Colts Staff

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Design

Howard Weinstein
Program Coordinator

Howard has a long history of education, leadership and achievement. He holds a degree in music education from the University of Central Florida, and has been a music educator for the past 28 years. He currently designs for and instructs multiple college and high school programs throughout the country. His groups have repeatedly been finalists at the Drum Corps International World Championships.

Howard's experience in the drum corps activity includes multiple years as program coordinator and corps director for the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps (1999-2007), as well as the corps director for the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps (2009-2011). Howard served as a member of the DCI Board of Directors for many years, participating on the executive committee, as well as serving as chairman in 2007.

His experience includes middle school, high school and collegiate level instruction and leadership. He has served as an adjudicator throughout the country for multiple circuits in the areas of symphonic, jazz and marching ensembles. As a high school band director in schools throughout Florida and Georgia, his band programs were superior rated at both the district and state levels. Howard remains active as a guest clinician, consultant and adjudicator. He also teaches leadership to both faculties and student leadership programs in multiple school districts.

He is currently the program coordinator for both Newsome High School in Lithia, Florida, as well as Timber Creek High School in Orlando, Florida. He is currently on the faculty for the Tarpon Springs High School Leadership Conservatory for the Arts — a magnet program offering a leadership curriculum for students pursuing excellence in the performing arts. Tarpon Springs has been a consistent finalist at the Bands of America championships since 1997, and was most recently named Grand National Champions at the 2014 BOA championships in Indianapolis.

Gordon Henderson
Brass Arranger

Gordon Henderson is currently the director of bands and Department of Music vice chair at University of California, Los Angeles. Since 1982, Gordon has directed the 250-member Bruin Marching Band and the Varsity Band, which plays at all home men's and women's basketball games as well as other "Olympic" sports events such as soccer, volleyball, swimming, tennis, gymnastics, baseball, softball, and water polo. Under Gordon's direction, the Bruin Marching Band has appeared at five Rose Bowls, four Sun Bowls, four San Francisco Bay Area Bowls, three Las Vegas Bowls, two Cotton Bowls, the Aloha Bowl, the Freedom Bowl, the Holiday Bowl, the Alamo Bowl, and the Fiesta Bowl. In 1993, the UCLA Bruin Marching Band received the prestigious Sudler Trophy, presented each year by the John Philip Sousa Foundation to recognize excellence and innovation.

In 2006 and 2008, groups of 50 band members performed at the Hong Kong Chinese New Year Night Parade, and in 2010, 14 drummers from the band performed at the 27th Annual Ekitopia Festival Parade in Nagoya, Japan. In 2016, 50 members of the band and dance team traveled to Taiwan to perform at the Taoyuan International Band Festival.

Recent high profile performances of the band have included opening for The Rolling Stones at Staples Center in 2013, and TV appearances in the premiere episode of The Amazing Race, Season 24, in 2014, The Goldbergs in 2015, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2016. Gordon has composed and/or arranged band music for several major motion pictures including In the Line of Fire, Little Nikita, Fatal Instinct, Legends of the Fall, Don't Say A Word, First Daughter, Road Trip, Click, and Struck By Lightning.

Gordon served as head horn instructor or brass arranger for three Drum Corps International Champions: the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps in 1989 and 1999 and the 1992 Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps. He has also instructed other drum and bugle corps, including The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps, the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps, Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps, and the Academy Drum & Bugle Corps.

Since 1990, he has served as the arranger for the Tenrikyo Aimachi Marching Band in Nagoya, Japan, the ten-time All-Japan National Champions. In 2016, Aimachi won the WGI Winds International World Division, become the first group from outside of the U.S. to win any division at WGI Finals. Gordon has worked with other bands in Japan, including the Illusion Magic from Toyota City and the Nagoya Girls High School Band, as well as championship-winning bands in Thailand.

During the summer of 2009, Gordon served as an adjudicator for the quadrennial World Music Contest held in Kerkrade, The Netherlands, where he judged over 80 bands, drum corps and concert percussion ensembles from 14 countries spanning four continents. He returned to serve as a judge at the World Music Contest in July 2013. Gordon also served as an adjudicator at the Kuala Lumpur International Marching Band Competition in 2009. In 2012 and 2013, he served as an adjudicator for the Thailand Royal Cups Concert Band and Marching Band Competition in Bangkok.

From 1989 to 1996, Gordon directed the Jazz Ensemble I, performing with numerous guest artists including Roy Hargrove, Bob Mintzer, Kenny Burrell, Conte Candoli, Matt Catingub, Bill Watrous, Steve Houghton, Snooky Young, Gerald Wilson and Paquito D'Rivera. Under his direction, both the Jazz Ensemble I and the Jazz Combo won their respective divisions at the 1995 Reno International Jazz Festival.

David Nelson
Front Ensemble Arranger

David Nelson is the Director of Bands at Lake Central High School in Saint John Indiana. David currently teaches the advanced placement music theory courses, the electronic music courses, the wind ensemble and the percussion ensembles. He holds a bachelor's degree in music education from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois. He has been active as a music arranger, designer, and instructor for the past 20 years and has worked with many top high school bands across the country. David has also served as the percussion arranger for the Northern Illinois University Marching Huskies.

David is a former member of the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps. He served as the percussion caption head and arranger for the 2001 DCI Division III Champion Blue Stars, and has been an instructor or consultant for the Phantom Legion, Boston Crusaders, and Glassmen. In 2011, David joined the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps percussion staff and is excited to return this season as the front ensemble arranger.

David currently resides in Lowell, Indiana with his wife Heather and their three children Zach, Emma, and Abby.

David is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.

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 from Canton, Ohio; Crossmen from San Antonio, Texas; Monarch Independent from Houston, Texas; Glassmen from Toledo, Ohio; and Spirit of Atlanta from Atlanta, Georgia. Along with teaching, Ben is also 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
Electronics Designer

Bryan is the owner of Visaudio Designs, a company specializing in design for the pageantry arts. He has arranged for and been a clinician and instructor for a number of ensembles in the United States and The Netherlands. His arrangements and compositions have helped many ensembles earn numerous gold medals on their local circuits as well as many WGI finalists, including the 2011 and 2015 PSO Silver Medalists, 2013 PIA Gold Medalist, and 2014 and 2015 PIO Silver Medalists at WGI World Championships. He was a member of a number of drum and bugle corps, including Spirit of Atlanta, Southwind, and The Cavaliers.

Bryan is also the voice and instructor behind Virtual Drumline Demystified , a tutorial DVD for the Virtual Drumline sound library from Tapspace Publications. While not working on music, Bryan is actively involved in animal rescue, also dabbles in web and graphic design, enjoys spending time outdoors, and has an affinity for all things on the leading edge of technology. He currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina with his wife Emily and their pack of dogs and cats.

He proudly endorses Innovative Percussion and Remo Drumheads.

Ralph Stewart
Visual Designer

Ralph currently lives in Orlando and is a 1998 graduate of East Carolina University, where he received a bachelor's degree in music education. Before moving to Florida, he taught middle and high school band in Carteret County, North Carolina.

Ralph marched in the brass section of the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps from 1991-93, and served as drum major from 1994-96. In 1997, Ralph became the visual designer for Carolina Thunder, a WGI World Class percussion finalist. This was a position he held until the group chose to no longer compete.

He was the visual designer and program coordinator for Infinity Percussion from 2007-10, and is returning for 2016 as the visual caption head. Ralph joined the visual staff of the Boston Crusaders in 2000 as a marching technician, and was their visual designer in 2005. In 2006, he returned to his home corps, Carolina Crown, working with the visual team until 2008. He has also served as the visual designer for Teal Sound (2010) and the visual caption head for the Blue Stars (2012).

Dean Broadbent
Visual Consultant

Dean is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University. Prior to coming to Flanagan in 2001, Dean taught music at Samuel Staples Elementary School in Easton, Connecticut.

