Jersey Surf

Berlin, NJ United States
Founded: 1990

Active Junior
World Class
YearPositionScoreTheme/Songs
1992 Classics by Harry Connick, Jr. and Doc Sevrenson - (Repertoire not available)  
1993 A League of Their Own - Selections from A League of Their Own  
1994 215 74.200 The Music of Barbara Streisand - (Repertoire not available)  
1995 208 83.200 New Age Jazz of John Tesh and Yanni - (Repertoire not available)  
1996 207 84.100 Surf, Wind and Fire: Cool Tunes from the Back of the Bus - Got To Get You Into My Life * Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing * Mr Toad's Wild Ride * It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday * Fantasy  
1997 206 81.300 More Cool Times - Got To Get You Into My Life * Through the Fire * Rock That * For Once in My Life  
1998 206 89.500 Pictures of Spain - Interpretation of a Larry Kerchner Original - Portraits of Spain (Scenes 1, 2, and 3) * Spanish Fantasy * A Mis Abuelos  
1999 205 88.700 It Ain't necessarilly Summertime - Summertime (from Porgy and Bess) * Take Five * Waltz of the Mushroom Hunters * A Night in Tunisia * It Ain't Necessarily So (from Porgy and Bess)  
2000 21 71.400 re-inCARMEN-ation - Carmen  
2001 206 89.850 Are We There Yet? - The Music of Mays and Metheny - Are We There Yet? * Have You Heard * See the World * The Heat of the Day * The Awakening * In Her Family * The Truth Will Always Be * The First Circle  
2002 209 87.750 Our Side of the Story: Celebrating the Spirit of Youth - Prologue (from West Side Story) * Cool (from West Side Story) * I Feel Pretty (from West Side Story) * America (from West Side Story)  
2003 205 89.900 Down the Shore with The Jersey Surf - Theme from A Summer Place * Wipeout On The Waterfront * Set Free On the Boardwalk  
2004 208 85.875 Lounging Around with the Fabulous Jersey Surf - Shangri-la * This Could Be the Start of Something Big * Girl From Ipanema * Also Sprach Zarathustra * See See Rider * Hound Dog & Jail House Rock * Can't Help Falling in Love * My Way  
2005 207 89.750 The Jersey Surf Enjoys an Evening at the Pops - Symphony #5 in C Minor * William Tell Overture * Toccata and Fugue in D minor * Poet and Peasant Overture * Barber of Seville * Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 * 1812 Overture * Stars and Stripes Forever  
2006 207 86.175 The Jersey Surf Visits the Moulin Rouge - Selections from Moulin Rouge  
2007 202 95.700 Snapshots From An American Journey - California Dreamin' * Theme from Shaft * A River Runs Through It * Four Count Rhythm * Unsquare Dance * LA Confidential  
2008 203 96.050 The Jersey Surf So far - How Far We've Come * In Your Eyes * One Day I'll Fly Away * Thnks Fr Th Mmrs  
2009 20 78.550 Mozart Effect - Overture from The Marriage of Figaro * Inspirations from Symphony #40 in G Minor * The Lacrimosa from Requiem * Magic Flute, Act II: Pa-Pa-Pa-Papageno * Magic Flute, Act II: Der Holle knocht in meinem Herze * Symphony #50 in G Minor – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik  
2010 21 75.700 Living the Dream - Organ Variations on America * America the Beautiful * Festival Variations On A National Air  
2011 25 71.350 Petal Tones - The Flower Song (from Carmen) * Bad Romance * Habanera from Carmen * Libertango * Kiss from a Rose * Tango de Roxanne (from Moulin Rouge) * Toreador Song (from Carmen)  
2012 20 75.450 Bridgemania - In the Stone Fanfare * Land of Make Believe * William Tell Overture * Pure Imagination (from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) * Party Rock Anthem  
2013 22 75.400 SOUL SURFIN': Bring on the FUNK! - Soul Intro * Always and Forever * (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher * Faces * Always and Forever * Let's Groove * That's the Way I Like It * I Want You Back * Respect * Apache * Play that Funky Music * Proud Mary  
2014 22 75.800 Pay It Forward - Appalachian Spring * I Think It's Going to Rain Today * Lean on Me  
2015 28 68.750 Sun Surfing - Here Comes The Sun * Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me * Wipeout * Good Vibrations  
2016 26 71.988 Ebb & Flow - La Mer * La Mer * La Mer * Asteraw (from Zarkana)  
2017 27 71.613 Make it Our Own - Shofukan * Chandelier * An Olive Tree  
2018 [mondo mondrian] - Music for Pieces of Wood * Cornfield Chase (from Interstellar) * Variations on Ritual Fire Dance * Etude Op 10 No. 12 in C minor, Revolutionary * Behind Blue Eyes * Symphony No. 4  
Position 200+ indicates Division II, Position 300+ indicates Division III, Position 400+ indicates Mini Corps.

The Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps is a World Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps based in Mount Holly, New Jersey . 

The corps was founded in the winter of 1990 by a group of area band instructors, led by Bob Jacobs, who wanted band members to have some field activity after the traditional marching band season had ended. The corps’ first orgnizational meeting drew more than fifty interested students from throughout southern New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. The corps was chartered as Explorer Post 333 and held rehearsals at the Berlin Community School and at the Berlin Park near the Farmers Market. The corps’ debut performance was at the 1991 Independence Classic Drum and Bugle Corps competition at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field, where Surf performed the “Star Spangled Banner” in band uniforms rented from a local high school. That first performance brought in a surge of new applicants.

The Surf fielded its first competitive corps in the summer of 1992 with 102 members. Arrangements of classics by Harry Connick, Jr. and Doc Severinsen served as repertoire in contests in the Garden State Circuit and Drum Corps East. The new group also performed for the first time at the Drum Cops International (DCI) Eastern Regional Championship at Allentown, Pennsylvania. The corps finished the season undefeated in Garden State Circuit competition, capturing the championship in Bayonne, New Jersey, that August. A highlight of that first season was the purchase of the corps’ first equipment truck, known as "The Cow,” and two blue school buses.

In 1993, camps became a monthly proposition. The season’s repertoire consisted of one continuous 11-minute work from the soundtrack of "A League of Their Own." The guard was costumed in baseball uniforms and utilized balls, gloves and bats in the show. The corps’ touring debut was made at the DCE Championships, rolling into Nashua, New Hampshire, on three chartered buses and performing its championship show on a baseball field.

In 1994 the corps performed the music of Barbra Streisand, and the organization continued to expand with the purchase of a third school bus and fourth bus engine. Operations moved from Edgewood to the Camden County Vo-Tech. The corps performed a full schedule of weekend DCE shows, competed in the DCE Championships in Connecticut, and made its debut at the DCI Championships at Foxboro, Massachusetts.

New staff, some with world-class instructional and performance experience and several world championships between them, came on board in 1995. The corps purchased a tractor-trailer, a symbol of the organization’s growth and a source of pride for corps members. Travel that summer grew to include a mini-tour during the Fourth of July weekend and an 11-day excursion that culminated to the corps’ second performance at the DCI World Championships, held in Buffalo, New York. The corps finished eighth in DCI Division II competition, with the percussion section finishing third and brass finishing fifth.

The 1996 edition of Jersey Surf continued to develop its crowd-pleasing reputation with an extremely strong winter at the Ft. Dix military installation and all of its drill in place by Memorial Day. The corps added three diesel buses to its fleet, including the infamous SEPTA staff bus. The repertoire, 'Cool Tunes from the Back of the Bus,' featured music of Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, and Tower of Power. The corps reached finalist status for the first time at the DCE Championships in Allentown, Pennsynvania, an achievement that included high percussion honors; in fact, the corps’ percussion was undefeated in the DCE tour in 1996. After achieving finalist status at the North American Open in Nashville, Tennessee, the corps experienced nearly catastrophic bus problems but still managed to complete the tour to the World Championships in Orlando. The corps finished the season ranked seventh in Division II.

The 1997 season featured 'More Cool Tunes.' The corps continued to expand its touring radius, adding mini-tours to the far reaches of western Pennsylvania and New York. A highlight of the corps’ season was a special parade performance down Manhattan’s 42nd Street in front of some two million spectators as a part of the world premiere of Walt Disney’s “Hercules.” At the DCI World Championships in Orlando, the corps finished in sixth place. Highlights of championship week included a one-night stay in the grand ballroom at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, which had only been open for eight days prior to the corps’ arrival; and an all-day rehearsal session on the perfectly manicured fields of Walt Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex. DCI recognized the corps staff at the World Championships as DCI’s "Volunteers of the Year."

The 1998 Surf made its way back to the Florida Citrus Bowl for its third Orlando appearance at the DCI World Championships, again finishing in a disappointing sixth place, just out of a finalist berth. With “Pictures of Spain" as a classic opener, the corps received rousing ovations at their performances in West Chester University, Giants Stadium, and at the World Championship Prelims. Jersey Surf was selected the 1998 "Most Improved Division II Corps of the Year" by the directors of the Division II corps at their annual meeting in October.

