A program of A+ Education and Performing Arts

The Raiders And Shawnee High School To Host DrumLine Battle Northeast

October 29, 2015

9:20 AM EDT

by A+ Education and Performing Arts

In a first for drum corps and percussion fans across the northeast, The Raiders Drum And Bugle Corps and the Shawnee High School Band Parent Association are pleased to announce DrumLine Battle Northeast, the first officially-sanctioned DrumLine Battle event in the region.

The battle begins in the high school gymnasium at 5pm, on Saturday, January 30th, and will feature the best scholastic and independent drum lines in the region. Shortly after each battle, each group will have an opportunity to meet with clinicians to discuss their program and improvements that can be made in time for the competitive indoor season.

"We are thrilled to be hosting the first Drum Corps International sanctioned event in the northeast region," says DeLano Bonner, Director of the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps. " It's my hope that ensembles in the area see this event as a great performance opportunity, especially for those groups that are gearing up for the start of the indoor percussion season."

Tickets for the event will be $7 in advance and $10 on the day of the event. Advanced tickets can be ordered online by going to www.aplusarts.org/dlb. Information on the event can be found on the DrumLine Battle website and interested participants can register for the competition by contacting our events team at events@raidersdbc.org.

Raiders 2015 Program Takes On New Life

May 21, 2015

4:12 PM EDT

by Jackie Echevarria

In preparation for our 25th anniversary tour, we are excited to announce some changes to our 2015 production. As we travel through life, we are constantly reflecting on our past, analyzing our present and looking into our future as a way to reinvent ourselves. Using music by composers Samuel Hazo, Ryan Nowlin and Jay Bocook, we will be presenting our program entitled: "From the Ashes".

Our Repertoire Includes:
Olympiada by Samuel Hazo Hazo
Fanfare - A Vision and A Dream by Ryan Nowlin
Our Yesterdays Lengthen Like Shadows by Samuel Hazo
Into The Light by Jay Bocook

Our production will follow the Phoenix from its vibrant, youthful flight through its fiery descent into ash and finally it's rebirth. Movement One begins with a dark yet bold pallet soaring across the field as the Phoenix takes flight. Slowly, as this movement comes to an end, we see the Phoenix begin to dim. As the Phoenix descends into ash, Movement Two fills the field with a sense of remorse and reflection. Finally, from the ashes, the Phoenix emerges more vibrant than ever during Movement Three. With the new appearance, the phoenix takes flight, recalling on the past but looking to a bright future.

The changes in show design also bring changes to our design team and instructional staff. We will also be adding performances to our local tour schedule. More information will be provided in the coming days.

ECP Announces their 2015 Program

December 1, 2014

7:25 PM EST

by Jackie Echevarria


East Coast Percussion is proud to present their 2015 program:


Thoughts, objects and concepts are always bending. Stretching of the mind makes people perceive objects in different ways. Time and space bend and stretch all around us on a daily basis. Even our brains start with very little information and stretch out as we learn about the world around us. Elasticity will be brought to life with tunes by progressive rock group "Animals as Leaders" and English singer-songwriter "FKA Twigs."

ECP hopes to engage every audience member through the use of intriguing melodic figures and uncommon time signatures. A dynamic visual package with a bright color scheme will tie the idea together as the musical selections provide an atmosphere filled with energy and nuance so that many different examples of bending and stretching can be explored.

In our inaugural season, Elasticity will provide us with many opportunities to showcase the talents of the members that will set up the foundation of the ensemble for years to come.

Information regarding membership, auditions, or anything else related to East Coast Percussion can be found at: www.eastcoastpercussion.org or by emailing info@eastcoastpercussion.org.

Auditions for ECP will held from 10 am - 6 pm on December 7 at:

F.W. Holbein Middle School

333 Levis Dr.

Mt. Holly NJ, 08060

In its inaugural season, East Coast Percussion is excited to announce its performance schedule for the winter and spring of 2015. ECP will be performing in WGI and locally in the Mid-Atlantic Percussion Society (MAPS) circuit.

2/14/2015 - Old Bridge HS, Matawan, NJ

2/28/2015 - WGI Trumbull, HS - Trumbull, CT

3/7/2015 - Methacton HS - Eagleville, PA

3/14/2015 - Downingtown West HS, Downingtown, PA

3/22/2015 - WGI Unionville HS - Kennett Square, PA

3/28/2015 - Coatesville HS - Coatesville, PA

4/9/2015 - WGI Prelims - Dayton, Ohio

4/10/2015 - WGI Finals - Dayton, Ohio

"With so many talented students attending the first two auditions of ECP, it will be great for the membership to experience the activity at such a high level," says A+ Director, Delano Bonner. "I am glad that the ensemble will be participating alongside so many prominent programs in and around northeast region."

