Meet The Staff

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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

SR. 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. 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.

 

Micah is married to his wife, Susie, and they 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

Brian Greenleaf

Color Guard Designer/Caption Supervisor

Currently, Brian Greenleaf is the owner of BrianGreenleafDesigns.com and is the Color Guard director at Centennial High School, Frisco TX.  Mr. Greenleaf is originally from Detroit, Michigan and is a graduate of Arkansas Tech University with a BA in Music. Mr.Greenleaf is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Kappa Kappa Psi.​

 

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 thru 12, while serving as 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.

 

After relocating to Texas, Mr. Greenleaf is credited with producing the first North Texas Scholastic A Color Guard to break into the top 6 in WGI finals in 2004, and the only Scholastic finalist from Texas in 2005. Mr. Greenleaf has taught WGI finalists in all 6 classes that WGI offers.  In the past 20 years Mr. Greenleaf has worked with 12 WGI semi-finalists and 18 WGI finalists, including 3 medalists​.

 

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, the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps, the Cavaliers Drum and bugle Corps, and has served as the caption head for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Greenleaf is also the founding director of Black Gold Winter Guard.

 

Mr.Greenleaf has served on the Executive Board and the Steering Committee of the North Texas Color Guard Association.  For over a decade, Mr. Greenleaf  has also served on the Winter Guard International Advisory Board and has also served on the Winter Guard International Steering Committee.

E-Mail: brian.greenleaf@seattlecascades.org

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

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. 

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.

Tom McGuire

Audio Engineer Supervisor

Tom McGuire is in his seventh year as Percussion Director at George Bush High School where he directs and coordinates the marching and concert percussion programs including: drumline, front ensemble, solos, and percussion ensemble.
 
Tom attended the University of Houston where he earned a Bachelors of Arts in Music Education. While at the University of Houston, he performed with many ensembles, including: the Moore's School of Music Wind Ensemble, Moore's Symphony Orchestra, Moore's Opera Center, the Spirit of Houston (SOH) Drumline, and the Moore's School Percussion Ensemble (MSPE).
 
As a member of the MSPE Tom performed a Showcase Concert at the 2006 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), recorded the internationally released album "Wood and Metal Music" in 2007, and competed with the SOH Indoor Drumline at the 2008 PASIC Marching Percussion Festival.
 
In 2007 Tom was a member of the Front Ensemble for the 7-time DCI World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard from Santa Clara, California.

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 the year 2020, he was the Associate Director of Bands and Percussion Director at Weiss High School.  In 2017, Weiss was named the Bands of America class A Champion, during their first year of existence.  In 2018, Weiss HS was one of the youngest schools to ever place in finals at a Band’s of America Super Regional and named the Grand Champion of the Vista Ridge Marching Festival.  In 2019 the Weiss HS Percussion Ensemble won the Outstanding Front Ensemble Caption in the large division of the Brandies South Texas Classic.  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.  During his time in FBISD, Mr. Garza led the Stephen F. Austin percussion ensemble to multiple championship performances with the Bulldog Band and Angels Dance Team, including the first place finish at UIL Area in 2016.  Under his direction the SFA Percussion Ensemble performed a showcase at the 2016 Texas Music Educators Association Convention.

 

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.  Mr. Garza brings his vision into reality through performance, teamwork and excellence in musicianship.
 

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

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. Michael came to the Seattle Cascades as the brass caption head in 2020 and he is excited to take on the role of caption supervisor for the 2021 season. Michael’s prior drum corps teaching experiences include summers with the Phantom Regiment and Madison Scouts. His other teaching experiences in the marching arts include over a decade working with first-class marching bands, including the 9-time Indiana state champion Northview Marching Knights and the two-time BOA Grand Nationals finalist Castle Marching Knights. Michael marched tuba with Phantom Regiment in 2006 and 2008.

Michael’s research interests include motivation in the music classroom, bridging the research-practice gap in music education, and qualitative research methodology and methods. He has had articles published in the Journal of Music Teacher Education, The Instrumentalist, and School Band and Orchestra. A native of Mount Vernon, Indiana, he holds degrees from DePauw University (B.M.E., magna cum laude) and the University of Louisville (M.M.E.). Before returning to graduate school, Michael taught middle and high school band and general music for six years in Brazil, Indiana.

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 is the Assistant Band Director at El Campo Middle School in El Campo, TX. She 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 very excited to be working at the Seattle Cascades this upcoming season.