He marched from 1990-1992 in the Connecticut Hurricanes Senior Drum and Bugle Corps and with the 1993-1996 Cadets of Bergen County. Dean has teaching experience with the 1997 Boston Crusaders, and with the Cadets from 1998 to 2002 (including a year as the Color guard caption head in 2001) and three DCI World Championship Titles. Dean returned to the Boston Crusaders from 2004-2006 and has returned to the Cadets in 2009 and 2010. Other color guard teaching experiences include Danbury HS, Connecticut from 1994 - 1998, Norwalk HS, Connecticut from 1998 - 2001, the 2001 St. Ann's world bronze medalist, 2002 Braddock Independent as well as the Southern Knights Winter Guard from Brighton, England from 2006 to 2012.

Dean has been the director of color guards at Flanagan High School since 2001. Since then, Flanagan has received the Scholastic Open Bronze medal in 2003, State Color Guard Champions in 2004 and 2006 as well as WGI Scholastic World Class Finalist since 2004. They are the South Florida Winter Guard Association Champions for the last 15 consecutive years, longer then any other school in South Florida history. In 2008 and 2012, Flanagan was named the WGI Scholastic World Champions, 2013 & 2015 Scholastic World Silver Medalist and in 2009 and 2011 the WGI Scholastic World Bronze Medalist. Flanagan was also the 2012 recipient of the WGI Scholastic World “Fans Favorite” Award.

Dean currently serves on the South Florida Winter Guard Association Board, WGI Advisory Board and WGI Board of Directors. In 2013, Dean was inducted into the South Florida Winter Guard Association Hall of Fame.

Brandon Smith
Color Guard Caption Head \ Color Guard Designer

Brandon began his drum corps and color guard career with the Madison Scouts, performing with them from 2003-06. Afterwards, he was a member of the 2008 Pride of Cincinnati Winter Guard, the 2011 Juxtaposition Winter Guard, and the Pride of Cincinnati Dance Ensemble. Brandon has an extensive stage performance resume that includes musical theatre and professional ballet. Highlights include, HAIR, RENT, Hairspray, Legally Blonde: The Musical, and The Nutcracker Ballet.

This season marks Brandon's sixth as the color guard caption head and designer. His career with the Colts began in 2011 as a movement choreographer and technician, taking over as caption head in 2012.

Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, Brandon has been a designer and choreographer for several programs in the Kentucky and Ohio region including Paul Laurence Dunbar HS, North Hardin HS, Madison Central HS, Phoenix Independent Winter Guard, and Juxtaposition Winter Guard, the 2016 WGI Independent Open Class Champions.

A 2007 graduate of Miami University of Ohio, he was a four year member of their dance company and led them as artistic director for the 2005-06 season. After graduating, he served as a musical theatre dance instructor for Kentucky Conservatory Theatre (KCT).

Brandon now lives in Cleveland, Ohio where he is completing a master's degree in Arts Administration at the University of Akron. He also works at the Olmstead Performing Arts Center where he teaches jazz and contemporary dance.

Brass

Chad Miller
Brass Caption Head

Chad is excited to be joining the Colts instructional staff as brass caption head. A tuba player/multi-instrumentalist and brass instructor from Northwestern Indiana, Chad has worked with several successful Indiana high school music programs throughout the past 14 years, including Penn High School in Mishawaka, IN and Lake Central High School in St. John, IN, 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 B.M. 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 and Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as the 2001 Division 3 World Champion Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corp, 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.

Tom Santino
Brass Coordinator

Tom received his bachelor's degree in music education from the University of South Florida, and his master's degree in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Tom began his teaching career as the founding director of bands at Braddock Sr. High School in Miami Florida. Tom directed the marching band, concert bands, jazz bands, and winter guards at Braddock from 1990 - 1997.

From 1998 - 2003, Tom directed the musical ensembles at Indian Ridge Middle School in Davie, Florida. During his five years at Indian Ridge, Tom directed the concert and jazz bands, orchestra, and choral groups and earned FMEA's "High Enrollment In Music" award in 1999 and Honorable Mention Music Demonstration School in 2000.

From 2003 - 2006, Tom served as assistant director of bands at Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Florida. While at Flanagan, Tom helped the music program become one of FMEA’s music demonstration schools. Currently, Tom is administrative director for Community School South in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

Tom's instructional experience in drum corps began in 1990 as a brass instructor with Magic of Orlando. Then from 1994 - 1996, he served as a brass instructor for the Blue Devils. Beginning in 1998 through 2001, Tom served as brass caption head for the Boston Crusaders. From 2002 - 2004, Tom served as brass caption head for the Syracuse Brigadiers, assisting the corps in winning a DCA Championship. In 2002 - 2003, Tom assisted in bringing Magic of Orlando back onto the field. During that time Magic became the first corps to win a Division II Championship and make Division I Fnals in the same year.

Tom returned to the Crusaders brass staff in 2004 as a brass instructor. In 2005 and 2006, Tom once again served as brass caption head for the Boston Crusaders. Tom remained on Crusader's brass staff through 2010. In 2012, Tom served as a consultant for the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps. He also serves as a clinician and adjudicator with many educational organizations throughout the United States.

Tom Lizotte
Trumpet Technician

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, Boston Crusaders, North Star, 27th Lancers, Cadets, and Glassmen. In DCA he has taught or been a program consultant for Sunrisers, Syracuse Brigadiers, Rochester Crusaders and Connecticut Hurricanes.

Tom has taught high school for the past 29 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.

David Torres
Trumpet Technician

New York based trumpeter, band leader, educator, and arranger, David D. Torres was raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and began his trumpet studies at the age of ten. David received his Bachelor’s degree in music studies (performance) from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. While in Tampa, he studied primarily with Dr. Jay Coble, as well as distinguished jazz educators Chuck Owen, Jack Wilkins, and conductor Dr. William Wiedrich.

At USF, David frequently recorded albums serving as lead trumpet with the top jazz groups and at the same time, became well known in Central and South Florida areas as a salsa trumpeter. His performances with Latin Billboard artist Ray Sepulveda, and double-platinum recording artist Tito Rojas (“El Gallo”) earned praise within the salsero’s own bands and the Tampa salsa community.

After years of freelancing in Florida and performing at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, David earned a job with the Broadway show Blast! for their 2005 National Tour. He spent 5 years with the Tony-Award winning show performing in North America and Japan extensively as trumpet soloist. In 2006 he was featured on the DVD Blast II MIX (Live in Tokyo), and was a featured performer with the Japan Gold Disc award winning group SMAP to promote their music and Blast! on the FUJI Television variety show SMAPxSMAP. In addition to touring domestically and internationally with Blast!, David has also been heard as the trumpet player on numerous national, international and first national tours of Broadway and West End musicals throughout North America and abroad, including The Drowsy Chaperone, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz, The Bodyguard-U.S. Premiere Cast. In 2011, David was hired to be the trumpet player for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. David spent four years traveling by train across the United States and Mexico with the storied circus band and acted as sideman trumpet player and assistant musical conductor for the production.

Aside from touring and performing, David is a champion of education for musical youth and is an in-demand private instructor, lecturer and band clinician throughout the country. He has given numerous master-classes and lectures at colleges, universities, high schools and music festivals, and has been on staff with award winning BOA band programs (Seminole HS and Pinellas FL) and college bands (New Mexico State).

David was a member of the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps from Boston, Massachusetts in 2000 - 2003, and then became a musician with the nationally auditioned Disneyland All-American College Band (2004), Tampa Bay Symphony, Tampa Bay Pops, The Tampa Brass, Troika Entertainment, Paper Mill Playhouse, FELD Entertainment, NETworks Presentations, Big League Theatricals, Kyodo Tokyo, Walt Disney World Entertainment/Disneyland Entertainment, and Norwegian Cruise Lines. David is a proud member of the International Trumpet Guild, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the American Federation of Musicians Local #655(South Florida Musicians Association).

Further study credits for David include: Charley Davis, Wayne Bergeron, Michael Kosarin, Angie Machaedo and Mr. William Adam.

Justin Diaz
Trumpet Technician

Justin Diaz currently resides in the Orlando, Florida metro area and works as a freelance trumpeter and educator. Having studied under John Almeida at the University of Central Florida, he regularly performs with local jazz, latin, rock, and pop groups, including the Main Street Philharmonic at Walt Disney World. He began playing the trumpet in 1999 and has been involved in the marching arts since 2002, beginning with high school band and extending through college marching band, as well as drum corps.

