Raiders Announce 2018 Colorguard Staff

We are pleased to announce the Colorguard Staff for the 2018 season:

Shannon Burton - Designer/Caption Head
Stefanellie Saavedra 
Jeremy Hickson
Teddi Vargas
Julian Delacruz 
John Osinski

Auditions for all sections get underway November 24-26 and December 15-17 in Millville, NJ. You can register to attend both sessions today by going to www.raidersdbc.org/join.

Shannon Burton

Shannon is beyond excited to return to the Raiders for her 3rd season. Taking over the program in 2016 as caption/Designer has been one of the most outstanding & rewarding task she has had the privilege of being involved with. Being apart of the Raiders organization is definitely not something new to her. Shannon and her family have been involved with the Raiders ever since she was a child, starting in 1999, with her older sister, who was a member of the drumline.

Almost 10 years later, Shannon joined as a marching member of the colorguard starting in 2008. She continued to perform in 2009 and then again in 2014 where she served as colorguard captain. Aside from spending her outdoor experience with the Raiders, she also spent 2008 and 2009 with the Raiders Winterguard. After 09, the next few years were spent with Emanon Winterguard 2010, 2015 and currently 2018. Aside from marching, Shannon has worked with various programs in NJ such as Belleville H.S (2010-2012), Ridgewood H.S (2014) Montville H.S, (national champions)(2014/2015). Most recently, Q of ESU independent open class finalist (2017) and Madison H.S (2017). What she has valued the most while working with the Raiders is the connections and bonds you make with the other staff and kids and then being able to watch your kids flourish into beautiful performers and spinners. Outside of the colorguard activity, Shannon is a mother of one, works as a chef for a living and is currently back in school at Montclair State University to finish her degree in food science research. 

Stefanellie Saavedra

Stefanellie is no stranger to the Raiders organization. She spun her first season of indoor with Raiders IA Winterguard in 2009 and she marched her first summer with them in 2013. Raiders has been her home and introduction to the “professional” world of marching arts. She went on to march and ageout with the Bluecoats in 2014-2015. Stef also marched Emanon IA in 2014, and Emanon IW in 2015 and 2017. She will be returning for a third season with EIW as one of three captains. Aside from living the dream as a performer, Stefanellie extremely values education and growth in the marching arts. If she can provide that for kids in any way, she will. Any member of a corps deserves to learn how to truly love their craft and how to become great at it. Outside of colorguard, Stef is a working graphic designer in New York City. She dedicates a lot of her energy and talent not only to teaching flags and how to point toes, but she also does a lot of the graphic design for the Raiders and it’s sister organizations, such as East Coast Percussion. Stefanellie is incredibly excited to get year three rolling with the hometeam, continuing to guide kids closer and closer to their goals. It always feels good to give back.

Jeremy Hickson

Jeremy has been involved with the marching arts activity since 2007, starting as a tuba player at South Brunswick High School. He then joined the school's indoor colorguard program in the winter of 2008, and performed with them until his senior year in 2010. After graduating, he marched with several winterguards including the Black Watch, Co-Motion Open, Emanon World, and Zydeco. Jeremy also has experience performing in DCI with Jersey Surf (2011) and Bluecoats (2012-13). After aging out, he spent two summers with the DCA corps, Fusion.

As an instructor Jeremy has been teaching since 2011. He began with the West Windsor-Plainsboro HS South Marching Band, and taught there for 6 years, as well as teaching their sister school for one year in 2016. He assisted with the indoor program associated with the district, N-8 Winterguard, from 2014-2016. In the winter of 2016 he accepted a tech position with Old Bridge HS and now serves as the Colorguard Director of both the fall and winter programs. In addition to spinning in Emanon's world class group, Jeremy has worked as a flag tech with the ensemble since 2017. His first season teaching drum corps was with the Raiders in the summer of 2017, and he looks forward to another incredible season with the organization.

Jeremy attends Rutgers University as a full time student, and his majors are English and Sociology. His dream is to work as an inner city public school teacher. In his off time he enjoys watching nature documentaries on Netflix and eating cosmic brownies.

Teddi Vargas

Teddi Vargas is from South Brunswick, New Jersey. She began her color guard career in the fall of 2010 at South Brunswick High School. She continued to perform with the South Brunswick Color Guard and Visual Ensemble (winter guard) until she graduated in 2014. After graduating, she has gone on to march with various independent groups such as Emanon World, Fusion Core DBC, Fusion Winter Guard, and just aged out with the Phantom Regiment. This winter season, she will be spending her time as a member of the Pride of Cincinnati winter guard. Teddi has also taught with the South Brunswick Color Guard program for 3 years since graduating and has spent time working with other various groups in New Jersey.

Outside of the activity, Teddi is currently on her way to getting her bachelors degree in dance, as well as early childhood education. She has been dancing in studios since she was 3 years old and has continued her love for dance through several performance mediums. Teddi loves to help others learn through the art of movement, as it helps those express themselves in new ways, and to continue to grow as a performer and human being. Teddi is beyond excited to continue her drum corps journey on the other side with Raiders this summer, and cannot wait to see where this opportunity will lead.

Julian Delacruz

Julian Delacruz resides in the Northern NJ area and has performed with The Bushwackers, Emanon Winterguard, and Fusion Core DBC. Currently, Julian is an instructor for the Union High School Marching Band. He has been on the Raiders instructional team since 2016, and is excited or all that the upcoming season has in store. Off the field you will find that Julian is an avid piano player, has a passion for, and writes poetry, and does freelance marketing. While teaching with the Raiders, Julian loves wearing his staff pass when you're not looking, and he likes to catch some Z's on the raiders bus.

John Osinski

This will be John Osinski's second year with the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps as a color guard technician. John has been faithfully involved with the activity for over 9 years now, enjoying performing as much as teaching. He has marched with various organizations such as the Hawthorne Caballeros, the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps and Emanon Winterguard.

Aside from performance and instruction in the color guard activity, John is an IT Professional supporting many technologies at Johnson & Johnson. When he is not at the computer or out on the field, John enjoys listening to a variety of music, playing djembe in his local town, and performing as a magician in small venues.