Spirit of Atlanta Staff

Administration


Jeff Nelson

Executive Director

Jeff Nelson is the owner of Lone Star Percussion, one of the nation’s largest retailers of percussion instruments and supplies.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Percussive Arts Society and actively supports the arts through business sponsorship of DCI, WGI, PAS, and multiple other organizations and events throughout the year.   In his role as Executive Director, Nelson oversees all day-to-day operations and management of the drum corps.  Jeff has longstanding ties with Spirit of Atlanta as both he and his wife are alumni of the corps, Jeff having played snare from 79-81 and wife Judy as a color guard member from 78-81.  Nelson was also a member of the Concord Blue Devils as section leader of the drumline in 1982 and member of the staff in 1983.  He previously served as President of the Board of Directors for Friends of Spirit from 2015-2017.

jnelson@spiritdrumcorps.org

Chris Moore

Corps Director | Music Coordinator | Brass Arranger

Chris Moore currently serves as Director of Athletic Bands and Coordinator of Percussion Studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia where he has been since 1995. “I am extremely honored to be reunited with Spirit of Atlanta,” states Chris. “Spirit is an organization so dear to my heart with such a rich history in Drum Corps International, and in our community.” Mr. Moore has a long association with Spirit of Atlanta having marched 1980-82, and 1984. He served on staff in 1989 and 1990. “I look forward to working with an energized board of directors, engaging our incredible alumni base and assembling an outstanding design and educational team. I hope that team will give our members the very best experience.”

Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Jacksonville State University where he was a four-year member of the Marching Southerner’s drumline. He earned a Master of Music degree from East Carolina University where he was as a percussion graduate assistant in the School of Music and for the Marching Pirates.

Encouraged by the work of the new Board of Directors so far Chris is excited to begin planning for the 2016 season. “The hiring process has already begun for an impressive design, instructional and operational staff. It is our goal to bring a qualified and enthusiastic team to further advance a program that provides one of the best leadership, character and growth opportunities for youth we can imagine.”

cmoore@spiritdrumcorps.org

David Coheley

Assistant Corps Director | Music Consultant

David Coheley is the music director at Our Lady of the Assumption School in Atlanta, Georgia. Like Chris, he has a rich history with Spirit of Atlanta having marched from 1981-84, and served on staff in 1985, ’92, and ’93. “I am sincerely appreciative to the Spirit of Atlanta Board of Directors for allowing me to become part of such an extraordinary organization. My wife was a charter member of Spirit of Atlanta, and we love this corps with all of our hearts.”

David has served as a judge for WGI and DCA. He is also the percussion arranger for many local high schools as well as Second Bridge Indoor percussion.  In 2011, David was inducted into the SCGC Hall of Fame for his years of service as percussion coordinator.  During his tenure in WGI the number of competitive groups tripled and judges’ training was expanded. Mr. Coheley is percussion arranger and caption head for four bands in metropolitan Atlanta, and also is on the staff of the Atlanta Falcons Drum Line.

“Spirit of Atlanta is my drum corps home,” states David. “This organization has helped me to become the husband, father and teacher I am today.”

dcoheley@spiritdrumcorps.org

Jeff Pearson

Director of Operations

Jeff Pearson joined Spirit of Atlanta in September of 2016 in the role of Director of Operations. He previously served as Corps Director for the Boston Crusaders in 2016, and as their Operations Director in 2015. Pearson’s experience includes the role of Program Manager and A Corps Director for the Santa Clara Vanguard for the 2006, 2007 and 2008 seasons. As Program Manager, he was responsible for all performing groups including Vanguard, Vanguard Cadets (DCI Open Class Champions 2008) and Vanguard Winterguard as well as Children’s Adventures in Movement.

Pearson began his marching career playing baritone at Independence High School where he won the MBA Summer National Championships in 1981. 1981 was also Pearson’s first year marching in the Santa Clara Vanguard when the Corps won the DCI championships. During his five years marching with the Santa Clara Vanguard, Pearson played euphonium and lead baritone before becoming Drum Major in 1985, his age out year. In 1987, Pearson joined the staff of the Spirit of Sunnyvale Marching Youth Band, where he served as a marching/music technician before becoming the Director of the Band in 1989. After a brief absence from drum corps, Pearson joined the San Francisco Renegades and was one of their Drum Majors for the 2003 and 2004 seasons. In 2004, he took on the additional role of marching technician and continued in that role through the 2005 season. In 2011 he served as interim CEO for the Renegades Association of San Francisco. Pearson has also been a member of the marching staffs of Clovis High School in Clovis, Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, and Logan High School in Union City.

