Fusion News & Updates

Mid-Season Round up with Holly Marino

What a season it’s been so far. Fusion had a late start this year. Back in our early years, our members did not participate in Indoor programs. Now, Indoor is huge and so is the number of our members who participate in various programs throughout the East Coast in both percussion and guard. We also had a very rainy spring, but thanks to our space in the back of Walmart in Rockaway, NJ for the last 12 years, we were able to get in some rehearsal time.


As much as we love our “home” at Walmart, we still need time on actual fields. We are still in search of an actual spring camp home in the Morris County area. If you have any connections, please contact our Business Manager Glen Johnson.


Father’s Day weekend was our official kick-off to the competitive season in Wildwood NJ. As tradition has it, we spend the day on Friday playing volleyball, walking along the boardwalk and getting to know each other better. The nice thing this year was having members of the Reading Buccaneers join us for a great game of volleyball. WE FINALLY BEAT READING. In volleyball anyway. It’s a beautiful thing when two opposing teams can come together off the field and enjoy good times together. If there is one recognizable difference in DCA, it’s the camaraderie between the corps. It’s growing!


After a great night of drum corps Saturday night, Sunday morning was filled with some more meet ups on the boardwalk before we all headed home to spend time with our dads for Father’s Day. Talk about a full weekend.


Since that weekend, Fusion has been spending time traveling. First stop was June 23rd in Milton, PA for the Sounds on the Susquehanna show hosted by The White Sabers. In true drum corps fashion, there is never a dull moment. We had no buses show up for our trip. One tour bus, one school bus and many hours later we were on our way, with just enough time to get in a few reps before hitting the field. Next stop was our annual Tour De Maryland parades which started with a parade in Havre De Grace by our Core Lite unit on Sunday, July 1st and then five parades on the actual Fourth throughout towns in MD. Our last bus arrived back in town around 1 am on the fourth. Members got a couple of days to do laundry, work, catch up on some zzz's and then back on the road as we headed for beautiful Landisville, PA for The Buccaneer Classic. For this show, FOUR busses showed up but we only needed two. Well, better to have more than none.


Our last competition was in Clifton at the Grande Prixe. This will always be a special show for us. It was the site of Fusion’s Debut performance in 2007. All 45 of us in our white shirts with mandarin collars and purple vests. Those uniforms were so comfortable. They were affordable and easy to get from a clothing store in Manhattan. In 2010, we went with a new look which became our signature look, but like everything else in life, things change and the traditional uniforms for drum corps and indoor programs seem to be a thing of the past. We’ve moved towards light weight material that enables members to move and breathe easier. Our performance in Clifton was another special night. We debuted our new uniforms printed and constructed by Digital Performance Gear, designed by Trevor Calabro, Ian Flint and Tim Mclaughlin.


The next big project is our home show that will be held at Jefferson Township High School for our 1st Annual Eat to the Beat competition. Matt Steppe, our show chairperson, has been hard at work to ensure that our first show is a big hit. You can purchase tickets at www.crowntickets.com.


Two weeks ago was a time for rest with a weekend off so families could reconnect after a very busy start of the season. We thank all our parents for their support in helping us, help their son/daughter grow. It can be difficult to send your loved one off to an activity like drum corps. We seem to go against the grain of anything that makes sense. Rehearsing in extreme weather conditions for long hours, pushing them more than they’ve probably ever been pushed before, helping them to exceed their own personal goals, spending more hours with the drum corps than they spend with their family, but all of which not only benefit our members personal growth but an experience that will give them memories they will hold in their hearts forever.


Lastly, a big thank you to our small but mighty admin team that volunteer countless hours to keep this machine running.


You can find out where we are headed next by checking out the schedule section on our website.


See you on the 50!


Fusion Core to Hold First Camp Dec 9th-10th

Fusion “Core” held its 12th annual Open House over Thanksgiving Weekend. All sections were well represented, marking a successful start to the 2018 drum corps season. Attendees were the first to hear about our exciting program “When I Grow Up...” which features familiar tunes like “Silverado”, “Jupiter”, and music from the blockbuster movie, Apollo 13.


There are still open spots in our brass and percussion sections. The Core’s first official rehearsal weekend of the season will take place on December 9th and 10th at Jefferson Township Middle School, 1000 Weldon Road, Oak Ridge, NJ. Rehearsal times are 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Saturday and 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM on Sunday.


Fusion will also host our very first Tricky Tray Fundraiser on Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at The Bethwood, located at 38 Lackawanna Avenue in Totowa. Doors open at 6:00 PM, and calling starts at 7:30 PM. Tickets cost $45 in advance, or $55 at the door, and include dinner and one sheet of regular tickets. Prizes include tickets to Disney World, show taping tickets to Wheel of Fortune, gift baskets, and many more.


