Joe Taylor, Arranger/Instructor - Joe Taylor is currently the Director of Performing Arts and Bands at Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro, Massachusetts. At Bishop Feehan, he conducts the marching, concert bands, percussion ensemble and two jazz ensembles. The Bishop Feehan Shamrock Marching Band consistently earns Gold Medal ratings in New England competition and has won numerous championships. He is an alumnus of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, (BA Music Education), where his trumpet teachers included Jeff Stout, Wes Hensel, Lou Mucci and Ray Kotwicka. He is a former member of the St. Francis Xavier Sancians of Weymouth, MA. and the Rockland (MA) Defenders and served as the brass caption head for the Boston Crusaders (87-88) and the Spartans in 2008.
Mr. Taylor has written over 300 music arrangements and compositions for marching and concert bands, jazz ensemble, orchestra, chorus and drum and bugle corps which have been used by community ensembles and high schools from Maine to Florida. As a composer, he has written music that has been used for band, jazz ensemble, percussion, television commercial, and video and other music media. As a trumpeter, Mr. Taylor has been the lead trumpet for the Russ Weisman Big Band, the Ed Mello Swing Band, the Rhode Island Showcase Orchestra and the Roy Scott Big Band.
Mr. Taylor is a member of the Music Educator's National Conference, the National Catholic Band Association and the National Band Association. He resides in Mansfield, Massachusetts with his wife Helen and his two sons, Christopher and Matthew.
Kevin Rizza, Horn Instructor/Drill Designer and Instructor - Kevin marched with the Citations Drum and Bugle Corps of Burlington, Massachusetts in 2007 and 2008 as a baritone player. In 2012, Kevin was a member of the Connecticut Hurricanes. In 2013, Kevin was a visual and wind technician with Weymouth High School Marching Band. Kevin is currently visual designer and wind technician for Bishop Feehan High School Marching Band. In 2014 and 2015, the band achieved Top Visual Performance score USBands National Champion division 1A and in 2016 achieved Top Visual performance score and USBands New England Champions as Group 1 open for 2016.
Emanuel Herrera, Horn Instructor/Drum Major - Manny marched with the Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps of Nashua, New Hampshire from 2005 to 2007 as a soprano (trumpet) player. In 2007, he was soprano section leader. Since 2014, Manny has been Drill Instructor for Milford High School Marching Band in Milford, NH.