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Announcing the 2018 Bushwackers brass instructional staff!

The Bushwackers Drum Corps is excited to announce the brass instructional staff for the 2018 season! This season begins on November 18 and 19, 2017, at our Open House.

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“The expansion of the Bushwackers brass program is one our organization’s goals for the coming season. With the addition of select consultants, our instructional team will build on varied experience with the country’s top brass programs to develop a program that will greatly benefit individual brass performers — and the entire corps as a result,” said corps director Harlan Landes.

This coming season, the Bushwackers will offer new brass clinics to the public, in addition to special sessions for corps members.

Brass Caption Supervisor: Jacob Ulm

Jacob Ulm graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in music education. He marched with DCI World Class Finalist The Cadets in 2010 and 2011 and was on the instructional staff for the Connecticut Hurricanes in 2012 and 7th Regiment in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Jacob is formerly the high school band director in Everett, Massachusetts before relocating with his family to New Jersey. He is now a middle school band director in Elizabeth and an instructor with the Elizabeth High School marching band.

Brass Caption Lead: Tyler Miller

Tyler Miller is excited to return for his 4th season as a brass instructor with The Bushwackers. In the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Tyler was also a drum major for the corps. Outside of the Bushwackers, Tyler has marched baritone with DCI World Class Finalist The Cadets (2011, 2013) and the Connecticut Hurricanes (2009-2012).

Tyler is currently working on his masters degree in euphonium performance at The Hartt School, where he studies with James E. Jackson III of The United States Coast Guard Band. Tyler recently graduated from Hartt with an undergraduate degree in music education and euphonium performance.

Outside of college, Tyler is the visual caption head and music instructor for the East Haven High School Co-Op Marching Band from East Haven, Connecticut.

Brass Instructor: Eddie Griffin

Edward Griffin is currently a student at Rutgers University, where he is completing a double major in music education and music performance. At Rutgers, Eddie has studied euphonium and brass pedagogy with Aaron Vanderweele, Alan Baer, and Jerry Peel. He has played in Rutgers’ finest ensembles along with several brass bands across the tri-state area.

Eddie is an active educator throughout New Jersey. He has instructed several marching bands in the state including Monroe Township, Toms River North, and Bridgewater-Raritan High Schools. Most notably, he works on the staff at John P. Stevens High School, where he instructs the brass and is a member of the marching band design team. Eddie maintains a private studio of eight students, and his students have earned acceptance into several honor ensembles and university music departments.

He attributes his love for drum corps to his father and uncle, his two greatest teachers and mentors. Eddie marched with The Cadets2 in 2012 and 2016. This will be his first year on staff at the Bushwackers.

Brass Instructor: Britney Alcine

Britney Alcine is a music teacher and multi-instrumentalist from Elizabeth, NJ. Graduating from Mason Gross of Rutgers University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in music education, she is now teaching general music full-time in the Elizabeth school district.

Britney has also been on staff with the Elizabeth High School Marching Band for four years as the low brass instructor and a visual technician, as well as the West Windsor-PLainsboro South High School marching band as their visual instructor.

Britney’s marching experience includes two years as a marching member and two years as drum major of the Elizabeth High School Marching Band, and two years as a marching member of the Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps, the first year marching baritone and the second year marching tuba. She is excited to be returning and helping to cultivate a powerful brassline in the corps she once marched.

Brass Consultant: Dylan Toombs

Dylan Toombs is honored and excited to join The Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps as a brass consultant for his first year with the organization.

Dylan has served on the Carolina Crown brass staff for three years and performed as a member the three-years prior. During his time at Crown, he was a part of four Jim Ott high brass awards, and won brass member of the year in 2014.

Dylan is also going on year four as a visual specialist and brass consultant for the Marcus High School Marching Band in Flower Mound, TX.

His full time job is as a low brass specialist in the Dallas Fort-Worth metroplex maintaining a studio of over 70 students, encompassing individuals from their intermediate middle school years through high school and beyond.

A native of Dallas, Texas, Dylan graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in music performance with a concentration in euphonium
performance. During his tenure at the University of North Texas, Dylan served as drum major for the “Green Brigade” marching band and studied with the world-
renowned Dr. Brian Bowman.

When not teaching or working, Toombs can be found road-tripping National Parks, running trails near his home, or petting any dogs that cross his path.