Pearson is a Human Resources professional and an entrepreneur. He began his career at ADP and moved to Syncro Vac, a manufacturing company in Milpitas, California, as Human Resources Manager. In 1999 he opened the first of his five Papa Murphy’s pizza stores and was the owner/operator of those stores for over eleven years. Pearson is the founder and host of Mentor Impact, an interview style podcast where he interviews successful people about the impact mentors have had on their lives and their success. He also co-hosts a podcast called Landlord University.

jpearson@spiritdrumcorps.org

Jordan Roquemore

Operations Manager

Jordan Roquemore joined Spirit of Atlanta in October of 2016, having previously served as Operations Manager and Operations Assistant for the Boston Crusaders. His background includes stints as a visual staff instructor for Crossmen in 2014, and also as a member of the Operations and Tour staff for Santa Clara Vanguard from 2005-2008. Aside from corps, Roquemore is CEO and Founder of Box Angle Bands, providing leadership and instructional training for people in the marching band environment.

jroquemore@spiritdrumcorps.org

Scott Keefer

Business Manager

Scott Keefer joined Spirit of Atlanta in 2016 as the Director of Communications, and moves into the role of Business Manager for the corps and board in 2017.  Scott was a member of Spirit in 1982, and later marched in the all-age corps Atlanta CV as a contra player.  In 2011, he joined the Board of Directors of Atlanta CV, and also served as Membership Coordinator and Administrator.  Scott's background includes nearly two decades as a Program Director and on-air talent for radio station in the Southeast, and 12 years in the culinary arts and restaurant management.  Today, Scott is owner of Terminus Digital Media, a social-media based marketing and advertising consultancy, and serves as Director of Communications for The Gift of Music Foundation, an Atlanta-based charity providing instruments and music education resources to children in need.

skeefer@spiritdrumcorps.org

Jenna Chinburg

Medical Program Manager

Jenna established herself in DCI when she joined the Boston Crusaders as their Head Athletic Trainer in 2014. She assisted in creating the medical program in collaboration with Dr. Vivien Tucker. During the summers of 2014, 2015, and 2016, she completed full tours with the corps and managed an Assistant Athletic Trainer, athletic training interns, and a volunteer nurse.  Additionally in 2016, Jenna served as an Independent Health and Wellness Consultant where she assisted multiple drum corps implement medical policies and procedures, recruit/hire medical staff, and provide on-site injury evaluation for touring athletic trainers.

Her ongoing passion for medical care in the performing arts influenced her master’s thesis on the patient-clinician relationship in drum corps. Her work was awarded a grant from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. She also presented the project at the Performing Arts Medicine Association International Symposium last summer in New York City. She is currently working on two additional studies to continue research within drum corps. Aside from drum corps, Jenna is a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Menlo College in Atherton, CA. She graduates with her master’s degree in Kinesiology from San Jose State University in May 2017.

Jenna says that she is “excited for this opportunity to develop the medical program for the Spirit family. I know that taking care of the members’ health and wellness is a significant priority for Atlanta. I am happy I will be able to further that cause in a meaningful way.”

jchinburg@spiritdrumcorps.org

Medical


Jenna Chinburg

Medical Program Manager

Jenna established herself in DCI when she joined the Boston Crusaders as their Head Athletic Trainer in 2014. She assisted in creating the medical program in collaboration with Dr. Vivien Tucker. During the summers of 2014, 2015, and 2016, she completed full tours with the corps and managed an Assistant Athletic Trainer, athletic training interns, and a volunteer nurse.  Additionally in 2016, Jenna served as an Independent Health and Wellness Consultant where she assisted multiple drum corps implement medical policies and procedures, recruit/hire medical staff, and provide on-site injury evaluation for touring athletic trainers.

Her ongoing passion for medical care in the performing arts influenced her master’s thesis on the patient-clinician relationship in drum corps. Her work was awarded a grant from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. She also presented the project at the Performing Arts Medicine Association International Symposium last summer in New York City. She is currently working on two additional studies to continue research within drum corps. Aside from drum corps, Jenna is a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Menlo College in Atherton, CA. She graduates with her master’s degree in Kinesiology from San Jose State University in May 2017.

