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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 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, becoming 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.

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 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
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 (7th in 2017 PIW finals), Pioneer Indoor (2014, 2015 PIO Silver Medalists), Burleson Centennial High School (2017 PSO Gold Medalist), Clear Brook High School (2011, 2015, 2017 PSO Silver Medalists), Brookwood Independent (2013 PIA Gold Medalist), Fair Lawn High School (2017 PSA Gold Medalist) and ED White High School (2017 PSA Silver Medalist). He is currently the front ensemble 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 DVD for the Virtual Drumline sound library from Tapspace Publications. While not working on music, Bryan 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 proudly endorses Innovative Percussion and Remo Drumheads, and currently resides in Carrollton, Georgia, with his wife Emily and their pack of dogs and cats.

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 studying there, she was a captain of the USF Herd of Thunder Marching Band Colorguard all 4 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.

Richard Hinshaw
Visual Designer

Richard Hinshaw is a visual designer and music educator with 24 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 ten straight top three placements at BOA Grand Nationals (2007 - 2016). He serves in the same roles for the Avon Indoor Winter Percussion, perennial WGI Scholastic World Finalists (2002 - 2017). Richard is enjoying his 16th 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. 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 19 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 third 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 23 years. In 2009, Daniel received the prestigious Sudler Shield award as one of the directors of Avon High School.

Dean Broadbent
Visual Consultant

Dean is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University and currently the director of color guards at Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Prior to coming to Flanagan in 2001, Dean taught music at Samuel Staples Elementary School in Easton, Connecticut.

Dean marched from 1990 - 1992 in the Connecticut Hurricanes Senior Drum & Bugle Corps and with the 1993-1996 Cadets of Bergen County Drum & Bugle Corps. He has teaching experience with the 1997 Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps and with The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps from 1998 to 2002, including a year as the cplor guard caption head in 2001 and three DCI World Championship Titles. Dean returned to the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps from 2004 - 2006 and returned to the Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps in 2009 and 2010. Other color guard teaching experiences include Danbury High School from 1994 - 1998, Norwalk High School 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. During that time, Flanagan has received the Scholastic Open Bronze medal in 2003, State Color Guard Champions in 2004 and 2006, as well as a 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 and 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.

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, 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 Drum & Bugle Corps and Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, as well as the 2001 Division 3 World Champion Blue Stars Drum & 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 Senior 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 an 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 Drum & Bugle Corps. Then, from 1994 - 1996, he served as a brass instructor for the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps. Beginning in 1998 through 2001, Tom served as brass caption head for the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps. From 2002 - 2004, Tom served as brass caption head for the Syracuse Brigadiers Drum & Bugle Corps, assisting the corps in winning a DCA Championship. In 2002 - 2003, Tom assisted in bringing Magic of Orlando Drum & Bugle Corps 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, and served as caption head again in 2005 and 2006. 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 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 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 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

Trumpeter, bandleader, educator, and arranger, David D. Torres was raised in south Florida and began studying the trumpet at the age of ten. David received his bachelor’s degree in music from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. While in Tampa, he studied primarily with Dr. Jay Coble on trumpet, as well as distinguished jazz composer Chuck Owen, jazz educator Jack Wilkins, and conductor Dr. William Wiedrich. He currently resides in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he is pursuing a master's degree in trumpet performance with Dr. Frank Romero and wind conducting with Dr. Michael Mapp at New Mexico State University. At NMSU, David is the graduate assistant for the trumpet studio and the NMSU Marching Aggies, "The Pride of New Mexico".

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

Aside from touring and performing, David is a champion of education for musical youth. He is an in-demand private instructor, lecturer, and band clinician throughout the country. He currently serves as music caption head and assistant director of marching band for the Showcase Bands at Las Cruces High School in Las Cruces, New Mexico. 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 and college bands.

David was a member of the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps from 2000 - 2003 before becoming a musician with the nationally auditioned Disneyland All-American College Band in 2004.

Further performance credits include: The Tampa Bay Symphony, The Tampa Brass, Troika Entertainment, Paper Mill Playhouse (Tony Award Winner), FELD Entertainment, NETworks Presentations, Big League Theatricals, Kyodo Tokyo, Walt Disney World Entertainment, Disneyland Entertainment, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Colts Youth Organization. Further study credits include: Charley Davis, Wayne Bergeron, Michael Kosarin, Angie Machaedo and Mr. William Adam.

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).

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 fifth season on their brass staff. As a marching member of the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps 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 2018 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 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 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. He is also a teacher at Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury, Connecticut, where he teaches 4th - 12th grade band, Sound for Theater, and AP Music Theory.

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).

Keith Hallas
Low Brass Technician

Keith Hallas is very excited to return to play a role with the Colts organization. He was a member of The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps 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 Drum & Bugle Corps brass staff. More recently, he was the brass caption head at the Glassmen Drum & 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 returning to the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps for his second season. 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.

