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  Sunrisers Drum & Bugle Corps’   Instructional Staff for 2013  
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Brass Director David L. Abrams
  Arranger Dennis Argul
  Caption Head & Show Coordinator Joe Sitler
  Technician Alyssa Rizzuto
  Technician Julio Cruz
Visual Caption Head / Drill Writer Mike Coppola
  Consultant Eugene F. Bennett
  Consultant Mr. Anthony DeMarino
  Technician Ray Sykes
  Technician Paul Williams
Guard Design / Choreography & Caption Head Nick Ashley
  Artistic Director Mr. Anthony DeMarino
  Technician Tim McLaughlin
Percussion Director John M. Oddo
  Caption Head Frank Mauriello
  Consultant Robert Vitti
  Instructor Mark Carman
  Instructor Justin Nickell
  Front Ensemble Arranger / Coordinator Frank Mauriello
  Instructor Frank Mauriello
Transportation Coordinator Carl Yakes
  Coordinator Ed Rizzuto
  Coordinator Rich Cipriani
 

David L. Abrams  received his B.A. in Music from the University of Connecticut where he studied euphonium performance with Dan Vinson and his M.S. in Music Education from Hofstra University. His musical ventures include performing with the UConn and Hofstra Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, South Shore Brass, and the Northwinds Concert Band. A member of the Long Island Sunrisers Drum and Bugle Corps since 2008, David has marched soprano (’09), Contra (’11) and held positions as brass instructor and drum major (2012).
 
David started teaching marching bands on Long Island in 2004 at his alma mater, Huntington High School. He was the band director at Division Avenue HS in Levittown, NY for three years where he conducted the concert bands, marching band and pit orchestra for the school’s spring production of Curtains. David has also held the position of assistant marching band director at Copiague High School. While at Copiague, he conducted the pit orchestra for the school’s productions of The Phantom of the Opera and West Side Story.
 
Currently, David teaches a private lesson studio of tuba, euphonium and trombone students of all ages ranging from beginners to All-State Band members. Presently, he also performs with the Northwinds Concert Band.

 

Dennis Argul  was the Brass Designer for the 2009 and 2011 Sunrisers.
 
One of the most accomplished and sought after brass arrangers in the business, Mr. Argul has taught at Jersey City State University and is presently a fulltime Music Teacher at Arts High School in Newark, NJ (the first high school of the arts in the country.)
 
Mr. Argul has performed in various venues in the New Jersey/New York area, including performing on Broadway, as a bass trombone, tenor trombone, tuba and euphonium player. He currently works as a freelance Low Brass musician throughout the metropolitan area. Mr. Argul is also a freelance composer and arranger, most recently receiving an award through the New Jersey Council on the Arts in composition.
 
We are honored to have Mr. Argul as a part of our family and look forward to a long and prosperous working relationship with him.

 

Eugene F. Bennett  has, in the past, taken on the responsibilities of: Visual Consultant, Sunrisers 2007, Bushwackers 2006, Visual Consultant/Instructor Caballeros 1995-2004; Visual Designer/Instructor Sachem High School Band, Sachem, New York; World Drum Corps Hall of Fame, 2002; Sunrisers Hall of Fame, 2001; Visual Designer/Instructor, Sunrisers 1965-1979 and Visual Instructor, 1985-1989; Member, Sunrisers as Drum Major or Color Guard, 1965-1969; DCE Adjudicator, 1989-1990; DCA Adjudicator, 1982; Visual Designer/Instructor, Kings Park Kingsmen, Kings Park, New York, 1967-1974
 
Mr. Bennett brings with him to the 2013 Sunrisers, fifty years of drum corps experience.

 

Julio Cruz 
 
Biography coming soon…

 

Mr. Anthony DeMarino 
 
Biography coming soon…

 

Jim Downey 
 
Biography coming soon…

 

Mark Carman  began marching drum corps in 2006 with Vision Elite (DCI Division III). The following summer, he was the center snare for the Jersey Surf, and helped lead the corps to its first high percussion trophy, as well as the silver medal at the 2007 DCI Open Class World Championships. In 2008, Mark aged out with the Boston Crusaders, fulfilling his long held dream of performing in DCI Finals.
 
Mark was also the center snare for “RAGE,” Long Island’s first Indoor Marching Percussion Ensemble, in 2003 and 2006, competing in the WGI, USBands, and MAC circuits. In 2009, he was the snare tech for the DCA Connecticut Hurricanes, and in 2012, Mark returned to “RAGE” to serve as the snare tech.
 
Mark is currently a high school math teacher on Long Island, where he also works with drumlins for several marching bands.

