Colt Cadets Staff

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Design

Rich Waddington
Director, Colt Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps

Rich taught band for over 18 years in Iowa. His first job was at Bondurant-Farrar High School, where he taught 5th grade through 12th grade for six years. With the growth of the program, he transitioned to teaching 7th grade through 12th grade until his departure in 2011. In the fall of 2011, Rich accepted the position of director of bands at Oskaloosa High School in southeast Iowa. The program enjoyed many years of success in its rich history in all areas, including marching band, concert band, and jazz band.

Rich and his wife, Angie, have two children, Carter and Morgan -- both Colt Cadets. Following the 2019 season, they moved to Dubuque when Rich accepted a full-time position with the Colts Youth Organization. He enjoys spending time at home with his family, cooking, doing projects around the house, and working on his model trains. The whole family was involved with Colt Cadets in 2018-19, and they look forward to many more seasons of fun with the Colts organization!

Andrew Eaton
Senior Designer

Andrew graduated from Indiana State University, where he majored in music, playing French horn in multiple ensembles along the way. He continued his education at Western Iowa Technical Community College in Sioux City, Iowa, to study band instrument repair, where he also played horn in the Morningside College symphony and wind ensemble. After graduating from Western Iowa, Andrew moved to the suburbs of Chicago in 2006, where he is now the head of brass repair in one of the nation's largest music shops.

Andrew's drum corps experience includes the 1999 and 2002 summers with the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps from Toledo, Ohio. He played mellophone both summers and had the opportunity to learn from some of the best music educators in the activity. He has taught the marching bands at Lake Central High School in St. John, Indiana, Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Indiana, Clay City High School in Clay City, Indiana, and the Lincoln Way Marching Band in New Lenox, Illinois.

Andrew will be starting his thirteenth year with the Colts organization, where he has taught mellophone for the Colts and instructed brass and visual for the Colt Cadets, as well as lead the design team during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. When not teaching or doing office work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Melanie.

Alex Albertson
Assistant Director \ Program Manager

Alex Albertson is currently a music teacher at Logan-Magnolia Community Schools in Logan, Iowa. His curricular responsibilities include teaching the fifth grade, sixth grade, junior high, and high school concert bands. He also directs the Panther Marching Band, jazz band, and the pep band. In 2019, the Panther Jazz Band placed fourth in the annual Iowa Jazz Championships, qualifying for the first time since 2004 and earning the highest placement in the program's history. Additionally in 2019, the Panther Marching Band earned a Division 1 "superior" rating, also marking a first in the history of the school. In 2018, Alex was awarded the Southwest Iowa Young Band Director Award for his work and success with the Logan-Magnolia bands.

In addition to teaching full-time in a public school, Alex is or has been a percussion educator, clinician, and composer in the Omaha, Nebraska, area for various programs, such as Bellevue East High School, Millard North High School, Millard South High School, Elkhorn High School, and Iowa Western Community College. Additionally, he is actively involved in the WGI arena as the director and designer for Railmen Indoor Percussion, helping the group earn a silver medal in the PIA Class at the 2019 WGI World Championships. Prior to teaching in Omaha, he worked as a percussion instructor in 2013 with Lincoln-Way East High School and in 2014 with PIO silver medalist Pioneer Indoor Percussion in Chicago's south suburbs. Alex has spent several years on staff with the Colt Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps and is thrilled to return as the program manager and assistant director for 2020.

Alex earned his Bachelor's degree in music education from Western Illinois University. During his time there, he was named a winner of the WIU School of Music 2013 Concerto/Composition Competition, where he performed with the university's orchestra. He is also proud to be an alumnus of the 2011 Colts Drum & Bugle Corps and 2012 Rhythm X Indoor Percussion.

Terry White
Brass Arranger

Terry White is a retired music educator who has taught instrumental music at all levels for over 35 years. He retired from the Cape Elizabeth School District in 2010. Presently, he composes and arranges for many groups throughout the country. He has written for many idioms, including the Portland Symphony Orchestra, marching band, jazz ensemble, and concert band. His music has been performed at the Mid-West Clinic in Chicago, the Illinois Music Educators Conference and is listed on several states’ festival lists. Terry’s music has also been reviewed in the Instrumentalist and the IAJE Journal. Many of his publications have been selected for J.W.Pepper’s Editor’s Choice list annually. His music is published through Alfred (Belwin Jazz), Hal Leonard, Grand Mesa, Ludwig Masters, and Jalen/Matrix Music.

Originally from Falmouth, Maine, Terry received a B.M. in composition from Berklee College of Music and a M.S. in music education from the University of New Hampshire. He has studied composition with John Bavicchi, Hugo Norden and Herb Pomeroy. As a performer, Terry began with the Don Doane Big Band while still in high school and continued with the band as a trumpet player and writer until 1984. Terry continued with his own big band for several years, releasing a CD entitled This Note’s For You. He presently writes for the Portland Jazz Orchestra and numerous other jazz ensembles throughout New England. He is an active adjudicator and festival conductor.

Terry currently resides in Westbrook, Maine, with his wife, Mary Ellen.

Steve Lyons
Visual Designer

Performer and educator Stephen Lyons hails from Connecticut and is excited to return to the design team of the Colt Cadets. 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 King Philip Regional High School and Norwalk High School. During the day, he is an instrumental music teacher at Chase Collegiate School (Waterbury, Connecticut) and the Rectory School (Pomfret, Connecticut).

