Our Staff


Keeping a drum corps "on the street" requires the time and dedication of many people. The Muchachos All-Age Drum and Bugle Corps is fortunate to have many caring and dedicated people doing their part and working as a team to bring the best possible performance level to every performance, whether a DCI show, a parade or a special Memorial Day service.


The administrative staff is led by Carolyn Surrell, Corps Director, who works with Ken Vachon, Treasurer; Judy Aikens, Secretary; the Business Manager; and many other volunteers as support staff. These folks are the ones working behind the scenes to put all the pieces in place so the Corps looks good, sounds good and feels good.


Our color guard is made up of an A-line and a working guard.

The A-Line is a traditional Drum Corps presentation of the American Colors, State Flag, Corps flag and others, reminiscent of the military traditions Drum Corps is based upon.

The working guard are members that use silks or rifles to visually enhance the musical presentation of the Corps. If you have never marched or twirled a flag, don't worry, we'll be happy to teach you. Come down to a rehearsal on Sunday afternoon and check us out. You'll notice the guard members, like the rest of the Corps, range in age from 14 to 60 and we have a lot of fun.


Denyelle Surrell
Denyelle Surrell
Caption Head / Instructor

Denyelle began her marching arts career in high school as a member of the drumline for the Sanford High School Marching Band. She discovered a love of color guard when she joined The Muchachos in 2010. She marched there for two seasons and then spent a winter spinning with the competitive winter guard Salem Blue.

Upon beginning college at UNH, she became a member of the Wildcat Marching Band and spent all four years performing with them. During the summer of her sophomore year in 2013, she completed a season with the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps. She also performed every season with the UNH Winter Guard, experiencing and assisting the transition from an exhibition ensemble to a competitive team. Following her graduation in 2016 she returned as assistant coach for both the WMB color guard and the UNH Winter Guard.

In 2017, Denyelle accepted the position of Caption Head and coach for the Muchachos Drum and Bugle Corp’s color guard. This organization has a special place in her heart and history and she is excited to see what it will achieve in the coming years.


The drum line is an eclectic group, ranging in age from "just starting out" to "old enough to know better but young enough to do it anyway". Our experience levels range from beginner to seasoned veterans, with many years' collective experience in marching bands, junior and senior drum corps, DCI/DCA affiliated groups, and performing professionally.


Gary Gosselin
Gary Gosselin
Percussion Caption Head

Gary's extensive drum corps performance experience includes: The Gauchos (1977—1980), the Muchachos (1980—1984), the Spartans (1985-1989), and the Boston Crusaders (1990-1991).

Gary has been an instructor at Portsmouth High School, Portsmouth, NH (1990-1991), Reading High School, Reading, MA (1993), the Spartans (1993-1996 and 1998-2000), and at Salem High School, Salem, NH (2000-2003) where he started the Salem Indoor Winter Percussion, a program that continues today. In 2009 and 2010, Gary was Winter Percussion Instructor at Bishop Guertin High School, Nashua, NH.

From 2011 to 2015, Gary was Percussion Caption Head with the Muchachos, Manchester, NH. Gary is currently the Percussion Caption Head at Londonderry High School, Londonderry, NH. In 2017, Gary returned to the Muchachos as Percussion Instructor and is currently the Corps' Percussion Caption Head.


The brass section's goal is to provide a place where members can continue their music education and be challenged to become better performers and musicians regardless of their experience.

If you are an alumnus of a Drum and Bugle Corps or Marching Band, hopefully you'll be able to continue to grow as a performer and enjoy this activity like you did when you were younger. If you are a younger member, typically under 21, you'll learn what Drum and Bugle Corps is about without having to make as large a time commitment as you would with a competitive corps but still enjoy some of the benefits. Some of our younger members have gone on to competitive DCI World and Open Class Corps and have been extremely successful.


Ian Nelson
Ian Nelson
Brass Instructor

Ian Nelson is currently the Band Director at West Running Brook Middle School in Derry, NH. He received is Master of Arts in Music Composition (2017) and Bachelor of Music in Music Education (2014) from the University of New Hampshire. He has studied under Dr. Andrew Boysen, Dr. Michael Annicchiarico, Dr, Nathan Jorgensen, David Seiler, and others in Music Composition and Saxophone Performance.

Ian works with many groups in the NH, ME area including Pinkerton Academy, Marshwood High School, Londonderry High School, and Alvirne High School. He also works as a arranger for Sacred Heart University and Marshwood High School. His musical compositions and arrangements have been performed across the US and Europe for all levels of ensembles.

Mark Tadonnio, Brass Instructor (Bio coming soon.)

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