Colt Cadets Staff

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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!


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!

Brad Sparks
Brass Technician

Brad Sparks is an active teacher and musician. Since 2009, he has been working with marching bands across Iowa. Brad holds two bachelors degrees in music education and trombone performance from Drake University. He has been on the teaching staff with the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps, Valley High School Marchmasters and Southeast Polk High School Marching Rams. As a trombone and euphonium player, Brad has studied under some of the finest teachers in the world, including Charlie Vernon, Michael Mulcahy, Massimo LaRosa and Graydon McGrannahan. Brad has enjoyed performing with the Sioux City Symphony, the Grinnell Symphony and various chamber groups and jazz ensembles around the Midwest. Brad is also the manager and sousaphonist of the Grand Ave Ruckus Brass Band, which performs around the Midwest and recently recorded an album to be released this summer. Brad was a member of the 2009 and 2010 Colts Drum & Bugle Corps and the 2012 Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps. Brad is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Iowa Bandmasters Association, Iowa Music Educators Association, Texas Music Educators Association, International Trombone Association, International Tuba Euphonium Association, and an alumnus of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.

Brad maintains an active schedule as an adjudicator, clinician, drill-writer and private low brass instructor. If he's not on the football field or playing a horn, Brad can usually be found on a bicycle. His most recent milestone comes with being hired as the band director at Perry High School in Perry, Iowa. Brad looks forward to working with the Colt Cadets hornline for their 2017 season. Brad is a proud resident of Des Moines, Iowa.


Kolby Palmore
Battery Coordinator

Kolby Palmore is in his second and final year as the assistant band director in Berryville Public Schools in Berryville, Arkansas. His curricular responsibilities include teaching 6th through 12th grade percussion, 7th and 8th grade bands and assisting with all other concert and marching activities. Kolby has been involved in teaching many schools in the northwest Arkansas area, as well as the 2012 - 2014 Joplin Indoor Percussion Ensemble in Joplin, Missouri. The 2017 season will be his sixth year teaching at Colt Cadets, and his fifth year as battery coordinator.

Kolby’s drum corps experience includes marching snare drum for the 2009 Memphis Sound Drum & Bugle Corps and the 2011 Colts Drum & Bugle Corps. He has performed in the 2012 second place PASIC small ensemble, and was a charter member of River Valley Independent. He marched snare in the Razorback Marching band for five years, where he was awarded “Outstanding Member” in 2013. He was an active member in the Arkansas Percussion Studio and concert bands during his undergraduate years.

Kolby graduated with a Bachelors of music education from the University of Arkansas in 2015, and will be returning there for his Masters of Music beginning in August 2017.

Corey Carlisle
Battery Technician

Corey is a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School in Dubuque, Iowa. He was active in marching band as well as concert band. During his senior year at Senior, Corey had the opportunity to write the percussion book for his marching show. In 2013, Corey became the percussion arranger for Dubuque Senior High School. He is currently on staff for the Marching Streaks in Galesburg, Illinois.

Corey has been involved with the Colts Youth Organization since 2009. He marched snare for two years and tenors for one year with the Colt Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps and marched one year on the Colts bassline. Corey can't wait to tour again with the Colt Cadets this summer, as it will mark his third summer on staff. He's thrilled and looking forward to the upcoming season!

Jake Esterberg
Battery Technician

Jake Esterberg is currently a student at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire perusing his Bachelors 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) 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).

Jake is very excited to be back with the Red Team for 2017 in the beautiful city of Dubuque!

Matt Stine
Battery Technician

Bio to come...

Nick Miller
Battery Technician

Nick is a graduate of Webster Groves High School in St. Louis, Missouri. He was active in the marching band and concert band throughout high school, and also enjoyed playing drum set in jazz band. His senior year, he was recognized with the John Philip Sousa Band Award, one of the highest recognitions high school musicians can receive. Also during his senior year Nick marched snare drum with Freedom Percussion, based out of St. Louis, Missouri. He is currently a senior music education student at the University of Missouri - Columbia, and is heavily involved with multiple ensembles. For this school year, he is serving as the percussion section leader of Mizzou’s top wind ensemble.

