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Scott Litzenberg - Coordinator

Scott was a Past Director of the Crossmen, 1987-89, and 2006.  He most recently was the Director of The Cadets in 2018-19.  He spent 20 years as a member of the DCI Event Staff and Head Tabulator, managing events on the DCI tour and being a contest administrator.  He has also been on the WGI Percussion Event Staff for 8 years.

After 34 years of teaching high school band in Pennsylvania, he retired in 2018, as the Band Director and Music Department Chairperson, from Unionville HS, in Kennett Square, PA where he directed the Concert Bands, Marching Band, Jazz Band, & Musical pit orchestra.  His bands have been selected as a finalist in the Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival in New York City, won the overall band award at the Kentucky Derby Festival, and twice have been named as the Grand Champion at the Gator Bowl Festival in Jacksonville, FL.  The bands have received numerous superior ratings at concert, jazz and marching festivals in his 34 years of teaching.  Scott conducted Musical orchestras for 30 years and, in his last 4 years of teaching, directed the four musical productions at Unionville HS: West Side Story, Shrek, Mary Poppins, and The King and I.

He directed the Cavalcade of Bands Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade Honor band in 2015.  He is the past Cavalcade of Band President, serving in that position for 10 years.  He is an active marching and jazz band adjudicator in Cavalcade of Bands, VMBC, NJMBDA, and consults with groups around the country.

Scott is a member of the Crossmen and Cavalcade of Bands Halls of Fame.

A 1984 graduate of West Chester University, he is a past member of the Garfield Cadets, and a past member of the Drum Corps International Board of Directors.  Scott is a member of Phi Beta Mu and is an alumnus of Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternities.

Rick Reedy Coordinator

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Denita Stemet - Coordinator

Denita (Hamant) Stemet marched color guard in the Crossmen in 1982 and 1983.  She met her husband, Doug, there and they've been married for 38 years.  They still frequently volunteer together for the corps.  They have two children; Chelsea who also marched color guard in drum corps and was an assistant director of the Crossmen for 6 years, and Nicole who just graduated from law school and is getting married in October.  They just became Grandparents to twin girls born to Chelsea on July 31!

Denita has operated her own piano studio and has been teaching for over 40 years.  She also instructs and choreographs local color guards as well as adjudicates at local competitions.  She is very excited for his 50th anniversary and how much fun we are all going to have!

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Anton Romano - Coordinator

Anton marched in the Crossmen Baritone line from 1991 to 1994. He served on the brass staff for the 2017 Crossmen Alumni Play in the Park project and has over 30 years of experience performing and teaching in the marching arts. 

 

In 2015 Anton was on staff for the Cavalcade of Bands Rose Parade Honor Band and 4 years later was the director for the 2019 Cavalcade of Bands Rose Parade band. 

 

He has been a faculty member of the Kennett Consolidated School District music department since 1999 where he has taught all forms of bands from 4th through 12th grade. His concert bands have consistently received Superior ratings in festivals and his marching bands have won numerous titles and championships in multiple regional circuits. 

 

Anton attended West Chester University from 1991 to 1995 when he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in music education. In 2002 he graduated Summa Cum Laude with an M.M. in instrumental methods from Southern Oregon University. In the years to follow he would accumulate multiple advanced credits from numerous universities and receive a doctoral equivalency.  

 

Anton looks forward to working with the 50th anniversary corps and creating lasting memories with this incredible group of people.

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Karen Wire - Operations, Trainer/Medical

Karen started her marching career at the age of 9 with the St. Matthias Blue Max from Ridgewood, NY.  She marched with Crossmen from 1982-1983 in the color guard.  In1984 she marched with the New York Royal Guardsmen attaining a bronze medal at WGI and ended the season with the Long Island Sunrisers. Karen met her husband Jeff in the Crossmen and they have been married 36 years and are parents to 5 amazing children whose careers span from the United States Marines to the Charlotte Ballet. The couple also had over 20 foster children come through their home.  When the kids got older, Karen began to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse.  She earned her LPN and recently finished her RN now working in Critical Care.  Karen is very excited to be a part of the great group of people uniting to celebrate the Crossmen family. 