Justin is an alumnus of the Magic of Orlando Drum & Bugle Corps (2005), The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps(2007), and the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps (2009). He has been instructing local high school bands for the last ten seasons, including University High School, Winter Park High School, and Freedom High School. At the collegiate level, Justin served on the instructional staff for the University of Central Florida Marching Knights for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. He also serves as a guest clinician and private lessons teacher for middle and high schools in the area. Currently, he instructs the brass section at Timber Creek High School in Orlando, Florida.

Steve Lyons
Mellophone \ High Brass Technician

Performer and educator Stephen Lyons hails from Connecticut and is excited to return to the Colts for a fourth season on their brass staff. As a marching member of the Boston Crusaders from 2001 - 2005 he established a foundation for his professional presence under the guidance of Howard and many other educators with whom he has the honor of serving on the 2017 Colts instructional team. During his tenure with the Crusaders, Steve earned back-to-back gold medals in I&E solo mellophone competitions in Denver and Providence. His fellow members selected him as the 2005 "Crusader of the Year." Since then, Steve has worked as a marching and/or music instructor with the Connecticut Hurricanes, 7th Regiment, Crossmen, the Boston Crusaders, and the Colts. He currently serves as a brass instructor for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Windjammers Drum & Bugle Corps and as program coordinator and visual designer for the Cheshire High School Marching Band.

Steve earned his Masters in Music in trumpet performance and Artist's Certificate in chamber music at UCONN under the guidance of Louis Hanzlik. While completing his graduate work he earned distinctions as semifinalist in both solo and ensemble divisions of the 2010 National Trumpet Competition, semifinalist in the 8th Concours International de musique de chambre de Lyon, and prizewinner in the 2013 Plowman Chamber Music Competition. Now, Steve maintains and develops a studio of private brass students at the Rectory School (Pomfret,) 4th - 12th grade bands at Chase Collegiate School (Waterbury,) and a recording studio at the University of Connecticut (Storrs.) He plays trumpet with a variety of groups, including the New Bedford Symphony, the Glens Falls Symphony, the Chelsea Symphony, the Fiddlehead Theatre Company, and the Nautilus Brass Quintet. He has also performed up and down the East Coast with rock groups Echo Movement (New Jersey) and Restorations (Pennsylvania).

Keith Hallas
Low Brass Technician

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Keith Hallas is very excited to return to play a role with the Colts organization. He was a member of the Cadets in 1998 and 2000, playing the role as baritone soloist in 2000. He performed in the inaugural 70-city American Tour with the Broadway show “Blast!” before spending 2003 – 2007 on the Boston Crusaders brass staff. More recently he was the brass caption head at the Glassmen Drum and Bugle during their last years in DCI finals from 2008 – 2010. He has worked with the East Coast Jazz, Boston College Screaming Eagles Marching Band, and Rhythm X Winds.

Keith holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Master of Music Performance in Wind Conducting from Youngstown State University. In 2010 he was invited to be a speaker at the World Exposition in Shanghai, China. In his remarks to Chinese music educators he shared the importance of American marching bands role in the high school curriculum. He is an active performer, educator, music arranger, and clinician in Ohio and abroad. He is currently Director of Instrumental Music at Central Crossing High School in Grove City, Ohio. The Central Crossing Band has been a Bands of America Grand National Semifinalist, Regional Finalist, and was the 2014 Outback Bowl Concert Band Grand Champion. Keith resides in beautiful downtown Columbus, Ohio with his wife Julie and daughters Eva and Audrey.

David Abrams
Tuba \ Brass Technician

David is excited to be joining the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps for his first season in DCI. For the past nine years, he has taught and marched in DCA with the Long Island Sunrisers Drum & Bugle Corps. In this time, he has held many different positions, including executive director, drum major, brass tech, and marching member. He received his Bachelor’s degree in music, with a focus on euphonium performance, from the University of Connecticut and his Master's degree in music education from Hofstra University.

David maintains a busy teaching schedule with a full-time low brass studio, as well as a music instructor, at a private school in Uniondale, New Yotk. Since 2004, has has worked with several Long Island high school marching bands.

An expert in the Breathing Gym, David has spent time with Sam Palafian, as well as other Breathing Gym experts. He is excited to bring his knowledge bass in this area, as well as euphonium and tuba, to the Colts team.

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 from Canton, Ohio; Crossmen from San Antonio, Texas; Monarch Independent from Houston, Texas; Glassmen from Toledo, Ohio; and Spirit of Atlanta from Atlanta, Georgia. Along with teaching, Ben is also an active arranger and composer for multiple Indoor and outdoor ensembles across the country.

He is endorsed by Sabian Cymbals and Innovative Percussion.

David Nelson
Front Ensemble Arranger

David Nelson is the Director of Bands at Lake Central High School in Saint John Indiana. David currently teaches the advanced placement music theory courses, the electronic music courses, the wind ensemble and the percussion ensembles. He holds a bachelor's degree in music education from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois. He has been active as a music arranger, designer, and instructor for the past 20 years and has worked with many top high school bands across the country. David has also served as the percussion arranger for the Northern Illinois University Marching Huskies.

David is a former member of the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps. He served as the percussion caption head and arranger for the 2001 DCI Division III Champion Blue Stars, and has been an instructor or consultant for the Phantom Legion, Boston Crusaders, and Glassmen. In 2011, David joined the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps percussion staff and is excited to return this season as the front ensemble arranger.

David currently resides in Lowell, Indiana with his wife Heather and their three children Zach, Emma, and Abby.

David is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.

Kent Lineberry
Percussion Consultant

Kent Lineberry serves as an assistant band director (director of percussion) for Blue Springs High School, Brittany Hill Middle School, and Paul Kinder Middle School, in the fabulous Blue Springs School District. He previously served as an assistant band director (director of percussion) at Rockwood Summit High School and Rockwood South Middle School. He is a Sabian Artist and an Innovative Percussion Artist. He lives in Blue Springs with his wonderful wife, Debbie, and their awesome children.

Kent served as one of the lead staff members and instructors for Gateway Indoor Percussion from 2005 through 2011. He also served on the percussion staff of the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps from 2000 to 2005, and 2007, and on the percussion staff of The Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps in 2010. He served the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps as a percussion program consultant in 2015. These organizations are very special to his heart.

Kent has also been involved with many successful high school percussion programs, including Jefferson City High School, O’Fallon Township High School (where he served as assistant marching band director), and Parkway South High School. He has served as a clinician and consultant for the 37th Kingswood Drum & Bugle Corps, from Bristol, England.

He has been a percussion and visual adjudicator throughout the Midwest for more than a decade, and writes drill and staging for some of the most competitive marching bands and indoor drumlines in the country. Kent has also been fortunate enough to teach clinics on quad drumming and marching percussion in the Midwest and in Europe. He has also served on the Percussion Advisory Board for WGI (2009). He is a member of The Percussive Arts Society and MENC. Kent served as the Vice President (2012 - 2014) and as President (2014 - 2016) of the Missouri Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.

Oliver DeLotto
Battery Technician

Oliver DeLotto is a multi-faceted performer and arranger for various percussion mediums on both national and international stages. His drum corps experience includes marching snare drum with the Hawthorne Caballeros in 2008, Glassmen in 2009, Carolina Crown in 2010 & 2012, and the Bluecoats in 2014. In 2015, Oliver traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica where he lead master classes with percussionist John Kilkenny and presented original research on orchestral and contemporary chamber music techniques. Oliver has also enjoyed success instructing, arranging, and directing percussion groups including the 2014 PSO bronze medalists, Chantilly HS, and the 2016 Colts Drum & Bugle Corps.

In addition to his performance and teaching career, Oliver has been involved with Music For All since 2015. He is an active host and director’s assistant for world renowned artists and ensembles including Richard Floyd, Mike McIntosh, Tom Aungst, Thom Hannum, Ian Grom, Tony Nunez, and the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts concert ensembles from West Palm Beach, Florida.

Oliver is a graduate of George Mason University, where he received his Bachelor’s in Music Education. During his time at GMU, Oliver performed with the percussion group, indoor drumline, symphony orchestra, wind symphony, and the Washington City Choir.

