Colt Cadets Staff

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Design

Phil Snyder
Program Coordinator / Visual Designer

Phil is very excited to return as program coordinator and visual designer for the Colt Cadets 2018 season. As no stranger to the organization, Phil is a very proud Colts Drum & Bugle Corps alumnus and has also served on the Colts brass staff for seven of the past 11 years. In addition to Phil’s experience with the Colts, he has also instructed with Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps from 2009 through 2013. During his time with the Minnesota Brass, the corps enjoyed two DCA brass titles, as well as a DCA World Championship title in 2011.

Phil currently teaches band full time for the Waconia School District in Waconia, Minnesota, where he directs middle and high school ensembles. The Waconia School District serves over 600 band students from 5th to 12th grade.

In the marching band realm, Phil has become an accomplished drill designer, instructor, and judge. Each fall, he writes 10 to 12 competitive and non-competitive field shows throughout the Midwest. Bands that have used Phil’s designs have been responsible for 12 state championships and numerous sweepstakes awards.

Phil is an outspoken advocate for music education at all levels and enjoys a busy schedule as a guest clinician, adjudicator, and freelance trumpet player. He studied trumpet performance at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and music education at the University of Minnesota.

Outside of the music world, Phil enjoys distance running, Nordic skiing, and spending time with friends in the greater Twin Cities area.

Terry White
Brass Arranger

Terry White is a retired music educator who has taught instrumental music at all levels for over 35 years. He retired from the Cape Elizabeth School District in 2010. Presently, he composes and arranges for many groups throughout the country. He has written for many idioms, including the Portland Symphony Orchestra, marching band, jazz ensemble, and concert band. His music has been performed at the Mid-West Clinic in Chicago, the Illinois Music Educators Conference and is listed on several states’ festival lists. Terry’s music has also been reviewed in the Instrumentalist and the IAJE Journal. Many of his publications have been selected for J.W.Pepper’s Editor’s Choice list annually. His music is published through Alfred (Belwin Jazz), Hal Leonard, Grand Mesa, Ludwig Masters, and Jalen/Matrix Music.

Originally from Falmouth, Maine, Terry received a B.M. in composition from Berklee College of Music and a M.S. in music education from the University of New Hampshire. He has studied composition with John Bavicchi, Hugo Norden and Herb Pomeroy. As a performer, Terry began with the Don Doane Big Band while still in high school and continued with the band as a trumpet player and writer until 1984. Terry continued with his own big band for several years, releasing a CD entitled This Note’s For You. He presently writes for the Portland Jazz Orchestra and numerous other jazz ensembles throughout New England. He is an active adjudicator and festival conductor.

Terry currently resides in Westbrook, Maine, with his wife, Mary Ellen.

Alex Alberyson
Percussion Arranger / Percussion Caption Head

Alex Albertson is currently a music teacher at Logan-Magnolia Community Schools in Logan, Iowa. His curricular responsibilities include teaching the 5th grade, 6th grade, junior high, and high school concert bands. He also directs the Panther Marching Band, jazz band, and the pep band.

In addition to teaching full-time in a public school, Alex is a percussion educator in the Omaha, Nebraska area for Bellevue East High School and Iowa Western Community College. He has had the opportunity to compose percussion music for various high schools in the area. Additionally, he is actively involved in the WGI arena as the director and designer for the newly reformed Railmen Indoor Percussion. Prior to teaching in Omaha, he worked as a percussion instructor at Lincoln-Way East High School and Pioneer Indoor Percussion in Chicago's south suburbs. Alex has spent several years on staff with the Colt Cadets and will return as the percussion arranger and caption head in 2017.

Alex earned his Bachelor's degree in music education from Western Illinois University. During his time there, he was named a winner of the WIU School of Music 2013 Concerto/Composition Competition, where he performed with the university's orchestra. He is also proud to be an alumnus of the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps and Rhythm X Indoor Percussion.