Carlos Cruz

Brass Educator

Carlos Cruz is in his third year as the Assistant 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 world-renowned 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.

Janelle Ewing

Brass Educator

Janelle Ewing graduated from the University of Iowa in 2000 with a degree in music education. She taught high school band in southwestern Houston, Texas for seven years, where she directed the marching band, second and fourth concert bands, winter guard programs, and winter drumline, as well as taught brass at the feeder campuses. Janelle graduated magna cum laude from law school at the University of Akron in 2011 and practices law in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa. Janelle marched with the Colts of Dubuque, Iowa, participating in DCI Finals twice. In the drum corps sphere, she has taught brasslines of all levels, from Revolution to Bluecoats to the Colts. At home, Janelle volunteer-teaches color guard at the local high school.

 

Janelle's interests are property renovation, history, and teaching. What Janelle loves about the pageantry activity in general, including drum corps, is participating in the creation of a group that brings out the best in all its members and inspires young people to be better musicians and humans

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 20th year of teaching. He is in his sixth 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 fourth year as the Director of the Queen City Brass Band and his second year teaching at the University of Regina, directing the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Jazz 2. 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 a graduate of James Madison University where he earned a degree in music education and spent five years in the JMU Marching Royal Dukes. He was a member of the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps (2012-2015) before marching two summers and aging out with the Madison Scouts (2016-2017). James taught high brass for the Madison Scouts in 2019. This will be his second season with the Seattle Cascades as a brass instructor. James is the Orchestra Director at Battlefield Middle School in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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.

Parker Snell

Brass Educator

Parker Snell is in his third year as the Assistant Band Director for Guthrie Public Schools in Guthrie, OK. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Music Education degree in Instrumental Music Education. 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 leadership positions in the Mu chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Parker was a member of the Madison Scouts contra section in 2013 and was recently 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 2021 season.

 

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 since 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.​Micah and is married to his wife, Susie, and they 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. Currently, Marty is living in Birmingham, Alabama pursuing a degree in Music Technology. This will be his 2nd year on staff with Seattle 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 finish out his career with Carolina Crown for their 2017 season where they finished 3rd overall. Marty has taught at several high schools is the Southeast including Bob Jones High School (AL), Siegel High School (TN), and Forsyth Central High School (GA).

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 6th 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 4 seasons. Cody recently relocated to the Portland area where he intends to continue working as a cymbal educator and completing his bachelors degree in Business Administration.

 

EDUCATIONAL STAFF - COLOR GUARD

 

Brian Greenleaf

Color Guard Designer/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.

Email: brian.greenleaf@SeattleCascades.org

Kat Daigle

Color Guard Caption Head

Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Kat Daigle is a 2017 graduate of Nicholls State University in cellular and biology. Kat has worked with numerous successful programs across Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. She has designed and choreographed for programs including Terrebonne High School (director 2015-2020), Mandeville High School, Petal High School, Friso Memorial High School, Klein Oak High School, and Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. Kat is currently a choreographer and technician at College Park High School in The Woodlands, Texas. She was also a 4 year member of Voodoo Independent winter guard from 2014-2017 where she was co-director. Kat is also a chemistry teacher in Houston, Texas and is currently attending Lamar University for her masters degree in school counseling. She is excited about continuing to educate students across the country and sharing her passion with the Seattle Cascades.
 

Email: Kat.daigle@SeattleCascades.org

Ramon Enriquez

Color Guard Designer

Ramon Enriquez is the former director for the Americas HS Colorguard program and is now a resident of Phoenix Arizona. He began his performance career in 2009 with Americas Independent A guard and later went on to perform with the Americas HS world guard. He was a cast member of the 2011 and 2015 Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corp and went on to teach for the Corp In 2016. Mr. Enriquez was a choreographer for the Eastlake HS colorguard program from the spring of 2013 to 2014. He became the Director and choreographer of the Americas HS colorguard program in the summer of  2014 and successfully lead the program to WGI Scholastic A finals in 2015 and 2016. Mr. Enriquez was also the co-director and choreographer of the Americas Independent A guard from 2015 to 2016. Over the years he has had the pleasure to assist other local programs in the El Paso, TX area.

