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Raiders 2014 presents “Seasons of the Earth”


The Raiders are pleased to announce their 2014 program entitled “Seasons of the Earth.”

The full announcement can be found here.

Raiders Announce Full Colorguard Staff

With 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:

Jesse Crawford
Jackie Echevarria
Hana Ernest
Becca Meeker
Danielle Reedy

For additional details including bios of the staff, click here.

Equipment Truck Redesign Project Now Underway!

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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.
For a full list of our 2014 staff, click here.

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
John Forte is excited to return to the Raiders in his fourth season with the drum corps. John began his marching career with the Pitman High School Marching Band. In 2007, he marched tenors with the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps, winning the title of high percussion. He continued marching with the Jersey Surf in 2008 and 2009, serving as the tenor section leader in 2009. In 2010, John aged out with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps tenorline. During the indoor season, John performed with United Percussion at WGI World Class Finals from 2009 to 2010 in the quad section.
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 - Brass Arranger
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!

Raiders Announce 2014 Administrative Staff

The 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:

Dawn Kay - Treasurer

Kimberly Roman - Corps Manager

Jamie Szeinberg - Program Coordinator

Additional information including upcoming audition dates and sites can be found here.

Sign Up Today for the 2014 season!

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If you are interested in joining the Raiders in 2014 and need additional information,click here. You can now connect with current and prospective members on Facebook! Here are the links for our Raiders 2014 Facebook Audition groups:
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    Thank You For Supporting Us in 2013!

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    To all our fans, friends, family and alumni, we would sincerely like to thank you for supporting our 2013 tour and making it a huge success! Your generosity was greatly appreciated by our members, parents, staff, and administration, and we hope that you will continue to support us for years to come.

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