Colts Staff

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Design

Don Click
Program Coordinator

Joining the Colts as program coordinator for the 2019 season is Don Click. His drum corps affiliation is diverse and goes back many years, including marching with The Bayonne Bridgemen Drum & Bugle Corps, Suncoast Sound Drum & Bugle Corps, and the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps, as well as serving on the design team with the Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps.

Don Click is a co-founder of the Percussion Independent World Class ensemble Music City Mystique. He served as the executive director for over 10 years and remains active on the board of directors and the design team. Touching all WGI percussion divisions, Don has had numerous finalists and medal recipients in his 25 year history. He is a sought-after designer and program coordinator for marching band and winter percussion programs nationwide and continues to actively judge in all areas of the performing arts.

With Winter Guard International, Don has held the responsibilities of being a member of the Percussion Advisory Board, Percussion Steering Committee, and the board of directors. He was inducted into the Winter Guard International Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit Hall of Fame in 2013. Don currently serves on the WGI Board of Directors, as well as on the executive committee as treasurer.

Don’s experience in the music business spans two decades. He began his career leading the way in product development, marketing, and artist relations for Pearl/Adams, then continued with ProMark/D’Addario for an additional 10 years, where he held roles in product management, director of marketing, and education and artist relations. Don currently serves at the vice president of marketing for System Blue.

Don resides in Katy, Texas, with his wife, Stephanie, and their children, Avery and Piper.

Robert W. Smith
Brass Arranger

Robert W. Smith is a professor of music and coordinator of the music industry program in Troy University’s John M. Long School of Music. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is one of the most popular composers in the world today, with over 700 published works. The majority of his work was published through his long association with Warner Bros. Publications. Robert is the president and CEO of RWS Music Company, exclusively distributed through C. L. Barnhouse.

Robert works for band and orchestra have been programmed by countless professional, university, and school ensembles throughout North America, Europe, Australia, South America, and Asia. His music has received extensive airplay on network television, as well as inclusion in multiple motion pictures and television productions. His original composition “Into The Storm” was featured on the 2009 CBS Emmy Awards telecast for the HBO mini-series documenting the life of Winston Churchill.

Robert’s teaching responsibilities at Troy University are focused in media composition, audio and live event production, publishing, and entrepreneurship.

Robert has been active in the drum corps activity for 40 years as an instructor and designer, having worked with many corps on the Drum Corps International circuit and Drum Corps Associates circuit.

Bryan Harmsen
Front Ensemble Arranger \ Electronics Designer

Bryan is the owner of Visaudio Designs, a company specializing in design for the pageantry arts. He has designed for a number of ensembles in the United States, East Asia, and Europe. His arrangements and compositions have helped many ensembles earn numerous gold medals on their local circuits, as well as many WGI finalists, including most notably Monarch Independent, Pioneer Indoor (2014 and 2015 PIO Silver Medalists), Burleson Centennial HS (2017 PSO Gold Medalist, 2018 PSW Finalist), Clear Brook HS (2018 PSO Gold Medalist, 2011, 2015, and 2017 PSO Silver Medalists), Brookwood Independent (2013 PIA Gold Medalist), Fair Lawn HS (2017 PSA Gold Medalist), ED White HS (2017 PSA Silver Medalist), and Dorman HS (2018 PSA Bronze Medalist). He is currently the front ensemble arranger and electronics designer for the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps, and was a marching member of Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps, Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps, and The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps.

Bryan is also the voice and instructor behind Virtual Drumline Demystified, a tutorial series for the Virtual Drumline sound library from Tapspace Publications. While not working on music, Bryan also dabbles in graphic design, photography, enjoys spending time outdoors, and has an affinity for all things on the leading edge of technology. He proudly endorses Innovative Percussion and Remo Drumheads, and currently resides in Carrollton, Georgia, with his wife, Emily, and their pack of dogs and cats.