Oliver DeLotto currently attends The University of Texas at Austin where he is pursuing a Masters of Music in Percussion Performance under the direction of Thomas Burritt and Tony Edwards.

Kali Ridal
Battery Technician

Kali Ridal is originally from the Detroit-Metro area where she first discovered her passion for drumming at a very young age. Attending South Lyon High School in South Lyon, Michigan, Kali began her marching career when she marched snare drum for both the fall and winter programs from 2004 - 2007. In 2005, she obtained a WGI Silver medal with South Lyon Percussion and from there went on to extend her marching resume for the next 8 years. Her WGI indoor experience includes marching snare drum for Redline Percussion Independent World (2008 - 2011) and Gateway Indoor Percussion Independent World (2012 - 2013). Her drum corps experience includes Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps in 2010 and Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps in 2011 and 2012, where she was the first female center snare and co-section leader for the corps.

Kali is a graduate of Missouri State University where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in wildlife conservation and management. Shortly after graduating, she moved to Denver, Colorado, where she currently resides.

Throughout her teaching career, Kali has instructed over 10 high school programs throughout the states of Michigan, Missouri and Colorado. She currently teaches an Independent Open Class group, Rise Percussion, out of Denver, and also instructed the Golden Buffalo Marching Band Drumline from the University of Colorado Boulder during the 2016 Season.

Kali is very excited for her first season and could not be more pleased to be teaching the Colts 2017 snareline.

Andrew Barlow
Battery Technician

Andrew Barlow is currently the director of percussion and music arranger at Morton Ranch High School in Katy, Texas.

Andrew pursued a double Master’s degree in percussion performance and music education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He also holds Bachelor’s degrees in music education and percussion performance from Mars Hill University in Mars Hill, North Carolina.

His involvement with the marching percussion activity spans over a decade. He has served as a percussion instructor for groups such as The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps, The Cadets2 Drum & Bugle Corps, The Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps, Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps, and United Percussion Indoor Percussion Ensemble. His marching career includes performing with The Cadets, Carolina Crown, Magic of Orlando, and the renowned percussion ensemble Music City Mystique.

Before living in the Houston area, Andrew served as a freelance percussionist, drummer, and educator in New York City. His Broadway touring credits include roles as a percussionist and the percussion manager for the Tony and Emmy Award winning Broadway show Blast!. Off-Broadway credits include The Golem of Havana and Billy, Goat, Gruff: The Musical. Andrew has performed and recorded with Madonna, Kevin Antunes, American Idol performer Kimberley Locke, and the legendary drum set artist Swiss Chris.

During his career, Andrew has studied percussion with Thom Hannum, Dr. Brian Tinkel, Yousif Sheronick, Rolando Morales-Matos, Colin McNutt, Tom Aungst, Ian Hale, Ayano Kataoka, Wes Powers, Michael Moore, and Tony Del Rivero.

Andrew is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, The American Federation of Musicians, and an educational artist for Innovative Percussion. Andrew currently resides in Katy, Texas with his wife, Melissa. More information about Andrew can be found at www.barlowpercussion.com.

Eric Westerhold
Battery Technician

Eric is from Raleigh, North Carolina, and has been involved with the marching arts since 2008, performing with many groups across the United States. He first played quads during his freshman year of indoor drumline at Green Hope High School, and has been fascinated with marching percussion ever since.

Eric’s drum corps experience includes four seasons playing quads. He spent his first two summers at Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugles Corps in 2012 and 2013, and the following two summers at the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps in 2014 and 2015, in which he received the silver and bronze medals at DCI Finals. His WGI experience includes playing quads with GMU Indoor in 2013 and 2014, Atlanta Quest in 2015, and Rhythm X in 2017.

Eric graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May of 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He has teaching experience as a private lesson instructor and a battery technician working with Mill Creek High School in Hoschton, Georgia, and Enloe High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, as well as current involvement with the Bellbrook High School and Lebanon High School indoor drumlines in Ohio.

Eric is excited to join the 2017 Colts for the first time and instruct the quad line!

Benjamin Braude
Battery Technician

Benjamin, known by most as “Benjy,” has been involved in the marching arts since 2008. Starting his marching career as a tuba player, Benjy got his first taste of the percussion world playing bass drum his freshman year in Colerain High School’s winter drumline, and has been drumming ever since.

Benjy graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s degree in biology in May of 2016, and returned the following fall to pursue a Master’s degree in secondary education. In his time in college, Benjy has performed with the Indiana University Drumline for five years, serving as bass drum section leader his fourth year as well as drumline captain in his fifth year.

In his marching career, Benjy performed with the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps from 2013 - 2015, aging out as bass drum section leader and battery co-captain. Benjy also performed in WGI with Legacy Indoor from 2013 - 2014 and with Rhythm X from 2015 - 2016, earning the WGI Percussion Independent World silver medal in 2015. After aging out, Benjy spent the 2016 DCI season as a bass technician for the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps, and is spending the 2017 WGI season as a bass technician for Legacy Indoor.

Most recently, Benjy has worked as a bass technician in Indianapolis with Decatur Central High School, Lawrence Township Schools, and Ben Davis High School; and as a battery technician with Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. While finishing his Master’s degree, Benjy plans to continue working with schools all across the Cincinnati and Indianapolis areas.

Aundray Edwards
Battery Technician

Aundray Edwards received his Bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Houston. Aundray has been a percussion specialist/technician for several high school marching programs in Houston and the surrounding areas, including Cypress Creek High School (2010 - 2012) winning PAS call for tapes in 2012 as well as Cy-Fair High School (2013 - 2014). Currently, Aundray resides in Lake Jackson, Texas where he is the assistant director of percussion for the Brazoswood High School cluster including Brazoswood High School, Clute Intermediate, and Rasco Middle School in Brazosport ISD.

Aundray has extensive percussion performance experience ranging from DCI to the collegiate world. While attending University of Houston he was a part of all the performing ensembles, including the wind ensemble and symphony orchestra, which both were invited to perform at the Midwest Band clinic in Chicago, Illinois (2012) as well as the Texas Music Educator Association clinic (2012). His further percussion performance experience includes the Moores School Percussion Ensemble winning PAS call for tapes (PASIC 2010), and marching snare drum with the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps (2010).

Aundray has also served as the bass drum technician for the Guardians Drum & Bugle Corps in 2015 and 2016 where the corps attended Open Class finals for the first time in history and earned the opportunity to be a finalist. His indoor teaching experience includes Cy-Fair High School (2013 - 2014) earning a 5th place finish in PSO finals at WGI 2013. He also served as one of the bass drum technicians for Monarch Independent in 2016 where the group earned a TCGC Gold medal and a WGI PIO 4th place finish.

Chelsea Levine
Battery Technician

Chelsea Levine is an established cymbal technician throughout the United States and Europe. She has dedicated her post-marching career to the advancement of marching cymbals through teaching, building her company Seavine, and co-founding The Κψµβοσ Scholarship.

Chelsea began her performance career with marching cymbals at United Percussion in 2006. After three seasons there, she was a member of the 2009 WGI gold medalists Rhythm X from Columbus, OH. She finished her indoor marching career with Gateway Indoor in 2011 and 2012. Her DCI career began in 2007 with the Jersey Surf Drum & Bugle Corps, to which she returned for the 2008 season. She capped off her drum corps experience with the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps from the 2009 through the 2011 drum corps seasons. Upon aging out, Chelsea had been in leadership positions, received many awards, and peer-elected accolades for her time spent at both Jersey Surf and The Crossmen.

In the fall of 2009, Chelsea began her teaching career as a cymbal technician for Centerville High School. Since then, she’s taught numerous ensembles around the United States and Europe, including Rhythm X, Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps, Western Carolina University, FIU Indoor, and DrumSpirit Percussion Ensemble. Throughout her time teaching she’s taken on additional responsibilities such as movement, performance, and drill design. She has also promoted the art of modern cymbal playing on the European continent with clinics in Belgium, Poland, and Lithuania. Chelsea is also an educational artist for Sabian Cymbals.

