Santa Clara Vanguard
Educational Staff

Program Administration and Design Staff

  • Ivan De La Cruz
    Ivan De La Cruz
    Corps Director
Ivan De La Cruz
Corps Director

De La Cruz spent the past five years as the Associate Director of Bands and Visual Program Director for the Dublin Coffman High School Band in Columbus, OH.  De La Cruz helped lead the band to two Bands of America (BOA) Outstanding Visual Performance Awards (2016 & 2017), as well as its first class (AAA) Championship at the BOA Canton Regional in 2017. Prior to moving to Columbus, De La Cruz spent the previous four years teaching in The Woodlands, TX as an Assistant Director of The Woodlands High School Band. During his tenure at The Woodlands, the program was a consistent finalist at the Bands of America Grand National Championships and was crowned the 2013 Grand National Champion.

De la Cruz’s performance career includes time as a member of the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps from 2001-2002 and the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps in 2003. As an educator, De la Cruz served on the Cavaliers’ visual staff from 2004-2010, and the Santa Clara Vanguard visual staff from 2011-2019 before moving into his current role as Corps Director with the organization.

In addition to his work as an educator, De La Cruz also works as a visual designer for numerous schools throughout Texas, Mississippi, Ohio, Arizona and New Mexico, where a multitude of these programs are successful both at the local and state level. He serves as a marching band adjudicator, consultant, and clinician throughout the country.  He has also served as a visual judge in the Carolina Winter Ensemble Association, Mid East Performance Association, and the Indiana Percussion Association over the last 4 years. Currently, De la Cruz lives in Columbus, OH with his lovely wife Alyssa and their two dachshunds – Charlie and Lilly.

  • 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 retired as assistant superintendent for the Kiski Area SD in 2016 and previously served as a principal and band director in the same district beginning in 1982. His ensembles received numerous honors including appearances at the Midwest Clinic, MENC, IAJE and PMEA conventions and captured numerous state and BOA regional titles while being named BOA Grand National finalist seven times and a Grand National class champion two times. Scott received citations for teaching excellence from PMEA, NBA, IAJE as well as Duquesne University, St.Vincent College and California University of PA. During Scott’s teaching and administrative tenure, Kiski HS was named as a Grammy Signature School and the district was named as a Best Community in Music by the NAMM Foundation multiple times.

Scott has served as program coordinator for SCV since 2016 and  from 1999-2015, served in that same role for The Cavaliers of Rosemont, IL winning five DCI world championships during that time. He also serves as a creative consultant for Fannin Musical Productions and as an educational consultant for Innovative Percussion Inc. Scott was inducted into the DCI Hall of Fame in 2015.  He is humbled to be a part of the SCV Family!

  • 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 & Music Coordinator
Paul Rennick
Percussion Arranger & Music Coordinator

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.  

  • Evan VanDoren
    Evan VanDoren
    Brass Arranger
Evan VanDoren
Brass Arranger

Evan VanDoren is a freelance arranger, composer, and educational consultant. As the owner of VanDoren Music, Evan is commissioned each year to create works for concert and marching ensembles. He has arranged and orchestrated award-winning marching shows for numerous high school and collegiate bands across the country.

Evan has been involved in the drum corps community since 2001, concluding his marching experience as the drum major of the Carolina Crown in 2008. Since then, he has served on the brass faculties of the Blue Stars, the Madison Scouts, and in recent years, the Carolina Crown. Additionally, Evan enjoys working as a leadership facilitator for SASI Leadership, based in Austin, Texas.

Evan is an active clinician, presenting for Drum Corps International, the Music Educators National Convention, the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, and Music for All. He regularly consults with band programs around the country. Evan is also an active adjudicator with Bands of America and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association.

Before devoting his life to creating music, Evan was a band director at Cedar Park High School, in Cedar Park, Texas, during which time the band was awarded multiple marching state championships and national recognition. He received a Bachelor in Music Education with Honors from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Currently, he lives in Cedar Park, Texas, with his wife, Katie, and their dog, Cooper.

  • 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
    Performance Coach
Wayne Harris
Performance Coach

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

  • 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.

Tour Support Staff

  • Julia Meadows
    Julia Meadows
    Tour Manager
Julia Meadows
Tour Manager
Julia Meadows 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 now entering her 3rd season as a member of the Vanguard Admin Team and is excited to be returning as Tour Manager for the 2019 season!
  • Gio Bastante
    Gio Bastante
    Corps Manager
Gio Bastante
Corps Manager

Gio Bastante lives in Pembroke Pines, FL and is currently working as Front Ensemble Coordinator for the Cypress Bay Sound of Thunder.  As a graduate of Flanagan High School, Gio participated as a percussionist for all musical ensembles ranging from marching to classical to jazz, earning high accolades with the Florida Bandmasters’ Association and Bands of America.

Gio went on to become a member of the Boston Crusaders Front Ensemble in the summer of 2010. She returned to Drum Corps International as a member of the Administrative Team for the World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard in 2018. As a graduate of Florida State University, Gio is currently working toward becoming certified in Elementary Music Education.

Gio joined the education staff for STRYKE Percussion 2 in 2016 and 2017 as a front ensemble technician and helped bring the gold medal to SP2 in its inaugural season, and will be returning as Ensemble Director for the 2019 season.

  • Rick Lunn
    Rick Lunn
    Tour Administrator
Rick Lunn
Tour Administrator

Bio Coming Soon!

  • Jon White
    Jon White
    Tour Assistant
Jon White
Tour Assistant

Jon currently resides in Atlanta, GA. He is an aspiring software developer who works for Apple Inc. while maintaining a software development internship position with Polar Notion. Jon has marched 4 years of DCI world class, aging out with the Colts in 2015. He also marched 5 years of WGI world class aging out with STRYKE Percussion in 2016. After aging out, Jon worked on the tour administration staff for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2017. He also taught at Equinox Percussion WGI World Class in 2018 and 2019.

  • Melanie Hogan
    Melanie Hogan
    Tour Assistant
Melanie Hogan
Tour Assistant

Bio Coming Soon!

  • Mike Ryan
    Mike Ryan
    Tour Assistant
Mike Ryan
Tour Assistant

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 the 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 12 years he has assisted DCI in securing housing sites for the Eastern Championships held at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, PA.

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 third season.

  • Michael Thompson
    Michael Thompson
    Tour Assistant
Michael Thompson
Tour Assistant

Michael Thompson is a local musician from Brooklyn, New York. As a high brass musician, he has played in many local ensembles and is a student at Florida International University. As a graduate of Miami Sunset Senior High School, Michael served as the Drum Major for the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band in January of 2012 and mentored the marching band until 2016. Michael played trumpet with the FIU marching band in 2012 and later served as Drum Major for 3 years. In 2014, Michael began his WGI career with the FIU Indoor Ensembles Winds program, winning the first ever WIO Gold medal in WGI history. Later he served as Horn Sergeant for the 2016 World Winds group. His drum corps career began with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps where he played lead trumpet for the 2012 and 2013 season. Michael later joined the Madison Scouts for the 2014 season as a lead mellophone and finished his career with a Silver and Bronze medal as part of the 2015 and 2016 Jim Ott Brass line in Carolina Crown.