Nick marched WGI with Gateway Percussion, also based out of St. Louis, Missouri, on snare drum for both the 2016 and 2017 season. In 2017, he received member of the year, as well as the Mid-Continent Color Guard Association scholarship. In the 2016 summer, Nick aged out as a snare drummer with the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps. While his head shot may look intimidating, Nick is beyond excited to work with Colt Cadets for their 2017 season!

Chris Carlin
Battery Technician

Christopher is a graduate from Felix Varela Senior High School out of Miami, Florida. His senior year, he joined FIU Indoor Percussion (formally known as Velocity Indoor Percussion), where he began marching cymbals. He instantly fell in love with the unique medium for performing and began auditioning for world class drum corps. He marched with Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps in 2015 and aged out with the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps in 2016. Christopher has also been active within Winter Guard International, performing with Rhythm X out of Dayton, Ohio, in 2016 and 2017.

AJ Collins
Front Ensemble Technician

AJ began her drum corps career in 2010 marching bass drum for the Colt Cadets. She then went on to spend four years in the Colts front ensemble, playing various instruments, including synthesizer, vibraphone, marimba, and piccolo xylo. Following her age out, AJ returned to the Colt Cadets to serve as a front ensemble technician for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

Originally from Warrenville, Illinois, AJ is a graduate of the University of Iowa where she earned a Bachelors degree in music therapy. AJ currently resides in Clarksville, Tennessee, where she works as a music therapist for TriStar Skyline - Madison Campus, as well as a front ensemble technician for both the Clarksville High School Marching Band and Audio Theater, a WGI Percussion Independent Open Class group.

AJ is excited to be returning for the 2017 season with the Colt Cadets!

Mason Moss
Front Ensemble Technician

Bio to come...

Color Guard

Samantha Adrales
Color Guard Technician

Samantha has participated in the performing arts for most of her life. She began dance at the age of three and has been involved in color guard since 2007. Samantha performed with the Colts color guard from 2012 to 2014, when she aged out as a soloist. She joined the Colt Cadets staff in 2016.

Originally from Davenport, Iowa, Samantha moved to Lincoln, Nebraska to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she was a member of the Cornhusker Marching Band from 2011 to 2013. During this time, she also began teaching color guard for Norris High School, with whom she still works. In 2016, she graduated from the University of Nebraska’s honors program with a B.A. in English and minors in dance, French and Arabic.

Samantha is very excited to be returning to Colt Cadets for the 2017 season!

Jessica Coblentz
Color Guard Technician

Bio to come...

Karysa Taylor
Color Guard Technician

Bio to come...

Derek Laughlin
Color Guard Technician

Derek was first introduced to drum corps in 2005, when he marched his first season with the Colt Cadets brassline. He spent the next seven years as a member of the Colts Youth Organization, filling positions in multiple brass sub-sections, drumline, and finally ending up in the Colts color guard in 2011. He spent those years performing in any way he could, including a variety of musical instruments, acting styles, colorguard, and dance.

Originally from Maquoketa, Iowa, Derek was an active, award winning member of his high school band and went on to march his freshman year at the University of Iowa as a mellophone in the Hawkeye Marching Band. He graduated with a Bachelor of fine arts in graphic design while actively participating in the University of Iowa Department of Dance as a full time technique student and performer. In this time, he choreographed for and taught technique at multiple Iowa high schools.

Currently, Derek is working full time as a graphic designer and is very excited to be rejoining the Colts for his first season back since being a marching member.


Derek Hessing
Tour Director \ Health & Wellness

Derek Hessing earned his Bachelor of music education degree from Drake University in 2012. During his time at Drake, he performed with the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps, serving as trumpet section leader for the 2009 and 2010 seasons and horn sergeant for the 2011 season. After graduating from Drake, he enlisted in the Marine Corps, where he served as a member of the Commandant's Own United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps. As a member of the Commandant's Own, he performed for heads of state, foreign dignitaries, military leaders, and the general public across the country and around the globe.

While serving in the Marine Corps, Derek earned certifications in personal training, movement screening and corrective exercise, Russian kettlebell training, and tactical training, which he used to help other Marines maintain a high level of physical fitness. Having completed his service in the Marine Corps, he is continuing his education as a student in the athletic training program at Ithaca College in Ithaca New York.