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.

Tom Lizotte
Brass 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 Drum & Bugle Corps, Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, North Star Drum & Bugle Corps, 27th Lancers Drum & Bugle Corps, The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps, and Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps. In DCA, he has taught or been a program consultant for Sunrisers Drum & Bugle Corps, Syracuse Brigadiers Drum & Bugle Corps, Rochester Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, and Connecticut Hurricanes Drum & Bugle Corps. Tom is also a program consultant with the Colt Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps.

Tom has taught high school for the past 30 years in Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Florida. He is a frequent adjudicator/clinician in jazz ensemble, concert band, and marching band. He is a regular contributor to The Instrumentalist magazine. Tom was recently named the recipient of the 2019 Jazz Educator of the Year award by Berklee College of Music and the Jazz Educators' Network.

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.

Justin Diaz
Brass 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.

Matthew Lagarde
Brass Technician

Matthew Lagarde received his Bachelor of Arts of music education from the University of Southern Maine and received his Master's of Music in trumpet performance from Boston University. His main teachers included Betty Rines, Trent Austin, and Terry Everson.

Matthew is a high school and middle school band director, and middle school chorus director, with the Somersworth School District in Somersworth, New Hampshire. The music program has grown to now include multiple jazz ensembles in the middle and high school, select choir in the middle school, and a young and flourishing high school marching band. Outside of school, Matthew has taught in several summer programs. He spent a number of summers with the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps and 7th Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps. He was assistant to Terry Everson at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and has been the trumpet instructor at the Southern Maine Music Academy for a number of years. He has also spent two summers in Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Days in the Arts, a weekly summer program focused on bringing Massachusetts students to the arts of Tanglewood.

Along with university ensembles at University of Southern Maine and Boston University, Matthew has performed with groups such as the Portland Jazz Orchestra, Maine State Music Theatre, the New England Brass Band, the Ogunquit Playhouse, and the Tanglewood Music Center. He is currently performing as a freelance trumpet player, mostly around Portland, Maine. You can also see him perform frequently with the the Fogcutters.

Michael Miller
Brass Technician

Michael J. Miller is a freelance composer, conductor, and educator. From 2013 - 2018, he served as the director of bands at Joe E. Newsome High School in Lithia, Florida. Under his baton, Newsome’s bands regularly earned superior ratings at the Florida Bandmasters Association Music Performance Assessments. In 2017, the Newsome band program received the Florida Bandmasters Association’s Otto Kraushaar award for straight superior ratings from every judge at marching band, jazz, district, and state concert band music performance assessments. Under his direction, the Wolfpack Marching Band was named the 2015 Bands of America Regional Grand Champions in Newark, Delaware, and performed in the 2016 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Before his appointment at Joe E. Newsome High School, he was assistant director of bands at Robert Vela High School in Edinburg, Texas, under Bob Barfield, and the director of bands at Weeki Wachee High School. While at WWHS, he was awarded the School Board of Hernando County’s “Hernando H.E.R.O.E.S.” Award (Hernando Educators Reaching Out to Every Student), and was also given the Superintendent’s “Excellence” Award for his services to the community. In 2016, he received the National Band Association's Certificate of Merit for Marching Excellence for outstanding contributions to marching bands.

Michael is a published composer and arranger with Alfred Music, Carl Fischer Music, Excelcia Music, the F.J.H. Music Company Inc., and Eighth Note Publications. His music has received several recognitions including J.W. Pepper and Son's Editor's Choice and Band World's Best 100 New Works for Band. His music for concert band is regularly commissioned, including one of his most recent pieces, Cosmic Expedition, which was commissioned by Phi Beta Mu International Bandmaster's Fraternity and will be performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic this December.

In addition to composing, Michael serves as a music and drill designer for high school and college marching bands across the United States. His music was performed during halftime at Superbowl XLVIII, as well as numerous B.C.S. Bowl games. He was a conducting drum major and trumpeter for the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps under Howard Weinstein, played mellophone for the Syracuse Brigadiers Drum & Bugle Corps, served as a member of the educational staff for the 2009 Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps, and is currently a brass technician for the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps.

