Meet The Staff

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CORPS LEADERSHIP &
EDUCATIONAL STAFF 

It takes a small army to keep a World Class drum corps functioning smoothly. Our educational staff are among the best and most sought after educators from the Pacific Northwest, and around the country.  Our administrative and support staff have decades of experience managing the complex logistics of taking a full size World Class drum corps, all of their equipment, props, food and supporting staff on a 10,000 mile road trip.  All of our staff are dedicated to ensuring the best possible experience for our members.

SENIOR LEADERSHIP

 

Brian M. Smith

Corps Director

Having moved a few years ago to the Pacific Northwest, Brian wanted to continue his passion for youth education and community development. Brian joined the 2019 Cascades administration team as Assistant Tour Director.

No stranger to drum corps, Brian has also past served in the administrative capacity as a Board member, and Treasurer for Gold Drum & Bugle Corps, San Diego CA.  Brian was also a member of the ’02 Marion Glory Cadets percussion staff, acting as the front ensemble coordinator. Additionally, Brian has consulted with several high school bands in the Kansas City and St. Louis area.  As a marching member, Brian marched at Nite Express, Cedar Rapids, IA, continuing to Colts, Dubuque IA, and ageing out with Blue Knights, Denver, CO.


Originally a Kansas City, MO native, Brian attended Central Methodist College, majoring in vocal performance. Brian then channeled his energies to the field of Retail Management, spending his time in the industry for some of retails most influential brands, serving and developing others. Brian has previously worked for Tommy Hilfiger, where he spent over 9 years, which led him to Tommy Corporate in New York City, with an emphasis in Human Resources.

His passion for retail and serving the public has continued with Management positions for Nordstrom, Gap Inc, and Lacoste. Currently in his 21st year in the Retail Management, Brian is currently employed with Nike Inc. Brian’s time in the Retail industry has afforded him the knowledge to gain insight and understanding of working within a Team focused environment, with a key focus on sound structure and organization.
 

Still considering himself still new to the Evergreen State, Brian enjoys his free time exploring what the states vast trails have to offer with his miniature schnauzer, Opus.

E-Mail: brian.smith@seattlecascades.org

Dr. John W. Wilkerson

Educational Director

Hello, I am honored to be a part of the Seattle Cascades Family and serve in the role of Education Director and Staff Coordinator.
 

Dr. Wilkerson is starting in his 22nd year as a music educator. He is a native of North Central Florida. Dr. Wilkerson has received diplomas from Union County High School, Florida, a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Jacksonville University, Florida, a Master of Education in Administration/Supervision and Leadership from the University of Phoenix, Arizona, and his Doctoral Education Degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University, Virginia. In December of 2015, he served as a presenter at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. The clinic session was on “Thriving and Serving with Available Resources.”


In 1996, Dr. Wilkerson was inducted into the Florida Collegiate Music Educators National Conference Hall of Fame and was a part of the 1996 Closing Ceremonies of the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.


In 2010 he was inducted into the Teal sound Drum and Bugle Corps Inaugural Hall of Fame. He marched with Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle, and served on staff at Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, The Cadets of Bergen County and Teal sound Drum and Bugle Corps.
He also served as Chairman and Assistant Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps. 


His professional affiliations include Music Educators National Conference, The American Band Directors Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, The Florida Bandmaster Association, and Florida Music Educators Association.
 

E-Mail: john.wilkerson@seattlecascades.org

Jeremy Bennett

Operations Director

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Jeremy holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Central Washington University and a Master’s of Arts degree in Conducting from Washington State University. 

He recently completed his position as a graduate teaching assistant for the Washington State University Athletic Bands. In this position he helped to support the Cougar Marching Band, two basketball pep bands, and one volleyball pep band. He was also Drum Major and Director of Basketball Bands at Central Washington University from 2011-2014.

 

Jeremy has taught many middle and high school programs in the Yakima and Tri-Cities area in Washington state since 2007.  He currently is the Director of Instrumental Music for the Naches Valley School District. His marching experience includes the Bands of America Tournament of Roses Honor Band, Central Washington University, and The Seattle Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps. He was a staff member of both the visual and brass captions at the Cascades during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Since 2015, Jeremy has performed many different roles in the administration team including, administration assistant, tour director, and assistant director.

 

E-Mail: jeremy.bennett@seattlecascades.org

DESIGN, ARTISTIC & EDUCATIONAL STAFF

Chuck Naffier

Brass Designer

Chuck Naffier was most recently the Brass Caption Manager of the Madison Scouts in 2019. 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.

E-Mail: chuck.naffier@seattlecascades.org

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. Recently Micah served as both a teacher and consultant for the Oregon Crusaders Drum Corps from 2010-2015, and has been the Battery Coordinator at OC Indoor from 2009 through 2013, 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. Micah also taught the 5-time Northwest Marching Band Champion, Evergreen High School Marching Band (Vancouver, WA), as well as Evergreen Winter Percussion, from 2007 through 2016.


Micah and wife Susie have two children, Isaac and Mariah. 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!

E-Mail: micah.brusse@seattlecascades.org

Frank Williams

Educational Consultant

Frank Williams currently serves as the Coordinator of Jazz Education for Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Marcia P. Hoffman Fine Arts Institute. Frank Williams also serves as the education consultant for the Clearwater Jazz Holiday.  Mr. Williams holds a B.S. degree in Music Education from Florida A & M University and a Master of Music degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia.

 

During his long career as a music educator, Mr. Williams held many district and state offices and received many teacher of the year awards.  Mr. Williams has served as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician for many high schools, colleges, and honors ensembles in the United States, Africa, Asia, and Europe.  

Frank Williams has worked with drum and bugle corps since the late ’70s and was inducted into the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame in August of 2009. He was inducted into the Clearwater Jazz Holiday Hall of Fame in October of 2009 and was awarded the Sonny Award in honor of Sonny LaRosa by the Suncoast Jazz Society in 2013.  Mr. Williams continues to work as a freelance composer, arranger, consultant, and clinician.  

 

Mr. Frank Williams has nurtured the growth of many drum corps brass players over the years. And while his mastery of the instruments and the repertoire has played a key role in his success in developing great brass sections, it’s Frank’s willingness to go beyond the music to make personal connections that have inspired students and peers alike for decades.  

