2020 Percussion Technical Staff
Led by Percussion Caption Head Johnny Trujillo

BATTER CONSULTANT - Brandon Isham

Brandon Isham is returning for his 6th year on the Buccaneer percussion staff as a a battery consultant.  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.

SNARE TECHNICIAN - Charlie Partridge

Charlie is an experienced marching arts performer and educator from Central Pennsylvania. His competitive drumming career began in the winter of 2014 with the Liberty University Indoor Drumline, where he earned a WGI bronze medal. Charlie stayed with LUID through 2016, before making his world class debut in 2017 with the George Mason University Indoor Drumline. In addition, Charlie spent two seasons competing in DCA with Cadets2 Drum and Bugle Corps, winning the gold medal and high percussion award with the ensemble in 2016. He then went on to march with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in 2017, and concluded his performance career in the winter of 2018 with United Percussion for his age-out season.

 

Since aging out of the marching arts, Charlie has become an experienced battery technician and designer. He has designed both drill and battery scores for Jefferson Forest HS, and, in addition, has served on the instructional staff with Liberty University Marching Band, East Pennsboro HS, United Percussion, and Jersey Surf.

 

Outside of his drumming career, Charlie is a graduate of Liberty University and now works in the insurance benefits industry as a data analyst.

QUAD TECHNICIAN - Sean Clendening

Sean is excited to return in his fourth 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 - Adam Benner

Adam Benner, a native of Emmaus, PA, is a proud graduate of the University of Delaware with a degree in Music Management, as well as Lehigh Carbon Community College with a degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant.  Adam will be returning for his second summer teaching the Buccaneers bass line. He first began teaching marching percussion in 2005 with the Marching Phantoms of Phoenixville Area High School. Since that time, he has had the opportunity to teach many high school programs, spending the last four years with Spring-Ford High School out of Royersford, Pennsylvania.  Adam has participated as a performing member of the Aftermath Indoor Percussion Ensemble (2003-2006), Penn State University Indoor Drumline (2008), and the Reading Buccaneer Drum and Bugle Corps (2005-2011). 

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 Michael Hand is excited to be back for his third season with the Reading Buccaneers. Steven lives in Towson and works as a forensic scientist in Baltimore County, Maryland.  Steven began his drum corps career at the Reading Buccaneers and then went on to be a member of the Bluecoats front ensemble. Steven was also a member of the George Mason Indoor Drumline during their last year in PIO and their first year in PIW. Steven currently teaches the front ensemble at Urbana High School in Ijamsville, Maryland. In the past, he has worked with Huntingtown High School, Urbana High School, Bayonne High School, Downingtown West High School, Imperial Dynasty, Towson University Marching Band, George Mason University Indoor Drumline, and Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps.

FRONT ENSEMBLE TECHNICIAN - Christina Billone

Returning for the 2020 season is Christina Billone, a general music teacher and choral director in Owings Mills, Maryland. 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 2020 season and what it may bring!

FRONT ENSEMBLE TECHNICIAN - Matt Bracciante

Matt will be returning for his eighth 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 marching 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, helping them win 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 is excited to join the Buccaneers once again to help guide them into the future.

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