Raiders


Other Names:Raiders of Hudson County; Bayonne Raiders

Burlington, NJ United States
Founded: 1990

Active Junior
Open Class
YearTheme/Songs
1991 Russian Sailor's Dance (from The Red Poppy) * To the Last Whale * Victory at Sea  
1992 Victory at Sea  
1993 Queen - Who Wants To Live Forever * Flash Gordon * Bicycle Race * Bohemian Rhapsody  
1994 Jesus Christ Superstar - Overture * Heaven on Their Minds (from Jesus Christ Superstar) * I Don't Know How to Love Him (from Jesus Christ Superstar) * Simon Zealotes (from Jesus Christ Superstar) * Superstar (from Jesus Christ Superstar)  
1995 A Chorus Line - I Hope I Get It (from A Chorus Line) * At The Ballet (from A Chorus Line) * The Music and The Mirror (from A Chorus Line) * One (from A Chorus Line)  
1996 Sidewalks of New York - East Side, West Side * Take the 'A' Train * Harlem Nocturne * Central Park * Autumn in New York * Manhattan * East Side, West Side  
1997 It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing * Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me * En Fuego (On Fire) * What a Wonderful World * Air Mail Special  
1998 A Solstice Celebration / Winter Solstice - My Favorite Things (from The Sound Of Music) * Sometimes in Winter * O Holy Night * Snow  
1999 A Trilogy of Darkness - Master of Puppets * Jazzhattan Suite * Trilogy  
2000 Traditions and Innovations - Piano Concerto No. 2 * Kashmir * Sunrise  
2001 Pictures at an Exhibition - Promenade (from Pictures at an Exhibition) * Gnomus (from Pictures at an Exhibition) * The Old Castle (From Pictures at an Exhibition) * Hut of Baba-Yaga (from Pictures at an Exhibition) * Great Gate of Kiev (from Pictures at an Exhibition)  
2002 Balance - Festive Overture * Masque * Fifth Symphony, Mvt. 4  
2003 Carmina Burana - Carmina Burana  
2004 Adams: A Sound Journey - Wild Nights (from Harmonium) * Short Ride in a Fast Machine * Harmonielehre - Movement III * Fearful Symmetries  
2005 Jesus Christ Superstar - Overture * Heaven on Their Minds (from Jesus Christ Superstar) * John 19:10 (from Jesus Christ Superstar) * Garden of Gethsemene (from Jesus Christ Superstar) * Simon Zealotes (from Jesus Christ Superstar) * Jesus Christ Superstar  
2006 Coast to Coast - Awayday * Letter From Home * Strawberry Soup  
2007 West Side Story - Prologue (from West Side Story) * Cool (from West Side Story) * I Have A Love (from West Side Story) * One Hand One Heart (from West Side Story) * Mambo (from West Side Story) * Tonight (from West Side Story)  
2008 Deep Blue - Selections from A Perfect Storm * Original  
2009 Isle of Hope - American Elegy * Hungarian Peasant Songs * Romanian Dance for Orchestra, Sz. 47a * Swineherds Dance * Gan Ainm * Barber of Seville  
2010 Platinum Celebration - Celebration Fanfare * Exultate * Exhilaration * New Beginnings  
2011 Bluecentric - Blue Shades * Bluesette * Blue Rondo a la Turk and Bluette * Rhapsody in Blue  
2012 Warped - Ripple from Warped * Shift from Warped * Bend and Suppress from Warped * Warp! from Warped  
2013 The Raven: A Descent Into Madness! - Suddenly, There Came a Tapping from (The Raven: A Descent Into Madness!) * The Raven (from The Raven: A Descent Into Madness!) * Nevermore (from The Raven: A Descent Into Madness!)  
2014 Seasons of the Earth - October * Month of the Cold Moon (January, 1839) * Into the Joy of Spring * Kingfishers Catch Fire  
2015 From the Ashes - Olympiada * Fanfare - A Vision and A Dream * Our Yesterdays Lengthen Like Shadows * Into The Light  
2016 Industrial Evolution - Fearful Symmetries * The Hymn of Acxiom * Ballet Sacra  
The Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps, based in Wayne, New Jersey, is a junior marching and maneuvering corps organized in the fall of 1990 by founder George Lavelle, Jr. The five founding trustees were George, his father George Lavelle Sr., Trent Smith, Clarence Jackson, and Anthony Bestreski.