In 2010 Chelsea founded Seavine, a company that offers high quality cymbal and hornline performance products such as The Cymbal Gloves. With the vision and support of Jack Borland, they co-founded The Κψµβοσ Scholarship, assisting WGI and DCI cymbal players with their membership fees. Since its inception in 2012, Κψµβοσ has given away over $10,000 to marching cymbal players fully funded by Seavine profits.

Chelsea currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee with her energetic dog Rachel. She is excited to hop on board for her first season here at Colts instructing the cymbal line and battery visual program.

Ryan Carberry
Battery Technician

Ryan is from Lake Orion, Michigan, where he began his marching career in 2007. He began playing cymbals with Lake Orion Percussion in 2010. After his first season, he then grew a passion for the instrument and continued to march with Eastside Fury Percussion (2011-2013), where he held the position as section leader for the cymbal line in 2012 and 2013. Ryan began marching drum corps in 2012 with the Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps cymbal line. He also marched with the corps in 2013. Ryan finished his drum corps career with the Spirit of Atlanta cymbal line in 2014 where he received a gold medal in the cymbal I&E in Indianapolis, IN. Ryan finished his last two indoor seasons with Rhythm X (2014 and 2015). In 2014, Ryan was a bronze medalist and in 2015 and he was the section leader for the cymbal line, and was a silver medalist.

In 2010, Ryan began teaching at Lake Orion High School as a visual technician for their marching band program (2010, 2012-2014), as well as the cymbal technician for Lake Orion Percussion (2010, 2012-2014). He is now currently the cymbal technician for Novi Percussion. Ryan taught the cymbal line for Huron Valley Percussion for the 2016 season. He is also currently in the process of year 2 working with the Redline cymbal line (2016 & 2017). In the summer of 2015, he began working with the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps. This is now year 3 that Ryan has been working with the Colts Cymbal Line. Ryan is attending Baker College and is studying for his bachelor’s degree in digital media design.

Ryan could not be more thrilled to get started with the 2017 edition of the Colts Cymbal Line!

Greg Tsalikis
Front Ensemble Coordinator

Born in Annapolis, Maryland, Greg Tsalikis has been studying and performing music for nearly 30 years. He has had the pleasure of performing in all facets of percussion ranging from rudimental, to orchestral, world, jazz, rock, and contemporary chamber ensembles. His degrees include a Masters in Percussion Performance from Rice University, as well as a Bachelors in Percussion Performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Greg has performed with various artists and ensembles throughout his career, including The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marvin Hamlisch, Wynton Marsalis, Hilary Hahn, Edgar Meyer, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Bebe Neuwirth, and The Naval Academy Band. While at the Rice University Shepherd School of Music, he served as principal and section percussionist and timpanist. As well, in 2009, Greg had the honor of being a soloist with the Houston Wind Symphony. He was also afforded the opportunity to play in The Hong Kong New Year's Day Parade, as well as a mallet soloist on tour throughout Australia. During his drum corps days, Greg served as timpanist for the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps and Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps in the early 2000's.

Previously, Greg has served as the front ensemble arranger and coordinator for the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps, as well as the front ensemble arranger and coordinator for his alum, the Reading Buccaneers. He can also be found working with, and arranging for, many high school bands throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Texas areas. Most recently, Greg is the percussion director and music arranger at Obra D. Tompkins High School in Katy, Texas, where he has served this role since the school's opening in 2013.

Jake Lyons
Front Ensemble Coordinator

Jake is currently the executive director for the World Class WGI group Equinox Percussion, based in Athens, Georgia. He was a front ensemble member of the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps in 2012 and 2013, and was on the percussion staff for Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps in 2015. He has been heavily involved in the marching arts since 2006, performing in several indoor percussion groups, including: Palmetto Percussion, Odyssey Percussion Theatre, Terminus Atlanta Percussion, and Music City Mystique. Jake has worked with numerous high school and BOA groups throughout the country and currently resides in Athens, where he is the front ensemble coordinator at the University of Georgia.

Jake has a B.A. in communications from the University of Georgia and works for a consulting firm specializing in non-profit development, currently working with dozens of large non-profit organizations across the country.

Jeremy Gurganious
Front Ensemble Technician

Jeremy is a percussion educator, arranger and adjudicator hailing from the Raleigh, North Carolina area. Most recently Jeremy was a front ensemble consultant for the DCA Open Class finalist Carolina Gold Drum & Bugle Corps. He is returning for his third season as a front ensemble instructor with the Colts, this year serving as coordinator of the front ensemble team.

Currently, Jeremy is the front ensemble caption head at Panther Creek High School in Cary, North Carolina. With Jeremy's help and guidance, the front ensemble and percussion programs have reached new levels on the field. Jeremy was instrumental in the formation of the Panther Creek Indoor Percussion program in 2012 helping them to medal in the Atlantic Indoor Association's PSA class in both of their first two years. Throughout his career, Jeremy has taught and arranged for numerous high schools within North Carolina and surrounding states helping each to reach greater heights.

As a performer, Jeremy was a member of the Holy Name Cadets front ensemble in 2009 for their 75th Anniversary. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010 with degrees in Music and Economics. While at UNC, Jeremy was a member of the Marching Tar Heels drum line under the direction of Matt Savage, as well as the wind ensemble, symphonic band, symphony orchestra, and percussion ensemble.

Over his career, Jeremy has had the distinguished pleasure of studying with and learning from some of percussion's greatest educators including Lynn Glassock, Matt Savage, Iain Moyer, Jason Ihnat, Colin McNutt, and Cameron Britt.

Jeremy currently resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Drew Brown
Front Ensemble Technician

Drew Brown has been involved with the marching and percussive arts since 2001 as a performer, educator and designer. He is currently an ensemble director at ConneXus Percussion where he also serves as both program coordinator and music coordinator.

Since 2015, Drew has worked with the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps where he is a front ensemble technician and electronics coordinator.

Drew studied music education, composition and percussion performance at Bowling Green State University, Wright State University and the University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music.

Drew is proud to be endorsed by Innovative Percussion.

Color Guard

Brandon Smith
Color Guard Caption Head \ Color Guard Designer

Brandon began his drum corps and color guard career with the Madison Scouts, performing with them from 2003-06. Afterwards, he was a member of the 2008 Pride of Cincinnati Winter Guard, the 2011 Juxtaposition Winter Guard, and the Pride of Cincinnati Dance Ensemble. Brandon has an extensive stage performance resume that includes musical theatre and professional ballet. Highlights include, HAIR, RENT, Hairspray, Legally Blonde: The Musical, and The Nutcracker Ballet.

This season marks Brandon's sixth as the color guard caption head and designer. His career with the Colts began in 2011 as a movement choreographer and technician, taking over as caption head in 2012.

Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, Brandon has been a designer and choreographer for several programs in the Kentucky and Ohio region including Paul Laurence Dunbar HS, North Hardin HS, Madison Central HS, Phoenix Independent Winter Guard, and Juxtaposition Winter Guard, the 2016 WGI Independent Open Class Champions.

A 2007 graduate of Miami University of Ohio, he was a four year member of their dance company and led them as artistic director for the 2005-06 season. After graduating, he served as a musical theatre dance instructor for Kentucky Conservatory Theatre (KCT).

Brandon now lives in Cleveland, Ohio where he is completing a master's degree in Arts Administration at the University of Akron. He also works at the Olmstead Performing Arts Center where he teaches jazz and contemporary dance.

Elana Siegel
Assistant Caption Head

Elana Siegel is proud to return to the Colts for her ninth year with the organization. In 2012, she aged out after four years with the corps, and began to intern with the Colts and Colt Cadets immediately afterward. She served as a technician and lead technician from 2013 - 2016, and is excited to expand her role to assistant caption head for the 2017 season.

Elana marched with the World Class silver medalist Santa Clara Vanguard Winter Guard in 2014 and 2016. She designs and choreographs for a number of programs around the country and currently directs two programs in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In 2015, Elana played an integral part in expanding the marching arts throughout Europe, with particular emphasis on the former Soviet Republics. With the creation of two winter guards in Panevezys, Lithuania, she created the first ever color guards in Eastern Europe. She also has served as the color guard caption head for the DCE finalists Mosson Secutores Drum Corps (Italy) since 2015.

Elana currently resides in Oakland, California.

