Reading Buccaneers

Reading, PA United States
Founded: 1957

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Here To There
Hummingbird by Steve Bryant
Hunting Wabbits by Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band
La Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saen
So Far Away by Carole King
Symphony No. 4 by David Maslanka
Original Music by Mark Lortz and Johnny Trujillo and Mike Lalli
The Reading Buccaneers, formed in 1957, is a senior marching and maneuvering corps based in Reading, Pennsylvania. In their early years they were sponsored by the Greater Reading VFW Post 179, and are currently sponsored in part by the Ray A. Master American Legion Post 217 of Topton, Pennsylvania. The Bucs are also supported by many businesses in the Reading and Berks County area, and from the Buccaneer Alumni Association.

The corps’ colors were light blue, black, and silver.

In their earlier years, beginning in only their third year of existence, the corps won three VFW national titles and retired that crown in 1962. The Bucs then won the first DCA Championship ever held (1965) and have been DCA Champions three other times (1968, 1979 and 1980). They ascended the ladder of success faster than anyone in senior drum corps history, including an amazing leap from seventh in 1978 to first in 1979. The Buccaneers have finished in the top three at DCA Finals 20 times through 2003.

The Bucs are fondly known as "Balance in Blue" because of the wide range of musical selections they have presented over the years. A popular theory is that the name came from the hornline which set a tradition of marching with instrumentation mixed together, thus producing a much richer, fuller, more balanced sound. This nickname, however, predates this innovative practice.

Choosing classical music as their medium, the Buccaneers stand out among the DCA community for their uniquely dark, full, embodying sound, characteristic of symphonic music.

World Drum Corps Hall of Famer Tony Yaklich joined the Buccaneers on soprano in 1970, and was still associated with the corps in his election year, 2002.

The corps continues to be active in DCA into the 21st century, despite a potentially tragic bus accident in 1997. In 2003, the Buccaneers finished fifth in DCA Championship competition, but they rebounded to finish third in 2004 with a show called 'Innovations! The Passions of Shostakovich.'

[Encyclopedia of Drum and Bugle Corps, 1966; rec.arts.marching.drumcorps 7/20/1997; www.buccaneers.berkscounty.com/; DCW 6/28/02, p.9; DCW, 4/04, p.3; A History of Drum and Bugle Corps, 2002]

Members (172)

