Raiders 2014 Continues April 25-27
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Raiders Announce Full Colorguard StaffWith our 24th season set to kick into high gear, we are pleased to announce our entire colorguard staff. Leading the way will be the design team of Louis Hellinger and PJ Tankard. They are familiar faces to the Raiders organization. Louis is a former member of St. Mary’s Stardust from Bayonne, NJ. He also was a member of the Emerald Marquis ColorGuard from Wakefield, MA. Louis has served choreographer for several notable programs including Blue Knights, Jersey Surf, Blackwatch and West Orange HS. PJ is a former colorguard caption head of the Raiders back in the mid-late 2000s. He is a former member of Jersey Surf and the Cadets. We are excited for his return this season as a designer.
We are also pleased to welcome Alex Waite as colorguard caption head for the 2014 season. Alex hails from south-eastern Pennsylvania and has performed with a few notable groups including Field of View and Crossmen Drum And Bugle Corps. She has worked with several high schools in the Delaware and Pennsylvania areas including Garnet Valley, Penn Wood, Mount Pleasant, and Ridley. Alex has also toured with the Crossmen as a technician during their 2013 season.
Techicians for the season will be:
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Equipment Truck Redesign Project Now Underway!
The 2014 season brings a variety of projects including a full redesign of our equipment truck. "Our truck is need of a serious upgrade," said Assistant Director, DeLano Bonner. "We have been able to make it this far with the current design, but it is now time to make some changes. As we continue to increase our inventory of equipment, it is important that we are able to secure all of our equipment to avoid potential damage while on the road. It is our hope that our alumni, fans and friends will show their support as we go through this process." Click here. to show your support of our redesign campaign.
Raiders Announce 2014 Staff!The Raiders begin the new year by announcing their staff for the 2014 season. While we welcome back our returning staff members, we would also like to introduce and welcome some new faces to our instructional staff.
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Raiders 2014 Design Team Announcement!The Raiders is proud to announce our design team for the 2014 DCI season! We are pleased to welcome back:
Jamie Szeinberg - Program Coordinator/Co Battery Arranger
Jason Mederios - Front Ensemble Arranger
Dave Caravella - Visual Caption Head
Don Pfleger - Brass Caption Head/Co Brass Arranger
In addition, please join us in welcoming the following individuals who are new to the design team:
John Forte - Battery Arranger
After aging out with the Crossmen, John joined the percussion staff of the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps. He served as the tenor technician from 2011 to 2012 and currently acts as the battery coordinator. In addition, he returned to United Percussion for their 2014 season as the tenor technician. John has worked with various high school programs throughout the South Jersey area, such as Pitman High School, Highland Regional High School, Washington Township High School, Shawnee High School, and Pennsauken High School. Presently, he arranges and instructs for the Clearview Regional High School. Marching Band. John holds a dual major in history and secondary education from Rowan University and currently works in the Clearview Regional school district.
Ben Schwartz is currently in his 7th year as a Band Director at Elizabeth High School in Elizabeth, NJ, where he teaches concert band, jazz band, marching band, and music technology. As the full music arranger, the Elizabeth High School Marching Band has been undefeated in competition for 3 years straight and has won 3 consecutive USBands 5A State and National Championships in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Under his direction, the Elizabeth High School Lower Academy Jazz Ensemble has received numerous Superior ratings at music festivals in the United States, and the band has been a finalist in the New Jersey Association of Jazz Educators state jazz festival in 2011 and 2013.
As a music arranger, Ben has worked with some of the top names in the drum corps world, including Jim Prime Jr., Larry Kerchner, and Dennis Argul. He is currently the wind arranger for the South Brunswick High School Viking Marching Band, and writes for several highly competitive marching bands in the United States. On the drum corps side, he has arranged music for Fusion Core (DCA) in 2007 and High Country Brass (DCA) in 2013. He is currently the brass arranger for the Bushwackers (DCA) Drum and Bugle Corps. Ben is also an active drummer, and has won the DCA I&E Drum Set competition in 2006, 2009, and 2010. In addition, he is also an active marching band and jazz band music adjudicator for Cavalcade of Bands.
In 2012, Ben was selected to represent New Jersey in the December edition of School, Band, and Orchestra Magazine’s “50 Directors Who Make a Difference.” He graduated with a B.M. in Music Education from Mason Gross School of the Arts, studying classical percussion with She-e Wu and Dennis Delucia. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Music Education from New Jersey City University. Ben resides in South Brunswick Twp., NJ where he lives with his beautiful wife Robyn, and his dog Linden. He is a proud Raider alumnus, marching in the drumline for 2 full season’s way back in 1997 and 1998. He is very excited to be given this opportunity and can’t wait to work with the 2014 Raiders!
Israel Delgado - Drill Designer
Izzy Delgado is excited to be taking on the position of Drill Designer in 2014 for his alma mater, the Raiders Drum & Bugle Corps. He marched in the corps in the 1998 and 2000 seasons as a baritone player, and served on the visual staff from 2001 to 2004 while serving as Visual Caption Head in 2003 and 2004. Izzy is also the drill designer for the White Sabers Drum & Bugle Corps who are the 2013 DCA Class A Champions, and spent several seasons as drill designer for the Fusion Drum & Bugle Corps including the 2010 DCA Class A Championship season.
Izzy serves as drill designer for several successful high school band programs, such as Elizabeth HS (2011, 2012, 2013 USBands 5A National and State Champions), Matawan HS, and North Plainfield HS, as well as several others. He is the program coordinator and co-designer for the Matawan HS winter guard programs and also serves on the design staff for the Fusion Winter Guard. Izzy has been a visual adjudicator for USBands fall and winter seasons for several years.
Izzy is employed as an Insurance Agent and currently resides in Old Bridge, NJ with his lovely wife Elyse and the newest addition to their family, their daughter Taylor Lynn.
Raiders Announce 2014 Administrative StaffThe Raiders is proud to announce its administrative staff for the upcoming 2014 Drum Corps International Season.
Leading the corps as the Executive Director into the 24th season of competition will be Tom Maiello. Tom has been involved with the Organization since 1990 and has been Director since 2003 and Executive Director since 2009. "I'm looking forward to another phenomenal season. We have been successfully providing some of the best Musical and Performing Arts Education in the activity for nearly 25 years and this season will be another successful year."
Promoted to the role of Assistant Director will be DeLano Bonner. “After careful review of the admin team in 2013 and discussions with the board of governors, the instructional staff and the parents, I felt DeLano had the knowledge, integrity and passion to lead the Raiders into the future,” added Maiello. DeLano began his drum corps career in 2001 with the Raiders, who were then a Silver Medalist corps. With his time spent as a featured soloist as well as horn sergeant, DeLano ended his tenure in 2005 with the corps, who had, by this point, gone on to be Gold Medalists. Since then, he has been a member of the instructional staff in various capacities before accepting his new position as Assistant Director. “I'm truly excited to take on the new role within Raiders organization," said Bonner. “I look forward to putting my experience in the activity to work so that future Raiders can feel the same passion for the activity that I did and still do.”
Returning for the 2014 season will be: