Santa Clara Vanguard
Educational Staff

Program Administration and Design Staff

  • Shaun Gallant
    Shaun Gallant
    Vanguard Corps Director/Director of Programs
Shaun Gallant
Vanguard Corps Director/Director of Programs

Shaun is a native Californian, born and raised on the central coast and a Vanguard Alumni. He has spent eight years in the Vanguard Organization, 2004 and 2005 with Vanguard Cadets, 2006 to 2008 with Vanguard A Corps and 2010 to 2012 on Vanguard Cadets Staff. He earned his Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance from Morehead State University and his Master of Music in Percussion Performance from New York University. Shaun has resided in New York City for the last five years, where he has grown a successful entertainment company.

  • Michael Gaines
    Michael Gaines
    Creative Director & Visual Designer
Michael Gaines
Creative Director & Visual Designer

Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Michael Gaines grew up with the pageantry arts all around him. His post high school education included a degree in Finance from the University of Dayton, as well as a Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Academy of Art University.

From 1998 to 2011, Michael was the drill designer and visual coordinator for The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, and served on the design team for all 7 of their Drum Corps International World Championship titles. He currently creates for marching bands and stage shows, as well as indoor winds, percussion, and color guards in the United States and Asia.

In April of 2007, Michael was inducted into the WGI Hall of Fame, and in August of 2011 he was inducted into to the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame.

His designs have been featured by several high school Bands of America National Champions, with the most recent being the 2016 BOA Grand National Champion, Carmel HS from Indiana. His work was also on display with several groups at WGI this year, including the 2017 Independent World Class Champion Pride of Cincinnati, the Silver Medalist Aimachi, and the Scholastic World Champion, Carmel HS.

Michael currently resides in San Francisco, CA.

  • Scott Koter
    Scott Koter
    Program Coordinator
Scott Koter
Program Coordinator

Scott Koter​ recently retired as Assistant Superintendent for the Kiski Area School District in Vandergrift, Pa. and previously served as Director of Secondary Education, Principal, Music Department Chairman and Director of Bands in the same district beginning in 1982. As band director, his ensembles received numerous honors including appearances at the Midwest Clinic, MENC, IAJE and PMEA conventions as well as numerous state and regional marching band titles winning the Bands of America Grand National Class AA title. Scott received citations for teaching excellence from Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, National Band Association, International Association of Jazz Educators as well as Duquesne University, St. Vincent College and California University of PA. Under his leadership, Kiski High School was named a Grammy Signature School and Kiski Area was named a Best Community in Music by the NAMM Foundation.

Scott served as program coordinator for The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps of Rosemont, IL from 1999-2015 winning five world titles, three silver and four bronze medals. He has served as design consultant for numerous drum corps including the Bluecoats, Troopers, Spirit of Atlanta, Pacific Crest and 7th Regiment and has guided dozens of band programs including Carmel, Centergrove, Plymouth-Canton, Winston Churchill, Plano East, McKinney and Floyd Central high schools. Scott has adjudicated contests all of the world having judged multiple DCI, BOA and WGI championship events. Additionally, he served as Percussion Caption Chairman for Drum Corps International, a member of the DCI Task Force and the Bands of America Advisory Board. Scott presently serves as an educational artist for Innovative Percussion Inc. and as a designer for Fannin Musical Productions. Scott was inducted into the DCI Hall of Fame in 2015 and is honored to lead the design team for Vanguard’s 50th season of excellence and innovation

  • Andy Toth
    Andy Toth
    Visual Coordinator
Andy Toth
Visual Coordinator

Andy Toth has been an active participant of the marching arts community as a performer, choreographer, judge, and clinician for the past two decades. His performance experience includes Cadets of Bergen County (1993-1995), Emerald Marquis (1994-1995), Adagio (1996), Cavaliers (1996-1997), and Pride of Cincinnati (1997-1998).

As an internationally recognized choreographer, Andy has been awarded the opportunity to design for numerous drum & bugle corps, marching bands, and winter guards throughout North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. He was a member of the design team and choreographer for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps from 1998-2015, and was a marching member for two years prior. In his 20 years with The Cavaliers, Andy and his team led the group to the DCI championship title an unprecedented 5 times between 2000-2006, as well as 4 color guard caption awards. His work can be seen in the BOA community with such marching band titans as Carmel (Indiana) HS and Ronald Reagan HS among others. During the winter months, Andy serves on the WGI Steering Committee as well as design for the Pride of Cincinnati winter guard (1999-present) and Carmel (Indiana) High School winter guard (2008-present). His most recent projects abroad include Yokohama Inspires Drum & Bugle Corps, and Aimachi winter guard. A great deal of admiration and gratitude is owed to the teams of artists that Andy has had the privilege of collaborating with on these projects.

In 1999, Andy had the distinct honor of performing as an original cast member of the Emmy and Tony award-winning production of Blast! in London’s West End. He continued his role on Broadway in New York City until the show’s closure in 2001.

Apart from the marching arts community, Andy earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago where he resides today. He plans to continue his practice and education in this field while maintaining his collaborative relationships in pageantry and his passion for the marching arts.

  • Michael Rosales
    Michael Rosales
    Lead Choreographer
Michael Rosales
Lead Choreographer

Michael Rosales was born in Manila, Philippines, and moved to San Francisco at the age of 9 where he trained and danced with several local groups within the San Francisco Bay Area.  His training in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop, Latin Jazz and Color Guard makes him one of the most sought after Choreographers in the country. He has danced for recording artists such as Ricky Martin, Deborah Cox, Brooke Hogan, Wisin y Yandel, Ivy Queen ,Gloria Trevy, and Macy Gray.  Michael was on a National and International Tour of the Tony and Emmy award winning group BLAST! as a lead and was a feature performer in a new show called CYBERJAM in London where he was also the Choreographer Assistant.  Michael has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia and has appeared in the Blockbuster movie RENT, Latin Billboard Awards, Latin Grammy’s Celebration and the Latin Teen Choice Awards. He has taught classes at the San Francisco Dance Center, Miami City Ballet, University of Houston, North Carolina State University, Pepperdine University, University of Miami, UC Berkeley, Moving People Dance Company in Santa Fe and several different studios throughout the country.  Michael has produced and choreographed shows for Busch Gardens in Florida, Sea World in Texas, the FED EX Orange Bowl Halftime Show and was the Head coach of the University of Miami Hurricanettes Dance Line. In Miami, Michael is a co-founder of TAE Talent Agency which cast dancers for the recent blockbuster films Step Up 4 and Rock of Ages. He is also on Faculty with the MODAS Dance Workshop and Intensives which is based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico and was the Choreographer for the new show BLAST! Music of Disney which is touring in Japan in 2017.

Michael was a former member of the Concord Blue Devils, Fantasia of Riverside and San Jose Raiders. He has worked with The Carolina Crown, Bluecoats, Cadets Color Guard and the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum Corps and Colorguards. In the Winterguard season, Michael has been involved with Braddock Independent World, Paramount World and West Broward High School World among a handful of other programs.  Michael was also a Gold Medal recipient of the 1998 as well as the 2000 Winterguard International World Championships. He is extremely excited to come back and create with the Santa Clara Vanguard this upcoming summer.

  • Paul Rennick
    Paul Rennick
    Percussion Arranger/Caption Manager
Paul Rennick
Percussion Arranger/Caption Manager

2017 DCI Hall of Fame inductee, Paul Rennick is an Assistant Professor in Percussion at the University of North Texas where he has served on the faculty since 1991.  A leading figure in the world of marching percussion and percussion education, Paul has a long history of successful students and renowned performing ensembles. He has been a featured clinician and a guest artist worldwide, with appearances at national and international events for many top professional music organizations.

Since 1989 Paul has written and designed the competitive shows for the 20-time Percussive Arts Society International Champion University of North Texas Indoor Drumline.  He is also the percussion coordinator for the nationally recognized UNT Green Brigade Marching Band.

Paul is currently the music coordinator, percussion director and arranger for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps, recently winning the DCI Fred Sanford Award for Percussion Performance in 2014 and 2016.  He is also the percussion coordinator and arranger for the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps.

Paul served as the director of percussion for the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps from 2003-2010, winning the Drum Corps International Fred Sanford Award for Percussion Performance three times in five years (2006, 2008, 2010), and the DCI Championship in 2008.

Paul was a design team member, music composer/arranger, instructor, and percussion manager for the Tony & Emmy Award-winning Broadway production “Blast!”

Paul is also an active performer, appearing as a featured soloist with the UNT Wind Symphony on the DVD recording “Percussive Palooza,” and related showcase concert at PASIC 2006.  He is also a featured soloist on the University of North Texas Percussion Ensemble recording “Vespertine Formations” (2009).

Paul is an artist and product consultant with Dynasty USA, and helped design the new “Custom Elite” series of marching drums.  He is also a signature artist with Innovative Percussion, Inc. and designed three signature sticks, FS-PR, FS-PR2, and TS-PR.  Paul is also an artist and clinician for Remo Inc. and the Avedis Zildjian Co.

  • Sandi Rennick
    Sandi Rennick
    Percussion Arranger/Composer
Sandi Rennick
Percussion Arranger/Composer

Sandi Rennick is a percussionist and marimba soloist with extensive performing and teaching experience in the DFW area and throughout the United States. 

She was an original cast member of the Tony and Emmy Award-winning production “Blast!”, performing in London, England, as well as a featured marimba soloist on tour throughout the United States. Sandi is currently a percussion arranger for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps (2011-present), and the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps (2013-present).

She has teaching and arranging experience with a variety of groups, including the UNT Green Brigade Marching Band, Drum Corps Japan Champions Yokohama Scouts, and Drum Corps International champions Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps (2003-2010) and Carolina Crown (1998-2004). 

Sandi has participated as a clinician, performer, or adjudicator at the Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC) virtually every year since 1995, and served on the PAS Marching Committee for 13 years.

Sandi is currently on the faculty for the UNT Keyboard Percussion Symposium held each summer in Denton, TX, and is an Adjunct Professor of percussion at Texas A&M University-Commerce for the spring semester of 2017. She can be heard on the PBS special “Blast!”, and Mark Ford’s recording “Motion Beyond.”

Sandi is a Signature Artist for Innovative Percussion, Inc., and a clinician/artist for Dynasty USA/Bergerault.  

  • J.D. Shaw
    J.D. Shaw
    Brass Arranger/Composer
J.D. Shaw
Brass Arranger/Composer

JD Shaw is Associate Professor of Horn at University of South Carolina and was formerly the French hornist with the internationally acclaimed Boston Brass where he was creative director, music arranger and co-owner of the ensemble. JD is an active solo artist and travels extensively throughout the United States as well as many countries in North America, Europe, and Asia. Currently, he also performs with the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass and Cones & Tones. Professor Shaw’s performances have been featured on National Public Radio’s Performance Today and the CBS Morning Show.

JD received his Masters of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music where he was awarded the Performer’s Certificate under the tutelage of horn pedagogue Verne Reynolds. Hailing from Hutchinson, Kansas, he earned his degree of Bachelors of Music at the Wichita State University studying with Dr. Nicholas E. Smith. Other influential teachers include Roland Berger, David Krehbiel, and Philip Myers. Orchestral credits include associations with the Rochester Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Missouri Symphony, and the Boston Pops. Prior to his position at University of South Carolina, Professor Shaw has held teaching posts at Boston College, University of New Mexico and University of Miami.

As an active performer and prolific arranger, J.D. has recorded over 15 albums encompassing diverse musical styles from the Classical, Jazz, and Latin genres. Such record labels include Loft Recordings, Mark Records, and Summit Records. His last album entitled “Tales of Imagination” features Professor Shaw showcasing new music for solo horn and wind band. This album, released on the Summit Records recording label is conducted by former CBDNA President Eric Rombach-Kendall and performed by the University of New Mexico Wind Symphony.

Professor Shaw writes music for many orchestras, bands, and chamber ensembles. His arrangements are featured with several publishers and can be heard on many recording labels and performance stages across the world. His drum corps career began with the Sky Ryders from Hutchinson, KS before aging out of the Phantom Regiment in Rockford, IL. JD began his instructional career in 1993 with Phantom Regiment’s brassline and, in 2002, began his tenure as musical arranger for the corps. In 2012, he was appointed as the musical arranger for the Santa Clara Vanguard where he is currently employed. Many other drum and bugle corps have performed his arrangements such as the Boston Crusaders, The Academy, East Coast Jazz, Sunrisers, Phantom Regiment Cadets and Beatrix from Hilversum, Netherlands.

JD Shaw is dedicated to promoting music education for young, aspiring musicians. While teaching technical and musical achievement, JD strives to endow students with the wisdom to embrace an entrepreneurial spirit through the studies of finance, marketing, program development, salesmanship, internet skills, and effective interpersonal communication. With the help of Conn-Selmer, Jupiter Music, National M.E.N.C., and VH1’s Save the Music foundation, he has taught master classes for young artists across the world spanning age-ranges from elementary to college. Also, JD has presented and performed clinics and workshops for music educators at events such as the Mid-Europe Music Educators Convention, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles convention, National Musical Educators National Conference, and The Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic.

  • Lloyd Puckitt
    Lloyd Puckitt
    Sound Designer
Lloyd Puckitt
Sound Designer

Lloyd Puckitt is a former marching member of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle corps during the years 1983-85. During that time, Lloyd taught high school percussion before going on to attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he studied Percussion Performance.

Lloyd’s career continued as a recording engineer in the music industry and led him on travels throughout the entire country, as well as Ireland and England, working with artists such as Depeche Mode, Erasure, Mathew Sweet, Madonna, and earning Platinum records with Vitamin C and Fuel.

The business side of music began to change in the late 90’s, and Lloyd decided to change careers and revisit his love for the artistic and educational side of music. Lloyd currently works as a Private Percussion Instructor in Plainfield School District 202, and is an Education Artist for Innovative Percussion, Evans Drumheads, Planet Waves and Dynasty Percussion.

  • Wayne Harris
    Wayne Harris
    Consultant
Wayne Harris
Consultant

Wayne Harris is an award winning solo performer, writer, educator, curriculum innovator and musician. A gifted artist with wide ranging interests, he has accumulated an impressive body of work over the years that includes 5 full length plays, presentations for schools, directing and designing for pageantry groups as well as various musical projects.

Wayne is currently the Director of the Marsh Youth Theater in San Francisco, CA and a resident Teaching Artist for Stagebridge (An intergenerational theater) in Oakland, CA. In addition, Wayne Harris has been involved with some of the country’s finest pageantry groups. He has taught and directed the 6 time World Champion “San Jose Raiders” color guard, and is currently the Performance Coach/Playwright for the 3 time World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard as well as with many other world class drum & bugle corps and band programs throughout the nation.

Wayne adjudicates various pageantry events on the West Coast and currently offers performance workshops to all types of youth performing groups

  • Adam Sage
    Adam Sage
    Consultant & Choreographer
Adam Sage
Consultant & Choreographer

Adam Sage is an active choreographer, designer, and adjudicator in the pageantry arts. Adam has worked with numerous programs in the southeast including Tarpon Springs High School, East Lake High School, Seminole High School (1993 WGI A class Bronze medalists), Clearwater High School, Kell High School and Pope High School in Marietta, Georgia. Pope High School was the 2000 WGI Open class Silver medalists and the 2002 WGI World class Bronze medalists. Kell High School was the 2005 WGI A class Silver medalist. In addition, Adam also designed for Spanish River High School Winter Guard in Boca Raton, Florida (2009 Winter Guard International Scholastic A Silver medalists).

Adam’s drum corps experience includes being a performing member of the Suncoast Sound from 1988 to 1989, and The Cadets of Bergen County from 1990 to 1991. He was the caption head for the Magic of Orlando from 1992 to 1993; caption head for the Crossmen from 1994 to 1995. Adam then spent 1996 through 2002 working with the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps. Sage was also the caption head and designer for the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2003 and 2004. 2005 through 2008, he spent with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps as their caption head and designer. 2009-2011, he was the caption supervisor and designer with the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. Adam was the color guard caption head and designer for the Madison Scouts from 2012-2014.

Adam is also actively involved with Winter Guard International (WGI). He was the director of The Company Colour Guard from Tampa Bay, Florida from 1995 to 1999. The Company was a two time WGI World Champion in the A (1995) class and Open (1996) class. He was also the director of the Phantom Regiment Winter Guard in 2007 and 2008 and CrownGUARD in 2009 and 2010. Sage was also a member of the Emerald Marquis Winter Guard from 1990 to 1991.

Most recently, Adam Sage was the director and designer for the Kennesaw Mountain High School Color Guard in Kennesaw, Georgia 2003-present (2004 Winter Guard International Scholastic A World Champions, 2005 Winter Guard International Scholastic Open World Champions, 2006 Winter Guard International Scholastic World Class finalists, and the 2013 Winter Guard International Scholastic Open Bronze Medalists); and designer for the 2015 Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. He is the designer for East Coweta and Keller Central High School Winter Guards. Adam is also a designer and choreographer for The Pride of the Netherlands Winter Guard in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and the Yokohama Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps in Yokohama, Japan. He is also a consultant and choreographer for the Brazilian Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Currently, Adam Sage is the designer and the artistic director for Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. He also is one of the directors at Park Vista High School in Lake Worth, Florida where he is a designer and choreographer. Adam is also an adjudicator for Winter Guard International.

When he is not teaching color guard, Adam is a third grade teacher in South Florida where he resides.

  • Bart Woodley
    Bart Woodley
    Consultant
Bart Woodley
Consultant

Bart Woodley performed with the Cavaliers color guard and Escapade Winter Guard before going on to serve on staff with 7-time DCI World Champion The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (1994-95, 2000-2015) and 6-time WGI World Champion Pride of Cincinnati Winter Guard (1998-present). Bart has worked with numerous marching bands & winter guards in a variety of roles including director, visual coordinator, caption-head, choreographer, drill writer, designer, technician, clinician, and judge. He holds a Masters in Public Relations, a BA in Advertising from Ball State University, and he is currently the Director of Operations & Sponsor Relations for WGI.

  • Denise Bonfiglio
    Denise Bonfiglio
    Advisor
Denise Bonfiglio
Advisor

Denise Bonfiglio is the director of the three time WGI Independent World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard Winter Guard. Denise reinstated the SCV Winter Guard program in 2006 which had been inactive since the early Seventies. The SCV Winter Guard is one of the most successful programs in WGI achieving 3 Gold, 4 Silver, and 1 Bronze World Championship medals in the past eleven seasons. Denise was inducted into the WGI Hall of Fame class of 2000, the Massachusetts Hall of Fame class of 2012, and Drum Corps International Hall of Fame class of 2016. Denise has an extensive background in all pageantry with roots to the 27 Lancers Drum Corps and Winter Guard. Since aging out of the Lancers, Denise has taught the 27th Lancers, The Cadets, Star of Indiana, and Santa Clara Vanguard Drum Corps for the past 40 years. Along with Denise’s extensive drum corps career, Denise was the Assistant Director, and served on the design team for Emerald Marquis 1990-2001, and Miamisburg High School 2002-2004. Throughout Denise’s pageantry career, Denise has taught a number of successful Independent and Scholastic winter guard programs across the US.

Professionally, Denise recently retired from MetLife where she was an officer of the company for 16 of her 35 year career. At MetLife, Denise managed software Development, and Quality Assurance functions in several locations around the US and Canada. Denise is the Staff Coordinator for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum Corps and Winter Guard program managing over 60 associates. Denise is currently the Co-Founder and President of the 27th Lancers Foundation. The Foundations mission is to raise money to provide scholarships to deserving young men and women that perform in pageantry of arts. For more information on the Foundation, please visit www.27thlancersfoundation.com. Denise is an active Adjudicator for Winter Guard International, Florida Federation of Color guards Circuit, Massachusetts Judges Association.

Tour Support Staff

  • Michele Teevan
    Michele Teevan
    Programs Operations Manager/Vanguard Tour Manager
Michele Teevan
Programs Operations Manager/Vanguard Tour Manager

Originally from Harrison, NY, Michele recently relocated to the Bay Area from Boston, MA where she spent the past 4 years working professionally as a Stage and Production Manager for Theatre, Opera and Dance. During her time in Boston, she also worked for Blue Man Group as a Deck 3 Sub at the Charles Playhouse, Broadway in Boston as a Group Sales Assistant at the Boston Opera House and as an AEA Stage Manager.

Michele marched in the Color Guard with the Boston Crusaders (2009-2011) and the Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps (2007-2008). After aging out, she spent the 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons working with the Crusaders in development, event and tour management before joining the SCV A Corps as a Tour Admin in 2015. Michele is excited to join Santa Clara as their new Tour Manager for the 2016 season!

Michele holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Stage and Production Management from Emerson College in Boston, MA.