Member Name Section Years Involved
Achee, Bill Contra Line 1990
Adams, Warren Baritone 1988
Barletta, Ben Front Ensemble 1984; 1988
Barletta, Ben Tenor line 1985
Bart Bartholomew, Charles Soprano 1976 to 1984
Bartholomew, Renee Snare Line 1978 to 1982
Basham, Angie Bari 2 2008
Benson, Bridget baritone 2002
Beyer, Heather colorguard 1994
Bill, Chris "Sonny 2" Baritone 2007
Bingham, Andy Lead Trumpet 2005
Bonacquisti, Mary Color Guard 1976 to 1978
Boyle, Scott Baritone 1998 to 2001
Brotzman, Diane guard 1977 to 1980
Brotzman, Diane Hornline-French Horn 1981 to 1988
Bufalino, Angelo Trumpet 2011 to 2013
Bufalino, Angelo Membership Manager 2014
Buffenmyer, Andrew "Buffy" Tuba 2005
Burnell, James Baritone 2001; 2006
Burnell, James Lead Bari 2003 to 2004
Burnell, James 3rd Trumpet 2005
CHEZ, ALAN lead soprano / soloist 1982
CHEZ, ALAN brass staff 1992 to 1995
Caldwell, Brien Soprano 1970 to 1973
Caudle, Amanda Soprano 2001
Caudle, Amanda Mellophone 2002 to 2003
Cellucci, Thomas Soprano 1979 to 1982
Celsky, Keith Tuba 2010
Celsky, Keith Support Staff 2011
Celsky, Keith Contrabass 2005
Chez, Mickey Horn Line 1980 to 1982
Cislak, Andrew Baritone 2015
Clare, Nicholas Tuba 2005 to 2006
Coleman V, Edward Snare 2006
Cruz, Cristina Front Ensemble 2011
DERR, SKEE SNARE 1972 to 1990
Dakin, Stephen Soprano 1985 to 1989
DeLaurentis, Theresa Front ensemble 2008
DeRemer, Nanette Colorguard 2000
DeRemer, Nanette Colorguard 2000; 2003
Decker, Josh Drum Major 2001 to 2007
Dempsey, Ed Contra 1982 to 1987
Derr, SKEE SNARE 1972 to 1991
Derricott, Duane Baritone 1964 to 1965
Deshler, Lee Split Soprano 1965 to 1967; 1971
Deshler, Lee Member but in military 1968 to 1970
Deshler, Lee Mellophone 1973 to 1976
Deshler, Lee Honor Guard 2012
Diamond, Art Brass/Baritone 1984 to 1985
Donkerbrook, Gregory Contra 2003 to 2004
Doop, Paul Front Ensemble 1985
Doop, Paul Staff 1987
Easton, Judy Color Guard 1996 to 1997
Eickleberry, Herman Percussion 1983
Ensinger, Darren Pit 1998 to 1999
Ensinger, Darren Guard 2002
Ensinger, Gordon Bass Drum 1997 to 2002
Ferraro, Frank Music Director and Arranger 1959 to 1971
Fitzgerald, Steven Mellophone 2006 to 2008; 2010
Fox, Carrie Guard 1982
Francis, Ed Euphonium 2000 to 2001
Francis, Ed Baritone 2000 to 2003
Fromm, Dave Drum Line 1965 to 1977
Funk, Douglas Mellophone, Euph 1999 to 2001
Gaiewski, James Baritone 1992 to 1994; 1997; 1999 to 2000; 2002; 2004 to 2007; 2010; 2012; 2017
Gaiewski, James Euphonium 2001; 2003; 2008 to 2009
Gehlert, Woody Guard 1982
Giardiello, Nicko Contra 1982 to 1986
Gonya, Douglas Mellophone 2017
Goss, Dave soprano 1984
Goss, Dave contra bass 1985
Gottier, Mike Baritone 2008
Greeson, Nicholas Mellophone 2000 to 2002; 2005
Hessler, Kevin Soprano 1969 to 1970
Hilkert, Mike Soprano 2000
Holahan, Martin soprano 1975 to 1981
Housel, Jason Lead Baritone 2004 to 2008
Kachman, Mike Soprano 2004
Kauffmann, Karen Front Ensemble 2006
Keller, Lonnie Drums/Triples 1976 to 1977
Kelley, Josh Injured bench, broke my wrist after 2nd show 2004
Kirkwood, James lead soprano 1975 to 1977
Koenig, Diane (Brotzman) Hornline 1989 to 1990
Koenig, Diane (Brotzman) Support Staff/Committee 1991 to 1995
Koenig, Diane (Brotzman) DM/Support Staff 1996 to 2002; 2004 to 2008
Koenig, Diane (Brotzman) Support Staff 2003
Kriebel, Ryan Brass 2001 to 2006
Lundell, John colorguard 1972 to 1973
Maldonado, Abel soprano/mellophone 1996 to 2000
Maldonado, Abel brass staff- mellophone 2001
Malleus, Greg Drumline 2005
Malleus, Greg Pit 2007
Manhart, Craig mellophone 1974
Maree, Al Bari/Contra 1999 to 2000
Maree, Al Executive Committtee 2001 to 2003
Matos, Noel Baritone 1999 to 2000
Matos, Noel Soprano 2001 to 2002
Mayer, Robert Baritone 2000 to 2002
McDougall, Sara Colorguard 2003 to 2004
McMullen, Krissy Hornline-Mellophone 1 2007
McMullen, Krissy (Conner) Hornline-French Horn 1983 to 1986
Minnich, Phillip Brass 2006
Miranda, Anthony Cymbal Line 2003 to 2005
Monhollan, Candice Trumpet 2006 to 2009
Monhollan, Candice Hornline 2006 to 2009; 2011
Morabito, Don Mellophone 1987
Morningstar, Mark Support staff 2008; 2010; 2012
Murphy, Al Soprano 1968 to 1973
Murray, Marcie Baritone 2000 to 2002
Murton, Joseph Drum line 1966 to 1971
Naughton, Alexis Color Guard 2010
Neubold, Michelle Colorguard 1998
Nevius, John Horn Line 1964 to 1970; 1976 to 1978
Nowetner, Rachel Colorguard 2002
