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Hawthorne Caballeros Announce 2017 Percussion Arranger and Caption Head

The Hawthorne Caballeros are excited to announce their 2017 Percussion Arranger and Caption Head!

Paul Nalesnik: Percussion Arranger


Paul Nalesnik is a freelance percussionist and educator based out of central New Jersey.  As an educator, he is currently the Caption Head and Arranger for the Rutgers University Drumline, Battery Arranger and Caption Head for United Percussion, and will serve as quad tech for the Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps in 2017.  Since the beginning of his involvement, the Rutgers University Drumline has appeared on numerous nationally televised events, including the 2013 Victoria’s Secret fashion show and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Paul is also Adjunct Percussion Specialist at Immaculata High School and is a consultant for the Arlington, NY High School Marching Band.

His marching career began as a tenor player for United Percussion in 2009 and 2010.  He later went on to march tenors for the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2011 and 2012.  He served as Battery Coordinator for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014.  As a performer, he has held Principal positions in all ensembles at Rutgers and plays with numerous orchestras around the New Jersey and New York area. He was a featured performer at PASIC in 2012 with the Santa Clara Vanguard.  In 2013, he received second place at the Atlanta Modern Snare Drum Competition, and went on to publish a snare drum solo book through Bachovich publications entitled, “The Rutgers Solos.”

Mark Monaghan: Percussion Caption Head


Mark Monaghan has 4+ years teaching experience at all levels ranging from beginner high school to world-class marching ensembles, including collegiate teaching experience.  Mark’s drum corps experience started Crossmen in 2012 and 2013.  Later he joined the Santa Clara Vanguard for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, winning the Fred Sanford High Percussion award in ’14.  Mark also marched with United Percussion for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

Mark’s teaching experience includes United Percussion, Rutgers University Marching Scarlet Knights, Edison HS, and Bridgewater Raritan HS.  Mark Monaghan has a bachelors in psychology, with a minor in music.  He is currently pursuing his second bachelors in music education, with a concentration in classical percussion.

We are very happy to have both Paul and and Mark join the Caballeros for the 2017 campaign.

From Alan Katz:

“The Hawthorne Caballeros would like to thank Marc Garside for his more than 5 years as percussion caption head and arranger with the corps.  The master recruiter, his get it done attitude, and dedication to the corps will never be forgotten.  We are very grateful for all the work he has done, the thousands of miles he has logged each weekend, and the sleepless nights he has put in all of these years.  We wish Marc, his wife, Laura, and Epic Percussion nothing but the best of luck with their future endeavors.”

Interested in marching?  The Hawthorne Caballeros have set the date for their 2017 open house, see below for details:

Date: 11/26/16 – 11/27/16
Location: Passaic County Technical Institute
Address: 45 Reinhardt Road, Wayne, NJ 07470

Check out the Facebook event page for full details:
Don’t forget to fill out an interest form by visiting the following link:

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