Brass Consultant: Alan Chez

Alan Chez was the trumpet player on The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) for 17 years and had numerous performances on Late Night with David Letterman (NBC). Alan is the second longest network TV trumpet player in history, second only to the great Doc Severinsen. The two trumpeters share the same birthday.

Alan has played with such artists as Bonjovi, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Tower of Power, Robert Cray Band, Spyro Gyra, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Eric Clapton, Cee Lo Green, Snoop Dogg, Flava Flav, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Earth, Wind, and Fire, as well of many others.

He is devoting his time these days to his passion, “Al Chez and The Brothers of Funk Big Band,” a big band playing rock and soul music with big horn sound. Al Chez and The Brothers of Funk have been touring since 2013.

Alan started his extensive music career at the age of 8, starting out as a soprano player in the Saints Drum Corps from Woodbridge NJ, and later performing with the Garfield Cadets, Reading Buccaneers, and The Bushwackers.

Alan has continued his passion for the marching arts as brass staff, drill instructor, designer, clinician, and coordinator with the DCI World Class Champions The Cadets, the Jersey Surf, as well as Canada’s Oakland Crusaders and DCI World Class Finalists the Crossmen from San Antonio, Texas. Alan is returning to the Crossmen for his 19th consecutive year. Alan has also worked as a brass instructor or designer for DCA champions Empire Statesmen, Reading Buccaneers, the Bushwackers, Fusion Core, and Canada’s Kingston Grenadiers.

Alan also works at the music departments at the School of the Arts in Philadelphia and the University of Virginia. He is also a Haverford, Pennsylvania jazz artist in residence.

Alan is program coordinator for New Jersey state marching band champions J.P. Stevens High School in Edison, New Jersey. He has also worked with Kittattiny H.S., Sparta H.S., Morris Hills H.S., Mount Olive H.S., Coronado H.S. in El Paso, Texas, Fort Zumwalt North H.S. in St. Louis, Missouri, Claudia Taylor Johnson H.S. in San Antonio, Texas, as well as many others.

Alan is a Yamaha Clinician and Performing Artist.

Brass Team Member: Scott Brown

Scott Brown returns to The Bushwackers this year as a member of the brass staff. He brings a strong knowledge of brass pedagogy having studied trombone with Tyrone Breuninger of the Philadelphia Orchestra, jazz trombonist Urbie Green, and conducting with Claude Pichareau of the Paris Conservatory.

Scott previously worked with Fusion Core as a consultant in 2013 and caption head in 2014 and 2015. Prior to that he was on staff with the Bushwackers as an assistant caption head in 2004, 2005, 2006 and caption head in 2011, winning DCA’s coveted high brass award in 2006.

When Scott isn’t teaching drum corps, he is working as a music teacher with Northwestern Lehigh Area High School. Scott is an active freelance brass musician performing though out Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York City, Delaware, and Connecticut. He is often found performing with such groups as The Anthracite Brassworks, Soul, Souled Out, Daddy-O and the Sax Maniax, and others. Scott is also in demand as an adjudicator for marching and jazz bands, arranging music for marching bands, and a clinician for marching bands

Scott holds degrees in music education from Wilkes University and The American Band College, and has done post-graduate work at the University of the Arts and Villanova University.

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Announcing the 2018 Bushwackers percussion staff!

The Bushwackers Drum Corps is pleased to announce the percussion instructional staff for the 2018 season! This season begins on November 18 and 19, 2017, at our Open House. Register for Open House or sign up for more information.

Percussion Caption Supervisor: Billy Zarychta

Eager to begin his third season with the Bushwackers, Billy Zarychta began his marching career at Northern Highlands Regional High School, where he currently is the battery arranger. He continued his marching career in DCA, playing snare drum at Fusion Core in 2013, Cadets2 in 2014, and eventually marching Crossmen in 2015 where he was a DCI World Class Finalist.

In 2017, Billy marched with the WGI Percussion Independent World George Mason University Indoor Drumline, following three seasons with Cadets Winter Percussion, where he won Percussion Independent Open in 2014, and was an Independent World Class Finalist in 2015 and 2016. In 2016, Billy was the Bushwackers’ snare technician and returned in 2017 as the percussion caption head. He is currently the battery coordinator for Imperial Dynasty indoor percussion.

Battery Caption Lead: Alex Musliner

Alex Musliner is excited to return to the Bushwackers instructional team for the 2018 season. Alex started his teaching career at Imperial Dynasty in 2017 as snare tech, continuing on to teach at the Bushwackers in 2017 as snare tech as well.