Byron Valentine
Choreograher

Byron comes from Centerville, Ohio, where he is employed as a designer for national band and color guard supplier, FJM Inc. His unique mixtures of color, texture, and ability to blend thematic, theatrical elements with sportswear sensibility, have made him a popular "go-to" designer in the color guard and drumline community.

He has worked on the design and choreography teams for programs nationally including Bellbrook High School, Miamisburg High School, Centerville High School, Norwin High School, Paramount, Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps, Juxtaposition Winterguard, Lexis Winter Guard, Allegoria Winterguard, Artistry IN BLUE, and many more.

Byron brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience as the executive director of Zydeco Colorguard, a perennial WGI World Championships finalist; two-time medalist, and the 2011 World Class "Fans Favorite" recipient. In addition to design and choreography, Byron is also an accomplished equipment and movement judge for color guard and marching band circuits throughout Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

Kayne O'Brien
Choreographer \ Technician

Kayne O’Brien is originally from Columbia, Illinois and currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has been involved with the marching arts activities for over 10 years and has taught many high school and college programs throughout Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. He attended Eastern Illinois University and graduated with his Bachelor's degree in secondary education - social studies.

From 2008 - 2010 Kayne was in the color guard of The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps and in 2015 he had the pleasure of performing with the Pride of Cincinnati.

Kayne was on staff at the Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps from 2012 - 2014 and was the director of the University of Illinois Marching Illini Color Guard and Mahomet-Seymour High School for three years. From 2012 to 2014 he started his own independent winter guard, Blue Horizon, to give students in the central Illinois area an opportunity to perform on a national stage. He is currently on staff at Colerain High School in Cincinnati, Ohio as well as Allegoria Winterguard and Juxtaposition Winter Guard. This is his first year on staff at the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps and he is so excited to learn from and work with such an amazingly talented group of people.

Danielle Marquardt
Technician

Danielle is a Lexington, Kentucky native currently living in Dayton, Ohio. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Eastern Kentucky University. At EKU, she was very involved with taking dance classes in addition to performing and choreographing for EKU’s Dance Theatre program.

Danielle’s colorguard career began as a performer for Lafayette High School. After high school, she continued to perform with Expressions IA Winter Guard. She also marched Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps for the 2009 and 2010 seasons, earning a bronze medal in 2010. Danielle continued her career with Lexis Winter Guard as a co-captain for the 2012 season, earning an IA bronze medal, in addition to their 2013 IO season. She most recently joined the Zydeco family for their final 2014 season.

Danielle has spread her love for colorguard over the past few years by teaching several seasons at Lafayette High School (Kentucky) and is currently on staff at Centerville High School (Ohio) and Bellbrook High School (Ohio). She has also been teaching Allegoria Winterguard for the past three WGI seasons. This will be Danielle’s fifth summer with the Colts organization!

Steven MacAlpine
Technician

Steven MacAlpine started his drum corps career with the Capital Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps in 2006. He joined the Colts color guard in 2007 and went on to march for two more seasons, aging out in 2009. He was a member of Juxtaposition Winter Guard from 2007 through 2009 and again in 2011 and 2012. This winter is Steven’s third season as a technician for Juxtaposition, the 2016 WGI Independent Open Class Champions. Additionally, this will his second season on the visual staff for Connexus Percussion.

Steven has taught many programs in the Central Ohio area, including Grove City High School, Northmont High School, and London High School. He is currently the color guard director at Hilliard Davidson High School in Columbus. Steven began his drum corps teaching career in 2012 as an intern for the Colts and teaching the Colt Cadets. He is very excited for this coming season, which will be his sixth season on staff with the Red Team.

Hillary Hannan
Technician

Bio to come...

Joshua Lear
Technician

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Joshua has performed with Onyx World and Zydeco World winter guards. Joshua is currently finishing his degree in special education from Eastern Kentucky University. He is also the current colorguard director of Madison Central High School and weapon technician for Lexis World Winter Guard. He is excited to return to the Colts color guard for his second season and is looking forward to helping in the growth and success of the program.

Julie Rohrabaugh
Technician

Julie is an alumna of the Colts organization, where she was in the color guard from 2007 to 2009. During this time she attended the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and earned a B.S. in secondary mathematics education. She is currently a mathematics teacher at Northeast High School in Clarksville, Tennessee.

In the off season, Julie teaches many competitive units in the TOB/TIA circuit, including: Rubicon, an independent color guard which Julie co-founded with her sister, another Colts alumna, in 2011 - 2012, Greater Johnstown High School Guard, Fusion XI World Class Dance Team, Penn State Eclipse Indoor Guard, Synergetic Indoor Percussion, Shade Marching Band, and Windber Marching Units. Julie also performed with The Black Watch WGI group in 2013. She is currently the director of the Clarksville Visual Theater colorguard and Clarksville Audio Theater, an indoor percussion unit.

After aging out in 2009, Julie joined the Colt Cadets staff as a color guard instructor for the 2010 season. In 2013 she was brought on the design team, and in 2014 she took on the role of color guard caption head. She was the Colt Cadets color guard caption head through the 2016 season. Julie is very excited to be with the Colts colorguard this season!

Nicole Younger
Technician

Nicole has been living in Cypress, Texas where she has been the color guard and winter guard director at Tomball High School for the past 2 years. Last summer, Nicole was a tech with Genesis Drum & Bugle Corps. She is also on the instructional staff with ATX Winterguard and Spirit Winterguard (University of Houston). Nicole also serves as the movement specialist for Monarch Independent World Percussion.

Nicole’s colorguard career consists of O2 World (Dayton, Ohio), O3 winterguard (Dayton, Ohio), Lexis Winter Guard (Lexington, Kentucky), Southwind Winterguard (Cynthiana, Kentucky), Spectrum (Binghamton, New York), Rochester Crusaders DCA Drum & Bugle Corps (Rochester, New York), Act One Winterguard (Herndon, Virgnina), and a list of high schools in Virginia, North Carolina, New York, Kentucky, Ohio, and Texas. Nicole has performed with Revelation Winterguard (Virginia), O2 World (Ohio), Patriots World (New York), Patriots Drum & Bugle Corps (New York), Empire Statesmen Drum & Bugle Corps (New York), and Rochester Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps (New York).

Nicole is very excited to start this new journey with the Colts. Quote: "I can not wait to share and learn from some of the best educators in the activity!"

Caleb Brown
Technician

Caleb Brown is originally from Seagrove, North Carolina. Caleb began his involvement in the marching arts at Southwestern Randolph High School. After performing in his high school marching band and winter guards, he began his drum corps experience at The Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps in 2010. During the winter seasons, he performed with Independent A class finalist Aria Winterguard from 2009 to 2012. After his tenure at Aria, he joined First Flight World for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Caleb graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in music education in 2011. He began his teaching career as an elementary music teacher in Monroe and then spent the following two years as director of bands at Albemarle High School in Albemarle, North Carolina. Apart from his time in the public school system, Caleb has designed and taught for numerous schools in the central and southern areas of North Carolina, as well as Texas, Mississippi, Utah, South Carolina, and Missouri. He has also had the privilege of teaching multiple drum corps in various capacities including Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps (2012), Seattle Cascades Drum & Bugle Corps (2013 - 2014), Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps (2015), and Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps (2016).

Caleb currently resides in Cypress, Texas, where he is the assistant band director and color guard director for Waller High School. He is thrilled to join such an amazing staff and begin an unforgettable summer with the Colts!

Tim Coady
Technician

Tim Coady is a native of Missouri and currently lives in Fairfield, Ohio. His performance background includes several years of participation in both Zydeco Colorguard and the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps, and is himself an alumnus of the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps. Tim has a passion for inspiring students through colorguard, and has worked with many band programs across the Midwest. Tim currently directs the colorguards at Lakota West High School, La Salle High School, and Miami University, and is entering his third year teaching for the 2016 Winter Guard International Open Class champion, Juxtaposition Winter Guard. Tim is very excited to bring his colorguard career full-circle by returning to the Colts as a member of the color guard instructional team.