We’re excited to announce the addition of two special people to our team. Jessica Lark will join the team as our Official Photographer and Stephanie Montoya, Fusion Charter member, will join the team as our Videographer. We are looking forward to keeping everyone updated on Fusion’s progress with plenty of pictures and videos.


For more information about the Tricky Tray and future Fusion news and updates, visit www.fusioncorenj.com, https://www.facebook.com/Fusiontrickytrayandfundraising/,or log onto Facebook and visit www.facebook.com/FusionDBCore/.


Fusion Core is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to education in the performing arts.


We look forward to seeing you at one of our events, and to all our competitors: best wishes for a successful, safe winter season.

Fusion Announces is 2018 Summer Program

What was your childhood dream? In 2018, Fusion Core takes you back to a time when your future was only limited by the extent of your imagination. Come with us as we visit some of the magical possibilities in our production, “When I grow up…”


With the soundtrack of “Silverado” by Bruce Broughton, “The Core” will first transport you to the untamed American west. Visit the saloon and keep an eye out for bandits as you explore the rugged life of a cowboy.


Next, make sure to buckle up as you depart the American Frontier and make way for the “Final Frontier”. Selections from James Horner’s “Apollo 13 Suite” and Gustav Holst’s “Jupiter” will set the mood for your journey into space as an astronaut! Feel the weightlessness and explore the vastness of the great unknown. Maybe you can catch a shooting star!


Before returning home, sound the alarms and spring into action as you step into the life of a firefighter. Let David Holsinger’s exhilarating “Abram’s Pursuit” whisk you away on an adrenaline filled adventure.


2018 is will be one for the books. Join Fusion Core for an uplifting and imaginative twelfth year as it asks what the future holds “When I grow up…”


Come be a part of Fusion 2018 - fill out a membership interest form and we'll invite you to our next rehearsal weekend.

2018 Open House Announced

We're changing things up a bit in 2018 - the best staff, an incredible show -- and we're looking for talented members like you to bring this show to life. Join us for Open House at Eisenhower MS on 11/25.


Fusion is currently accepting applications for all sections: brass, battery, front ensemble and colorguard for the 2018 season. If you're interested in joining our 12-year history, come spend the day with our team.


Our 2018 Open House is on Saturday, November 25th at Eisenhower Middle School (47 Eyland Avenue, Sucassuna, NJ) from 10am-5pm. Registration opens at 9:00am. The cost for open house is $50, but if you pre-pay for Open House by using the PayPal link below, you'll get $10 OFF your fee. Everyone who attends open house gets a Fusion Tee to wear during ensemble.



For more information about Open House and the 2018 season, join the Facebook Page. We look forward to meeting you in November.

Jason Steuerwald named Recruiting Manager

Jason Steuerwald is excited to be the recruitment manager for 2018 Fusion “Core”! He is from Midland Park, New Jersey and has been with Fusion on and off since 2015, marching in both the trumpet and tuba sections and was the tuba section leader in 2017. He also marched for six years in high school, starting in 7th grade and finishing off his high school career as drum major his senior year.


Besides the marching arts, he has played piano for thirteen years and currently is a trumpet, euphonium, and sousa player in variety of ensembles at the American University in Washington, D.C. When he’s not practicing for band or corps, Jason can be found working as a dog walker or a dance club promoter, working out or playing soccer or frisbee with his friends, or studying to be a public defender. He can’t wait to get to work building the “Core” of Fusion 2018!

May Pre-Season Update

Fusion had a very exciting winter. Our own Fusion Winter Guard competed in finals at the WGI Championships held in Dayton Ohio and placed 10th in the World. This was an incredible honor to make finals in their first year at World Championships. FWG was led by Rob Watson and his amazing, very talented staff of instructors which include Tim McLaughlin, Carlos Diaz, Kerri Newlander, Fain King, Lia Grauch, Jackie Yurkin, Aaron Startzman, Rich Kim, Mimi Ward and Chris Eddy. And, we're excited to welcome our winter (Fusion "Cold") team back to another unforgettable season with Fusion "HOT" ...our nickname for Fusion's Core's summer guard.


We were also very excited for our Percussion Caption Head Jamie Szienberg and the Fusion members of his team which include Paul Levitan, Brandon Manzi and Dave Gordon, for taking the GOLD with their indoor drumline, FLIP.......Fairlawn Indoor Percussion.


We also have several members who are going on to march with DCI this summer. The corps include Blue Coats, Cadets, Carolina Crown, Cavaliers, Oregon Crusaders, Phantom Regiment and Santa Clara Vanguard. We wish them safe travels and an exciting summer.


As the marching arts activity grows and our member's age drops, the involvement in several different types of programs makes it tough at times throughout the winter and spring, but that didn't stop Fusion. During our last April Camp weekend, we did a full corps ensemble of the opener and the members showed the staff that they are ready for summer to begin.