Solomon Ruth

Color Guard Designer

Solomon Ruth began his colorguard career as a member of the Avante’ Independent Open Winter Guard.  He was also a member of The Cavalier Drum and Bugle Corps.  During these performing years, Mr Ruth took a job as a Colorguard Director at Huntsville High School.  While maintaining a position as Color Guard Instructor for Sam Houston State University, Mr. Ruth became a performing member and design consultant in his fifth year of participating with Emblem281.

 

In Mr. Ruth’s second year as a choreographer and weapon technician, Emblem281 retained 5th place at WGI Championships in the Independent A class.  In 2004, he became the Color Guard Director for Conroe High School where he brought the group their first two wins as the Texas Colorguard Circuit State Champions.  In 2005 Mr. Ruth became the Director of the University of Houston Color Guard and the Fortitude Independent Open Winterguard (who became a finalist at WGI in the Independent Open Class).  Mr. Ruth then began teaching at Andy Dekaney HS where he brought Andy Dekaney 4 State Championships and a WGI Silver Medal; the first medalist of any Color Guard program in the history of Spring ISD. Mr. Ruth has choreographed shows for competitive groups all over the state of Texas , including Americas High School, Barbers Hill High School, Haltom High School, Harlingen High School, Hebron High School, Klein High School, Klein Oak High School, Klein Forest High School, Rio Hondo High School, Madisonville High School, Robstown High School, MacArthur High School and many more. By 2008, Mr. Ruth had won the Texas Color Guard Circuit State Championship five times.  

After receiving a Bachelors degree in Music Education and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership, Mr. Ruth began to expand his career into educational administration beginning in 2013. After becoming an Assistant Principal and a head PK/K Principal, Mr. Ruth was offered a position in Human Resources for Spring ISD where he received one of the highest possible achievements in Central Office Administration, Employee of the Year in Human Resources. Mr. Ruth is still active as a choreographer and now serves as the Chief Marketing Officer for ~id~ Screen Print, LLC.

Kristianna Hogan

Color Guard Designer

Kristianna Hogan holds a B.A. in Dance from the University of North Texas along with teacher certifications in both dance and physical education. While at UNT, she was the vice president of Chi Tau Epsilon (dance honor society) and a member of Dance UNiT. Ms. Hogan has performed in numerous venues including the American College Dance Association Conference with excerpts from Black Label Movement Dance Company pieces, the National Dance Education Organization Conference, interned for Satellite Dance Company at the 254 Dance Festival, and is an active member of the Texas Dance Educator’s Association. With years of various dance and teaching experience, Ms. Hogan has coached students in Frisco ISD, Garland ISD, Prosper ISD, Irving ISD, 3-D Dance Academy, and the Texas Women's University Community Dance Center. She has training in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, modern, improv/contact, African, and color guard. Ms. Hogan has been the director of the Nimitz HS Dance Department since 2016, propelled her students to a earn the National Small Class Team Champion title of 2018, and created an award winning competitive co-ed hip hop team -- the Kings Dance Crew. She plans to continue teaching and dancing professionally while pursuing her master’s degree.

Charles Williams

Color Guard Designer

Charles Williams is a middle school counselor in Indiana when he is not teaching marching band across the country. He currently is the colorguard director at Floyd Central High School. He also programs and consults with various marching bands in Texas,  south Dakota,  and Indiana. He currently choreographs and consults Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps. Prior to working with Guardians,  he choreographed for Colts Drum and Bugle Corps for 3 years. As a marching member,  he aged out of Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps and marched several years in various winterguards,  Zydeco, Code Black,  Fortitude, and Emblem 281. He is excited to for his first year with Seattle Cascades. 

Michael Alonzo

Color Guard Educator

Michael Alonzo is currently in his fourth year as the Color Guard Director for Wakeland High School. Under his tutelage, his programs have garnered recognition and finals appearances at the Bands of America DFW Regionals, UIL Texas State Marching Band, and local marching band competitions. The Wakeland Winter Guard program's have competed in Regional A, Scholastic/National A, and Scholastic Open classes, making finalists appearances for WGI Dallas, WGI Southwestern Power Regional, and WGI San Diego, in addition to belonging as a member with North Central Texas Color Guard Association. Michael also assists WHS Theatre on their yearly musical, having been nominated for Best Choreography (2019) and an Honorable Mention in Choreography (2018) with Dallas Summer Musicals.