  • David Yunis
    David Yunis
    Corps Manager
David Yunis
Corps Manager

Originally from Miami FL, David Yunis has been a Percussion Educator in South Florida since 2005, working with various schools and music programs. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from New World School of the Arts. David was a member of DCI’s Magic of Orlando and competed in WGI with South Florida Percussion Company from 2005 to 2006. Currently, David works as the Percussion Educator and Front Ensemble Coordinator for Park Vista High School in Lake Worth, FL, and Cypress Bay High School in Weston, FL. In addition, David has been involved with a non-profit, world class organization, STRYKE. He has been a part of their successes since 2009. As their Director of Operations, David has helped amplify the organization from what started as a percussion ensemble, to what now has evolved into multiple arrays of performance ensembles including percussion, winds, and color guard.

David continues his dedication and compassion for the performing arts and is excited to share it with the Santa Clara Vanguard as their new Corps Manager for the 2018 season!

  • Julia Irwin
    Julia Irwin
    Assistant Tour Manager
Julia Irwin
Assistant Tour Manager
Julia Irwin graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Administration with a focus in Event Planning. She spent the 2016 season with the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps as an Administrative Tour Intern. Julia is excited to now be spending the 2017 season with the Santa Clara Vanguard serving as Assistant Tour Manager.
  • Mike Ryan
    Mike Ryan
    Assistant Tour Manager
Mike Ryan
Assistant Tour Manager

Mike Ryan is recently retired after teaching Instrumental Music for 36 years in the Pennsylvania Public School System.  During his teaching career he was employed as High School Band Director with the Minersville Area School District, Minersville, PA.  (1980-1989), Bermudian Springs School District, York Springs, PA (1989 – 1999), and Middle School Band Director with the Pottsville Area School District, Pottsville, PA (1999- 2016). He also served as a Low Brass Instructor / Marching Tech for the Northern York High School Band, Dillsburg, PA from 1999 – 2010.

During the past 10 years he has assisted DCI in securing housing sites for the Eastern Championships held at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, PA. No stranger to the Vanguard, he has personally supervised the corps at the DHH Lengel Middle School in Pottsville, PA since 2008.

Mike earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from the Penn State University and has also done post-graduate study at West Chester University, West Chester, PA and Villanova University, Philadelphia, PA.  He resides in Pottsville, PA with his wife Amy and 3 children; Michael, Rachel, and Patrick. He is looking forward to returning to the Vanguard Administration Team for his second full season.

  • Gio Bastante
    Gio Bastante
    Tour Assistant
Gio Bastante
Tour Assistant

Bio Coming Soon!

  • Brian Black
    Brian Black
    Tour Assistant
Brian Black
Tour Assistant

Bio Coming Soon!

  • Jon Calhoun
    Jon Calhoun
    Tour Assistant
Jon Calhoun
Tour Assistant

Bio Coming Soon!

  • Benjamin Nadler
    Benjamin Nadler
    Tour Assistant
Benjamin Nadler
Tour Assistant

Ben was born and raised in Ames, Iowa then relocated to Brooklyn, NY in 2013 upon completion of his double major double minor at the University of Iowa.  In New York City, Ben works as a Performer and Operations Manager for Gallant Entertainment Inc. (GEI) and is the Percussion Director for The Brooklyn Steppers.

As a performer for GEI, Ben has performed at multiple high-profile events including Super Bowl XLVIII, the 2015 NBA All-Star Game, and the 2016 U.S. Open, and he has played for four seasons with the Giants and Knicks Drumlines. As Percussion Director for the Steppers, Ben is spearheading the reestablishment of the BKSteppers Drumline and collaborates annually with Spike Lee for Spike’s “Prince Born Day” block party honoring the life of Prince.

  • Sebastien Pierre
    Sebastien Pierre
    Tour Assistant
Sebastien Pierre
Tour Assistant
Born and raised in Pembroke Pines, FL, Sebastien is a part of the 2017 graduating class from Florida Atlantic University receiving his bachelors in Psychology. Post-graduation, Sebastien plans on pursing his Masters of Business Administration (Operations and Management).

Sebastien previously marched with the 2016 Madison Scouts and REEF Independent (2014-2015) on bass drum. His love for the activity has given him part-time opportunities as an instructor for various high schools across South Florida. Sebastien also enjoys spending his time playing sports, shooting photography, and coding.
  • Jenna Santacaterina
    Jenna Santacaterina
    Tour Assistant
Jenna Santacaterina
Tour Assistant

Jenna is from the south suburbs of Chicago and recently graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She will be attending National Louis University in the fall of 2017 to pursue a Masters Degree in School Psychology. Jenna is a member of the color guard staff at Marian Catholic High School. As a 2015 alumna of the Santa Clara Vanguard Color Guard, Jenna says she is excited to be back with the organization to help to make the 50th year the best one yet!

  • Stephanie Schoeph
    Stephanie Schoeph
    Tour Assistant
Stephanie Schoeph
Tour Assistant

Bio Coming Soon!

  • Will Simms
    Will Simms
    Tour Assistant
Will Simms
Tour Assistant

Will Simms is from Southington, Connecticut and began his marching experience with the Southington High School Blue Knights Marching Band, where he also served as an instructional staff member in 2015 and 2017. Will attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, graduating in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, and will be continuing his studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis for a Master of Science degree in Audio Technology.

Will’s drum corps experience includes marching baritone and tuba with the 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps of New London, Connecticut from 2012 to 2016, aging out as low brass horn sergeant. Will also has experience as an administrative intern with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps and as tour manager with 7th Regiment.

Will is currently based in the Hartford, Connecticut area, and will be relocating to Indianapolis in August. Outside of drum corps, he enjoys producing and composing electronic-based music and working with synthesizers and programs such as Logic Pro X and Ableton Live. He is excited be a part of the SCV staff and to see what adventures are ahead for this year’s corps!

  • Jamie Stein
    Jamie Stein
    Athletic Trainer
Jamie Stein
Athletic Trainer

Bio Coming Soon!

  • Amelia Wang
    Amelia Wang
    Athletic Training Intern
Amelia Wang
Athletic Training Intern

Bio Coming Soon!

  • Daniel Valdez
    Daniel Valdez
    Digital Media Associate
Daniel Valdez
Digital Media Associate

Daniel Valdez is a California native and long-time drum corps enthusiast. He studied music at West Valley College (2011-2014) and clarinet performance at San José State University (2014-2016), where he remains an active member in several of the university’s programs. He has participated in masterclasses by distinguished ensembles such as the Imani Winds and Akropolis Reed Quintet. In 2016, his woodwind trio was accepted into University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Chamber Music Institute; during this program, he worked closely with the Chiara String Quartet and performed a world premiere of the chamber work “BloodArt”.

As a marching arts arranger and educator, Daniel has written music for the SJSU Spartan Marching Band and SJSU Spartan Pep Band. He is a private clarinet instructor at Park Avenue Music Center and a bass drum technician at Fremont High School.

In 2013, Daniel founded “Valdez Music Exposure”, a business that specializes in A/V recordings for collegiate recitals, concerts, and marching band performances. He has produced recordings for SJSU, local high schools, community organizations, and professional ensembles.

He is excited to join the 2017 SCV media team, touring with the Santa Clara Vanguard for their 50th anniversary.

Brass Staff

  • Chip Crotts
    Chip Crotts
    Brass Caption Manager
Chip Crotts
Brass Caption Manager

Dr. Chip Crotts is Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Director of Bands at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, GA. A GRAMMY nominated musician, Crotts has performed and recorded for the Disney Company in Europe and the United States, and maintains an active career as a first call musician for national touring shows and orchestral dates throughout the United States. Chip has toured and worked with numerous international artists over the years, including Boston Brass, The Manhattan Transfer, Jamie Cullum, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, The O’Jay’s, Frankie Valli, The Temptations and Maynard Ferguson, among others.

Highly involved in the marching arts, Dr. Crotts has served as a brass instructor with Spirit of Atlanta, Phantom Regiment, Blue Devils, The Cavaliers and is currently the Brass Caption Manager for the Santa Clara Vanguard.  Chip is very active as a clinician and adjudicator and has worked in this capacity for organizations such as Bands of America, Music For All, Drum Corps International, Winter Guard International and Drum Corps Japan.

He received his undergraduate degree from East Carolina University, a Masters of Music in Orchestral Performance from Penn State University, as well as the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance with a Jazz Emphasis from the University of Texas-Austin. Previously, Crotts served on the faculties of Samford University, Jacksonville State University and The University of Texas at Austin.

A Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician, Chip resides in Acworth, GA with his wife Kelly and daughter Abigail.

  • Mark Nichols
    Mark Nichols
    Assistant Brass Caption Manager
Mark Nichols
Assistant Brass Caption Manager

Mark Nichols is currently the Associate Director of Bands at Brazoswood High School in Southwest Houston, Texas. After earning his undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas in Music Education, Mark went on to obtain a Masters in Music Education graduating Summa Cum Laude. In 2006m he undertook post-graduate studies in instrumental conducting at Baylor University.

Prior to Brazoswood High School, Mark was at La Porte High School. At La Porte, his Concert Bands earned first divisions in Concert and Sight Reading on a consistent basis. The Marching Band at La Porte has been a consistent award winner and in 2017 earned the highest finish in 30 years at the Area Marching Contest. The band at La Porte grew by 50% and is now the pride and joy of the La Porte community. Prior to Mark’s position at La Porte, he was the associate director at Dickinson High School. His concert band earned first divisions in Concert and Sight Reading and were able to earn a sweepstakes for the first time in eight years. The marching band, under his direction finished 14th at the Texas State Marching Contest. This was the 1st State performance at the 6A level for Dickinson High School. Prior to his appointment at Dickinson High School, Mark was the Director of Bands at Blue Valley West High School in Overland park, Kansas. His bands at Blue Valley West earned consistent honors around the Midwest in marching, concert, and jazz. His marching band was a Grand Champion at the Blue Springs Marching Festival, and a Class Champion at the Champion of Champion festival in Columbia, Missouri. The concert bands under his direction earned consistent first divisions and perfect scores while being names the Kansas State Honor Band. In 2010, the Wind Ensemble performed at the KMEA music convention and was also named a Choice Music Festivals Kansas State Champion.

Prior to Blue Valley West, Mark taught at Blue Valley High School in Overland park, Kansas. Mark’s Blue Valley High Band was the first band in the history of the school to earn straight 1stDivisions. Mr. Nichols also taught at Parkhill Junior High and J.J. Pearce High School from the prestigious Richardson School District in Dallas, Texas. His Parkhill program grew from 150 to 300 students in just two years and was names a top festival band at numerous competitions. At. J.J. Pearce High School, Mark led the Symphonic Band to straight 1st Division for the first time in ten years. His jazz band was an Essentially Ellington finalist, and the marching band was a consistent area finalist. Mark just finished his 6th season as Assistant Brass Caption Head for the Santa Clara Vanguard. Prior to that, he was a brass technician for the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle corps. Mark is an alumnus of the Santa Clara Vanguard and marched contra in 1996 with Dean Westmond and Jed Weeks as his brass instructors. Mark could not be happier to be working with the Santa Clara Vanguard.