Jenna says that she is “excited for this opportunity to develop the medical program for the Spirit family. I know that taking care of the members’ health and wellness is a significant priority for Atlanta. I am happy I will be able to further that cause in a meaningful way.”

jchinburg@spiritdrumcorps.org

Dr. C.J. Rolison

Corps Physician

Dr. CJ Rolison is an alumnus of Spirit of Atlanta and is a primary care sports medicine physician, currently practicing in Bethlehem, GA, with the Northeast Georgia Physicians Group.  He brings a depth of knowledge and experience to the medical team, both in the medical field and with his experience performing with DCI and WGI ensembles.

He grew up in Cleveland, TN, before enrolling at the University of Georgia where he received Bachelors degrees in Music and Biology.  Dr. Rolison then earned his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Georgia Campus, and completed his family medicine residency at AnMed Health in Anderson, SC.  He furthered his education at the University of Kentucky where he received his fellowship training in sports medicine.

Dr. Rolison is board certified in family medicine, has his certificate of added qualifications in sports medicine, and he is excited about the opportunity to give back to the corps he grew up performing with.   Please visit www.ngpg.org/cj-rolison-do/ for additional information about Dr. Rolison’s practice.

Design


Chris Moore

Corps Director | Music Coordinator | Brass Arranger

Chris Moore currently serves as Director of Athletic Bands and Coordinator of Percussion Studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia where he has been since 1995. “I am extremely honored to be reunited with Spirit of Atlanta,” states Chris. “Spirit is an organization so dear to my heart with such a rich history in Drum Corps International, and in our community.” Mr. Moore has a long association with Spirit of Atlanta having marched 1980-82, and 1984. He served on staff in 1989 and 1990. “I look forward to working with an energized board of directors, engaging our incredible alumni base and assembling an outstanding design and educational team. I hope that team will give our members the very best experience.”

Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Jacksonville State University where he was a four-year member of the Marching Southerner’s drumline. He earned a Master of Music degree from East Carolina University where he was as a percussion graduate assistant in the School of Music and for the Marching Pirates.

Encouraged by the work of the new Board of Directors so far Chris is excited to begin planning for the 2016 season. “The hiring process has already begun for an impressive design, instructional and operational staff. It is our goal to bring a qualified and enthusiastic team to further advance a program that provides one of the best leadership, character and growth opportunities for youth we can imagine.”

cmoore@spiritdrumcorps.org

David Coheley

Assistant Corps Director | Music Consultant

David Coheley is the music director at Our Lady of the Assumption School in Atlanta, Georgia. Like Chris, he has a rich history with Spirit of Atlanta having marched from 1981-84, and served on staff in 1985, ’92, and ’93. “I am sincerely appreciative to the Spirit of Atlanta Board of Directors for allowing me to become part of such an extraordinary organization. My wife was a charter member of Spirit of Atlanta, and we love this corps with all of our hearts.”

David has served as a judge for WGI and DCA. He is also the percussion arranger for many local high schools as well as Second Bridge Indoor percussion.  In 2011, David was inducted into the SCGC Hall of Fame for his years of service as percussion coordinator.  During his tenure in WGI the number of competitive groups tripled and judges’ training was expanded. Mr. Coheley is percussion arranger and caption head for four bands in metropolitan Atlanta, and also is on the staff of the Atlanta Falcons Drum Line.

“Spirit of Atlanta is my drum corps home,” states David. “This organization has helped me to become the husband, father and teacher I am today.”