Michael holds a Master of Music degree in instrumental conducting from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Arts in music education degree from Syracuse University. As a graduate teaching assistant for the University of Florida bands under Dr. David Waybright, he guest conducted the wind symphony, symphonic band, and concert band, taught undergraduate conducting lessons, and was a staff member and music designer for Florida's Gator Marching Band.

Michael is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, the Florida Music Educators Association, the Florida Bandmasters Association, the Georgia Music Educators Association, the National Band Association, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and is a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He currently resides in Newnan, Georgia, and is happily married to his wife and best friend, Vivian. When he isn’t writing music or working with a musical ensemble, he enjoys traveling the world and experiencing the food culture wherever he goes.

Steve Lyons
Brass Technician

Performer and educator Stephen Lyons hails from Connecticut and is excited to return to the Colts for a sixth season on their brass staff. He was introduced to the marching activity in the band at East Lyme High School and through the Connecticut Hurricanes Drum & Bugle Corps. During his marching tenure with the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, which began in 2001, Steve won back to back gold medals at I&E solo mellophone competitions in Denver and Providence. He aged out as the 2005 "Crusader of the Year." Since then, Steve has worked as a marching and/or music instructor with the Connecticut Hurricanes Drum & Bugle Corps, 7th Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps, the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, and the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps. He currently teaches marching ensembles at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, King Philip Regional High School, Norwalk High School, and Cheshire High School. During the day, he is an instrumental music teacher at Chase Collegiate School (Waterbury, Connecticut) and the Rectory School (Pomfret, Connecticut.)

Steve earned his master's 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. He plays trumpet with a variety of groups, including the New Bedford Symphony, the Glens Falls Symphony, the Chelsea Symphony, and the Fiddlehead Theatre Company. He has also toured around the East Coast and Rust Belt with reggae-rock group Echo Movement (Asbury Park, New Jersey) and now plays in the horn section of soul/funk group Bank Street Groove (New London, Connecticut).

Zack Crissman
Brass Technician

Zack Crissman is excited be back with the Colts for the 2019 season. Zack has been active in the world of pageantry arts for the last 12 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.

David Abrams
Brass Technician

David is excited to be returning to the Colts for his third season. Before joining the Colts brass staff, he taught and marched for nine years in DCA with the Long Island Sunrisers Drum & Bugle Corps. During that time, he held many different positions, including executive director, drum major, contra/baritone tech, and marching member. David 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 as a full-time low brass teacher and marching band instructor. He works and consults with several competitive and non-competitive bands on Long Island and in Connecticut.

An expert in the Breathing Gym, David has spent time with Sam Pilafian, as well as other Breathing Gym experts. He is excited to bring his knowledge base 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 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.

Kent Lineberry
Percussion Consultant

Kent Lineberry lives in Blue Springs, Missouri, where he is a teacher in the Independence School District. In the past, he has served as an assistant band director (director of percussion) for Blue Springs High School, Brittany Hill Middle School, and Paul Kinder Middle School, in the Blue Springs School District. He also previously served as an assistant band director (director of percussion) at Rockwood Summit High School and Rockwood South Middle School. He is an artist for Sabian Cymbals and Innovative Percussion.

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, 2007, 2017, and 2018, 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 other 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 almost two decades, and writes drill and staging for competitive marching bands and indoor drumlines. Kent has also been fortunate enough to teach clinics on percussion in the Midwest and in Europe. He served on the Percussion Advisory Board for WGI in 2009. Kent served as the Vice President (2012 - 2014) and as President (2014 - 2016) of the Missouri Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.

Andrew Barlow
Percussion Consultant

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 a Bachelor of Arts 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 Drum & Bugle Corps, Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps, Magic of Orlando Drum & Bugle Corps, 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.

Tommy Roam
Battery Technician

Tommy is an active designer and educator in the marching arts. He currently lives in Dayton, Ohio, and is the percussion director at Kettering Fairmont High School. Tommy is also the program coordinator, battery designer, and visual designer for ConneXus Percussion, based out of Delaware, Ohio. ConneXus has been a WGI Independent Open Class finalist since 2015, and in 2019 will compete in WGI Independent World Class. He is a former member of the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps, Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps, and Rhythm X. Tommy has also served on the instructional staff for Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps, Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps, and Rhythm X.

