2015 Designers & Caption Heads Announced

An Outstanding Veteran Team Returns to Balance in Blue

(Reading, PA – September 19, 2014) – The Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps today announced the team of designers and caption heads that will lead the creative and instructional program for the 2015 edition of the corps. The team is comprised entirely of seasoned Buccaneers staff members, all of whom are either returning to their 2014 roles or being elevated to their new roles.

MARK LORTZ returns to his role as Brass Arranger, and PAUL CULLEN returns to his role as Brass Caption Head. JOHNNY TRUJILLO returns to his roles as Battery Arranger and Percussion Caption Head, and MIKE LALLI returns as Front Ensemble Coordinator and is also elevated to the role of Front Ensemble Arranger. SHANNON HALL and NICK TAVARES will assume full-time responsibility for the Buccaneers’ color guard program as Co-Color Guard Designers and Caption Heads. BOBBY JONES will once again return as Visual Designer in addition to his role as Program Coordinator, and CHRISTOPHER VITALE is elevated to the role of Visual Caption Head.

We humbly and graciously thank Buccaneers Hall of Fame member STEVE VINCENT and HANK MANFRA for their many years of exceptional service to the Buccaneers and wish them well as life’s endeavors pull them away from their roles with the corps. Vincent spent the past twelve years on the color guard staff, the last six as designer and caption head, and Manfra was a visual staff member since 2005, the past three seasons as visual caption head.

“This is an exceptional team of designers and instructors,” said Buccaneers Staff Coordinator Christopher Feist. “These professionals have a proven track record of working well together as a team towards our common educational and performance goals. It’s particularly gratifying that even as we bid a fond farewell to Steve and Hank, we are able to promote from within several highly talented and successful designers and teachers. With this team in place, our members will be taught by, and perform a program designed by, some of the very best the drum corps activity has to offer. To say we’re excited is an understatement!”

Stay tuned for further announcements about the Buccaneers’ 2015 educational team and biographical information about the extraordinary men and women who will comprise it.

Plans are well underway for the corps’ 2015 season, and the corps is seeking members in all sections to comprise the 58th edition of the Balance in Blue. The Buccaneers’ season will kick off with Membership Day 2015 on Sunday, November 30, 2014, at Twin Valley High School, in Elverson, PA. Registration begins at 11 a.m., with the program starting at Noon.

Founded in 1957, the mission of the Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps is to provide men and women of all ages a unique and enriching educational experience in the performing arts in which they develop as individuals and as performers. The Buccaneers were founding members of Drum Corps Associates and won the first-ever DCA World Championships in 1965 and won twelve additional titles since.

2015 Coordinators Announced

The trio of Christopher Feist, Bobby Jones and Mark Thurston will return to the Buccaneers in 2015 to lead the corps’ design and instructional program.

Feist, now entering his fifteenth consecutive year on the Buccaneers staff and a member of the Buccaneers Hall of Fame, will reprise his role as Staff Coordinator. Jones, now entering his ninth year with the Buccaneers staff, will once again be the corps’ Program Coordinator and Visual Designer. Winter Guard International Hall of Famer and newly inducted World Drum Corps Hall of Famer Thurston will again serve as Program Consultant and Music Ensemble Supervisor.

This leadership team is already hard at work to build on the programming success the corps has enjoyed in recent years. The drum corps community can expect from the 2015 Buccaneers what has become standard fare for the corps – entertainment, innovation, a “total team” approach that showcases excellence and coordination in every section and caption, and, most importantly, an unforgettable, transformative experience for our membership.

“We are thrilled that Chris, Bobby and Mark will be leading our program again this year,” said Corps Director Bill Snook. “This is a team that works well together and has done so for a long time. We are fortunate to have such continuity here – it means that we can continue to be forward-thinking and continue refining our approach to program design and instruction. It makes for a great experience for our members and a product on the field that members and fans alike will enjoy.”

Additional designer, caption head and section staff announcements will be forthcoming soon.

2015 Membership Day

Want to be a part of the 2015 Reading Buccaneers?!?!? Then make plans to join us on November 30th, 2014 at Twin Valley High School with registration beginning at 11am.

Go to our 2015 Reading Buccaneers Interest page on Facebook and stay tuned for more details as they get announced. See you there!





Reading Buccaneer Hall of Fame

How to Nominate Someone

Each year, at the annual banquet, the corps inducts members or past members of the corps into the Buccaneer Hall of Fame.

You don’t have to wait till banquet time to nominate someone. You may do so at any time. We invite you (anyone may nominate someone) to nominate someone whom you believe is worthy of induction into this elite group.   

Please use the Reading Buccaneers Hall of Fame Nomination form and feel free to include a paragraph explaining why you believe your nominee should be considered for the Hall of Fame.

Please consider the following qualities as you evaluate a candidate:
•    Does this person reflect positively on the Buccaneer brand/organization?
•    Does the person always have a positive, ‘can-do’ attitude?  

You may also wish to list accomplishments outside the Buccaneers which reflect positively on the Buccaneer organization, for example, service to country, state or local government; service in the military or in an official capacity with DCI, DCA or other activity related organization.

Please submit nominations in writing to the address below or via email to lout3764@comcast.net.

Buccaneers HOF, c/o Lee Deshler, 3140 Applebutter Rd., Danielsville, Pa. 18038

For a current list of our Hall of Fame members, please visit the Buccaneer Hall of Fame page.