dcoheley@spiritdrumcorps.org

Sal Salas

Artistic Director | Program Coordinator

Sal's career in the Pageantry Arts has spanned over many years, and has not only been diverse, but extremely successful in all areas. Serving as everything from instructor to designer to director to judge, Sal's commitment to youth and excellence has seen no bounds. Highlights of his pageantry resume include his past position as the Executive Director of the Madison Scouts, his involvement as a judge for Winter Guard International since 2004 (as well as various circuits throughout Wisconsin, California, Ohio, Florida, Missouri, Texas and Illinois), marching band judge, and his role as the founder and director of the five time Winter Guard International Gold Medalist 'The State Street Review'. Sal's honors include his being named the 2005 Drum Corps International Director of the Year, being a recipient of the prestigious WGI Hall of Fame Award in 1993 and in 2009 inducted into the WGASC Hall of Fame. He was the program coordinator for the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps from 1996-2002 and 2007-2012, Director/Executive Director of the Madison Scouts from 2003-2006. Sal most recently taught the Gold Medalist Juxtaposition Winter Guard in 2016, 2010-2012 and 2015-currently, Black Watch (2010-2014), Mechanicsburg High School Open WGI Champions (2011-2016), currently Program consultant for the Seven Lakes HS Band and Winter Guard, Clovis HS Band, Clovis, NM (2015), Elkins HS Winter Guard (2015-2016), Black Gold Winter Guard (Design Consultant) and Redemption Winter Guard (Designer). Sal is also a design consultant for Prospect HS Marching Band, Prospect, IL (2014-currently). Sal was the Color Guard Coordinator/Artistic Director and a member of the Design Team for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps (2013-2016).

Dr. Andrew F. Poor

Brass Caption Head

Dr. Andrew F. Poor currently serves as the Director of Bands at South Forsyth Middle School in Cumming, Georgia. Previously, he served as Associate Director of Bands and Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Fayette County High School in Fayetteville, Georgia. Additionally, Dr. Poor was on the part-time music education faculty for the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University from 2006-2015. Dr. Poor holds the Doctor of Music Education, as well as, the Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and he previously received the Bachelor of Music Education degree (High Honors) from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. His professional affiliations include: ASCAP, Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, National Association for Music Education, Georgia Music Educators Association, National Band Association and the International Trumpet Guild.

As a music educator at all levels, his ensembles have received numerous accolades and given several notable performances including, the 17th International Cultural Festival in Tottori, Japan and the 1997 Florida Music Educators State Conference. His South Forsyth Middle School Symphonic performed at the Southeastern United States Honor Band Clinic in December of 2014, and was the 2014 recipient of the GMEA Middle School Music Exemplary Performance Award. Likewise, the South Forsyth Middle School Band will be a featured performing ensemble at the University of Georgia Middle School Honor Band Festival in December 2015.

Dr. Poor has composed for a variety of ensembles and his commissioned works have been performed at a number of distinguished events, including the Midwest Clinic, GMEA State In-Service Conference, GMEA All-State Band Concerts, University of Georgia Midwest, University of Alabama Honor Band Clinic, Music for All National Concert Band Festival, and numerous local concerts. His wind band and chamber works appear in the catalogs of C.L. Barnhouse, Northeastern Music Publications, and Eighth Note Publications.

Frequently invited to serve as a consultant, adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor, Dr. Poor has presented at the Midwest Clinic, Ohio Music Educators Association State Conference, Florida Music Educators Association State Conference, and at five Georgia Music Educators Association State In-Service Conferences. He has also served as a curriculum consultant to the Cobb County School District, Bibb County Schools, and Polk County School District (Bartow, Florida). Furthermore, his published writings can be found in the Journal for the International Trumpet Guild, Florida Music Director, and the Quarterly Journal of Music Teaching and Learning. Dr. Poor served for six years (2000-2005) as the Brass Caption Chair for the Drum Corps International Judge Administration Team, and worked as an adjudicator for DCI for 18 years, including ten World Championships. In 2011, Dr. Poor has also been on the teaching staff for various drum corps, including Spirit of Atlanta, Phantom Regiment, Blue Stars, and Pacific Crest.

brass@spiritdrumcorps.org

Jason Palmer

Drill Writer

Jason Palmer is coming back for his third year with Spirit of Atlanta.  Palmer is a successful music designer, drill and body movement designer, as well as, a set designer for drama productions and the pageantry arts across the country. Palmer's goal is to create beautiful works of art musically, visually, and conceptually.

Palmer teaches visual arts at Mt. Juliet High School in Mt. Juliet, TN and is the percussion director as well at Mt. Juliet High School. Other groups that he has been involved with include: Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps 08-present, United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps winter drumline, Glassmen Drum Corps Co-Visual Caption head 09-10; Colts Drum and Bugle Corps Visual Caption head 07; Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps 04-06; Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, Phantom Regiment Phantom Drum and Bugle Corps; Music City Mystique; Gateway Indoor Percussion Ensemble; Middle Tennessee State University Drumline and percussion ensemble; University of Northern Alabama Drumline; and was previously director of percussion of Fred J. Page High School 2001-2010.