 

Frank Mauriello  received his B.M. in Music Education at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University and has performed in many ensembles such as the C.W. Post Percussion Ensemble, the C.W. Post Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band and the C.W. Post Orchestra. Frank’s achievements include the Coordinator of Music Scholarship Award.
 
Frank is the assistant director and the front ensemble arranger for “RAGE,” L.I.’s first Independent Indoor Marching Percussion Ensemble. In addition, he has arranged and instructed several competitive marching bands such as Garden City HS, Roslyn HS, Eastport-South Manor HS, Seaford HS, Division Avenue HS, and the 2009 New York State champions — Mineola High School.
 
Currently, Frank is the director of the Mineola High School Mustang Marching Band whose achievements have been noted throughout New York State, including performances at the Syracuse Carrier Dome in the NYSFBC circuit and the Newsday Marching Band Festival. The Mineola Mustangs performed at Ride Hall in Lincoln Center (Jazz at Lincoln Center) for a special event put on by Turner Broadcasting (TBS) for over 500 television executives, honoring the 20th anniversary of the Cartoon Network.
 
Frank’s great aspiration is to combine his range of experience with his ability to be a kindhearted, enthusiastic, and intelligent teacher, who will make a positive contribution both musically and educationally.

 

Ray Sykes 
 
Biography coming soon…

 

Tim McLaughlin 
 
Biography coming soon…

 

Justin Nickell  is a performer and instructor with a rigorous teaching schedule involving teaching private students, percussion ensembles, and multiple marching bands across Long Island. All of his percussion ensembles have had great success both locally and nationally.
 
Justin is a member of the 10-time World Champion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps where he marching in the quad line in the 2012 season and will be completing his age-out this coming season with the Cadets. Prior to marching with the Cadets, Justin’s drum corps career includes: 2009, 2010 — Tenor line, Connecticut Hurricanes Drum and Bugle Corps; 2011 — Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps.
 
Justin is a Quad Tech for “RAGE,” Long Island’s first Independent Indoor Marching Percussion Ensemble under the direction of John Oddo and is currently working on his college education.

 

John M. Oddo  was inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame in September 2010, percussion arranger, instructor, clinician and consultant, John Oddo has over 45 years of Drum Corps experience in producing outstanding marching percussion ensembles.
 
His career includes producing quality percussion programs along with many championship titles for the following Drum Corps: Brigadiers, Syracuse, New York — 5 time DCA World Champions, Hurricanes, CT, Skyliners, New York, Sunrisers, New York, Sky Ryders, Hutchinson, Kansas — DCI finalist, Bengal Lancers, Trumbull, CT — DCI Class A Champions, L.I. Grenadiers, Medford, New York — Garden State Champions, New York Lancers, Bronx, New York — Garden State Champions.
 
John is also the founder and Percussion Director of “RAGE,” L.I.’s first Independent Indoor Marching Percussion Ensemble and is the Percussion Director for the Park City Pride Alumni Drum Corps from Bridgeport, CT. In addition, he is the arranger and instructor for several Long Island competitive marching bands.

 

Alyssa Rizzuto  is currently the Band Director at Catherine and Count Basie M.S. 72 in Jamaica, Queens. She graduated from Brentwood High School and recently received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Hofstra University. Alyssa has been a drill and music instructor for the Brentwood “Green Machine” Marching Band since 2008.
 
She has been with the Sunrisers since 2009. In 2011, Alyssa was added to the staff as an in-line Brass Technician. Alyssa maintains a private French horn studio as well as performing as a freelance musician.

 

Joe Sitler  is beginning his sixth season as a key leader of the Sunrisers’ team by returning, once again as Brass Caption Head for the 2013 Season. Mr. Sitler has marched in the Sound of Long Island, 1990, Cadets, 1991 (left tour early due to family emergency) and the Sunrisers, 1991-1992, 1994-1998.
 
Mr. Sitler graduated LIU CW Post with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Education, 1995, and Queens College with Master of Arts in Music Education, 2000.
 
Mr. Sitler is currently enrolled in the Wind Conducting Program at Hofstra University and is a 14-year veteran band teacher in the Brentwood School District — West Middle School. Mr. Sitler was Drill/Music Technician for the Brentwood High School Marching Band, 1992-1998, Associate Band Director, Brentwood High School Marching Band, 1999-present, and Band Camp Instructor for the Arlington High School Marching Band, 1997-2005. Mr Sitler served as a Visual Staff Member for the Sunrisers, 1994-1996 and Brass Instructor for the Sunrisers, 1997-1998, 2007-2009.

 

Ray Sykes 
 
Biography coming soon…

 

Robert Vitti 
 
Biography coming soon…

   

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