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Introducing the Caballeros 2019 Caption Heads!

The Hawthorne Caballeros are pleased to announce their 2019 Caption Heads!

Danielle Dilks – Colorguard Caption Head

Danielle is excited to start her 8th year with Hawthorne Caballeros and second year as a caption head.

Danielle started her career with Upper Darby HS and expanding her marching experience to DCI & DCA with Jersey Surf, Glassmen, and Hawthorne Caballeros. Danielle’s WGI experience was with ComplXity, and Black Watch Independent World Guard. She was a member of Black Watch for their audition for America’s Got Talent and a staff member with the group for Contemporary Color. 

Danielle has taught groups including Jersey Surf, Black Watch, and various local marching bands and winter guards in the PA/NJ area. Her newest role is a technician with AMP Independent World Winter Guard for the upcoming 2019 season.  Danielle resides in Broomall, PA and is a recruiter for a National Transportation company.


Joshua Jenkins – Brass Caption Head

Joshua (JJ) Jenkins has his BA in Music Education from Ithaca College where he studied French Horn with Professor Alexander Shuhan. During his time at Ithaca College, he played in many of the school’s ensembles including the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. Currently, Joshua is a band director in the Vernon Township School District in Vernon, NJ, where he conducts the 6th and 7th-grade band as well as teaches brass and percussion lessons grades 6-12. JJ is the assistant marching band director for the Vernon Township Viking Marching band and he conducts the Glen Meadow Middle School Jazz Band.

His other teaching experience includes being the band director at Brooklawn Middle School in Parsippany, NJ from 2015-2017. He has instructed the Parsippany Hills High School marching band, has taught or consulted for the Hackettstown High School Marching band, the Vestal High School Marching Band, and the 2013 USBands National Champion North Warren Regional High School marching band. Joshua is also a member of the New Jersey Wind Symphony, one of New Jersey’s premier wind ensembles, where he plays French Horn. 

No stranger to drum corps, JJ has been a member of the Hawthorne Caballeros from 2008-2017. During his time at the Caballeros, he marched mellophone, held the position of head drum major, was the mellophone technician in 2015, and Assistant Brass Caption Head in 2018. His other drum corps experience includes being a marching member of the Carolina Crown in 2013 and 2014. During his time with Crown, he was the recipient of the 27th Lancers Foundation Scholarship and was a member of 2013 DCI World Champion corps. JJ looks forward to bring all of his skills and all he has learned to the further grow the brass program at the Caballeros!


Mark Monaghan – Percussion Caption Head

Mark is a percussionist/educator/arranger based out of the Northern New Jersey Area.  He attended Rutgers University for his bachelor’s degree in psychology and is currently pursuing his second bachelor’s degree in Music Education.

Mark began his marching career with United Percussion in 2012.  From there his marching experience included one more year with United, two years with The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2012 and 2013), and two years with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps (2014 and 2015)  Mark also was part of the Rutgers University Marching Scarlet Knights Drumline for 3 Years

Mark’s teaching experience started with Edison High School in 2012.  He currently holds the Co Caption head position there with his colleague Tom Ohara.  He has also had experience with various other high schools in the northern/southern regions of New Jersey.  He has taught the Rutgers University Marching Scarlet Knights Drumline from 2015 to the present day and is also currently a bass tech with United Percussion where he has taught for several years.  Mark is a current staff member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, where he has taught from 2017. He was fortunate enough to be a part of the world championship edition of the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2018.

Mark is fortunate enough to have received instruction from the truly creative and inspiring minds of his teachers Kevin Chaffinch, Joseph Tompkins, Mike Truesdell, Javier Diaz, Kyle Zerna and Paul Rennick.  

Mark is excited to return for his third year, as Percussion Caption Head, with the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps.


Kevin Kirby – Visual Caption Head

Kevin “Kirby” Jr. returns to the Caballeros visual staff for his fourth year. (2016-present) Prior to joining the visual staff, Kirby marched in the Caballero tuba line (2012-2015) Kirby brings with him almost 2 decades of marching experience as a marching member or as a staff member. He currently works mainly with Middletown High School in Delaware as part of the visual team for the marching band and indoor drumline. He also works with bands throughout the Tri-state area, providing insight to improve visual packages and concepts for marching bands.

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