 

visual@spiritdrumcorps.org

Gilles Ouellette

Drill Writer

Gilles Ouellette is returning for his third year at Spirit of Atlanta. At home, Gilles is a freelance Visual Designer, Technician and Adjudicator for High School Marching Bands, Drum and Bugle Corps, Winter Guards and Winter Percussion Ensembles.  He graduated with a degree in Computer science and dedicated several years in the corporate world before making “Marching and the Visual Arts” his main occupation.

Gilles’ drum corps experience started when he was 13. He played snares and took on the role of drum major for the last 2 summers of his marching years. His curiosity and interest for the visual side of the activity led him to his staging and teaching carrier. At this time, Gilles is the Visual Designer for the Spartans Drum & Bugle corps (2001-2007, 2011-present.

Gilles resides in Nashville, TN. He is a member and active adjudicator for the Gulf Coast Judges Association (GCJA) , Winterguard International (WGI) and is the Color Guard, Judge and Contest Coordinator for the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit (SCGC).

visual@spiritdrumcorps.org

Chance Livar

Colorguard Designer/Caption Head

Chance Livar joins Spirit of Atlanta for the 2018 season in the role of Colorguard Designer.   Chance currently serves as Director of Black Gold Winterguard of Dallas, TX, a role he's held since 2014.   Chance's drum corps experience includes work with Santa Clara Vanguard, The Cadets, and The Boston Crusaders.   He has also worked with top guard programs at MacArthur HS, Texas Christian University, North Crowley HS, Burleson Centennial HS, and many others.  Chnace currently serves on the WGI Advisory Board.  As a performer, Chance was a member of the Boston Crusaders in DCI and Ars Nova Winter Guard and Black Gold Winter Guard in WGI.

guard@spiritdrumcorps.org

Roman Montoya

Movement Specialist

Roman Montoya is Movement Specialist for Spirit of Atlanta beginning with the 2018 season.   Montoya has many years of drum corps teaching experience.  He was movement/dance coordinator, color guard caption head, and staff coordinator for the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps of Toledo, OH.  He was with the corps for ten years.  Most recently, Roman was movement choreographer for The Santa Clara Vanguard.  Roman is also director of Black Gold Winter Guard from Dallas, TX and has been part of the teaching staff for twenty-three seasons.  Roman is also a choreographer/clinician/consultant for many color guards in Texas.

Currently, he serves as Director of Bands at Donna Sheard Intermediate School in Mansfield, TX.  Prior to teaching at DSIS,  Montoya was Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Color Guards at North Crowley High School in Fort Worth, TX for three years.  Montoya taught with Moore Public Schools in Moore, OK for ten years before moving to Texas.  He was Assistant Director at Moore High School, Director at Highland West Junior High and Director of Color Guards.  In addition, Roman is director/choreographer for the Waxahachie High School Band and Color Guard from Waxahachie, TX.  He has been with the program for 7 years.  His duties include movement choreography and ballet technique training for the band as well as choreography and design for the color/winter guard.

Montoya received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM.  He is a member of MENC and TMEA.

guard@spiritdrumcorps.org

John M. Cypert

Percussion Coordinator | Batterie Arranger

John M. Cypert currently serves as a music specialist at Duncan Creek Elementary School in Hoschton, Georgia where he teaches General Music to children in grades K-5 and co-directs the Duncan Creek Cardinal Choir, a 2013 guest performance ensemble at the Georgia Music Educators annual in-service conference.  John is also in his seventeenth season as the percussion coordinator and arranger for the University of Georgia Redcoat Marching Band.  John has served as the music arranger and ensemble director for Pariah Percussion Theatre from Jasper, Georgia, a competitive independent percussion ensemble in the Winter Guard International arena.  While in this position, Pariah earned the WGI Percussion Independent Open Class silver medal in 2003, was a World Class finalist in 2004, and was crowned the Open Class World Champion in 2009.  In 2005 and 2006, John served in the same capacity for Odyssey Percussion Theatre from Suwanee, Georgia, who placed sixth and seventh respectively in the WGI Percussion Independent World Class.  In 2000, John served as the percussion caption head and arranger for the DCI finalist, Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps from Newark, Delaware.  In 2009, the Valdosta Middle School percussion ensemble commissioned and premiered John’s original work, Perpetuality, at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Convention in Chicago, Illinois.  Prior to this in 2008, the Lanier Middle School percussion ensemble from Suwanee, Georgia performed his commissioned arrangement of Voices of Spring by Johann Strauss, Jr. at the same venue.  John remains active as a composer, arranger, adjudicator, and clinician throughout the United States.