Most recently, Alex is the battery manager for WGI Percussion Independent World George Mason University Indoor Drumline for their 2018 season. He has performed as a member and held leadership positions at Cadets2, WGI World Class Finalist Cadets Winter Percussion, and DCI World Class Finalist Carolina Crown.

Alex graduated from Lehigh University with a degree in computer engineering in 2015 and is currently working as a developer at a website provider.

Quads Technician: Jordan Hastings

Jordan Hastings started drumming when he was in the third grade after his great grandmother gifted him and his brothers a drumset. He comes from a long line of musicians all the way from great grandparents, through his cousins and little brothers.

Born in southern Delaware, Jordan participated in band through high school playing snare. It wasn’t until Jordan joined the Bushwackers in 2012 did he learn the life of the quad drummer. He continued his quad career as a part of the UD Drumline from 2012-2014, and Reading Buccaneers in 2014 and 2016. Jordan has taught various high schools in the Northern and Southern Delaware area and is currently teaching with Imperial Dynasty indoor percussion. This will be Jordan’s second year on staff.

Bass Technician: Seth Hastings

Seth Hastings is excited to be returning to the Bushwackers for his second year as the bass technician. From Milford, Delaware, Seth began his marching career at Milford Senior High School. He furthered his career by attending the University of Delaware and marching four years with the Fightin’ Blue Hen Marching Band, where he currently teaches.

His marching experience includes WGI Independent Groups Imperial Dynasty in 2013 and Cadets Winter Percussion from 2014-2016. As well as DCA’s Cadets2 in 2014 and DCI’s Carolina Crown in 2015. Seth is also the Bass Technician for Imperial Dynasty Indoor Percussion.

Cymbals Technician: Lauren Lorenzo

Lauren Lorenzo started her marching career at Freehold High School (2012-2016) starting her first year in the front ensemble, then moving to bass drum for her other three years. During her sophomore year in 2014, she was introduced to the Bushwackers where a cymbal spot was available. It was then that she found her true passion for the marching arts and cymbals and looked forward to all the potential growth.

Lauren continued to march for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, and started the 2016 season as well. About halfway through, she found out she was moving to California before finals. Since she didn’t want to drop everything completely, she stepped out of the line and spent her weekends assisting teaching until her moving date. For the 2017 season, she flew out to New Jersey at the start of the summer to fulfill yet another season being a part of such a legendary plate line. Now she is very excited to be able to instruct the line that has given her a home for the past four years.

Lauren still currently resides in northern California where she eagerly studies music education at Las Positas Community College. She also is in her first year of being the bass drum technician for Beyer High School for the fall season, and will continue with teaching bass drum and cymbals for the winter season. She can’t wait to further her teaching career and experience with the 2018 Bushwackers!

Front Ensemble Technician: Edd Duran

Edd Duran started his professional involvement in the marching arts at Sayreville War Memorial High School, where he served as percussion caption head from 2010 to 2015. In 2016, he became the front ensemble coordinator and arranger at Jackson Memorial High School in NJ, where he continues to teach today.

He is a three-year veteran of the Bushwackers, where he has been part of both the battery and the front ensemble, and is excited to return as part of the instructional staff for 2018.

Edd studied music education at Five Towns College, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in percussion performance from New Jersey City University.

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Announcing the 2018 Bushwackers color guard staff!

The Bushwackers Drum Corps is excited to announce the color guard instructional staff for the 2018 season! This season begins on November 18 and 19, 2017, at our Open House. Register for Open House or sign up for more information.

Color Guard Coordinator and Designer: Lauryn Heller

Lauryn Heller returns to lead the Bushwackers color guard for her third year in 2018. Lauryn has experienced the world of the marching arts from a very young age, particularly because of her mother’s influence.

She attributes much of her success to her eight years performing with the WGI A Class Finalist Haddon Heights H.S. High Voltage color guard program and its exceptional staff (2002-2009).

After high school, Lauryn marched indoor color guard with The Light Brigade (2010), Alter Ego (2011, 2012), and WGO Independent World Class The Black Watch (2014, 2016). Additionally Lauryn marched six years in The Cadets Color Guard (2008-2013).

Her instructional experience includes Haddon Heights H.S., Washington Township H.S., Surge Independent, DCI World Class Finalist The Cadets (2014, 2015), Bushwackers (2016 to present), DCI World Class Finalists Blue Knights (2016 to present), WGI Independent World Class United Percussion (2017 to present), The Black Watch (2017 to present), and multiple other programs in the tri-state area.

