Donel R. Mataruga
Has enjoyed almost 40yrs. in the marching arts activity as a performer, instructor, director, designer and now judge.
Beginning in 1976 as a Tenor player in junior corps till age out as a soprano in AVANT GARDE.
From ‘86 to 2012 worked with a series of marching bands in scholastic as well as in performing arts environments as an M&M, Visual , Brass & Percussion Instructor as well as Drill writer and Director.
The creation of EXCELSIOR D&BC in ‘04 started the adventure as a Member, Brass Instructor, Drum Major & Director to current in the DCA arena.
In 2011 began working with The Albany Marching Falcons as marching instructor and subsequently as an assistant to the 1 Albany City Winter Guard team and began developing new teams to expand the program. Became Director of the ACWG, growing the program to include 4 award winning teams while adding a winter guard program to EXCELSIOR.
Lead Designer in Ascension Visual Design & Asst. Music Engineer in DMYS-MUSIC, all as part of the Mid York Circuit where in 2018 proposed and it was passed, the NEW IAA Independent All Age division, designed to include the many wonderful performers out there who do not have the time for WORLD GUARD.
2018 Guard Caption Sunrisers Drum & Bugle Corps.
2019 - Director and Visual Caption Head - Excelsior D&BC
Adjudicator for New York State Federation of Contest Judges & New York State Field Band Conference .