A select number of positions are still available. For more information regarding auditioning for ECP, please contact info@eastcoastpercussion.org.

A+ Presents: Winter Star Indoor Guard

November 20, 2014

9:46 PM EST

by Jackie Echevarria

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A+ Education and Performing Arts is proud to announce and introduce the newest addition to the A+ family:

Winter Star

Indoor Colorguard

The  Program

Winter Star is a youth education program providing young adults ages 14-22, a creative outlet to develop character, leadership, and performance excellence through education in the art of indoor colorguard.

Winter Star was founded in 2014 as a competitive indoor Color Guard program based in Clark, NJ and is a member of the APlus Education and Performing Arts Organization. The mission of this program is to provide any young adult with the opportunity to participate in a competitive indoor colorguard program while developing character, teamwork, leadership skills, and self-confidence that will assist them throughout their adult life.

The Staff

Jennifer Troxell

The  staff is being led by Director Jennifer Troxell, who is currently the Director of the Center for Student Leadership & Engagement at Bloomfield College in New Jersey.  In her current role as Director, she works with college students on professional development, leadership development, as well as planning social, educational, and recreational activities.  Jennifer began her color guard career at the young age of 5, when she marched in the Oakland Rangers. Jennifer has marched with various winter guard programs including the Oakland Rangers, Colonial Brigade, Fusion, and Stardust.  Jennifer competed in DCI with the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps in 1994, 1995, 1996 and aged out in with the corps in 2000. Jennifer is currently the Assistant Band Director/Color Guard Instructor at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark, where she has worked with the group since 2008.  In their short 4 years competing, Jennifer helped bring the ALJ Marching Band three TOB Chapter 10 Group 1A Championships and 3 "Best Colorguard" Awards.

Rachel Godwin

Assisting her in this Inaugural season is Ms. Rachel Godwin.  Rachel has been involved in the colorguard world since 2007. She participated in both marching band and winterguard at Hillsborough High School. During high school she also became a member of the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps for their 2010 season.After graduation, Rachel attended the University of Massachusetts and was a member of the Minutemen Marching Band Colorguard; performing at Bands of America Grand Nationals in Indianapolis. While in Massachusetts she also competed with Blessed Sacrament World Guard for the 2012 indoor season. Returning to New Jersey she joined the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. During that time Rachel performed with Emanon World Winterguard, and has spent the last two summers as a member of the Cadets 2 Drum and Bugle Corps. Rachel is very excited to become a member of staff and has high hopes and expectations for Winter Star in its inaugural season.

Jacquelyn Echevarria

Also assisting this season will be Ms. Jacquelyn Echevarria, who is in addition teaching West Orange High School this season. Jacquelyn is currently a staff member for the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps colorguard, and is an Administrator for APlus Education and Performing Arts. She was a marching member for the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps from 2007 to 2010, and has had experience with indoor groups such as West Orange, Pegasus Too, Black Watch, and the Raiders winterguard which folded in 2009. Jacquelyn is ready and excited to be working with such an amazing organization and fellow staffers, to grow and help these young performers reach great heights.


The audition date will be Sunday, December 7 and the start time will be 12pm and the day will end at approximately 5pm. The audition will be held at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark NJ. You don't want to miss out on an amazing experience this winter. It's not too late to march this indoor season!

The Raiders Announce their 2015 Guard Staff

November 11, 2014

10:11 PM EST

by Jackie Echevarria


The Raiders Drum And Bugle Corps, a program of A+ Education And Performing Arts, is pleased to announce its Colorguard staff for the 2015 competitive season. The design and instructional staff will be as follows:

Alex Waite

Caption Head



                         Leighann Fields                        PJ Tankard

                            Choreographer                                Choreographer

Instructional Staff

Jacquelyn Echevarria



Shannon Burton                                       Adam Ott

      Technician                                          Technician

Auditions for the 2015 Raiders Colorguard will take place on Saturday, November 22nd in Morganza, MD and in the Burlington, NJ area November 28-30. Additional audition dates will be announced soon. To register for one of our audition sessions, sign up for a membership account by clicking here.

Past Raiders Colorguards