The Reading Buccaners are proud to announce the 2005 staff for the successful senior corps from Reading, PA.
Lee Umberger, program coordinator and brass arranger, has a music education degree from Lebanon Valley College and a master’s degree in music composition from West Chester University. He served on the brass and design staff with the Reading Buccaneers from 1997 through the 2001 season. In 2003 and 2004, he arranged the rich and stylistically diverse scores for the Buccaneers titled “The Sea” and “Innovations! The Passions of Shostakovich.”
He currently designs for Governor Mifflin High School from Shillington, PA, and serves as wind arranger for several other high school programs. He was band director at Eastern Lebanon County Middle and High Schools from 1991 until 1996. Currently, he is the band director at Governor Mifflin Middle School.
Carl Ruocco, staff coordinator has been involved in the drum corps activity for many years and is a great asset to the Buccaneers. For those not familiar with his background, his influence has benefited many great drum corps including Star of Indiana, Crossmen, Jersey Surf, Spirit of JSU and Santa Clara Vanguard. He has also judged the prestigious DCI Championship competition three times, as well as DCA Championships twice. He lives in New Jersey and looks forward to the thrill of DCA competition.
Bobby Jones, visual designer and caption head. has extensive design experience with drum corps and marching bands, winter guard and percussion ensembles across the East Coast. His influence has been seen in organizations such as Jersey Surf, the Buccaneers’ own “Balance in Blue,” Hanover Area High School, Brick Memorial High School and North Hagerstown High School.
Jones currently instructs and designs at Westminster High School, finishing as a BOA band semi finalist.
Dan McGrogan is the brass caption head. He received his B.S. in music from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1992 and went on to earn a Masters Degree in Music from the American Band College at Southern Oregon University in 2000.
Currently, he is the band director at J. Frank Faust Junior High School in Chambersburg, PA. He has also worked with the Chambersburg Area Senior High School Band since 1997. In addition to this teaching experience, he comes with a wealth of drum corps instructional experience dating back to 1989, with the Steel City Ambassadors, Pittsburgh Golden Lancers, Westshoremen and Bushwackers.
Rich Hammond, percussion arranger and caption head has led the Buccaneers’ percussion to a new level of sophistication in the past four years. He brings a wealth of talent and incredible passion and intensity to the corps.
After marching with Hamilton Knights, Reading Buccaneers and the Crossmen, he began an active career of teaching. He has taught the Crossmen and Glassmen, then moved to the DCA circuit, joining the staff of the Buccaneers.
Tim Newlin is the color guard caption head. His flair for design and color adds another emotional dimension to the sophistication of the Buccaneers. With his background in drum corps and winter guard, the effects that are produced on the field are simply marvelous.
He has a vast instructional resumé in drum corps. After four seasons with the Railmen, he spent six years with the Westshoremen and in 1996 helped guide them to a DCA Championship. He also spent three seasons with the Madison Scouts and four seasons in the family of the Reading Buccaneers.