Meet the 2010 Cadets Brass Staff

Veteran team returns as hornline auditions continue

A skilled team brings The Cadets Brass Section to life. Auditions for the hornline continue at the next camp.

Watch the Brass Staff in action via Cadets All Access

Cadets playing in this year’s hornline have a talented and seasoned instructional team right at their fingertips as the corps welcomes back a Brass Staff with decades of combined teaching and drum corps experience behind them.

Leading the Cadets’ hornline for his eighth year, Gino Cipriani fosters a commitment to excellence and stability to the corps, bringing to life the masterful arrangements of Brass Arranger Jay Bocook. Working alongside Cipriani in creating that well-known and loved Cadets sound are veteran instructors Sean Furilla, Steve Bentley, Larry Markiewicz, Kyle Fleming and Al Chez. Newcomers Robert Mattera and Jarrett Lipman round out the team.

The corps continues auditioning brass players at their next camp, Feb. 19-21st, and musicians are encouraged to attend to see if learning and growing through this dynamic instructional team would be the perfect fit for them.

Get to know the 2010 Brass Staff:

Gino Cipriani – Brass Caption Supervisor

Cipriani has been The Cadets Brass Caption Supervisor for eight years, from 2000-2001 and 2005 to present. He led the brass program to its World Champion brass titles in 2000 and 2005. Cipriani received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Instrumental Education from the University of Mississippi. As a student at Ole Miss, he studied trumpet performance under the guidance of Dr. Charles Gates. Gino also had the great pleasure of studying trumpet under Roy Poper when he attended California State University at North Ridge.

Cipriani has served as a consultant to marching bands, jazz bands, concert bands as well as drum and bugle corps across the United States, Canada and Korea. In Korea, he had the pleasure of working with the Korean Armed Forces Bands in preparation of the World Cup Ceremonies in 2002. In addition, Cipriani serves as an adjudicator at marching band competitions throughout the country for US Scholastic Band Association.

Cipriani spent 10 years, 1990 through 1999, as a brass instructor for the 10-time World Champion Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. He then took the position as brass supervisor for the nine-time World Champion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2000 and 2001 season. In 2002 and 2003 Cipriani had the honor to serve as the brass caption head and assisted in bringing Magic of Orlando back to the field as a finalist after two years of inactivity. In 2004, he held the brass caption head position for the six-time World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. From 2001 to 2004, headed and consulted for the brass section of the five-time DCA champion Syracuse Brigadiers. In 2007, he took the position of brass caption head of the five-time DCA champion Reading Buccaneers.

Sean Furilla

Sean Furilla accepted his current position as assistant director of bands at Tapp Middle School in the fall of 2006. His responsibilities include rehearsing the Tapp Symphonic and Concert Bands, coordinating brass studies and directing the Tapp Middle School Jazz Ensemble. Furilla has been an educator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels since 1998.

Furilla earned his bachelor’s degree in music education with instrumental emphasis from West Chester University in Pennsylvania in 1998. While there he studied trumpet performance under the instruction of Dr. Kenneth Laudermilch.

Since then, Furilla has been an active clinician and educator with various organizations throughout the United States and Europe. He most recently served as a guest clinician with the British Youth Band Association (BYBA) in London, England and the Strangnas Drum and Bugle Corps in Strangnas, Sweden. In addition, Furilla serves as an adjudicator at various marching band competitions throughout the United

Since 1999, Furilla has been on the brass staff of various drum and bugle corps including the Syracuse Brigadiers, Reading Buccaneers, Glassmen, Carolina Crown, Crossmen, and Santa Clara Vanguard. In 2005, he accepted the trumpet specialist position with The Cadets and has been there since. Additionally, he was voted ‘Instructor of the Year’ for the 2009 summer with The Holy Name Cadets.

Steve Bentley

Steve Bentley is beginning his 19th year as a music educator. He has been the director or the assistant director of a number of high school and junior high school band programs including, Plymouth Canton Educational Park, Northmont H.S, Mountain Crest H.S, American Fork H.S. Clovis West H.S, Santa Teresa H.S. and the Hoover Middle School of the Performing Arts. During his assistantship at Plymouth Canton, the marching band placed 6th and 9th respectively at the Bands of America Grand Nationals.  

This is Bentley’s third year with the brass staff of The Cadets. Previously he was with the brass staff of the 12-time DCI World Champion Blue Devils winning the DCI World Championship four times and the Jim Ott Excellence in Brass award six times.  He performed as a member of the Blue Devils in 1984 and 1985. Internationally, he has presented a number of clinics with the Blue Devils and as an individual through out Europe, Indonesia and Japan. He also has instructed the six-time DCI World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard from 1991 to 1995. In addition to working with the Vanguard at the DCI world level, he played a significant role as the music caption head in establishing the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets as a DCI open class contender. 

