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Crossmen 2012 Visual Team Announced

Crossmen Program Coordinator, Ed Devlin, is pleased to announce the return of Paul Nye to the Crossmen visual team. For the 2012 season Paul assumes the role of visual caption head. “I am very familiar with Paul’s work and I am certain he will make a positive impact on the Crossmen visual instruction this season and into the future,” relayed Ed. “Paul and I have assembled some of the finest experienced instructors to teach the Crossmen how to march well.” Rejoining the visual team in 2012 are consultant Tom Strachan, battery visual instructor Tommy Williams and visual tech Brad Donoris. New additions to the team include: Jeff Jacobson, Mike Butler, Travis Burlingame, Felix Hernandez and Tanner Cornell.

Paul Nye – Caption Head

Boston, Massachusetts native, Paul Nye began marching drum corps at the age of 14 and aged out as drum major of the Cadets of Bergen County in 1996.   Paul has worked with the Boston Crusaders, East Coast Jazz, Crossmen, Jersey Surf, Blue Knights and was Visual Caption Head for the Boston Crusaders in 2010.   Paul has taught marching bands across the country, most notably King Philip Regional High School in Wrentham, Massachusetts. 

Jeff Jacobson – Technician

Jeff Jacobson marched with the Crossmen and East Coast Jazz, aging out in 2006.   He was a visual tech with the Jersey Surf in 2009 and has taught the King Philip Regional High School marching band since 2003. His interests outside the activity include freely improvised music and science fiction. 

Tommy Williams – Technician

Back for his second year with the Crossmen, Tommy Williams again will be heading up the visual program for the drum line. Tommy is in his 22nd year of teaching and consulting in the Marching arts community. Mr. Williams was on the design team for the 7-time WGI champion Music City Mystique from 1995 to 2001. He is currently the visual caption head at Winston Churchill High School in San Antonio. Tommy resides in Austin,Texas 

Mike Butler – Technician

Mike Butler, originally from Norfolk MA, has taught the King Philip High School marching band from 2006 to the present. He attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he marched in the Minuteman marching band in 2004. Mike was a member of the 2005 Cadets drum and bugle corps and he also marched East Coast Jazz in 2006. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York and teaches high school English. 

Travis Burlingame – Technician

Travis Burlingame, from Bridgeton New Jersey began his drum corps career at age 15 with the Jersey Surf and aged out after 2 seasons with the Cadets.   Travis has been the visual caption head at Cumberland Regional High School in New Jersey for the past 4 years. 

Brad Donoris – Technician

Brad has been an educator of the marching arts for over 15 years. While receiving his Bachelor's degree in Music from Rutgers University, Brad began his drum corps career as a member of the Crossmen euphonium line in 1993 & 1994; after which he aged out as a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard in 1995.   Some of Brad's teaching experience includes visual instruction with the Jersey Surf, Teal Sound Drum & Bugle Corps, The Magic Drum & Bugle Corps, and United Percussion. He was the visual designer and caption head for the Lehigh Valley Knights Drum & Bugle Corps.   Brad has instructed and designed for many outdoor and indoor ensembles, most recently, WGI PSA finalist, (2009), Timber Creek H.S.,(NJ), Quakertown Community High School Marching Band, & Hatboro Horsham High School Indoor Percussion. He is currently the visual designer for the 2009 & 2010 USSBA Group 3 National Champion Rancocas Valley Regional High School.   Brad is excited to be returning to the Crossmen for the 2012 season. 

Felix Hernandez – Technician

Felix was born and raised in Texas and attended college at Texas A&M University Kingsville where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. Felix is currently an assistant band director with the Donna ISD in Donna, TX, serving as the visual instructor and one of the high brass instructors for the district. 

Felix began his drum corps career by marching with The Crossmen in 2002. In 2005, he served as an administrative/visual intern for the Blue Stars and spent from 2008-2011 on the visual staff of Revolution both as visual instructor and co-caption head. Felix is very excited to be on the 2012 Crossmen visual team and is looking forward to a great summer. 

Tanner Cornell - Technician

Tanner Cornell was born in Seattle, WA and moved to Pasco, WA at the age of 3. Tanner became interested in drum corps at the age of 15 while attending Pasco High School, but didn't have the opportunity to march until he was 19. He marched with the Blue Knights for 3 years from 2008 to his age out in 2010, and has taught multiple high school marching bands around the Pasco area. Most recently, Tanner worked with Spokane Thunder and the Blue Knights on staff, and is attending Columbia Basin College studying Music Education. 

“We are really pleased with Paul Nye’s return to Crossmen,” said Crossmen Director Fred Morrison. “Paul was with us as a visual tech in 2007 and we have watched him grow and develop into an experienced instructor and caption head. We gladly welcome Paul home to Crossmen. He has a reputation for teaching with a level of detail that we are sure will serve us well.  Ed Devlin has done it again! He continues to surround himself with strong quality people. Additionally Paul and Ed have assembled a strong visual team. The added plus is that they know each other well and have a proven track record together. 2012 is looking brighter every day for the Crossmen!”
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