Bill Muter
Tuba \ Brass Technician

Multi-instrumentalist, author, producer, and tuba mogul Bill Muter has a performance career as diverse as his audience. Having performed in venues across the globe, Bill is without a doubt one of the leading tuba and and bass players earning him the nickname “tuba visionary.” The New Times also hails Bill as a “showstopper” and “the most innovative tuba player we’ve seen.”

As an in-demand tuba player and bassist, Bill has performed with Snarky Puppy favorites Shaun Martin, Robert Sput Searight, Larnell Lewis, and Mark Lettieri, as well as Black Violin, James Francies (from The Roots), French Multi-Platinum singer Mani Hoffman, and more. Bill is currently the music director for Drew Tucker and The New Standard and was also the tuba soloist, percussionist, and keyboardist in the Tony and Emmy award winning broadway show Blast! for tours in the US, Japan, South Korea, and a residency at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

As a solo artist, Bill's album Off Script helped label him as a new driving force in the instrumental music scene. Off Script reached #1 on the iTunes Instrumental Charts in South Africa and was nominated for the Roger Bobo Excellence in Recording Award by the International Tuba Euphonium Association.

Outside of playing and recording, Bill Muter is also a sought after voice in music education. Bill is the author of two paperback music technique books in English and one in Japanese. Bill’s first book, A Practical Approach Brass Pedagogy Book, was a bestseller in Apple’s iBookstore. A Practical Approach has also seen more sales than the national average of all books in the United States and has been used by numerous colleges and universities as their brass methods curriculum. Bill’s Japanese technique book 実践的アプローチ has been sold in every prefecture in Japan and is currently available for purchase through BrassTribe Magazine. Bill is also a contributing author of pedagogy materials for the International Tuba Euphonium Association and he was an editor of Modern Musician.

As a clinician, Bill has presented at universities and music organizations across the United States, Africa, and Japan. Bill was also the curriculum advisor for Honeyland College in Lagos, Nigeria. In the indoor music pageantry arena, Bill was the music caption head for the WGI Gold Medalist Stryke Wynds and also worked with FIU Winds. Within drum corps, Bill was the pedagogy coordinator for the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps and served on brass staff with the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps. Bill is currently an artist in residence at Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida, and the music caption head, music designer, and director of jazz studies for West Broward High School in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

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 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
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 (7th in 2017 PIW finals), Pioneer Indoor (2014, 2015 PIO Silver Medalists), Burleson Centennial High School (2017 PSO Gold Medalist), Clear Brook High School (2011, 2015, 2017 PSO Silver Medalists), Brookwood Independent (2013 PIA Gold Medalist), Fair Lawn High School (2017 PSA Gold Medalist) and ED White High School (2017 PSA Silver Medalist). He is currently the front ensemble 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 DVD for the Virtual Drumline sound library from Tapspace Publications. While not working on music, Bryan 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 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. His wonderful wife, Debbie, is an alumna of the Colts color guard and the Colts guard staff as well. They have two 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 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 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.

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 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 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.

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 Drum & Bugle Corps in 2008, Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps in 2009, Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps in 2010 and 2012 , and the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps 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 High School, and the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps in 2016 and 2017.

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 master's 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 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 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 to be returning to the Colts for 2018.

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 in 2016, and has since returned to IU to pursue a master’s degree in secondary education. In his time in college, Benjy 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.

Most recently, Benjy has worked as a bass technician with high schools across the Cincinnati and Indianapolis areas, with Legacy Indoor in 2017, and with the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps in 2016 and 2017.

Benjy is proud is to be endorsed by Innovative Percussion, and is incredibly excited to be returning to the Colts for the 2018 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 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. In 2017, 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, 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 and The Hornline Gloves. In 2012, she founded The Cymbal Scholarship, assisting WGI and DCI cymbal platers 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 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 cymbal line. 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 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 three working with the Redline cymbal line (2016 - 2018). In the summer of 2015, he began working with the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps. This is now year four 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 2018 edition of the Colts Cymbal Line!

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 bachelor's 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. 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 fifth 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.

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 studying there, she was a captain of the USF Herd of Thunder Marching Band Colorguard all 4 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.

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 a 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.

Carlos Escobar-Dyer
Technician

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 in 2018 will work with the winterguard program at the school. 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 will begin 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 joins the color guard team for the Colts in 2018!

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 join the Colts team this summer!

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 this new 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 cannot wait to meet a new group of eager performers and share his passion 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 first season with the Colts color guard, and he is very excited to join the team!

Carlos Herrera
Technician

Bio coming soon!

Caitlin Kellar
Technician

Caitlin Kellar is a proud alumna of The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps and Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps. She currently resides in Tampa, Florida, and works as a speech - language pathologist at a local elementary school. Caitlin is the director of the Chamberlain High School color guard program (2015 - present) and was the co-director of the Spoto High School color guard from 2011 - 2013. Additionally, she has been on staff with the University of South Florida Winterguard (A, Open, and World Class) since the year 2013 and was a member of the program from 2007 - 2011. She is so excited to join the Colts family this year, and looks forward to a phenomenal season!

