2012-2013 Deptford Spartan Marching Band Staff

Director:
Mike Armstrong

Mike Armstrong is the current Band Director of Deptford Twp High School. At Deptford, he is in charge of the Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Music Theory I, and AP Theory classes as well as Brass and Percussion lessons. Mr. Armstrong is also in charge of the Honors Instrumental Program and is the Pit Conductor of the All School Musical. A Graduate of The College of New Jersey, Mr. Armstrong studied trombone under the instruction of Mr. Donald Harwood, and conducting under the instruction of Dr. William Sylvester. As Marching Band Director, Mr. Armstrong has led the Spartans to numerous appearances at the Atlantic Coast Championships, as well as a USSBA State and National Championship. Under his leadership, the Spartans have cultivated a reputation for quality musicianship and intellectual programs. In his spare time, Mr. Armstrong is the 2nd Trombonist of the Atlantic Brass Band, artist in residence at Rowan University and the 2011,2012 North American Brass Band Champions. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe as a performer and is a freelance trombonist in the tri-state area. Mr. Armstrong currently resides in Sewell, NJ.


Assistant Director:
Lou Randazzo

Lou has been teaching music programs, drum corps, marching bands, and indoor drumlines and color guards for 10 years. He has achieved regional, national, and international success as a performer,designer, and director. As a performer, he was a 3-time medalist and trumpet soloist for the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps from 2001-2003while traveling across North America. He was also "Cadet of the Year" in 2003. As a designer, Lou has worked with bands all over the Northeast, winning championships with Bensalem HS in Bensalem, PA; Pennsbury HS in Fairless Hills, PA; Middle Township HS in Cape MayCourthouse, NJ; and Pennsauken HS in Pennsauken, NJ. Other teaching credits include Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Wilmington, DE; Haddonfield Memorial HS in Haddonfield, NJ; Highland Regional HS in Blackwood, NJ; Timber Creek Regional HS in Sicklerville, NJ; and the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps from Mount Holly, NJ. He also helped United Percussion to a WGI Gold Medal and promotion to the Independent World class from 2006-2008. Lou has been a member of the National Judges Association since 2003, judging marching band, jazz band, and indoor programs across the Northeast. He is still active as a performer, clinician, instructor, and designer.



Color Guard Caption Head:
Kevin Schlear

Kevin C. Schlear is a graduate of West Chester University with a Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance. Kevin has performed as an ensemble member and featured vocalist with several classical ensembles in the Greater Philadelphia area and is currently a member of The Delaware Valley Opera Company. Kevin has been involved with the color guard activity for over 15 years. His marching experience includes Daniel Boone HS Marching Band, the Reading Buccaneers, West Chester University Marching Band, Apex Winter Guard, The Black Watch World Class Color Guard and most recently the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps. Kevin has been on staff with the Deptford Spartan Marching Band since 2003. In 2010 he helped lead the Deptford Color Guard to their first Group 2 High Auxiliary award at Chapter 1 championship.

Percussion Caption Head/Pit Instructor:
Anthony "Mad Skillz" Graves

Mr. Graves performed in the Highland Regional "Royal Tartan" Marching Band, where he was the Section Leader of the Pit Percussion Ensemble and Captain of the Indoor Percussion ensemble. Mr. Graves was a "Master of All Trades" in High School also playing Drum Set, Aux. Percussion, Piano, Baritone and Tuba. Mr. Graves was also the handy man of the marching band. If you couldn't find it and or fix it, find Anthony and he could! During his time at Highland , Mr. Graves won two Chapter 1 Championships in marching band and one Atlantic Coast Championship in Indoor Percussion. Outside of the marching band realm, Mr. Graves has also marched with the Bushwackers Senior Drum and Bugle Corps. Bringing all of those "Mad Skillz" to the table Mr. Graves helped the Spartans win the 2007 USSBA Group I National Champions and the 2007 USSBA Group I Open New Jersey State Champions. Mr. Graves has studied privately with Jake Wiener and Dean Witten and is currently pursuing a Music Education Degree at Rowan University.


Battery Percussion Instructor
Eric Carr

Eric has been working with the Deptford Spartans since 2009 as the battery tech/arranger.

Eric began his drum corps career with the Bushwackers in 2007. He then went on to march two seasons with Jersey Surf in 2008-2009, and finally completed his age-out with Carolina Crown in 2010, as tenor section leader. Eric also marched four seasons of WGI with United Percussion from 2008-2011, being tenor section leader in his last three years. Eric competed in DCI tenor i&e in 2009, receiving 2nd place. He also competed in PASIC tenor i&e in 2010 and won 1st place.

Eric has much teaching experience with marching bands and indoor percussion ensembles. Aside from Deptford, He has worked with Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps, United Percussion, Highland High School, Washington Township High School, and Pitman High School. Eric gives private lessons to several students in the area as well.

Eric will be receiving his Bachelors Degree in music in 2012. Aside from creating the "My Hertas" video (as seen on youtube), Eric spends much of his time practicing classical percussion, teaching, and writing.





Color Guard Tech:  Kiersten Socuzza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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