East Coast Percussion is pleased to announce the educational leadership team for the 2017 season...

Rui Arrojado - Director

Rui has been an active instructor, arranger, and drill designer in the marching activity since 2003, he currently serves as percussion caption head at Passaic High School in Passaic, NJ, as well as director, arranger, and drill designer for ECP. Rui is also an active judge and clinician around the New Jersey area. He was a member of the Raiders snareline from 2003-2005 and served as front ensemble arranger there in 2015-2016.

After front ensemble arranger for ECP in 2016, this year Rui will be arranging both battery and front ensemble scores as well as the drill designer.

Alejandro Gallo - Battery Coordinator

Alejandro’s experience includes both drum corps and indoor percussion, both at the lower levels and world class. He spent most his summers marching with the Hawthorne Caballeros ('11, '13-'16) and one with the Raiders ('12). All of his winters were spent with United Percussion ('14-'16). Alejandro’s teaching experience includes several high school groups, all leading up to being percussion caption head at Parsipanny Hills HS in Parsipanny, NJ today. Alejandro is very excited to have this opportunity as Battery Coordinator for the 2016 season. He is ready to hit the ground running with this organization.

Evan Kempey - Front Ensemble Coordinator

Music Educator and Freelance Percussionist Evan Kempey first got involved in the A+ family back in 2002 as a member of the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps Front Ensemble. After three years in the Raiders, Evan went off to Montclair State University where he received his B.A. in Music Education. While at Montclair, he studied Percussion under Barry Centanni. Evan is currently an Instrumental and General Music Teacher at William B. Cruise Elementary School #11 in Passaic, NJ.

This is Evan’s third season as the Front Ensemble Coordinator with East Coast Percussion, and for the 2015 and 2016 seasons he was the Front Ensemble Coordinator for the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps. Evan has also worked with the Northern Highlands Regional High School Band from 2006-2015, and with the Passaic High School Front Ensemble from 2014 to the present.

Stefanellie Saavedra - Visual Coordinator

Stefanellie Saavedra began her journey as a performer and educator back in 2007. She is extremely passionate about performance and finding the ability to express ideas and emotions through movement. She has developed an incredible love for teaching and helping others find that internal switch, which allows them to put the true 150% into their craft that they want to. Stefanellie has marched Raiders DBC 2013, and went on to march 14-15 with the Bluecoats. As for the indoor scene, she has marched the Raiders IA 2009 guard, Emanon IA 2014, and finally Emanon IW 2015. She has taught Montville HS in 2014, when they placed 2nd at US Bands Nationals and when they became US Bands Group IIIA National Champions in 2015. She believes that one’s approach and mentality going into any challenge is they key to success. It isn’t just about having the best hands or the best feet. Stef is extremely excited to come back for a second year with East Coast Percussion and is ready to break stereotypes when it comes to drummers ever having the ability to dance. We are all performers alike.

Auditions will continue on October 2nd, 16th, and 30th beginning at 9:00am at Marlton Elementary School located at 190 Tomlinson Mill Rd, Evesham Township, NJ 08053. For more information or to register, click here.