Fusion Core Percussion Staff

 

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.

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 Educa- tional Team.

Nick Graziano | Front Enesemble Instructor

Originally from Lansdale, Pennsylvania, Nick competed with North Penn High School's Marching Knights marching band and indoor percussion ensemble. Since then, he has performed in the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps (2012, 2013), Field of View Indoor Percussion Ensemble (2014), and United Percussion (2015, 2016). Nick has instructed and written for front ensembles at North Penn High School, Spring Ford High School, Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Boyertown Senior High School, and Windsor Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. Nick currently lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania and studies music history at West Chester University.

Reuel Camacho | Tenor Technician

Reuel Camacho is a multi-faceted musician from Stamford, CT who plays piano, sings, and plays percussion. He graduated from WCSU with a Bachelor’s in Jazz Drumset Performance. He has been in marching drumlines since freshman year of high school. He marched with Stamford High School’s drumline from ’07 – ’11, including 4 outdoor marching band and indoor percussion seasons. During this time, he also marched for CT Hurricanes Drum & Bugle Corps (DCA World Class) from ’08 – ’11.

 

Following these 4 seasons, he marched for Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps (DCI World Class) from ’12 – ’15. He also marched for United Percussion, an indoor winter ensemble (WGI Independent World Class) in ’12 and ’15. Throughout his drumline experience, he has always played the quads, except for one marching band season during his senior year of high school. He has been teaching Saints Brigade Drum & Bugle Corps (DCA Exhibition) since ’13 and Westhill High School’s drumline since the Fall of ‘16.

 

Reuel is very excited to be on staff for Fusion Core in the summer of ’17!

Paul Levitan | Bass Instructor

Paul has been involved in the Marching Arts for 14 years as a member and instructor of successful drum corps, marching bands, and indoor percussion programs. He began his marching career as a member of the Fair Lawn High School percussion ensemble, and continued on as a member of the Raiders bass line in the early 2000's.

 

Paul is currently the Battery Coordinator and Show Designer for the Fair Lawn High School Marching Band and Indoor Percussion programs. He has helped lead them to various percussion titles including a WGI Regional Championship in 2013, USBands Indoor Championship, and WGI Semi-Finals Appearance. Paul also served as a member of the Raiders battery staff from 2012-2014.

 

Paul is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and received his MA in Elementary Education and Teaching Students with Disabilities from Teachers College - Columbia University. He currently resides in Bergen County and teaches 4th grade in the Fair Lawn School District.

Jamey Robertson | Snare Instructor

After performing in numerous Landstown High School ensembles, Jamey marched snare with Dominion Storm Indoor Percussion Ensemble in 2012. In 2014, Jamey marched with Cadets2. He then moved on to Cadets Winter Percussion in 2015, and marched snare with Carolina Crown the following summer.

 

Jamey currently started teaching with Pequannock Township High School, and is cur- rently the battery coordinator for the Hillsborough High School Marching Band. This is his first year with Fusion, and is looking forward to bring his experiences and energy to the ensemble.

Brian Selman | Cymbals Instructor

Brian began his marching career at Wilson High School in West Lawn, PA where he spent 5 years in the marching band and indoor percussion ensemble. Brian started marching with the Reading Buccaneers in 2010 and continued on for four years. While there he spent two years in their cymbal line and two years as an assistant drum major.

 

Brian also got the opportunity to perform with United Percussion in 2013. His teaching experience includes working with both Conrad Weiser and Governor Mifflin as a percussion and music instructor. Outside of the marching activity, Brian is a senior at Millersville University studying Social Studies education. He is excited and honored to be joining the staff at Fusion and to work with a fantastic group of staff and members.

Julia Wehrer | Battery Visual Technician

Julia began her marching career at Pequannock Township High School in Pompton Plains, NJ where she spent six seasons in the indoor percussion ensemble and five seasons in the marching band. She began marching with Fusion Core in 2012 and recently completed her fifth year with them in the 2016 season. Julia spent all five years on snare and has been the percussion section leader for the past three years.

 

Her teaching experience includes working with Ramsey High School, Park Ridge High School, and Pequannock Township High School as a percussion and visual instructor. Additionally, Julia is currently the Percussion Caption Head at Nutley High School. Outside of the marching arts, Julia will be graduating from Rutgers University in May of 2017 with a degree in Genetics and she plans on attending medical school next fall. She is very excited to spend another summer with Fusion, but this time as a staff member.

John Castrignano | Battery Technician

John is an active student, marcher, and instructor who resides in Oak Ridge, NJ. He started his marching career at Jefferson Township High School where he spent 4 years with the ensemble, and began his Drum Corps marching career with Fusion Core when he was 15 years old! While with Fusion, he spent his first two years in the front ensemble and the next five on bass drum. John also marched bass with United Percussion in 2014 and 2016.

 

John's teaching experiences include Roxbury High School Marching Band and Morris Knolls High School Marching Band. He currently works with Morris Knolls as an overall battery technician. Outside of the marching activity John is looking towards pursuing a degree in Social Work. John is more than ecstatic to be working with Fusion Core this year!

Evan Brown | Electronics Supervisor

Evan Brown is an active sound and amplification designer in the pageantry arts, residing in Pittsburgh, PA. In addition to Fusion Core, Evan is currently a Sound Designer and/or audio systems consultant for many groups across the US, currently including Phantom Regiment, Matrix Percussion (Open and World), Oregon Crusaders, OCindoor, Capital City Percussion, The Cadets, Kiski Area High School in PA, and many others. He is also the staff sound designer for Ferguson Design Solutions, a company providing arrangements, original compositions, consulting and design resources for marching bands, drum corps and indoor percussion ensembles in all major arenas of the pageantry arts. Additionally, he is also currently the Percussion Coordinator and Assistant Band Director at North Allegheny High School in Wexford, PA.

 

Evan holds a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Music from Slippery Rock University, where he performed and participated in a wide variety of ensembles, focusing most specifically on drum set, studying under Dr. David Glover. During the day, he is currently the Percussion Manager for Volkwein's Music, an education based full-line retailer in Pittsburgh, PA. Andrew resides in Manahawkin, New Jersey with his wife Alyssa and their daughter Addison. In the spring of 2007 he earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education with a focus in percussion from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Andrew recently earned his Master of Arts in Instructional Technology from Stockton University.

Frank Nash | Percussion Consultant

J. Frank Nash got off to a fast start in the drum corps activity, beginning at age six, his career as a drummer began in 1958 with a small drum corps from Brooklyn, NY spon- sored by the Loyal Order of Odd Fellows fraternal organization. Over the next 14 years Frank played in the percussion sections of the PAL Wynn Center Toppers, St. Joseph’s Patron Cadets and the nationally ranked St. Rita’s Brassmen under the tutelage of well know drum instructor Don Quinn and World Drum Corps Hall of Famer Eric Perrilouix.

 

Frank's long term marching career includes the New York Skyliners, Bushwackers, Hawthorne Caballeros and Syracuse Brigadiers where he completed his marching ca- reer in 2000 in what was a record breaking season. He has been Percussion Instructor, Caption Head and Arranger for many corps as well as band programs including the Hawthorne Caballeros, The Paramous Mounties, New York Skyliners, Lehigh Valley Knights, Atlanta CorpsVets (Now Atlanta CV), Fusion Core and the Long Island Sunrisers.

 

In his time with DCA Frank has been a part of nine DCA world titles, one American Le- gion National title, seven percussion titles including a then record six consecutive with the Bushwackers and three DCA I&E snare drumming titles. Frank was inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Bushwacker Hall of Fame in 2012.

 

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