John earned a Bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance from The University of Georgia and a Master’s degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Arkansas.  As a graduate assistant for the percussion and band programs at the University of Arkansas, John instructed and arranged for the marching percussion ensemble while also teaching applied percussion and the percussion methods course required by all undergraduate music education majors.  John recently earned his Educational Leadership certificate from the University of Georgia and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Music Education at the same institution.

John’s professional experiences include performances with the Augusta Symphony, Augusta Opera, Gainesville Symphony, Macon Symphony and the Northwest Arkansas Symphony.  He was a member of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps from 1991-1993 where he performed as a snare drummer.  He remains active in the Southeast in all realms of percussion performance endorses the products of Innovative Percussion, Pearl Drums, and Remo exclusively.

John resides in Nicholson, Georgia with his wife, Chesley, and their two children, Mason and Madeline.

jmcypert@spiritdrumcorps.org

Matt Jordan

Front Ensemble Coordinator | Arranger

Matt Jordan is currently the Concert Percussion Marketing Manager for Pearl Corporation/Adams Musical Instruments, and Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Middle Tennessee State University. He is actively working on completing a Doctor of Music degree from the Florida State University, has completed a Master's Degree from the University of North Texas, as well as a Bachelor's Degree from Middle Tennessee State University. He is also currently the front ensemble arranger for Music City Mystique and Spirit of Atlanta.

Matt has also taught/arranged for numerous other groups throughout the world, including the Bluecoats, Carolina Crown, Phantom Regiment, Max Percussion (Bangkok, Thailand), Bangkok Society Drumline, Franklin High School, Dobyns-Bennett High School, and Father Ryan High School, among many others.

Matt performs regularly with the Nashville Symphony, including having performed as a soloist with the orchestra during the 2016-2017 season. He has also performed with Intersection Contemporary Music Ensemble, Tallahassee Symphony, San Angelo Symphony, Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Tennessee Philharmonic. While at UNT, Matt performed with the world-renowned University of North Texas Wind Symphony, as well as the 1 O'Clock and 2 O'Clock Lab Bands. Matt was the timpanist of The Cavaliers (2003-04) and Music City Mystique (2000-05). In 2004, he received 1st place in both the DCI and PAS Timpani Individuals competitions.

Matt is a proud artist and clinician for Pearl/Adams instruments, Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, and Evans Drumheads.

percussion@spiritdrumcorps.org

Geoff Schoeffel

Sound Designer

Geoff Schoeffel is excited to be returning to Spirit of Atlanta for his second year. Geoff is a freelance sound and system designer for the marching activity. In addition to that, he also runs pageantryaudio.com, a resource for audio and sound design.

As a member, Geoff was in the Cadet’s front ensemble (13-15) and Infinity Percussion (13-15). Geoff currently designs and consults with groups around the county including Spirit of Atlanta, the Marines, Jacksonville State University, Tarpon Springs High School, Music City Mystique, and more.

Brass


Freddy Martin

Brass Coordinator

Freddy Martin is the founding director of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps.He held the position of executive director of the corps for fourteen years and is now Director Emeritus of the corps.Freddy is a member of the DCI Hall of Fame and was most recently the brass caption coordinator for the world-champion Phantom Regiment.Freddy has delivered clinics and seminars all over the country and in England. He is a Bands of America judge and a clinician for some of the finest high school marching and symphonic bands in the country. Freddy has given clinics in Georgia at the MusicEducators Convention, in Chicago at the Midwest Clinic, and for Spirit of Atlanta camps for the last 34 years.Freddy is currently band director at the prestigious Westminster Schools in Atlanta. Freddy’s son Chris is principal Trumpet in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra while his younger son Michael is a member of the Trumpet Section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.Teaching has been Freddy’s life, and he loves to share the knowledge he has gained over these 47 years of educating young people.

