We are thrilled to announce our Instructional staff for the 2020 season! With such an awesome lineup we can't wait to see what is in store for the summer! We'll introduce you to the Caption Supervisor and Caption Head below, but you can learn more about each of these talented individuals on our Staff page at https://seattlecascades.org/staff.
Chuck Naffier - Brass Designer & Caption Supervisor
Chuck Naffier is the Brass Designer and Brass Caption Supervisor of the Seattle Casacades for 2020. Chuck has been involved in the marching arts activity for close to 40 years as a performer, instructor, arranger, composer, and program coordinator. He holds a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Music Education at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago.Chuck got his start as a performer and soloist with the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps of Dubuque, IA. Throughout the 90’s he worked for the Colts as a brass arranger, brass caption supervisor, and program coordinator. Named to the Colts “Hall of Fame” in 2003, Chuck returned in 2014 and 2015 to serve as their brass arranger. He also worked with the Crossmen (San Antonio, TX) as a brass arranger and program coordinator from 2000-2003 and again from 2011-2014.An accomplished jazz musician, Chuck is an active performer and arranger/composer in the jazz idiom. His work can be heard from groups such as the The Denver Brass, Al Chez & The Brothers of Funk, and the Fort Collins Symphony. He was formerly the band director at Poudre High School (Fort Collins, CO), director of sound engineering and electronic music at Santaluces High School (Boyton Beach, FL), and guitar instructor at Lake Park High School (Lake Park, IL).Chuck is an active music adjudicator and clinician throughout the U.S. and he currently serves as the band director at Hawthorne Middle School South in Vernon Hills, IL.
Michael Alsop - Brass Caption Head
Michael Alsop is a Ph.D. student in music education and graduate teaching assistant at the University of Georgia, where he works in the music education department teaching instrumental methods and pedagogy courses and observing student teachers. His drum corps teaching experience includes summers teaching on the visual staff with Phantom Regiment and most recently with the brass staff for the Madison Scouts. Additionally, he has over a decade of experience working with first-class marching bands, including the 38-time Indiana state finalist Northview Marching Knights and the two-time BOA Grand Nationals finalist Castle Marching Knights. Michael’s marching experience includes marching tuba with Phantom Regiment in 2006 and 2008.
Micah Brusse - Percussion Designer & Caption Supervisor
Micah has a long history of success as a performer and instructor in the drum corps activity having performed on snare drum with the Blue Devils, garnering a DCI Championship in 1997. Following his time as a performer Micah taught percussion at the Blue Knights from 1999-2001 and the Blue Devils from 2002-2005. Micah served as both a teacher and consultant for the Oregon Crusaders Drum Corps from 2010-2015 and was the Battery Coordinator at OC Indoor starting in 2009, taking over writing duties in 2014. Micah is also the Director of Marching Percussion for the University of Oregon Marching Band, a position he has held since 1998. His percussion sections have performed as a part of the OMB in two National Championship Games (BCS & CFP), three Rose Bowls, two Fiesta Bowls, three Holiday Bowls, two Sun Bowls, the Alamo Bowl, the Las Vegas Bowl, the Seattle Bowl, and the Aloha Classic making countless television and media appearances. In addition to his duties at UO, Micah teaches the award winning Evergreen High School Marching Band (Vancouver, WA) who is a 5-time Northwest Marching Band Champion as well as Evergreen Winter Percussion. He is a proud endorser of Yamaha, Remo, Vic Firth, and Offworld Percussion. Micah is looking forward to return for his fourth year with the team!
Josiah Nelson - Percussion Caption Head
Josiah Nelson will also be returning for his 4th year teaching on the percussion staff. He has been teaching in the Northwest for nearly 10 years and is currently working with percussion programs in the Portland area. Josiah marched 5 seasons of drum corps, beginning with the Seattle Cascades and going on to march with the Blue Stars and the Oregon Crusaders. After aging out, he worked with Oregon Crusaders Indoor and the drum corps from 2014 – 2017 as the snare tech. Currently, Josiah works as the Percussion Director for Skyview High School and Alki Middle School. He also works with winter percussion programs in the area serving as a visual designer.