In almost every aspect of her life, Lauryn chooses to dedicate her time and efforts to the growth and support of the youth around her. She has earned an associate’s degree in social services from Gloucester County College (2012) and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rowan University (2015).

By day, she is a kindergarten aftercare teacher at an elementary school in New Jersey. On nights and weekends, she is working with multiple marching arts organizations. Lauryn hopes to continue her education in psychology so that she may follow her passion of helping others. She is very excited for year three!

Caption Lead and Designer: Lance Boggs

Lance Boggs started the performing arts while dancing in the California studio Chico Creek Dance. He continued to dance throughout his high school years, with a focus on hip hop and lyrical, as well as doing cheerleading for four years.

After high school, Lance moved to Seattle, Washington. While living there, he marched with Rhapsody Winter Guard under the direction of Jimmy Fursmen, who Lance credits for teaching him how to effectively run and teach a color guard. While in Washington, he taught North Kitsap High School for four years as well as other schools in the area. In 2013, Lance made the move to New Jersey.

Lance has been a member of WGI Independent World Class The Black Watch from 2014 to 2017, and he is looking forward to marching the 2018 season. Lance is the current color guard caption head at Triton High School and the head designer for their indoor color guard program since 2016. He is also an instructor at Haddon Heights H.S. and Surge Independent, where he collaborates with Lauryn all months of the year!

This will be Lance’s third year working with The Bushwackers and his first as caption lead. He is extremely excited for this new experience and can’t wait for the season to start.

Choreographer and Instructor: Daniel Krasner

Daniel Krasner joined the Bushwackers color guard staff during 2016, a pivotal season for the corps. Two summers later and now hundreds of miles away in the Atlanta Metro Area, Daniel is grateful to continue to be a part of the Bushwackers staff for the 2018 season!

Now 24, Daniel has retired twice from performing after first being introduced to the activity ten years ago. He returns to the activity so he can remind himself what it’s like to be a marching member, discover new ways of thinking about teaching and continue to grow so he can better educate and inspire the next generation of performers.

Daniel’s marching history includes the DCI World Class Finalist Madison Scouts (2013), DCI World Class Finalist The Cadets (2014-2015), Blessed Sacrament (2014), WGI World Class Finalist Alter Ego (2017) and Paramount (2018). Currently, he teaches at Sequoyah High School in Canton, Georgia. He has also worked with Shepherd Hill Regional High School in Dudley, Massachusetts and his alma-mater Urbana High School in Ijamsville, Maryland.

Ultimately, Daniel believes a great instructor can look in the mirror and clean his/her own house first. He can’t wait to see what year three with the Bushwackers has in store!

Choreographer and Instructor: Dylan Brierley

Dylan Brierley joins the Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps staff for the first time in 2018. Dylan began his marching arts career with Southern Regional High School (2009-2012).

After high school, he marched with WGI Independent World Class Field of View in 2013, 2015, and 2017. Dylan also marched with the Reading Buccaneers in 2014 and DCI World Class Finalists The Cavaliers in 2015.

Dylan’s instructional experience includes Southern Regional High School (2012 to present), Lacey Township High School (2014-2016), and Towson University Winterguard (2014).

Dylan’s drive in life has been to inspire others, and validate that everyone’s dreams are possible. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in the Studies in the Arts, with a concentration in Dance Performance from Stockton University, he had the chance to participate in the Disney College Program and work in the Walt Disney World Resorts in Orlando, Florida!

His dream is to return to the Happiest Place on Earth to keep inspiring the young, and the young at heart! Dylan gets to check off on more dream by joining the drum corps staff, and cannot wait to share his life experiences with the Bushwackers color guard!

Instructor: Samantha Burns

Samantha Burns started her marching career with four years in the Washington Township High School Indoor Color Guard (2008-2011). After graduating high school, she marched two years with the Co-Motion Open Winterguard (2012-2013).

She found her love for teaching color guard at Washington Township H.S. in 2012 and has been teaching at WTHS ever since, under the mentorship of Bushwackers Caption Supervisor, Lauryn Heller.

Samantha recently graduated from Rutgers University-Camden with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is currently back at RU-Camden pursuing a master’s degree in social work.

She is thrilled to begin her third season as a part of the Bushwackers color guard staff!

