Design Team

The Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps is pleased to introduce the design team for the Raiders’ 2019 production.

Meet The 2019 Raiders Design Team

Lauren Moffatt Burns

Program Coordinator

John Burns

Assistant Program Coordinator and Staging Designer

Key Poulan

Composer and Brass Arranger

Dan Bryan

Front Ensemble Arranger

Travis Peterman

Percussion Coordinator and Arranger

Lindell Palmer

Color Guard Designer and Caption Head

Tykeem Rainey


Lauren Moffatt Burns

Lauren Moffatt Burns is one of the founding staff members of the Council Rock South Winter Guard, and is currently in her seventh year teaching these hard-working students.

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.

Over the years, Lauren has taught numerous high school programs in Pennsylvania and Virginia, 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 and John were also founding staff members, choreographers, and instructional team members for Impact Independent Winter Guard (2008-2012). They are both very proud of their fifth place finish in 2010 and their World Championship title in the Independent A class in 2012. Lauren is also in her fifth year of service as an Executive Board Member for Mid-Atlantic Indoor Network (MAIN).

In real life, Lauren attended Lebanon Valley College (Annville, PA) and received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She married her best friend, fellow designer, and love of her life in 2013 and they live in Glenside with their loving puppy, Monty. When she’s not teaching the pageantry arts, she is busy being the owner of TWO Hallmark Gold Crown stores in Dresher, PA and Harleysville, PA.

Key Poulan

Key Poulan is a composer and arranger with an expertise in the marching arts. He has written for the world’s most famous drum corps including the Santa Clara Vanguard, Mandarins, Glassmen, Spirit of Atlanta, Cascades, Spartans, Sunrisers, Hurricanes, Caballeros, Millennium (Italy), Juliana (Netherlands), Siamyth (Thailand), Star United and the Mass Brass Mini Corps. He is the wind arranger for the World Champion Chromium Winds (The Cavaliers). 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 marching band, has several concert band works to his credit.

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.

Travis Peterman

Born and raised in Newark, Delaware, Travis Peterman began his performing career with the All-State Junior and Senior Bands. Quickly finding a passion for the marching arts, he went on to perform with the Reading Buccaneers, United Percussion, the Blue Stars, and Rhythm X.

He began his drum corps teaching career with the Cadets2 as the snare technician and battery choreographer, remaining with the corps for three years. Travis previously held the position of the director, program coordinator, and battery arranger for Cadets Winter Percussion during its three year tenure. Currently, Travis is the percussion caption supervisor at Carolina Crown and the program director of the George Mason University Indoor Drumline, where he is also a battery and visual designer. In DCA, he has been the battery arranger and director of percussion for the Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps since the 2016 season. Travis has been involved with the WGI group Imperial Dynasty in various roles since 2004, currently serving as the battery and drill designer.

Travis joined the Raiders for the 2019 season, serving as the battery designer. He is also an accomplished adjudicator with circuits such as SCPA, KIDA, AIA, and NWAPA.

Travis is honored to have studied under educators such as Thom Hannum, Tom Aungst, Tim Jackson, Jim Ancona, Joel Hilbert, Tim Fairbanks, Darick Kelly, Rich Hammond, and Chris Feist. Outside of the percussion world, Travis holds an A.A. in Criminal Justice from Delaware Tech, a B.S. in Behavioral Science from Wilmington University, and a M.Ed. in School Counseling (also from WilmU).

Tykeem Rainey

Tykeem Rainey is 28 years old and resides in San Antonio, Texas. Tykeem began his performing arts journey in 2004-2007 in El Paso, Texas at El Dorado High School. 

In 2008, Tykeem relocated to Alexandria, Virginia and marched Impact Independent until 2012 under the direction of John and Lauren Burns. In 2012, Impact Independent was named the WGI Independent A Class Champion. 

Tykeem’s drum corps experience includes marching the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps from 2008 to 2011. He served as color guard captain in 2010 and 2011. Tykeem severed as an intern and instructor for the color guard in 2012, 2013, and 2014. 

In 2014, Tykeem had the opportunity to perform in the Tony and Emmy Award Winning production, “BLAST!” that toured prefectures throughout Japan. From 2015 to 2017, Tykeem performed in “Mix it Up,” a staged theme show located at Busch Gardens, in Williamsburg, Virginia. 