 

“Frank’s teaching legacy has enriched our musical world through gifted artists and teachers who continue to credit him with a large part of their success,” says publisher and composer Robert W. Smith. Over more than 30 years in drum corps, Williams has worked with Suncoast Sound, The Cadets, Glassmen, The Colts, Spirit of Atlanta, Boston Crusaders, Magic of Orlando, Erie Thunderbirds, and Teal Sound. He also won a DCA Championship with the Empire Statesmen of Rochester, NY. 
 
 Carl Fischer Music recently published Mr. Williams’ method book -  Chops: The Ultimate Guide to Building Tone, Technique and Flexibility which is available for trumpet and trombone. 

Darryl Pemberton

Visual Designer

Darryl Pemberton is the Visual Designer and Color Guard director for the Claudia Taylor Johnson High School Band. In his time at Johnson, Pemberton has led the Johnson Color Guard to numerous medals in the Texas Colorguard Championship circuit, Johnson Color Guard is also a multiple WGI finalist, winning first place in Scholastic World at the WGI Southwestern Colorguard Championship in 2015 and earning the Silver Medal in the Scholastic Open Class in 2013.


Pemberton began his career performing with the World Champion Cadets of Bergen County. After aging out of the corps, Pemberton served as a Visual Technician for the Cadets in 1996 and 1997 before taking over as the Visual Caption Head in 1998, a role he  held through 2001. As Caption Head in 1998, Pemberton led the corps to another championship title and a perfect score in marching technique.


After nearly 15 years with The Cadets, Pemberton took over as the Drill Designer and Visual Caption Head for the World Class Finalist Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2002. Pemberton served in that capacity from 2002-2004, during which the corps continued its tenure as a DCI Finalist each season. In 2007, upon the Crossmen's geographic relocation to Texas, Pemberton returned to the corps as the Visual Caption Head, helping to provide stability in the move and build consistency in the visual program. In 2008, Pemberton resumed his responsibilities as the Visual Designer for the Crossmen, and served this role for two seasons in 2008 and 2009, until returning to The Cadets for the 2010 summer.  Darryl has also served as Visual Designer for The Boston Crusaders.


In the Color Guard world, Pemberton has previously served as the Program Designer for Alter Ego Independent Winter Guard. Under his guidance, Alter Ego were bronze medalists in Independent A class at WGI world championships in 1997, and also garnered four consecutive championship titles in the Mid Atlantic Indoor Network (MAIN) circuit on the East Coast. Prior to his re-location to San Antonio, Pemberton was the founder of New Era Independent Winter Guard from Portland, Oregon who became a WGI regional finalist and also worked as Program Designer for WGI Southern California regional champions Aloha High School Winter Guard. Aloha High School won three consecutive championships titles at NWMBC championships in Portland, Oregon.

E-Mail: darryl.pemberton@seattlecascades.org

Marc Sylvester

Visual Set Designer

The Seattle Cascades are honored to have DCI Hall of Fame Member Mr. Marc Sylvester as Visual Set Designer.
 

Those who were fortunate enough to benefit under the tutelage of Marc Sylvester remember his love of performing and the challenges he gave the performers in fast moving, innovative drill. Those who have been fortunate to see Marc Sylvester's shows remember the amazing speed and complexity of design he created on a football field.

 

Beginning his teaching career with the 27th Lancers, Marc started by helping George Zingali put the dots on the paper. Over the years Marc began to develop techniques and mechanics of making the "wild" ideas of Zingali a reality. Together they moved to the Cadets and continued their collaboration of outstanding drill. Designing and collaborating with George Zingali, Marc learned the value of pushing the design concept to the edge and having faith in the performers to accomplish his vision.

 

Marc continues to influence visual design as a consultant of many drum corps, color guards, and high schools. Throughout the years, his passion for the activity has not diminished. You may still find him writing drill, cleaning forms, painting props, or designing flags. He understands the value of entertainment, and clearly understands how important it is to ensure the performers are recognized for their efforts.

KC Michel

Color Guard Production Designer

KC began his marching careering 1978 with the Blue Knights from Denver  Colorado as a soprano player. He then moved to the Sky Ryders from Hutchinson Kansas and marched 1979,80,81 and 83. He was in the horn line through 1980 then joined the Color guard in 1981. In 1984 KC joined the Madison Scouts from Madison Wisconsin where he marched his final three seasons.

 

In Mr. Michel’s winter guard teaching career he has taught numerous high schools and independent units .Notably Pomona high school from Arvada Colorado who were the 1994 scholastic open class world champions. Westfield high school from Spring Texas who were 10 time Texas winter guard champions during his tenure. KC was in the first class of recipients to the Texas color guard circuit hall of fame.

KC has taught the Sky Ryders, The Blue Knights and The Madison scouts as a guard staff member through out his career. Most recently he was the visual coordinator for the Phantom Regiment in 2011-2013 and the program coordinator for the Madison Scouts in 2015-2017.

KC currently resides in Longmont Colorado. He continues his work as a production and visual designer for numerous marching bands and winter guards throughout the United States.

Andy Mroczek

Choreographer/Design Consultant

As a performer and instructor, Andy has over 20 years of experience in the color guard and drum corps activity, both nationally and internationally.  

Mroczek was a choreographer for Seattle Cascades in 2003, Madison Scouts 2004, Santa Clara Vanguard (SCV) from 2005 to 2009, a technician and instructor for the SCV winter guard from 2008 to 2010, the color guard caption head and designer for Bluecoats from 2010 to 2013.  He worked with Blue Knights in 2014, and served as the guard designer for the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps in 2016. He has also been a choreographer for many groups such as Braddock Independent, Stoneman Douglas High School and Claudia Taylor Johnson High School, and worked with the WGI Scholastic World Champion James Logan High School in 2002 and 2003. Internationally, he has worked with groups in Canada, France, and the Netherlands. Andy also was a founder of the Invictus World guard from Austin Texas. 

 

Most recently, Andy joined The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in 2018 as a choreographer and was the caption manager for 2 years in 2020/2021.

Jordan Garza

Audio Engineer Caption Head

Jordan Garza is going into his fourth year as the Ensemble Director for Rhythmic Force Percussion. He is also the newest addition to the band staff at McNeil High School! Under his direction, Rhythmic Force was a WGI PIO World Championship finalist in 2018 and 2019.  Jordan’s varied and successful background with percussion ensemble, electronics, marching band, and indoor percussion provides a strong foundation for the current vision of his percussion programs.  Mr. Garza is endorsed by the educational programs of Marimba One, Innovative Percussion, Evans Drum Heads and is an active clinician, percussion arranger and instructor across Texas.


