Fusion Core Design Team

 

Paul Levitan | Show Coordinator

The 2019 season will mark Paul's fourth year with "The Core" and second year as Program Coordinator. Working alongside an incredibly talented team of designers and educators, Paul looks forward to building upon a successful 2018 campaign that ended with Fusion's most competitively successful season to date.

 

Paul is currently the Assistant Director and a Design Team Member for the Fair Lawn High School Marching Band and Indoor Percussion program. He has helped lead them to various achievements including several USBands Indoor titles, WGI Regional Championships, and most notably the PSA gold medal at the 2017 WGI World Championships in Dayton, OH. 2019 will mark Fair Lawn Indoor Percussion's (FLIP) second season in WGI Scholastic Open Class. Paul previously served as a member of the Raiders percussion staff from 2012-2014, and as a member of the Fusion Core percussion staff from 2016-2017.

 

Paul is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts - Amherst and received his MA in Elementary Education and Teaching Students with Disabilities from Teachers College - Columbia University. He is currently pursuing his MA in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University. Paul resides in Hawthorne, NJ and teaches 4th grade in his hometown of Fair Lawn.

Franko Robinson | Color Guard Caption Head & Designer

Franko Robinson has been designing and teaching drum corps, marching band, and colorguard units all over the tri-state area for over 30 years. He began his career as a performer with the esteemed Madison Scouts and Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps.

 

Design, directing, and teaching credits include The New York Skyliners, Reading Buccaneers, East Brunswick High School, North Brunswick High School, Quakertown High School, and Pittston Area High School. He is currently the lead designer for the color guard program at Perkiomen Valley High School of Collegeville, Pennsylvania and East Stroudsburg University of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania and is also a designer with the program at Douglas MacArthur High School in San Antonio, Texas. Franko is also the founder, director, and designer of Q Color Guard of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania which lists being a WGI Regional medalist, WGI World Championships finalist, and 6-Time Tournament Indoor Atlantic Coast Championships to their many accomplishments. Additionally, he is a long-time marching band and colorguard adjudicator with the Cavalcade of Bands and Cavalcade Indoor Circuit.

 

Franko resides in East Stroudsburg with his husband Joe and they are the owners and operators of a successful print and production company based out of Philadelphia. Franko is excited to join the Fusion Core family and is looking forward to this exciting new adventure!

Rob Ferguson | Battery & Front Ensemble Arranger

Rob Ferguson is currently the Director and Program Coordinator for Performing Arts, serving both Matrix Independent World and Matrix Independent Open Percussion Ensembles. Rob also serves as the music designer for Matrix and has since its inception in 1999. In addition, Rob also serves as the Percussion Arranger and Percussion Caption Coordinator for the Phantom Regiment from Rockford, Illinois. Rob served as the Percussion Coordinator and Percussion Arranger for the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps from Toledo, Ohio, from 2008-2012 and as the Percussion Arranger for the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle corps from 2012-2015. Rob has served as a percussion representative for the Mideast Performance Association and currently serves as the Percussion Education Director for the Ohio Indoor Performance Association and as a member of the WGI Percussion Advisory Board. Rob holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Music in Music Performance from Kent State University where he studied with Michael Burritt and Ted Rounds. He previously served as adjunct percussion faculty and assistant marching band director at Youngstown State University, and currently is the Design Coordinator for Firestone High School and Norton High School bands in Northeast Ohio, the Program Coordinator for the Central Crossing High School and Marion Harding High School Marching Bands from central Ohio, as well as the Brenham HS Marching Band from Brenham, TX.

 

Rob is an active clinician and adjudicator for both the indoor and outdoor marching activities. He has presented clinics on marching percussion, keyboard percussion, arranging, and amplification in the marching activity throughout the U.S. and in Europe including the 2007 PAS convention, the 2008 Indoor Percussion Europe Championships, and as a part of the 2016 Chiayi City International Band Festival in Chiayi City, Taiwan. Ferguson has also performed as a marimba clinician and guest artist with numerous high schools and college percussion ensembles.

 

In addition to teaching, Rob works professionally as a designer, composer, program coordinator, and consultant for outdoor and indoor marching ensembles throughout the U.S. and abroad. He is the owner of Ferguson Design Solutions, a company providing custom arrangements, original compositions, consulting, and design resources for marching bands, drum corps, and indoor percussion ensembles in all major arenas of the pageantry arts. Rob is also a sales representative for Field & Floor FX. Currently resides in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Rob is an endorser and clinician for Mapex & Majestic Percussion, Innovative Percussion, the Avedis Zildjian Co., Planet Waves, Pageantry Innovations, and Remo Inc.