Mitchell Stolberg
Color Guard Designer / Color Guard Caption Head

Mitchell R. Stolberg will be returning to the Colts Youth Organization as color guard designer and caption head for the Colt Cadets 2018 season. He holds a Bacherlor's in dance from the University of Iowa. Mitchell began participating in the marching arts in high school with Dubuque Senior High School color guard in 2005. At the end of his first year, Mitchell went on to march drum corps with the Colt Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps in 2006 and 2007, then marched with Colts Drum & Bugle Corps in 2008 and 2009. While he loves performing, Mitchell's true passion lies in teaching, and he began pursuing this as a movement technician by choreographing for the Xavier High School color guard in 2008 and 2009. He moved on to teach, design, and choreograph for the Downers Grove South High School color guard from 2010 - 2013, and then worked as a guest clinician at the 2013 Iowa State University Winter Guard Spin Clinic in Ames, Iowa.

After graduating from the University of Iowa in 2013, Mitchell joined the faculty of the Rockford Dance Company and moved into the role of school director until May 2016. While at the Rockford Dance Company, Mitchell taught a multitude of classes, varying from beginner level to advanced technique in ballet, modern, and jazz dance. Outside of teaching, he choreographed six new concert dances for the RDC Performing Company and assisted in the re-staging of classical ballets, including The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. Mitchell performed the principal roles of Godfather Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker, Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the male lead in Salute America. He has also taught jazz master classes in the Rockford Public School District's CAPA (Creative and Performing Arts) Dance Academy and developed his first evening length ballet entitled The Ugly Duckling at The Nordlof Center in downtown Rockford, Illinois.

In August 2015, Mitchell began teaching at Rockford University as an adjunct dance professor, and is continuing through his third year as a faculty member. During his first year as a professor, Mitchell was given the amazing opportunity to teach an intermediate level jazz dance class at the 2016 American College Dance Association's Central Conference at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. When he is not teaching at Rockford University, Mitchell is still performing as a fifth year company member with Bad Wolf Dance Theatre under artistic director Amy A. Wright, as well as dancing with Without Shoes Modern Dance Company under artistic director Maria Castello. Mitchell is also currently on staff at Allegiance Winter Guard as a dance and rifle technician under the direction of Eric Hall in Dundee, Illinois.

Mitchell is beyond excited to work with Colt Cadet Director David Alford and Color Guard Supervisor Jessica Dunkel, and is so grateful for the opportunity with the Colts organization!

Jessica Dunkel
Color Guard Supervisor

Jessica is originally from Dyersville, Iowa, and currently resides in Lisle, Illinois. In 2003, she was convinced by two friends to join them at a Colts camp and she has been with the Colts organization ever since. Jessica marched in the color guard from 2003 through 2008. After aging out, Jessica joined Colt Cadets staff in 2009 and has been a "weekend warrior" with the corps since.

Jessica graduated from University of Iowa with Bachelor's degrees in psychology and accounting and currently works as a financial data consultant for an insurance company in Chicago. Her teaching career began as director of color guard at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids in 2008 and 2009. After moving to the Chicago area, she served as color guard director at Downers Grove South High School for four years and has continued working with that group as a part-time technician for the past three years.

Jessica is very excited to expand her role and work with an amazing staff in her tenth season with the Colt Cadets!

Tom Lizotte
Design Consultant

Tom Lizotte is director of bands at Cape Elizabeth High School in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. He has a long career in the pageantry arts, having been involved since 1977 with DCI corps, including Colts Drum & Bugle Corps, Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, North Star Drum & Bugle Corps, 27th Lancers Drum & Bugle Corps, The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps, and Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps. In DCA, he has taught or been a program consultant for Sunrisers Drum & Bugle Corps, Syracuse Brigadiers Drum & Bugle Corps, Rochester Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, and Connecticut Hurricanes Drum & Bugle Corps.