Visual

Bob Barfield
Visual Caption Head

Bob Barfield is currently in his 24th year of teaching high school band. His first 19 years were spent teaching in the state of Florida public school system since 1992. He was the associate director of bands for the Tarpon Springs High School Leadership Conservatory for the Arts from 1999 - 2012. His responsibilities at Tarpon Springs High School included teaching the marching band, jazz ensembles and jazz combos, wind ensemble, instructor in brass pedagogy, music theory and technology, and overseeing the solo and ensemble process. In addition, Bob taught the Leadership Skills Development course, which is required of all freshman enrolled in the Leadership Conservatory for the Arts at Tarpon Springs High School.

During his tenure at Tarpon Springs High School, the marching band was a six-time Bands of America National Class Champion, and was an elite top 12 finalist every time they attended the Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana. The wind ensemble performed around the United States at some of the most prestigious concert halls in the country, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, and Chicago Symphony Hall. The jazz ensemble performed at the University of North Texas Jazz Festival twice, and was selected to perform at the Savannah Swing Central Jazz Competition two times. In addition, they were the runner up band at the Essentially Ellington Regional Jazz Band Festival in Lafayette, Louisiana in the spring of 2012. In 2010, they were chosen as the National Winner for the Mark of Excellence National Jazz Ensemble Contest.

Bob was also a director of the community youth jazz ensemble at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Performing Arts Center in Clearwater, Florida. He was a teacher in their jazz preparatory course for nine years, which met weekly and included students from all over the Tampa Bay area, and annually performed at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday.

In 2012, Bob relocated to Edinburg, Texas to open up a brand new high school as the head band director and assistant fine arts supervisor of Robert Vela High School.

From 2013 - 2016, Bob was the head band director at White Knoll High School in Lexington, South Carolina. The band program was been a consistent state finalist at the SCBDA Class 5A Marching Band Championships, BOA Regionals, and the WCU Tournament of Champions. The wind ensemble was a consistent level VI Superior rated ensemble. In 2015, the wind ensemble performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Currently, Bob is the Head Band Director at Cypress Park High School in Cypress, Texas. This is a brand new high school in the Cypress Fairbanks ISD.

Bob has also been involved in the drum and bugle corps activity for over 30 years, having marched for four years in the Suncoast Sound Drum & Bugle Corps, and instructed several different drum corps over the years. Bob has served as the visual caption head for Carolina Crown and the Boston Crusaders, Blue Stars, and most recently for the Troopers.

Bob graduated Summa cum Laude from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in music education. While there he was a member of the prestigious Jazz Ensemble I. During his time there, he performed with such jazz greats as Louie Bellson, Pat Metheny, James Moody, Randy Brecker, Eddie Daniels, Marcus Roberts, Elaine Elias, Rich Matteson, Bunky Green, Bill Prince, the Airmen of Note, and the Count Basie Orchestra just to name a few. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), and the Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA). Past memberships include the South Carolina Band Directors Association (SCBDA), the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE), the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA), the Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA), and the Pinellas County Music Educators Association. Bob also has a TI:ME level 2 certification in music technology. In addition to his duties as a band director, Bob enjoys an active schedule as an adjudicator, drill designer, and guest clinician throughout the country. Bob was the guest conductor of the Maine All-State Jazz Band in January of 2010. Bob has been recognized several times in the "Who's Who Among America's High School Teachers."

Adriel Rodriguez
Visual Technician

Adriel Rodriguez is from Miami, Florida and has over 12 years of experience in the marching arts. In South Florida, his roles range from designer to technician. His drum corps performing experience includes: the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps (2000 - 2001, 2003), the Magic of Orlando Drum & Bugle Corps (2002), and the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps (2004-2006). His drum corps teaching experience includes: the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps (2008 - 2012) and the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps (2016), where his duties ranged from head technician to acting caption head.

Adriel has also worked with schools in and out of the South Florida area, including Jupiter High School (Jupiter, Florida), West Broward High School (Hollywood, Florida), and West Johnston High School (Benson, North Carolina). He is currently assistant director, visual designer, and caption head for WGI finalist REEF Independent Percussion. He also serves as consultant and instructor for Stryke Wynds (West Palm Beach, Florida).

Adriel is extremely humbled and excited to work with such a great organization and staff. He is looking forward to helping create a great experience and environment for all performers to grow.

Chris Turner
Visual Technician

Christopher (Chris) Scott Turner has been designing, writing, teaching, consulting, and adjudicating the pageantry arts for over nineteen years across the continental United States. Chris carries a well diversified field of organizations spanning from winterguards, indoor percussion ensembles, and drum and bugle corps, as well as symphonic and theater ensembles. His passion and commitment to music, education and the arts is a testament to his years of unswerving service to ensembles across the country.

Born in central North Carolina, Chris attended Western Carolina University, performing with the acclaimed Pride of the Mountains Marching Band while attending the school of music as an euphionium and music education major under the studio instruction of Dr. Kenneth Kroesche. In 1997, Chris relocated to East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, where he received his Bachelor's degree. From 1996 - 1998 Chris served as the drum major for Tarheel Sun Drum & Bugle Corps. Chris served on the visual staff of the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps from 2002 - 2007 as a lead visual instructor and movement technician under the direction of Howard Weinstein and visual caption head Bob Barfield. In 2002, a move to the Tampa Bay area brought Chris into the Tarpon Springs Outdoor Performance Ensemble family (2014 BOA Grand National Champions & seven time BOA-AA & AAA Class National Champions), where Chris continues in service, assisting his long time mentor and colleague Kevin Ford with product and stage design. In 2008 and 2009, Chris joined the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps visual staff in a similar capacity, serving as a visual specialist for this DCI World Championship Finalist. Chris has instructed the WGI Independent World Class Carolina Thunder Percussion Ensemble from Charlotte, North Carolina in 1999 and 2000 and the Forza East Independent Percussion Ensemble from 2011 - 2014.

As an educator, Chris has also been on staff with Cape Fear High School, Boiling Springs High School, West Carteret High School, J.F. Byrnes High School, and the University of South Florida Marching Band and Indoor Percussion.

Chris is a dynamic and versatile writer/designer with a talent for creating entertaining, intriguing and aesthetically visual productions. Quote: “I enjoy crafting truly magical moments that engage both performer and audience alike.” An in demand designer, Chris’ productions spanning stage, floor, field, and visual art have received national recognition. Several of his ensembles are perennial BOA, WGI and DCI finalists, as well as champions on the national stage.

Currently, Chris resides in Morehead City, North Carolina.

Zack Crissman
Visual Technician

Zack Crissman is excited to be joining the staff of the Colts as a visual instructor for the 2017 season. Zack has been active in the world of pageantry arts for the last 10 years as a member, instructor, designer, and adjudicator with various high school bands and world class drum corps. Zack earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from East Carolina University and is currently the assistant band director at Cypress Park High School in Cypress, Texas.

Mark Donahue
Visual Technician

Mark is currently the director of bands in O'Fallon School District 90 in O'Fallon, Illinois. As the primary teacher for Edward A. Fulton Jr. High and Amelia V. Carriel Jr. High schools, he teaches and oversees a band program of over 400 students grades 5 - 8. Mark also assists with O'Fallon Township High School Marching Band, a consistent Bands of America Regional Finalist.

Prior to teaching at the middle school level, Mark was the associate band director at O'Fallon Township High School in 2013 - 2014. In addition to his work at O'Fallon, Mark has also worked with the Morton High School Band in Morton, Illinois, and the Bloomington High School Band in Bloomington, Illinois.

Mark earned a degree in music education at Illinois State University and was a member of the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps from 2008 - 2012, serving as drum major for his final three seasons.

Ian Jeffrey
Visual Technician

Ian Jeffrey currently lives Richmond, Virginia where he studies music education with a focus in tuba performance at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has worked as the visual coordinator for Deep Run High School in Glen Allen, Virginia since 2012. On the side he consults with local marching bands and teaches private lessons. He hopes to have a high school band program of his own sometime in the near future.

Ian's marching experience began at the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps from 2012 - 2015. He was the tuba section leader for the 2013 - 2014 seasons, and the horn sergeant for his age-out year in 2015. He also marched 2 seasons of WGI with the George Mason Indoor Percussion during the 2015 and 2016 seasons as the cymbal section leader. He currently instructs at George Mason as a visual technician and part-time cymbal technician.