Prior to living in Austin, TX Jordan resided in Houston TX, where he was the Percussion Director at the nationally recognized, Stephen F. Austin HS and was the Ensemble Director at Monarch Independent for the 2017 season.

 

Mr. Garza holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education (Instrumental Emphasis) from Texas State University. During his tenure at Texas State, he was the section leader of the Bobcat Drumline and the Principal Percussionist of the Texas State Wind Ensemble.  If free time presents itself, Jordan subs with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, enjoys a good spin class and walks with his new doggie pal Theo.  
 

Scott Lowe

Audio Engineer

Scott Lowe is originally from Rockport, Texas and graduated from Texas State University in 2015 with a degree in Music Performance. During his time there, he performed in various ensembles including the steel band, percussion ensembles, and the Texas State Wind Symphony. Scott’s marching percussion experience includes performing and serving as section leader with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps, Texas State Indoor Drumline, and Teatro Indoor Percussion. He has also played drum set for groups at the Austin-based music festival, South by Southwest (SXSW).

 

Since moving to Austin, Texas in 2015, Scott has been actively involved in the music community. He has served as a private lesson teacher at multiple Austin area schools, percussion specialist at West Ridge Middle School, and marching percussion technician for multiple programs in central Texas. He is currently the Percussion Director at McCallum High School and is on music staff for the WGI Independent World group, Rhythmic Force Percussion, based in Austin, Texas.

Michael Holubec

Audio Engineer

Michael Holubec is a band director/ percussion director at Gonzales High School in Gonzales, TX. He is currently on his 2nd year of teaching, recently graduating from Texas State University with his Bachelor's in Music Education. Michael was involved to in activities such as the Marching Band, Basketball Band, Percussion Ensembles, Steel Drum Band, and the Wind Symphony. Currently, he is an operations manager at Rhythmic Force Percussion based out of Austin, TX. This is 3rd year on staff and 8th year overall with the organization.

ADMINISTRATIVE & SUPPORT STAFF

Brandon Clemons

Tour Director

Brandon Clemons was first introduced to the drum corps activity when he saw a “marching band” making an airplane on PBS. After he asked his band director what it was he saw, he was quickly corrected and told it was “drum corps” and was handed past videos and told to go watch.  He was hooked from that moment. Little did he know he would have the opportunity later not only to march in this amazing activity but that he would get to work in it as well. 


Being a native of Alabama, he had the fortunate ability to march with Southwind Drum Corps. He attended the University of Alabama and was a member of the “Million Dollar Band,” and is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He began teaching high school color guard in the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham area before marching with Atlanta CV Drum Corps in 2006. 


In 2007, he was on the guard staff with Teal Sound Drum Corps, where they received the DCI Division 2 bronze medal. In 2008, after helping out the administration the year before,  he was asked to become the tour director. He remained the tour director for the 2009 season. He has had the privilege of being the University of South Alabama’s first color guard instructor and worked with several programs in the north Texas area as well as back in north Alabama. 
 

Now residing in Houston, TX, he is currently the color guard director at George Bush High School in Richmond. TX and is a judge and show support staff for US Bands. 

 

E-Mail: brandon.clemons@seattlecascades.org

Joshua Charles

Physical Trainer/Nutritionist

Josh Charles spent the last ten years working in fine dinning kitchens and most recently owned his own meal prep company called Honey + Thyme.  Josh is currently a group fitness instructor with Shred 415, RowHouse, and J5 CrossFit where he is pursuing his love of helping others with their fitness and nutrition goals! Having marched with  Mephis Sound 05 Cymbal line, Legacy indoor 06 Bass line and Gateway Indoor 07 Bass Line he knows exactly what it takes to be the best on and off the field!

Josh is excited to combine his love of DCI with his fitness and nutrition experience!

 

EDUCATIONAL STAFF - BRASS

Dr. Michael Alsop

Brass Caption Supervisor

Dr. Michael Alsop was appointed Lecturer of Music Education and Athletic Bands at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2021. In this position he teaches secondary instrumental music methods, elementary music methods, orchestration and arranging, and music appreciation classes. He is a part of the Music Department’s Music Education Committee, oversees elementary and instrumental field experience placements, and is involved with the UNCP Collegiate NAfME chapter. As Director of Athletic Bands, Alsop coordinates and teaches the “Spirit of the Carolinas” Marching Band and pep band, which includes writing drill for pregame and halftime performances.
 

Alsop completed his PhD in Music Education at the University of Georgia, where he taught and assisted with elementary, secondary, and instrumental methods courses, observed and guided student teachers, and assisted faculty with administrative needs. While at UGA, he received the Director’s Excellence Award from the school of music and the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the university. Alsop earned prior degrees in music education from the University of Louisville (M.M.E.) and DePauw University (B.M.E.).
 

Before returning to graduate school, Alsop taught middle and high school band and general music in Brazil, Indiana. Under his direction, the North Clay Middle School 7th and 8th grade bands received gold ratings at each appearance at the Indiana State School Music Association organizational contest. Alsop has over a decade of experience working in the marching arts, including time teaching with the brass and visual staffs of three world class drum and bugle corps, Indiana state finalist and champion bands, and a Bands of America 3A national champion and grand national finalist band. He is currently the brass caption supervisor for the Seattle Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps and is a yearly guest clinician for the Smith Walbridge Marching Band and Section Leader Clinic in Charleston, Illinois.


Alsop’s research interests include student motivation in elective music settings, the research-practice gap in music education, and qualitative research methodologies. He is published in the Journal of Music Teacher Education, International Journal of Music Education, National Band Association Journal, The Instrumentalist, School Band and Orchestra, and Florida Music Director. Alsop is a member of the National Association for Music Education, North Carolina Music Educators Association, College Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, the Society for Music Teacher Education, and the Society for Research in Music Education. He was inducted into the Omicron Chapter (DePauw University) of Pi Kappa Lambda.
 