Ben Pyles
Percussion Caption Head \ Battery Arranger

Benjamin Pyles is currently the director of athletic percussion at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Previously, Ben majored in music education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Lamar University, with a primary focus in percussion. His most intensive studies came under the direction of Chris Hestin, Mike Macintosh, Travis Fife, and Michael Kingan. Ben has several years of world class performing and instructional experience, including the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps from Canton, Ohio, Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps from San Antonio, Texas, Monarch Independent from Houston, Texas, Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps from Toledo, Ohio, and Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps from Atlanta, Georgia. Along with teaching, Ben is an active arranger and composer for multiple Indoor and outdoor ensembles across the country.

He is endorsed by Sabian Cymbals and Innovative Percussion.

Richard Hinshaw
Visual Designer

Richard Hinshaw is a visual designer and music educator with 25 years of experience in the marching arts. After growing up in central Indiana, Richard studied trumpet at the Indiana University School of Music, while also performing in the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps. Since his performing career, he has crafted visual composition and show design skills under the mentorship of Daniel Wiles, Leon May, Michael Raiford, Michael McIntosh, Don Click, and Jay Webb.

Richard is currently the drill designer and lead visual instructor for the Avon High School Marching Black & Gold, who are three-time BOA Grand National Champions (2008, 2009, 2010), with eleven straight top three placements at BOA Grand Nationals (2007 - 2017). He serves in the same roles for the Avon Indoor Winter Percussion, perennial WGI Scholastic World Finalists (2002 - 2018). Richard is enjoying his 17th year working with the nationally acclaimed bands, percussion ensembles, and color guards at Avon.

On the Drum Corps International tour, Richard designs for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps from Rosemont, Illinois (2012, 2016 - present), and the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps from Dubuque, Iowa (2017 - present). He has also designed for The Academy Drum & Bugle Corps from Tempe, Arizona (2009 - 2013).

As a freelance designer, Hinshaw has worked with several high achieving ensembles. From 2012 - 2016, he designed for Gateway Indoor Percussion, WGI PIW Finalists in each of those years. Currently, Hinshaw is the visual designer for Monarch Independent Percussion, WGI PIO Finalists in 2016 and WGI PIW Finalists in 2017 and 2018. Since 2014, he has been the staging designer for the Colerain High School Winter Guard, who have been multiple WGI Regional Finalists, and were a 2017 WGI SA Finalist. Some of Richard’s other top clients include Owasso High School in Oklahoma, Vista Ridge High School in Texas, and Kickapoo High School in Missouri.

Since 2011, Richard has served on the esteemed WGI Percussion Advisory Board, where he collaborates with top designers and instructors from around the country to help shape the future of indoor marching percussion. Hinshaw also enjoys being a freelance adjudicator for marching band, winter guard, and indoor percussion competitions around the country.

Richard resides in Avon, Indiana, with his amazing wife, Jennifer, and their beautiful children McKinley, Coleman, and Annalise. Samples of Hinshaw’s work can be found at his website, www.richardhinshaw.com.

Daniel Wiles
Visual Consultant

Daniel Wiles has been teaching for over 30 years in the world of pageantry, and has been involved in drum corps and color guard since as early as he can remember. He resides in Avon, Indiana, with his wife, Sarah, and their beautiful children Olivia, Aidan, and Brennan. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary english education from Indiana University. Daniel was a member of The Cavalier Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps from 1980 - 1984 and The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps from 1985 - 1989.

For the last 20 years, he has been the visual coordinator, program coordinator, and color guard director for Avon High School. Avon High School is the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Bands of America Grand National Champion. Avon High School has placed in the top three at Grand Nationals since 2007. Avon High School is also the 2009 WGI Scholastic World Champion and has been in the Scholastic World top five since 2002.

Daniel Wiles is entering his fourth season as the artistic director for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps. He helped orchestrate the ascension of the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps as their visual coordinator from 2003 - 2008, and assisted in putting The Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps back in finals as their visual coordinator from 2008 - 2010. In 2012, Daniel was the visual coordinator and drill designer for the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps. From 2002 - 2004, Daniel served as a member of the WGI instructor task force, and he has been a member of the WGI Advisory board for over 20 years. In 2009, Daniel received the prestigious Sudler Shield award as one of the directors of Avon High School.

