Joe Taylor, Arranger/Consultant - Joe Taylor is currently in his 20th year as 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 more recently the Spartans in 2008.
Joe 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.
Ron Fussell - Ron marched with the Nashua Spartans from 1987 to 1993. In 1994 Ron was a member of the Star of Indiana/Brass Theater performance group. Ron has an extensive teaching background from teaching groups like the Spartans and East Coast Jazz, to Merrimack Middle School and still is the Brass Coordinator for Reading, MA Memorial School. Ron also is an adjudicator for YEA/USSB. Ron has a BS in Music Ed. from Plymouth State University, an MS in conducting from Southern Oregon University, and an M. Ed from Rivier College. Ron is currently the Vice-Principal at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, NH. Ron is a native of Nashua, NH and currently lives in Manchester with his wife and two children.
Edward Judd - Brass Instructor and Visual Tech - Ed is currently Music Director at Newfound Regional High School in Bristol, NH, teaching concert and marching bands, chorus, music theory, jazz combo, and select choir. The Newfound Band and Chorus have won multiple awards. Ed also currently serves as staff arranger and instructor for Edward Little High School Marching Band of Auburn, ME, a competitive marching band. In addition to arranging music, Ed assists in music and marching instruction.
Ed has served as brass instructor, consultant and music arranger for a number of drum corps including the 20th Maine Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, Oakland, ME (State Champions and 4th Place DCI World Championships Class A); Explorers Drum and Bugle Corps, Oxford, CT; Connecticut Vagabonds Drum and Bugle Corps, Torrington, CT (State Champions); F-Troop Drum and Bugle Corps, Ansonia, CT; and Yankee-Peddlers Drum Corps, Meriden, CT (State Champions).
Ed is past president of the Maine Music Educators Association and has also served on the MENC- The National Association of Music Education Eastern Division Executive Board. Ed has a BS in Music Education from Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT and an MS in Music Education from the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, CT.