  • Graham Hopkins
    Graham Hopkins
    Tour Assistant
Graham Hopkins
Tour Assistant

Native to what is widely considered the marching music capital of the world (Indiana), Graham Hopkins lives and breathes the marching arts. He was first introduced to the world of pageantry as a freshman at Plainfield High School in Indiana, where he performed in marching band and indoor percussion for four years. Following his graduation from Plainfield, Graham spent a season with Matrix Indoor Percussion, competing at the Independent World level of WGI. He also began his career at Anderson University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in music business with a concentration in entertainment, which he plans to complete in the spring of 2019. Graham spent three seasons (2015-17) with the Canton Bluecoats as a drum major alongside Samuel Crawford, during which time the corps won one bronze medal (2015) and one World Championship (2016). Following his age-out year as a performer, Graham spent the 2018 DCI Summer Tour working as a digital marketing intern. Graham joined the Rhythm X administrative team in 2019. He is also a part of the Silent Command Leadership team which brings conducting, and leadership expertise to students across the country. Graham plans to bring the skills he learned with the Bluecoats, Matrix, Rhythm X, and beyond to the Santa Clara Vanguard.

  • Alexandra Carlton
    Alexandra Carlton
    Tour Assistant
Alexandra Carlton
Tour Assistant

Alexandra Carlton graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Georgia with plans to attend medical school in the future. She currently lives in her hometown of Rome, GA and is working as a medical scribe in an allergy and asthma clinic. Alexandra recently concluded her first season on Paramount World Winterguard with a silver medal at WGI. She marched 2 summers on the colorguard of the Santa Clara Vanguard in ‘16 and ‘17 and was awarded the Art Velarde Spirit Award as an age-out. She is thrilled to be returning to the Vanguard in a new capacity and looks forward to being a part of the 2019 season!

  • Dallas Kiefer
    Dallas Kiefer
    Head Chef
Dallas Kiefer
Head Chef

Bio Coming Soon!

  • Tammy Adams
    Tammy Adams
    Assistant Chef
Tammy Adams
Assistant Chef

Bio Coming Soon!

  • Zarah Calvin
    Zarah Calvin
    Athletic Trainer
Zarah Calvin
Athletic Trainer

Bio Coming Soon!

Brass Staff

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

Mark Nichols is currently entering his 9th year at the Santa Clara Vanguard and his 6th in a Caption Manager position. He is excited for the new team of amazing educators that are joining us in the process of making the best people and educators in the world. Mark Nichols is currently the Associate Director of Bands at Brazoswood High School in Houston, Texas. In his 1st year, the band earned Grand Champion Honors at the USBands Baytown Festival sweeping all captions. They also won the High Music Caption at the Lone Star Marching Festival in the Woodlands. His Concert Band was able to earn a UIL Sweepstakes and won its class at the DC festival in San Antonio. His Winds II Band also earned straight 1’s and won its class at the Gator Fest in Dickinson, TX. In his 2nd year, he was able to again receive a sweepstakes with his Concert Band and earn the highest ratings in the history of the school for the Winds II band. In 2018 the Might Buc Marching Band was also a finalist at the BOA McAllen, and BOA Katy Regionals, and advanced to the prestigious UIL State Marching Band Contest. 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 2006, 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 consistent first divisions in Concert and Sight Reading. The Marching Band at La Porte was 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 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 Champions 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 1st Divisions. 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 named a top festival band at numerous competitions. At. J.J. Pearce High School Mark led the Symphonic Band to straight 1st Divisions 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 7th season as Brass Caption Head for the 2018 World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard. They were also named the Jim Ott Award Winner for High Brass Performance. 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 in 1996 with Dean Westmond and Jed Weeks as his brass instructors. Mark spends his free time with his wife Krissa and their three boys, Riley, Blake, and Brady.

  • Katie VanDoren
    Katie VanDoren
    Assistant Brass Caption Manager
Katie VanDoren
Assistant Brass Caption Manager

Katie VanDoren is currently a band director at Vandegrift High School in Austin, Texas. Originally from Cedar Park, Texas, Mrs. VanDoren graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education.

Katie joins us after spending 12 years with Carolina Crown. She joined the brass staff in 2013, after marching with the corps from 2008-2012. Katie also works with the SASI Leadership Faculty, a group of current and former teachers dedicated to developing student leaders. Since 2013, she has enjoyed getting to be a part of the “SASI Experience”, an uplifting and empowering environment for both students and staff.

Katie’s professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and the Association of Texas Professional Educators. She currently resides in Austin, Texas with her husband Evan and their dog, Cooper, where both enjoy being part of a wonderful community of outstanding music educators.

Katie looks forward to working with the incredible team of educators and performers at the Santa Clara Vanguard!

  • Donnie VanDoren
    Donnie VanDoren
    Brass Consultant
Donnie VanDoren
Brass Consultant

Donnie has extensive experience in the drum and bugle corps activity. From 1980-1984, he was the Brass Caption Head for the Garfield Cadets, winning the Jim Ott Award for high brass in 1983 and 1984 while simultaneously winning their first two world championships. In 1985, VanDoren served as the Brass Caption Head with the Troopers which saw them returning to the DCI Finals and placing 9th.

Donnie was the Brass Caption Head for the Star of Indiana in 1986 and from 1988-93. Star won the Jim Ott Award for high brass in 1990, 1992 and 1993 with the corps winning the DCI World Championship in 1991. From 1994-1998, Donnie served as Brass Theater’s Music Manager and helped the organization transition into the BLAST! production that has been performing in the U.S. and abroad since 1999.

In 1998 and 1999, VanDoren was the Brass Caption Head for the Cadets of Bergen County, winning the DCI World Championship in 1998; from 2006-2011, was an advisor to the Blue Stars which saw them returning to the DCI Finals in 2008; from 2010-2015, was the Staff Coordinator and Brass Caption Supervisor for the Madison Scouts; from 2013-2017, was the Program and Staff Coordinator for the Troopers; since 2016, has been an advisor to the brass program for the Bluecoats; and since 2005, has been an advisor to the brass program for the Carolina Crown.

Donnie VanDoren is an inductee of the Cadets Hall of Fame, the Star of Indiana Wall of Fame, and the DCI Hall of Fame.
Donnie has his own Management Consulting Company, VanDoren Management Group, and is the Casting Director for BLAST! and the Mason Entertainment Group, a position he has held since 2005.

Donnie lives in Cedar Park, TX with his wife Laurie, and is the proud father of Crown alumnus Evan VanDoren and alumna Carrie VanDoren, and is the proud father-in-law of Crown alumna Katie VanDoren.

  • Daniel Cook
    Daniel Cook
    Ensemble Specialist
Daniel Cook
Ensemble Specialist

Daniel Cook is currently on the faculty at the University of North Texas where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, teaches conducting, and serves as the Director of Athletic Bands. In this capacity, he is proud to lead the 425-member Green Brigade Marching Band and oversee performances at other varsity sporting events.