Fusion will have a mini tour this summer over the Fourth of July weekend. Five days of parades, competition, rehearsal and some fun down at the Baltimore Harbor. This will definately be a good time!! We also added Williamsport to our schedule. We're looking forward to checking out the 2018 location of DCA's Championship competition.


Our friends and family day is tentatively scheduled for June 11th. Location and times TBA shortly. We still have a few openings in brass. One trumpet, three baritones, and two tubas. We also are looking for a synth player and a rack player.


This is a great show led by a highly talented staff. If you're interested in being part of Fusion's 2017 production "Connexion", please do not hesitate to check us out. Check our schedule for the latest updates and rehearsal schedule at www.fusioncorenj.com. It's not too late to be a part of it.

February Mid-Winter Update

Fusion had a very clear outcome after this weekends camp. Fusion is preparing to take it to the next level. We were thrilled to add some new faces and we're looking forward to welcoming back an old friend. More on that to come.


On February 25th, Fusion Winter Guard members competed in their very first WGI Regional. You'd have thought it was August the way they were performing. I guess it is almost August in the world of winter guard. FWG is having a very successful inaugural season and we're extremely proud of them. If you haven't gotten to a show yet, there's only a few left. Check out the performance schedule for a list of shows.


The brass has worked outside for most of the day thanks to an unusually warm February day. This year, the talent and work ethic is incredible. The brass spent most of Saturday refining our beautiful ballad, Disturbed's version of the "Sound of Silence". That is going to be a crowd pleaser.


Saturday night we did some good old fashioned Core bonding. It's always good to see the members laughing and having a good time after a very productive day. Sunday, the visual team met for a design meeting. After a few hours of creative discussion, good food and some laughs, we all left feeling really good about getting outside.


Back at the rehearsal, Mike Schmitt led the ensemble at the end of the day. We ran some parade tunes followed by a runthrough of the ENTIRE SHOW!! The opener and closer are fantastic. Challenging but exciting and the ballad is going to be beautiful. Everyone left the weekend excited knowing what's to come for the 2017 season!


Last but not least, our members need to be commended for all their hard work!!! Winter training can be tedious trying to balance school, work and rehearsals. It takes patience, persistence and the ability to balance.


We are currently looking for a synth player, two cymbals and some low brass. It's not too late to be a part of it, so check out the performance schedule for a list of upcoming camps.

Fusion Announces John Molloy as new Brass Caption Head

Year after year Fusion Core’s Brass has grown, entertaining crowds throughout the season. This season we are taking a huge step forward with the addition of our new Brass Caption head, John Herbert Molloy. Core Director Holly Marino says “I’ve been very impressed with brass lines that were led by John, and I’ve wanted him to join our team for a while now. It’s so exciting to see this come to fruition. We’ve been very fortunate to have some excellent people stand in front of our brass and we’re very pleased to give our members this great opportunity.”


The Fusion organization is very excited about the experience and knowledge that John will bring to the table. The entire staff and administration are very pleased to welcome John to the family.


Come welcome John and the entire brass staff at our upcoming Open House.

Fusion Announces its 2017 Visual Team

Fusion Core from Morris County NJ is proud to announce it’s 2017 Administration and Design Team. The Core continues to be led by Executive Director, Holly Marino. This is Hollys 11th year as Core director. Holly says "we're really excited to embark on another 10 years. It's been a fun ride. One thing remains true for Fusion, it's bigger than any one person. It's about bringing the sport and passion of this activity to a new group of people every year. If we touch one person by what we do here, we potentially reach out too many future generations".


Assistant Director, Gretchen Endres, Business Manager, John Riccardi, and Admin Member, Ed Bopp join Holly in operating Fusion Core for the 2017 Summer season.


Our 2017 Design Team is already well underway of creating what may be the most entertaining show Fusion has ever put on the field. The team is once again led by Program Coordinator Chris Killian, along with Mike Schmitt - Battery Arranger/ Volleyball Coordinator, Jamie Szeinberg - Percussion Caption Head/Arranger, Chris Bernotas – Brass Arranger, Steve Rinda – Visual Designer & Coordinator, Justin Wilson – Visual Caption Head, Rob Watson – Color Guard Designer & Caption Head. We also would like to welcome back Front Ensemble Arranger Mike Wyatt to the Fusion Family!


For more info on our Admin and Designers, as well as info on our upcoming Open House please visit our website fusioncorenj.com.

RSVP for the 2016 Os'Cores Banquet

Join the members, staff and administration of Fusion Core as we celebrate the successes of our 10th anniversary summer season with the 2016 Os'Cores Awards Dinner and Banquet on Saturday, November 26th. Tickets are $45/person + a credit card processing fee if you purchase online and must be purchased in advance using the PayPal link below. The deadline is November 7th.



