David Hobart; Assistant Director/Business Manager

David Hobart has been involved in the Drum & Bugle Corps activity since the late 1980's.  David started his drum corps experience performing with the Patriots from Rochester, NY on soprano horn.  After some time, he moved on to march with the Troopers from Casper, WY.  His all age marching experience brought him to the Empire Statesmen from Rochester, NY. 

David has also held various managerial positions with several groups that include the Empire Statesmen (asst PR), the Rochester Crusaders (public relations director/business manager), Troopers (administrative/development), and Drum Corps Associates (Public Relations Director). 

Non-drum corps life:  David is the Director of Finance of an energy marketing group and is a partner of a training and education center that focuses on getting unemployed individuals back to work.  He has many years of finance and accounting experience.

Alyssa Rizzuto; Personnel Manager

Alyssa Rizzuto is currently the band director at Catherine and Count Basie Middle School in Jamaica, NY. She graduated from Brentwood High School and holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Hofstra University. Ms. Rizzuto is currently enrolled in the Masters Degree program at the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY Queens College. She also maintains a private French horn studio and performs as a freelance musician in the New York City metropolitan area.

Ms. Rizzuto has worked with the Brentwood “Green Machine” Marching Band, the Walt Whitman “Wildcat” Marching Band, and is currently a staff member of the Mineola “Mustang” Marching Band. She has been with the Sunrisers since 2009. From 2011-2013, Ms. Rizzuto was an In-Line Brass Technician for the drum corps.

Timothy Doran; Director of Development

Tim Doran graduated with Bachelors of Arts in Music from Western Connecticut State University in 2005.  While at Western, he was a member of the Symphonic Band and Concert Choir.  He was a featured solist during Mozart's Regina Coeli with the Concert Choir and also appeared on stage in numerous WCSU Opera productions including featured roles in The Magic Flute, Street Scene, HMS Pinafore and Amahl and the Night Visitors.  In addition to his musical accomplishments at Western, he also received the Vice President of Student Affairs award for leadership and was a member of the Connecticut State University System Board of Trustees.  He was also a member of Who's Who Among America's College and University Students from 2002-2005.

Tim's professional experience includes working as the Administrator of Special Events and Stewardship in the Development Office at Western Connecticut State University and as the Manager of Operations and Student Life  at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, MA.  Currently, Tim is a brass instructor for the Mineola High School Marching Band in Mineola, NY and has also coached a trombone quartet at the high school. He is also an active member of the Music Ministry for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Lindenhurst, NY. 

William Aldrich-Thorpe; Public Relations

William Aldrich-Thorpe started his drum corps experience with the Wilingboro, NJ Black Watch in 1970 marching in the drum line until 1976.  In 1982 he returned to the corps as a marching instructor and color guard assistant.  Bill later joined the Long Island Sunrisers in 1985 through 1987 as a cymbal, front ensemble performer, and soprano in 1989.  Being a part of the DCA World Champions in 1987 and 1988.  After the end of the 1989 season, he moved to the west coast and volunteered with the Concord, CA Blue Devils booster organization.  After returning to the east coast, he joined Drum Corps World in 1993 as a staff writer and he currently authors a monthly featured article titled "All Around The All-Age Drum Corps World" as well as writing regular competition and championship shows.  Bill has volunteered at several DCI and DCA Championships through the years as well as the WGI World Championships writing several articles for WGI Focus.   He has written several interview articles of such notable figures as Carl Rucco, Key Poulan, and a 2009 DCA Championship Yearbook tribute for famed drum corps photographer Moe Knox.

Robert C. Vitti; Program Coordinator

Mr. Vitti has been involved with the marching music activity for several decades, both as a participant and an educator. He began his performance career in the 1960's as a member of the Greenwich Boys Club Drum & Bugle Corps, the Byram Ct. Stateliners and ending his performance career with the Hawthorne Muchachos. Mr. Vitti is currently the Program Coordinator for the LI Sunrisers. Bob has been active as an educator and percussion arranger for both Junior and All-Age Corps including instructing various Open Class corps in NY, NJ, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Bob was involved in various roles with the 5-time DCA World Champion, Syracuse Brigadiers including the Percussion Coordinator and Caption Head during his time with the corps. He was also on staff with the Sky Ryders from Kansas and Bridgemen from NJ (both former DCI Finalists). Bob has been extremely active within the DCA circuit serving as the Percussion Arranger/Caption Head for the New York Skyliners and Connecticut Hurricanes as well as on the percussion staff and consultant for the Sunrisers. Bob has also served as the Percussion Arranger/Caption Head of the Westchester Brassmen and is currently the Music Director for the Saints Brigade Drum & Bugle Corps.