Tom has taught high school for the past 30 years in Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Florida. He is a frequent adjudicator/clinician in jazz ensemble, concert band, and marching band. He is a regular contributor to The Instrumentalist magazine.

Tom is a member of three teaching halls of fame — Boston Crusaders, Massachusetts Drum Corps, and Maine Music Educators Association. Among his drum corps mentors he lists Scotty Chappell, Frank Dorritie, Jim Prime, Tom Santino, and Howard Weinstein.

Brass

Kara Metzger
Brass Caption Head

Kara Metzger is currently the director of bands at Whitman Middle School and associate director of bands at West High School in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. She is responsible for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade concert bands, two jazz ensembles, and assists with marching band, pep band, symphonic band, and other high school ensembles.

Kara is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with an instrumental/general music education degree and an adaptive music certification. She is primarily a trombone, euphonium, and tuba player that continues to play around the Milwaukee area, in addition to teaching. Most notably, Kara performs with the Concord Chamber Orchestra and Milwaukee Festival Brass.

In the marching arts, Kara is an alumna of the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps and marched from 2011 - 2015. She spent three years in the baritone/euphonium section and two years as a drum major. Since aging out in 2015, she has spent two years on Colt Cadets Staff. Kara's first year with Colt Cadets was spent as a brass and visual technician, and her second was as brass caption head. For the 2018 season, Kara will be continuing as the Colt Cadets Brass Caption Head.

Eric Angeroth Franks
Assistant Brass Caption Head

Eric Angeroth Franks, known by many as "Flint," is a first year master's student in trumpet performance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. At UNCG, he serves as a teaching assistant in the trumpet studio, giving lessons and running sectionals with various ensembles. Flint also serves as co-principal of the UNCG Wind Ensemble and performs with the graduate brass quintet.

Flint graduated from Luther College with a Bachelor's in music and a minor in education in 2015. After graduating, he served as director of 5th through 12th grade bands at Edgewood-Colesburg Community School District and an assistant track and cross country coach for the Ed-Co Vikings until 2017.

Flint was a member of the 2014 Colts Drum & Bugle Corps in the lead trumpet section and was on staff with Colt Cadets for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Outside of drum corps, Flint has performed as a trumpeter and vocalist in China, Brazil, Austria, across the Midwest, and in North Carolina.

Flint is very excited to return to the Colt Cadets for a third season!

Percussion

Alex Albertson
Percussion Arranger / Percussion Caption Head

Alex Albertson is currently a music teacher at Logan-Magnolia Community Schools in Logan, Iowa. His curricular responsibilities include teaching the 5th grade, 6th grade, junior high, and high school concert bands. He also directs the Panther Marching Band, jazz band, and the pep band.

In addition to teaching full-time in a public school, Alex is a percussion educator in the Omaha, Nebraska area for Bellevue East High School and Iowa Western Community College. He has had the opportunity to compose percussion music for various high schools in the area. Additionally, he is actively involved in the WGI arena as the director and designer for the newly reformed Railmen Indoor Percussion. Prior to teaching in Omaha, he worked as a percussion instructor at Lincoln-Way East High School and Pioneer Indoor Percussion in Chicago's south suburbs. Alex has spent several years on staff with the Colt Cadets and will return as the percussion arranger and caption head in 2017.

Alex earned his Bachelor's degree in music education from Western Illinois University. During his time there, he was named a winner of the WIU School of Music 2013 Concerto/Composition Competition, where he performed with the university's orchestra. He is also proud to be an alumnus of the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps and Rhythm X Indoor Percussion.

Jake Esterberg
Battery Coordinator

Jake Esterberg is currently a student at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, perusing his Bachelor's degree in music education with aspirations of being a middle school band director. Involved in multiple ensembles, including the top wind ensemble at UWEC, Jake has a wide variety of performances under his belt. After being awarded the John Phillip Sousa award at Elk River High School in Minnesota, where he marched for nine combined indoor and outdoor seasons, Jake attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, until transferring to University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.