Jade Bouza
Color Guard Caption Head \ Color Guard Designer

Jade Bouza is currently the director of the Joe E. Newsome High School Color Guard program in Lithia, Florida, where she also teaches the student success lab. She began working with the guard program in 2013, and has since enjoyed many successes, including numerous FFCC titles, 2016 WGI A Class Southeastern Regional Champions, 2017 WGI A Class Tampa Regional Champions, and most recently a 7th place finish in the 2018 A Class WGI World Championships & the Fan Favorite award. Newsome High School was also named the 2015 Bands of America Regional Grand Champions in Delaware and performed in the 2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Under her direction, the program has doubled in size and now includes a junior varsity winter guard.

Prior to working at Newsome, Jade grew up in south Florida, where she was a member and captain of the Flanagan High School Colorguard & Winterguard from 2001 - 2005. Upon graduation in 2005, she relocated to Tampa, Florida, to attend the University of South Florida, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in public relations. While studying there, she was a captain of the USF Herd of Thunder Marching Band Colorguard for four years, and also the USF Winterguard from 2008 - 2009. Jade spent two summers with The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps, marching in 2006 and aging out in 2008.

Jade has also taught and worked with several groups, including Flanagan High School, USF Herd of Thunder, USF Winterguard, and the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps in 2012. She taught auxiliary workshops at Walt Disney World as a teaching artist with the Disney Performing Arts program from 2014 - 2016. Jade is excited to return to the Colts!

Carlos Escobar-Dyer
Color Guard Designer

Carlos currently lives in the Tampa area and works at Mort Elementary as a 4th grade bi-lingual paraprofessional in the ESOL department. He finished his Bachelor's degree in elementary education at St. Petersburg College in December 2015.

As a performer, Carlos has been a part of many of WGI's top-ranked winter guard teams from Central Florida, including Fahrenheit Independent (2008, 2009, and 2011), Orlando Visual World (2012), and University of South Florida World (2013). In 2010, he was a member of the color guard at the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps.

As an educator, Carlos is currently on staff with both the Newsome High School color guard and the University of South Florida Winterguard program. He started with Newsome in 2014 and began working with the winterguard program in 2018. While at Newsome, he has choreographed and designed many of the group's most memorable performances, including their performance at the 2016 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Carlos has worked with all three programs at University of South Florida, including the 2015 WGI silver medalist Independent A team, the 2017 WGI bronze medalist Independent Open team, and in the 2018 season he began working with the Independent World team. Prior to Newsome High School, Carlos was the director of the Gateway High School color guard in 2009 and 2011 - 2013. The group went on to win many superior titles and top awards in their county at various competitions.

Carlos is looking forward to making a difference in a positive way for many young and talented members in this activity as he returns to the color guard team for the Colts in 2019!

Matt Winans
Movement \ Choreography

Matt Winans was born and raised in Medina, New York, where he discovered a love for the performing arts. This ignited such a great passion in him during the seven years he was in the Medina Mustang Band & Colorguard programs that he knew he had to teach others so they could share in the experience. He went on to earn two Bachelor's degrees in communications and dance from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Brockport, while continuing to perform in the Rochester Patriots Winter Guard, Empire Statesmen Drum & Bugle Corps, and The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps. While attending Brockport, he also was afforded the opportunity to dance with the Limon Dance Company, as well as the world-renowned Bill Evans.

Currently, Matt is a teacher and colorguard designer and instructor with Flanagan High School Colorguard, Park Vista High School, and Stryke Winterguard, based out of Coral Springs, Florida. Matt's previous teaching experiences include Onyx Color Guard, Braddock Winterguard, Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, Empire Statesman Senior Drum & Bugle Corps, and The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps. Additionally, he has been on staff with numerous high school programs in New York, South Carolina, Louisiana, Florida, and Virginia, as well as Ventures Winter Guard, based out of Kitchener, Ontario.

