Visual Designer - Rick Morey
Visual Caption Head - Sean McDermott
Visual Technician - Steven C I Wright
Visual Technician - Joshua Pier
Rick, who lives in Utica, NY with his wife Barbara, has worked in the pageantry activity for decades with various winter guards, marching bands and drum and bugle corps and as an adjudicator.
Rick established the New Hartford Winter Guard and served as a designer and instructor for them for almost 30 years. He continues to be very active as a designer for marching bands in New York, New Jersey and New Mexico. He has a longtime involvement in both DCI and DCA as a designer, program coordinator and consultant. His DCI affiliations have included Pioneer, Magic of Orlando and the Colts. In DCA, Rick has worked with the Steel City Ambassadors, Brigadiers, Bushwackers and Empire Statesmen.
As an adjudicator, Rick has judged for DCI, WGI, DCA and BOA, as well as numerous marching band contests across the country. A past President of the New York Federation of Contest Judges, Rick has also served as a clinician in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. A retired high school counselor who was named New York State Counselor of the Year in 1996, Rick now works in the pageantry activity on a full time basis. He is excited to be the 2012 Visual Designer for both Pioneer and the Empire Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps.
Sean McDermott is a designer and visual instructor living in Los Angeles. A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Sean began his corps experience in the brass line of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, later moving to the Garfield Cadets.
Sean is the visual caption head and designer for several award winning and championship high school marching ensembles in Southern California, as well as independent organizations in DCI.
Some of the groups he has had the opportunity to work with are: Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps, Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, Mystikal Drum and Bugle Corps, El Dorado HS (Placentia, CA), Palisades Charter HS (Band and Indoor Percussion), Arroyo HS, Monrovia HS, Los Osos High School, Crescenta Valley HS, John F Kennedy HS, Santa Monica HS (Indoor Percussion), Pacifica HS, La Puente HS.
When not teaching, Sean escapes the city for the quiet peak of the nearest mountain and travels the planet with his wife Hynden.
Steven is 22 years old and is from Sheffield, England. He attended the Sheffield College of Music from 2008 to 2011 studying and earning a Bachelors in Music Technology and Film Production. He is a Pioneer alumnus, having marched for three years on soprano. During the 2011 and 2012 seasons Steven was the Brass Sergeant for the corps, as well as a soloist. During the 2013 season he will be teaching both brass and visual throughout the season, as well as assisting with other duties around the corps.
Steven began his drum corps experience at the age of 10 where he played with corps called Concord and marched with them for 9 years. During his time with Concord he has won 4 DCUK titles, came 21st in the World Show Band Championship, won DCUK I&E competitions and has toured Europe. Once he had finished competing in 2009 he then turned his attention to teaching and helped form a junior corps called Concord Allstars. With the Allstars Steven has written and co ordinated the shows since their very first season of competition and in doing so helped them to a second place finish in 2012. He has helped with many different aspects of the corps from helping teaching brass & drums, going to local schools to help with recruitment and general week to week background work.
As well as his drum corps background Steven has played in many different ensembles which includes; Big Band, Jazz Combos, Musicals, Wind Orchestras, Funk/Ska Bands, Ceremonial Fanfare Teams & Brass Bands.
Joshua Pier has been a marching and visual instructor at Pioneer since 2012. He began his marching career in high school as a tuba player which then led to marching contra with the Santa Clara Vanguard from 2004 to 2006. He has since taught at multiple high schools all over California and is currently teaching at Crescenta Valley High School, Arroyo High School, El Dorado High School and La Mirada High School. In drum corps, he has taught at Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets and Impulse before coming to Pioneer. In his free time he enjoys hiking, camping and taking walks with his dog, Brooklyn.