Administrative

  • Jeff Crawford

    JEFF CRAWFORD

    Corps Director

    Business Manager

    Jeff’s drum corps experience spans his entire life, being the 3rd of 4 marching generations in his family. His marching experience includes The Empire State Express from Apalachin Ny, The Watkins Glen Squires from Watkins Glen NY, and The 27th Lancers from Revere MA.

    He has been involved with the Skyliners since their return to the field in 2014. He served as Visual Caption head before accepting the Director position in April of 2018.

    He has been the Assistant Band Director and Visual Program Designer for The Wyoming Valley West Marching Band since 2009. In 2017 he was also the Visual Designer for The Greater Nanticoke Area Marching Band.

    Email: jeff@skylinersdbc.org

  • Joshua Delanuez

    Joshua Delanuez

    Assistant Director

    Josh first joined the Skyliners in 2000 and has fallen in love with the corps for its rich history, its attitude and comradery. He has marched with the Skyliners, the Sunrisers and Windsor Regiment. When the corps came back for the 2014 competitive season, he came back to his drum corps home to pass along the Skyliner tradition. He has been Contra Section Leader, Visual Tech, Truck Driver and Recruiting Coordinator. Now as assistant Director he is prepared to utilize his knowledge, passion, and experience to help keep Sky successful.

    Email: josh@skylinersdbc.org

  • Doreen Sandor

    Doreen Sandor

    Assistant Director

    Publicity

    Corps Historian

    Email: doreen@skylinersdbc.org

  • Bob Fizette

    Bob Fizette

    Assistant Director

    Construction Support

    Email: bob@skylinersdbc.org

  • Jim Shea

    Board of Directors

    Email: jim@skylinersdbc.org

Design and Coordination

  • Keith Dunton

    Keith Dunton

    Program Coordinator

    Keith William Dunton is an International music clinician, and marching arts producer living in Los Angeles, CA. He holds a degree in Bachelor of Music: Trumpet Performance from St. Olaf College and is the owner of "Design by keith." a full-service program coordinating business for the marching arts industry.

    2017

    He was the program coordinator to: BOA St. George Regional Champion American Fork UT, BOA San Jose Finalists Amador Valley CA & Homestead CA, YIM Runner-up Champion Eden Prairie MN, BOA St. George 2A Class Champion and finalist Loveland CO, WBA combined 1/2/3A 2nd place Fountain Valley CA & 3rd place Cerritos CA, WBA Grand Combined 4/5A 3rd place Homestead CA, Remo Series Finale runner-up James E. Taylor TX, and many other programs across the country.

    Keith continues to design shows in Asia with in-person clinics multiple times throughout the year.

  • John Meehan

    John Meehan

    Brass Arranger

    John Meehan works with The Blue Devils organization as Brass Caption Head and Arranger for the 17 time D.C.I. Champion ‘A’ Corps, as well as Music Director and Arranger for the ‘B’ and ‘C’ Corps. Since joining the staff in 1994, John has helped the ‘A’ Corps win 11 D.C.I. Championships and 12 Jim Ott High Brass Awards.

    John has been composing and arranging since 1992. Current and past groups include Eden Prairie High School (MN), James Taylor High School (TX), Ayala High School (2013 BOA Grand National Finalist), American Fork High School (2014 BOA Regional Champion), Clements, Amador Valley and Homestead High Schools, as well as the Yokohama Scouts Drum Corps from Japan.

    Other non-pageantry writing includes composing for the album “The Music of WYLAND”, scoring the film “Mind Games”, writing two spots for Kaiser Permanente, and being commissioned to compose several wind ensemble pieces.

    Notable career achievements include lead designer for the System Blue and King marching brass instruments, development and production for Sample Logic/System Blue sound libraries, and performing (as a percussionist) on the movie soundtrack “Monsters University”.

    John is a Conn-Selmer artist, exclusively uses Sibelius, and lives in California with his wife Jackie, their 3 daughters, and two rescue dogs.

    John is very much looking forward to his work with the Skyliners this coming season!