Brass

Chad Miller
Brass Caption Head

Chad Miller is a tuba player/multi-instrumentalist and brass instructor from Northwestern Indiana and has worked with several successful Indiana high school music programs throughout the past 14 years, including Penn High School in Mishawaka, Indiana, and Lake Central High School in St. John, Indiana, where he currently serves as the brass instructor and wind caption head of the Tribe of Pride Marching Band. He also teaches a full private studio and serves as a clinician for area middle and high school bands.

Chad graduated from Indiana University South Bend with a Bachelor's in music composition with focus on tuba performance. He began his drum corps career as a performing member with the Phantom Regiment in 1997 - 1999 and served on brass educational staffs at The Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps and Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, as well as the 2001 Division 3 World Champion Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps, where he served as the brass caption head and arranger.

Chad has composed and arranged for many genres of music and continues performing on a regular basis with multiple groups in the Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan areas. His experience performing in diverse settings from symphonic bands to New Orleans Funk and Blues bands continues to inform his approach to brass playing and music in general.

Chad is passionate about teaching and mentoring musicians of all levels, from beginners to professionals. He takes a hands-on approach to fostering success in each individual while also emphasizing technical proficiency and performance quality.

Percussion

Ben Pyles
Percussion Caption Head \ Battery Arranger

Benjamin Pyles is currently the director of athletic percussion at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Previously, Ben majored in music education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Lamar University, with a primary focus in percussion. His most intensive studies came under the direction of Chris Hestin, Mike Macintosh, Travis Fife, and Michael Kingan. Ben has several years of world class performing and instructional experience, including the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps from Canton, Ohio, Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps from San Antonio, Texas, Monarch Independent from Houston, Texas, Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps from Toledo, Ohio, and Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps from Atlanta, Georgia. Along with teaching, Ben is an active arranger and composer for multiple Indoor and outdoor ensembles across the country.

He is endorsed by Sabian Cymbals and Innovative Percussion.

Bryan Harmsen
Front Ensemble Arranger \ Electronics Designer

Bryan is the owner of Visaudio Designs, a company specializing in design for the pageantry arts. He has designed for a number of ensembles in the United States, East Asia, and Europe. His arrangements and compositions have helped many ensembles earn numerous gold medals on their local circuits, as well as many WGI finalists, including most notably Monarch Independent, Pioneer Indoor (2014 and 2015 PIO Silver Medalists), Burleson Centennial HS (2017 PSO Gold Medalist, 2018 PSW Finalist), Clear Brook HS (2018 PSO Gold Medalist, 2011, 2015, and 2017 PSO Silver Medalists), Brookwood Independent (2013 PIA Gold Medalist), Fair Lawn HS (2017 PSA Gold Medalist), ED White HS (2017 PSA Silver Medalist), and Dorman HS (2018 PSA Bronze Medalist). He is currently the front ensemble arranger and electronics designer for the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps, and was a marching member of Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps, Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps, and The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps.

Bryan is also the voice and instructor behind Virtual Drumline Demystified, a tutorial series for the Virtual Drumline sound library from Tapspace Publications. While not working on music, Bryan also dabbles in graphic design, photography, enjoys spending time outdoors, and has an affinity for all things on the leading edge of technology. He proudly endorses Innovative Percussion and Remo Drumheads, and currently resides in Carrollton, Georgia, with his wife, Emily, and their pack of dogs and cats.

Color Guard

Jade Bouza
Color Guard Caption Head \ Color Guard Designer

Jade Bouza grew up in Pembroke Pines, Florida, where she was a member and captain of the Flanagan High School Colorguard & Winterguard from 2001 - 2005. Upon graduation in 2005, she relocated to Tampa, Florida, to attend the University of South Florida, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in public relations. While at USF, she was a captain of the USF Herd of Thunder Marching Band Colorguard all four years, and also the USF Winterguard from 2008 - 2009. Jade spent two summers with The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps, marching in 2006 and aging out in 2008.

Jade was the director for the Spoto High School Colorguard from 2007 - 2012, where she also started the winterguard program. Under her direction, the team went on to receive various FFCC titles, and was promoted each year. Jade also taught with Flanagan High School for the 2013 season, including all three winterguard teams, and was the director of the A Guard program. She has also taught and worked with several groups, including the USF Herd of Thunder, USF Winterguard, and the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps in 2012. She taught auxiliary workshops at Walt Disney World as a teaching artist with the Disney Performing Arts program from 2014 - 2016.

