Reading Buccaneers Inc.
P.O. Box 13032
Reading, PA 19612
2019 PercussionTechnical Staff
Led by Percussion Caption Head Johnny Trujillo

SNARE TECHNICIAN - Brandon Isham

Brandon Isham is returning for his 5th year as the snare drum instructor.  His marching experience includes Jersey Surf, United Percussion, and The Cadets.  Brandon has also spent several years performing in various ensembles professionally with Windish Music Productions.

 

Currently living in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Brandon is a 4th grade teacher in the Harrisburg City School District.  He is also studying at Shippensburg University for a master's degree in Educational Leadership.  Brandon is currently the percussion coordinator and arranger for the East Pennsboro Area High School Marching band and Director for the Indoor Percussion ensemble.  He has been involved as an instructor with United Percussion, Mechanicsburg High School, Coatesville High School, and West Chester East High School.

QUAD TECHNICIAN - Sean Clendening

Sean is excited to return in his third year working with the RQ. He was born and raised in Delaware where he first discovered his passion for drumming in the fourth grade. Joining the Appoquinimink High School marching band he was first introduced to the marching arts and the art of tenor drumming later in 2012 at the University of Delaware.  Sean has been teaching at Unionville High School in Pennsylvania since 2013 first serving as the tenor tech then expanding to the battery arranger and coordinator. His experience marching in the activity includes Imperial Dynasty, Cadets 2, Cadets Winter Percussion where he served as section leader for two years, and the University of Delaware where he served as section leader for three years.  Currently finishing a degree in Software Engineering and Interactive Media, Sean is working as a web application developer and researcher in Wilmington, Delaware.  Sean is looking forward to bringing something new to the organization and to continue educating eager students who share his passion.

BASS TECHNICIAN - Eric Mailloux

After being in Florida for a few years, ERIC “MAILBOX” MAILLOUX (Bass Drums) returns for his fourth season on the Buccaneers percussion staff.  He is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology.  Starting at the age of 15, Eric’s drum corps performance experience includes the Jersey Surf, the Reading Buccaneers, and The Cadets.  Eric has previously taught at Spring-Ford High School, where he helped lead the school to multiple championships and high percussion awards.  He also instructed the beginning years of the indoor percussion ensemble for Spring-Ford.  Currently Eric works as a software engineer in the Philadelphia area, and currently is studying for a Computer Science Master's degree from Georgia Tech.  He lives with, and teaching passion supported by his new wife Samantha and dog Harvey.

CYMBAL TECHNICIAN - Brianna Dougherty

With great excitement, Brianna Dougherty is the taking over the Reading Cymbal Line. She was born and raised in Delaware where she was first introduced to cymbals through DelTech percussion. Moving away from playing with scarves to corps style playing; she began marching in numerous groups including: Imperial Dynasty, University of Delaware, Cadets 2, and Cadets Winter Percussion; most are where she served as section leader for a few years. Brianna has been teaching cymbals at Unionville High School in Pennsylvania since 2013. She completed her bachelors in Sociology and Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware. Now she works full time as a paralegal in Wilmington, DE while completing her JD at Widener Delaware Law. Brianna is looking forward to bringing something new to the organization and to continue educating students in the complex art of cymbals.

FRONT ENSEMBLE TECHNICIAN - Steven Hand

Steven Hand is excited to be back for his second season with the Reading Buccaneers Front Ensemble. Although originally from Maryland, he currently lives in New Jersey and works as a forensic scientist in New York City. Steven began his drum corps career at the Reading Buccaneers in 2011 and went on to be a member of the Bluecoats front ensemble in 2012 and 2013. Steven was also a member of the George Mason Indoor Drumline during their last year in PIO (2012) and their first year in PIW (2013). Steven has worked with a several high school programs including Huntingtown High School, Urbana High School, Downingtown West High School, and Bayonne High School. Steven has also taught the front ensembles of Imperial Dynasty (2017), Towson University (2013-2015), George Mason University Indoor Drumline (2014-2016), and Spirit of Atlanta (2015).

FRONT ENSEMBLE TECHNICIAN - Christina Billone

Returning for the 2019 season is Christina Billone, a general music teacher and choral director in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. A Pennsylvania native, Christina has marched with the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2010, 2012, and 2013 and toured with Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014.  In addition to her marching career, Christina was the front ensemble coordinator at the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps, Imperial Dynasty, and has been a technician at the Buccaneers since 2017. She is so excited about the 2019 season and what it may bring!

FRONT ENSEMBLE TECHNICIAN - Matt Bracciante

Matt is very excited to return for his sixth year on the instructional staff of the Buccaneers. After spending three years as the tenor instructor, he began teaching the front ensemble in 2015 alongside Mike Lalli. In addition to the Buccaneers, Matt has taught at a number of other successful programs, including Cadets Winter Percussion, Spring-Ford High School, Downingtown West High School, Calvert Hall College High School, Coatesville Area Senior High School, and Millersville University. He began his own marching career with the Buccaneers on the tenor line in 2008-09, before marching with The Cavaliers from 2010-11, earning the Fred Sanford Award for High Percussion in 2011. Following his marching career he completed his degree in Music Performance from Millersville University in 2013. Matt currently resides in West Chester, PA where he is an active music performer and educator.

FRONT ENSEMBLE TECHNICIAN - Chad Riley

Chad Riley is a percussionist and music educator living in Woodbridge, VA. He graduated from George Mason University, earning a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education, and works in Fairfax County Public Schools as an elementary band director.

Chad’s independent marching experience began in 2011 as a member of the front ensemble at Carolina Gold. He then went on to perform with Carolina Crown in 2013 and 2014 and aged out in 2015 at the Santa Clara Vanguard. Chad was additionally a member of the front ensemble at the George Mason University Indoor Drumline from 2013-2015.

As an instructor, Chad has worked with the front ensemble at South County High School in Lorton, VA since 2014. He has additionally been a member of the front ensemble staff at George Mason University since 2018, and served as front ensemble instructor with the Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps for their 2018 season. Chad is excited to join the team at the Buccaneers and support Grant in this new endeavor.

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