This is Ian's second season with the Colts and he is extremely excited to return!

Christina Duffy
Visual Technician

Christina Duffy has been active in the drum corps activity since 2011. She marched euphonium at the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and was the baritone/euphonium section leader in 2013. After interning at the Drum Corps International headquarters during the 2015 season, she aged out with the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps this past season, during which they became the DCI World Champions for the first time in the corps’ history. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in music education from Truman State University and is currently working on her Master of Arts in education graduate degree from Truman State University. While an undergraduate, she studied euphonium for four years under Steven Seward, the principal tuba for the Kansas City Symphony, and she was the principal euphonium player for both Truman State University’s Brass Choir and Wind Symphony.

Outside of music, Christina has trained to dance classically since she was three years old. She was on a collegiate swing dance team for three years, during which the team placed second at a regional dance competition with her choreography. She currently is in her fifth year as a classical dance instructor and choreographer at Melody’s School of Dance in Kirksville, Missouri.

Christina looks forward to working with the fantastic group of members and instructors at the Colts for the 2017 season!

Jack Fry
Visual Technician

Jack is a music industry communications student at East Carolina University focusing on marching percussion and marketing promotions for the marching arts. He is highly respected, well spoken and conscientious regarding the music industry, music education, social media, and product promotion.

Jack’s first instrument was violin at the age of four, and he continued to play for almost ten years. He picked up percussion in 7th grade and caught on quick due to his past musical experience. Jack has been playing drums ever since. He began his interest in the marching arts in 2009 where he was introduced to drum corps during his first high school band camp.

He marched his first competitive ensemble with Forza East Independent Percussion in 2013. The next summer, Jack went on to march snare drum with the 2013 DCI World Champions, Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps. Jack took a break from marching during the 2014 season and returned to Carolina Crown for his age out in 2015.

Jack plans to work full time with Beetle Percussion as the Director of Marketing after his 2017 summer with the Colts.

Preston Ridgell
Visual Technician

Preston brings with him expereince as a performer and educator with several indoor percussion group. As a performer, he was a part of West Johnston High School Indoor Drum Line (2010), Wake Forest Independent (2011 - 2013), and Forza East Independent (2014). Preston will also be the visual caption head for Alchemy Independent, based in Fayetteville, North Carolina and a part of the Carolina Gold Drum & Bugle Corps organization.

Preston was a member of the 2015 Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps as a baritone player. Since 2015, he has been a visual technician at West Carteret High School in Morehead City, North Carolian. He spent the 2016 summer as a visual technician with the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps.

James Lazaro
Visual Technician

James is pleased in being a part of the 2017 Colts’s instructional staff. This will be his 10th instructional year in the activity. He truly believes in the potential that the Colts possess, and looks forward in having a great, new experience with the Colts. His previous DCI teaching experience comes from working with groups such as The Academy Drum & Bugle Corps, the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps, Teal Sound Drum & Bugle Corps, and the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps. He was responsible for the development of those programs’ movement technique, while also maintaining their marching technique program. Along with helping the horns, it has been common for James to pull “double-duty” and assist the color guard when needed.

In addition to working with such groups in the DCI circuit, he has WGI experience; working with Braddock Independent World, FIU Winter Guard, and Reef Independent Percussion.

James has performed with the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps and the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, and Braddock Independent Winter Guard. He is very excited about the Colts, and the 2017 DCI season!

Jeff Duffy
Visual Technician

Jeff Duffy is proud to be a part of the Colts 2017 visual staff. Jeff received his Bachelor's degree in music in 2015 from Truman State University and will complete his Master of Arts in education degree, also from Truman State University, in December of 2016. During his time there, Jeff performed with all of Truman's top music ensembles and had teaching experience as drum major for the Statesmen Marching Band, as a theory and aural skills mentor, and as vice president and choreographer of the University Swingers Swing Dance Team. Jeff was a member of the 2013 Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps as a euphonium player.

Outside of music and academics, he is an avid fisherman and enjoys doing pretty much anything outdoors. Having been president of his chapter of Phi Mu Alpha, Jeff is excited for the opportunity to continue promoting music in America through the activity of drum corps.

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Jason Schubert
Tour Director

Jason began his drum corps career in 2011 as a tuba player with the Colts. In total, he marched four years, spending two seasons (2012 and 2013) as section leader and his final summer (2014) as drum major. In 2015, he was an assistant tour director and social media manager, and in 2016 took over the role of tour director. Following the summer, Jason started working for the Colts full time, taking on the roles of Director of Media and Director of Operations.

Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Jason is a 2016 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Community and Leadership Development and minors in Spanish and Music. During his time as a student, he was an active student leader across campus in various organizations, including the Wildcat Marching Band, the university’s volunteer center, and the Alpha Gamma chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Jason also spent three seasons as a marching technician with the Lafayette High School marching band in Lexington, KY.

Mike Lang
Tour Director

Mike is entering his 12th year of driving for the Colts.

His first year was 2000. In his second year, he began leading the Colts convoy preparing routes, planning rest/fuel stops, and working closely with tour managers and staff coordinators to ensure a safe and efficient travel plan.

Mike grew up in Dubuque, Iowa. His love for drum corps started in 1976 when he joined the Colt Cadets and played soprano. After an accident in 1977 left him with paralysis to one side of his face, Mike switched to percussion his third year in Colt Cadets and played tenors. The following year he was a proud member of the Colts Cymbal Line.

After high school, Mike joined the United States Marine Corps. His four years of drum corps experience made marching in the Marines a breeze. Mike spent twelve years as an active duty Marine.

Mike's love for drum corps never faded over the years. He finally made it back to the Colts in the summer of 2000 and has loved every year of travel with the Colts since.

Mike has been married to his beautiful wife, Dawn, for over 15 years. They live in Chandler, Arizona with their two dogs, Colonel and Binky. When not working they enjoy going to movies, riding bikes, hiking and spending time with family and friends.

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Seymour Apregilio
Assistant Tour Director

From Springfield, Missouri, Seymour is thrilled to be working with the 2017 Colts staff. She has interned with the admin team of the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps in 2015 as well as the Operations Department of the Kansas City Symphony the following year. Seymour is planning to get her Masters in collaborative piano beginning in the fall after receiving her Bachelors degree in music at Truman State University. She has been the pianist for her university's symphony orchestra, wind symphony I, wind symphony II, new music ensemble, and will be the pianist for CBDNA's intercollegiate band. In her downtime, she enjoys taking walks with her Shiba Inu, Sunny.

Megan Hobbs *
Assistant Tour Directior

Megan has been involved in the marching arts since 2008, when she started her marching career with the Kenosha Beats, an independent percussion ensemble out of her hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Her introduction to drum corps was with the Kilties Drum & Bugle Corps, in Racine, Wisconsin in 2010. As a member, she went on to win the DCA individual and ensemble marimba competition in 2011. While starting as a marching member, Megan began undertaking staff roles in 2012, and has continued to be active in the organization since.

Her DCI debut was spending her age-out summer with the 2015 Colts front ensemble. She also aged out in the winter with the three-time WGI Independent World Class champions, Rhythm X.

Megan has always had a passion for percussion and teaching. After she graduated from Bradford High School in Kenosha, she began a degree in percussion performance and music education at the University of Wisconsin, with plans to continue in Ohio.

She has also enjoyed being a part of recreational ensembles, playing bass drum with the Milwaukee Bucks drumline, as well as the Tundraline, the offical drumline of the Green Bay Packers.

Her past teaching career includes experience as a technician, coordinator and arranger, spanning front ensemble work with the Kilties Drum & Bugle Corps, Mukwonago High School, Sauk Prairie High School, and various indoor drum lines in Wisconsin, and Thomas Worthington and Westerville high schools out of central Ohio. Megan is now the front ensemble coordinator with ConneXus, and Independent Open finalist WGI ensemble.

Megan is beyond excited to rejoin the Red Team this summer with her new role on the admin team!

Jay Verbecken *
Viedographer & Media Director

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Wesley White *
Souvenier Sales

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"Grandma" Mary DeSchepper
Souvenier Sales Emeritus

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