Steve holds a Masters of Music in trumpet performance and an artist’s certificate in chamber music from UCONN. He earned his way through his masters program as an apprentice audio engineer, and is now happy to work in his limited free time in the field of recording and sound design for theater. Steve’s background in technology and music influences his approach to creating shows, as he strives for a healthy balance of aesthetic creativity and holistic functionality. He owes his accomplishments to many of the designers he has met while marching and instructing, and considers himself a lifelong learner and enthusiastic collaborator.

Jake Esterberg
Percussion Caption Head \ Percussion Arranger

Jake Esterberg is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, holding a Bachelor of Arts in music education. He now serves as the band director at Unity Middle School in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin.

As a marching arts instructor and percussion arranger, Jake has taken a variety of roles with groups across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa, including the Colt Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps (2019 DCI Open Class Finalist), MBI Indoor Percussion, the Blugold Marching Band, Minnetonka High School (YIM Outstanding Percussion 2A 2016, 2017, 2018), 728 Cadets/River Valley Percussion Theater (Multiple MPA Championships), Big River Motion of Menomonie High School (MPA Winds Regional A Champion 2018), Baldwin-Woodville High School (WSMA Class A Champion, Outstanding Percussion 2019), Cumberland High School, and River Falls High School.

Jake is very excited to be back with Colt Cadets for the 2020 season!

Samantha Adrales
Color Guard Designer

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

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

Samantha is very excited for her fifth season with Colt Cadets!

Brass

Kara Metzger
Brass Caption Head

Kara Metzger is currently a graduate student at University of Minnesota Duluth. She is a graduate assistant within the band department. Her responsibilities include assisting with the marching band, pep band, concert band, and honors band festivals. She is pursuing a Master of Arts in music education degree. Kara studies in the low brass studio, primarily on tenor/bass trombone, but also performs other low brass instruments. She currently performs in the UMD Wind Ensemble and UMD Trombone Quartet. In addition to graduate school, Kara currently is on the board of directors and is the business manager for the Milwaukee Festival Brass Band in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Formerly, Kara was the director of bands at Whitman Middle School and associate director of bands at West High School in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, and was responsible for middle school concert bands, jazz ensembles, and assisted with all high school ensembles. Kara is also a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with an instrumental/general music education degree and an adaptive music certification.

In the marching arts, Kara is an alumna of the Colts and marched from 2011 – 2015. She spent three years in the baritone/euphonium section and two years as a drum major. Since aging out in 2015, she has spent four years on Colt Cadets staff and two years with the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps. Kara is excited to take on a new role as a brass technician with the Colts and continue as the caption head for Colt Cadets Brass in the 2020 season

Percussion

Jake Esterberg
Percussion Caption Head \ Percussion Arranger

Jake Esterberg is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, holding a Bachelor of Arts in music education. He now serves as the band director at Unity Middle School in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin.

As a marching arts instructor and percussion arranger, Jake has taken a variety of roles with groups across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa, including the Colt Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps (2019 DCI Open Class Finalist), MBI Indoor Percussion, the Blugold Marching Band, Minnetonka High School (YIM Outstanding Percussion 2A 2016, 2017, 2018), 728 Cadets/River Valley Percussion Theater (Multiple MPA Championships), Big River Motion of Menomonie High School (MPA Winds Regional A Champion 2018), Baldwin-Woodville High School (WSMA Class A Champion, Outstanding Percussion 2019), Cumberland High School, and River Falls High School.

Jake is very excited to be back with Colt Cadets for the 2020 season!

Megan Hobbs
Percussion Technician

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

Her DCI debut was spending her age-out summer with the 2015 Colts front ensemble. She also aged out in the 2016 winterseason with the three-time WGI Independent World Class champions, Rhythm X.

Megan has always had a passion for percussion and teaching. After she graduated from Bradford High School in Kenosha, she began a degree in percussion performance and music education at the University of Wisconsin. She has also enjoyed being a part of recreational ensembles, playing bass drum with the Milwaukee Bucks drumline, as well as the Tundraline, the offical drumline of the Green Bay Packers.

Her past teaching career includes experience as a technician, coordinator, arranger, and consultant, spanning front ensemble work with the Kilties Drum & Bugle Corps, various Wisconsin schools, including Sauk Prairie High School, various indoor drum lines in Wisconsin, and Thomas Worthington High School, Westerville North High School, Westerville South High School, Springboro High School, and Kettering Fairmont High School out of Ohio. Megan was also the front ensemble coordinator for ConneXus, a WGI Independent Open Class finalist.

Megan spent the 2017 drum corps season as an assistant tour director with the Colts, and in 2018-19 spent the summers teaching the front ensemble with Colt Cadets. Megan is excited to live in Dubuque and take on a larger role within the Colts!

Color Guard

Jessica Coblentz
Color Guard Caption Head

Jessica Coblentz is originally from Indiana, but has made a new home in northeast Iowa where she teaches and choreographs for performing arts groups across the state. As a performer herself, she marched four seasons with the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps from 2013 – 2016. Since aging out, Jessica has been returning each season to work with the Colt Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps color guard each summer. For her fourth returning year on staff, she will be stepping into the role of caption head, and could not be more thrilled for what's to come!

Jessica has worked with Anamosa High School since 2017 as their color guard director for the fall and winter seasons. She is also returning to the instructional staff of Crossroads Guard for a second year during the 2020 WGI season. She feels very blessed for the opportunity to work with many ensembles throughout the year, and spends the rest of her time expanding her knowledge around personal growth and fitness. Her biggest passion has become making color guard more accessible in the state of Iowa and across the Midwest!

Samantha Adrales
Color Guard Designer

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

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

Samantha is very excited for her fifth season with Colt Cadets!

Tour