Jon Ratcliffe - Head Director Mr. Ratcliffe is in his second year as the director of the Mainland Regional High School Marching Mustangs. Previously, Mr. Ratcliffe was the Brass/Visual Instructor at Egg Harbor Township High School and Williamstown High School. As a marching band staff member, he helped lead Williamstown to the USBands 2A New Jersey State Championship and 2nd place at USBands National Championships. Mr. Ratcliffe has also served as the band manager for the 2018 SJBODA Junior High Honors Band. Mr. Ratcliffe is an active member of NAfME and NJMEA as well as being a member of the music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Mr. Ratcliffe is a 2018 graduate of Rowan University and holds a Bachelors of Music in Music Education. In his time at Rowan, Mr. Ratcliffe was the Bass Trombonist for the Rowan University Wind Ensemble for four years, Rowan University Orchestra for one year, Rowan University Pep Band for two years, and the Rowan University Brass Band for 2 years. Mr. Ratcliffe currently plays trombone as a member of the South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble and the wedding band JEM and The Vibe. Mr. Ratcliffe is a 2014 graduate of Washington Township High School, where he played in the Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Pit Orchestra, and was the Bass Trombonist of the All-South Jersey Wind Ensemble for 3 years.
When not on the marching band field, Mr. Ratcliffe enjoys running and exercising and is an avid racing and sports fan. Go Birds!
Carlye Waniak - Assistant Director Miss Waniak, a graduate of Mainland, works for the Somers Point Public Schools District as a music teacher at Dawes Avenue Elementary School. There she teaches elementary general music and is a coordinator for the schools annual Integrated Arts Festival and Showcase. She also works for the Somers Point Community and Education Recreation Office as both a Camp Director for the Summer Day Camp program, and as the Musical Director for the SP summer musicals. In addition to this, she is also a private clarinet/ saxophone teacher in the area and currently teaches out of Music Studio in Linwood.
While a high school student at Mainland, Miss Waniak was involved with the Marching band, and served as Drum Major her senior year. She also performed with the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band, as well as the Jazz prep band, and clarinet choir. Miss Waniak graduated from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) with a Bachelors in Music Education and served as the principle clarinetist for the Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Woodwind Quintet, and musical pit orchestra. She has performed at Princeton University, Temple University, Boston College, and The Kennedy Center. She performs for local performances around the area, including The Margate Player, and is a member of the South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble.
In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga and exercise, kayaking, camping, bowling, and Salsa dancing. She is very excited to be on staff with the marching band this year and looks forward to working with everyone!
Jessica Martinsen- Assistant Director Bio to come.
Ellen Appleton - Color Guard Caption Head Bio to come.
Maria Forte - Woodwind and Visual Tech Bio to come.
Bonnie Callahan - Brass and Visual Tech Bio to come.
Charlie Dreher - Percussion Tech and Arranger Bio to come
Shanea Carr - Color Guard Writer/Instructor Bio to come.
Mark Johnston Jr. - Drill Writer Bio to come.
Stephen Hornig - Operations Coordinator Under construction.