Guard Staff - Staff Bios - Fusion Core

Fusion 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 2018 for his 6th consecutive season. In addition, Rob is the Caption Head and Supervisor for Fusion Winter Guard, a 2017 WGI Independent Open Class Finalist.


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 2018 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.

Rich Kim | Show Designer

This is Rich's second year as Show Designer for Fusion Winter Guard. He 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), Fusion Core Drum Corps (NJ), and Somerville HS (NJ) - the WGI 2012 SA and 2015 SO Champion.

He currently designs for Blessed Sacrament World (MA), is the show designer for St Ann’s (MA) and Washington HS (MO) winterguards, and is the assistant guard caption head/design staff for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps & Bones Guard, and happy to return in his second year with Fusion Winter 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 14th 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 13 years.

Tim McLaughlin | Weapon Lead

This will be Tim’s fifth year with Fusion Core. Tim was born and raised on Long Island, NY and became involved in the marching arts in 2003. Since then, Tim has moved to New Jersey and has performed with Sachem HS, Regime Winter Guard, Sunrisers Drum & Bugle Corps, Emanon Winter Guard, The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps, and Alter Ego Winter Guard. Since 2009, Tim has taught with many different teams– Lindenhurst HS, Sachem HS, Northern Highlands HS, Cadets2 Drum & Bugle Corps, Sunrisers Drum & Bugle Corps, and most recently, Fusion Core and Fusion Winter Guard. He has a passion for instilling strong technique into programs he is associated with, allowing performers to understand the ins-and-outs of weapon essentials prior to attempting rather difficult choreographed phrases. Tim also educates performer work ethic and how it builds into their lives now and in the future.


“I want performers who come to Fusion to understand that I will break down your bad habits, but build you back up in a way that you understand consistency and have a proper approach that never has to change during the season. It’s never easy, but I love a good project.” Tim says. “Most importantly, with the change of member demographics in DCA, the performers are so young– so many of them have years of DCI awaiting them. If being in a DCI guard is one of their dreams– I want to prepare them. I want them to get noticed. I want them to be able to take on these dream programs with a strong foundation and proper work ethic, that way they understand it will be tough– but use it as motivation to be stronger and to never give up… because most importantly– I want them to be successful.”


Out of Fusion, Tim is an Associate Design Director for a strategic branding and packaging design agency based out of Brooklyn, NY, and often lends his graphic design talents to marching bands, drum corps, and winter guard/ percussions every year.

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 2010-2017 seasons. Additionally, she was part of the Fusion Winter Guard staff in 2017, and will be returning in 2018. Kerri is looking forward to being a part of this group’s continued success this summer!

Carlos Diaz | Equipment Designer

Returning for his third season with the Fusion Core family is Carlos Diaz, a performer and educator with a rich history in the color guard activity. Carlos focuses heavily in equipment choreography for the Fusion Core Color Guard and Fusion Winter Guard.


Most recently, Carlos has taught Fusion Core Color Guard (2016, 2017), Fusion Winter Guard (2017), Cadets2 Drum & Bugle Corps (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). Carlos has also been lucky and thankful to have been selected to perform with Alter Ego in David Byrnes “Contemporary Color” in 2015.


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

Rodney Thomas | Equipment Designer

Rodney is entering his third season as a member of the Fusion Color Guard staff and first as a member of the design team. In addition to working with Fusion Core, he is proud to announce his involvement with Fusion Winter Guard. Rodney also teaches Emanon Winter Guard and is proud to be entering his seventh season with the World program. Rodney currently resides in Mount Vernon, New York, where he works in local law enforcement.

Jackie Yurkin | Movement Lead & Choreographer

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 & Show Design

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 return to Fusion 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.

Sarah Stinchcomb | Saber Technician

This is Sarah’s first season with Fusion Core. Sarah started her color guard career in 2006 with Trumbull High School’s “A” guard. She became a member of Trumbull’s “World” guard in 2009, until she graduated in 2012. After high school, she performed with the Connecticut Hurricanes Drum & Bugle Corps (2011, 2012), Alter Ego Winter Guard (2013, 2014, 2016), and The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps (2013, 2014, 2015). She has also taught several organizations- Bunnell High School, Westhill High School, University of New Haven Marching Band, 7th Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, and Trumbull High School.


Outside of color guard, Sarah is a recent graduate from Western Connecticut State University where she obtained her Bachelors degree in Social Science with minors in Conflict Resolution and Psychology. She has plans to start her Masters degree in Public Policy.

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