as Northern Highlands HS, Nutley HS, Ramsey HS, Amity HS, and Port Chester HS.


Jackie is excited to return to the Fusion family and is anxious to bring her colorguard, dance and performance experience to the team as well as a fun and positive learning environment. She currently lives in Allendale, NJ and is employed as a Credit Administrator for a retail shoe company.

Rick Delancy | Choreographer

Rick began his career in 1992 having marched in the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, from Madison Wisconsin. Followed by The Cadets of Bergen County in 1993 and 1994. His winter guard performance experience includes Crimson Kings and Emerald Marquis.


After his brief yet successful colorguard performance years, Rick continued his pursuit as a singer dancer. Broadway and national tour credits include: FOSSE (Broadway and National Tour) we are he acted as understudy to the legendary Ben Vereen, CHICAGO THE MUSICAL (Broadway and National Tour) Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat with Donnie Osmond and DREAMGIRLS with the incomparable Jennifer Holiday as well as Frenchie Davis.


Rick later brought his talents and knowledge back to the teaching world of colorguard where he is now celebrating his 10th year as caption head to the Bridgewater Raritan high school marching band and colorguard. Rick also had the pleasure of acting as captain head to the Cadets2 Drum and Bugle Corps. And currently choreographer and movement specialist for the Field of View winterguard.


Rick is extremely excited to join the Fusion team solely for the fact that it is built of incredibly talented designers and creators with the same philosophies of teaching a new generation positive values through entertainment and achievement.

Rich Kim | Design Consultant

Rich started his marching career in the MAIN circuit with the South Brunswick HS colorguard from 1992-1999 and was their equipment writer and tech for 4 years after he graduated. After high school he also marched with St Ann's World (2000 WGI IW Silver Medalist) and Blessed Sacrament World (2005 WGI IW Bronze Medalist).


He was a choreographer and tech of the award winning Bushwackers colorguard from 2005-2009 and was caption head in his last year. He was also the colorguard director at King Philip High School from 2005-2010, where the guard earned the USSBA Group IV Open Best Colorguard title each year he was director, and was a perennial WGI SO Finalist. For the past 15 years, he has designed shows, soundtracks, and consulted for many programs including Emanon World (NJ), Miamisburg HS (OH), Sacred Heart (MA), and Fusion Core Drum Corps (NJ).


He currently designs for Blessed Sacrament World (MA), South Brunswick HS (NJ), Washington HS (MO), and Somerville High School (NJ) - the WGI 2012 SA Champion and 2015 SO champion. During his summers he is a design consultant for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps & Bones Guard.


Outside of guard, Rich is a practicing artist, ranging in media from painting, installation, and video. He received his BFA in Visual Arts from Rutgers Univ-Mason Gross, MSAE from MassArt, and MFA from MICA. He has published several articles on art education and has presented research on creativity and contemporary art at many conferences across the US. He is in his 13th year as a high school art teacher in Walpole, MA teaching ceramics and sculpture and has been the director of the school's dance company for the past 12 years.


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