  • Ryan Adamsons
    Ryan Adamsons
    High Brass Technician
Ryan Adamsons
High Brass Technician

A native of Springfield, Virginia, Ryan Adamsons is based in Chicago where he is an active performer, composer, and educator. Before joining the brass staff for the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2012, Ryan spent five years as a marching member of the Bluecoats (1998-2002), and seven years on the brass staff of the Bluecoats (2003-2008, and 2011) among other groups.

Ryan has received Bachelor of Science Degrees in Jazz Studies and Brass Performance from the University of Akron, and also graduated with distinction from DePaul University in Chicago with a Masters of Music concentrating in Jazz Composition. An award-winning composer and sought after clinician, he has taught numerous groups in the United States and Japan. He currently works as an Artist Advisor at the Denis Wick/Vandoren Musician’s Advisory Studio in downtown Chicago, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Jazz Orchestra as their Director of Educational Programs. Ryan also chairs the mentoring program of the Jazz Education Network, a project aimed at fostering young jazz musicians in various fields of study and industry. He plays Powell Signature Trumpets exclusively.

  • Zack Anderson
    Zack Anderson
    High Brass Technician
Zack Anderson
High Brass Technician

Zack Anderson currently serves as Associate Director of Bands, and Director of Jazz for Liberty High School in Frisco, TX. His duties include directing the Symphonic and Jazz ensembles and assists with all other performing ensembles. Zack is also involved at Fowler and Vandeventer middle schools, and mentors sections in each of the concert ensembles.

Zack attended the University of North Texas in Denton. While at the University of North Texas, he completed his Bachelor of Music with concentration in French Horn. Zack studied under Dennis Fisher, Nicholas Williams and Bill Scharnberg performing in ensembles and recording as a member of the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra Opera, Concert Orchestra, and the Basketball Band.

Zack has been an integral part of band programs across Texas including Guyer High School, Azle High School, Coppell High School, Wakeland High School, Dickinson High School, Cobb Middle School, Fowler Middle School, Harpool Middle School, Crownover Middle School and Renner Middle School. As a member of the educational staff, Zack has helped assist these programs attain state level achievements both in the marching and concert activity. He continues to help programs around the DFW serving as a consultant, technician, clinician and educator.

As a performer, Zack was as a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps(2010-2011). Previously, he has served as an Educational Staff member for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps (2013-14) and Phantom Regiment (2014-2017).

  • Felix Cruz III
    Felix Cruz III
    High Brass Technician
Felix Cruz III
High Brass Technician

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  • Amy Frost
    Amy Frost
    High Brass Technician
Amy Frost
High Brass Technician

Amy Frost is in her second year as a member of the brass faculty for the Santa Clara Vanguard. She received her BM in Instrumental Music Education in May of 2008 from Arizona State University, where she was in several performing ensembles including the Wind Symphony, chamber ensembles, brass quintet, trumpet ensemble, and the Sun Devil Marching Band. While in college, she taught trumpet privately in the Phoenix area as well as supervised the visual programs at several high schools in the Valley.

Amy has been involved with the DCI activity since 2001, beginning her drum corps career as a soprano soloist with Copper Star from Gilbert, Arizona. She then was a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard from 2003 to 2006, aging out of DCI as the 2006 I&E Trumpet Champion.

During the Fall of 2008 Amy had the special opportunity of traveling to Japan as a professional musician, playing both trumpet and piccolo trumpet, for the “Odyssey” stage production. The show was an all-female cast of percussionists, dancers and brass musicians sponsored by the Min-On Concert Association, a Japanese organization that believes music is the universal language, promoting cultural exchange and peace by introducing music and performing arts from every country around the world.

Following her time as a member, Amy began teaching drum corps in 2007 as an intern with the Vanguard A Corps, as well as devoting some time to the Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps as a visual instructor. In 2008 and 2009 she joined the brass staff at the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps from LaCrosse, Wisconsin as the trumpet technician and Breathing Gym Specialist. Amy was a member of the brass staff of the Madison Scouts during the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 seasons.

Amy is currently in her first year as an assistant band director at Grisham Middle School in Round Rock ISD. Prior to her time at Grisham, Amy spent two years as an assistant director at Vista Ridge High School in Leander ISD, and five years in Georgetown ISD, two as an assistant band director at Georgetown High School from 2009 to 2011 and three as the Director of Bands at East View High School from 2011 to 2014. Before moving to Texas to teach band, Amy was the Director of Bands at Stapley Junior High in Mesa, Arizona.

  • Daniel Galloway
    Daniel Galloway
    High Brass Technician
Daniel Galloway
High Brass Technician

Daniel Galloway has taught for 23 years in Texas public schools. He is currently the Director of Bands at Clements High School in Sugarland, TX, which has been recognized as one of the premier band programs in Texas in both the concert and marching idioms. He previously taught at Mayde Creek Junior High for 5 years earning the school’s first sweepstakes award for its band program and also taught in Galena Park ISD and Aldine ISD. This is Daniel’s 14th year at Clements and his 10th year as Director of Bands.

Daniel instructed the 2010/2011 Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps as a high brass instructor and has been on brass staff at SCV in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016. This season he is excited to be moving into a new role as Ensemble Specialist for the 2016 season. Daniel is also a member of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association and the Texas Color Guard and Percussion Association where he judges Ensemble and Visual. He also recently held for 5 years the position of Vice President of Marching Band Judge Education for the Texas Music Adjudicators Association.

Daniel earned his Bachelors of Music from Stephen F. Austin State University studying with Dr. Kevin Sedatole and is currently pursuing his Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston. He resides in Houston, TX with his wife of 24 years, Jackie and has 2 daughters.

  • Ed Roush
    Ed Roush
    High Brass Technician
Ed Roush
High Brass Technician

Ed Roush has been a music educator for the past twenty-five years in the states of Colorado, Texas and Hawaii. He has taught students at the middle, junior and high school levels as well as being on the education team of multiple drum and bugle corps.

During his teaching career, Ed has been a part of a Drum Corps International World Championship, a finalist at Bands of America Grand National Championships, 16 Colorado Bandmasters Association State Band Championships, 3 Colorado Bandmasters Association State Concert Band Honor selections, 2 Rose Bowl Parade performances and 2 London New Year’s Day Parades. He was awarded the 2009 School, Band and Orchestra Magazine’s National “50 Teachers Who Make a Difference” annual award as Colorado’s representative. Bands taught by Ed have played for the leaders and presidents of Canada, Japan, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, European Union, Russia, Italy and the United States of America. Ed has served as a faculty member at the Bands of America Summer Symposium for the past 18 years.  He has been a also member of the educational staff at The Cavaliers, Crossmen and Santa Clara Vanguard.

From 1982 through 1992 Mr. Roush’s family organized an annual picnic for the Santa Clara Vanguard the night before Drums Along the Rockies in Denver, Colorado featuring a neighborhood potluck and standstill performance.  In 1984 both the Phantom Regiment and Santa Clara Vanguard attended the Arvada picnic with the concluding events a combining of hornlines for performances of Send In The Clowns and Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral followed by a tug-of-war between the contrabass lines of each corps.

  • Travis Barzee
    Travis Barzee
    Low Brass & Visual Technician
Travis Barzee
Low Brass & Visual Technician

Travis began his marching career at Blue Springs High School where he was a baritone and euphonium player. He was a euphonium in the 2010 Missouri All-State band. Upon graduating from high school, Travis continued his passion for the marching arts by playing baritone at the seven-time World Champion Drum Corps, The Cavaliers, from 2010-2012. Travis then aged out at the now-eighteen-time World Champion Drum Corps, the Blue Devils, in 2013. He was 1st euphonium in the Missouri All-Collegiate Band in 2016. In 2017, he graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor’s in Music Education, where he studied under Dr. Scott Lubaroff and Mr. Roger Oyster.

Upon graduating high school, Travis has been fortunate to be surrounded by some of the finest educators in the country. He served as a brass and visual technician at the 2-time BOA Grand National Finalist band, Blue Springs High School, from 2010-2016. Travis is currently an Associate Director of Bands in the Grain Valley school district, where he teaches the Wind Symphony, the first ever Jazz Lab band, serves as a brass specialist for the middle schools, and is visual caption head for the Marching Eagles. He is also an active drill writer, guest clinician, and choreographer for high schools across the Midwest. Travis had a fantastic experience teaching on brass staff at the Academy Drum & Bugle Corps in the 2015 season. Travis is thrilled to be entering his 3rd season with the Santa Clara Vanguard, serving on visual staff since 2016, brass staff since 2017, and is incredibly excited to work with such a talented group of staff, designers, and members for the 2018 season.

  • Taylor Criswell
    Taylor Criswell
    Low Brass Technician
Taylor Criswell
Low Brass Technician

First Lieutenant Taylor Criswell is the Executive Officer for the United States Army Europe Band & Chorus where he is also serves as Director of the United States Army Europe Soldiers’ Chorus. Originally from Jackson, Tennessee, he holds both a BS in Music Performance and a MA in Education from the University of North Alabama where he performed with the nationally acclaimed Pride of Dixie Marching Band under the direction of Dr. Lloyd Jones III and studied conducting with Dr. Ian Loeppky.

1LT Criswell is a widely sought after clinician for concert bands and marching bands throughout the US. He currently serves as a brass instructor for the 7-Time World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps and program coordinator for the 2-Time Mississippi State Champion Hernando High School Marching Band. Prior to Santa Clara Vanguard, Criswell was a brass instructor with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps during which time the corps earned 3 DCI medals, including the 2008 World Championship. He remains an active drill designer for high school marching bands and military tattoos world-wide.

1LT Criswell’s military honors include: Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency, the COL Finley R. Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award, and Honor Graduate Recipient and Distinguished Leadership Awardee for the Warrior Leaders Course at Fort Benning, GA. He was previously assigned as the Executive Officer of the US Army School of Music in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

  • Greg Davis
    Greg Davis
    Low Brass Technician
Greg Davis
Low Brass Technician

Greg Davis is incredibly excited to join the brass staff of the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2018 as a low brass teacher.  He comes to the corps having most recently spent 3 years on the brass staff of The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps.  During Greg’s time with the corps, The Academy advanced to DCI World Class Finals for the first time in the history of the organization. 

