Reading Buccaneers Inc.
P.O. Box 13032
Reading, PA 19612
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

DIRECTOR - Lou Tierno

Lou, a 2001 inductee into the Buccaneer Hall of Fame, has been a Buccaneer since 1985.  He joined the corps as a member of the brass line, and marched, most often as a member of the mellophone section, until 2000. In the mid 90’s, he started the administrative part of his drum corps career when he became the Business Manager of the corps. In 1998, he served as Assistant Director for Jimmy Gruber and remained the Assistant Director until he left the corps after the 2011 season. In 2013, Lou started to work with DCA as an Assistant to the Treasurer and then became Treasurer of Drum Corps Associates in 2014. He is proud to return to the Buccaneers as Director for 2019, the corps' 62nd season. 

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - Dan Wildonger

Dan started his Buccaneer tenure back in 1988 as a mellophone player.  Dan later returned to the Buccaneers as a baritone/euphonium player from 1997 through the 2007 season.  During this time Dan also served in the Membership Committee from 1997 through 2004.  In 2005 Dan took on the role of Corps Secretary and continued to serve in that role though 2014.  In 2015 Dan became the Corps Assistant Director, a position he still holds. 

SECRETARY - Andrea Gwyn

Andrea was a flute player that absolutely loved the Garfield Cadets - so during the winter of 1986 she taught herself how to play the mellophone, started playing with the Rosetto Chieftans, and officially started her drum corps career by filling a soprano hole in the Reading Buccaneers in May of 1987. She used her experience at the Bucs to earn a spot at Garfield and she marched with the Cadets in 1988 and aged out in 1989 as a soprano / flugel. Wanting to give back to the organization that helped her reach her goal, she returned to the Bucs as a mellophone in 1990. She climbed the podium in 1991 and was Drum Major from 1991 through 1994, and was voted Most Valuable Member in 1991, 1992, and 1994. She also served as the Membership Manager in 1993 and 1994.  In 1995 she served as a Drum Major for the Bushwackers. She took a 15 year hiatus to raise little Buccaneers, returned to the Bucs in 2011 to be an assistant DM and by 2012 was back on the podium. Andrea was inducted into the Buccaneer’s Hall of Fame in 2013. The 2019 season mark’s Andrea’s thirteenth year as the Bucs' Drum Major, fifteenth as a Buccaneer. When she is not on the field, she heads a Regulatory Affairs department for a vaccine company called Sanofi Pasteur.

TREASURER - Greg Shelley

Greg was a member of the Reading Buccaneers hornline in 1986 and 1987 and returned to the hornline for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.  Currently, he is a professor and chair of the Psychology Department at Kutztown University.

BUSINESS MANAGER - Rich Strang

Rich’s drum corps experience spans several decades, starting in 1992 when he played contra with the Crossmen.  It continued in 2009 as Rich joined the Reading Buccaneers to play contra.  In 2016, drum corps became a family affair as Rich joined the Reading Buccaneers on the field to proudly march tuba again, this time alongside his daughter.  Rich is honored and excited to focus his efforts on supporting the Reading Buccaneers in the role of business manager for the 2019 season.  Off the field, Rich serves as a Manager of IT Service Ownership at a large clinical research organization.

Consultant - Carl Ruocco

Carl Ruocco has enjoyed a long and influential career in both the drum corps and marching band activities.  As a teacher and administrator, Carl’s stellar drum corps resume includes service to Star of Indiana, Crossmen, Jersey Surf, Spirit of Atlanta and Santa Clara Vanguard.  He has been a long-time member of the New York Skyliners organization.  He has judged the Drum Corps International World Championships three times and the Drum Corps Associates World Championships twice.  He has been inducted to the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame (2001), the New Jersey Hall of Fame (2003), the New York Skyliners Hall of Fame (2006), the Crossmen Hall of Fame (2011) and the Reading Buccaneers Hall of Fame (2011).

