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

Dave is looking forward to spending the 2018 season as the Visual Caption Head for Fusion Core. He has over fifteen years of experience in the marching arts as both a member and instructor. Dave began his instructional career with the Bridgewater-Raritan High School Marching Band, where he started as a marching tech and then went on to run their visual program. In 2012, he began working with Cadets2 as a visual tech, and became their Visual Caption Head from 2013-2015.

 

Before he started his teaching career, Dave was a marching member with Jersey Surf (2000), The Cadets (2001), and the Bushwackers (2003).

 

Dave’s instructional philosophy focuses on achieving and maintaining a high level of excellence. He has a passion for building programs, and does so by building fundamentals and applying them in a way that can be easily understood by students.

 

Outside of the marching arts, Dave is the Vice President and Head of Product Development for a consumer products company. He holds a degree in Engineering from Rutgers University, and an MBA from NYU Stern. Dave currently resides in New Brunswick, NJ.

Matt Leitner | Assistant Visual Caption Head

Matt began his marching career as an alto saxophone player in the Parsippany High School Marching Band in 2007. After graduating, he went on to become a baritone player with the Bushwackers in 2010. Matt has been a member of various DCA corps across New Jersey between 2010 and 2017. He also spent two years marching baritone with the DCI corps Phantom Regiment, where he aged out in 2014.

 

Immediately upon graduating high school, Matt returned to his alma mater to become a visual instructor. After six seasons as a visual technician with the Parsippany High School Marching Band, he went on to become their Visual Caption Head and Drill Writer.

 

Matt currently runs the visual programs for West Milford High School’s marching band and indoor percussion program. He has served as a visual consultant and drill writer for several schools in Northern and Central New Jersey, including Robbinsville High School and John F. Kennedy Memorial High School.

 

Outside of the marching arts, Matt holds a degree in Political Science from William Paterson University. He currently resides in Parsippany, NJ.

Julia Werher | 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.

Adam Helker | Brass Visual Technician

Adam is delighted to be joining Fusion’s visual staff this year. A recent graduate of West Chester University, he can be found earning his bread by wantonly commanding computers to do his bidding. He has played trumpet, soprano, and mellophone for a variety of corps in his years of performing, spending time with Cadets2 (2013 and 2016), the Bluecoats (2014), the Skyliners (2015), and most recently Fusion Core in 2017. He has also served as the brass instructor for the Marple Newtown High School marching band for the past three years, helping lead them to two Yankee division championship wins. When not marching or fiddling with bits, Adam can be found in his lovely apartment with his two beautiful cats, Jazzy and Mia, and his fantastic girlfriend Maryann Uhlman.

Maryann Uhlman | Brass Visual Technician

Maryann Uhlman is a recent graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, where she majored in Biological Sciences and minored in Music Performance in Low Brass. She currently is an Associate Scientist at Lancaster Labs. Maryann's experience in drum corps includes playing the euphonium at Cadets2 (2014) and Oregon Crusaders (2016, 2017). She taught with the Upper Dublin Marching Cardinals in 2017 and the Skyliners in 2015. This is her first year working with Fusion.

Rob Leet | Brass Visual Technician

Rob Leet is pleased to be returning to Fusion Core for another season. This time however, instead of marching, he will be on staff as one of the educators for the visual program. Rob has marched with Fusion Core from 2011-2015 as well as 2017 on baritone as was a soloist with the Core in 2012 and 2013.

 

Rob is graduating this May from Montclair State University’s John J. Cali School of Music where he will be earning a degree in Music Education. He has had much success in the John J. Cali School of Music as the principal clarinetist and concertmaster for the university’s Symphonic Band. He has also held the position of principal clarinetist and auxiliary clarinetist for both the Wind Symphony and the Symphonic Orchestra.

 

As well as being a marching member, Rob has been involved with teaching the marching arts to students. In the fall of 2012 he started teaching visual at the Passaic Valley High School Marching Band. The following fall, he taught at Pequannock Township High School, where he worked with the low brass both musically and visually.

 

Rob is currently a staff member Northern Highlands Regional High School’s Highlands Regiment. He started his first season in 2014 where the Highlands Regiment were Yamaha Cup Champions and USBands National Champions. This past fall, Rob has also joined the staff of Golden Knights Marching band at Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan. Rob is excited to return to help the Core grow together as a family and to create a positive learning experience for members.

Joe Riccardi | Hornline Visual Technician

Joe is very excited to come back in a new role and contribute to the growth and success of Fusion this summer! Prior to becoming a visual instructor, he spent three years as a marching member with the Core. Before that, he played baritone with the Sunrisers in 2013, and spent five years in the Sachem Arrows Marching Band in Long Island. Joe also spent this past summer marching euphonium with DCI’s Oregon Crusaders.

 

Joe was a member of UAlbany’s marching band, the Marching Great Danes, for four years. During that time, he played snare drum, baritone, and also helped with show design and on-field instruction in his last year there.

 

Outside of the marching arts, Joe is a recent graduate of UAlbany, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy with a minor in Music.

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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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