Carlos Botello
Battery Technician

Carlos Botello is currently the percussion specialist at Naaman Forest High School in Garland Texas. Carlos has a B.A. in music education from New Mexico Highlands University and has studeied with percussion instructors Mickey Hartzog, John Wooton, Allan Murray, Brian Stevens, Doug Rosener, and Curtis Pierre. He was a member of Lone Star Drum & Bugle Corps (1995 - 1997), Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps (1999), and Blue Knights Indoor (2000). Carlos has arranged and instructed for many groups, including Lake Wood High School Winter Drumline, Manzano High School Marching Band & Winter Drumline, Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps, Revolution Drum & Bugle Corps, and Blue Devils B Drum & Bugle Corps. Aside from teaching, Carlos arranges percussion for various high schools and has produced four volumes under the Left Hand Path drum book series.

Oliver DeLotto
Battery Technician

Oliver DeLotto is a multi-faceted performer, educator, and arranger for various percussion mediums around the country. His drum corps experience includes marching snare drum with the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum & Bugle Corps in 2008, Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps in 2009, Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps in 2010 & 2012, and the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps in 2014. In 2015, Oliver traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica where he led masterclasses 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 WGI Scholastic Open bronze medalists, Chantilly High School, and the 2018 WGI Independent Open finalists, Rhythmic Force Percussion.

In addition to his performance and teaching career, Oliver has been involved with Music For All since 2015. He is an active ensemble host and director’s assistant for world renowned artists and ensembles including John Kilkenny, Thad Anderson, Mike McIntosh, Tom Aungst, Thom Hannum, Ian Grom, 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 a Bachelor’s degree in instrumental 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 most recently graduated with a Master’s degree in percussion performance from The University of Texas at Austin. While in Austin, Oliver worked on the percussion staff at Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville, Vandergrift High School in Leander, Glenn High School in Leander, and Decker Middle School in Manor ISD. Oliver is the new percussion director at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas.

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 eight 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 is currently on tour with the Grammy-Nominated Electronic Duo ODESZA as a member of their live band, performing with the ODESZA Drumline. Having now toured all over the world, she has had the incredible opportunity of taking marching percussion to a whole new level on stage performing in front of thousands and thousands of electronic music fans.

Kali is very excited to be returning for her third summer with the Red Team!

Joshua Montgomery
Battery Technician

Joshua Montgomery is a percussion technician and instructor for schools and organizations in the metro-Atlanta area and the Southeast. Currently, Josh is the battery coordinator and percussion instructor at Mill Creek High School and Osbourne Middle School in Gwinnett County. He has been on staff with the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps (2016) and Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps (2014, 2015, amd 2017) in the summer. During the winter season, Joshua has been on staff with Equinox Percussion since 2015.

As a performer, Joshua was a part of Atlanta Quest in 2010, Music City Mystique in 2013 and 2014, and Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps from 2011 - 2013. He was also a part of the University of Georgia Redcoat Marching Band from 2009 - 2012.

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 as well as a master’s degree in secondary education. In his time in college, Benjy performed with the Indiana University Drumline for five years, and is proud to be working with the group once again as the IU Drumline’s current assistant director.

In his marching career, Benjy performed in DCI with the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps from 2013 - 2015, and in WGI with Legacy from 2013 - 2014 and with Rhythm X from 2015 - 2016, earning the WGI Percussion Independent World silver medal in 2015.

Since aging out, Benjy has worked as a bass technician with high schools across the Cincinnati and Indianapolis areas, most recently Center Grove High School, Legacy, Legacy Open, and has been working with the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps since 2016.

Benjy is proud is to be endorsed by Innovative Percussion, and is incredibly excited to be returning to the Colts for the 2019 season!

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 has also served as one of the bass drum technicians for Monarch Independent since 2016. In 2017 and 2018, Aundray was a bass drum technician with the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps.