Mr. Vitti has a B.A. and Masters in Music Education from Manhattanville College, as well as additional credits in Music Administration. He has been employed by the Port Chester NY School District for 35 years and since 1992, has been the Director of Bands of the Award winning Port Chester High SChool Band. 

Joseph Sitler; Brass Caption Head

Joseph Sitler is beginning his seventh season as a key leader of the Sunrisers team by returning once again as the Brass Caption Head for the 2014 season. Mr. Sitler graduated from Long Island University C.W. Post with Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Education (1995). He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Music Education from the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY Queens College (2000). Mr. Sitler received a second Master of Arts in Wind Conducting from Hofstra University (2011). He is currently in his 19th year of teaching in the Brentwood School District. Mr. Sitler was the Band Director at West Middle School from 1995-2009, and has been the Band Director of the High School Symphonic Band since 2009.
Mr. Sitler marched in the Sound of Long Island (1990), The Cadets (1991) and the Sunrisers (1991-1992, 1994-1998). Mr. Sitler was a Drill and Music Technician for the Brentwood High School “Green Machine” Marching Band (1992-1998), Associate Band Director (1999-2008), and has been the Director since 2009. He was also a 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 as a Brass Technician for the Sunrisers from 1997-1998.

Donny Allen; Brass Arranger

Donny Allen has been involved in music education for over four decades.  A semi retired band director, Mr. Allen has many laurels to his credit including many New York State Championships, National and World Championships in high school and college marching bands and drum corps. Mr. Allen presently continues in his own business of musiceducation, arranging, adjudication and consulting based in Western New York State. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from S.U.N.Y Empire State College and has been a certified teacher in New York State. Donny has recently returned to the University of New York at Buffalo to finish his Master’s Degree in Music Education.

Donny's involvement in music education also includes arranging musicand consulting for marching bands in New York State that have been consistent champions in their class. This includes East Irondequoit High School, Jordan Elbridge High School, Copiague High School, Hicksville High School, Garden City High School, Pioneer High School, and many more nationally. He is an active adjudicator and clinician for the New York State Field Band ConferenceYouth Education in the Arts, US Bands, and the Cavalcade of Bands. 

Mr. Allen also plays trumpet in the praise band at City Church in Batavia, New York where he is a member. He donates some of his music arrangements to the Field Band Foundation in South Africa to help andpromote a healthy alternative to students with many obstacles in life. He has also worked with inner city youth groups in Rochester to promote music as another means of achieving a healthy lifestyle.

Mr. Allen has achieved first place gold medals in every division in Drum Corps Associates, from the individual level in trumpet performance to the World Class. In 2013, Mr. Allen achieved a rare “triple crown” with first place in three separate areas of competition; individual trumpet, “Mini Corps” (Ghost Riders) and “Class A” (White Sabers) World Champions. He was also the music director and brass arranger with the Empire Statesmen, Rochester Crusaders and Syracuse Brigadiers during the years that those corps were “Open Class” World Champions. His list of drum corps extends through four decades, and includes arranging and instructing drum corps from DCA and DCI. Mr. Allen is also presently the staff music arranger for athletic bands at the University of Buffalo including the “Thunder of the East” Marching Band.

David L. Abrams; Brass Technician

David Abrams has been working with the Long Island Sunrisers since 2008. He held positions as an In-line brass tech from 2008-2012 playing soprano and contra. In 2013, he held the Executive Director position and was happy to lead the corps back to a performance on Sunday night at DCA Championships. This season, he is back with the brass as a tech with no plans of marching. Mr. Abrams received his Bachelor of Arts in music from the University of Connecticut in 2004 and his Master of Science in Music Education from Hofstra University in 2006. Currently, Mr. Abrams maintains a private studio of low brass students ranging in age from 8-18 years old.

Mr. Abrams has taught bands on Long Island since 2004 including the Huntington HS Blue Devil Marching Band (2004-2006), Division Avenue HS Marching Band (Director, 2007-2010), Copiague HS Marching Band (Asst. Director, 2010-2012). 

Frank Mauriello; Percussion Caption Head/Arranger/Staff Coordinator

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 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 High School, Roslyn High School, Eastport-South Manor High School, Seaford High School, Division Avenue High School, 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 Rose 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.

John M. Oddo; Percussion Director/Arranger

Inducted into the “World Drum Corps Hall of Fame” in September of 2010, percussion arranger, instructor, clinician, and consultant, John Oddo has over 45 years of Drum Corps experience in producing outstanding marching percussion ensembles.