Greg is currently in his second year as Assistant Director of Bands at Ridge Point High School in Houston, Texas.  At Ridge Point, Greg directs the Non-Varsity Symphonic Band, and co-directs the Marching Band and Jazz Ensemble. 

In 2014, Greg was a tuba player and percussionist in the Japan Tour Cast of the Tony and Emmy award-winning stage show, Blast!  In this role, Greg performed a 4 month tour across all 47 Japanese prefectures, including a month-long run in the International Forum in Tokyo. 

From 2006 through 2011, Greg was a marching member and section leader in the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps.  During Greg’s time as a member of Crown Brass, the brass section won two Jim Ott Awards for Brass Performance. 

Greg holds the Bachelor of Music degree in Tuba Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he studied tuba with Dennis AsKew and conducting with John Locke.  While at UNCG, Greg was Principal Tuba of the UNCG Wind Ensemble for 3 years, including performances at the 2011 American Bandmasters Association Convention in Norfolk, Virginia, and at the 2013 College Band Directors National Association Convention, where he performed world premieres of works by John Mackey, Steven Bryant, Joel Puckett, and Scott Lindroth.  Greg can be heard on three albums with the wind ensemble: “Finish Line!”, “Arts and Letters”, and “Stories and Sanctuaries.” 

Greg lives in Houston with his two dogs, Rogue and Indiana, and he is thrilled to join the SCV Brass Team in 2018! 

  • Courtney Lawrence
    Courtney Lawrence
    Low Brass Technician
Courtney Lawrence
Low Brass Technician

Courtney Lawrence is a Staff Sergeant in “The Commandant’s Own,” The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, stationed in Washington, DC. She plays the Euphonium Bugle and currently serves as the Hornline Instructor.

A native Texan, Courtney studied Music Education at the University of Houston prior to enlisting in the Marine Corps. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

Courtney marched in the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps in 2004-2008 and the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2003. Currently in her second season with the Santa Clara Vanguard, she has also taught Phantom Regiment and is an active drill designer and clinician in the Washington, DC/Northern Virginia/Maryland area.

  • Clay Wachholz
    Clay Wachholz
    Low Brass Technician
Clay Wachholz
Low Brass Technician

Mr. Wachholz currently serves as the Director of Bands for the University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe, Michigan and is the assistant Marching Band Director and Brass Caption Head for Troy Athens High School in Troy, Michigan. Prior to these positions Mr. Wachholz taught at Cedarburg High School, Plymouth-Canton Educational Park and the International School of Belgium in Brussels, Belgium.

Clayton Wachholz has degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (BA) and the University of Michigan (MM). An active guest conductor and educator, he has given clinics to varied groups in England, Holland, Belgium, Japan, Brazil and Argentina. He has been the featured brass clinician at the British Youth Band Association Annual Band Camp in London, England and has twice been a clinician at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Summer Music Clinic where he led concert and jazz bands. Clayton Wachholz has served as the music director for the Lakeshore Symphonic Band, a semi-professional wind ensemble based in southeastern Wisconsin and the Shorewood Summer Concert Band.

Mr. Wachholz has been involved in the drum and bugle corps activity as a performer and teacher since 1979. As a baritone player he marched with the Thunderbolts (1979), Pioneer (1980-1984), and Madison Scouts (1985-1989). He went on to teach the Madison Scouts for many years (1991-1997, 2001) and taught the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps brass from 2005-2007 and 2016-2017.

Clayton Wachholz has been an active performer on trombone and euphonium for over thirty years.  In the drum and bugle corps activity his awards include 1986 DCM I&E High Brass Score, 1988 DCI Baritone Champion and 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988 DCI Brass Ensemble Champion. As a Euphonium player Mr. Wachholz was a member of the Wisconsin Tuba Quartet that was selected as the first group of its kind as a Semi-Finalist for the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition. He was a Semi-Finalist for the Falcone International Euphonium competition and was 1st chair in the 1991 T.U.B.A International All-Star Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble. As a Trombonist Clayton Wachholz has performed with the American Wind Symphony, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Racine Symphony Orchestra, Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, Madison Brass, Madison Jazz Orchestra, Milwaukee Brass Band, Knightwind Ensemble, Kettle Morainne Symphony Orchestra and numerous freelance groups.

In leadership positions Mr. Wachholz has served on the board of directors for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Youth Wind Ensembles, the National Band Association Northern Diversion and was an elected committee member representing all 3A marching bands for the Wisconsin School Music Association. For two summers Mr. Wachholz served as Brass Coach for the Wisconsin State Honors Orchestra.  He was a 2011 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship Award Recipient (Wisconsin Teacher of the Year Program).

  • Roger Wu Fu
    Roger Wu Fu
    Low Brass Technician
Roger Wu Fu
Low Brass Technician

Roger Wu Fu serves as a music instructor in the southern California/Orange County area in tuba and brass studies. He teaches at University High School as a jazz teacher, general brass instructor, visual technician, and now visual caption head for the University High School Marching Trojan Regiment, where he has been for 4 years. At Irvine High School, Roger Wu Fu teaches as a low brass instructor for the concert band groups as well as a visual instructor for the marching band. Roger taught in a hybrid function as a visual instructor as well as brass instructor at the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets in 2016. Graduating from University of California, Los Angeles with an undergraduate degree in sociocultural anthropology, Roger Wu Fu continued his studies in tuba performance while pursuing an academic degree, playing in top groups such as the UCLA Wind Symphony, the UCLA Symphony Orchestra, and the UCLA Brass Ensemble. He has subbed for Dana Point Symphony and plays with the local brass quintet, the “Huango” Quintet. Roger has studied with distinguished tuba players Mr. Aubrey Foard and Mr. John Van Houten.

In 2011, Roger marched his first year with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, where he finished 3 seasons, aging out in 2013. In 2015, he represented American drum corps in Europe with Blue Devils International, a group made up of the best of the best in all of DCI that toured for 1.5 months across the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Switzerland. The Blue Devils International tour culminated at the world’s second biggest outdoor tattoo in Basel, Switzerland, where the group represented both marching and music on behalf of the United States of America. In December 2015, Roger again traveled with Blue Devils International to open for the Chiayi International Music Festival in Chiayi, Taiwan, performing for thousands in multiple venues and events. He is incredibly excited to be back to teach at the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps!

  • Donny Allen
    Donny Allen
    Technician
Donny Allen
Technician

Dr. Donny Allen has directed university, high school, and middle school bands for twenty-two years in the states of North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida and Georgia. He holds a BM and MM from East Carolina University, and the DMA from the University of Memphis. He is currently the Director of Bands at South Forsyth High School, in Forsyth County, Georgia.  Dr. Allen has also served as an Instrumental Music Program Consultant for Seminole County Schools in Florida. In this position he also served as an Associate Director for the Oviedo High School Bands.  Donny’s secondary school teaching experience also includes four years as the Director of Bands at West Craven High School in Vanceboro, North Carolina.

Donny previously served as the Director of Athletic Bands and Associate Director of Bands at the University of Central Florida. He served as Director of the Marching Knights and conductor of the Symphonic Band and Concert Band. Dr. Allen was the Coordinator for Instrumental Music Education, teaching music education methods courses and supervising student teachers in the Florida public schools.  Donny has also served as the Assistant Director of Bands for the Georgia Institute of Technology. There he was Conductor of the award winning Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and was the Assistant Director of Athletic Bands.

Dr. Allen has extensive experience in the marching arts. He was a member of the Bluecoats for three seasons.  Most recently, he served as brass instructor for the Cavaliers.  Prior to last season, he served for fourteen seasons as a brass instructor for the Bluecoats, as well as four seasons as a brass instructor for the Spirit of Atlanta.

Dr. Allen served in the U.S. Army bands as staff conductor and horn player for the Infantry Band at Ft. Benning, GA and the Signal Corps Band at Ft. Gordon, GA.  He holds membership in the International Horn Society, National Band Association, National Association for Music Education, Georgia Music Educators Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Beta Mu, Phi Sigma Pi, and honorary memberships in Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.

He and his wife, Deborah, live in Marietta, Georgia with their son, Daniel.

  • Rusty Smith
    Rusty Smith
    Technician
Rusty Smith
Technician
Rusty Smith currently serves in The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, stationed at Ft. Myer, VA. He has served with the Corps for over 22 years and has held positions as Bugler, Brass Arranger, Drill Writer, Drum Major, Bugle Group Leader and Corps Sergeant.
A native of North Carolina, Rusty received a BM in Music Education from East Carolina University and a Master of Music in Education from George Mason University.
Rusty marched in the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps in 1991. He has designed drill for numerous High Schools in Virginia and Maryland. Rusty has taught trumpet and freelances in the Washington DC metropolitan area.

Percussion Staff

  • Paul Rennick
    Paul Rennick
    Percussion Arranger/Caption Manager
Paul Rennick
Percussion Arranger/Caption Manager

2017 DCI Hall of Fame inductee, Paul Rennick is an Assistant Professor in Percussion at the University of North Texas where he has served on the faculty since 1991.  A leading figure in the world of marching percussion and percussion education, Paul has a long history of successful students and renowned performing ensembles. He has been a featured clinician and a guest artist worldwide, with appearances at national and international events for many top professional music organizations.

Since 1989 Paul has written and designed the competitive shows for the 20-time Percussive Arts Society International Champion University of North Texas Indoor Drumline.  He is also the percussion coordinator for the nationally recognized UNT Green Brigade Marching Band.

Paul is currently the music coordinator, percussion director and arranger for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps, recently winning the DCI Fred Sanford Award for Percussion Performance in 2014 and 2016.  He is also the percussion coordinator and arranger for the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps.

Paul served as the director of percussion for the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps from 2003-2010, winning the Drum Corps International Fred Sanford Award for Percussion Performance three times in five years (2006, 2008, 2010), and the DCI Championship in 2008.

Paul was a design team member, music composer/arranger, instructor, and percussion manager for the Tony & Emmy Award-winning Broadway production “Blast!”

Paul is also an active performer, appearing as a featured soloist with the UNT Wind Symphony on the DVD recording “Percussive Palooza,” and related showcase concert at PASIC 2006.  He is also a featured soloist on the University of North Texas Percussion Ensemble recording “Vespertine Formations” (2009).

Paul is an artist and product consultant with Dynasty USA, and helped design the new “Custom Elite” series of marching drums.  He is also a signature artist with Innovative Percussion, Inc. and designed three signature sticks, FS-PR, FS-PR2, and TS-PR.  Paul is also an artist and clinician for Remo Inc. and the Avedis Zildjian Co.