Email: michael.alsop@SeattleCascades.org

Dr. Bill Waterman

Brass Caption Head

Bill Waterman joined the faculty at Boise State University, home of the blue turf, in the fall of 2019 as Assistant Professor of Tuba and Assistant Director of Athletic Bands. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Kansas, Master of Music degree from Texas Tech University and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University. Prior to his appointment at BSU, Dr. Waterman served as faculty for the University of Tennessee at Martin, the University of Michigan at Flint (MI), the Flint Institute of Music (MI), Jackson College (MI), as well as instructing classes at both Michigan State and Texas Tech Universities. Since the summer of 2012 he has also serves on the faculty for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, MI.
 

Within the marching arts community, Dr. Waterman brings a diverse background of performing and teaching experience. As a member with the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Crops he was a two-time top ten DCI Finalist and has also been on the brass team for the Madison Scouts. While known in the community for his brass playing/teaching, he has also marching and instructing battery percussion. Bill is in demand as an adjudicator/arranger and has worked with numerous groups in Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, Colorado, Washington, and Idaho.

As a performer, Dr. Waterman’s career is highlighted by a 2011 solo recital given in the world-famous Carnegie Hall (NY). As an orchestral musician, he served as Principal Tuba with the Topeka Symphony Orchestra (Topeka, KS) for nine seasons. He has also performed with the Lansing Symphony (MI), Big Spring Symphony (TX), the Lubbock Symphony (TX), Paducah Symphony (KY), and the traveling Celtic Woman Orchestra.


An award-winning educator, conductor, arranger, and performer, Dr. Waterman founded the West Star Brass Band (WSBB) of which he served as Musical Director and Conductor from 2014-2019. Prior to the WSBB he served as music director and conductor from 2011-2014 for the award-winning Capital City Brass Band (Lansing, MI). During his tenure as music director, the band won back-to-back first place finishes at the 2013 and 2014 at NABBA Championships within the 10-Piece Brass Band category. In 2014, the band also recorded a second-place finish in their section. The CCBB placed third overall at the 2013 US Open Brass Band Championships in St. Charles, IL, where Dr. Waterman’s arrangement of The Carrollton March won the award for “best new arrangement or composition.” Dr. Waterman’s passion for English style Brass Banding finds him currently serving his second term on the board of Directors for the North American Brass Band Association (NABBA).
 
Outside of music Dr. Waterman, his wife Lindsey, and daughter Rheya enjoy spending time outdoors, hiking, going to sporting events, and grilling. Additionally, they enjoy traveling the country taking in new sights and adventures. Bill Waterman believes in the Eastman company and is proud to represent them as a performing artist and educator.
 

Kathryn Blackburn

Brass Educator

Kathryn Blackburn received her B.S./B.Ed. in Music Education in May 2020 from Western Carolina University, where she participated in various ensembles including the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, and the Trumpet Ensemble, for which she was selected to be a guest conductor. During her time at WCU she also taught master classes with local school districts. Participating in master classes and trumpet ensembles at the Orvieto Musica Festival in Orvieto, Italy during the summer of 2019 was a cultural and performing highlight of her college career. She was a trumpet player for the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014-2015. Kathryn is now in her second year of teaching at Pink Elementary School in Richmond, Texas. She is very excited to be working at the Seattle Cascades this upcoming season.

Carlos Cruz

Brass Educator

Carlos Cruz is in his fourth year as the Associate Director of Bands at George Bush High School in Richmond, Texas. During his tenure, both the marching bands and concert bands have received superior ratings. Carlos has had success with students reaching both the Texas All-State Band and Texas Solo and Ensemble state level. He has worked with several bands in the greater Houston area that have been finalists in the Texas UIL State Marching Band Competition and Bands of America Grand National Championships. 
 

Carlos earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education degree from the University of Houston, graduating magna cum laude. At the University of Houston, he was a member of the Moores School of Music Jazz Orchestra, MSM Symphonic Band, Spirit of Houston Marching Band, and the UH Cougar Brass. Carlos is currently a member of the Sugarland Winds, a premier wind ensemble directed by Larry Matysiak and Rick Yancy, and has previously performed with several worldrenowned Latin groups and artists throughout his career as a trumpet player. Carlos was a marching member of the Santa Clara Vanguard (2015) and Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets (2014). He is excited to start a new journey this season with the Seattle Cascades family
 

Chad Huel

Brass Educator

Chad Huel graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2000. Chad taught the Regina Lions Band from 1993-2003, an extra-curricular organization that provided opportunities including a concert band, jazz band, winter drumline, winter color guard, and marching band. Chad is in his 21st year of teaching. He is in his seventh year with Regina Catholic Schools as band director at LeBoldus Catholic High School, and was formerly the band director at Winston Knoll High School and surrounding elementary schools in Regina for ten years. Chad’s bands consistently receive superior ratings at festivals such as the Downtowners Optimist Band Festival and the Moose Jaw Kinsman Band Festival.
 

Chad has been a clinician throughout Regina and Saskatchewan for many years. He is the Past-President of the Saskatchewan Band Association and sits on numerous other committees such as the Optimist Band Festival Committee and the Prairielands Jazz Camp Committee. He is in his third year of teaching at the University of Regina as director of Jazz 2. Chad is currently pursuing a Masters in Conducting degree from the University of Regina. In the past, Chad has taught the Colts, Crossmen, Madison Scouts, and Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps. He is currently on staff with the Seattle Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps from Seattle, Washington.
 

James Pennington

Brass Educator

James Pennington is the Director of Orchestras at Battlefield Middle School in Fredericksburg, Virginia. James received his bachelor’s degree in music education from James Madison University in May of 2020. While at JMU, he participated in numerous ensembles, including the JMU Brass Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Ensemble. He was also a member of “Virginia’s Finest” the JMU Marching Royal Dukes for five years, holding several leadership positions including trumpet section leader and drum major. James was a member of the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps (2012-2015) where he held various leadership positions. He also marched two seasons and aged out with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps (2016-2017). After aging out, James taught high brass for the Madison Scouts in 2019 as a Brass Intern. Since 2020 he has been a member of the brass staff at the Seattle Cascades and will return for the 2022 season.

Victor Perez

Brass Educator

Victor Perez’s passion for music and the marching arts started as a low brass player in the wind ensemble, winter percussion, orchestra, and jazz band in high school. He continued his love for music at Rio Hondo College, where he earned an Associate of Arts degree in music performance, and then at California State University Los Angeles, as a euphonium major, performing in the Cal State LA First Chair Honor Band and Cal State Fullerton Honor Choir. Victor performed four seasons in drum corps with Impulse (2008-2009), Phantom Regiment (2010), and the Madison Scouts (2011), where he aged out. He has been playing the euphonium professionally and as part of his local church’s ministry for the last 14 years.
 