John began his career marching with the Islanders, Babylon NY, playing Snare Drum and moved on to the St. Joseph Patrons which became the St. Rita’s Brassmen, Brooklyn NY. Influenced by his Drum Corps mentor/instructor’s Eric Perrilloux, Donald Friesing, Hy Drietzer, Tom Martin, and Carmen Cluna, John moved on to produce quality Percussion Programs throughout the country.

His career includes producing quality percussion programs along with many championship percussion titles for the following Drum Corps to name a few:

  • Brigadiers, Syracuse NY – 5 times DCA World Champions
  • Hurricanes, CT, 3 times DCA World Champions
  • Skyliners, NY, 3 times DCA World Champions
  • Sunrisers LI, NY, 7 time DCA World Champions,
  • Sky Ryders, Hutchinson Kansas – DCI finalist,
  • Bengal Lancers, Trumbul CT - DCI Class A Champions
  • St. Ignatius All Girls – 5 time World Open Champions, 3 time DCI All Girl Champions.
  • L.I. Grenadiers, Medford NY – Garden State Champions
  • NY Lancers, Bronx NY – Garden State Champions.

Currently, John is also the founder and Percussion Director and Arranger for “RAGE”, Long Island’s first Independent Indoor Marching Percussion Ensemble and is the Percussion Director and Arranger for the Park City Pride Alumni drum corps from Bridgeport, CT. and the Sunrisers Drum Corps. In addition, he is the arranger and instructor for several Long Island competitive Marching Bands.

  • Mineola High School
  • Roslyn High School
  • North Shore High School
  • Garden City High School
  • Farmingdale High School

In addition, John is a consultant for the FREE Players Drumline which is a performance group based out of Old Bethpage Long Island New York that currently operates under Family Residences & Essential Enterprises. The FREE Players Drumline members are part of the special needs community.

Nicholas Hall; Percussion Technician

Nicholas Hall is an active composer, percussionist, educator, and arranger. As an undergraduate at LIU Post, he pursued a BS degree in music. While at Post, Nicholas studied percussion performance in the studio of Frank Cassara and music composition under the tutelage of composer Carl Strommen and Dr. Matt Vandegriff. Before attending LIU Post, Nicholas studied with teachers Frank Mediate, Anthony Romeo, Vincent Malafronte, John Micelli, and Jules Radino.

Most recently, Nicholas won the LIU Post Concerto Competition performing Testament, a marimba concerto by Andrew Beall, with The LIU Post Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maureen Hynes. Nicholas also premiered his new work, Shadow Evolutions (Duo Concerto no. 1), with Cisum Percussion and the North Shore Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Susan Deaver in March of 2013.

Nicholas is the co-founder, along with Josh Zaid, of the Long Island based percussion duo Cisum Percussion. Cisum Percussion is a performance-based duo that gives clinics and master-classes for percussionists and ensembles of any type. Nicholas, with Hall’s Music Publishing and Cisum Percussion, is an active sponsor for the SCMEA Day of Percussion at Sayville High School in Long Island, NY.

Mr. Hall is currently rehearsing with Cisum Percussion on the continuation and expansion of the "Motion" series for percussion duo. He has also performed with the LIU Post Wind Ensemble, LIU Post Wind Symphony, LIU Post Symphony Orchestra, LIU Post Percussion Ensemble,Sunrisers DrumCorps,RAGE Indoor Percussion, and the Broadhollow Theatre Company. Some noteworthy performance venues Nicholas has performed in include: Carnegie Hall in the spring of 2011 for the New York International Music Festival Songs for Japan Concert with the LIU Post Wind Symphony, the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, the Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Disney World, and he has toured China performing with the LIU Post Wind Symphony in summer of 2012.

Along with being an active performer, Nicholas is also an educator, providing private lessons, as well.

2010 - Present, Percussion Instructor Division Avenue High School

2013 - Present, Percussion Instructor Mineola High School

2010 - 2011, Music Teacher The Suffolk Music Center

2010 - Present, Recording Engineer Freelance

2011 - 2012, Percussion Instructor Seaford High School

2008 - 2009, Musician BroadHollow Theatre Company


Brian J. Schell; Percussion Technician

Brian J. Schell has been involved with drum corps since 1990. He has marched in corps such as:

·         Dutch boy

·         Crossmen

·         Sunrisers

·         Hawthorne Caballeros

Furthermore, Mr. Schell has taught high school bands such as:

·         Copiague

·         St. Francis Prep

·         Walt Whitman

·         Deer Park

Lastly, Mr. Schell has been working with YEA for the past 14 years and MAIN indoor for the past 4 years. He is teaching Aftermath indoor drumline this season and he was on staff with the Hawthorne Caballeros from 2010-13 as a visual tech.