2002 brought the Olympic Winter games to Salt Lake City and Bentley was asked to be the assistant director of the Winter Olympic Band. The Olympic Band was composed of the best college and high school musicians from the state of Utah. Working closely with Olympic organizers and the Walt Disney special event coordinators, he assisted in the creation of music and motion with the Olympic Band. The 132-band members performed at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic games, as well as many of the Olympic venues and the Olympic Medals Plaza during the games. 

Originally from Salt Lake City, Bentley began his musical training on the piano at the age of four. Six years later he expanded to the trumpet and studied under Bill Sullivan, the principle trumpet for the Utah Symphony. Receiving a full scholarship to the University of Utah for trumpet performance and piano performance he studied conducting and trumpet under Greg Hanson and piano with Janet Mann. Later, after moving to California he studied trumpet with Jay Rizzito the principle trumpet for the San Francisco Ballet and piano with the world-renowned pianist Ellan Wasserman.  Bentley received his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University at Hayward were he studied conducting with Timothy Smith. In 2009, Bentley completed his MA in the area of orchestral conducting. 

Bentley has played piano professionally for nearly 20 years. His performances throughout the Bay Area have included the famous Olympic Club in San Francisco the Grand Opening of the San Jose Fairmont Hotel and Nordstrom in San Francisco.  He has also worked as a rehearsal pianist for the distinguished Ballet West Conservatory, one of the finest ballet companies in the world. 

Larry Markiewicz 

Larry Markiewicz is presently the Band Director at Bridgewater-Raritan High School in Bridgewater, N.J., as well as an adjunct of the music education department at Montclair State University. Since 2005 he has also been the artistic director and conductor of the award winning Raritan Valley Symphonic Band.

Markiewicz has climbed virtually every rung in the drum corps hierarchy ladder, starting as a member in the late 1980's with the Bushwackers and the Crossmen. Mr. Markiewicz has held the position of Brass Technician, Brass Caption Head, Staff Coordinator, Program Coordinator, Assistant Director and Corps Director with Carolina Crown, Glassmen, Reading Buccaneers, Syracuse Brigadiers, and Crossmen.

Markiewicz has been a music educator in the state of New Jersey since 1992 and has been at Bridgewater-Raritan since November 2000. In just nine short years, BRHS has won 6 USSBA state titles, 8 Best Music Titles, I Northern States Title, 1 BOA Regional Class Champion Title and five (5) top 5 finishes at BOA Regionals. The BRHS wind ensemble has also been noted for critically acclaimed performances at the Prestigious NY Wind Band Festival in Carnegie Hall in 2008 and the CBDNA North Eastern Convention Grand Concert in 2006.

Other career highlights include being the music director and caption head of North Penn HS marching band from 1997-2003. During that time, North Penn won the USSBA Group VI title every year he was there and also won the BOA Northeastern Regional in 2002. Also, from 1999-2001 Larry was the staff coordinator and program coordinator for the Syracuse Brigadiers. During his tenure he helped propel the corps to the first three of their four consecutive championships.

Away from his rigorous professional schedule Larry makes a point to get into NYC city to SUPPORT live music. He often can be found on a free night in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, or at a jazz club in the Village during the winter months and in the summer he often makes his way to Yankee Stadium or he attends as many minor league games as possible when he is not on the road with the Cadets.

Markiewicz graduated from JP Stevens High School and received his degree in Music Education from The College of New Jersey. He studied low brass with Dr. David Uber and Don Butterfield, and studied conducting with Daniel Spalding.

Al Chez  

Al Chez is the trumpet player on CBS's The Late Show with David Letterman. He has been with Paul Shafer and the Late Show for 13-years, appearing on both CBS and NBC. Al previously has toured and played with BonJovi, Robert Cray, Tower of Power, Arturo Sandoval, The Young Rascals, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Maynard Ferguson, Eric Clapton, and The Dave Edmunds Band, to name a few. 

Chez has performed at three presidential inaugurations and traveled the world many times. He has appeared at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions every year since 1986, The Concert for New York City, The Concert of the Century and A Very Special Christmas Concert at The White House and in the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. 

He has been involved with many drum corps through the years beginning in 1969 with The Saints from New Jersey. In the late 70's early 80's Chez became a marching member and soloist in the Garfield Cadets. He has also performed with the Bushwackers and Reading Buccaneers. 

After his marching days, Chez became a brass and visual instructor, working under George Zingali, Mark Sylvester, Donny Van Doren, Dean Westman, Wayne Dillion, Jimmy Steele, Dean Musson, Tom Swan and currently Gino Cipriani. He has also worked with the brass lines of the Oakland Crusaders, the Reading Buccaneers, the Bushwhackers, Kingston Grenadiers and the Empire Statesmen. Since 2000, Chez has been on the brass staff of the Crossman from San Antonio, Texas. He also wrote drill for a short period of time, co-writing the Bushwackers 1986 DCA Championship drill.  Chez has appeared numerous times at DCI Championships, lending his horn for Anthem's and other concerts. 