 

Key Poulan | Music Coordinator & Brass Arranger

www.keypoulanmusic.com

Key Poulan is a composer and arranger primarily for the marching arts and has written for the world’s most famous drum corps including the Santa Clara Vanguard, Mandarins, Spirit of Atlanta, Genesis, Spartans, Cascades, Glassmen, Caballeros, Hurricanes, Sunrisers, Juliana, Millennium, and the Star United and Mass Brass Mini Corps. As the owner of Key Poulan Music, he has been recognized as one of the country’s top arrangers and composers in the area of contemporary drum corps and marching band. His marching band arrangements have won several national titles at the Bands of America Grand Nationals Championships. His works have won many state titles throughout the United States and have been performed around the world. His transcription of “The Promise of Living” from Copland’s “Tender Land” was extremely well received at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival and his original works “Carnegie Fanfare and Dance” and “A Fortune in Steel” were premiered at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.

 

Key Poulan graduated from Marshall High School in Marshall, Texas in 1980 after starting band in Lindale Texas. Key received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from East Texas State University (currently Texas A & M – Commerce) in 1985 and had the opportunity of studying under many fine educators including: Gary Hill, Dave Ward, Dr. Robert Houston, and Dr. Gene Lockhart. Key studied trombone under the late Dr. Neill Humfeld and composition with Dr. Ronald Yates and Dr. Margaret Wheat at ETSU. Key also credits his success to his mentors: Philip Geiger, Bill Watson, Eddie Green, Dr. Lawrence Sutherland, Dr. Gary Gilroy, Dr. Jerry Payne, Melvin Reddic, Hubert “Butch” Almany and the person who started him on trombone in the 5th grade – Jasper Huff.

 

Key was fortunate enough to audition for the Concord Blue Devils and be selected to the baritone line in 1983. As a fan of Wayne Downey’s electrifying writing style, Key spent time studying Wayne’s work and assisted him in lifting tunes during the 1983 Blue Devils’ season. Since 1985, Key has become an integral part of the Drum Corps International and Drum Corps Associates community.

Ian Flint | Drill Designer

Ian has been active in the marching activity for over 20 years. He was a member of the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps from 1998-2000 and then was a member of the visual staff from 2004-2007. From 2014-2017 he was on staff with the Oregon Crusaders and served in many roles including Program Coordinator, Visual Caption Supervisor and Drill Designer. He is now entering his second season as the drill designer for 7th Regiment In DCI Open Class. As a drill writer he designs for over 30 ensembles a year and is an active clinician for groups all across the country.

 

Ian holds a Bachelors in Music Performance (Tuba) from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He currently works as Director of Bands at Bellows Free Academy in Fairfax Vermont where he teaches 5th-12th grade instrumental lessons and also runs all instrumental ensembles for the district including 3 concert bands, jazz band, pep band and marching band. Previous to moving to Vermont Ian worked for Dartmouth Public Schools (Dartmouth, MA) as the District Wide Brass Specialist. He served as a show designer and visual coordinator for Dartmouth’s marching band and indoor percussion ensembles. In his 9 years there the marching band won 5 USBands National Championships and the Indoor Percussion won 3 WGI World Class Championships. Ian currently resides in Winooski, VT.

Dan Burbank | Front Ensemble Instructor & Designer

Daniel Burbank began his drum corps career as a member of the Raiders’ front ensemble from 2006 to 2008. He joined the Blue Stars in 2010, playing marimba in 2010 and 2011 under the percussion leadership of Tom Aungst and Neil Larrivee.

 

Since 2008, Daniel has served variously in the capacities of front ensemble director, music arranger, and assistant director for the Fair Lawn High School Marching Band and Indoor Percussion, during which time they have captured multiple percussion titles in marching band and indoor percussion, most notably the 2017 WGI Scholastic A Class World Championship. Other front ensemble teaching experience includes the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps as well as Bloomfield High School.

 

He is a 2012 graduate of Montclair State University with a bachelor's degree in Music Education. Daniel currently serves as the band director at Bloomfield Middle School in Bloomfield, NJ.

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