Victor has been active in teaching at several schools in southern California for the past seven years as a brass instructor, private lessons teacher, and visual caption head. He is currently a brass instructor and visual caption head for the Alhambra, Paramount, Lynwood and Schurr High School marching bands in Los Angeles. Victor was a brass instructor for the Madison Scouts in 2018-2019 and taught at the Sacramento Mandarins prior to that.

Joey Riordan

Brass Educator

Joey began his marching career as a member of the 2006 and 2007 Seattle Cascades. In 2008 he joined the Boston Crusaders. In 2009 he joined the Madison Scouts where he aged out in 2011. After aging out, he joined the staff of the Cascades as a brass instructor and taught the corps from 2012 to 2019. Joey attended Central Washington University and Washington State University where he played tuba. He has degrees in anthropology and elementary education with a special education certification. Currently, he works as an elementary special education teacher and is working on his master’s degree in educational leadership from Eastern Washington University. 

Parker Snell

Brass Educator

Parker Snell graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Music Education degree in Instrumental Music Education in 2018, and is currently working towards a Master of Music degree in Tuba Performance at Boise State University, where he is also a Graduate Assistant with the Keith Stein Blue Thunder Marching Band. Parker was the tuba section leader with the Pride of Oklahoma marching band, and performed with the Symphony Band, Wind Symphony, and Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Parker was a member of the Frontier Brass Band, which is comprised of brass faculty members from different universities across the Oklahoma City metroplex. Parker also held multiple leadership positions with the Mu chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Upon graduating from the University of Oklahoma, Parker was a band director for three years for Guthrie Public Schools. Parker was a member of the Madison Scouts contra section in 2013 and was part of the brass instructional staff with the corps in 2019. He joined the Cascades brass staff in 2020 and is excited to return for the upcoming season.

Anastasio Canfield

Brass Educator

Anastasia Canfield is a full-time board-certified music therapist (MT-BC), licensed counselor (LPCC), and music instructor in the state of Colorado for Creative Remedies, Rocky Mountain Music Therapy, and Bear Creek High School. She is a seasoned music educator, having taught music and visual for marching band and drum corps, as well as individual and group music lessons, since 2006. Most recently, Anastasia taught on the brass and visual staffs with Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps (2014, 2019-2021) and oversaw operations for the Pride of Windsor Marching Band in Windsor, CO as Assistant Marching Band Director (2015-16 and 2016-17 school years). She simultaneously maintained a private music studio for piano, horn, trumpet, guitar, voice, percussion, and conducting students.
 
Anastasia earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from Texas Woman’s University (2013), a Master of Music degree with a specialty in Neurologic Music Therapy from Colorado State University (2016), and a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University (2020). Her primary instruments are piano and horn. Anastasia brings a unique perspective to music education based on her eclectic performance experiences with ensembles such as the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra, the Northern Colorado Concert Band, Still We Rise Acoustic Duo (folk/pop), Arily Michele (electropop), Then I Fly (ska/punk/rock), Occam's Rose (singer-songwriter/indie alt), and her solo work as an event musician. Anastasia marched with Crossmen (2009-10) and Boston Crusaders (2011-12), where she aged out. 
 
Originally from Texas, Anastasia found a new home in Colorado in 2013. In her [not so] free time, she enjoys writing, performing, producing, and recording original music with her bands Then I Fly and Occam's Rose, speaking at music therapy conferences about a number of topics (including but not limited to cultural competence, the “Impostor Syndrome,” the neurobiology and neurochemistry of music, and perspectives on music performance anxiety), and hiking the gorgeous Rocky Mountains.

 

EDUCATIONAL STAFF - PERCUSSION

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. Recently Micah served as both a teacher and consultant for the Oregon Crusaders Drum Corps from 2010-2015, and has been the Battery Coordinator at OC Indoor from 2009 through 2013, 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. Micah also taught the 5-time Northwest Marching Band Champion, Evergreen High School Marching Band (Vancouver, WA), as well as Evergreen Winter Percussion, from 2007 through 2016.


Micah and wife Susie have two children, Isaac and Mariah. 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!
 

Email: Micah.Brusse@SeattleCascades.org 

Josiah Nelson

Percussion Caption Head

Josiah Nelson will 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.

 

Email: josiah.nelson@SeattleCascades.org

Kaela Shoe

Front Ensemble Arranger

Kaela Shoe is the Front Ensemble Arranger for the Seattle Cascades. Hailing from Washington State, Kaela has been a part of the marching arts scene for a number of years, as both an alumni of Oregon Crusaders (2011 & 2013) and OC Indoor (2012-2015). She has experience in teaching and consulting for high school groups in the Pacific Northwest as well as DCI and WGI groups. Kaela also holds a Bachelors Degree in Percussion Performance from Pacific Lutheran University. This will be her fifth year on the team.

Nathan Smith

Front Ensemble Coordinator

Nathan Smith is a Seattle based artist whose compositions blur the lines between contemporary, classical and traditional folk music. He strives to blend his love of classical and marching percussion with singer songwriter traditions and incorporate new percussive elements to already established genres. He was born and raised in the Dallas, TX area surrounded by a dense jazz, gospel and drumcorps scene. He attended the University of Missouri, where he studied classical percussion under Dr. Julia Gaines and played on the Mizzou snare line. In 2011 he marched with the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps in the front ensemble and later went on to teach the Jersey Surf D&BC and the Guardians D&BC from 2014-2016.

Nathan is also an accomplished drum set player, winning the Austin Unsigned Artist of the Year award, as well as the LA Music Critics blog’s number one single award and fan favorite awards with various different artists. In 2017, Nathan moved to Valencia, Spain to pursue his masters degree in Contemporary Performance from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, studying under Victor Mendoza. After graduating in 2018 he traveled around Europe playing at many renowned and historic jazz clubs and music venues. He currently lives in Seattle performing as a solo artist and on the Blue Thunder Drumline, teaching at Tahoma Highschool and the Maple Valley youth Symphony, and loving the pacific northwest! 