Daniel has completed coursework toward a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he studied with Dr. Mallory Thompson. He holds his Master of Music degree in Conducting from the same institution. Daniel graduated magna cum laude with his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. There, he was also recognized as a Theodore Presser Scholar. Prior to his arrival in Evanston, Daniel was the Director of Bands at DeLand High School in DeLand, Florida. Bands and chamber groups under his direction have enjoyed success, with his students earning superior ratings at district and state solo, small ensemble, and large group performance festivals. Notably, his ensembles have performed at the Music for All National Concert Band Festival and Florida Music Educators Association In-Service Conference. During his time in Florida, he was a member of the Florida Bandmasters Association, chairing numerous marching and concert band events. Additionally, he served as staff pianist and organist at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Daytona Beach.

Daniel is an active clinician, speaker, and guest conductor. His lecture and research interests focus on the adaptation of trends in positive psychology to enhance the efficacy of music classroom instruction.

Daniel is delighted to join the 2020 Santa Clara Vanguard as an Ensemble Specialist. He was previously the assistant brass caption head at the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps and prior to that was on the brass instructional team at the Blue Knights. Daniel was a marching member of Carolina Crown from 2007-2009. His professional affiliations include the Collegiate Band Directors’ National Association, the National Association for Music Education, the National Band Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

  • Zack Anderson
    Zack Anderson
    Brass Technician
Zack Anderson
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 overseeing the marching band, directing the Symphonic and Jazz ensembles, leading horn choir and assisting with all other performing ensembles. He plays an active role at Fowler and Vandeventer middle schools, by mentoring sections in each of their concert ensembles and assisting with rehearsals..

Zack attended the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. While at UNT, 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.

As a member of many educational staffs, Zack has helped assist programs attain state and national level achievements both in the marching and concert activity. Zack currently serves as a consultant, technician, clinician and educator for bands throughout the DFW area.

This is Zack’s third year with the Santa Clara Vanguard. Previously, he has served as an Educational Staff member for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps (2013-14) and Phantom Regiment (2014-2017). He marched with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle corps in 2011.

Zack currently resides in Frisco with his wife Sara and their three dogs Bella, Suka and Harper.

  • Travis Barzee
    Travis Barzee
    Brass & Visual Technician
Travis Barzee
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 Blue Devils in 2013. He was 1st chair 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 3-time BOA Grand National Finalist band, Blue Springs High School, from 2010-2016. Travis is currently in his 3rd year as an Associate Director of Bands in the Grain Valley school district, where he teaches the Wind Symphony, the Jazz Lab, serves as a brass specialist for the middle schools, and works with the Marching Eagles. He is also an active drill writer, guest clinician, and choreographer for high schools across the Midwest.

Travis’ drum corps teaching experience started with the Academy Drum & Bugle Corps in the 2015 season. Travis is thrilled to be entering his 5th season with the Santa Clara Vanguard, having served on visual staff since 2016, and brass staff since 2017. He is incredibly excited to work with such a talented group of staff, designers, and performers for the 2020 season.

  • Danny Brock
    Danny Brock
    Brass Technician
Danny Brock
Brass Technician

Danny Brock serves as a performer, educator, and clinician for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He is currently seeking a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas in conducting and trumpet performance. He holds a Master of Music in trumpet performance with a related field in wind conducting from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor of Music in music education with all-level teaching certification from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Danny has most recently toured as a cast member of Blast! during their 2019 tour in Japan. He has been a member of the UNT Wind Symphony, Opera, Trumpet Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra, as well as surrounding regional orchestras including the Flower Mound and Texarkana Symphony Orchestras. Danny has performed at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Conference, the Texas Music Educators Association Conference, and recorded CD’s in conjunction with the UNT Wind Symphony composer’s series for Michael Daugherty and John Mackey.

Danny has been a private instructor for Lewisville ISD, Keller ISD, and Northwest ISD. He is the founder of the Timber Creek High School and Byron Nelson High School Trumpet Ensembles. Formed in Fall 2017, both ensembles were selected to compete in the quarter-final round in the National Trumpet Competition (NTC) and perform for the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) Regional and Annual Conference in Oklahoma City, OK and San Antonio, TX respectively.

This season marked Danny’s 10th year involved in the marching arts. Prior to joining the Santa Clara Vanguard brass team, Danny was an instructor for 6 years and had marched 3 years as a member of the Bluecoats, earning a bronze medal, leading the brass line as horn sergeant, and performing as a soloist within the years 2010, 2011, and 2012.

  • Lauren Casey-Clyde
    Lauren Casey-Clyde
    Brass Technician
Lauren Casey-Clyde
Brass Technician

Lauren Casey-Clyde is an international performer and music educator residing in Austin, TX. She maintains an active performance career on both trombone and euphonium, that has brought her across the globe to 4 countries, 18 states, and has given her the opportunity to perform with Orchestras such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and with conductors such as Andris Nelsons and Bernard Haitink. As a soloist, she has been recognized at International Solo Competitions. Most recently, she placed Third in the Susan Slaughter Solo Competition at the 2019 International Women’s Brass Conference in Arizona. She was a Finalist in the Artist Euphonium competition of the 2018 Midwest Regional ITEA Conference in Fort Wayne, and was the Winner of the Young Artists Euphonium Competition at the 2015 Northeast Regional ITEA Conference in Ithaca, NY.

Alongside her performing career, Lauren is passionate about dedicating her time to teaching. Prior to moving to Texas, she served as a full time private lesson instructor, and a brass clinician to a dozen schools around the San Francisco Bay Area. She has maintained a Private Studio of students who have made it into Regional County Bands, California All-State Bands, and summer festivals such as the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

In the genre of Marching arts and Pageantry, she is a proud alumnus of Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, where she marched as a Lead Baritone, was a featured Soloist, and earned an individual accolade for being an outstanding member. In 2019, she served on the brass educational staff for the five-time DCI Open Class Champion, the Blue Devils B Drum Corps in Concord, CA. At the high school level, she is currently on staff at Vandegrift High School Marching Band as a marching technician, and previously taught at the Saratoga High School Marching Band, and Lynbrook High School Marching Band as a Brass & Visual Instructor.

Lauren is currently pursuing her Masters of Music Degree in Trombone Performance, under the instruction of Dr. Nathaniel Brickens. She is a member of the University of Texas Wind Ensemble under the direction of Jerry Junkin, as serves as a Teaching Assistant for the Longhorn Band and Longhorn pep band. She previously earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Performance at Boston University in 2018, studying Euphonium under the tutelage of BSO Principal Tubist Mike Roylance.

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

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  • Amy Frost
    Amy Frost
    Brass Technician
Amy Frost
Brass Technician

Amy Frost has been part of the marching arts since she was a member in 2001. She began playing soprano with Copperstar from Arizona, then marched four years with the Santa Clara Vanguard, aging out in 2006 with a first place, gold medal finish in the Trumpet I&E Competition with DCI.

Amy graduated with her Bachelors in Music Education from Arizona State University where she participated in the trumpet ensemble, Wind Symphony, and Sun Devil Marching Band. Following graduation, Amy performed professionally in Japan with the all-female cast of “Odyssey”. She then began teaching in the classroom in 2009, teaching junior high, middle school, and high school band. Recently Amy moved from Austin, TX, where she spent nine years teaching high school band and one of middle school.  Currently she is teaching high school band in Phoenix, AZ, at Sandra Day O’Connor High School.