From 2015 to 2017, Tykeem served as weapon technician and choreographer for Stonewall Independent Open guard, located in Manassas. Virginia. In the spring of 2017, Tykeem earned his Bachelor’s Degree (With Honors) in history from Virginia Commonwealth University located in Richmond, Virginia. He was also nominated twice for the History Department’s W.E.B Du Bois Award which is awarded to the top African American male or female student. 

In 2018, Tykeem was a choreographer for George Mason University’s Mason Open, located in Fairfax, Virginia. 

Tykeem is an active color guard choreographer and technician at Ronald Reagan High School, Winston Churchill High School, Hickory High School, Green Hope High School and George Mason University. Tykeem is very excited to join the color guard staff of the Raiders!

John Burns

John Burns received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Shenandoah University and is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Music Education degree from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. He is currently in his seventh year as the Director of Bands at Council Rock High School South in Holland, Pennsylvania. Under his direction, the Band has received numerous accolades at State and Regional competitions including achieving the title of 2016 US Bands Group IV-A National Champions! 

Mr. Burns also established the award-winning Winter Guard at Council Rock South. His public school teaching experience includes fourteen years in the Virginia, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania public school systems. His color guard performance experience includes: 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. His Drum Corps teaching experience includes the 2004 Lehigh Valley Knights, and the 2006 Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps. 

John and his wife Lauren founded and instructed Impact Independent Winter Guard, from Northern Virginia, and served as their directors from 2008 – 2012. Impact won the 2012 Independent A World Championship. Aside from their passion for color guard, he and his wife have a deep love and affection for their 7 year old puppy, Monty.

Mr. Burns frequently serves as a consultant and drill writer for bands in Pennsylvania and Virginia. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, Kappa Kappa Psi and an alumnus of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps.

Dan Bryan

Dan Bryan teaches music for the Stanislaus Union School District. Prior to this appointment, he held positions at Los Banos High School, Grace M. Davis High School, and Joseph A. Gregori High School, where he founded the music department in 2010. Additionally, he works with CSU Stanislaus as a student teacher supervisor in the Teacher Education Department. He acts as an adjudicator throughout the United States, and has served as judge for Drum Corps International. Currently, he serves on the design teams for Genesis (TX) and Raiders (NJ) Drum and Bugle Corps.

He is an eight time Winter Guard International World Championship Medal winner (and seven-time WGI Finalist) as an instructor/composer; additionally, he is published internationally through Key Poulan Music and GPG Publications. His music has been performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, as well as the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Some of his recent projects include the CSU, Fresno Bulldog Marching Band, Nor Cal Indoor (2017 WGI World Championship  Percussion Finalist), and Clovis North HS Marching Band (2017 Midwest Clinic performer).

He is a graduate of Modesto Junior College and CSU Fresno, and holds his Master’s Degree in Band Conducting from Sam Hoston State University. He has served on the boards of the California Band Directors Association, Stanislaus County Music Educators Association, and the Central Valley Guard and Percussion Circuit. He is in demand as a clinician and guest conductor throughout California, and has presented at the California All State Music Educators Conference, Southern California Band and Orchestra Association, and Cazadero Music Camp (Conductor).

Dan is co-owner (with his wife, Lindsay) of Pitopia Percussion, is a teacher/endorser for Innovative Percussion, and is the proud father of his favorite little tornado, Kate.

Lindell Palmer

Lindell Palmer has been involved in the color guard activity for over twenty years. He began performing with the Park View High School Color Guard of South Hill, VA and later marched Revelation Winter Guard of Richmond, VA (WGI A Class Finalist 2000).

He currently serves as the director and lead choreographer of Mason Open (WGI Open Class Finalist 2018) and is on the design team at numerous successful scholastic guard programs across Virginia. He previously directed Stonewall Independent (WGI Open Class Finalist 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and WGI A Class Silver Medalist 2013) and led the Stonewall Jackson High School Winter Guard Ensemble for eleven years. During his tenure there, Stonewall High School accumulated five gold medals and five silver medals within the Atlantic Indoor circuit.

Mr. Palmer was also a staff member of Act 1 Winter Guard (WGI A-Class Finalist 2006). In addition, Mr. Palmer has served as a color guard adjudicator for several marching band competitions in Virginia and was inducted into the Atlantic Indoor Association Hall of Honor in 2016. 

Mr. Palmer received his Bachelor of Arts from The College of William and Mary and his Master of Fine Arts from American University. He resides in the mountains of Linden, Virginia and is the English Department Chair at Fauquier High School where he teaches AP Literature and Creative Writing.

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