Ben Strever

Percussion Educator

Benjamin Strever’s involvement with the marching arts runs back to 2011 when he first joined his high school’s marching band. WGI 2016 marked the beginning of his WGI and DCI career when he joined the Oregon Crusaders and Oregon Crusaders Indoor snare line. From there, he marched a total of five seasons between the two groups and served as their center snare for his last four seasons. Ben has been working with a number of high schools in the Portland/Vancouver area and has also been working with Cascades for the last year. His first year teaching (2016) his high school’s percussion went undefeated in marching band and got 3rd place overall. The next winter season the group got a bronze medal, and then in 2019 another one of his schools got silver at winter percussion championships. Ben is currently attending Portland State University in pursuit of a bachelors in music composition. His future plans are to continue with teaching and to eventually start writing and designing marching shows at all levels.

Joe Jeager

Percussion Educator

Joe Jaeger has been an active percussion educator, director, designer, and performer in the Twin Cities, MN area since 2009. He has instructed and arranged for marching band and indoor percussion at many high school programs in the area, most recently Rosemount HS, Elk River School District, Champlin Park HS, and Eden Prairie HS. In the independent or drum corps realm, Joe has spent time as the snare tech/battery coordinator at Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps and Indoor Percussion since 2015, snare tech at Seattle Cascades since 2018, and percussion caption head at Chops Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014. Currently, Joe teaches middle school band in the Elk River School District, while directing the summer marching band and winter drumline. 


Joe’s marching experience includes 6 years of drum corps and 4 years of indoor percussion: Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps (2009, 2010, 2013, 2016), Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps (2011, 2012), and Minnesota Brass Indoor (2010-2013).

Jack Pronske

Percussion Educator

Jack is a percussion performer, arranger, and educator from Dallas, Texas. He graduated from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. In his time at UNT, Jack participated in and led some of the school’s top ensembles, such as the North Texas Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, the UNT Indoor Drumline, and the North Texas Percussion Ensemble. He has been a showcase performer for the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and performed in countries all around the world, in addition to his performances across the United States. Jack has been active in the Drum Corps community for the past decade, performing as a member of the Madison Scouts and Phantom Regiment, achieving the Fred Sanford High Percussion Award in 2010, to more recently, serving as the Front Ensemble Caption Head of the Oregon Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps in 2018. Jack is a proud endorser/member of Vic Firth sticks & mallets, Zildjian Cymbals, and the Percussion Arts Society.  

Vivian Rodrigues

Percussion Educator

Vivian’s first year on staff with the Cascades began in 2018 and after taking a year off, she is glad to be back on the team for the 2020 season. Vivian began her percussion career in 2015 when she participated in her first ensemble, Gold Drum and Bugle Corps. The following year she marched with the Oregon Crusaders, and proceeded to age out with the Blue Knights in 2017. Vivian has spent the last four years with Broken City, winning four consecutive medals, aging out with a WGI Gold medal for the 2019 season. 

Vivian is an active percussion educator in the Southern California area. She has taught numerous programs and is currently on the percussion staff at El Dorado High School. She is currently the Front Ensemble Manager for West Ranch High School and Charter Oak High School. 

Vivian resides in West Covina, California.

Marty Fore

Percussion Educator

Marty Fore is from Madison, Alabama. This will be his 2nd year on staff with Cascades. Marty first started his drum corps career marching with Music City Drum Corps where he would spend two summers with the group in 2014-2015. He then went on to march with Music City Mystique in 2016 and 2017 where he was able to win the WGI World Championship with the group in 2017. He then went on to finish out his career with Carolina Crown for their 2017 season where they finished 3rd overall. Marty has taught at several high schools in the Southeast, most recently teaching Bob Jones High School in Madison, AL and Thompson High School in Alabaster, AL. He also works with various indoor drumlines including Q2 and Audio Theater. Marty also teaches private drum and guitar lessons at Musicology School of Music in Huntsville, AL.

Brantley Heath

Percussion Educator

Brantley Heath has been marching and teaching for the past several years in the Tri-State area. After marching in the fall and winter ensembles at North Harrison High School, he went on to perform with the Cascades (2013), Pacific Crest (2014), and Oregon Crusaders (2015) Drum and Bugle Corps. He was also involved in the WGI Percussion activity, marching with Legacy Indoor Percussion (2014-2016). His recent scholastic teaching accomplishments include IPA Scholastic Open Class 3rd Place with Zionsville Community High School (2018), ISSMA Open Class A 4th Place & BOA Semi-Finals appearance with Fishers High School (2018), WGI Scholastic A Class 11th Place with Perry Meridian High School, and WGI Independent Open Class 6th Place with Triple Crown.

His independent teaching experiences include serving as the Quad Tech for Tate’s Creek Indoor Ensemble (2017, 2018), the Seattle Cascades Drum & Bugle Corps (2017, 2018, 2019), Legacy Performing Arts Percussion Ensemble (2018), and Triple Crown (2019). Brantley is currently living in the Indianapolis area teaching the percussionists at Southport Middle School and working with the percussion ensembles at Southport High School, Fishers High School, and Perry Meridian High School. He proudly endorses Vic Firth.

Cody Renouf

Percussion Educator

Cody is excited to return for his 7th year on staff with the Cascades. Cody began his marching career with the Cascades cymbal line in 2011, returning as section leader for 2012. After 2 seasons with the Cascades, Cody completed his final two years with the Academy, aging out in 2014. Cody joined the Cascades family in 2016 as cymbal technician and has continued to serve in that position for the past 6 seasons. Cody recently relocated to the Portland where he works with the Sherwood High School and Middle school percussion programs and Impact percussion in Kennewick, Washington.

 

EDUCATIONAL STAFF - COLOR GUARD

 

Gabriel Prado
Color Guard Supervisor

Gabriel currently resides in San Antonio, Texas where he is the assistant color guard director and choreographer for the Claudia Taylor Johnson High School Marching Band – a UIL state champion, BOA regional/super-regional champion, and Grand National finalists. He also currently serves as the first color guard director for the Pieper High School Marching Band. He has worked as a choreographer and technician with many schools in the San Antonio area such as MacArthur High School & William J. Brennan High School – a USBands champion & TCGC champion. Prior to living in San Antonio, he worked with schools in the Corpus Christi area such as Richard King High School & Calallen High School. He is currently studying at the University of Texas - San Antonio to pursue his B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies
 

As a performer, Gabriel began his color guard career with his local high school program, and at the same time started his DCI career with the Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013-2014. After high school, he marched with the Pride of South Texas at Texas A&M University – Kingsville. Following that, Gabriel would go onto march with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corp in 2016 as well as Origins Winter Guard in 2018. In the summer of 2019, Gabriel would then march his age out with the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corp, garnering a DCI championship. Gabriel is ecstatic to be joining the Seattle Cascades team and is looking forward to the season!