MEMBERSHIP MANAGER - Matt Heckman

Matt is a 13-year veteran of the drum & bugle corps activity, having joined the Buccaneers in 2007 as a member of the 50th anniversary hornline on trumpet.  Since then, he has continued to perform with the Buccaneers every summer, with the exception of 2012 when he aged-out with DCI’s Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps.  Beyond performing on the field, Matt served as trumpet section leader in 2011 and as horn sergeant since 2014.  An active participant in the Buccaneers’ membership efforts since returning from the Glassmen in 2013, he is honored and excited to return to the role of Membership Manager for the second season in 2019.

PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER - Tom Moore

Tom Moore returns to the Buccaneers for the 2019 season in the role of Public Relations Manager, a role he previously held from 2006 through 2015.  In this role, Tom is responsible for the dissemination of information about the corps and the cultivation of strategic relationships for the corps. Tom also assists in strategic planning and other projects for the Buccaneers. 

 

A native of Connecticut, Tom earned his undergraduate degree at Gettysburg College, where he was drum major of the "Bullet" Marching Band. He relocated to the Reading area in 1997 following his graduation from The Dickinson School of Law. Tom has been both a practicing attorney and a development professional in the local nonprofit community, and he has brought these experiences to the corps. 

 

After several years as a support staff volunteer for the corps, Tom joined the Buccaneers horn line for his "rook-out" year in 2005 on trumpet.  He was named Most Improved marching member and brass member by the instructional staff. 

 

Recognizing that his talents at mouse and keyboard far surpassed his talents on the field, Tom stepped onto the administrative side of the corps in 2006, where he has been ever since.  In addition to the Buccaneers, Tom has volunteered his time with Drum Corps Associates and the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps. 

 

Tom currently resides in Bucks County, PA with his husband Steven. He currently works as a trust and estate specialist with a large financial services firm. 

 

Tom was inducted into the Buccaneers Hall of Fame in 2015. 

SUPPORT STAFF COORDINATOR - Lois Tierno

Lois W. Tierno is thrilled to return to the Buccaneers in 2019 as Support Staff Coordinator, a position she previously held and one she helped develop into a standard among DCA corps.

 

Lois started her drum corps career in 1980 as a member of the Archer-Epler Musketeers color guard.  She marched there through 1984, before joining the Buccaneers’ color guard.  In 1986, Lois transitioned to the administrative side of the corps.  She served in various roles in the corps’ executive committee, including stints as Secretary and Treasurer.  But she would make her greatest impact on the corps in her transformation of the role of Support Staff Coordinator, which she previously held for more than 20 years.  Under Lois’ guidance, and thanks to the unwavering support and efforts of countless volunteers, the Buccaneers helped provide thousands of members with a world-class experience in which they thrived as people and as performers.  Lois was inducted into the Buccaneers Hall of Fame in 2005.

 

Lois served as DCA’s Class A Coordinator in 2013 and 2014, and as its Public Relations Coordinator in 2015 and 2016.  

 

She lives in Sanatoga, PA with her husband, fellow Buccaneers Hall of Fame member Louis Tierno.

WEB MANAGER - Ben Mair

Since learning about drum corps in his early teens, Ben has been fascinated with the activity. After finally achieving his goal of marching with a Corps in 2015 at The Buccaneers, Ben has never looked back. Having marched 4 consecutive years playing the tuba with The Buccaneers, he continues to fall in love with activity in every way he gets involved, and Ben is thrilled to be taking on his new role as Web Manager with The Buccaneers for the 2019 season!

Web.Manager@readingbuccaneers.org

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER - Michelle Strang

Michelle is a 3 year veteran of the Reading Buccaneers, marching tuba starting in 2016 with her dad, Rich Strang, and has continued to be involved in the corps ever since then. She will be marching her 4th year on tuba this year and is honored and excited to be able to take on the role of Social Media Manager for the 2019 season!

Michelle.Strang@readingbuccaneers.org

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