Fusion Core Percussion Staff

 

Mike Schmitt | Battery Arranger

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 drumlines. 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 6th 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 was crowned the 2017 World Champions in the Percussion Scholastic A class, for the first in the program's history. Fair Lawn has also been a multiple time WGI Regional Finalist at both the Trumbull Connecticut Regional and the Unionville Pennsylvania Regional., winning the Class A Regional Championship award at the Trumbull Regional both in 2013 and 2017. His ensembles have won numerous local Championships in the USBands Indoor Percussion Circuit as well.

 

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 Coordinator. 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 is extremely excited to begin his third season with Fusion Core as the Percussion Caption Head and member of the Design Team.

 

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.

Michael Wyatt | Front Ensemble Arranger

Michael Wyatt is pleased to be returning for his fifth season as Front Ensemble Arranger for Fusion Core. He has been active in the marching community for nearly two decades. As a performer, he was a two-time member of the WGI World Class finalist United Percussion, and was also the Front Ensemble Captain for the nine-time world champion Hawthorne Caballeros from 2005 through 2009. During his tenure at Hawthorne, he also received the Percussionist of the Year award and Caballero of the Year award.

 

As a teacher and arranger, he has worked with the Hawthorne Caballeros, The Raiders, United Percussion, Fusion Core, White Sabers, and has served as Assistant Percussion Caption Head and Front Ensemble Arranger for the Connecticut Hurricanes.

 

Mr. Wyatt holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies: Percussion Performance from the University of the Arts, and is currently pursuing his Master’s in Music Education at Central Connecticut State University. He is currently the Instrumental Music Director at Westhill High School in Stamford, CT, where he teaches Music Theory and Piano Instruction and directs the school's Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, String Orchestra, Marching Band, Winter Percussion, and Pit Orchestra.

Daniel Burbank | Front Ensemble Technician

Daniel Burbank began his drum corps career as a member of the Raiders’ front ensemble from 2006 to 2008. He joined the Blue Stars in 2010, playing marimba in 2010 and 2011 under the percussion leadership of Tom Aungst and Neil Larrivee.

 

Since 2008, Daniel has served variously in the capacities of front ensemble director, music arranger, and assistant director for the Fair Lawn High School Marching Band and Indoor Percussion. In this time, both groups have captured multiple percussion titles in marching band and indoor percussion, most notably the 2017 WGI Scholastic A Class World Championship.

 

Other front ensemble teaching experience includes the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps as well as Bloomfield High School. He is a 2012 graduate of Montclair State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. Daniel currently serves as the band director at Bloomfield Middle School in Bloomfield, NJ.

Tom Morris | Tenor Technician

Tom is happy to be returning to Fusion Core for his third season as the tenor technician. Tom’s marching career began with the Danbury High School Marching Band in the fall of 2007, and included one season with Stamford High School’s Black Knight Independent in 2011. After graduating high school, he went on to march with the Connecticut Hurricanes in 2012 and WGI World-Class Finalist United Percussion in 2015. In the summer of 2013, Tom was brought in to be the tenor technician at Fusion Core, where he remained through two seasons.

 

As an educator in Connecticut, Tom has worked with numerous High School performing units, including Danbury High School, New Milford High School, and WGI semi-finalists Westhill High School. Tom is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Audio Production with a concentration on classical percussion, and presently works as an Audio/Visual Technician at The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY. He currently lives in Yonkers, NY.

John Castrignano | Bass Technician

John is looking forward to returning to Fusion Core for his second season as a bass drum technician. He began his marching band career at Jefferson Township High School, where he spent 4 years with the ensemble, and became a member of 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 is currently the Percussion Caption Head at Morris Knolls High School, and will be working with Roxbury High School for the 2018 indoor season. Outside of the marching activity, John is pursuing a degree in Social Work. He currently resides in Oak Ridge, New Jersey.

Sam Tang | Bass Technician

Sam began her marching band career at West Orange High School, where she spent four years in the marching band and indoor Percussion program. After graduating, she marched bass drum for one season with Field of View Indoor Percussion, and two seasons with United Percussion. In addition to marching, Sam has been a bass tech at various high schools across Northern New Jersey.

 

Outside of the marching activity, Sam works in Hudson County real estate and spends her free time skateboarding, listening to music, and playing with her dogs. She currently resides in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Jamey Robertson | Snare Technician

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.

Mike Sasson | Cymbals Technician

Mike is very excited to join the team at Fusion. Mike has been a member of the University of Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hen Marching Band (2014-2017), East Coast Percussion (2015), The Raiders Drum and Bugle Corp (2015), United Percussion (2016-2018), and the Oregon Crusaders (2017). An active instructor and arranger in the New Jersey and Delaware area, he has worked with schools including Pennsauken High School, William Penn High School, and Ramapo High School.

 

His previous instructors include: James P. Ancona, Brian Schell, Rachel Boatwright, Stephanie Sofield, and DJ Carty. Mike is currently completing his bachelor’s degree in music education at the University of Delaware.

Amy Hawley | Cymbals Technician

Amy is enthusiastic to be teaching the cymbals at Fusion this year! Her drum corp experience includes the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corp, and The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corp. She has worked with a variety of cymbal lines including WGI World Champion Fair Lawn HS.

 

Amy is currently completing her degree in Nutrition at Montclair State, and will begin working on her Masters of Social Work at Simmons College this January.

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 completed her fifth year with them in the 2016 season.

 

Julia spent all five years on snare and took the role of percussion section leader for three seasons. Her teaching experience includes working with Ramsey High School and Pequannock Township High School as a percussion and visual instructor. Additionally, Julia is currently the Percussion Caption Head and Indoor Percussion Director at Nutley High School.

 

Outside of the marching arts, Julia recently graduated from Rutgers University in May of 2017 with a degree in Genetics and she plans on attending medical school in the future. She is very excited to spend her second season as an instructor at Fusion!

Ariana Tullai | Battery Visual Technician

Ariana is happy to return to Fusion as a battery visual instructor for the 2018 season. Prior to being an instructor, Ariana was a member with Fusion for several seasons: she marched in the bass line in 2011, served as assistant drum major in 2013, and was battery visual instructor and backfield drum major in 2014.

 

Ariana earned a degree in Music Education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2008, and since then has taught various elementary and middle school bands, as well as high school marching band and indoor drumline, throughout Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. She is currently working toward a Master's Degree in Arts Administration at Baruch College in Manhattan and plans to work in arts education advocacy after graduating. Ariana currently resides in Yonkers, New York.

Michael Seville | Battery Technician

Michael's experience includes 5 DCA seasons total. 4 as a marching member of the Hawthorne Caballeros (2011 quads) and Fusion "Core" (2013 quads and 2014, 2017 snare). He also has 1 season as an instructor. Battery tech, Bushwackers (2016).

 

His WGI experience includes marching at United Percussion (2015 snare). Michael also has 2 years of experience teaching WGI, Snare Technician, Aftermath Percussion (2017, 2018). During the week Michael is embarking on his 6th year of teaching and writing for numerous high school bands and indoor percussion ensembles around the south eastern Pennsylvania and Maryland area.

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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