Dr. Andrew F. Poor

Brass Caption Head

Dr. Andrew F. Poor currently serves as the Director of Bands at South Forsyth Middle School in Cumming, Georgia. Previously, he served as Associate Director of Bands and Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Fayette County High School in Fayetteville, Georgia. Additionally, Dr. Poor was on the part-time music education faculty for the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University from 2006-2015. Dr. Poor holds the Doctor of Music Education, as well as, the Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and he previously received the Bachelor of Music Education degree (High Honors) from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. His professional affiliations include: ASCAP, Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, National Association for Music Education, Georgia Music Educators Association, National Band Association and the International Trumpet Guild.

As a music educator at all levels, his ensembles have received numerous accolades and given several notable performances including, the 17th International Cultural Festival in Tottori, Japan and the 1997 Florida Music Educators State Conference. His South Forsyth Middle School Symphonic performed at the Southeastern United States Honor Band Clinic in December of 2014, and was the 2014 recipient of the GMEA Middle School Music Exemplary Performance Award. Likewise, the South Forsyth Middle School Band will be a featured performing ensemble at the University of Georgia Middle School Honor Band Festival in December 2015.

Dr. Poor has composed for a variety of ensembles and his commissioned works have been performed at a number of distinguished events, including the Midwest Clinic, GMEA State In-Service Conference, GMEA All-State Band Concerts, University of Georgia Midwest, University of Alabama Honor Band Clinic, Music for All National Concert Band Festival, and numerous local concerts. His wind band and chamber works appear in the catalogs of C.L. Barnhouse, Northeastern Music Publications, and Eighth Note Publications.

Frequently invited to serve as a consultant, adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor, Dr. Poor has presented at the Midwest Clinic, Ohio Music Educators Association State Conference, Florida Music Educators Association State Conference, and at five Georgia Music Educators Association State In-Service Conferences. He has also served as a curriculum consultant to the Cobb County School District, Bibb County Schools, and Polk County School District (Bartow, Florida). Furthermore, his published writings can be found in the Journal for the International Trumpet Guild, Florida Music Director, and the Quarterly Journal of Music Teaching and Learning. Dr. Poor served for six years (2000-2005) as the Brass Caption Chair for the Drum Corps International Judge Administration Team, and worked as an adjudicator for DCI for 18 years, including ten World Championships. In 2011, Dr. Poor has also been on the teaching staff for various drum corps, including Spirit of Atlanta, Phantom Regiment, Blue Stars, and Pacific Crest.

brass@spiritdrumcorps.org

Nate Morris

Ensemble Specialist

Steve Rivero

Ensemble Specialist

Steven Watson

High Brass Coordinator/Lead Instructor

Steven Watson currently serves as the Director of Athletic Bands at Reinhardt University and Brass Caption Supervisor for Atlanta CV Drum and Bugle corps. Previously Steven held the position of Artist in Residence at Kennesaw State University. Highly active as a freelance trumpet player, Steven performs with numerous ensembles in and around the Southeast, as well as, making many solo appearances each year. In addition to his teaching and performing responsibilities he is in frequent demand as a clinician and adjudicator. Watson is a proud Alumnus of the Jacksonville State Marching Southerners and Spirit of Atlanta.

Daniel Scott

Low Brass Coordinator/Lead Instructor

Daniel Scott is the current band director at Swansboro High School in Swansboro, North Carolina. He recently finished his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education with a concentration in Trombone performance from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. While at Western Carolina, Daniel was a member of the Jazz Band,Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, Trombone Ensemble, Artist in Residence Orchestra, and the University’s 2009 Sudler Trophy winning ensemble, The “Pride of the Mountains” Marching Band. In the summer of 2014 Daniel was a member of 7-time DCI World Champion, The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, and in 2016 joined the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps as a low brass technician. In addition to the outdoor sector, Daniel was the Music Director for the WGI Open Class Winds Group, Carolina Gold Winds, which won the silver medal at the 2016 WGI World Championship. Daniel is extremely excited to be back for another wonderful summer with the Spirit of Atlanta.

Mike Sessoms

High Brass

is currently in his 30th year of teaching and in his 28th as director of bands at Awtrey Middle School in Kennesaw, Ga. He began his teaching career in 1987 as the assistant director of bands at Newnan high school in Newnan, Ga. Mike received his bachelor's degree in Music Education from Jacksonville State University, in Jacksonville, Al. and holds a master's degree in School Leadership and Administration from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga. Mike was a Spirit of Atlanta member from 1982-1986. He played saprano and mellophone and was mellophone section leader and soloist in 1985 and 1986. Mike was a member of the brass staff from 1987-1990. In 1991 he served as brass caption head for Spirit of Atlanta.