This is Amy’s fourth year with the Vanguard as a brass technician.

  • Colton Garrett
    Colton Garrett
    Brass Technician
Colton Garrett
Brass Technician

Colton Garrett, a native of Keller, TX graduated from Louisiana State University in the Fall of 2018 earning his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. During his time at LSU, Colton performed in multiple ensembles including the LSU Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Winds. In Colton’s last semester at LSU he student taught at St. Amant High School with Joseph Nassar as his cooperating teacher. Dr. Joseph Skillen was his primary tuba instructor at LSU.

This will be Colton’s third year of staff with the Santa Clara Vanguard. Colton marched with SCV from 2013 to 2016 and served as the tuba section leader in 2016 when he earned the Mike Korten Brass Award. Colton currently resides in Seattle, WA where he is establishing himself as a private low brass instruction in the surrounding areas.

  • Ben Gunnarson
    Ben Gunnarson
    Brass Technician
Ben Gunnarson
Brass Technician

Ben Gunnarson is in his first year as a member of the the brass faculty for the Santa Clara Vanguard. He received his BME in Instrumental Music Education and BM in Trumpet Performance from Indiana University in 2017, where he was active in the symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, pit orchestra, jazz band, latin jazz band, brass band, brass choir, brass quintet, jazz combo, and several athletic bands including the IU Marching Hundred. Ben studied music abroad for a semester in Vienna, Austria under Vienna Philharmonic trumpet Rudolph Amon, and also studied jazz theory and improvisation at IU with Pat Harbison and John Raymond.

Ben has been involved DCI since 2013, marching as a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. He was a four-year soloist on lead trumpet and flugelhorn and aged out in 2016 as the Bluecoats Brass Performer and Bluecoat of the Year. He was also a part of the Bluecoat’s first ever DCI World Championship title. In 2017 Ben had the opportunity to travel to Hong Kong as part of the first ever overseas Bluecoats delegation as part of the Hong Kong Lunar New Year festival.

Following his time as a marching member, Ben began teaching drum corps as a brass staff member for the Bluecoats, and also worked with the four-time Drum Corps Europe champion The Company Performance Ensemble from Chesterfield, England. In addition to student-teaching at Bloomington North High School in Indiana, Ben taught with the marching programs at James Logan High School in California and at Blue Valley West High School in Kansas.

Outside of teaching, Ben continues to perform regularly throughout California. In 2018 he was selected as lead trumpet for the Disneyland All-American College Band, and recorded at Capital Records in LA after working with Gordon Goodwin, Wayne Bergeron, John Clayton, and others. He was also a member of the Monday Night Band at SFJazz, the Mission Peak Brass Band, and the San Francisco Wind Ensemble. In 2019 Ben toured internationally with the Tony-award winning broadway production, Blast! The Music of Disney.

Ben is currently a Cast Member at The Disneyland Resort’s Guest Talent Program and is also a musical guide with the Disney Youth Education Series. He maintains a diverse private trumpet studio and is an active classical and jazz musician in the greater Los Angeles area.

  • Gordon Janda
    Gordon Janda
    Brass Technician
Gordon Janda
Brass Technician

Gordon Janda is in his second year as assistant band director at Dickinson High School, where he teaches the marching band, AP Music Theory, the Concert Band, and two beginner brass classes. He served as a low brass technician for the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps for 2018 and 2019.

He graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with his Bachelors in Music Education in 2017. In his time at SFA, he played tuba in the Wind Ensemble for three years and was principal for one. He was also in the Lumberjack Marching Band for three years where he held a position as section leader. Additionally, he served as a member of the Roarin’ Buzzsaws Basketball Band all four years.

He has also worked as a marching band technician/low brass specialist for Klein Oak High School, Cy-Creek High School, Cy-Fair High School, Tomball High School, Georgetown High School, Manvel High School, Hudson High School, and Cushing High School.

His drum corps experience includes marching with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps from 2011-2016, where he served as section leader for three years and horn sergeant for two.

  • Sarah Jones
    Sarah Jones
    Brass Technician
Sarah Jones
Brass Technician

Sarah Jones is an Assistant Band Director at Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, Texas. Her responsibilities include conducting the Concert Band, Concert Band 2, assisting with the marching band, and teaching beginners at the elementary campuses. Before joining the LH band staff, Sarah served as the Head Band Director at North Belton Middle School in Belton where she conducted the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band, and assisted with the Belton HS Marching Band. Under her direction, the Wind Ensemble earned sweepstakes at UIL and first division ratings at the Big Dallas Festival.

Sarah graduated from Southern Methodist University with Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Educational Studies. While at SMU, she studied horn with Greg Hustis and Haley Hoops and performed in the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Mustang Marching and Basketball Bands. Her drum corps experience includes marching four years with the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps (2013-2016) and serving on the instructional staff at the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2017-2019).

  • Dexx Moore
    Dexx Moore
    Brass Technician
Dexx Moore
Brass Technician

Dexx Moore holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music education from Texas State University. He is currently the Assistant Band Director at Aledo High School. In 2015, Dexx began his drum corps career as a member of the Troopers. For the 2016 and 2017 seasons, he marched with the Bluecoats. During his time at the Bluecoats, the drum corps earned their place in history as the 2016 Drum Corps International World Champions.

After aging out, Dexx served on the brass staff of the Mandarins during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. During his time there, the Mandarins pushed their way into World Class Finals for the first time in corps history. In 2019, the Mandarins broke a 20 year record of non-repeat first time World Class finalists, and earned their first ever box 5 brass score. Dexx lives in Fort Worth, TX with his girlfriend Emily, and two cats. When he is not teaching drum corps, Dexx enjoys mountain biking, and adventuring outdoors!

Dexx is very excited to begin his journey with the Santa Clara Vanguard as a member of the brass staff in 2020!

  • Ed Roush
    Ed Roush
    Brass Technician
Ed Roush
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.

  • Jordan Webb
    Jordan Webb
    Brass Technician
Jordan Webb
Brass Technician

A native of Wilson, NC, Jordan currently resides in Austin, TX where she manages a private trumpet studio in Leander and Austin ISD and works with the Vandegrift High School Marching Band. Jordan also spends extended periods of time in Japan touring as a stage performer in several Kyodo Tokyo and MEG productions, including ‘Blast! The Music of Disney’ and ‘One Piece Oto Utage’ playing trumpet, french horn, mellophone, and conducting.

Jordan earned her Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance and Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She served as the head band director of Toisnot Middle School in Wilson, NC for 4 years and had the opportunity to work with several marching bands in NC during that time. Jordan also worked with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps as a visual instructor in 2013. From 2012-2014, Jordan performed in the Blast!-inspired show, ‘Mix It Up’ at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia. She was also a member of Carolina Crown as a trumpet player and conductor from 2008-2010.

Jordan is the former Director of Midas Winds, a Carolina Gold Performing Arts Ensemble that competed within the AIA and WGI Winds circuits. While under her direction, Midas Winds earned silver medals in Independent Open Class in 2016 and 2017 at WGI Winds World Championships. Jordan first became involved with Carolina Gold Performing Arts in 2011 when she served as the Visual Caption Head and Corps Director for the Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps for 5 years.