  • Scott Johnson

    Scott Johnson

    Battery Percussion Arranger

    Scott's musical training began at the age of four when he began taking drum lessons from a local percussion instructor. At the encouragement of this instructor he became involved in the Drum and Bugle Corps activity. Before his fifth birthday, Scott joined the Red Knights Drum and Bell Corp. and later graduated to the Royalairs Drum and Bugle Corps. Scott remained with the unit until he joined the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps at age 18. He was a marching member in the Blue Devils snare line from 1976 through 1979. He became a member of the Blue Devil staff as a Percussion instructor from 1978 through 1989 and later rejoined the organization in 1994 as Director of Percussion and Percussion Arranger. Scott is also the former Percussion Arranger for Riverside Community College, as well as the arranger for Beatrix Drum Corp. from Holland, San Francisco Renegades Drum and Bugle Corps, and arranger for many drum corps and marching bands in the United States as well as in Japan.

    During his time away from the Blue Devils, Scott was hired as Director of Percussion and Percussion Arranger for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps from 1991 through 1993, after one year as percussion consultant in 1990.

    Personal awards include seventeen D.C.I. Gold medal championships, fourteen D.C.I. High Percussion titles, two W.G.I. Gold medal championships, three DCA Gold medal championships, two DCA High Percussion titles, ten DCE championships, nine DCE High Percussion titles, ten High Percussion titles in Japan, and 1977 D.C.I. & P.A.S. IndividualSnare champion.

    Scott is very honored to have been inducted into the 2012 class of the DCI Hall Of Fame, the 2012 WGI Hall Of Fame, and the 2015 World Drum Corps Hall Of Fame.

    Although the primary focus of his teaching career has been in the Drum Corps idiom, Scott has taught privately and arranged percussion scores at the elementary, junior, senior high, and university levels.

    Scott's judging assignments have included numerous marching band and percussion competitions throughout the world, including P.A.S. championships, W.G.I. championships, South African Championships, Indonesia Championships, and the Bands of America Grand National Championships.

    Scott is one of the most sought after Marching Percussion clinicians in the world today.
He has held numerous percussion clinics throughout the United States, Japan, Canada, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Scotland, South Africa, South Korea, Indonesia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Australia, Italy, and China.

  • Sean Gordon

    Front Ensemble Arranger

    For those involved within the arts, coaching sports or teaching academics, there is an age-old adage of “paying it forward” – the idea that those who were once performers, athletes or students become involved in similar educational paths of their respective mentors; to preserve the ideals and traditions passed down and deliver them a new generation. Sean Gordon is among the new wave of up and coming instructors that fits this positive trend.

    Sean’s mallet percussion training began as a seventh grader while attending Canyon Hills Jr. High.  He continued to play mallets for Ayala’s percussion section all four years before graduating and participating with groups such as Pulse Percussion, Riverside Community College, Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps and aging-out with the 2007 DCI Champions, The Blue Devils, as a mallet percussionist.

    During the course of his indoor career, Sean returned to his alumni as a mallet tech in 2007, holding the position until he was promoted to front ensemble instructor in 2009 – working with the likes of his former instructor, Caleb Rothe, Bryan Nungaray, and current front ensemble instructor/arranger Jim Wunderlich.

    Since Sean’s inclusion as Ayala’s mallet tech, the standard setting concert ensemble has earned an astounding three Percussion Scholastic Concert World Championships (four total for 2006 – 2007, 2009 – 2010), as well as their first Percussion Scholastic World title in 2010 with their emotionally charged and patriotic program, “Live to Tell”. He also worked with Pulse Percussion as a mallet technician from 2009 – 2011, where the ensemble earned a 4th place finish in 2009, the Percussion Independent World Bronze Medal in 2011 and the organization’s first ever Championship in 2010 for their program, “Worth the Wait”.

    Sean’s teaching prowess has also migrated to the drum corps scene, as he has worked as the front ensemble instructor for The Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps (Sacramento, CA) in 2010, The Academy Drum & Bugle Corps (Tempe, AZ) in 2011 and 2012, and The Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps  in 2013.

    Sean currently resides in Chino Hills, CA and is a proud educational endorser of REMO drumheads, Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets , and TAMA Percussion.

  • Brandon Wickham

    Brandon Wickham

    Visual Designer

    Brandon Wickham is an international clinician, visual designer, and consultant from California. Brandon began his marching career as a baritone player in 2004 with the Vanguard Cadet Drum and Bugle Corps from Santa Clara, California and went on to join the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps in 2005.