Jake has marched snare drum with the Govenaires Drum & Bugle Corps (2013), Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps (2014 - 2015, 2017) and aged out in 2016 with the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps. For indoor, he has marched three seasons with Minnesota Brass Indoor (2014 - 2016). Jake has instructed and written percussion scores for multiple high school bands in Minnesota and Wisconsin, most notably Minnetonka High School, the 2016 Minnesota Class 2AA State Champions (Outstanding Percussion 2016 and 2017).

Jake is very excited to be back with the Red Team for his second year on staff with the Colt Cadets in the beautiful city of Dubuque!

Color Guard

Mitchell Stolberg
Color Guard Designer / Color Guard Caption Head

Mitchell R. Stolberg will be returning to the Colts Youth Organization as color guard designer and caption head for the Colt Cadets 2018 season. He holds a Bacherlor's in dance from the University of Iowa. Mitchell began participating in the marching arts in high school with Dubuque Senior High School color guard in 2005. At the end of his first year, Mitchell went on to march drum corps with the Colt Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps in 2006 and 2007, then marched with Colts Drum & Bugle Corps in 2008 and 2009. While he loves performing, Mitchell's true passion lies in teaching, and he began pursuing this as a movement technician by choreographing for the Xavier High School color guard in 2008 and 2009. He moved on to teach, design, and choreograph for the Downers Grove South High School color guard from 2010 - 2013, and then worked as a guest clinician at the 2013 Iowa State University Winter Guard Spin Clinic in Ames, Iowa.

After graduating from the University of Iowa in 2013, Mitchell joined the faculty of the Rockford Dance Company and moved into the role of school director until May 2016. While at the Rockford Dance Company, Mitchell taught a multitude of classes, varying from beginner level to advanced technique in ballet, modern, and jazz dance. Outside of teaching, he choreographed six new concert dances for the RDC Performing Company and assisted in the re-staging of classical ballets, including The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. Mitchell performed the principal roles of Godfather Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker, Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the male lead in Salute America. He has also taught jazz master classes in the Rockford Public School District's CAPA (Creative and Performing Arts) Dance Academy and developed his first evening length ballet entitled The Ugly Duckling at The Nordlof Center in downtown Rockford, Illinois.

In August 2015, Mitchell began teaching at Rockford University as an adjunct dance professor, and is continuing through his third year as a faculty member. During his first year as a professor, Mitchell was given the amazing opportunity to teach an intermediate level jazz dance class at the 2016 American College Dance Association's Central Conference at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. When he is not teaching at Rockford University, Mitchell is still performing as a fifth year company member with Bad Wolf Dance Theatre under artistic director Amy A. Wright, as well as dancing with Without Shoes Modern Dance Company under artistic director Maria Castello. Mitchell is also currently on staff at Allegiance Winter Guard as a dance and rifle technician under the direction of Eric Hall in Dundee, Illinois.

Mitchell is beyond excited to work with Colt Cadet Director David Alford and Color Guard Supervisor Jessica Dunkel, and is so grateful for the opportunity with the Colts organization!

Jessica Dunkel
Color Guard Supervisor

Jessica is originally from Dyersville, Iowa, and currently resides in Lisle, Illinois. In 2003, she was convinced by two friends to join them at a Colts camp and she has been with the Colts organization ever since. Jessica marched in the color guard from 2003 through 2008. After aging out, Jessica joined Colt Cadets staff in 2009 and has been a "weekend warrior" with the corps since.

Jessica graduated from University of Iowa with Bachelor's degrees in psychology and accounting and currently works as a financial data consultant for an insurance company in Chicago. Her teaching career began as director of color guard at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids in 2008 and 2009. After moving to the Chicago area, she served as color guard director at Downers Grove South High School for four years and has continued working with that group as a part-time technician for the past three years.

Jessica is very excited to expand her role and work with an amazing staff in her tenth season with the Colt Cadets!

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