Percussion Staff

  • Paul Rennick
    Paul Rennick
    Percussion Caption Manager
Paul Rennick
Percussion 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.

  • K.J. Stafford
    K.J. Stafford
    Assistant Percussion Caption Manager
K.J. Stafford
Assistant Percussion Caption Manager

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, Vanguard has earned four Fred Sanford Awards for Best Percussion: 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 as well as the DCI World Championship in 2018. Prior to working at Vanguard, 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. Under his direction, the bands at Hickory Middle School have consistently received superior ratings at state concert band festivals. In 2009, the Hickory Middle School eighth grade band performed at the Virginia Music Educators State Conference in Hot Springs, Virginia. K.J. also assists with the Hickory High School marching band and WGI Champion Hickory High School Concert Ensemble.

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. 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.

 

  • Peter Cannon
    Peter Cannon
    Snare Technician
Peter Cannon
Snare Technician

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  • David Cavazos
    David Cavazos
    Battery Technician
David Cavazos
Battery Technician

David Cavazos is currently a student at the University of North Texas where he is finishing out a degree in music performance. During his time at UNT, he has performed in a variety of classical and world percussion ensembles and served as the principal percussionist of the UNT Symphony Orchestra for two years.

David’s drum corps experience consisted of one year with The Casper Troopers in 2015 and two years with The Santa Clara Vanguard, where he helped win the Fred Sanford high percussion award in 2016 and 2017, as part of the snare line.

He currently works in the North Texas area where he has taught percussion at a number of schools including Byron Nelson High School and Coppell High School, where he is a Snare/Battery technician and private lesson instructor. He also has performed with such ensembles as the Dallas Maverick’s Drumline and the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra.

  • Aaron Fisher
    Aaron Fisher
    Snare Technician
Aaron Fisher
Snare Technician

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  • Jonathan Leal
    Jonathan Leal
    Snare Technician
Jonathan Leal
Snare Technician
Jonathan Leal is a writer, musician, and native of the Rio Grande Valley who has contributed to the field of marching percussion for over a decade, assisting many students and ensembles in their pursuits of musical excellence. As a percussion instructor, Jonathan has worked with the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps (2012) as well as the Santa Clara Vanguard (2013–Present), ultimately assisting with a number of championship percussion ensembles. And as a performer, he contributed to the award-winning University of North Texas Indoor Drumline, the University of North Texas Snare Ensemble, and the Revolution, Phantom Regiment, and Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, all while competing in various solo competitions.
Today, as a PhD Candidate in Stanford University’s Interdisciplinary Program in Modern Thought & Literature, he is focused on bridging gaps between academic and public sectors, writing arts criticism, essays, scholarship, and music projects inspired by the conviction that creative engagements with the arts help foster more sound communities.
  • Travis Boren
    Travis Boren
    Quad Technician
Travis Boren
Quad Technician

Travis is a percussion performer and educator currently based in DFW. As a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard, he marched 3 seasons on quads aiding the percussion section to win the Fred Sanford Award in 2016 and 2017. He is also an alumni of the Troopers and Spokane Thunder. In 2016, Travis was chosen to be a part of the Spirit of America, a Massachusetts-based marching group. This group was contracted to send a marching band to Dubai to start their own marching circuit, Drum Corps United Arab Emirates (DCU).

He holds a private lesson studio in Birdville ISD, is the assistant director at Nazarene Christian Academy, and is a quad technician at the Troopers.

  • Josh Hirner
    Josh Hirner
    Quad Technician
Josh Hirner
Quad Technician

Josh Hirner lives in DFW and works as a percussion educator and performer, serving as a lesson teacher, technician, and clinician. He specializes in all areas of percussion, including drum set and marching percussion, as well as classical piano.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Percussion from the University of North Texas. While at UNT, he performed in a variety of ensembles including the Green Brigade Marching Band, the Indoor “A-line” drumline, 8 and 2 o’clock Steel Bands, and classical ensembles. In 2014, he traveled with the indoor drumline to Opole, Poland to perform in the International Drum Festival, clinics, and other performances around the area. He was a member of the 2015 and 2016 award winning PASIC UNT Quad ensembles. Leading the ensemble in 2016, the group premiered his piece, “QuadTom Physics”.

His DCI career began on the quad line with the Casper Troopers in 2014, and he spent the remainder of his eligible years on the quad line at the Santa Clara Vanguard (2015-2018). He served as section leader his last two years at the Santa Clara Vanguard (2017-2018). In 2015, during his tenure at SCV, he was invited to attend PASIC as an artist and group clinician under the direction of Paul Rennick. Josh and the SCV Percussion section earned the Fred Sanford Award for High Percussion in 2016, 2017, and 2018. In the summer of 2018, Josh performed his self-composed quad solo, “Penteract”, and earned first place at the DCI Individual and Ensemble competition. Josh is a DCI World Class Champion, earning the gold medal with the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2018.

Josh accredits his musical passion and career to his teachers and mentors alike: Michael A. Hernandez, Kennan Wylie, Bill Bachman, Paul Rennick, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, and Stockton Helbing.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Armeen Ghafourpour
    Armeen Ghafourpour
    Cymbal Technician
Armeen Ghafourpour
Cymbal Technician

Armeen Ghafourpour is a cymbal technician for both the Santa Clara Vanguard A-Corps and Cadets Corps. He marched in the Cadets Corps in 2008 and 2009 under percussion caption head Kohei Mizushima, and in the 2010 and 2011 A-Corps under Murray Gusseck and Paul Rennick respectively. A strong believer in the positive effects of marching music education he works frequently with many middle and high schools pageantry programs in California and Hawaii, in technician, caption head, designer, and arranger roles.

As a student at both West Valley College and later San Jose State University, Armeen studied classical performance in the studio of Professor Bruce Moyer, and graduated with a B.M. in Double Bass Performance. As a strings educator, he maintains a studio of private students and coaches with groups such as Saratoga High School, Mountain View High School, and the San Jose Youth Chamber Orchestras. As an educator he works to combine the best of both his musical worlds, as he presents philosophies of focus, work ethic, and dedication learned from pageantry with his knowledge and experience as a classical orchestral musician.

  • John Nguyen
    John Nguyen
    Cymbal Technician
John Nguyen
Cymbal Technician

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  • Kaia Lo
    Kaia Lo
    Cymbal Technician
Kaia Lo
Cymbal Technician

Bio Coming Soon!

  • Sandi Rennick
    Sandi Rennick
    Front Ensemble Technician
Sandi Rennick
Front Ensemble Technician

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

Bio Coming Soon!

  • Reid Paxton
    Reid Paxton
    Percussion Technician
Reid Paxton
Percussion Technician

Reid Paxton has been involved with Vanguard Music and Performing Arts since 2011. Over the years, he has had the opportunity to work with the Vanguard, Vanguard Cadets, and Vanguard Winter Percussion. Reid has also taught with the Madison Scouts in 2009 and the Phantom Regiment in 2010. As a member, Reid performed with Carolina Crown (2003-2005) and the Phantom Regiment (2007-2008).

