Percussion Caption Head - Tyrell Carver

Snare Technician - Dave Edwards

Cymbal Technician - Cooper Mannon


no photoTyrell Carver
Percussion Caption Head

Tyrell Carver returns to Pioneer in 2017 as Percussion Caption Head. He previously served as Percussion Caption Head & Music Director for Pioneer from 2011 to 2013. In addition to his involvement with Pioneer over the years, Tyrell has been prominent in percussion writing and instruction in New York state. He has taught and arranged for several marching bands, including the Webster and Greece marching band programs. He has also been on staff for several drum and bugle corps, including Pioneer, Spectrum, Rochester Crusaders and the Empire Statesmen.

joe itkorJoe Itkor
Percussion Arranger

Joe Itkor comes to Pioneer with a wealth of experience. A high school band director for more than two decades, he has performed with and instructed some of the country's most elite marching units. His performance credits over the past 30 years include the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, Threshold Winter Guard, and several DCA Senior Drum and Bugle corps including The Reading Buccaneers, The Bushwackers and Fusion Core. Joe served several years as a music arranger for the Bushwackers in the mid to late 2000s. In 2010, He was the Program Coordinator for Fusion Core as they won the DCA Class A World Championship. He then spent two years as a Design Coordinator for the White Sabers.

Joe spent 23 years as a music judge for the National Judges Association and Tournament of Bands. He currently is both a music and visual judge for Cavalcade of Bands and U.S. Bands. Additionally, he spent 6 years as a judge for Drum Corps Associates. His instructional experiences include more than 50 high school bands and drum corps from throughout the United States and Europe. He has been the percussion caption head at New Providence High School in NJ for the past 13 years.

Joe has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from West Chester University and a Master’s degree in School Administration from Montclair State University. He currently teaches wind ensemble and AP Music Theory at Arts High School, a magnet school for the arts in Newark, NJ. He is a highly respected clinician and is endorsed by Innovative Percussion. Joe currently resides in Hackettstown, NJ with his wife, two beautiful daughters and four crazy cats.

Dave Edwardsdavid edwards
Snare Technician

David Edwards is returning for his fifth year with Pioneer. He began his marching percussion career with the Little Americans where he played snare from 1993-2000. He went on to perform with Rochester Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps 2001 and 2002. He also marched with the 5 time World Champion Empire Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps from 2003-2006, earning a championship in 2004. He returned to the Empire Statesmen in 2007 as a percussion tech but his season was cut short when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served his country for five years before being discharged in March 2012. Soon after his discharge he joined the 2012 Pioneer percussion staff as the tenor tech. He is currently teaching the snare line.


no photoCooper Mannon
Cymbal Technician

Bio coming soon!