Ochs, Terry Snare 1981
Poley, Randy Drum Line 1976
Ream, Jeff percussion staff 2000
Rich, Steven Tuba/Brass 2006 to 2007
Riddell, William Front Ensemble 2016 to 2017
Rightmyer, Bob Mellophone 1977
Rightmyer, Bob Mellophone 1977
Rogalski, Michael Mellophone 2000 to 2001
Rollman, Keith Drumline 1979 to 1980
Rutan, Douglas Contra 1979 to 1982
Savage, Vickie Visual Tech 2006 to 2007
Schneider, Kirk Mellophone 1979
Schomburg, Rick Drumline 1984 to 1985
Scott, Darren Baritone 2009 to 2013
Shanks, Zach Drumline 2003 to 2007
Sherwood, Michael Baritone 1980 to 1981
Shoremount, Michael Hornline(baritone) 2002
Smith, David Soprano 2001 to 2003
Smith, Dewey Smith soprano 1959; 1962 to 1963
Sneff, Mike Front Ensemble 2016
Solinger, Donnie Hornline 1958 to 1969
Solinger, Donnie Horn Line/Committee 1995 to 1997
Solinger, Donnie Committee/Support Staff 1998 to 2004
Solinger, Donnie Committee/Support 2005 to 2006
Spielman, Matthew Euphonium 2006 to 2007
Stansfield, Scott Soprano 1993
Strauss, Mike Contra 2001
Strauss, Mike Euphonium 2004
Strauss, Mike Tuba 2005 to 2006
Swiger, Quaid Baritone 2014 to 2015; 2017
Tatman, Michael percussion 1985 to 1991
Tierno, Louis Soprano/Mellophone 1985
Vaughn, Steve Baritone 2007
Vogel, Tim Honor Guard 2000 to 2003
WELLES, DON SILK LINE 1973 to 1975
Whery, Kyle Euphonium 2004
Wildfogel VanOstenbridge, Pam Colorguard 1998 to 2002; 2007; 2009 to 2010
Wildfogel VanOstenbridge, Pam Colorguard staff 2003
Wildfogel VanOstenbridge, Pam Honor guard/Support staff 2005
Wildonger, Daniel Mellophone 1988
Wildonger, Daniel Baritone/Euphonium 1997 to 2003
Williams, Ryan Contrabass 1999
Williams, Ryan Contrabass 1999
Wilson, Tim Silk 1976
Wilson, Tim Tymp 1977 to 1978
Wilson, Tim Snare 1980 to 1981
Young, Jason Drum Line 1993 to 1994
Zanine, Lou Hornline 1998 to 1999; 2005; 2007
Zanine, Lou Brass Staff 2000 to 2002
Zanine, Lou Visual Staff 2004; 2008 to 2018
Zearfoss, Patrick Bass Drum 2001 to 2002
Zearfoss, Sharon Pit 2002
dietz, jody drum line 1976 to 1977
doherty, mike soprano 1978 to 1981
krempasky, matt brass 1979
krempasky, matt brass/brass staff 1980 to 1982
krempasky, matt caption head/music arranger 1983 to 1986
mcmullen, mike flugal/mello 1981 to 1986

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Buccaneers 2 Reading from the Bill Ives Collection
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Buccaneers Reading PA-1 from the Bill Ives Collection
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Buccaneers Reading PA-2 from the Bill Ives Collection
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Buccaneers Reading PA-3 from the Bill Ives Collection
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Buccaneers Reading PA-3 from the Bill Ives Collection
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Buccaneers Reading PA-4 from the Bill Ives Collection
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Buccaneers Reading PA-5 from the Bill Ives Collection
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Buccaneers Reading PA-50th Anniversary from the Bill Ives Collection
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Buccaneers Uniform 1977 from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Cecily Kulp Siefried
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Buccaneers Uniform 1977 from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Cecily Kulp Siefried
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Buccaneers CG 1999 1997 from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by George Growcott
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Buccaneers Sequins from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Cecily Kulp Siefried
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Buccaneers Vest Black from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Cecily Kulp Siefried
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Buccaneers Red White Dia from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Phil Knisley
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Buccaneers Long Coat from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Brian Prato
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Buccaneers 3 Blues from the Bill Ives Collection Contributed by Phil Knisley
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