She began working with Newsome High School in 2013, and became the director of the guard program in 2015. Since then, the Newsome Winterguard has been very successful, including an undefeated season in 2016 in FFCC A Class, the 2016 WGI A Class Southeastern Regional Champions, and the 2017 WGI A Class Tampa Regional Champions. The colorguard program has now doubled in size, and includes an additional junior varisty winterguard team. Jade also currently teaches the student success lab at Newsome High School.

Carlos Escobar-Dyer
Color Guard Designer

Carlos currently lives in the Tampa area and works at Mort Elementary as a 4th grade bi-lingual paraprofessional in the ESOL department. He finished his Bachelor's degree in elementary education at St. Petersburg College in December 2015.

As a performer, Carlos has been a part of many of WGI's top-ranked winter guard teams from Central Florida, including Fahrenheit Independent (2008, 2009, and 2011), Orlando Visual World (2012), and University of South Florida World (2013). In 2010, he was a member of the color guard at the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps.

As an educator, Carlos is currently on staff with both the Newsome High School color guard and the University of South Florida Winterguard program. He started with Newsome in 2014 and began working with the winterguard program in 2018. While at Newsome, he has choreographed and designed many of the group's most memorable performances, including their performance at the 2016 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Carlos has worked with all three programs at University of South Florida, including the 2015 WGI silver medalist Independent A team, the 2017 WGI bronze medalist Independent Open team, and in the 2018 season he began working with the Independent World team. Prior to Newsome High School, Carlos was the director of the Gateway High School color guard in 2009 and 2011 - 2013. The group went on to win many superior titles and top awards in their county at various competitions.

Carlos is looking forward to making a difference in a positive way for many young and talented members in this activity as he returns to the color guard team for the Colts in 2019!

Matt Winans
Movement \ Choreography

Matt Winans was born and raised in Medina, New York, where he discovered a love for the performing arts. This ignited such a great passion in him during the seven years he was in the Medina Mustang Band & Colorguard programs that he knew he had to teach others so they could share in the experience. He went on to earn two Bachelor's degrees in communications and dance from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Brockport, while continuing to perform in the Rochester Patriots Winter Guard, Empire Statesmen Drum & Bugle Corps, and The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps. While attending Brockport, he also was afforded the opportunity to dance with the Limon Dance Company, as well as the world-renowned Bill Evans.

Currently, Matt is a teacher and colorguard designer and instructor with Flanagan High School Colorguard, Park Vista High School, and Stryke Winterguard, based out of Coral Springs, Florida. Matt's previous teaching experiences include Onyx Color Guard, Braddock Winterguard, Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, Empire Statesman Senior Drum & Bugle Corps, and The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps. Additionally, he has been on staff with numerous high school programs in New York, South Carolina, Louisiana, Florida, and Virginia, as well as Ventures Winter Guard, based out of Kitchener, Ontario.

Visual

David Catogni
Visual Caption Head

David Catogni is originally from from Orlando, Florida, and currently resides in Hampton, Virginia. David began his marching career as trumpet player at Lake Howell High School in Winter Park, Florida. After high school, he performed with the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps, Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps, and Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps. While a member at the Blue Devils, he won two consecutive DCI World Championships in 1996 and 1997.

David has instructed, designed, and consulted for various marching bands throughout the country and has been involved in the activity in all aspects from technician to show designer for the past 25 years. He has experience teaching the visual caption at the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps and Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps. He also has experience in WGI with high school winter guards at all levels from Scholastic World to A class. His WGI percussion background ranges from working with various high school groups to a staff member for the Independent Open Percussion Gold Medalist 1st Degree Percussion and a founding member of Independent World Infinity Percussion. He also helped begin the NBA Orlando Magic Basketball “Rhythm n' Blue” drum line and served as director and creative designer.

In his spare time, David enjoys spending time with his wife, Megan, and 6 month old son, Colin.

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