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Mary Litzenberg - Operations

Mary marched in the Crossmen color guard from 1980-82.  She then went onto teach the guard in 1983, 1985-1989. Mary has also worked for DCI in merchandising and tabulating for over 20 years. Mary just recently retired from teaching music after 39.5 years. During this time, she also instructed local high school color guards. Mary has one daughter, Kristin. Kristin is a musical theater actor in NYC and runs her own photography business.  Mary and Kristin are busy planning Kristin's wedding in September. Mary is so excited to help with the 50th anniversary of the corps and looks forward to working with everyone on this special project. GO BONES!!

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Doug Stemet - ​Crossmen Board of Directors Liason

Doug is a charter member of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps. He marched soprano bugle from the very first rehearsal in 1974 through 1977. Following his age-out from performing, Doug began his lifelong relationship with the corps as an alumni, starting as a member of the brass staff in 1978. Since then he has served the corps in various positions, including Program and Staff coordinator, Visual Tech, Visual Designer,  Tour Planner, Shuttle Driver and Kitchen Truck Volunteer (Breakfast Griddle Specialist). He is also active with the Crossmen Alumni Association with his wife Denita (BCG 82-83) on the CrossmenLive project. He is a 2016 inductee in the Crossmen Hall of Fame.
Since moving to Kansas in 1983 he has continued with the marching arts, designing, teaching and judging marching bands throughout the region. He has also been active with local Wichita performing arts including; Wichita State University Shocker Sound Machine marching ensemble, Music Theatre for Young People, Friends of the Performing Arts of Wichita East High School, Wichita Chamber Chorale and the Kansas Ambassadors of Music European Tour.

Doug is excited to be the board liaison to the 50th Celebration.

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Rob Levengood - Instrument Manager

Rob marched second and lead soprano in 1984 and 1985.  He has volunteered for the corps in different capacities off and on for many years.  He is currently a CAA Benefactor.  Rob has two children, Michael, who is an Industrial Designer with BRDG Studios, and Grace, who shares his love of the Crossmen and worked briefly with them in 2020 and 2021.  Rob is happily married to Lucy Ashekian and lives in New Hope, PA.  Since marching, he has played in brass quintets, played Taps at memorial events, and was a proud member of the Crossmen Play in the Park 2018.  As an IT professional, he has worked mostly in the health care field and currently is the Director of Technical Services with Holy Redeemer Health System in Huntingdon Valley, PA.  He is looking forward to 2024 and performing as a Crossmen one more time.

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Jeff Wire - Equipment Manager

Jeff began his Drum Corps career after his mother encouraged him to respond to a ad in the local newspaper offering "Free Drum Lessons." Within seconds of walking into the American Legion hall with over 30 teenagers banging out thunderous rudiments on a variety of surfaces, he was hooked. This journey, while short lived, served as the catalyst for a lifetime of enjoyment of the activity. The next step seemed almost natural with his advancement to the Avant Garde Drum and Bugle corps. For the next 6 years, along with building lifelong relationships, he received some of the finest instruction DCI had to offer. In 1983, his age out year, he was encouraged to try out for the Crossmen. After months spent practicing, tryouts arrived and he made the snare line. There were many emotional ups and downs in the 1983 season, but the highlight for him will always be meeting and eventually marrying fellow member and alumni, Karen Eis. They married in 1986, have 5 children and currently reside in Northwest NJ.  Jeff has served as the Social Media manager for the "Drums Along the Mohawk" DCI show and the entire Wire family has volunteered when the Crossmen have been in town for DCI East.

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Don Group - Media, Marketing, Communications

Percussion - 1984, '85, '87
Don's professional career has focused on sales and marketing, but he has also worked as a commercial photographer in Pittsburgh and New York City.  He has been back in Pittsburgh since 2001 with his wife, Lori.

"I'm really looking forward to 2024. Having the opportunity to be a kid again and relive a lot of drum corps memories with old friends, and having the chance to make some new ones is going to be a great experience."