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 Cymbal 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 RhythmX from Dayton, Ohio. 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 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, 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 in China with DCI and on the European continent with clinics in Belgium, Poland, and Lithuania. In 2017, Chelsea gave the first known marching cymbal clinic at the annual PASIC convention in Indianapolis. 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 and The Hornline Gloves. In 2012, she founded The Cymbal Scholarship, assisting WGI and DCI cymbal players with their membership fees. Since its inception, The Cymbal Scholarship has given away over $15,000 to marching cymbal players, fully funded by Seavine profits.

Chelsea currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, with her super cool husband, Thomas, and energetic dog, Rachel.

Ryan Carberry
Battery Technician

Ryan is from Lake Orion, Michigan, where he began his marching career in 2007. He started 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. He also marched with the corps in 2013. Ryan finished his drum corps career with the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps in 2014, where he received a gold medal in the cymbal I&E. 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 received a silver medal to close out his marching career.

Ryan has worked with several organizations over the years, beginning at Lake Orion High School as a visual technician for their marching band program (2010, 2012 - 2014, 2018), as well as the cymbal technician for Lake Orion Percussion (2010, 2012 - 2014, 2018). He has also worked with the Novi High School percussion ensemble as their cymbal technician. Ryan worked with the cymbal line for Huron Valley Percussion for the 2016 season. Lastly, Ryan has worked with Redline Percussion from 2016 - 2018.

Ryan has been working with the Colts Cymbal Line since 2015, and is ecstatic to continue working with the CCL for the 2019 season of Colts.

Jake Lyons
Front Ensemble Coordinator

Jake is 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 Nashville, Tennessee, where he works full time for a non-profit development firm, currently working with dozens of large non-profit organizations in the US.

Jeremy Gurganious
Front Ensemble Technician

Jeremy is a percussion educator, arranger, and adjudicator hailing from the Raleigh, North Carolina area. Jeremy has been on the front ensemble staff with the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps in numerous roles since 2014 and is pleased to be returning for his sixth season.

Currently, Jeremy is the front ensemble caption head and arranger for 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 and in the gym. Jeremy was instrumental in the formation of the Panther Creek Indoor Percussion program in 2012, helping them to multiple championships in the Atlantic Indoor Association's PSA and PSO classes as well as consistent WGI top finishes and regional champions. 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 Drum & Bugle Corps 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, Iain Moyer, Jason Ihnat, Colin McNutt, and Cameron Britt.

Jeremy currently resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion.

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.

Eric Roundy
Front Ensemble Technician

Eric Roundy is an active educator and performer based in Fort Worth, Texas. He currently serves as a percussion specialist and clinician for Boswell High School and Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD. Eric has also worked with many schools throughout Tennessee and Texas, including Farragut High School, Fred J. Page High School, Gibson County High School, Halls High School, The Kinkaid School, Morton Ranch High School, Seymour High School, and Walker Valley High School. Eric has also worked with Music City Drum & Bugle Corps from Nashville, Tennessee and Vigilantes Indoor Percussion from Fort Worth, Texas.

As an active performer, Eric was a member of the live house band for the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee as a featured percussionist. In the marching arts, Eric has been a member of the Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps (2008 - 2010), Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps (2011, 2012, 2014), and Music City Mystique (2014 - 2016). As a soloist, Eric was named a finalist in the 2014 Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition, a semifinalist in the 2015 Great Plains International Marimba Competition, and placed first in the 2016 TNPAS Collegiate Multi-Percussion Competition. In 2014, Eric placed first in the American Protégé International Concerto Competition, resulting in a solo performance at Carnegie Hall. He also performed regularly with the Bryan Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the 2015 Inaugural Percussion Arts Society All-Star International Percussion Ensemble.

Eric holds a degree in music from Tennessee Tech University, where he studied with Dr. Eric Willie, Dr. Colin Hill, and Dr. Brad Meyer. His other teachers include Dr. Andrew Bliss, Brad Martin, Keith Brown, and Betty Smelcer.

Eric is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion, Inc.

TJ Shaheen
Front Ensemble Technician

TJ Shaheen is music educator in the metro Atlanta area, where he serves as a director of percussion at Wheeler High School in Marietta, Georgia. He is finishing up coursework at Georgia State University in Atlanta towards a degree in percussion performance, and has served as the principal percussionist in the university's symphony orchestra.