  • Peter Cannon
    Peter Cannon
    Snare Technician
Peter Cannon
Snare Technician

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  • Aaron Fisher
    Aaron Fisher
    Snare Technician
Aaron Fisher
Snare Technician

Bio Coming Soon!

  • Ezekiel Lanser
    Ezekiel Lanser
    Snare Technician
Ezekiel Lanser
Snare Technician

This will be Ezekiel’s 3rd year on staff with Vanguard. He also currently works with a number of ensembles in the Southern California percussion scene as an educator, composer, arranger, and consultant. Currently, in addition to his duties at Vanguard, he is on staff at Pulse Percussion, Los Alamitos High School, and is the percussion caption head at Pacifica High School. Formerly, he served as Ensemble Coordinator for POW Percussion, has been on staff with the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, and also with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. Ezekiel is also a sought after marching band and indoor drumline show designer, arranger, and composer for groups all over the country.

Ezekiel graduated Cum Laude earning his Percussion Performance degree from the University of North Texas.

  • Jonathan Leal
    Jonathan Leal
    Snare Technician
Jonathan Leal
Snare Technician

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  • Tim Biles
    Tim Biles
    Quad Technician
Tim Biles
Quad Technician

Tim has been involved with the Santa Clara Vanguard percussion section since 2011. He was the Tenor line section leader and the Mike LaPorta Percussion Award winner for the 2014 season. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Tim is currently the percussion director at Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas.

  • Mike Hodges
    Mike Hodges
    Quad Technician
Mike Hodges
Quad Technician

Originally from the Chicago area, Mike Hodges is a Brooklyn-based performer, composer, and designer. Prior to rejoining the Vanguard percussion staff in 2017, Mike was a member of the Cavaliers (2002-2004) and Phantom Regiment (2005), and taught the Phantom Regiment (2007-2010) and Vanguard (2011-2013). During this span, he was part of three DCI World
Championships and three High Percussion Awards. Mike also is a 3-time winner of the PAS multi-tenor solo competition (2001, 2003, 2004).

Mike graduated with a degree in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas and upon graduation spent several years as an instructor and clinician in Texas working with many top-rated marching bands and percussion programs. Currently, in addition to maintaining a busy performing and touring schedule, he is the creative manager and in-house
composer/arranger for Gallant Entertainment Inc., based in New York City, which specializes in custom shows and ensembles for sports, television and corporate events. Mike uses Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets exclusively.

  • Jonathan Maynard
    Jonathan Maynard
    Quad Technician
Jonathan Maynard
Quad Technician

Jon first became a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2013. He marched 4 seasons on quads, aiding the percussion section in winning the Fred Sanford Award for high percussion during the 2014 and 2016 seasons. Jon was the section leader of the quad line his last two seasons, and he also received the Mike LaPorta Percussion Award his age out year.

Jon received his undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. He is currently the Director of Percussion for Carroll ISD in Southlake, Texas. Jon lives happily in the DFW area with his wife, Melody, and their dog, Einstein.

  • Matt Penland
    Matt Penland
    Quad Technician
Matt Penland
Quad Technician

Matt Penland is a percussion performer, educator, and arranger based out of Washington, D.C. where he is a percussionist in the U.S. Air Force Band, as well an instructor at the George Mason University Indoor Drumline. He has taught and arranged music for marching percussion groups across the country and internationally. Displaying a background in both classical and marching percussion, Matt’s performance accolades include: 3rd prizewinner of the 2014 TROMP International Percussion Competition in the Netherlands, Top prizewinner of the 2013 Atlanta Modern Snare Drum Competition and semifinalist in the 2014 Southern California Marimba Competition.

As a marching percussion soloist he was the 2011 DCI I&E Tenor Champion and the 2009 PASIC Collegiate Tenor Solo Champion. Matt has been a featured soloist and clinician at the Texas Music Educators Association convention, the North Texas Marching Percussion Camp and at the 2014 International Percussion Festival Seoul in South Korea. Matt was a marching member of the Santa Clara Vanguard, Phantom Regiment, Carolina Crown, and Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps. He has been an instructor at the Santa Clara Vanguard since 2012. Matt holds a Master’s degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas. Find out more about Matt at www.penlandpercussion.com.

  • Dan Rainbow
    Dan Rainbow
    Quad Technician
Dan Rainbow
Quad Technician

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  • Scott Simon
    Scott Simon
    Quad Technician
Scott Simon
Quad Technician

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  • Corey Boise
    Corey Boise
    Bass Technician
Corey Boise
Bass Technician

Corey has been involved in the marching arts for the latter part of fifteen years, where he has contributed to the success of countless organizations in both the WGI and DCI communities. As a member, Corey marched with Music City Mystique from 2001 – 2006 and helped the ensemble achieve three of its eight gold medals in WGI. During the summers, Corey was a member of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from 2002 – 2005 where he played second bass for all four years.

Corey has worked with numerous groups, including Music City Mystique during the 2007 season, Phantom Regiment during the 2006 and 2007 seasons when they won the High Percussion Award for the first time, and the Cavaliers during the 2008 season. After teaching the 2008 season, Corey returned home to Nashville to teach area high schools Mt. Juliet and Father Ryan, helping both schools become annual Scholastic World Finalist. Corey currently resides in Nashville, TN and where he stays active playing drums with numerous artists in the studio and live, working at Innovative Percussion and enjoying his time with his wife, son and their dog, Freddie.

  • Mark Monaghan
    Mark Monaghan
    Bass Technician
Mark Monaghan
Bass Technician

Mark is a percussionist/educator/arranger based out of the northern New Jersey area. He attended Rutgers University for his bachelor degree in psychology and currently still resides in the area in pursuit of his second bachelor’s in music education. Beginning his marching career with United percussion in 2012, his experience included two years with The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps and two years with The Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. Mark was fortunate enough to be a part of the Santa Clara Vanguard percussion section when they were awarded the Fred Sanford High Percussion Award in 2014. Mark has also been involved with the Rutgers University Drumline for 6 years.

Mark’s scholastic teaching experience started with Edison High School back in 2012, at which he currently holds the position of co-caption head for the percussion section. He has also had experience with various other high schools in the Northern/Southern regions of New Jersey. Mark also has had collegiate level teaching experience with the Rutgers University Marching Scarlet Knights drumline, which he has taught for several years. Mark also teaches United Percussion, a WGI world class indoor percussion program, as a battery technician. He also is currently the percussion caption head for The Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps, a local DCA corps based out of Hawthorne, NJ. Mark is excited to return for his second year on staff with the Vanguard!

  • Akira Robles
    Akira Robles
    Bass Technician
Akira Robles
Bass Technician

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  • Richie Rodriguez
    Richie Rodriguez
    Bass Technician
Richie Rodriguez
Bass Technician

Richie is currently a music teacher/designer originally from Orange County, Ca. He has taught at many ensembles throughout the Southern California area and is currently Co-Caption Head of percussion and Visual Designer for Cypress High School in Cypress, CA. He is also on staff with the WGI World Champion Pulse Percussion Ensemble. Richie’s performance background includes being a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard, RCC Winter Drumline, and Pacific Crest. He has been on the percussion staff with Santa Clara Vanguard since 2014 and has previously taught at the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013.

  • Rafael Bretado
    Rafael Bretado
    Cymbal Technician
Rafael Bretado
Cymbal Technician

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  • Scott Gleason
    Scott Gleason
    Cymbal Technician
Scott Gleason
Cymbal Technician

Scott Gleason is a music teacher originally from Jecheon-si, South Korea. He has been working with the Vanguard cymbal section since he aged out of the corps in 2014. Scott earned his Bachelors of Music in Jazz Performance from Arizona State University, and has participated in the drum corps activity since he was 14. He now lives in Tempe, Arizona where he works as a drummer, studio teacher and high school instructor.

  • Kaia Lo
    Kaia Lo
    Cymbal Technician
Kaia Lo
Cymbal Technician

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  • Sandi Rennick
    Sandi Rennick
    Percussion Arranger/Composer
Sandi Rennick
Percussion Arranger/Composer

Sandi Rennick is a percussionist and marimba soloist with extensive performing and teaching experience in the DFW area and throughout the United States. 

She was an original cast member of the Tony and Emmy Award-winning production “Blast!”, performing in London, England, as well as a featured marimba soloist on tour throughout the United States. Sandi is currently a percussion arranger for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps (2011-present), and the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps (2013-present).

She has teaching and arranging experience with a variety of groups, including the UNT Green Brigade Marching Band, Drum Corps Japan Champions Yokohama Scouts, and Drum Corps International champions Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps (2003-2010) and Carolina Crown (1998-2004). 

Sandi has participated as a clinician, performer, or adjudicator at the Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC) virtually every year since 1995, and served on the PAS Marching Committee for 13 years.

Sandi is currently on the faculty for the UNT Keyboard Percussion Symposium held each summer in Denton, TX, and is an Adjunct Professor of percussion at Texas A&M University-Commerce for the spring semester of 2017. She can be heard on the PBS special “Blast!”, and Mark Ford’s recording “Motion Beyond.”

Sandi is a Signature Artist for Innovative Percussion, Inc., and a clinician/artist for Dynasty USA/Bergerault.  

  • Jake Harpster
    Jake Harpster
    Front Ensemble Technician
Jake Harpster
Front Ensemble Technician

Jake Harpster is a percussionist currently residing in Washington, D.C. where he is a member of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.”  With a background in classical percussion, Harpster has been a member of Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Timpani Fellow for Aspen Music Festival, 1st place winner of Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition (2010), 1st place winner of Mid-Missouri Percussive Arts Trophy Marimba Competition (2011), and winner of the New Works for Percussion Project Competition (2017).  Harpster was the featured Marimba Soloist of the Tony and Emmy award-winning Broadway production “BLAST” for the 2011-2012 international tour.  With this show, he toured the United States, South Korea, and all 47 prefectures in Japan.

In the marching percussion idiom, Harpster arranges and designs for ensembles across the country.  He has taught at such programs as Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, George Mason University Indoor, Center Grove High School, Marian Catholic High School, Coppell High School, and Thomas Jefferson High School.  He has been on Santa Clara Vanguard instructional staff since 2017.

Harpster received his MM degree in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas. He received his BM degree in Percussion Performance from Indiana University. Upon graduating from IU, Harpster was awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate.

  • Chris Livernois
    Chris Livernois
    Front Ensemble Technician
Chris Livernois
Front Ensemble Technician

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  • Reid Paxton
    Reid Paxton
    Front Ensemble Technician
Reid Paxton
Front Ensemble Technician

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  • Tyler Sammons
    Tyler Sammons
    Front Ensemble Technician
Tyler Sammons
Front Ensemble Technician

Tyler Sammons has been a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard percussion staff since the 2012 season. He was a member of the Crossmen and Phantom Regiment during his marching years. The Phantom Regiment was the 2008 DCI world champion and the 2008 and 2010 high percussion award winner. Tyler resides in Austin, Texas where he is the percussion director at Tom Glenn High School in Leander ISD.