Instructor: Taylor Furman

Taylor Furman began her marching career at Morris Knolls High School in 2006 and is currently on her third year as the director of both of their fall and winter color guard programs. She marched with WGI World Class Finalist Alter Ego in 2015 and will be marching her second consecutive year with WGI World Class The Black Watch during their 2018 season.

She also marched with the Bushwackers color guard during their 2017 season. She is very excited to join the color guard instructional team for the Bushwackers’ 2018 season and work alongside the amazing staff!

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Announcing the 2018 Bushwackers key instructional staff!

As planning for the 2018 season continues and applications are now open for the next edition of the Bushwackers Drum Corps, we are pleased to announce an expanded instructional leadership team.

Color Guard

Caption Supervisor: Lauryn Heller

Lauryn Heller returns to the Bushwackers for her third year with the Bushwackers. Lauryn’s instructional experience includes Haddon Heights HS, Washington Township HS, Surge Independent, DCI World Class Finalist The Cadets (2014-2015), Bushwackers (2016-2018), and other programs in the New Jersey area.

Most recently, she has joined The Black Watch WGI Independent World Class organization as a staff member for 2017 and continued in 2018. She is also currently a member of the DCI World Class Finalists Blue Knights color guard staff and has been since 2016, and she is on the visual staff of the WGI World Class United Percussion. Lauryn and the guard staff revitalized the Bushwackers color guard in 2016.

Caption Lead: Lance Boggs

Lance Boggs started the performing arts while dancing in a studio named Chico Creek Dance, located in California. He continued to dance throughout his high school years, with a focus on hip hop and lyrical. After high school Lance moved to Seattle, Washington. While there, he marched with Rhapsody Winter Guard under the direction of Jimmy Fursmen, who Lance credits for teaching him how to run and teach a color guard.

Lance is a member of Black Watch and has been since 2014. He also has experience teaching color guards in the area.

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Percussion

Caption Supervisor: Billy Zarychta

From Allendale, New Jersey, Billy Zarychta began his marching career at Northern Highlands Regional High School, where he currently teaches. He continued his marching career in DCA, playing Snare at Fusion Core in 2013, Cadets2 in 2014, and eventually moving to the DCI World Class Finalist Crossmen in 2015. In 2016, Billy was the Bushwackers’ snare technician.

In 2017, Billy marched with the George Mason University WGI Independent World Class Indoor Drumline following three seasons with Cadets Winter Percussion, where he won Percussion Independent Open in 2014, and was an Independent World Class Finalist in 2015 and 2016. He is currently the battery coordinator for Imperial Dynasty indoor percussion.

Caption Lead: Alex Musliner

Alex Musliner is excited to return to the Bushwackers instructional team for the 2018 season. Most recently, Alex is the battery manager for George Mason University WGI Independent World Class Indoor Percussion. He has performed as a member of Cadets2 and DCI World Class Finalist Carolina Crown.

Alex graduated from Lehigh University for Computer Engineering in 2015 and currently working as a developer at a website provider.

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Brass

Caption Supervisor: Jacob Ulm

Jacob Ulm graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in music education. He marched with DCI World Class Finalist The Cadets in 2010 and 2011 and was on the instructional staff for the Connecticut Hurricanes in 2012 and 7th Regiment in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Jacob is formerly the high school band director in Everett, Massachusetts before relocating with his family to New Jersey. He is now a middle school band director in Elizabeth and an instructor with the Elizabeth High School marching band.

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Visual

Caption Supervisor: Brendan Murphy

Brendan Murphy is excited to join the Bushwackers staff in 2018. His marching career includes the University of Delaware Marching Band, the Reading Buccaneers, and WGI World Class United Percussion. Brendan was on the instructional staff with Cadets Winter Percussion and Cadets2, where in 2016, he worked as the battery and hornline choreographer winning a 1st place DCA World Championship and High Percussion.

He has been the program coordinator for the Imperial Dynasty WGI indoor percussion since 2017. Brendan joined the percussion staff at DCI World Class Finalist Carolina Crown in 2017 and continues to teach there as a quad technician. He is also currently a percussion and visual adjudicator for USBands.

Caption Lead: Jordan Fisch

Jordan Fisch returns to the Bushwackers for his second season on staff. He graduated from West Chester University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in music education. While there he served in the role of student coordinator of the West Chester University Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band for three years.

Jordan also marched with the DCI World Class Finalist corps, Crossmen (2006), Boston Crusaders (2007), and The Cadets (2008-2010). Jordan has been working with marching bands in New Jersey and Pennsylvania since 2008 and currently enjoys writing the drill for and working with several competitive local marching bands outside his home town of Jackson, NJ.

