The Raiders is pleased to announce their Design Team for the 2018 season:

Program Coordinators – John Burns & Lauren Moffatt Burns
Program Consultant - PJ Tankard
Drill Designer – Christopher Miller
Battery Arranger/Battery Caption Head - Anthony Matthews
Color Guard Designer/Caption Head – Shannon Burton
Brass Arranger - Jake Kaplan
Front Ensemble Arranger – Glenn Dawson

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

John Burns - Program Coordinator

John Burns received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Shenandoah University and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Music Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  He is currently in his sixth year as the Director of Bands at Council Rock High School South.  

In addition to leading the marching band, Mr. Burns established and directs the award-winning Winter Guard here at Council Rock South. He also instructs the Jazz Lab Band.  His  teaching experience includes 16 years in the Virginia, NJ, and PA public school systems as well as the 2004 Lehigh Valley Knights (drum corp), the 2006 Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps, and Impact Independent Winter Guard (2008 - 2012). As a performer, Mr. Burns has been a member of Dominion Winter Guard, The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, Field of View Winter Guard, Just Class Winter Guard, and the  Pride of Cincinnati Winter Guard. 
Mr. Burns frequently serves as a consultant and drill writer for bands in Pennsylvania and Virginia. He is extremely pleased to be heading up the Raiders Design Team this season.

Lauren Moffatt Burns - Program Coordinator

Lauren is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.    Lauren is in her 6th year leading the color guard, and she is one of the founding staff members of the Council Rock South Winter Guard.

Over the years, Lauren has taught numerous high school programs in PA and VA, including 13 years at Upper Moreland HS.  In addition to high school, Lauren has taught at the Bluecoats 2002-2003, Lehigh Valley Knights 2003-2004, and Field of View A 2014.  

She has performed with the Golden Sabers Winter Guard, the Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps.  She was also a member of the Micro Magic Performance Ensemble, which toured in the US and Japan. She and John Burns were also founding staff members, choreographers, and instructional team members for Impact Independent Winter Guard (2008-2012).  

Additionally, Lauren is  in her 3rd season of service on the Executive Board for Mid-Atlantic Indoor Network (MAIN). When she’s not teaching color guard, she is busy being the owner of a Hallmark Gold Crown store in Dresher, PA.

Christopher Miller - Drill Designer

Chris received his B.S. in Music Performance from of The University of the Arts in 2003. He then toured professionally for three years as a percussionist for multiple performing artists, while teaching high school marching band and percussion programs. Chris has performed with many call-for-hire scenarios as a performing percussionist. Chris obtained his music teaching certification through Rowan University in 2005. He is currently a full time Instrumental Music teacher in Cherry Hill, NJ, in his 10+ year of public school teaching / music education, and in his 15+ year of marching instruction. In 2011, Chris was a percussion intern / transcriber for The Cadets. Chris also worked with Jersey Surf in 2017 as a tenor tech during their winter camp season.

He is the sole proprietor of Custom Marching Drill Design and serves as a member of the Vic Firth Education Team. Chris continues to develop young percussion students in the Southern New Jersey area both scholastically and privately. He has worked with professional recording producers and engineers, such as David Ivory of Ivory Records.

Chris has instructed and designed performances that have resulted in many championship percussion awards throughout several associations including BOA, WGI, USBands, TOB and TIA. Chris has a strong love for recording, composing, designing, and performing music. He enjoys sharing his love and passion for music with others. As a musician, Chris always strives to grow as an artist, designer and teacher.

Anthony Matthews - Percussion Arranger/Caption Head

Anthony Matthews is thrilled to join and lead the Raiders Percussion staff as Arranger and Caption Head for their 2018 Drum Corps International (DCI) season. Anthony, also known as “Mudfoot”, began his career in the marching arts in 1990, playing marching snare for the Middle Township High School Marching Band.

During high school, and after graduation, he went on to march with the Jersey Surf Drum & Bugle Corps for 2 seasons, playing marching snare under the leadership of Chet Teitsworth, Christopher (CJ) Johnson and Bill “Woody” Woodward. He studied Jazz Performance at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia Pa., and completed an intensive, full-time program at The Collective, NYC (The Drummers Collective), receiving his Diploma in “All Phases of Percussion”.

Anthony began his teaching and writing career during high school, as a percussion instructor at Millville High School in Millville NJ. From that point on, he has been Caption Head of, and written field percussion scores (battery percussion) for, every school he has taught, including Millville, Middle Township, Pitman, Arch Bishop Ryan, Bensalem, Cherokee, Shawnee, and Buena; and has run Indoor percussion programs at Middle Township & Bensalem High Schools.

Shannon Burton - Colorguard Designer/Caption Head

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. 

Jake Kaplan - Brass Arranger

Jake Kaplan is a Massachusetts based composer who was forged in the Philadelphia area. He has a Bachelor's degree in bass performance with a minor in music education from The University of the Arts, where he graduated with honors. Currently, he is studying jazz composition at the New England Conservatory.

Jake specializes in large ensemble music ranging from jazz groups, to field bands, and concert ensembles. He is also versed in small groups and chamber ensembles as well. With a three-tiered philosophy, he sees the comprehensive musician equally vested in composition, education, and performance. He is excited to be given the opportunity to share his passion for drum corps in the form of arranging for the Raiders Drum And Bugle Corps. 

Glenn Dawson - Front Ensemble Arranger

Glenn is honored to assume the position of front ensemble arranger for the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2015, Glenn received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Rowan University. His Drum Corps International experience comprises performing with both the 2013 Spirit of Atlanta (under Erik Kosman, Steve Rodgers, and Omar Carmenates) and the 2014 Bluecoats (under Brad Palmer, Ryan
Kilgore, Craig Loeffler, Erik Kosman, and Tom Rarick). He has also composed and taught for several competitive bands in the southern New Jersey area.