Mallory Alton
Color Guard Educator

Mallory Alton currently lives in Austin, Texas, where she was born and raised. She first began her color guard experience as a freshman at Dripping Springs High School in 2012, through which she discovered her passion for dance. She spun with the program all the way through her senior year in 2016, ending her senior year in the top 10 at WGI Scholastic A finals. Immediately following graduation, she took up the tech position and has been teaching there ever since.

 

From there she joined Industry Independent in 2017 and then Origins in 2018 as a member of their inaugural cast, where she was able to compete in WGI finals yet again. During this time, she also began pursuing movement in a more serious manner at Texas State University as she studied Dance Education. In 2019, she joined the dance company CIM TEYA (standing for "Creation in Motion Touring Ensemble for Young Audiences"), a group created to perform for and inspire young movers through dance. This included an international trip to Trinidad & Tobago, where she and the company both choreographed and performed in the annual COCO Dance Festival.

 

She then returned to Origins where she marched for the successful - though cut short - 2020 season, as well as the 2021 season. Most recently, she's joined the staff there as a movement tech for the upcoming 2022 season. Mallory is thrilled to contribute to the Seattle Cascades as well and cannot wait for this next season!

Sarah Hinderliter
Color Guard Educator

Sarah Hinderliter is originally from Austin, TX where she began her color guard career at Cedar Park High School. She spent her DCI performance years with Crossmen (14’,15’,17’, and 18’). She also marched independent winter guard with Origins (18’, 19’, 21’) where she served in a leadership position and marched at CGT in 2020. Sarah spent her early teaching years at Cedar Park high school as a color guard technician. She currently serves as the assistant color guard director at Hebron High School since 2019. This is Sarah’s first year at Seattle Cascades and she is so excited to join the team!

Nick Resendez 
Color Guard Educator

Nick started his colorguard career at Santa Rosa High School in 2014 for the winter season. After graduating, he went on to march two years with Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014 and aging out of the corps first world class season in 2017. Aside from marching two seasons of drum corps, Nick continued marching the winter seasons since 2014. He marched with groups such as Capriccio independent in 2015, Timbre indoor percussion as a member of the bass line from 2016 – 2017, and marching two seasons with WGI consecutive open class finalist ORIGINS colorguard in 2018- 2019.

 

As an educator, Nick has been actively working with many groups both colorguard and percussion. He was the Percussion Instructor for Santa Rosa High School in 2016 while also working with the colorguard. He was also the Colorguard Director for Donna High School – a 10 time state qualifying band in 2018, and served as Colorguard Director for two time state qualifier, MaCallum High School in 2019. He has also worked with multiple groups such as Hidalgo High School, Ann Richards High School, ATX Winterguard, and Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps.

 

Nick currently resides in Austin, Tx where he currently works as the Assistant Colorguard Director for Lake Travis High School. When he isn’t working, he is studying at Austin Community College as a mechanical engineer. He enjoys skateboarding, and spending time with his partner and two dogs. Nick is beyond excited to join the Seattle Cascades team!

Elvis Garcia 
Color Guard Educator

My name is Elvis Garcia and I was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and was raised in Wenatchee, Washington where I currently live. I’ve been in the marching arts since the fall of 1999 although I didn’t start spinning until summer of 2005 when I joined The Seattle Cascades Drum and Bugle corps. After performing two consecutive years with The Seattle Cascades, I joined the independent performing ensemble Rhapsody Winter guard from Seattle, Washington. I performed with Rhapsody for five years, and was on the WGI A-Class gold medal winning team. I’m now in my 6th year with my alma mater color guard at Wenatchee High School and I am beyond excited to be joining the Cologuard staff with the Seattle Cascades.

Valeria Gonzalez 
Color Guard Educator

Valeria's (Val) passion for color guard stems from her first year as a performer her senior year at her hometown's high school, San Marcos High School. Since then, she started her winter guard career first at ATX Winterguard from 2014 to 2017 and ending with Origins Winter Guard in 2019. At the same time, Val started her marching career with Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015 and 2016 and would then march her age out with Santa Clara Vanguard in 2017, garnering the George Zingali award for "Best Color Guard".

 

While marching, Val attended Texas State University and worked with local schools. Val went back to her alma matter in 2014 to 2018 as a technician and moving up to assistant color guard director/choreographer. She then went on to work with Lehman High School (2018-2020), Moe and Gene Johnson High School (2019) and Lake Travis High School (2020). She also went back to ATX Winterguard as a staff member 2018 and 2020. Val also worked supervisor/managerial positions at several food establishments and at a water park resort. 

 

Val currently resides in Austin, TX and working as a high school math teacher. She enjoys spending her free time with her two dogs, partner, and family/friends. She is coming out of "retirement" as a cast member with Origins' first world class season in 2022. Val is extremely excited to start her first summer teaching at Seattle Cascades with the color guard team and looking forward to a phenomenal and successful season.

Emily Miramontes  
Color Guard Educator

Emily Miramontes currently lives in Riverside, California. She started her marching career in high schools with the Patriot High School colorguard. Then went on to march with the Mandarins, the Bostons Crusaders, and spent four years with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corp. Emily has since taught several schools in Southern California, one of which was her alma mater Patriot high school. This will be her first year with the Seattle Crusaders and is very excited to come on this journey with us!

Aren Schmidt  
Color Guard Educator

Aren currently lives in Dallas, Texas where he is studying at The University of Texas at Dallas for his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. He also works as a financial advisor under TransAmerica. He has worked with various schools in the DFW area but has worked with Allen High School- a WGI A Class Finalist and Prosper High School – a BOA Regional Champion.
 

As a Performer, Aren started his colorguard career at Wakeland High School from 2014-2018 and went to march the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in 2016 and 2017. After High School, Aren marched in 2018 and 2019 with the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. During these years he also marched indoor with CGT in 2019 and 2020, making it to WGI Finals. Aren is ecstatic to be getting started with the Cascades and can’t wait to get the season started.