Chez has worked for numerous high school bands across the country and continues his work with the University of Virginia Cavalier band. He holds an honorary Masters Degree in music performance and is an active clinician and speaker throughout the country. He is a member of John P. Stevens Hall of Honors, the Drum Corps Buglers Hall of Fame and The Cadets Hall of Fame. 

Robert Mattera 

Robert Mattera began his marching-music career in the South Carroll High School marching band. He joined the Cadets in 2000 during the same year as his graduation. He would go on to play tuba for the Cadets in both 2000 and 2001, winning a DCI world championship in 2000.

As Mattera marched his years with the Cadets, back home he began working as an instructor for local high school marching bands. He worked at different times as a low brass technician, a wind caption supervisor, a music arranger, and a drill writer. Most notably, he spent seven years with the Century High School marching band - the last five of which he spent as the Assistant Marching Band Director. Century would go on to win many titles, including the 2007 US Scholastic Band Association National Championship.

In 2001, Mattera enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve as a Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Defense Specialist. After completing his initial training, he was called again by the Cadets to fill a hole during mid-season of 2002. Mattera spent the last three weeks of 2002 as a lead baritone player.

In 2003, Mattera spent his age out year overseas. His unit was mobilized and deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). During OIF, Mattera served with the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion in the 1st Marine Division. He participated in the initial invasion of Iraq and the early months of the occupation, returning home in September of 2003. He served a total of eight years in the Marine Corps.

Upon returning home, Mattera enrolled at a local community college. During the next two years, he took on a full time course load and returned to the tuba. In 2005, Mattera earned his Associate of Arts in Teacher Education and was accepted to the Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University.

At Peabody, Mattera studied tuba with Toby Hanks, formerly the principle tuba of the New York Ballet and David Fedderly, principle tuba of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He graduated in 2009 earning a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Performers Certificate for Tuba Performance. He was also awarded the 2009 May and Martin Raila Music Education Award.

Currently, Mattera is a certified music teacher in the state of Maryland. He is a professional private teacher a substitute teacher in several school districts. Most importantly, he is married to a wonderful and supportive wife who has seen him through many chapters of his life with whom he has two very special little girls. He also has a brother who marched in the 2000 and 2001 Crossmen and aged out as “Rookie of the Year” with the 2007 Cadets. 

Jarrett Lipman

Jarrett Lipman joined the staff of Claudia Taylor “Ladybird” Johnson High School as an Associate Director of Bands for its inaugural school year in 2008-09. Lipman also recently served as the Assistant Corps Director of the Crossmen Drum Corps of San Antonio, Texas, a position he entered after spending three years as a member of the corps, his final two years as the ensemble’s Drum Major.

A native of Central New Jersey, Lipman re-located to San Antonio in the fall of 2007 to complete his student teaching at Ronald Reagan High School, one of Johnson High School’s “sister schools” in the North East Independent School District.

Lipman graduated Magna Cum Laude with dual degrees in Music Education and Euphonium Performance from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. While at Mason Gross, Lipman studied euphonium in the studios of Professor Scott Mendoker, and the late Professor Bill Kellerman.

Throughout his undergraduate studies, Lipman performed on euphonium and trombone with the Rutgers University Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band, the Eastern Wind Symphony of Ewing, New Jersey, and a variety of other jazz ensembles, chamber groups, and pit orchestras. Currently, Lipman performs as a euphonium player with the San Antonio Wind Symphony of San Antonio, Texas.

At Johnson High School, Lipman Directs the Marching Band, conducts the Symphony Band, and instructs brass pedagogy throughout all of the concert ensembles. The Johnson Band garnered the 2008 USSBA Group VA Texas State Championship title, and placed 2nd in Group VI open in 2009 at championships. In addition the band earned “Sweepstakes” ratings in both 2008 and 2009 at UIL 5A Marching Contests. In April of 2009, The Johnson High School Symphony Band earned its first “Sweepstakes” rating at the UIL 5A Concert and Sight Reading contest. Lipman also instructs beginner brass classes at Tejeda Middle School, and maintains an active private euphonium studio comprised of students from Johnson, Reagan, and other NEISD schools. 

Brass players are invited to audition for The Cadets at the Feb. 19-21st rehearsal camp at Woodstown High School in Woodstown, N.J. 

Questions about Cadets Audition Camp should be directed to Justin Heimbecker at, or to Melissa Babalonis at, or by telephone at (610) 821-0345, Ext. 112 or 115, respectively.  



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