TJ was an active performer in the marching arts, performing with the front ensembles at Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps in 2016, Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps in 2015, and Atlanta Quest Independent Indoor Drumline from 2015 to 2018, where he served as section leader for two years. He was also a member of the Rock Band in the GSU Panther Band for three years.

Currently, TJ lives in Marietta, Georgia. Through his time there, he’s worked with many high school percussion ensembles and indoor drumlines in the area, including Harrison High School in Kennesaw. He teaches with Atlanta Quest Independent Indoor Drumline.

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.

Tony Perez
Technician

Tony Perez first fell in love with color guard and began performing in 2010 at Lennard High School in Riverview, Florida. Since then, he has performed with various organizations, including the University of South Florida Herd of Thunder Color Guard, University of South Florida A Winterguard in 2013, and USF World Winterguard in 2014. He also performed and toured with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps in 2014. Tony has been performing with the UCF Pegasus Independent World Winterguard since 2015.

Tony has had the pleasure of teaching and choreographing for several groups in the Tampa Bay and Orlando area. He began teaching the JW Mitchell High School colorguard in 2014, and has been the program director since 2015. Tony has been a part of the Newsome High School color guard instructional team since the start of his teaching career in 2012, and has been an integral part of the program’s growth and success. He is very excited to be back with the Colts this year!

Luke Babb
Technician

Luke Babb grew up in Milledgeville, Georgia, and brings many years of experience in the performing arts community. He moved to Orlando, Florida in 2006 to begin his career dancing and performing with the Walt Disney World Company. Luke toured the world with Disney Live from 2010 to 2013 and was a Fusion National Dance Judge in 2014 and 2015. He began his color guard marching experience in 2009 with The Knights Independent World Winterguard from Orlando, Florida. Since then, he has marched in multiple world-class organizations, including Orlando Visual Winterguard, USF Winterguard, Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, and the 2016 WGI World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard Winterguard.

Luke has instructed and choreographed for multiple organizations, including Durant High School, Apopka High School, University of Central Florida Starlet Knight Dance Team, Walt Disney World Magic Music Days Auxiliary Workshops, Tampa Independent Winterguard, and UCF Pegasus Open. In 2016 and 2017, he was on the color guard staff with Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps. He has been teaching at Timber Creek High School since 2013, and recently became the color guard director for the program. He is also the color guard director for Cypress Creek High School. In addition to leading both of those programs, Luke attends Valencia College and is currently studying dance performance with a focus on modern dance. He is looking forward to continuing his journey with the Colts!

Francisco Vadillo
Technician

Francisco Vadillo began his marching career at Cypress Creek High School in Orlando, Florida, where he marched from 2006 to 2008. His extensive performance experience includes The Knights Independent World Winterguard, Fahrenheit World, University of South Florida Winterguard, Orlando Visual Independent, and University of Central Florida Pegasus World Winterguard.

Francisco has taught and choreographed for multiple teams at all skill levels throughout Florida, and is particularly passionate about training programs for young performers. He has worked with Cypress Creek High School, Apopka High School, Lake Nona High School, UCF Pegasus, USF World, and is currently a technician and choreographer at Timber Creek High School. Francisco is a professional cosmetologist and senior hair stylist at Ulta in Orlando, Florida. He is very excited to continue sharing his passions with the Colts!

Mitchell Weber
Technician

Mitchell Weber is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a degree in elementary education and is currently a fifth grade teacher at a magnet school in Tampa, Florida. Mitchell has previously performed in the Herd of Thunder Color Guard at USF (2010 - 2012), USF Winterguard (2011 - 2014), and the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps (2012 - 2013). In 2014, he performed with the Madison Scouts at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. He has been the director of color guards at Wiregrass Ranch High School for five years, and is also one of the founders and staff members of the independent winter guard organization, Tampa Independent. The group was founded in 2015, and Mitchell has been on staff since.

This is Mitchell's second season with the Colts color guard, and he is very excited to continue working with the team!