  • K.J. Stafford
    K.J. Stafford
    Front Ensemble Technician
K.J. Stafford
Front Ensemble Technician

K.J. Stafford has been involved with Drum Corps International for almost two decades, currently serving on the percussion staff of the Santa Clara Vanguard where he has worked since 2011. During that time, the percussion section has earned four Fred Sanford Awards for Best Percussion: 2014, 2016 and 2017. Prior to working at SCV K.J. also taught on the percussion staff of the Phantom Regiment (2010 DCI High Percussion Champions) and the Troopers 2007-2009.

Currently residing in Chesapeake, Virginia, K.J. is the band director and music department chair at Hickory Middle School.  His responsibilities include directing the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade bands, jazz band, woodwind choir and percussion ensembles. K.J. also assists with the Hickory High School marching band, and was the director for the WGI Champion Hickory Concert Ensemble. In 2009, the Hickory Middle School eighth grade band performed at the Virginia Music Educators State Conference in Hot Springs, Virginia under his direction.

K.J. earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. While at North Texas, he studied under Paul Rennick, Christopher Deane, Mark Ford and Dr. Robert Schietroma.  K.J. was also a member of the 2002 PASIC Champion University of North Texas Indoor Drumline.  He has also earned a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

When not teaching at home or with the drum corps, K.J. is in demand as an arranger, adjudicator, clinician, designer and instructor with groups throughout the United States. His professional affiliations include the Percussive Arts Society, MENC and VMEA. K.J. endorses Innovative Percussion and Remo Drumheads.

Guard Staff

  • Daniel Riley
    Daniel Riley
    Color Guard Caption Manager
Daniel Riley
Color Guard Caption Manager

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  • Laura Gasper
    Laura Gasper
    Assistant Color Guard Caption Manager
Laura Gasper
Assistant Color Guard Caption Manager
Laura Gasper began her color guard career at Carroll High School in 1998 and immediately fell in love with the activity.  After Carroll, Laura marched Winter Guard at Crown Guard ’01, and Pride Of Cincinnati ’03,’04,’05.  She started her drum corps career in 2000 at Carolina Crown and spent 6 years with the organization, serving as captain for the last two before aging out in 2005.
Once her time as a marching member had come to an end, Laura began working with a number of DCI and WGI ensembles. She has lent her skills to the guard staffs at Crossmen, Troopers, Madison Scouts, and Bluecoats before joining the Santa Clara team in 2014.  Laura has worked with winter guards at many high schools, including Northview, Carmel, and currently West Broward High school. She has also served on the instructional staffs at  Zydeco and Braddock Independent for many years.

Laura graduated with her degree in Studio Art-Ceramics from Herron School of Art and Design and is currently the Co-Owner of L.Mercado Studios in Florida. In her down time, when not working on color guard, Laura enjoys teaching ceramics classes, overseeing gallery shows, and drawing or sculpting her own work as well.
  • Hector Garcia
    Hector Garcia
    Color Guard Technician
Hector Garcia
Color Guard Technician

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  • Marlieta Matthews
    Marlieta Matthews
    Color Guard Technician
Marlieta Matthews
Color Guard Technician

Marlieta is an expert in the art of movement and a Master Teacher in all technical aspects of the pageantry arts. With her roots from the young age of 11 in drum & bugle corps, she expanded to marching band, winter guard and indoor percussion. Her vast instructional career spans from 2001 through the present. In great demand as a marching and movement specialist, she has taught both state and national championship units too numerous to name, including the Center Grove High School marching band and winter guard for 10 years, the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps, and the Marian Catholic High School marching band and winter guard for 11 years.

Marlieta is entering her 9th year on staff with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps. As a year-round clinician, she also instructs numerous competitive marching bands including the James Bowie Marching Band and Winter Color Guard in Texas and the Cavaliers World Indoor Percussion in Rosemont, IL.

  • LeAnne Perri Hlavka
    LeAnne Perri Hlavka
    Color Guard Technician
LeAnne Perri Hlavka
Color Guard Technician

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  • Stevenson Lumapas
    Stevenson Lumapas
    Color Guard Equipment Writer
Stevenson Lumapas
Color Guard Equipment Writer

Stevenson “Stevo” Lumapas has an extensive history of marching and teaching with the DCI and WGI activities. As a DCI marching member, Stevenson has performed with Carolina Crown (2002), Santa Clara Vanguard (2004-2005), and Phantom Regiment (2006). His also performed with The Knights Winter Guard from 2004-2009.

Stevenson’s credits as a teacher and choreographer include: Timber Creek High School, Oviedo High School, Cypress Creek High School, Lake Howell High School and numerous other high school programs throughout the Southeast. In addition, he has worked with USF Open and World Winter Guards, as well as the Boston Crusaders and Phantom Regiment drum corps.

When he’s not teaching, Stevenson enjoy his job as an Occupational Therapist at Florida Hospital Orlando. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Central Florida, and went on to pursue a Masters of Occupational Therapy from Florida Hospital’s ADU.

  • Alex Perez
    Alex Perez
    Color Guard Equipment Writer
Alex Perez
Color Guard Equipment Writer

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  • Katie Hopkins
    Katie Hopkins
    Movement Technician & Choreographer
Katie Hopkins
Movement Technician & Choreographer

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  • Carol Abohatab
    Carol Abohatab
    Choreographer
Carol Abohatab
Choreographer

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  • Ronnie Bynum
    Ronnie Bynum
    Choreographer
Ronnie Bynum
Choreographer
Ronnie Bynum is a graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington and a native of Muncie, Ind. He works and resides in Indianapolis, for the past 17 years.

Ronnie is an alumnus of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (1995-1996), the Pride of Cincinnati (1997) and Crown Guard (2000).

His teaching experiences includes The Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps (1997 to 2001), Center Grove Color Guard (2002 to 2010, 2016-present), The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (2002 to 2009) and The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps (2010-2015).
  • Michael James
    Michael James
    Choreographer
Michael James
Choreographer

Michael James, born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, graduated from the University of South Florida where received a BA for Modern Dance Performance. After college, he performed in the American Stage Company’s “Shakespeare in the Park” Series for five seasons, as well as danced and choreographed for the Children’s Theater Tour.

Michael was a scholarship student at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Beckett, Massachusetts, where he studied under Linda Kent and Carolyn Adams. He also danced with The Men Dancers of Jacob’s Pillow International Touring Company, which allowed him to dance and teach in St. Petersburg, Russia. He was also a member of The Repertory Dance Theatre of Utah. After dancing in Utah, he began dancing at Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney Pleasure Island Explosion Dancers, Animal Kingdom’s “Tarzan Rocks!’, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios “Beauty and the Beast”.

As a color guard designer and choreographer, Michael has worked with Timber Creek HS (FL), Freedom HS (FL), Spring HS (TX), Cypress Creek HS (FL), Seminole HS (FL), Tarpon Springs HS (FL), The Company Winter Colour Guard, Kennesaw Mountain HS (GA), Miamisburg HS (OH), Pope HS (GA), Center Grove HS (IN), and Northmont HS (OH). He’s also been on staff with The Cavaliers, Santa Clara Vanguard, Carolina Crown, Madison Scouts, The Mandarins, and The Magic of Orlando.

Michael’s choreography has also been viewed at Pleasure Island with the Pleasure Island Explosion Dancers, University of Central Florida’s Starlet Knights Danceline, University of South Florida’s Herd of Thunder and winter guard, 1999’s Orlando Fringe Festival, and numerous other high schools and colleges around the country.

  • Adam Sage
    Adam Sage
    Consultant & Choreographer
Adam Sage
Consultant & Choreographer

Adam Sage is an active choreographer, designer, and adjudicator in the pageantry arts. Adam has worked with numerous programs in the southeast including Tarpon Springs High School, East Lake High School, Seminole High School (1993 WGI A class Bronze medalists), Clearwater High School, Kell High School and Pope High School in Marietta, Georgia. Pope High School was the 2000 WGI Open class Silver medalists and the 2002 WGI World class Bronze medalists. Kell High School was the 2005 WGI A class Silver medalist. In addition, Adam also designed for Spanish River High School Winter Guard in Boca Raton, Florida (2009 Winter Guard International Scholastic A Silver medalists).

Adam’s drum corps experience includes being a performing member of the Suncoast Sound from 1988 to 1989, and The Cadets of Bergen County from 1990 to 1991. He was the caption head for the Magic of Orlando from 1992 to 1993; caption head for the Crossmen from 1994 to 1995. Adam then spent 1996 through 2002 working with the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps. Sage was also the caption head and designer for the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2003 and 2004. 2005 through 2008, he spent with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps as their caption head and designer. 2009-2011, he was the caption supervisor and designer with the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. Adam was the color guard caption head and designer for the Madison Scouts from 2012-2014.

Adam is also actively involved with Winter Guard International (WGI). He was the director of The Company Colour Guard from Tampa Bay, Florida from 1995 to 1999. The Company was a two time WGI World Champion in the A (1995) class and Open (1996) class. He was also the director of the Phantom Regiment Winter Guard in 2007 and 2008 and CrownGUARD in 2009 and 2010. Sage was also a member of the Emerald Marquis Winter Guard from 1990 to 1991.

Most recently, Adam Sage was the director and designer for the Kennesaw Mountain High School Color Guard in Kennesaw, Georgia 2003-present (2004 Winter Guard International Scholastic A World Champions, 2005 Winter Guard International Scholastic Open World Champions, 2006 Winter Guard International Scholastic World Class finalists, and the 2013 Winter Guard International Scholastic Open Bronze Medalists); and designer for the 2015 Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. He is the designer for East Coweta and Keller Central High School Winter Guards. Adam is also a designer and choreographer for The Pride of the Netherlands Winter Guard in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and the Yokohama Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps in Yokohama, Japan. He is also a consultant and choreographer for the Brazilian Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Currently, Adam Sage is the designer and the artistic director for Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. He also is one of the directors at Park Vista High School in Lake Worth, Florida where he is a designer and choreographer. Adam is also an adjudicator for Winter Guard International.

When he is not teaching color guard, Adam is a third grade teacher in South Florida where he resides.