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Jason Hess  Communication

Jason is currently band director at the Owen J. Roberts Middle School in Pottstown, PA.  While he is not a Crossmen alumni, he is happily married to Allie (Reedy) Hess who aged out from the color guard in 2004.  Rick Reedy did NOT twist his arm into this, and he enjoys his time supporting the Crossmen family!

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Sharon Washick - Merchandise

Sharon (Morris) Washick started marching in drum corps with the Audubon Bon Bons from 1973 through 1977 as a drummer.  She came to Crossmen in 1978 and marched in the color guard aging out in 1981.  Sharon continued to volunteer with the Crossmen throughout the years in many different areas. In 1983  on staff and 1990 through 1994 served on the Board of Directors. She has been married to her husband Dave for 35 years and they have 2 sons and 1 grandson. Sharon works as an administrative assistant for an estate planning law firm.  Sharon still enjoys supporting the Crossmen and seeing them whenever they come out east.  She is looking forward to celebrating the 50th anniversary with all her long time friends!

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Terry Booth Fields - Banquet

Terry Fields began her drum corps career in the Media Fawns where she marched with her sister, Linda. She then went on to march in the 507 Hornets before becoming an original member of the Crossmen on the rifle line. The building of the Crossmen was so much a part of her young life that meetings were held in her living room to help form the corps. She remembers a table and two chairs that appeared in her living room and became the unofficial headquarters for the early renderings of the corps. It was there at that table that Robby and others worked through many of the beginning details that became the Crossmen. Terry went on to march with the Crossmen from 1975 to 1979.

After her time marching ended, Terry was a part of the team that helped build the beginnings of the alumni association. She helped with and ran several successful beef and beers to raise funds for the corps. Her love of the Crossmen eventually led her to volunteer for many years at winter camps, working on the food truck, organizing banquets and helping in whatever way possible.

One of Terry's favorite contributions is making individual cookie salads with the story attached and gifting to the members every year in Allentown. Tasking Charlotte with writing "The Cookie Salad" story that is used today, the members are surprised with cookie salad on their bus seats immediately following the show.

Her daughter Leighann marched in the corps for 8 years and spent 3 of those years as the colorguard captain. Leighann is proud to have continued the legacy that her Mom was a part of in the very beginning.

In her personal life, Terry worked in the healthcare industry for 30 years. She retired in 2020, when the pandemic started and lives in the Villas outside of Cape May, NJ.

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Roni Plousis - Development, Sponsorships

Roni marched color guard in the Crossmen from 1975-1982.  She is a founding member of the merger between the 507 Hornets and Keystone Regiment.  Roni began her drum corps career in 1970 with the 507 Hornets.  Roni has two songs: Peter, a policeman who is married to his high school sweetheart, Christine and have two children, Peter and Caroline.  And Stephen, who is following in his mom's footsteps as an accountant.

Roni is the Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer of Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, PA.  She was formerly a partner at regional accounting firm Elko and Associates (now WIPFLI, LLP) where she worked for nearly 23 years.  Roni completed her Bachelor's degree in Business Management at West Chester University and a member of the Golden Rams marching band.  She earned the Pennsylvania CPA certification in October 1998.

Roni is also one of the Crossmen Counselors, contributing to the alumni handbook, Crossmen Live productions, and other fundraisers.  Roni is currently a member of the Drum Corps International finance comittee.

Tim Stephenson - Finances, Accounting

Born in Arlington, Tim lived in Austin Tx until he moved for college. He graduated from Leander High School in 2012 where he participated in many of the performing ensembles as a Euphonium player. Tim graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in the Summer of 2017 receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, and a Master of Public Accounting. He played Euphonium in the university’s Lumberjack Marching Band, Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra.

Tim was a member of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps, beginning his career in 2011 and aging out with the corps in 2015. Over his time with the corps he served as the baritone section leader for multiple years, and finally as Horn Sergeant in 2015.

Tim currently serves as an Accounting Supervisor for Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Houston, TX, and has served on the Crossmen Board of Directors for 2 years, currently as the Treasurer.

Tim is excited to give back to the organization that has given so much to him.

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