From a Phoenix press release: Telly Ousouljoglou and Jennifer Delnero will lead Phoenix on the field in 2004. Ousouljoglou graduated from Bridgewater-Raritan High School in 2002, where he marched all four years -- one year as a cymbal player, two as a bass drum player, and one as a tenor player and drum captain. The past two summers he spent marching bass drum for Phoenix. Ousouljoglou is currently a student and gryphon (resident assistant) at Lehigh University, where he is pursuing a mechanical engineering degree. At school he is apart of the wind ensemble and percussion ensemble. Ousouljoglou hopes to, with the help of his fellow drum major Delnero, lead Phoenix to new levels of success. Delnero graduated from Lacey Township High School with honors in 2003. She participated in the marching band all four years, among many other extracurricular activities. Every year in marching band she played the tenor saxophone, and throughout her senior year she was the woodwind captain. She has marched with Phoenix for the past two seasons playing the baritone. Jennifer is currently a student at Rowan University, pursuing a degree in chemistry. She performs in the Rowan University concert band. Phoenix's 2004 program is entitled "The House that Phoenix Built." The corps is off to a strong start, according to a press release , and two-thirds of the corps spots are full. Phoenix plans to produce its largest corps to date. "With only a few brass spots left to fill, the season is underway and going strong," according to a Phoenix statement. Matt Hurley, meanwhile, has been appointed director of Phoenix. Hurley joined the Phoenix family in 2001 as color guard caption head, and this will be his first year as full time director. Originally from Bayonne, N.J., Hurley grew up in drum corps. He started his drum corps career marching in the Bayonne Kidets, the feeder corps for the Bayonne Bridgemen. At the age of 13, Hurley was promoted to the Bridgemen, where he marched for two seasons. Hurley has been actively involved with the drum corps activity since the age of 8, whether it be teaching, marching or administrating. Phoenix' 2004 staff coordinator, and its percussion coordinator, is Robert " Tex" Lazenberry. Phoenix'design team inculdes Rich Guillen (brass arranger), Ron Abate (program design), Tony Perez and Brendan Sutcliffe (percussion arrangers) and Anthony Tanasay (color guard designer). Caption supervisors are Rich Risden (brass), Matt Mingle (movement), and Tony Perez (percussion). Technical staff for brass includes Bill Welch and John Messenger. Phoenix' movement staff includes Will Fazzone and Nelson Cabrera, and the color guard coordinator is Kristen Szymanski. Charlie Dolar, Phoenix' drum specialist, battery technician and battery marching technician, was the caption head last year for Phoenix, and has arranged for several high schools in New Jersey. He is currently the percussion director at Bridgewater-Raritan High School. Sean M. Combes (not the rapper, but we call him Puffy anyway!) is onboard this year as the front ensemble tech, and is also assisting with the entire percussion ensemble. He is currently attending Virginia Commonwealth University as a percussion performance major, has arranged for several high schools in the Richmond area, and was a member of the 2001 DCI Champion Cavaliers front ensemble.
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