Caitlin Kellar
Technician

Caitlin Kellar is a born and raised Floridian and currently resides in sunny Tampa, Florida. She earned her Master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from the University of South Florida (Go Bulls!) and works in an elementary school as a speech-language pathologist. Her love of the marching arts started in the Chamberlain High School Band, where she played clarinet for all four years. She decided to try winterguard her senior year and never looked back! Caitlin has since performed with many incredible organizations, including the USF Herd of Thunder Marching Band (2007 - 2010) and the USF Winterguard (2008 - 2011), in which she served as captain for two years. She is also a proud alumna of The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps (2010) and Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps (2008).

Caitlin has over 10 years teaching experience as a colorguard instructor for Scholastic and Independent programs in AA, A, Open, and World class. She had the honor of returning to the USF Winterguard (A, Open, and World) as an instructor and has been on staff for the past seven years (2013 - present). She also recently returned to her alma mater as the Chamberlain High School Colorguard Director, and had the pleasure of growing their marching colorguard program (2015 - 2017). Previously, Caitlin was the co-director of the Spoto High School Colorguard and Winterguard from 2011 - 2013. Caitlin is currently on staff with the Newsome High School Colorguard (2018 - present), who recently earned 8th place in A Class Finals at WGI World Championships, and the award for Fan Favorite 2018!

Caitlin is so excited to be returning to the Colts for her second year with this amazing organization!

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.

Ian Jeffrey
Assistant Visual Caption Head

Ian Jeffrey currently lives in Richmond, Virginia, where he received his degree in music education at Virginia Commonwealth University. After graduating from VCU and substitute teaching for a school year, Ian received a position as an elementary music teacher at Gayton Elementary. Ian also serves as the visual coordinator for Deep Run High School in Glen Allen, Virginia, and has held this position since 2012.

Ian's marching experience began at the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps from 2012 - 2015. He was the tuba section leader for the 2013 and 2014 seasons and the horn sergeant for his age-out year in 2015. He also marched WGI at George Mason University during 2015 and 2016, where he held a section leader position for the cymbal section.

During the winter, Ian works as the visual manager with the George Mason University Indoor Percussion. This will be Ian’s fifth year with the ensemble.

Ian is very excited to return for his fourth year with the Colts and is looking forward to taking on the role of assistant visual caption head.

Alan Smith
Visual Technician

Alan Smith has been involved in the pageantry arts for over 35 years. He has taught some of the finest ensembles in the marching band, drum corps, and winter guard activities. For 30 years, Alan served as the drill coordinator and visual caption supervisor for the Seminole High School Marching Band in Seminole, Florida. During his time at Seminole, the band won numerous outstanding visual performance awards at Bands of America and Florida Marching Band Championships competitions. Seminole was a 21-time Bands of America Regional Finalist, 3-time BOA Regional Champion, 5-time BOA Class Champion, 3-time BOA Grand National Semi-Finalist, and a 3-time BOA Grand National Finalist. The band was also the Southeastern United States Champion, a 5-time FMBC Finals Silver Medalist and a 3-time Class 4A and 5A FMBC State Champion. In 2003, the Seminole band program became the first marching band in the state of Florida to receive the John Phillip Sousa Sudler Shield Award. The band also had the honor of marching in the 2005 and 2013 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, as well as the 2010 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Alan has designed for several successful drum corps in his career, including DCI Open Class Finalist Suncoast Sound Drum & Bugle Corps from Tampa Bay, Florida (1994) and the DCI Open Class Silver Medalist Capital Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps from Columbus, Ohio (2002). He was a visual instructor, drill designer, and staff coordinator for the DCI World Class Finalist Colts Drum & Bugle Corps from Dubuque, Iowa from 1995 - 2001. In 2017, he rejoined the Colts as a visual staff technician. He returned again in 2018 in the same capacity, and is very excited to be back for 2019.