Currently living in Austin, Texas, Reid works as a band director at James Bowie High School. At Bowie, his duties include directing two of the three steelbands, multiple percussion ensembles, and the percussion section of the James Bowie Outdoor Performing Ensemble. Before moving to Austin in 2016, Reid served as a private lesson teacher and percussion assistant in the North Texas area.

Reid received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of South Carolina, where he studied with Dr. Scott Herring. While at South Carolina he was involved with the USC percussion ensemble, USC Wind Ensemble, the Palmetto Pans Steelband, Opera at USC, and the USC Symphony Orchestra.

  • 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.

  • Michael Strange
    Michael Strange
    Front Ensemble Technician
Michael Strange
Front Ensemble Technician

Michael Strange is a percussionist, educator, and arranger from Chesapeake, Virginia. Michael has an extensive background in the marching arts, serving on the percussion staff at both Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps and The Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps. He is an adjunct instructor for the world-renowned University of Alabama Million Dollar Band and regularly arranges for their fall productions. In addition to his drum corps and university work, Michael serves as a clinician for the Mililani Trojan Marching Band in Mililani, HI.

Michael earned his B.S. in Music from Radford University, where he studied with Dr. Robert Sanderl. During his time at Radford, Michael had the opportunity to perform alongside many notable percussionists such as Gordon Stout, Michael Burritt, Anders Astrand, Thomas Burritt, and Maraca 2. In 2016, Michael traveled to Ireland for a series of performances with the Radford University Wind Ensemble. He also had the honor of performing with the Radford University Percussion Ensemble at the Kennedy Center in 2015. In January of 2018, Michael traveled to Slovenia with the Radford University Percussion Ensemble to perform at Bumfest.

Michael has extensive experience in the marching arena with both DCI & WGI. Michael was a member of the 2013 Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps Front Ensemble and the Santa Clara Vanguard from 2014-2017. The Santa Clara Vanguard, under the direction of Paul and Sandi Rennick, received the Fred Sanford High percussion award in 2014, 2016 and 2017. In 2015, Michael performed with the Santa Clara Vanguard percussion section at PASIC.

In addition to his DCI experience Michael has taught with several marching band and percussion programs including Hickory High School, Bath County High School, Pulaski County High School, Radford High School, Westlake High School and James Bowie High School in Austin, Texas. During the 2018 WGI season, Michael served as a front ensemble instructor for Liberty University Indoor Drumline.

Color Guard Staff

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

Daniel Riley has been involved with the marching arts for 25 years. During his time in the arts, he has worked as a technician, clinician, choreographer, designer, adjudicator, consultant and director for multiple successful color guard programs. Daniel performed with BLAST! U.S. National Tour and marched with the Cadets, and he has worked with many great organizations around the country: The Cadets, Northmont H.S., Ooltehwah H.S., Owasso H.S., Stoneman Douglas H.S., Alliance of Miami, Braddock Independent, Park Vista H.S., West Broward H.S., James Bowie H.S., Castle H.S., Paramount Winter guard. Daniel has been the SCV Color Guard Caption Head since 2013.

 

  • 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.
  • Ronnie Bynum
    Ronnie Bynum
    Color Guard Technician
Ronnie Bynum
Color Guard Technician

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).
  • Hector Garcia
    Hector Garcia
    Color Guard Technician & Choreographer
Hector Garcia
Color Guard Technician & Choreographer

Hector Garcia began his color guard career at Rancho Buena Vista High School (Vista, California) where he immediately found his passion for the performing arts. He started his career in 2009 performing for his high school’s color guard and dance team. After RBV, Hector trained with elite studios in California, including California Ballet (San Diego, CA) and Alonzo King Ballet (San Francisco, CA). He marched Winter Guard at Santa Clara Vanguard 2014-2016 as well as Bluecoats Indoor for their Inaugural season in 2018, where he served as one of the captains.  For DCI, Hector marched Santa Clara Vanguard in 2013-2014 and the Blue Devils in 2015. Hector had the opportunity to travel and perform in Japan for 6 months as a member of the Visual Ensemble with “Blast! The music of Disney”.

While performing, Hector has had the opportunity to teach and choreograph for Mt. Carmel High School, Northview HS and Cindy’s Dance studio. This will be his first year teaching at Santa Clara Vanguard and he is excited to be part of the team!

Hector has graduated from San Diego Pacific Medical Center and has worked as a Nurse Assistant in Hospitals in San Diego and San Francisco, CA. Following his passion for dance, he will be moving to NYC to pursue his career in dance in the Winter of 2018. After the summer, He plans to move his life to Austin, Texas where he will be teaching at Vandergrift High School for the Fall season.

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

LeAnne Hlavka is a native to Southern California and currently resides in Long Beach, CA. Her color guard performance experience includes Fantasia Winter Guard (2004-2008), Yamato Drum & Bugle Corps (2004), Santa Clara Vanguard (2005-2007), and the Santa Clara Vanguard Winter Guard (2009). In addition to her competitive career, she also performed professionally with the visual cast of the musical stage production, “Odyssey”, which toured Japan in 2008. LeAnne began teaching Vanguard in 2008 with the Vanguard Cadet Corps, and then went on to work with the A corps (2009-2011, 2013, 2018-present). She also worked with the SCV Winter Guard in 2016 and started teaching The Bluecoats Winter Guard for their inaugural year in 2018.

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

Bio Coming Soon!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Alexander Perez
    Alexander Perez
    Color Guard Technician & Choreographer
Alexander Perez
Color Guard Technician & Choreographer

Alexander Perez has been involved in the marching arts for over 20 years. At age 16, he joined the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps as a member of the contra line. He was also a member of Carolina Crown drum and bugle corps, where he was part of the color guard under the direction of Micheal Shapiro and Rosie Miller-Queen. He later returned to Boston to age out of the Color Guard in 2004. After aging out, he then joined the creative and instructional teams of the Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps, The Cadets, and Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps (who were the winners of the George Zingali High Color Guard Award in 2017 and the recent DCI 2018 World Champions)!

In addition to his extensive experience in the drum corps activity, Alexander has had a successful career in the Winter Guard arena; he started with Braddock Independent winter guards, first as a performing member with under the direction of April Martinez and then as a captain. He later joined the staff at Braddock, who then went on to be a WGI world class bronze medalist. He has designed for groups such as Cypress Bay High School FL, Summerville High School SC, Somerset High School FL, WestJohnson High School NC, Winston Churchill High School TX, Miami Coral Park High School FL, St.Joseph High School Malaysia, Braddock Independent Winter Guard FL, Black Gold Winter Guard TX,  SalemBlue Winter Guard NH, Park Vista Community High School FL, Germantown High School MS, Olive Branch High School MS, Stoneman Douglas High School Winter Guard FL, Park Vista (WGI open class champions), South Florida Independent FL, FIU winter guard FL, and the 5-time fan-favorite West Broward World Guard FL.

Alexander has had some amazing opportunities due to his involvement in the marching arts. He was a performing member for the Micro Magic Japan touring cast in 2001 and was the lead designer for the St. Joseph High School Marching Band from Kuching Malaysia, who was recently crowned the 2015 US Bands Yamaha Cup Grand Champion.