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Join Fusion for our 2017 Open House

The start to Fusion's 11th Summer season is just weeks away. Join us for Open House on Saturday, 11/26 and Sunday, 11/27 at Eisenhower Middle School in Roxbury, NJ. Registration begins at 9:00am each morning. Registration fee is $50/per person and is non-refundable. Please bring cash or make checks payable to: Fusion Core.



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Join Fusion for our 2016 Open House

The start to Fusion's 10th Anniversary season is just weeks away. Join us for Open House on Saturday, 11/28 and Sunday, 11/29 at Eisenhower Middle School in Randolph, NJ. Registration begins at 9:00am each morning. Registration fee is $50/per person and is non-refundable. Please bring cash or make checks payable to: Fusion Core.



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Fusion announces its 2016 Production: UP

Fusion Drum & Bugle “Core” is proud to present its 2016 production entitled “UP”. Celebrating their 10th anniversary in DCA, Fusion will explore musical and visual extremes in all different directions; using arrows as its central visual focus.



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Fusion announces its Brass Team for the 2016 Season

Fusion Drum & Bugle “Core” would like to announce a new Brass Team to lead the Core Brass in 2016. The 2016 Educational Team will be a mix of returning and new staff, all under the direction of our new caption head Brian Wilkie.


Fusion has put together a team that will facilitate growth and development in each individual player. The staff is dedicated to focusing on refining member skills while nurturing the Fusion philosophy of entertainment and achievement.


The 2016 brass staff has various backgrounds consisting of DCA, DCI, scholastic band programs, and formal education. We are confident that these will all culminate in one amazing summer of instruction, education and growth for our members and our Core. Please join us in welcoming returning staff as well as some new music educators to the team!



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John Riccardi named Fusion Business Manager

Fusion is pleased to announce John Riccardi will be taking on the role of Business Manager. John began his marching career playing baritone with the Long Island Kingsmen and marched several seasons with the DCI finalist Bayonne Bridgemen. John also marched several seasons with the Bushwackers. Johns teaching career includes several high school marching bands most notably New Milford High School, Ridgefield High School, and he was the Assistant Band Director at Hicksville High School his alma mater. In addition, John was involved with the West Patterson Boys and Girls Club from 1999 to 2003 where he served as financial secretary for three years and Board President for one year.


After a hiatus from the drum corps activity, John was a key contributor to the reorganization of the Bridgemen. John served on its original Board of Directors and in 2004 became Board President. During his tenure, he managed the day to day operations of the Bridgemen organization, including its alumni association and alumni corps until stepping down for family commitments in 2008.


In 2014 John’s son was interested in joining the activity which brought them both to Fusion for its 2014 season. While Christian marched his first season with the Core, John was an active participant in the Friends and Family Parents Support Group. John served in the United States Air Force and works as an Air Traffic Controller for the Federal Aviation Administration. When John is not involved in the drum corps activity, he enjoys life with his lovely wife Melissa and their five children.



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Fusion launches new interactive website

Fusion is excited to show off its new website - equipped with new videos, testimonials and tributes to years gone by. In addition to its new, fresh design, Fusion's new website is also mobile friendly -- reshaping its layout for maximum viewing pleasure for anyone who accesses the site from a mobile device.

4th Place at DCA World Championships

The members of the 2014 Fusion Core made history on DCA World Championship Finals night as it finished in 4th place -- only a few points behind the Gold Medalist, Reading Buccaneers. "This has been one of the most magical seasons for Fusion," says Holly Marino, Fusion's Director. "Our world-class staff along with our committed and talented members were the perfect recipe for this year's success." Fusion finished in 4th place with a score of 94.40 - the highest score Fusion ever received in competition.



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Fusion Guard crowned World Champions

Fusion's Color Guard is one of the finest ensembles in all of DCA. In 2014, the guard showcased 37 talented performers who's dedication never ceased to amaze. All that hard work paid off and were crowned the 2014 DCA World Championship Color Guard on finals night. Lead by caption head Rob Watson, Fusion Core's Color Guard staff represents years of instruction, performing, writing and designing from the activities most prestigious organizations; from DCI to WGI. Whether recently new to the activity or you're a long term veteren, our staff rehearses this ensemble to achieve its long term goal -- "to make amazing memories and friendships, to live moments on the field through high achievement and performance and most importantly, to work with our teammates to have an incredible amount of fun."



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First victory concert in Open Class

On Sunday, August 10th, Fusion performed its first victory concert after winning the Schuylerville, NY Show. While it wasn't the Core's first win that season, it was the first time the members of Fusion got to perform after the competition in a stand still "victory concert" for a stadium full of drum corps fans.

About Fusion

Fusion Drum & Bugle Corps is a non-profit organization who provides its members with the opportunity to develop and continue their musical and visual arts education -- all contributing to the cultural enrichment of the community.

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