    Since aging out from the Blue Devils organization in 2008, Brandon has gone on to work with several award winning high school programs throughout California and the Mid-Western United States. From 2011-2015, Brandon worked as a designer and visual caption head of the 2011 and 2012 WBA Champion and 2013 BOA Grand National Finalist, Ayala High School Band and Color Guard, as well as the 2013 WBA Champion Upland High School Marching Band, and the 2014-2105 WBA class champion Cerritos High School. After the 2015 fall competitive season, Brandon moved to Indianapolis, Indiana where he has since joined the staff of several prestigious high school programs including the Avon Marching Black and Gold, Ben Davis Marching Giants, and the Center Grove High School Marching Band.

    Outside of the competitive fall season, Brandon works with several different indoor ensembles throughout the western and mid-western United States. Over the past several years Brandon has had the opportunity to work with various indoor ensembles at Avon High School, Ayala High School, Center Grove High School, Etiwanda High School, and Ben Davis High School, as well as a number of other scholastic and independent  groups across the country.

    When the school year comes to an end, Brandon spends his time teaching throughout the summer with DCI. After joining the visual staff of the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013, Brandon went on to become the Visual Caption Head of the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014. After the 2015 competitive season, Brandon was asked to join the visual team at the 18 time World Champion Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps from Concord, California.

    As a visual designer, Brandon designs custom drill for several different marching ensembles across the U.S. as well as marching ensembles in Taiwan, China, and England. Brandon’s work has been performed and awarded at several local and state competitions throughout the United States and has also been performed at the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, IN, and the Winter Guard International World Championships in Dayton, Ohio.

    When he is not teaching in the United States, or near home, Brandon works as a visual designer and clinician for several international groups in China, Taiwan, South America, and England.

    Brandon graduated with High Honors from California State University San Bernardino where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with and emphasis in Marketing. Brandon is also a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Society for Business.

  • Jessica Slabaugh

    Jessica Slabaugh

    Visual/Color Guard Consultant

    Jessica is originally from Golden, Colorado but now lives in the Salt Lake City area. She has been working as a color guard director in public education for over 7 years. She has taught at: Air Academy High School, Bingham High School, Bear Creek High School, Legacy High School, and Wheat Ridge High School. Jessica's ensembles have been awarded several state championships both in 5a Marching Band Competition, and Rocky Mountain Color Guard Association. Legacy High School also had the honor of performing in the 2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade under the color guard direction of Jessica Froyen. She has also been an active member of Winter Guard International (WGI) hosting the Denver Regional, and organizing a trip with Bear Creek High School Winter Guard. Bear Creek High School placed 16 out of 103 High Schools from across the nation and won the Denver WGI Regional. Prior to teaching, Jessica was a member of several color guards and dance ensembles; performing with Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps, Oracle Dance Ensemble, Alchemy Winter Guard, Nova Winter Guard, and Signature Winter Guard.

  • Wendi Neumann

    Wendi Neumann

    Color Guard Designer

    Also joining the staff as Color Guard designer and instructor is Wendi Rogers Neumann. Wendi is coming to the 2018 Skyliners fresh off her 3rd season with The Guard Sr. indoor group. She has worked with Whitehall Coplay High School for the last 4 years, including helping them take home a Cavalcade of Bands American Open Class Championship in 2017. Wendi brings a vast experience both teaching and marching in DCA.

    Email: wendi@skylinersdbc.org

Brass

  • Shane Startzel

    Shane Startzel

    Brass Caption Head

    Shane Startzel, Brass Caption Head, started teaching at Shikellamy High School. He was 2001 Brass and Visual Tech, and Brass and Visual Caption Head from 2002-2003. Shane has worked with the Victor High School Indoor Percussion Program (VIPE) from 2007 to 2011, was Visual Teach in 2007, and has been The Victor Marching Blue Devils’ Brass Music Instructor from 2008-2017. Shane has been The Skyliners’ Brass Caption head since the 2016 season.

    Shane’s marching experience includes being a member of the Shikellamy High School Marching band from 1988 – 1992; The Bluecoats (DCI) from 1991 – 1992, and the Empire Statesmen (DCA) from 2003 – 2007.