Amy Steinmann; Percussion Technician

Amy Steinmann currently is the front ensemble instructor at Mineola High School’s Marching Band program finishing her first year as a percussion staff member.

Amy was part of the Mineola High School Marching Band as a student for four years as a Mallet percussionist and was one of the captain’s for the Marching Band. Amy’s strong leadership expertise helped push the Marching Band to win its first title in the New York State Field Band Conference in 2009.

Miss Steinmann is a fine, talented young lady, showing aptitude on clarinet, bass clarinet, and percussion. Furthermore, Miss Steinmann received a score of 100 on Level VI All-State as a percussionist and has performed with the All-County Ensemble.

She has performed her musical talents in the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, and Winter Percussion Ensemble with Long Island’s “Rage”Independent Indoor Marching Percussion Ensemble

Throughout elementary, middle, and high school, music has always been an extremely important aspect of Amy’s life. Amy decided to continue her musical career at Adelphi University as a Music Education major with a concentration in percussion. Now a college junior, Amy has been a part of the University’s Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Vocal Ensemble.

Jeremy Wexler; Percussion Technician

Jeremy Wexler is a composer, percussionist, and educator from Levittown, New York. Jeremy’s compositions have been heard on Composers Circle, Kinetics Internet Radio from Los Angeles, Incipitsify, the Wintergreen Summer Music Academy, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, West Chester University of PA, and Purchase College.
As an educator, Jeremy is the youngest person ever to hold a teaching position at the SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Music. He also coaches percussion for the Walt Whitman HS and Division Avenue HS marching bands. In previous years, Jeremy instructed music for Copiague HS marching band, The Sunrisers Drum & Bugle Corps, and various local music stores in New York.
As a percussionist, he has toured across the country with his band Elijah & The Moon. The band performed alongside such notable artists as Bela Fleck, The Avett Brothers, and The Lumineers. Jeremy has composed and performed music for Purchase New Music, and performed with the Percussion Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Brass Ensemble at Purchase.
Jeremy obtained his Bachelor’s degree cum laude in 2013 and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in composition from SUNY Purchase College where he simultaneously instructs composition, music theory, and musicianship.

Dr. Chris Johnson; Percussion Consultant

Dr. Chris Johnson is an active percussion arranger, clinician, performer and adjudicator in the greater Lehigh Valley area. Currently, Chris serves as the percussion caption head and arranger for the Parkland High School Trojan Marching Band and the Indoor Percussion Ensemble, the Kutztown University Marching Unit, and consults for various organizations in the Drum & Bugle Corps community. He is a published composer and holds percussion and theory certifications from the Berklee School of Music.

Kevin Murphy; Percussion Consultant

Kevin is an active percussion arranger and instructor for high school, college and drum and bugle corps across the United States. As a marching member, he has had an exciting and diverse drum corps career culminating as a section leader with the DCI World Champion Concord Blue Devils.

As an arranger and instructor, Kevin's creative writing style is the result of studying under well-known percussionists such as Tom Float, Paul Rennick, Tom Aungst and John Oddo. Kevin has enjoyed success in the DCA arena with 3 consecutive high drum trophies as well as many writing, arranging, and designing credits with groups such as:

  • Connecticut Hurricanes
  • Hawthorne Caballeros
  • Reading Buccaneers

In the DCI arena, he has written for, instructed, and consulted groups including:

  • Capital Regiment
  • Blue Coats
  • Orlando Magic.

Kevin has studied music education at Lebanon Valley College as an undergraduate. He is a native New Yorker, but now resides in northern California with his lovely wife and much, much better weather.

Joseph Brown; Visual Technician

Joe began his marching career back in 1997 with the Brien McMahon High School Marching band in Norwalk, CT. He marched in the band for 4 years playing the Baritone and tuba.
Joe's Drum corps career began in 2000 with the Connecticut Hurricanes where he marched Contra, Baritone, and ended with Euphonium in 2010.
Along with teaching Raiders for his 4th consecutive season, Joe has taught at several schools including Brien McMahon HS in Norwalk, CT, Bunnell High School in Stratford, CT, Stamford High School in Stamford, CT, and at Montville High School in Montville, NJ.
Joe was also a USBands visual and overall effect judge for several years.
Joe is very excited to join the visual staff of the Sunrisers.