Visual Staff

  • Matt Hartwell
    Matt Hartwell
    Visual Caption Manager
Matt Hartwell
Visual Caption Manager
Matt Hartwell has been a member of the SCV visual staff since 2010. His DCI experience started with Capital Regiment in 2004 and finished with The Cavaliers from 2005-2008. For WGI Percussion, Matt has worked with George Mason University Indoor Drumline (2010-2013), SCV Winter Percussion (2014-2016) and currently serves as the Visual Caption Head at Pulse Percussion.
In 2007 Matt had the honor to perform with and teach the Aimachi Marching Band from Nagoya, Japan. In 2010, he had the extreme honor of designing a production for His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said’s Royal Guard of Oman Marching Band. He was also hand-selected to design the program for His Majesty’s 40th year in Power celebration and a private dinner performance for His Majesty and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England. Each spring Matt produces a marching band stage production for Busch Gardens Williamsburg called “Mix It Up!”.
Matt is currently a full time visual designer, adjudicator, and clinician for marching bands and indoor drumlines. He resides in Long Beach, CA and is originally from Salem, VA. You can visit his website at www.matthartwelldesign.com
  • Donnie Hull
    Donnie Hull
    Assistant Visual Caption Manager
Donnie Hull
Assistant Visual Caption Manager

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  • Katherine Sullivan
    Katherine Sullivan
    Movement Specialist
Katherine Sullivan
Movement Specialist

Katherine Sullivan is an Instrumental Performing Arts Visual Designer and Technician. She has had the opportunity to learn and perform in several exceptional groups including Blue Devils and RCC. She is currently the Visual Caption Head and Visual Designer at Buchanan (Clovis, CA), a Visual/Tuba Instructor at Clovis West (Fresno, CA), and a Cymbal Tech for Clovis High’s (Clovis, CA) Indoor World Line and Fresno State’s (Fresno, CA) Indoor Percussion Line. Katherine has been teaching since 2012 and is excited to continue growing as an educator.

  • Travis Barzee
    Travis Barzee
    Low Brass & Visual Technician
Travis Barzee
Low Brass & Visual Technician

Travis began his marching career at Blue Springs High School where he was a baritone and euphonium player. He was a euphonium in the 2010 Missouri All-State band. Upon graduating from high school, Travis continued his passion for the marching arts by playing baritone at the seven-time World Champion Drum Corps, The Cavaliers, from 2010-2012. Travis then aged out at the now-eighteen-time World Champion Drum Corps, the Blue Devils, in 2013. He was 1st euphonium in the Missouri All-Collegiate Band in 2016. In 2017, he graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor’s in Music Education, where he studied under Dr. Scott Lubaroff and Mr. Roger Oyster.

Upon graduating high school, Travis has been fortunate to be surrounded by some of the finest educators in the country. He served as a brass and visual technician at the 2-time BOA Grand National Finalist band, Blue Springs High School, from 2010-2016. Travis is currently an Associate Director of Bands in the Grain Valley school district, where he teaches the Wind Symphony, the first ever Jazz Lab band, serves as a brass specialist for the middle schools, and is visual caption head for the Marching Eagles. He is also an active drill writer, guest clinician, and choreographer for high schools across the Midwest. Travis had a fantastic experience teaching on brass staff at the Academy Drum & Bugle Corps in the 2015 season. Travis is thrilled to be entering his 3rd season with the Santa Clara Vanguard, serving on visual staff since 2016, brass staff since 2017, and is incredibly excited to work with such a talented group of staff, designers, and members for the 2018 season.

  • Robert Beavers
    Robert Beavers
    Visual Technician
Robert Beavers
Visual Technician

Robert is currently in his third year as Assistant Band Director and Jazz Band director at MacArthur high school. This is his second year teaching the MacArthur AP Music Theory program. Along with his school duties, Robert spends his summers teaching on the five-time DCI world Champion Santa Clara Vanguard visual team, helping develop a progressive, high-level movement program since 2010.

Robert was born and raised in San Antonio, TX and graduated from W.H. Taft high school, playing bass trombone in the Taft Raider Marching Band, Concert Band and Jazz Band. He started his undergrad at UT Arlington, and finished his B.A. in Music Education at the University of Houston Moores School of Music. While at Moores School he played bass trombone in the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra, Opera Orchestra and the Spirit of Houston Marching Band.

His DCI marching performance experiences include playing baritone for Revolution Drum and Bugle corps from San Antonio, TX (2001, 2002) and seven-time DCI World Champion The Cavaliers from Rosemont, IL (2002-2006), acting as Horn Sgt. in 2006.

Robert’s summer teaching experiences include a season on visual staff with The Cavaliers (2009), and currently eight years on the visual staff with The Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps (2010-present)

  • Matt Costales
    Matt Costales
    Visual Technician
Matt Costales
Visual Technician
Matt Costales is a freelance drill writer, designer and educator based in The San Fransisco Bay Area. As a performing member, Matt marched for 5 years with the Santa Clara Vanguard organization, and has been on the visual staff since 2014.  Matt has also worked with several marching band programs through out the Bay Area including Homestead High School, Cupertino High School, Santa Clara High School, Arroyo High School, and Mountain View High School. In his free time Matt likes to go hiking, attend San Jose Sharks hockey games, and listen to the Grateful Dead.
  • Chris Cowling
    Chris Cowling
    Visual Technician
Chris Cowling
Visual Technician

Chris is a marching arts professional and drill designer based out of Southern California. He has taught, designed, and consulted with numerous ensembles such as Gladstone, Monrovia, Patriot, Rubidoux, Jurupa Valley, Diamond Bar, Los Altos, and Vista Murrieta. Currently, he is on the instructional staff of El Dorado High School and Chino Hills High School.

Chris was a visual staff member at Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps from 2007 to 2012, Caption Head from 2010 to 2012 and, after a short break, returned to Pacific Crest for the 2015 and 2016 season. Chris has also been on the Board of Directors for Pulse Percussion since 2014 and now not only holds the position of Vice President, but is also a Visual Instructor for the ensemble. This will be Chris’ second year on staff with Santa Clara Vanguard.

In his free time, Chris likes to work on his 1965 Mustang and go to car shows. He lives in Mira Loma, CA.

  • Kirin Daniels
    Kirin Daniels
    Visual Technician
Kirin Daniels
Visual Technician

Kirin graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. During her time at the University of Houston, she was a member of the Moores School of Music Wind Ensemble horn section under David Bertman. Kirin participated in many other performing ensembles including the Moores School of Music Opera Orchestra, The Spirit of Houston Marching Band, as well as the Texas Medical Center Orchestra in Houston, Texas.

Kirin is currently the Assistant Band Director at North Oaks Middle School in Haltom City, Texas. The North Oaks Band Program is honored to be a part of the Haltom High School Band Cluster in Birdville ISD. Before accepting her position at North Oaks, Kirin taught horn private lessons at Aragon Middle School and Cook Middle School. Kirin also worked with several high school marching band programs including Friendswood High School and Keller High School, as a visual technician.

Kirin spent two summers performing with the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps from Concord, California in 2015 and 2016.

  • Ivan De La Cruz
    Ivan De La Cruz
    Visual Technician
Ivan De La Cruz
Visual Technician

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  • Ryan Demkovich
    Ryan Demkovich
    Visual Technician
Ryan Demkovich
Visual Technician

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  • Ashley Donaldson
    Ashley Donaldson
    Visual Technician
Ashley Donaldson
Visual Technician

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  • Noe Gomez
    Noe Gomez
    Visual Technician
Noe Gomez
Visual Technician
Los Angeles native Noe Gomez has 7 years of drum corps experience, including 1 year with Impulse (2008), 1 year with The Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets (2010), and 5 years with The Santa Clara Vanguard (2011-15). Noe served as their drum major from 2012-15. Noe is currently a full time visual designer in California and around the country.
Noe is currently teaching at the Madison Scouts, Santa Clara Vanguard, POW Percussion, Rowland High School, La Quinta High School, Alta Loma High School, and Aliso Niguel High School. Noe is also serving as an Advisor for Color Guard Alliance of the Philippines (CGAP).
  • Spencer Hannibal-Smith
    Spencer Hannibal-Smith
    Visual Technician
Spencer Hannibal-Smith
Visual Technician

Spencer Hannibal-Smith received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from California State University Fresno. While attending CSU Fresno he was a member for the Wind Orchestra, Jazz Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Marching Band, and the scholarship pep band Bulldog Beat. During college Spencer spent four summers performing with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps on Tuba. Following his final summer as a performer with Santa Clara Vanguard, Spencer began his current position as Assistant Director of

Bands at Clovis East High School and Reyburn Intermediate School. Currently entering his 3rd year of teaching, Spencer is still an active performer in the Fresno Community. He is currently a member of the Fresno City Jazz Composers Orchestra, the Wind Symphony of Clovis and is an active freelance musician throughout the central valley.

  • Brandn Lindsey
    Brandn Lindsey
    Visual Technician
Brandn Lindsey
Visual Technician

Brandn Lindsey was introduced to music and the marching activity at a very early age.  His father spent time as a marching member of drum corps himself before he would go on to teach and direct corps.  Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, Brandn marched two years at Pioneer before heading out west to join the Vanguard organization.  He would march one year at the Vanguard Cadets and another five years at the Vanguard A-corps, aging out as the drum major in his eighth and final year marching.

Brandn became a member of the Vanguard Cadet’s visual staff in 2013, helping them to two championship seasons between then and 2016.  Back home, Brandn recently switched from his career in public accounting to a career teaching high school students accounting, business, and personal finance classes.  Since becoming a high school teacher, Brandn has been able to devote more of his time to writing drill and consulting with the visual programs of Milwaukee-area marching bands.  Brandn is excited about taking his experience and skill set to the Vanguard A-corps’ visual program for the 2017 season!
  • Andrew Rhebergen
    Andrew Rhebergen
    Visual Technician
Andrew Rhebergen
Visual Technician

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  • Taylor Trevino
    Taylor Trevino
    Visual Technician
Taylor Trevino
Visual Technician

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  • Christopher Alexander
    Christopher Alexander
    Visual Consultant
Christopher Alexander
Visual Consultant
Chris Alexander joined the SCV instructional staff in the 2010 season as the Visual Caption Manager. His experience in DCI began in The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps as a conductor and member of the mellophone section from 2002 through 2005. He continued on as a member of The Cavaliers brass staff until accepting the Visual Caption position at SCV. He is a frequent clinician and adjudicator for marching bands, winter guards, and indoor percussion ensembles throughout the United States.
Chris completed his undergraduate degrees at Loyola University Chicago in 2007, where he studied physics and music composition. Chris is currently the Director of Technical Development for HFS, an inspection and engineering firm in the midstream sector of the petroleum industry. He resides in Edmond, OK with his wife, Cassandra and their two shelties, Jake & Wyatt.

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