The 1999 season ended with the corps’ first performance ever at the World Championship Finals. Before a record II/III finals night audience in excess of 10,000 fans, the corps took the field at the legendary Camp Randall Stadium to perform 'It Ain't Necessarily Summertime,' featuring several non-traditional treatments from Gershwin¹s classic "Porgy and Bess." Prior to the performance, the corps performed a field warm-up arrangement of "On, Wisconsin!" earning its first of three standing ovations for the evening. Its longest tour to date, this one lasted some sixteen days and extended to Canada for the first time. The Surf achieved finalist status at the Garden State, Canadian and North American Open contests, and was again crowned the Garden State Circuit Champions.

The 2000 season was one of great surprises and tremendous growth for the corps. Its reworking of Georges Bizet’s opera,'Re-in-CARMEN-ation,' earned the corps not only its second appearance in the DCI Division II Finals, where they finished fourth, their best ever score, but also a DCI Open Class quarterfinalist spot as well. The Championship week festivities, held in College Park, Maryland, were an incredible backdrop for the corps’ first ever tour video, and saw the Surf’s color guard earn top honors during the final week of competition. Earlier in the season, the corps had been crowned DCI Atlantic Division Champions at a memorable "coming-out party" at the University of Pennsylvania’s fabled Franklin Field, the site of the corps' debut some ten years earlier. The corps repeated as finalists at the Garden State Open and North American Open contests as well.

The corps continued to provide a creative outlet for its members and staff in 2001, offering a repertoire of Pat Metheny jazz tunes with unique twists. The corps narrowly missed a finalist slot at the DCI Championships in Buffalo, but maintained its crown as the DCI Atlantic Division II Champion. The Surf was a finalist at the Garden State Open and the North American Open, and won its home show in Blackwood, New Jersey, before a sell-out audience.

2002 saw the corps take a sharp turn in its appearance, with the traditional dress white uniform appearing only during early season competitive shows. (Prior to this, the corps often dressed in costumes themed to individual shows.) Performing a show entitled 'Our Side of the Story: A Celebration of the Spirit of Youth,' corps members dressed in denim costumes, with the color guard changing outfits several times during the show, including to brightly colored wigs and tutus. After a slow start with an incomplete show, the corps quickly gained momentum and regained finalist status at the World Championships in Madison. Adding "On, Wisconsin!" to the field show for finals week, the corps received three standing ovations, and had one of the most talked-about performances of DCI’s 30th anniversary season.

In 2004, the corps moved from Berlin to Mt. Holly, although they continued to have facilities in both Berlin and New Brunswick and to have camps in Sicklerville.

Over the next few seasons, the Jersey Surf was a consistent Division II finalist, but the corps did not truly challenge for the title until 2007. That year's corps toured the West Coast, winning shows in Washington, Oregon, and California en route to DCI Championships at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The Jersey Surf was in first place after DCI's Division II Quarterfinals, but was passed by the Spartans in Semifinals and took second place in Finals. In 2008, the Surf was undefeated until meeting the Blue Devils B in Ohio. Then, they were third in Open Class Quarterfinals in Michigan City, Indiana, a position they held through Semifinals and Finals in Bloomington.

The Surf was featured in an IMAX presentation entitled "Pulse: a STOMP Odyssey," a film based on the successful stage show.

Jersey Surf prides itself on good staff and member recruitment and retention, and a strong financial model. One of the primary concerns of the Jersey Surf staff has always been fiscal responsibility. When the DCI Board of Directors approved the new, two-division competition format beginning in 2008, only World Class corps were guaranteed being paid for their performances. Therefore, following the 2008 season, the Jersey Surf elected to leave Open Class and compete in World Class. Following an evaluation by the DCI staff as to the organization's competitive and fiscal stability, the corps was approved as a DCI World Class corps in 2009.

In April, 2015, a music video was released on YouTube featuring 50 members of the Jersey Surf performing the song "Don't Look Down" with actress/singer/percussionist Janina Gavankar.


[Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps; Bob Jacobs; Drum Corps World, (various issues); Drum Cops International]

Members (97)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Acosta, Allan Soprano 2001 to 2002
Adler, Ben Euphonium 2003 to 2005
Arocena, Dennis Baritone 2004; 2006
Azzarano, Robert "Bob-O" Mellophone 2006
Barrick, Chris Pit & Snare Drum 2001 to 2004
Beyer, Heather colorguard 2000
Bishop, Mike Front Ensemble (Pit) 2002 to 2005
Brooks, Justin Brass 2003
Carino, Tony Soprano 2001 to 2002
Carraher, Darin Baritone 2004
Case, Joshua Tuba 2012
Charles, Hayley color guard 2004 to 2005
Clairmont, Ed Colorguard 2003
Cooney, Ed Lead Trumpet 2006 to 2008
Cote, Michelle Baritone 1999 to 2001
Csobor, Brian Tuba 2015
DeLancey, Jim Soprano 2004 to 2005
DeLaurentis, Theresa Front ensemble 2003 to 2004
Del Conte Jr, Thomas Mellophone 2011
Delgado, Tomas colorguard 2004
Eichen, Alyssa Trumpet 2007
Faccone, Garrett Trumpet 2006 to 2008
Fitzgerald, Steve soprano 2003 to 2004
Fitzgerald, Steve soprano 2003
Fitzgerald, Steven Hornline 2003 to 2005
Frederickson, Holly Soprano 2002 to 2004
Frederickson, Holly Drum Major 2005 to 2006
Frederickson, Holly Soprano 2002 to 2004
Galan, Tim Soprano 2005
Galan, Tim Trumpet 2006
Garay, Chris Snare 2004 to 2005
Goglia, Joseph Tenors 2001
Grasso, Jason Euphonium, soprano 2003 to 2005
Graves, Mark Mellophone 2004 to 2005
Graves, Mark Trumpet 2006
Hanrahan, Michael Euphonium 2006
Hanrahan, Michael Baritone 2007
Harris, Billy Baritone 1999 to 2002
Healy, Bart Soprano 1991
Healy, Bart Staff 1994 to 1999
Heimbecker, Justin Lead Baritone 2001
Horowitz, Harrison Baritone 2000 to 2003
Hrycyshyn, Annie (Andrea) colorguard 2002
Hubbs, RaSean Baritone 2001
Jackson, Devon Contra 2003
Jacobs, Bob Staff 1990 to 2006
Katz, Jeff contra 2002 to 2004
Katz, Jeff CONTRA 2002 to 2003
Kauffmann, Karen Front Ensemble 2002 to 2005
Kern, Brad Trumpet 2007 to 2008
Kline, Jonathan Bassline 2005
Lennox, Christopher hornline - Euphonium 2002 to 2003
Lombardo, Tony front ensemble 2001
Mailloux, Eric Percussion - Bass Line 2005 to 2006
Manness, Jon Soprano 2002
Martin, Geoffrey Snare line 2000 to 2001
Mattia, Kimmie Color Guard 2002 to 2003
McDaniel, Chris Tenors 2003
Miller, Ian Brass 2004
Mingle, Matthew Staff 2004 to 2005
Minnich, Phillip Brass - Mellophone 2009
Noonan, Alison Colorguard 2004
Nowetner, Rachel Colorguard 1999 to 2001
Nuesch, Carolyn Mellophone 2001 to 2002
O'Brien, Bill Colorguard 2001 to 2002
O'Brien, Bill Colorguard/Staff 2003
Olochwoszcz, Gabriel Baritone/Euphonium 1997 to 1998
Olochwoszcz, Gabriel Staff 2001 to 2005
Ozenberger, Alex Euphonium 2004
Pasqua, Marielle Colorguard 2003 to 2005
Pellet, Craig Baritone 2002 to 2003
Phillips, Allee Colorguard 2003 to 2005
Poster, Eric Visual Staff 2015
Poulsen, Amy Mellophone 1994 to 1996
Reedy, Allie Colorguard 2000 to 2002
Reedy, Ricky Baritone 2003 to 2005
Rotenbury, Lauren Guard 2005
SAMMIS, JUSTIN BASSLINE 1997 to 1998
Saccomano, Dana Color Guard 2001
Sadowsky, Ken Soprano 1993
Santora, Trevor bass line 2003
Shannon, Dyan pit 1995 to 1996
Sheard, Owen Trumpet 2015
Shore, Peter Visual Staff 2000
Thatcher, Rob Percussion Staff 2002 to 2003
Thomas, Wayne Mellophone 1993 to 1994
Trainer, Melody Colorguard 2001
Walden, Ronald baritone 2006
Wands, Steve Staff 1998 to 2006
White, Stephen Mellophone 1998 to 2001
Williams, Todd contra/euph 1999 to 2000; 2002
Williams, Todd drum major 2003
garbeck, alexandra french horn/mellophone 1993
healy, Brendan Euphonium 1999 to 2001
reedy, andrea color guard 2003 to 2004
thompson, jason pit 1998
thompson, jason Bass line 1999 to 2001

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Jersey Surf from the Bill Ives Collection
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Jersey Surf Black 2005 from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Bob Jacobs
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Jersey Surf Soul Surfer from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Bob Jacobs

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