After one year of planning and practice, and with only 25 marchers, the Raiders first took the field June 22, 1991. They competed locally in both the Garden State Circuit and Drum Corps East competitions that inaugural year, placing second at the Garden State Championships.

The following year the corps almost doubled in size and made their first trip to the Drum Corps International Division II/III World Championships in Madison, Wisconsin. This was the first of many successes the corps would achieve. In 1993, the corps benefited from an influx in membership, which with just over 60 people required them to compete in DCI Division II. The Raiders remained in Division II where they peaked with 95 members in 1995. 1993 was also the year in which the Raiders won their first of seven Garden State Circuit Championship titles.

The Raiders’ leadership decided to move back into Division III in 1996 in order to stabilize the corps financially. This apparently was the right decision; the Raiders became part of the elite DCI finalist ranks. They also took the award for high brass in 1996 at the Allentown Regional competition.

Since then the Raiders have been DCI Division III finalists four times. Their highest placement came in 2001, with a program entitled “Pictures at an Exhibition,“ when the corps won the Silver Medal at DCI Division III Finals with a score of 88.5, only 0.05 point out of first place. They won special awards for high brass and high overall effect. The corps finished 14th in combined Division II/III Prelims in 2003, performing the music of "Carmina Burana." In 2004, the program was 'Adams: A Sound Journey,' work of John Adams, earning the corps a sixth position in Division III Finals.

The Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps was founded with one primary goal: to afford any young adult the opportunity to march in a world class drum corps. With this in mind, every effort is made to keep the membership economical, to the extent that members can take advantage of scholarships and payment plans. No member has ever been turned away for inability to pay. The entire staff is so committed to this ideal that the Raiders is operated 100 percent by unpaid or unsubsidized staff. Every dollar goes directly to the program.

The Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps guarantees an experience to young adults unlike any other in the performing arts, an experience in which marchers can combine the intellect of artistic and musical virtues with the achievement and excellence of athletic prowess. Each Raiders member achieves his/her personal best while contributing to the excellence of the entire corps. The benefits of being a Raider transcend competitive success. Members build life-enhancing skills and self-confidence that will support them throughout their adult lives. They will be better citizens, employees, students, parents and friends because of what they learn in the Raiders.

[Jodina Beyea]

Members (36)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Amato, Francesco Trumpet 2010
Behnke, Steven Pit 2000
Bestreski, Todd Percussion 1991 to 1997
Bestreski, Todd Staff 1998; 2001
Caravella, David Baritone & Euphonium 2001 to 2002
Caravella, David Lead Baritone 2003
Case, Joshua Baritone 2007 to 2008
Case, Joshua Baritone, Tuba 2007 to 2009
Esquivel, Carlos Drum Major/Staff 1991 to 1993; 1995; 1997 to 1998
Gonzalez, Alfredo Drum Major/Hornline 1993
Gow, Christopher Hornline: Baritone 1998 to 2002
Guarino, Charlotte Hornline - Trumpet 2004 to 2006
Guzman, Alexis Hornline 2002
Johnson, Lindsay pit 2003 to 2004
Johnson, Lindsay Pit 2003 to 2005
Kay, Joseph Contra 1999
Kay, Joseph Front Ensemble 2000 to 2003
Kay, Melissa Baritone 2003 to 2005
Kempey, Evan Front Ensemble 2002 to 2004
Koshy, Ron Snare 2003 to 2004
Lanzoff, Matthew Front Ensemble 1999 to 2001
Lawson, Russell support staff 2001
Lea, George Instructional Staff 1991 to 1996
Maiello, Tom Staff & Director 1990
McCall, Casey Trumpet 2011 to 2013
McCutcheon, Greg Mellophone 1999
Rosado, Eddie percussion 1993 to 1994
Rosado, Eddie Percussion 1993 to 1994
Santana, Jose Baritone 2013
Schmertz, DJ Front Ensemble 2002 to 2005
Schmertz, DJ Hornline 2006
Schmertz, Kenny Front Ensemble 2002
Schmertz, Kenny Front Ensamble 2002 to 2003
Sheard, Owen Trumpet 2014
Swiger, Quaid Baritone 2012 to 2013
Zimmer, Melissa color guard 1991 to 1993
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