  • Joey Powell
    Joey Powell
    Color Guard Technician & Choreographer
Joey Powell
Color Guard Technician & Choreographer

Bio Coming Soon!

  • Tyler Richards
    Tyler Richards
    Color Guard Technician & Choreographer
Tyler Richards
Color Guard Technician & Choreographer

Bio Coming Soon!

  • Megan Smith
    Megan Smith
    Color Guard Technician
Megan Smith
Color Guard Technician

Bio Coming Soon!

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 and Staff Coordinator 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. Beginning in 2017, Matt has taught Nada Syiar Daar El-Qolam Drum Corps based out of Tangerang, Indonesia.

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

Bio Coming Soon!

  • Travis Barzee
    Travis Barzee
    Brass & Visual Technician
Travis Barzee
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 Blue Devils in 2013. He was 1st chair 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 3-time BOA Grand National Finalist band, Blue Springs High School, from 2010-2016. Travis is currently in his 3rd year as an Associate Director of Bands in the Grain Valley school district, where he teaches the Wind Symphony, the Jazz Lab, serves as a brass specialist for the middle schools, and works with the Marching Eagles. He is also an active drill writer, guest clinician, and choreographer for high schools across the Midwest.

Travis’ drum corps teaching experience started with the Academy Drum & Bugle Corps in the 2015 season. Travis is thrilled to be entering his 5th season with the Santa Clara Vanguard, having served on visual staff since 2016, and brass staff since 2017. He is incredibly excited to work with such a talented group of staff, designers, and performers for the 2020 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)

  • Chris Cowling
    Chris Cowling
    Visual Technician
Chris Cowling
Visual Technician

Chris Cowling has been a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard visual staff since 2016. His DCI experience started with Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps from 2001 – 2005 where he was the Drum Major for five seasons. 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 seasons.

In 2014 Chris joined Pulse Percussion as a member of their Board of Directors. He held that position until 2017.  Chris is now a Visual Instructor for Pulse Percussion, a position he took in 2017.

He is also currently a full-time visual designer, instructor, and clinician for marching bands and indoor drumlines. Chris is a Southern California native, he currently resides 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.

  • Ryan Demkovich
    Ryan Demkovich
    Visual Technician
Ryan Demkovich
Visual Technician

Ryan Demkovich is currently the Director of Bands at Stephen F. Austin High School in Sugar Land, Texas.  Prior to his appointment at SFA, Ryan was Associate Director of Bands at Elkins High School in Fort Bend ISD for four years where they earned multiple UIL sweepstakes in both marching and concert bands and was an Area Marching Finalist.  Ryan also spent four years teaching at Alvin High School in Alvin ISD.

As a Jenison, Michigan native, Ryan was fortunate enough to be introduced to the band activity at BOA finalist and MCBA state champion, Jenison High School.  Ryan earned his Bachelor’s degree in music education from Western Michigan University and then moved to Houston, Texas in 2007 to pursue a Master’s Degree in conducting from the University of Houston.  It was there, he had the privilege of studying under some of his most influential mentors including David Bertman, Eddie Green, John Benzer, and Tom Bennett.

Ryan has also been very involved in the drum corps activity for some time.  He began his drum corps career as a baritone player in the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps in the summer of 2003.  From there he moved on to march in the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from the years of 2004-2006 where he was a two-time world champion and a Jim Ott Brass award winner.  From 2007-2009, he remained with Cavaliers as a brass instructor where he worked with David Bertman, David Clemmer, John Pasquale, Mark McGahey, and Donnie Hull. In 2010, he embarked on a new journey and took his talents to the bay… As a visual instructor with the Santa Clara Vanguard.   He is currently enjoying his 9th year as an instructor with SCV as they continue their pursuit of another world championship.

Ryan currently resides in Houston, Texas with his girlfriend Cyndi and his dog Biscuit.  He spends his free time as a Houston Rockets season ticket holder, doing CrossFit, and enjoying Houston’s amazing culinary scene.

  • Carolyn Drislane
    Carolyn Drislane
    Visual Technician
Carolyn Drislane
Visual Technician
Carolyn Drislane has been heavily involved in the marching arts since 2002 as a performer, choreographer and technician. She has been fortunate to work with numerous performance ensembles, with most recent ventures as a visual designer for George Mason Indoor Percussion and George Mason Open color guard. Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and a clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Marymount University in Arlington, VA. She currently works as a sports physical therapist at the National Rehabilitation Network in Washington, DC and a research fellow at George Mason University. She is eager to share her passion and knowledge of movement to Santa Clara Vanguard 2019!
  • Lauren Drislane
    Lauren Drislane
    Visual Technician
Lauren Drislane
Visual Technician

Lauren Drislane currently resides in Dayton, Ohio where she works within a special education setting teaching K-12 Health and Physical Education. Originally from New York state, she has been involved in the marching arts since 2001. As a performer, she had the opportunity to be involved with numerous organizations including Shenendehowa HS and the Pride of Cincinnati Winterguard. With dance performance being her primary focus, she has also performed with the SUNY Cortland Dance Company and the Pride of Cincinnati Dance Ensemble.

Along with her passion for performing, Lauren has also taught numerous scholastic and independent ensembles. Currently, she is teaching the Miamisburg HS Winterguard as well as the Pride of Cincinnati Winterguard for the upcoming winter season. With education being a driving force in her life, both in the classroom and within the performing arts, she is excited to start this new journey with the SCV Drum and Bugle Corps!

  • Steven Estudillo
    Steven Estudillo
    Visual Technician
Steven Estudillo
Visual Technician

Bio Coming Soon!

  • 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!
  • Tykeem Rainey
    Tykeem Rainey
    Visual Technician
Tykeem Rainey
Visual Technician

Tykeem Rainey is an active choreographer and technician in the San Antonio, TX area at Ronald Reagan High School and Winston Churchill High School.

Tykeem was a member of the color guard at the Madison Scouts from 2008-2011. Upon aging out, Tykeem served as an intern and staff member from 2012-2014. During the off season, Tykeem had the opportunity to march with Impact Independent from Northern Virginia, Virginia from 2008-2012 and won the WGI Independent A Gold Medal.

In 2014, Tykeem had the opportunity to perform in the Tony and Emmy Award Winning production, “BLAST!” that toured prefectures throughout Japan. From 2015 to 2018, Tykeem performed and choreographed “Mix it Up,” a staged theme show located at Busch Gardens, in Williamsburg, Virginia. In the spring of 2017, Tykeem earned his Bachelor’s Degree (With Honors) in History (Concentration in Caribbean Slavery) from Virginia Commonwealth University located in Richmond, Virginia.

Tykeem’s most recent summers were spent with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps in 2018 and the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps in 2019.

Currently, Tykeem is the caption coordinator for the Madison Scouts Color Guard as well as, choreographer and technician to color guards and winter ensembles such as: Hickory High School, Green Hope High School, Round Rock High School, Union High School, Origins, George Mason World, Onyx World, and Violet Crown Percussion.

Tykeem is very excited to be a part of the visual team.

