Program Staff

 
Music & Visual Program Staff
BRASS
Henry “Hank” Mikolajeski, Brass Arranger/Instructor - Hank found his passion for music at age nine and began his drum corps marching career with the Colonial Cavaliers of Port Ewen in 1958.  At age 17, Hank began arranging for and instructing local drum corps including the Poughkeepsie Pacers, the Poughkeepsie Vagabonds, and the Kingston Indians.  Hank joined the staff of 20th Century Limited in 1993.  Hank also played saxophone with the Starlighters band from 1971 to 1993 and is co-founder of D&M Music in Pleasant Valley.  Hank is well known in the drum corps arena for his outstanding brass arrangements.

Ron Mackey, Brass Ensemble Instructor - Ron earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from SUNY New Paltz.  While at New Paltz, Ron played with the wind ensemble, jazz band, and the college chorale.  Ron performed in North Rockland High School’s marching band, jazz ensemble, and orchestra and received the John Phillip Sousa Award. His drum corps experience began with the New City Commanders and the Westchester Brassmen. Ron is also a founding member of the Tappan Zee Bridgemen Marching Band. In addition to TCL, his drum corps music instruction experience includes JH Ketcham, the Hudson Valley All Stars, the Mid-Hudson Rivermen, and Tarrytown VFW. Ron also served as Interim Bandmaster at New York Military Academy and is the organist for the Garnerville United Methodist Church. 

Ben Morgan, Brass Tech - TCL 2009-2010 & 2012-2013, Fusion Core 2011 & 2014-present, U.S. Army All-American Bowl Marching Band 2017.

Percussion
Greg Morgan, Percussion Arranger/Instructor - Greg has been a drum corps percussionist for over 40 years and has a long history of teaching community and world class drum lines. He began as the youngest snare drummer in what was once the world’s oldest continuously active drum corps, Chanler Drum and Bugle Corps of Beacon. Greg has been a marching member of several drum corps including the Newburgh Criterions, the New York Skyliners, and Fusion Core, and is a founding member of TCL. In addition to TCL, Greg has served as percussion arranger and/or instructor for Mohonasen High School Marching Band, Arlington High School Marching Band, Capital Brass Drum and Bugle Corps, and Excelsior Drum and Bugle Corps. He has also provided private music instruction, including a world class client. Greg is currently a board member of Fusion Core and is president and co-founder of Hudson Valley Music, Inc., which provides sponsorship to musical units in the Mid-Hudson Valley, including 20th Century Limited.

Chris White, Percussion Assistant - Chris has had an interest in art of percussion since the age of 10; performing with various local bands through high school.  Chris’ drum corps career began in earnest at the age of 8 years old as a banner carrier for the Mid-Hudson Rivermen.  1990 afforded Chris the opportunity to compete in DCI with the Hudson Valley All-Stars as a brass player under the instruction of Ron Mackey.  In addition to performing with the All-Stars, Chris played snare drum with the Westchester Brassmen and 20th Century Limited’s drum lines.   Chris composed and arranged for various percussion ensembles while earning his Bachelor's degree in music composition from SUNY Purchase in 2001.

Silks
Bob Griffin, Silks Choreographer/Instructor - Bob brings to TCL over 41 years of experience in drum corps performance, instruction and management. Bob began his drum corps career in 1974 with the Hudson Raiders Color Guard (two-time NYS Champion VFW Color Guard), where he participated as a marching member, instructor and staff. He added snare drum and mellophone to his list of talents as a member and instructor of the Newburgh Criterions, where he also served as part of the management staff. Bob was a part of the Hawthorne Caballeros Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps mellophone line. He is a founding member of TCL and has held various management positions within the corps, in addition to playing the mellophone. Bob currently serves on TCL’s Steering Committee and as its silks (color guard) choreographer and instructor.

Visual
Patricia “Pat” Mikolajeski, Visual Coordinator - Pat’s affiliation with drum corps began at age eight when she became a member of the Poughkeepsie Pacers flag line. She later joined the Poughkeepsie Vagabonds on rifle and was drum major until age 21. Pat was a color guard instructor for the Pacers and the Bridge City Cadets, and currently is a marching instructor for TCL and the Hudson Valley Alumni Guard. Pat has been working with special needs and at-risk youth as a teaching assistant with Dutchess County BOCES since 1987 and has also served as a sign language instructor for the Marist College Upward Bound Program. As visual coordinator, Pat is responsible for TCL’s overall visual program.