 

Michael's love for the marching arts started at Little Elm High School (2006-2010), active in both the marching band and winter guard. He then continued his marching career in the summer seasons, participating with The Crossmen (2010), The Cavaliers (2011), and The Blue Devils (2012 & 2013). In the Dallas / Fort Worth area, Michael has served as clinician and instruction staff for Plano Clark High School, Royse City High School, Coppell High School, LD Bell High School, Wakeland High School, and CGT Dallas. Michael holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Texas.

Trey Antonetti

Color Guard Educator

Trey Antonetti is a band director and guard program coordinator at Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  In his time at Fayetteville the guard program has tripled in size and now fosters four winter guards.  The FHS Varsity winter guard is a perennial WGI regional finalist and will attend WGI Championships for the first time in 2020. 


In addition to his responsibilities at FHS, Trey is in his 10th season serving as coordinator for the University of Arkansas Razorback Marching Band Color Guard, and serves as Director of Color Guard Education for the Mid-Continent Color Guard Association. Trey marched with Sarajevo Winter Guard from 2006-2008 and was a staff member in 2009.  From 2013 to 2018,

Trey was the executive director and founder of Avant Winter Guard, a four time WGI Semi-Finalist.  Trey is a 2009 graduate of the University of Central Arkansas where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education.  In 2013, Trey was named the Phi Beta Mu Arkansas Young Band Director of the Year.  Trey is thrilled to be joining the Cascades team and for the opportunity to get to work with the 2020 cast. 

Jara Clark

Color Guard Educator

Jara Clark is currently the Guard Director at Jenks High School in Jenks, Oklahoma. Since her time with Jenks over the past 7 years the Jenks Guards have seen enormous success, both in marching & winter seasons. Some of their successes include: 4 Winter Guard International Regional 1st place finishes, 2017 Winter Guard International World Championship Semifinalist, & 2018 Bands of America Grand National Finalists.

After graduating high school in 2002, Jara Clark was a guard technician at Union High School (Oklahoma) & then Guard Director. She then directed the Sapulpa High School (Oklahoma) Guard program for 2 years before coming to Jenks where she has been the Guard Director since 2012. In 2013 Mrs. Jara performed with Eclectix, an Independent Winter Guard, & then continued as a staff member for this group for 2 years. She was also awarded Guard Director of the Year from the local winter guard circuit in 2013.

 

Jara has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Northeastern State University & is currently serving as the Director of Education for the Oklahoma competitive winter guard circuit: Winter Guard & Percussion of Oklahoma.

Cecil Crabtree

Color Guard Educator

Cecil Crabtree is the Assistant Band/Color Guard Director at Pebble Hills High School in El Paso, Texas. Mr. Crabtree’s fine arts back ground began as a high school band student in Oklahoma. He was a student leader, drum major, private lessons teacher, and a member of the Oklahoma All-State Band. Mr. Crabtree began his teaching career as a graduate/teaching assistant for West Texas A&M University from 2001-2003, assistant band director at Harold Wiggs Middle School from 2003-2004, and at Americas High School from 2004-2012 where he served as an assistant band director, color guard director, and most recently as the high school’s student activities director. Mr. Crabtree studied conducting under Dr. Gary Garner and Mr. Don Lefevre who he also had the pleasure of studying saxophone.

Mr. Crabtree has been a major contributor in the band and color guard activities creating successful outdoor programs and winter guard shows since 2004. Mr. Crabtree has also worked with the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corp and the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corp. Mr. Crabtree’s programs have consistently medaled or won at every Winter Guard International Regional competition they have attended, won several fall marching show auxiliary championships, and state winter guard championships during his time at Americas High School and Pebble Hills High School. Mr. Crabtree is also the second color guard director to place a Texas high school winter guard in Scholastic World Class Finals at the WGI World Championships.

Mr. Crabtree has been a clinician and design consultant for multiple competitive groups all over the state of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, New Jersey, and many more. Mr. Crabtree has had the pleasure of working with fine programs such as Haltom High School (WGI Scholastic A Class Finalists & UIL State Marching Finalists), The Woodlands High School, Harlingen High School, Coronado High School, Mansfield High School, Onate High School, Permian High School, Ars Nova World Guard, Americas Independent (WGI Independent A Class Finalists), and many more other fine programs.
 

Mr. Crabtree received his B.M. in Music Education and Master of Arts with emphasis in Instrumental Conducting from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. Mr. Crabtree’s professional organizations include Texas Music Administrators Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Kappa Delta Pi, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Kappa Kappa Psi National Band Service Fraternity.

