The Raiders are thrilled to announce that our brass education team will be led by Dr. Lawrence Markiewicz.

Harlan Landes, corps director and co-executive director of the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps, shares, “As brass caption supervisor, Larry and his vast drum corps experience and expertise will provide transformative leadership to the participants of the Raiders. Not only do we expect to develop a flourishing brass program, but our team of instructors across the entire corps will benefit and grow through Larry’s mentorship.”

Larry Markiewicz’s teaching experience includes over thirty years of involvement with the pageantry and marching arts, including the Cadets, Crossmen, Carolina Crown, Mandarins, and Glassmen. He is currently the Associate Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Ensembles at Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas.

While additional staff announcements are coming soon, the Raiders are continuing to build its instructional team with caption technicians and interns. For more information about these opportunities, as well as administrative and volunteer openings, visit our website.

On his appointment, Larry says, “After taking a few years away from the activity to complete a Doctorate and build a college music program in the Midwest, it is a distinct honor to come back to the activity and work with the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps. What really attracted me to the Raiders are the vast improvements of program offerings and quality of life experience the members receive both on and off the field. These upgrades have been achieved through the leadership and vision of Harlan Landes and Bob Gupta.”

Larry adds, “The best thing about drum corps is being able to work with so many talented colleagues and students. I enjoy serving as a mentor for up and coming instructors, and look forward to learning from them as well! It is also exciting to return to my old stomping grounds in the South Jersey/Philadelphia region where I actually began my drum corps career.”

In-person Experience Days for the 2022 season are scheduled for November in December in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the mid-Atlantic region. Video auditions have begun, as well. Learn more about our Experience Days and auditions, including the full schedule, at

About Dr. Lawrence Markiewicz

Dr. Markiewicz is currently Associate Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Ensembles at Independence Community College. In just three short years, he has cultivated a new musical energy throughout the arts community of southeast Kansas. ICC is the only community college in the region to have full sized Concert Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Choir, and Athletic Bands.

In December of 2021, Dr. Markiewicz will be one of just eight conductors from across the United States to be selected as a conducting fellow for the Reynolds Conducting Institute to be held in conjunction with the 75th Anniversary edition of the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic.

In his short time at ICC, Dr. Markiewicz won the spirit/service award in 2019 and the Master Staffer award in 2021. In 1998, Dr. Markiewicz was made the first honorary and only American member of the British Youth Band Association. Since 1994, Dr. Markiewicz has been in demand as a guest conductor, clinician, and brass pedagogy specialist. He has worked with Joshua Bell, Joe Alessi, Phil Smith, Andre Previn, Anthony McGill, Time for Three, Larissa Martinez, and many others.

Prior to coming to Kansas, Dr. Markiewicz worked in New York and North Jersey for many years where he served as conductor of the Stevens Institute of Technology Orchestra, the Somerset Valley Orchestra, the Imperial Brass, Helix, and Raritan Valley Symphonic Band. He also served as artistic director and lead conductor for New York’s premiere El Sistema “The Harmony Program.”

Dr. Markiewicz has a Doctorate in Conducting from Rutgers University (Mason Gross School of the Arts) and a Master’s degree from Montclair State University (John J. Cali School of Music). His Bachelors was in Music Education/Performance from The College of New Jersey.

Over his thirty-year drum corps career, Dr. Markiewicz has climbed virtually every rung of the DCI ladder. After starting off as a baritone player, Markiewicz has held the titles of Brass Tech, Caption Head, Program Coordinator, Staff Coordinator, Assistant Director, and Corps Director. His career highlights include being part of two DCI World Champions (1993 and 2011) and five DCA Champions. In his first year as brass caption head with the Cadets in 1995, he won the DCI Jim Ott Best Brass Performance Award at DCI World Championships.

Dr. Markiewicz has been blessed to have worked with and have been mentored by many DCI Hall of Famers including Michael Cesario, Jack Meehan, Thom Aungst, Marc Sylvester, Jeff Sacktig, Frank Williams, and many others. He also is proud to have worked with The Cadets, Crossmen, Mandarins, Carolina Crown, Glassmen, Reading Buccaneers, Bushwackers, and Syracuse Brigadiers.

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