Brian Greenleaf - Color Guard Designer and Caption Supervisor
Mr. Greenleaf joined the Centennial Band Staff as Guard Director in 2005. Prior to coming to CHS, Mr. Greenleaf has been the Color Guard director for the Haltom High School color guard program. The Haltom color guard has been a consistent medalist in the North Texas Color Guard Association’s Circuit Championships, as well as a Winter Guard International finalist. Prior to coming to Texas , Mr. Greenleaf was the Color Guard Director for The Union Public Schools in Tulsa , Oklahoma where he administrated and taught over 100 students in grades 6 through 12.Mr. Greenleaf has been active in Marching Band, Winter Guard, and Drum and Bugle Corps as a designer, technician, clinician and consultant since 1989. In addition to public school teaching, Mr. Greenleaf has instructed the Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, the Black Gold Drum and Bugle Corps, and has served as the caption head for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Greenleaf also founded the five time WGI finalist. Black Gold Winter Guard from Tulsa, Oklahoma.Mr. Greenleaf is the past President and 1st Vice President of the Mid-America Performing Arts Association. He is credited with the significant growth in membership and quality of the Association during his presidency. Mr. Greenleaf is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Kappa Kappa Psi.Mr. Greenleaf has served on the Executive Board of the North Texas Color Guard Association, as well as the Winter Guard International Advisory Board and Steering Committee to the executive board.
Kat Daigle - Color Guard Caption Head
Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Kat Daigle is a 2017 graduate of Nicholls State University in cellular and molecular biology. Kat has worked with numerous successful programs across Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas including her current program the Crimson Belles at Terrebonne High. After becoming director in 2015, Kat has lead the color guard to an undefeated debut winter guard season and three state medals across both fall and winter since the winter guard’s debut in 2017. Kat has also has worked on color guard staff at the Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps beginning back in 2015. She was also a 4 year member of Voodoo Independent winter guard from 2014-2017 where she was co-director. She is excited about continuing to educate students across the country and sharing her passion with the Seattle Cascades
Scott Bush - Visual Caption Supervisor
Mr. Scott R.M. Bush is from San Diego, California and has been instructing in the Drum Corps/marching/visual arts activity for 31 years. Most recently, He is currently the Director of Visual and Color guard at Ganado High School in Ganado, Texas.
Mr. Bush has been a consultant for the 2012 – 2015 Open Class Finalist Gold Drum & Bugle Corps, San Diego CA. Mr. Bush has instructed the WGI Winter Percussion Scholastic A Bronze Medalist, Oceanside HS, Oceanside, CA, WBA 1A undefeated, Chaparral HS, Temecula CA, 6th place SCSBOA 4A finalist, Oceanside HS, Oceanside, CA. Mr. Bush has also instructed BOA Regional Finalist, TECG Gold Medalist, Calallen HS, Winterguard Corpus Christi, TX, Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, Jacksonville, Fl, 2004 DCI Division III Bronze Medalist, 2003 DCI Division III Bronze Medalist, Marion Cadets, Marion, OH, 2000 DCI Division III DCI Finalist and High Performance Visual, Capital Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, Columbus, OH.
Mr. Bush is also the co-author with Mr. Joe Sparks, of the B & S Basics textbook, an application for marching band visual techniques which is used by select band programs throughout the United States.
Joe Sparks - Visual Caption Head
Joe Sparks resides in St. Louis, Missouri and has over 17 years of educational experience in the marching arts. As a performer Mr. Sparks is a former member of The Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps and Black Gold Drum Corps. Joe is a former member of the "Razorbacks Band" University of Arkansas and "The Pride" Missouri State University. Joe is a trombonist for a traditional jazz ensemble, Annie and the Fur Trappers.
Mr. Sparks educational marching arts and pageantry experience includes Gold Drum and Bugle Corps 2014 open class finalist where he was acting Brass Caption Head. Visual team member with The Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps 2004,2006 world class finalist. Visual clinician for Teal Sound Drum Corps 2005 Division II Finalist.
In 2005 Mr. Sparks co-authored with Mr. Scott Bush, of the B & S Basics," a comprehensive guide to contemporary marching basics", utilized by programs across the country. Joe is a former visual team member of Marion Cadets Drum Corps 2002 Drum Corps World Magazine "most improved", and 2003 Division III bronze medalists. Mr. Sparks is the former Visual Coordinator for O'Fallon Township, Illinois high school band 2004-2008. Mr. Sparks is currently in his 7th year as Program Coordinator for the Francis Howell High School Marching Band. In addition to his work as an instructor Mr. Sparks is a freelance clinician and adjudicator.