Colt Cadets Staff

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Phil Snyder
Program Coordinator / Visual Designer

Phil is very excited to play a new role as program coordinator and visual designer for the Colt Cadets 2017 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 ten 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. His duties include conducting 8th and 9th grade bands and team teaching high school wind ensemble, marching band and jazz bands. 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 eight to ten competitive and non-competitive field shows throughout the Midwest. Bands that have used Phil’s designs have been responsible for 11 state championships.

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 in 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 thrilled to return to the WGI arena as the director and designer for Dojo 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 2017 season. He holds a B.A. 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 second 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 fourth 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 to step into this new role 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 ninth season with the Colt Cadets!


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 recent 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 on tenor and bass trombone as part of the Waukesha Area Symphonic Band.

In the marching arts, Kara has previously been a part of the teaching and design process for River Falls and Chippewa Falls High Schools in northwestern Wisconsin. Kara is an alumnus 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 one year on Colt Cadets Staff as a brass and visual technician. She is entering her second year on the Colt Cadets Staff and first year as the brass caption head.

Andrew Eaton
Brass Technician

Andrew attended Indiana State University where he studied music, playing French horn in multiple ensembles along the way. He continued his education at Western Iowa Technical Community College in Sioux City to study instrument repair where he also played horn in the Morningside Symphony and Wind Ensemble.

After completing his program in Sioux City, Iowa, Andrew moved to the suburbs of Chicago in 2006 where he is now the head of brass repair in one of the nation's largest music shops.

Andrew's DCI experience includes the 1999 and 2002 summers with the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps from Toledo, Ohio. He played mellophone both summers and had the opportunity to learn from some of the best music educators in the activity.

He has taught the marching bands at Lake Central High School in St. John, Indiana, Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Indiana, and Clay City High School in Clay City, Indiana. When Andrew is not teaching or doing office work, he enjoys driving his fully restored 1967 Mustang.

Andrew will be starting his tenth year with the Colts organization in 2016, where he has taught mellophone for the Colts, and instructed brass and visual for the Colt Cadets, as well as led the design team during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

Carl Mathwig
Brass Technician

Carl Mathwig is currently a middle school band director in Chamberlain, South Dakota. Originally from Minnesotra, Carl graduated with a degree in music education from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Carl has also worked with several marching bands in both Minnesota and South Dakota.

Carl began playing the saxophone in middle school band but learned baritone so he would be able to do drum corps. He spent three years with the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps, marching in the baritone section for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Along with teaching brass, Carl will be working on developing and refining the Colt Cadets marching style and providing guidance on the visual components of the show. This will be Carl's first year teaching with Colt Cadets, and he's very excited to work with such a talented staff this summer!

Shawn Coleman
Brass Technician

Shawn Coleman is currently a student at the University of North Dakota pursuing a Bachelor's degree in music education and trombone performance. He is a 2013 graduate from Irondale High School in New Brighton, Minnesota, where he was a member of the award-winning marching band.

Shawn was a baritone player in the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps for the 2013 - 2016 seasons. In his age out season, he was the baritone section leader. At the University of North Dakota, Shawn is a member of the department of music's trombone choir, wind ensemble and trombone quartet.

Eric Angeroth Franks
Brass Technician

Eric Angeroth Franks, known by many as "Flint," is currently the director of 5th through 12th grade bands at Edgewood-Colesburg Community School District. Flint graduated from Luther College with a B.A. in music and a minor in education in 2015. During his time at Luther, he served as principal trumpet in the symphony orchestra, assistant principal of the concert band and president of the jazz orchestra playing second trumpet. Flint has also performed as a trumpeter and vocalist in China, Brazil, Austria, and across the Midwest.

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 season. He has also been an active marching technician across the state of Iowa, working with 4A, 3A and 2A bands. At Edgewood-Colesburg, he also serves as an assistant coach for boys and girls cross country and track, helping to send numerous individuals and relays to compete at the state level.

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


Kolby Palmore
Battery Coordinator

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Tommy Hartsfield
Battery Technician

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Corey Carlisle
Battery Technician

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Jake Esterberg
Battery Technician

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Matt Stine
Battery Technician

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Nick Miller
Battery Technician

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Liz Naprstek
Battery Technician

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AJ Collins
Front Ensemble Technician

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Phil Treutel
Front Ensemble Technician

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Color Guard

Samantha Adrales
Color Guard Technician

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Jessica Coblentz
Color Guard Technician

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Karysa Taylor
Color Guard Technician

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