EDUCATIONAL STAFF - VISUAL

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.

 

Email: scott.bush@SeattleCascades.org

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.  

 

Email: joe.sparks@SeattleCascades.org

Josh Charles

Visual Educator

Josh is currently a group fitness instructor with Shred 415, RowHouse, and J5 CrossFit where he is pursuing his love of helping others with their fitness and nutrition goals! Having marched with  Memphis Sound 05 Cymbal line, Legacy indoor 06 Bass line and Gateway Indoor 07 Bass Line he knows exactly what it takes to be the best on and off the field!

Jack Morgan

Visual Educator

Jack Morgan is a soon-to-be graduate of Clemson University with a double major in Biology and Science Education. His Drum Corps career began at The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in 2018, where Jack played Baritone for two years. Following the canceled 2020 season, Jack marched his ageout with The Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps during the non-competitive 2021 season, helping to bring DCI back after a year of uncertainty. 

 

Jack has teaching experience as Brass and Visual Technician at the TL Hanna Marching Band in Anderson SC, where he was also a Visual Technician for TL Hanna Indoor Percussion for the 2021-22 season. He is very excited to continue his passion for the marching arts as an educator with the Seattle Cascades this upcoming summer. 

Kendrekis Bowers

Visual Educator

Kendrekis Bowers is a native of Saluda, Sc he attended Saluda high school where he graduated In 2016. Then later became their Visual/music instructor for the High School marching band for the 2016 season.

 

In 2019 He also began working with Ninety Six High School marching band from Ninety Six, SC as their visual/music instructor and also worked with their wgi indoor percussion ensemble as a visual instructor for the 2019-2021 season. Mr.Bowers also worked with The Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps from La Cross, WI as an Admin staff for the 2019 season. This will be Mr. Bowers's first season on instructional staff with The Seattle Cascades for the 2022 season.                                   

          

Kendrekis also has 9 years of marching experience, 6 years with Saluda High School marching band marching 2nd baritone and served as band captain his Senior year. And 3 years with Music City Drum and Bugle Corps from Nashville, TN Marching 2nd baritone from 2016-2018 where he aged out. Mr. Bowers is now working towards earning a bachelor's degree in show production at Full Sail University.

Lane Allbee

Visual Educator

My marching arts career started with high school marching band in 2010, as a Tuba player.  I recently completed five years with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps (2014-2018) marching both Contra and Euphonium.  My career as a Visual Instructor started at Loveland High School (my Alma Matter) in 2015, where I am currently Co Visual Caption Head.  Recently, I had the honor of helping with the visual program for Blue Knights Winds for its inaugural season, culminating in an Open Class Silver Medalist win at WGI Dayton.  I’ve had the opportunity to step into the role of drill writer for several area Colorado schools during the 2019 season. I am excited to continue on the Visual Team at Seattle Cascades for the 2020 season.

Ryan Hagood

Visual Educator

Ryan Hagood was born and raised in a small town south of Houston called Alvin, Texas with his identical twin brother, Brandon. He is a former student of Alvin High School and Alvin Community College. He is currently studying Music Education and Trumpet at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. While in Texas, he assisted band directors at Alvin High School in Alvin, Texas, as well as Monterey High School and Lubbock High School, which are both located in Lubbock, Texas as a Visual/Music technician. In addition to that, he was on the show design team at Lubbock High School in 2018.


Ryan Hagood’s performance career includes time as a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps from the 2016-2018 seasons, which includes featured trumpet soloist and DCI Champion in the 2018 program. Ryan is beyond ecstatic to start his first summer teaching with the Seattle Cascades as a visual technician. He believes this will help him learn to grow as an educator through the marching arts, and looks forward to an outstanding and successful season.

Dr. Mike McConnell

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Mike McConnell is a Visual Instructor at the Seattle Cascades Drum & Bugle Corps. He has served as the Associate Director of Bands at Cy-Fair High School in Cypress, Texas since the fall of 2015. A Connecticut native, Dr. McConnell teaches the marching band and conducts each of the school’s five concert bands. During his tenure at Cy-Fair High School, the band program has grown to national prominence, earning multiple trips to the Texas UIL 6A State Marching Contest, a consistent presence as a Bands of America Regional Finalist, in addition advancing as a Finalist in the Texas UIL 6A Honor Band contest, and an invitation to perform at The Midwest Clinic in December of 2018.


In addition to his duties at Cy-Fair High School, Dr. McConnell served as the Tour Director of The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps during their 2018 season. He is an alumnus of The Cadets, where he played baritone and tuba as a member of the horn line.


Dr. McConnell recently completed his coursework for a Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Performance with a cognate in Music Theory at the University of North Texas, where he was awarded a doctoral teaching fellowship and performed in the wind symphony. While at North Texas, he was a founding member of MSQ, a chamber ensemble which has been invited to perform and present master classes at a number of universities throughout the United States.
 

Dr. McConnell also holds a Master of Music Performance from Florida State University, where he performed in the wind orchestra and served as a jazz graduate teaching assistant, and a Bachelor of Music Performance from Indiana University Bloomington’s Jacobs School of Music, where he was a member of the wind ensemble. His former teachers include Eugene Rousseau, Otis Murphy, Thomas Walsh, Patrick Meighan, John Scott, Guy Yehuda, James Campbell, and Frank Kowalsky.

Kobe Emmons

Visual Educator

Kobe is a native of the Southeast Texas area, born and raised in Port Neches, TX. While attending Lamar University, Kobe began his professional marching arts career in 2017 by playing the baritone in the horn-line at Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps, where he would return for the following 2018 and 2019 seasons. Kobe also had the opportunity to perform as a visual cast member for Monarch Independent Percussion in 2019.

Through his marching endeavors, Kobe was able to find a true passion for visual instruction within the activity. Kobe has worked with several marching ensembles including Lumberton High School Marching Band as a visual technician and Port Neches-Groves High School Marching Band as a visual technician and choreographer. Kobe has also ventured into the indoor winter guard scene by working with ensembles such as Lumberton High School Winter Guard as a visual technician and Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School Winterguard as a visual designer.

Kobe is a graduate of Lamar University and currently serves as the Assistant Band Director and Color Guard Director at Brazosport High School in Freeport, Texas.

Kobe Is incredibly excited to be joining the Seattle Cascades for the upcoming season!