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Craig Snyder
Director of Bands / Music Director

For over 20 years, Craig Snyder has been an active performer, conductor, clinician and music educator in the Philadelphia area. He is currently the Director of Bands at Penncrest High School where he conducts the marching band, concert band, wind ensemble and jazz band. He also teaches music theory and music technology, as well as serves as the Music Department Coordinator.

Craig’s playing experience spans virtually all genres associated with the trumpet. He has performed in professional situations with big bands, jazz combos, rock bands, wedding bands, salsa bands, brass ensembles, orchestras, concert bands, church services and ceremonial wedding music. He has shared the stage with notable artists such as Allen Vizzutti, Bobby Watson, and Wayne Bergeron, and under the batons of Dr. Alfred Reed, Colonel John Bourgeouis, and Colonel Arnald Gabriel.

Craig is an active clinician of concert band and jazz festivals in the area, and is an adjudicator with Rhythms International. In the summer of 2011, he was selected to be one of the conductors for the American Music Abroad tour, which performed in six different countries in Europe. He is currently President of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, District 12.

 

 

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Alan Reno
Assistant Director and Drill Designer

Mr. Alan Reno designs the drill for the Penncrest Roaring Lions Marching Band.  He is also the Director of Bands at Springton Lake Middle School.  The ensembles under his direction are the 6th, 7th and 8th grade bands.  In addition, he teaches the Jazz Lab and Jazz Band.

Mr. Reno attended Washington Township High School in Sewell, NJ.   In 1992, after his sophomore year in high school, Mr. Reno marched with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps.  Mr. Reno did his undergraduate studies at West Chester University, where he received his B.S. in Music Education.  As an undergrad, he worked with the Washington Township Minutemen Marching Band as an instructor.  He also worked with McKean HS marching band part-time.  Later, he studied drill design with Lee Geisler and became drill designer for the Owen J. Roberts High School Marching Band.  Mr. Reno was then on the drill design team under Todd Marcocci at Under the Sun Productions in West Chester, PA.

Mr. Reno did some graduate work at the University of the Arts/Villanova Summer Program and is currently finishing up his Masters in Music Education : Technology at West Chester University.  Mr. Reno served as Band Director at Chichester High School in Boothwyn, PA before accepting the position as the Director of Bands at Springton Lake Middle School.  

Mr. Reno is married to Jennifer Reno and resides in Media, PA.  When Mr. Reno is not teaching, he is performing in a band on the weekends.  In his free time, Mr. Reno enjoys working out, working with power tools, spending time with his family, and watching football.

 

COLOR GUARD

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Leighann Fields
Color Guard Coordinator

Leighann began her Color Guard career in 2000 as a member of the Bpex Winter Guard from Newark, DE. From there she spent 4 years with the Ridley High School Marching Band and 8 years (2004-2011) as a member of the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps, where she spent her last three years as captain. Leighann also spent a year with the Black Watch Winter Guard and four years with Field of View Winter Guard from West Chester, Pennsylvania.
In 2007, Leighann began teaching and designing for many high schools in the Southeastern Pennsylvania area including; Abington, Ridley, Rustin and Penncrest. In 2012 and 2013 Leighann returned to her alma mater where she served as a Color Guard technician for the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps.

Outside of the marching activity Leighann spends her time working at West Chester University as a part of the Conference Services Department.
 
Color Guard Staff
 
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Brian Rosa
 
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Emily Cavanagh

Emily began her colorguard career at Penncrest High School, marching from 2011-2015 and serving as captain during her junior and senior years. She participated in both the outdoor and indoor colorguard programs at PHS. Following, she attended the University of Delaware, where she was a member of the UD Fightin’ Blue Hen Marching Band, and again served as colorguard captain for her junior and senior year. Emily graduated from the University of Delaware with her BSN in 2019, and now works as a Registered Nurse at Christiana Hospital.

In her free time, Emily enjoys going to the beach, spending time with her dogs & catching up on her favorite TV shows.

Emily is so excited to begin her teaching career at the same place she discovered her love for the sport of the arts!

 
 
PERCUSSION
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John Kuhar
Percussion Coordinator

John Paul Kuhar is the Percussion Coordinator for the Roaring Lions Marching Band and Penncrest Indoor Ensemble.

John Paul earned a Bachelor of Music degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2018, with a focus on instrumental music education. John Paul was an active member of the “Incomparable” Golden Rams Marching Band during his time at WCU. Under the direction of Darren Hazlett, John Paul marched Cymbals (‘14), Bass drum (15’, 16’), and finally Drum Major (17’). John Paul also marched cymbals in Winter Guard International for Field of View Indoor Percussion Ensemble (‘15).

While an undergraduate, John Paul performed in various ensembles and with many reputable artists. John Paul was principal percussionist for the WCU Symphony Orchestra when they performed in the Kimmel Center for the Harmony for Peace concert (2017). With the “Incomparable” Golden Rams Marching Band, John Paul marched in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (2015), the Pittsburgh Steelers home game vs. the Cincinnati Bengals in Heinz Stadium (2016), and the Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade (2017). John Paul also performed percussion with WCU’s Criterions Jazz Ensemble with Grammy Award-Winning trumpeter Charlie Sepulveda. Additionally, John Paul accompanied the WCU Wind Ensemble on their Spring 2018 trip to China, performing in the China National Library Music Hall, Xuzhou Concert Hall, and Shaoxin Grand Arts Theater.

 

Percussion Staff

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Tim Keehan
Percussion Assistant

Mr. Keegan is a Battery Technician for the Roaring Lions Marching Band.

Tim began his marching career in his hometown of Norwalk, Connecticut where he marched in the drumline at Brien McMahon High School for 4 years, with his last 2 years as section leader. After high school, Tim joined the bassline of the Connecticut Hurricanes (a DCA Corps) for the 1999 and 2000 seasons. He was also a member of the Hurricanes indoor drumline, Ice Storm, which competed in the Independent Open class in WGI. In 2001, Tim made the move to DCI and marched with the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps. Besides marching, Tim has been teaching on and off since 2000 in both Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Outside of the marching arts, Tim spends his time as a chef making delicious food!

 

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David Hearn
Percussion Assistant

Mr. Hearn is a Front Ensemble Instructor and Percussion Arranger with the Roaring Lions Marching Band and Penncrest Indoor Ensemble.

David graduated with the class of 2015 from Penncrest. During his time at Penncrest he was a member of the Front Ensemble, where he spent his junior and senior year as section leader. Currently David is studying at West Chester University with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Music. David has worked and arranged for many different programs including: West Chester East High School, Downingtown East High School, and Chichester Middle School. On top of teaching and writing, David often works with all of the electronics and audio equipment used in the band. David currently performs with the Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band at West Chester University. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his friends and family, writing music, and working with electronics.

 

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Joe Stephenraj
Percussion Assistant

 

Kate Skinner
Brass and Visual technician