INTRODUCING THE 2019 RAIDERS DRUM CORPS

Percussion Team

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

Meet The 2019 Raiders Percussion Team

Alejandro Gallo

Percussion Caption Head

Chris Cossuto

Snare Technician

Tom Heider

Snare Technician

Jason Phillips

Quads Technician

Joey Scanlon

Quads Technician

Kathleen Ballard

Cymbals Technician

Jacob Ottmer

Front Ensemble Technician

Amanda La Mantia

Front Ensemble Technician

Alejandro Gallo

Alejandro Gallo’s performance experience includes both drum corps and indoor percussion. He marched with the Hawthorne Caballeros (2011, 2013-2016, 2018), the Dansville White Sabers (2017), and the Raiders (2012). All of his winters were spent with WGI World Class Finalist United Percussion (2014-2016).

Alejandro’s instructional experience includes serving as the battery coordinator for the WGI Independent A Class Finalist East Coast Percussion (2017, 2018), along with several high school groups in Northern New Jersey. He is currently the percussion caption head at both the Parsippany Hills High School and the Passaic County Technical Institute.

During the week he is the director of the Community Charter School of Paterson Indoor Percussion Cougars, where young musicians aging from 4th through 8th grade learn to perform during the competitive USBands Indoor season.

Tom Heider

Tom Heider is a student at Rutgers University majoring in computer science. Since 2017, he has been the snare technician and arranger for Madison High School in New Jersey. This year Madison achieved second place in percussion at the 2018 TOB Atlantic Coast Championships.

As a marching marching member, Tom began his drum corps career as part of the Bushwackers cymbal line in 2014. In 2015, he was the snareline section leader at the Bushwackers. He also marched in the Rutgers University drumline under Paul Nalesnik in 2015 and 2016. In the summer of 2016, Tom marched the Hawthorne Caballeros and went on to march Cadets2 in 2017. Tom also marched in the WGI World Class United Percussion snareline in 2017 and 2018. In the summer of 2018 Tom aged out of DCI as a member of the Cadets under Tom Aungst.

Joey Scanlon

Joey Scanlon, 22 from Fairfax, VA, is a percussion educator in the Northern Virginia area and has been working with many marching bands and percussion ensembles in the area for years along with teaching private
lessons.

Joey also has many years of experience performing with various Drum Corps and WGI ensembles. Beginning his career in DCA with the Hawthorne Caballeros (2015-2016) and Cadets2 (2017). He then moved on to march his DCI age-out with the Colts this past summer.

In the WGI arena Joey was a founding member of Matrix Open (2016-2017) then spent the 2018 winter with WGI World Class Finalist George Mason University, and will be aging out this winter with Matrix World.

This will be Joey’s first season on staff with the Raiders and he is very excited to get the season started.

Jacob Ottmer

Bio coming soon.

Chris Cossuto

Christopher Cossuto, 22 from Norwalk, CT, is a percussion educator currently residing in Amherst, Massachusetts where he is finishing his bachelor’s degree in music education. At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Chris has been fortunate to study under DCI hall of fame member Thom Hannum through the university’s marching percussion program and Marimba Bands.

Chris also has five years of drum corps experience under his belt. Beginning in 2013, Chris spent two years with the Connecticut Hurricanes Drum and Bugle Corps then moving on to march two consecutive summers with Cadets2 Drum and Bugle Corps capturing a DCA Open Class gold medal and high percussion award in 2016.

This past summer Chris aged out with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps where he had the privilege of being taught by Michael Mcintosh, Brett Kuhn, and many other great educators. Chris is thrilled to be joining the brand new educational team at the Raiders.

Jason Phillips

Jason Phillips is a musician based out of Akron, OH. Jason started his independent marching career playing tenors with the Raiders in 2014 while performing with the marching band and indoor drumlins at Firestone High School. Jason went on to march two summers with the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015 and 2016, as well as performing with Matrix Performing Arts starting in 2016 to the present where he is currently the section leader of the tenor line.

Jason has also been the battery technician for Nordonia High School in Macedonia, OH since 2015 as well as being a private instructor in the Akron area. He is very excited to be teaching the Raiders this summer and give back to the organization that started his marching career.

Kathleen Ballard

Kathleen Ballard began her cymbal performing career with the Raiders in 2014 and is excited to return to the organization in an educational role this summer. She spent her indoor percussion years performing with East Coast Percussion (2015) and United Percussion (2016, 2018, 2019).

Kathleen currently works with the Avon Grove High School marching band and indoor percussion programs and has previously worked with other New Jersey and Pennsylvania scholastic programs.

Kathleen resides in southern New Jersey and works as a Food Service Director in a local school district. She received her Bachelor of Science in dietetics from the University of Delaware where she was a member of the Fightin’ Blue Hen Marching Band. In the summers of 2017 and 2018, Kathleen combined her passions for nutrition and the marching arts and ran the food service program at the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps. She is excited to join the Raiders educational team for the 2019 season!

Amanda La Mantia

Amanda La Mantia is a Psychology student at Rutgers University. She found a love for mallet percussion in high school marching bands, and she went on to compete with her regional indoor percussion ensemble as a lead marimba player. She later began her professional career as a musician in several musicals and percussion ensembles.

In addition to her own performance, Amanda is a New Jersey based front ensemble educator. In 2016, she was the front ensemble caption head at North Plainfield High School, and currently runs the front ensemble at Madison High School. She is very excited to begin her drum corps teaching career with the Raiders this summer.

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