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Registration for the 2018 Bushwackers Open House begins!

The Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps is pleased to announce the details and open registration for the 2018 Open House and information sessions!

On November 18 and 19, 2017, the Bushwackers will host its first rehearsal and Open House for the 2018 season at Montgomery Lower Middle School in Skillman, New Jersey.

Just one month ago, the Bushwackers completed a very successful competitive season. The corps has a number of surprises in store for 2018. To find out about what you can expect from the Bushwackers in 2018, come to our Open House and information session. Meet (and welcome back) members and staff.

Open House will take place over the course of two days. It’s encouraged to attend both days if possible. The corps can provide overnight housing for anyone traveling from a distance. If your scheduling allows you to attend only one day, that will not be a problem, but to get the most out of the experience, attend both days if you can.

To attend Open House, apply here. If you’ve already submitted your application, register for Open House now.

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Bushwackers Design Team Returns for the 2018 Season

The Bushwackers Drum Corps is pleased to announce the return of the design team that led the corps to success this past season.

The continuity in staff will allow the Bushwackers to progress on its path of growth in Drum Corps Associates, and this winning combination will be key to our success throughout the upcoming season.

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Meet our design team.

Jim Dugan is returning as program coordinator. Jim was part of the design team that brought the Bushwackers a large part of their six DCA world championships. His dedication and commitment to the corps during his tenure led directly to the success of the Bushwackers. From a percussion perspective and a show design perspective, he helped move drum corps forward within DCA.

Dennis Argul is returning as brass arranger. Dennis is the supervisor of music for Elizabeth Public Schools and a freelance brass musician in the metropolitan area. He has been a music educator for over 25 years. Dennis is very active as a composer, arranger, clinician, and adjudicator for drum and bugle corps and marching bands throughout the United States.

Travis Peterman will return to the corps in 2018 as battery percussion arranger. Travis is the percussion caption supervisor at Carolina Crown and director and program coordinator for George Mason Indoor Drumline. He was also the arranger and program coordinator for Cadets Winter Percussion.

Andrew Monteiro joins Travis as the front ensemble percussion arranger for the 2018 Bushwackers. Andrew has been the front ensemble caption supervisor for the Cadets2 in 2012, 2013, and 2014. He joined the front ensemble staff for the Cadets in 2015. Andrew has worked with Travis at Cadets Winter Percussion as the front ensemble caption head and arranger from 2014 through 2016.

Justin McAdams returns to the Bushwackers in his role as drill designer. He is currently the band director of Phoenixville High School in Pennsylvania and lead clinician for the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy. He is also the drill designer for the University of Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hen Marching Band and Aftermath Percussion.

Lauryn Heller returns as color guard designer in addition to her role as color guard caption supervisor. Lauryn is a staff member with The Black Watch indoor color guard as well as Surge Independent indoor color guard. She is also a color guard technician with the Blue Knights drum corps.

We’re thrilled to share this news about the continuity of the Bushwackers Drum Corps program and success. The administration and design teams are in the process of making exciting plans for 2018 and the future of the corps. Stay tuned for more details! If you would like to be the first to hear Bushwackers news, sign up today!

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The Bush Push!

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Help the Bushwackers Upgrade Their Equipment!

The Bushwackers Drum Corps is in the middle of a very exciting a successful season. With the strongest corps in years and a program that’s entertaining the fans, we are looking to build for the near future.

We give our members a world-class experience, and we have the opportunity to replace our instruments and equipment with newer and better equipment!

Just days ago, we silently launched a major capital fundraising campaign, and now we’re asking for your support.

When you support this campaign, you are helping us to provide an all-new full section of brass instruments, battery percussion, front ensemble percussion, electronics, and color guard equipment!

For the brass and battery, a unique opportunity has been presented to us, and we’ve made it a priority to replace this equipment as soon as you can help us! Many of our current brass instruments are almost a decade old, and our battery percussion is a couple of years beyond its best use. Many of our front ensemble keyboard instruments and electronics are rented, and that puts a strain on our finances.

Help us make this dream a reality, and help us provide our dedicated performers with the best experience and the most opportunities for success. New equipment is a great morale boost, and if we act fast, we can meet our goal of replacing the brass and battery within months!

We would love to meet or even surpass our goal before DCA Championships and the end of the season on Labor Day!

Help us today by contributing to our fundraising campaign on FansRaise!