Visual

Bob Barfield
Visual Caption Head

Bob Barfield is currently in his 25th year of teaching high school band. His first 19 years were spent teaching in the state of Florida public school system, beginning in 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 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 Drum & Bugle Corps, Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps, and the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps.

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 at UNF, 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."

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 BOA 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 Corpsfrom Columbus, Ohio (2002). Alan 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 coordinator. He will be returning to the Colts in 2018 in the same capacity.

Alan 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.

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 27th 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.

David Catogni
Visual Technician

Bio coming soon!

Chris Turner
Visual Technician

Christopher (Chris) Scott Turner has been designing, writing, teaching, consulting, and adjudicating the pageantry arts for over 19 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 a 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 on staff again with the Colts as a visual instructor for the 2018 season. Zack has been active in the world of pageantry arts for the last 11 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 in Richmond, Virginia, where he works as a substitute teacher for local band directors and music teachers in the area. Ian recently graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received his Bachelor's in music education with a focus in tuba performance. Ian has primarily 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, teaches private lessons, and performs regularly.

Ian was a member of 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 two seasons of WGI with George Mason University Indoor Percussion during the 2015 and 2016 seasons as the cymbal section leader. Ian currently instructs at George Mason as a visual technician. In 2017, the group placed in WGI Percussion Independent World finals. This will be Ian's second season on the instructional staff with the ensemble.

Ian is very excited to return for his third year with the Colts. He is thrilled to work with the same team as the previous season, and pick up with where they left off.

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 in 2016, 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 and a Master of Arts in Education graduate degree, 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, and she was the principal euphonium player for both Truman State University’s Brass Choir and top Wind Symphony. She is currently the director of bands for 4th - 12th grade at Liberty Junior High School and Senior High School in Liberty, Illinois.

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 was on visual staff for the 2017 season and is excited to be back!

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 second 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 2018 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.

Joshua Balli
Visual Technician

Joshua Derick Balli is originally from La Joya, Texas, and has been involved in the marching arts since 2009. As a performer, Joshua is an alumnus of Genesis Drum & Bugle Corps, where he marched one year in the hornline and one year in the colorguard, and the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps, where he marched one year in the hornline. While attending the University of Texas at San Antonio, he performed in the Spirit of San Antonio marching and winter guards and studied modern dance. Joshua has worked for many groups in South Texas and is currently on staff at Winston Churchill High School (2015 - Present) and is on the visual staff at Monarch Independent Percussion.

This will be Joshua’s second year with the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps. Joshua currently resides in San Antonio Texas and is in his senior year at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he is receiving his Bachelor's degree in music education with a focus on saxophone.

Nicole Younger
Visual Technician

Nicole currently lives in Cypress, Texas, where she has been the color guard and winter guard director at Tomball High School for the past two years. In 2016, 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 be returning for her second season with the Colts. Quote: "I can not wait to share and learn from some of the best educators in the activity!"

Tour

Jason Schubert
Tour Director

Jason grew up in the Chicago suburb of Wheaton and comes to the Colts via Lexington, Kentucky. He is a 2016 graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor's degree in community and leadership development and minors in Spanish and music.

Jason began his drum corps career in 2011 as a tuba player with the Colts, and went on to march a total of four years with the organization. In 2012 and 2013, he was tuba section leader, and aged out in 2014 as drum major. After aging out, Jason joined the admin staff, spending the 2015 summer as assistant tour director and social media manager. For the 2016 season, Jason took on the role of tour director, which following the season, transitioned into a full time position with the Colts. His current roles are director of operations and media and tour director for the Colts. Throughout the offseason, Jason handles all social media for the organization, the website, donor and alumni database management, souvenirs, and camp logistics. Over the summer, Jason works closely with Vicki MacFarlane and Mike Lang to oversee all travel and housing logistics for the corps, as well as managing the props. Of course, all encompassing in his various jobs is the ubiquitous non-profit job description “other duties as assigned.”

While at the University of Kentucky, Jason was an active member of the Wildcat Marching Band for three years, playing at all home football games, and many of the men’s and women’s home basketball games. He also spent four years with the university’s volunteer office, the Center for Community Outreach. For two years, he was director of the office’s alternative breaks program, planning 15 service trips each year for students and staff, and overseeing, instructing, and participating in the program’s intensive leadership training course. In his final year at Kentucky, Jason was director of the office, overseeing 11 different volunteer-based student-led programs and over 200 student leaders on various levels of involvement. Jason was also an active member of the Alpha Gamma chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, spending one year as fraternity education officer and two years as president. For three of his years in Lexington, Jason was a marching technician with the Lafayette High School marching band.

Jason is an avid lover of all things Kentucky, frequently wearing apparel from the university or the state, and always making sure to use “y’all” instead of “you guys.” He is a huge fan of Kentucky basketball, as well as the Chicago Cubs and Bears. During his down time, Jason enjoys hiking, camping, working out at the local Crossfit gym, and dreaming about owning a dog. Or two dogs.

Mike Lang
Tour Director

Bio coming soon!