Alah has had the privilege of teaching some of the finest winter guards in the activity as well. He was a designer for the WGI World Champion Company Color Guard (1996-1998), a designer for the Cast Winter Guard (2006 and 2007 Independent A Class Finalist) and a designer for the Seminole High School Winter Guard (1993 Scholastic A Bronze Medalist, 2007 Scholastic Open Bronze Medalist). During his tenure, the Seminole Guard won several Florida Federation of Color Guards Circuit Championships in all scholastic classes and the Seminole World Guard achieved as high as 5th place in the WGI Scholastic World Class finals (2012). Alan has instructed at every level of the winter guard activity. He was the director of the 10-time FFCC Cadet Class Champion Seminole Middle School Winter Guard and has had WGI World Championship finalists at every level of competition in both scholastic and independent classes. In 2018, he had the honor of being inducted into the FFCC Hall of Fame.

Alan, while retired from day to day pageantry instruction, remains busy in the pageantry arts. He is an active marching band adjudicator and clinician. He serves on the board of the Florida Federation of Color Guards Circuit and is on the WGI announcing staff for regionals and World Championships.

Currently, Alan is in his 28th year in public education. He is the AP Human Geography Teacher and Social Studies Department Chair at Seminole High School. He is a founding teacher in the Center for Educational Leadership Academy and the iHawk Academy for Personalized Learning. He has been selected to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers on four separate occasions.

Christina Duffy
Visual Technician

Christina Duffy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education and a Master of Arts degree in education, both from Truman State University. While an undergraduate, she studied euphonium for four years under Steven Seward, the principal tuba for the Kansas City Symphony. She was the principal euphonium player for both the brass choir and top wind symphony at Truman State University, and currently is the principal euphonium for the Quincy Concert Band. Christina is the director of bands for 4th - 12th grade at Liberty Junior High and Senior High School in Liberty, Illinois, in addition to being an adjunct trumpet and euphonium professor at Quincy University.

As a performer, Christina marched euphonium with the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps in 2011, 2012, and 2013, and was the baritone/euphonium section leader in 2013. After interning with Drum Corps International during the 2015 season, she aged out playing euphonium and trombone with the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps in 2016, during which they became the DCI World Champions for the first time in the corps’ history. Outside of music, Christina has trained in classical dance since she was three years old and spent five years as a classical dance instructor and choreographer at Melody’s School of Dance in Kirksville, Missouri. 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. Christina is currently the dance and movement specialist for Asteria's first year in Winter Guard International. She has been on the visual team for the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps since the 2017 season, and is looking forward to another great year!

Jeff Duffy
Visual Technician

Jeff Duffy is proud to be a part of the Colts 2019 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.

Jack Fry
Visual Technician

Jack Fry is a graduate from East Carolina University with degrees in music industry operations and marketing. He is highly respected, well spoken, and conscientious regarding the music industry, music education, social media, and product promotion. Now, he works as the director of marketing for Beetle Percussion.

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.

This will be Jack's third season on the Colts visual team.

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. Preston is now the assistant band director at Havelock High School in Havelock, North Carolina.

James Lazaro
Visual Technician

James is pleased to be returning the Colts instructional staff for the 2018 DCI season. This will be his 11th instructional year in the activity! He truly believes in the potential that the Colts possess, and looks forward in having another great experience with the Colts. His previous DCI teaching experience comes from working with groups such as The Academy Drum & Bugle Corps, Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps, Teal Sound Drum & Bugle Corps, and 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 various groups in the DCI circuit, he has been on staff with several WGI groups, including FIU Winter Guard, who just earned gold in Independent A Class for 2016, Braddock Independent World, and Reef Independent Percussion.

James has performed with Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, and Braddock Independent Winter Guard. James, a Miami, Florida native, works as a language arts teacher at a special needs school, and on his free-time enjoys photography, walks on the beach, music, movies, chocolate, and sports, including suffering through Dolphins’ games.

He is very excited about the Colts, and the 2019 DCI season!

Eduardo Mora
Visual Technician

Eddie is very excited to be returning to Colts for the 2019 season. He had a great time with the organization last year, and is ready to continue pushing the corps to a new level!

In his 12 years of teaching experience, he has taught marching and movement to a number of high school marching bands, such as Durant high School and Newsome High School, indoor percussion ensembles such as Infinity World, and drum corps such as the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps. With his involvement at Newsome High School, they took 1st at the Delaware BOA regional in 2015, and also was a two-time WGI Scholastic Open Class percussion finalist.

