FUSION CORE VISUAL TEAM

 

Ian Flint | Drill & Visual Designer

Ian has been active in the marching activity for over 20 years. He was a member of the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps from 1998-2000 and then was a member of the visual staff from 2004-2007. Most recently he was on staff with the Oregon Crusaders and served in many roles including Program Coordinator, Visual Caption Supervisor and Drill Designer. As a drill writer he designs for over 30 ensembles a year and is an active clinician for groups all across the country.

 

Ian holds a Bachelor's in Music Performance (Tuba) from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He currently works as Director of Bands at Bellows Free Academy in Fairfax Vermont where he teaches 5th-12th grade instrumental lessons and also runs all instrumental ensembles for the district. Previous to moving to Vermont, Ian worked for Dartmouth Public Schools (Dartmouth, MA) as the District Wide Brass Specialist. He served as a show designer and visual coordinator for Dartmouth’s marching band and indoor percussion ensembles. In his 9 years there the marching band won 5 USBands National Championships, and the Indoor Percussion won 3 WGI World Class Championships. Ian currently resides in Winooski, VT.

Dave Wolbach | Visual Caption Head

2018 marks Dave's first year with Fusion Core, but has a legacy of success in the activity. He has a passion for building programs and uses educational approach to marching centered around building fundamentals and applying them in a way that can be easily understood by the members. His key focus is to achieve a high level of excellence in everything we do.

 

Marching Background:
  • 2000 Jersey Surf - Mellophone
  • 2001 Cadets - Mellophone
  • 2003 Bushwackers - Mellophone
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    Teaching Background:
  • Bridgewater-Raritan High School Marching Band
  • 2003-2016 - Marching Tech and then Visual Caption Head
  • USBands NJ State Champion multiple times
  • BOA Regional Class Champion multiple times
  • BOA Grand National Semi-Finalist
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    Cadets 2
  • 2012-2015 - Marching Tech 2012; Visual Caption Head 2013-2015
  • Focus on building the marching technique and visual program
  • DCA: won visual in 2015 [2nd overall]
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    Dave is vice president and head of product development for a major consumer products company. He received his undergrad degree in engineering from Rutgers University and his masters from NYU Stern.

    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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