FUSION CORE VISUAL TEAM

 

Steve Rinda | Visual Designer & Coordinator

Steve Rinda began his drum corps career as a hornline member for the Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps and began teaching on the visual staff in 2004. While at the Bushwackers, he also served as drill designer and visual caption head for a number of years. In 2010 he spent the summer on the visual staff of the Connecticut Hurricanes. From 2012 through 2014 Steve was on the visual staff of the Reading Buccaneers. Steve is also the drill designer for a number of high school programs in the area and around the country. When he is not involved in the activity he is a social studies teacher in suburban Philadelphia and spends time with his fiancé and two boys coaching various sports.

 

When asked about his thoughts on the upcoming 2016 season, Steve stated “I am excited to join Fusion as Visual Designer and Coordinator and take the lessons I have learned from my drum corps mentors to take the Core to new levels. Fusion has been really successful in the last couple years and I look forward to building on the success in 2016. I think we have assembled a tremendous design and educational team that will put our members in a great place and put out an entertaining show for DCA.”

Justin Wilson | Visual Caption Head

Justin Wilson began marching Drum Corps with the Reading Buccaneers in 2007. In 2008, Justin marched with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, and then returned to Reading for their 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013 seasons. He was a soloist his last three years at the Buccaneers, and the Horn Sergeant for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Justin taught at Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014 as a Visual Tech.

 

He studied Music Education at both West Chester University and Rowan University, and currently holds a position as a paraprofessional at Cherokee High School.

 

Justin is currently teaching his eighth season with Pennsauken High School Marching Band, and the his second season with Pennsauken Indoor Percussion Ensemble. He has written drill for Pennsauken High School and Bensalem High school. He also currently holds a AAAI/ISMA personal trainer certification.

Carla Giorno | Visual Instructor

Carla Giorno began marching drum corps with the Reading Buccaneers in 2010 as a rookie trumpet soloist. Carla marched with the Hawthorne Caballeros in 2011, and then rejoined the Buccaneers from 2013 to 2015. She was the trumpet section leader in 2014. Carla graduated Cum Laude from West Chester University and holds two Bachelor Degrees, one in Music Performance (Trumpet) and one in Communication Studies.

 

Carla’s marching experience includes the West Chester University “Incomparable” Golden Rams Marching Band, where she was a member from 2006 through 2010. She is also an alumnus of the Eta Rho chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at WCU. In the fall, Carla teaches the visual program for the Nutley High School Raider Marching Band. Carla currently works in Manhattan for Pfizer World Headquarters as a Promotional Operations Coordinator. She resides in Nutley, NJ.

Ernesto Lara | Visual Instructor

Ernesto marched with the Bushwackers for 5 years, from 2005 through 2008 (horn sergeant his final year) and again in 2010. In 2011 and 2012, he was the horn sergeant with Windsor Regiment. Ernesto has taught with Port Chester High School in NY (2011), Arch Bishop Ryan High School in PA (2012) as well as Phoenixville Area High School from 2013 to the present.

 

Ernesto is excited to return for his second year as Mellophone Visual Technician with Fusion. A special thanks to Ernesto for his service in the United States Marine Corps; joining in 2012 and still active today. He currently resides in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

Terry Johnston | Visual Instructor

Terry Johnston has been playing trumpet since 1991. He was raised in a musical household - the grandson of a touring jazz musician - and his love of music started at a very young age. Growing up in central New York, a hotbed of competitive marching band, he was hooked early in his musical career. It is that same passion for the activity that has brought him to Fusion.

 

Terry has studied with Dan Sapochetti, James Thompson at the Eastman School of Music and Michael Galloway at Mansfield University. He has a minor in music from Mansfield University.

 

Terry currently instructs the Bensalem High School marching band and jazz band. He also currently performs with Rendition Big Band and the Salvation Army Jazz Band of Philadelphia.

Kim Brazina | Visual Instructor

Kim Brazina is returning for her third year with Fusion Core, however, 2017 marks her first year on the visual team. Originally from Kutztown, PA, Kim is currently a third-year student at West Chester University where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Statistics. While at West Chester, she has performed with the Concert Band, Tuba Ensemble, and most notably, the West Chester University Golden Rams Marching Band where she served as a tuba section leader for two seasons.

 

Kim began her drum corps career as a marching member of Fusion’s 2015 hornline on tuba and returned in the same capacity for Fusion’s 10 Year Anniversary in 2016. This is Kim’s first year on staff with Fusion as the tuba visual tech, and she is beyond excited to take on the new role.

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.

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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