Christopher Kichline

Color Guard Educator

Christopher Kichline currently serves as the Director of Color Guards at Midlothian High School in Midlothian, Texas. During his tenure as a designer, choreographer, and instructor Kichline has proven himself time and time again. Under his instruction, Kichline has taken numerous groups to local, state, and national finals competitions. Some highlights from his career include, Ars Nova  A & Open Winter guard (Winter Guard International Finalists 2004-2008), White Gold Winter guard (Winter Guard International Bronze Medalist 2011), and Little Elm High School (Winter Guard International Bronze Medalist 2014). In addition, Kichline was a pivotal part of Wakeland High School’s (2006-2012) UIL state finalist appearance in 2009 & 2011. In addition, Kichline formerly served as the Vice President for the North Texas Color guard Association (3 terms 2012-2014) and Member-At-Large (2 terms 2010-2011) During his time on the board Kichline helped foster the physical & educational growth of the circuit.  In his free time, Kichline enjoys playing softball and has qualified to play in the Adult Softball World Series 2 times.  Kichline currently resides in Dallas, Texas.

Toby Leikness

Color Guard Educator

Toby Leikness is in his 19th year as the director the Frisco High School Color Guard, in Frisco, TX. Toby started his color guard career while attending the UW-Whitewater.  While a student, he became a member of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. He performed with the Madison Scouts from 1993 through 1996.  From 1995 until 1997 Toby performed with the Every-Body Winter Guard form Portland, OR.  After marching, Toby taught many great programs around the country including Every-Body A, Ever-Body World, the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps, Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, and Spirit of Atlanta.

Ryan Ong

Color Guard Educator

Ryan Ong is a student of the University of Texas at Dallas, majoring in Emerging Media and Communications he will earn his Bachelors in the Spring of 2020. Throughout his studies, Ryan has participated in and taught many organizations in the marching arts. Beginning his drum corps career on euphonium with the 2014 Guardians D&BC, he then followed with marching the Blue Stars as a color guard member until aging out in 2019. Ryan also performed with CGT Dallas the last three winter seasons. Ryan is an alumni of the Little Elm HS guard program where they received the 2014 WGI Scholastic A Class bronze medal, along with placing 4th at WGI Scholastic Open Class Finals in 2016. Ryan has worked on staff for many color guard programs across North Dallas in both Scholastic A & Open class.

Scott Mills

Color Guard Educator

Scott Mills, originally from St. Louis, Missouri, serves as the Color Guard director for Liberty High School in Frisco, Texas. Scott has worked with various high school ensembles throughout Missouri, Virginia, North Carolina, and Texas. Some of these schools included Cleveland High School, Marcus High School, Allen High School, Pattonville High School, and Green Hope High School.
 

Scott marched with the Madison scouts from 2008-2010. He has also marched various winter guard programs including National Avenue Winter Guard (2008), The Pride of Missouri State (2009-2011), First Flight World (2012-2014, 2016) and CGT Dallas (2017).
Scott has also been on staff with Legacy Independent presented by Carolina Gold, CGT Denton, Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps as well as the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps.

Dain Rodrigue

Color Guard Educator

Dain Rodrigue graduated from Nicholls State University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2015 where through his time at university he’s worked on staff at numerous successful groups across the Louisiana Mississippi Colorguard and Percussion Circuit. Moving to DFW in late 2017, he has taught multiple decorated units across north Texas. He has performed with Crescent City Independent, Voodoo Independent, CGT, & The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps.

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 Captioon 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!

Nick Pastor

Visual Educator

Growing up in a suburb of St. Louis, Nick started percussion when he entered middle school, and has had a role in it ever since. After High School, he's marched several ensembles such as Spirit of Atlanta, and Cavaliers Indoor, among many others. Currently a Substitute teacher, Nick also works with local high schools and WGI groups such as Francis Howell, Wentzville Liberty, and Freedom Percussion. He is very excited to be a staff member of the 2020 Seattle Cascades.

Kendrekis Bowers

Visual Educator

Growing up in a suburb of St. Louis, Nick started percussion when he entered middle school, and has had a role in it ever since. After High School, he's marched several ensembles such as Spirit of Atlanta, and Cavaliers Indoor, among many others. Currently a Substitute teacher, Nick also works with local high schools and WGI groups such as Francis Howell, Wentzville Liberty, and Freedom Percussion. He is very excited to be a staff member of the 2020 Seattle Cascades.

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.