As a performer, Eddie was a member of the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps soprano line in 2007 - 2009, and returned for his age out in 2011.

Aside from teaching, Eddie is a quality assurance engineer for a St. Pete-based software company called YourMembership.

Ben Eades
Visual Technician

Ben is thrilled to be returning to the Colts for the 2019 season! Ben’s background in drum corps includes marching trumpet with the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps in 2011 and the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps in 2013. He has worked on the visual teams at Waco High School, Azle High School, and Timber Creek High School in Texas, as well as Truman State University in Missouri. He is currently the assistant band director at Santo Forte Jr. High in Azle, Texas, where he directs two bands and the beginner brass program.

Ben received his Bachelor’s degree in music education from Truman State University with a minor in jazz studies. He is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Outside of teaching Ben is an avid practitioner of Baptiste Yoga, taking his dog, May, on runs, and cheering for Liverpool FC!

Nicole Younger
Visual Technician \ Movement

Nicole currently lives in Austin, Texas, where she is the color guard and winter guard director at Round Rock High School. She is also a member of the instructional team at Origins Winterguard (IO) and serves as the movement coordinator for Monarch Independent World Percussion. Since 2015, Nicole has worked with Genesis Drum & Bugle Corps, ATX Winterguard and Spirit Winterguard (University of Houston).

Nicole’s color guard 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 be returning for her third season with the Colts. In 2017, Nicole was with the color guard staff. In 2018, she was choreographer for the hornline and battery and will continue that role in 2019.

Paige Schneweis
Visual Technician

Paige is returning for her tenth season with the Colts Youth Organization. She began her drum corps career in 2008 with the Colt Cadets, where she marched mellophone for three years. She then marched three more years on mello, 2011 - 2013, with the Colts. She was a soloist in 2012 and 2013 and aged out as mello section leader in 2013. In 2014, she was on staff as a tour assistant, and was a visual instructor for both the Colts and Colt Cadets in 2015. After living and working abroad in Thailand for two and a half years, Paige returned for the 2018 season as the staff bus driver and was welcomed back on to the field as a visual tech during some of her down time. This season, she is excited to have the opportunity to return as a visual tech, and she will be dividing her time between her visual staff role and driving the staff bus once again.

“The Colts, they’re my home team. I cherish the minds, hearts, and talents that gather here, and I’m so grateful for every year that I get to come back.”

Paige graduated from the University of Iowa in 2014 with a B.A. in communication studies. She currently resides in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Bridget Fleming
Visual Technician

Bridget has acted as an instructor, consultant, and adjudicator for numerous ensembles across the greater Chicagoland area. Prior to beginning her teaching career, she marched baritone for the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps in 2012 and 2013 and aged out on euphonium with the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps in 2014. Currently, Bridget serves as visual caption head for the Plainfield North High School Marching Band and Pi Percussion. In the past, she has served as caption head and visual instructor for Crystal Lake Thunder and Minooka Indoor Percussion. Outside of teaching, Bridget holds a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and works in a middle school. She is very excited to join the Colts visual team for the 2019 season!

Chris Ramey
Visual Technician

Chris Ramey is from St. Louis, Missouri, and studies music education and jazz studies at Truman State University. He was a member of the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps from 2014 through 2017 in the baritone section, and was on staff as a brass and visual intern for the 2018 season. He is excited to work with the Colts this upcoming season!

Guy Mavinga
Visual Technician

Guy Mavinga is from Lynchburg, Virginia, and has been working with many marching bands and percussion ensembles in the area for years. This is Guy's third year with the WGI open class finalist group Liberty University Indoor Drumline as a battery and ensemble coordinator. This is also his fourth year with the Brookville Indoor Percussion Ensemble, where he takes on a similar role.

Guy is highly skilled in writing, transcribing, and performing all types of percussion literature. Guy currently performs with the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra as a percussionist. In the past, he has performed with drum corps including Cadets2 Drum & Bugle Corps (2013), Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps (2014), and Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps (2015). He has also performed with world class drumlines, including George Mason in 2015 and Cadets Winter Percussion in 2016.

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