Russ attended Laingsburg High School in Michigan, studied Audio Recording & Production at Middle Tennessee State University, and Michigan State University where he worked with the marching band. Russ also worked with the University of Buffalo Marching Band.
Bill McGrath Jr.
Past member of Emerald Cadets/Emerald Statesmen, United States Marine Corps Commandant’s Own Drum and Bugle Corps, Washington, DC., the 98th Division Army Band, Rochester, NY. He was an active member of the Baltimore Yankee Rebels, Rochester Crusaders, Phoenix Sr. Corps, Rochester Empire Statesmen, Prime Time Brass, and a member of the Company of Fifers and Drummers. Additionally, he stepped in and played for the Ghost Riders, and St. Joe’s Originals both of Batavia, NY. While getting his music degree, he worked with and was made the first Director of the New York State University College at Brockport marching band. Bill was a member of the United States Association of Rudimental Drummers. He worked with the Patriots Jr. Corps, New York, Skyliners, New York City and was consultant with the Kingston, Ontario Canada Grenadiers. He was inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame, The Rochester Crusader Hall of Fame, the American Patriots Hall of Fame, and the Maryland Drum Corps Hall of Fame. He was made an Honorary Member of the National Association of Rudimental Drummers.
He was active in the New York Federation of Contest Judges, as well as an adjudicator with the New York State School Music Association. Bill was a member of the Drum Corps International and the Drum Corps Associates as a percussion caption judge.
Marv had been playing trumpet since 1979. In his formative years, he studied with Tom Drake at the Eastman School of Music’s Community Education Division (now called the Eastman Community Music School) and later studied with Dick Jones and Sue Brown in the greater Rochester area and Dr. James Madeja at the Crane School of Music at Potsdam College.
His primary training was in orchestral and classical music and he later performed in the jazz, pop and drum corps styles with groups like the Greater Rochester Jazz Orchestra, Power Company and the Rochester Patriots.
Marv was a United States military veteran and served as an F-16 Crew Chief for 3 years then graduated from the United States Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training fighter/bomber track in the T-38 Talon supersonic fighter/trainer and later served as a Communications Officer for the North East Air Defense Sector of NORAD.
He played lead trumpet with Prime Time Brass, played trumpet with the Syndicate Jazz Band and sang tenor with the Rochester Oratorio Society while working full-time in the telecommunications data networking field.
Mark, of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, began his drum corps career with the Opti-Knights of Guelph, Ontario then the Kitchener/Waterloo Flying Dutchmen.
He then graduated to senior corps playing with the Regionaires of St. Catherines, Ontario (1982), the Royalaires of Guelph, Ontario (1982-1990) and the Empire Statesmen of Rochester, NY (1991-1998; 2007-2008; 2010).
Mark also played with the Brass Act of Kitchener (1994-1998), United Alumni of Simco, Ontario (2002-2006), the Kitchener/Waterloo Wunderbar Band (2010-2015).
He joined Prime Time Brass in 2009.