  • Andrew Rhebergen
    Andrew Rhebergen
    Visual Technician
Andrew Rhebergen
Visual Technician

Andrew Rhebergen began his DCI performance career as a tuba player in 2006 with the Blue Stars. He then joined The Cavaliers from 2007-2012 serving two years as Drum Major. Andrew was also awarded Cavalier of the Year in 2012. Continuing his performance career, Andrew joined Rhythm X Winds as a founding member and WGI World Champion in 2015.

As an educator, Andrew began teaching at Green Thunder Percussion in 2013. During his time at GTP, the group transitioned to WGI World Class becoming Cavaliers Indoor Percussion. After a brief hiatus, he returned to CIP from 2016 to 2018. Andrew starting teaching drum corps at Legends in 2016, helping the group receive their first medal in Open Class. On the high school level, Andrew has worked with such programs as Lake Park HS (IL), Lake Central HS (IN), and Marian Catholic HS (IL). Currently, Andrew is the Visual Caption Head at Fishers HS in Fishers, Indiana and a proud member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Visual Staff.

  • Rudy Ruiz
    Rudy Ruiz
    Visual Technician
Rudy Ruiz
Visual Technician

Rudy Ruiz is a Southern California Native that has been involved in the marching arts community since 2008. Rudy has been an educator for the visual programs at several high school bands in Southern California including, South Hills, Azusa, Gahr, Sunny Hills, and Gladstone. He is currently the visual caption head at Monrovia, Alta Loma, and La Canada High Schools.

After performing with Pacific Crest and the Cavaliers Rudy became a visual tech at Pacific Crest in 2012. After several seasons as a visual tech Rudy then moved into an Assistant Caption Head role for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, and now he is the current Visual Caption Head at Pacific Crest.. In addition to teaching Pacific Crest, Rudy also had the privilege of being a visual instructor for the Cavaliers from 2013-2015.

When he’s not working with an ensemble, Rudy works as a freelance Cinematographer, Camera Assistant, and Grip, on independent films and music videos in California and Nevada.

  • Taylor Trevino
    Taylor Trevino
    Visual Technician
Taylor Trevino
Visual Technician

Taylor Trevino has been on the visual staff of the Santa Clara Vanguard since 2011. He was a former member (2009 and 2010) on mellophone and trumpet respectively. Since 2015, he has been the Assistant Band Director at Lake Travis High School in Austin, TX where he directs the Marching Band, the Symphonic Band and the first Concert Band. Prior to this, he taught at Douglas MacArthur High School in North East ISD in San Antonio, TX. A graduate of Cedar Park High School and Texas State University, Trevino studied trumpet with Jack Laumer, Dr. Amanda Pepping and Dr. Robert Cannon and music education with Dr. Mary Ellen Cavitt and Dr. Amy Simmons.

While at Texas State University he was Trumpet Section Leader as well as Drum Major for the marching band. He student taught and served on the instructional staff at Vandegrift High School and has been on the instructional staffs at Ronald Reagan and James Bowie High Schools. Groups under his direction have received numerous Sweepstakes (first division) awards both in marching and concert competitions.

In addition to music and education, Trevino has performance experience with Orchesis Dance Company and the Shay Ishii Dance Company. He has served as a visual judge for the Birdville ISD Marching Festival and has been an instructor for the Drum Major and Leadership courses at Texas Lutheran University’s Summer Music Academy.

Sound

  • Nathan Bashline
    Nathan Bashline
    Sound Engineer
Nathan Bashline
Sound Engineer

Nathan Bashline comes from Harleysville, Pennsylvania. He has worked with many high school groups, drum corps, and indoor drumlines. Nathan spent the 2015 season marching at Bushwackers, the 2016 season working with the Bluecoats, and the 2017/2018 seasons with the Reading Buccaneers.

Nathan is honored to be joining Santa Clara Vanguard in their 2019 season as a sound engineer. Nathan is the soundscape and electronics designer for Spring-Ford Area High School where he spends most of his time. He is also a percussion adjudicator and a professional sound engineer who has toured and worked in many local venues.

  • Pete Crawford
    Pete Crawford
    Sound Engineer
Pete Crawford
Sound Engineer

Pete obtained his BA in Music Composition and Percussion Performance from California State University, Bakersfield. His marching percussion instructors include Alex Herrera and Tony Nunez. In 2002, Peter marched with Impulse Drum & Bugle Corps and in 2006 he aged out with Valley Independent Percussion as the tenor line section leader. He has written for and taught at numerous high schools in the southwest area. He volunteered with Golden Empire Drum & Bugle corps for their inaugural year as a sound designer and engineer. Pete has worked with Velvet Knights Drum & Bugle Corps, Orange County Independent Open Percussion, and Odyssey Indoor Percussion. He was also a performing member for the first two years of WGI Winds with Orange County Independent Winds Ensemble, where he medaled in the Independent World class both years (Silver then Bronze). He was the lead arranger for Chops Inc. Drum & Bugle Corps for 2014 and 2015 and wrote the music book for the entire corps both years.

Pete is the Percussion Caption Head and Program Coordinator for Liberty High School in Bakersfield, CA and does sound design and digital music editing for colorguard groups. He is very proud to be joining Santa Clara Vanguard in 2019 as a sound engineer. He is a percussion adjudicator in the Central CA area, and a professional recording and sound engineer working at many local venues in Bakersfield, most notably at The Bakersfield Fox Theater. Pete is a proud member of the Innovative Percussion Inc. educational artist family.

  • Sam Farr
    Sam Farr
    Sound Engineer
Sam Farr
Sound Engineer

This is Sam’s second season on the staff side of DCI and first season as Vanguard staff. He was on staff with the Guardians last year as an audio engineer and snare tech. In addition to being with Vanguard this year, he will also be on staff with Troopers as an audio engineer and snare tech. Sam has taught numerous high schools throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and currently works with Lake Highlands and Colleyville Heritage High School. He played snare drum in several world class groups, including Vigilantes Indoor Percussion 2013, ’15-’17, Troopers 2016, and Vanguard 2017. He also performed in the 2016 UNT Snare Ensemble, winning first place at PASIC. Sam holds a bachelors degree in Radio/TV/Film from the University of North Texas, and is on the production team at CBS 11 News in Fort Worth, Texas.

  • Wade Quinn
    Wade Quinn
    Sound Engineer
Wade Quinn
Sound Engineer

Wade has been a performer with many groups, most notably the Sacramento Mandarins and the Santa Clara Vanguard Winter Percussion. His leadership skills helped SCVWP to their first WGI World Class placement and Guiding Granite Bay HS to 3 WBA Championship Titles and 2 NC-PA Scholastic open titles since joining their staff in 2013. Wade is also an arranger, clinician, and consultant in Northern California with the focus of percussion and Sound Engineering/Design. He has worked with many ensembles, most notably the Santa Clara Vanguard Winter Percussion, Tri City Percussion, Granite Bay Emerald Brigade, and Sacramento State University. Wade is the Percussion Caption Head for the Marching Band at CSU Sacramento and Granite Bay HS, and he is finishing his Audio Engineering degree.

  • Rob Reder
    Rob Reder
    Sound Engineer
Rob Reder
Sound Engineer

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