    Email: shane@skylinersdbc.org

  • Joe Wilt

    Asst. Brass Caption Head

    Joe Wilt will be returning to the Skyliners in 2018 for his third year as Assistant Brass Caption Head. He is the second generation of a drum corps family, and began his drum corps career at age 6. Since 2010 he has been Brass Coordinator for the Webster High School Marching Band (NY), and currently plays professionally with Prime Time Brass. Joe’s previous DCA experience includes various performing, instructional, and leadership roles in the Empire Statesmen from 2009-2013, and the San Francisco Renegades from 1997-2008. He was also Founder and Co-Director of the Renegades Minicorps, winning the 2001 and 2003 DCA Championships.

  • Tim Eich

    Brass Technician

    Coming Soon.

Percussion

  • Ian Vanderlinden

    Ian Vanderlinden

    Percussion Caption Head

    Ian was The Skyliners Snare Technician for the last two years. His marching experience includes 2005, 2010, 2013 Empire Statesmen; 2006-2009 Rochester Crusaders; and the 2010 Onondaga Community College Indoor Drum line. Teaching since 2009, his experience includes 2009-2010 Webster Marching Band; 2016 Victor Marching Blue Devils; 2011, 2015-2017 Victor Indoor Percussion Ensemble; 2013-2015 Greece Marching Blue Knights; and 2016 Skyliners Drum and Bugle Corps. During his time with VIPE they were crowned the New York State Percussion Circuit Champions in 2015, 2016, and 2017, along with earning a third place finish in 2017 at the WGI World Championships. Ian earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Nazareth College, and holds certification to teach Social Studies.

    Email: ian@skylinersdbc.org

  • Nick Viccica

    Front Ensemble Coordinator

    Coming Soon.

  • Jordan Ripley

    Jordan Ripley

    Snare Technician

    Jordan first started in the activity when he was 11, and has 11 years of marching experience in drum corps. He has taught at several high schools including Marcus Whitman, Naples, Dundee, and Corning Painted Post. He currently teaches at Dundee indoor percussion, and Corning Painted Post high school. In his first year with Dundee, as percussion caption head, they won a State Championship. He is in his third year teaching at Corning Painted Post, where he helped them win the 2017 State Championship in the New York State Field Band Conference. Last year was his first year on the Skyliners staff as tenor tech, and he returns for 2018 as snare tech. Jordan also marched 2 years of World Class WGI with United Percussion, and performed in the World Class Finals both years.

  • Robert "Tex" Lazenberry

    Tenor Technician

    Coming Soon.

  • Brendan "Dexter" Carter

    Bass Technician

    Coming Soon.

  • Josh Ripley

    Front Ensemble Technician

    Coming Soon.

Visual

  • Timmy Allen

    Visual Caption Head

    Tim brings a lifetime of experience to the corps. His marching experience includes performing with the Rochester Crusaders, Syracuse Brigadiers, Connecticut Hurricanes, Magic of Orlando and Pioneer. He has designed and taught for The Ghost Riders, as well as a staff member for The White Sabers from 2012-2017, serving as ensemble coordinator and visual caption head in 2017. He is currently the Visual Caption Head and co winds and front ensemble arranger for the 2017 NYS Field Band Champion Corning-Painted Post High School Marching Band, as well as the assistant director and front ensemble arranger for their indoor Percussion Ensemble.  He attributes his success to growing up in a drum corps family, watching his dad, Donny, and his uncles, Tommy and Jimmy, as they have had a profound impact on the activity. “I am grateful for this opportunity to join an organization with such a rich history”, said Tim. “I am dedicating my work with the Skyliners this season to the memory of my Uncle Jim, who passed away last fall.”

  • Lynn Crawford

    Lynn Crawford

    Visual Tech

    A life long drum corps enthusiast, Lynn grew up in a drum corps family. She has been involved with The Skyliners since their return to DCA in 2014. She has been a Visual Technician since 2016. She assists with several administration positions and member services. She also teaches on the Wyoming Valley West Marching Band Visual Staff.

    Email: lynn@skylinersdbc.org

Color Guard

  • Brenda Peregrim

    Color Guard Caption Head

    Coming Soon.

  • Wendi Neumann

    Wendi Neumann

    Color Guard Designer

    Also joining the staff as Color Guard designer and instructor is Wendi Rogers Neumann. Wendi is coming to the 2018 Skyliners fresh off her 3rd season with The Guard Sr. indoor group. She has worked with Whitehall Coplay High School for the last 4 years, including helping them take home a Cavalcade of Bands American Open Class Championship in 2017. Wendi brings a vast experience both teaching and marching in DCA.

    Email: wendi@skylinersdbc.org