Daniel Roebuck

High Brass

Daniel Roebuck is a freelance musician and educator residing with his wife in Oxford, Mississippi, holding a bachelor’s degree in music education from Jacksonville State University and a master’s from Ole Miss.  While in school, Daniel studied trumpet with some of the finest musicians in the field, including Joey Pero, Kelly Rossum, John Schuesselin, and Cameron “Chip” Crotts, among others.  He plays trumpet with several local groups in the Greater Memphis Area. He is also currently teaching high brass for the Oxford Band Program, as well as working with the marching band.

During his college summer months, Daniel marched and soloed with several DCI corps from DCI’s World Class division: Spirit ’07; Madison Scouts ’08; The Cavaliers ’09-’10.  No longer eligible to march, he has returned to the DCI world for a second summer with Spirit of Atlanta.

Bryan Sintos

High Brass

Bryan Sintos is a graduate of Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. He was a five-year member of the Spirit of Atlanta and served as a soloist and section leader during this tenure. He has experience teaching both visual and music for Atlanta CV and in 2016 he joined the brass staff of Spirit of Atlanta. He is excited to return for another year with his home team in 2017.

Kayla Poor

High Brass

Kayla Poor is an alumnus of the Phantom Regiment and a senior University of Florida Music Ed major/horn major. An accomplished horn player and performer in the marching arts, Kayla brings a wealth of experience to our staff and will be working closely with the brass staff on a variety of projects and with our members.

Patrick Phillips

High Brass

Sean Fitzpatric

High Brass

Adam Swan

Low Brass

Adam Swan is currently the Assistant Director of Bands at Cairo High School in Cairo, Georgia, and currently resides in Thomasville, Ga. He was a marching member of Spirit of Atlanta from 2003-2005. He was also a staff member at Magic of Orlando drum and bugle corps in 2006. Adam is a 2010 graduate of Jacksonville State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Over the years, Adam has worked with a number of highly successful high school bands from across the southeast. When he’s not working, he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his wife and black lab named Sassy. Adam is very excited to be returning to Spirit of Atlanta this year, and he wants to give to the members the same experiences he was lucky enough to receive as a marching member.

Alex Swindle

Low Brass

Alex Swindle marched four years with Spirit of Atlanta, from 2008-11, serving as a soloist, small ensemble member, baritone section leader, brass captain, and drum major. He has worked with many high school programs throughout Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia. In addition to Spirit of Atlanta, Alex also works with Atlanta CV Drum & Bugle Corps on both the brass and visual staffs (2014-present) while seeking a degree in music education from the University of West Georgia.

Chris Benedetti

Low Brass

Nick Walker

Low Brass

Nick Walker is a recent SOA alumnus and was a three-year member of Atlanta CV prior to his two-year tenure at Spirit of Atlanta. He is a member of the 20J section in the Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners and a tuba/music education major.

David Warren

Low Brass

Chris Johns

Low Brass

Keller Shelton

Low Brass

Clark Hunt

Brass Consultant

Clark Hunt received his Masters in Trumpet Performance/Jazz Studies at Georgia State University, where he was the recipient of the Lead Trumpet Graduate Assistantship. Prior to his graduate studies, Hunt received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Jacksonville State University. He currently teaches at Reinhardt University as the Adjunct Trumpet Instructor.

Hunt was a marching member and soloist for Spirit of Atlanta from 2001 to 2005. In 2006, he was selected as a member of the inaugural cast of INergy in Indianapolis, where he served as a featured trumpet soloist. He was also a soloist for the Atlanta CorpsVets in 2009 and 2010 and was on staff as the Trumpet Instructor from 2011-2014.  In addition to working with Atlanta CorpsVets, Hunt was the High Brass Coordinator at Spirit of Atlanta from 2011 through 2013 and currently serves as the Co-Brass Caption Supervisor. Hunt has also served as a Brass Instructor with The Cavaliers since 2014.

Outside of his teaching activities, Hunt remains active as a freelance trumpeter in and around the Atlanta area. Professionally, he has performed with jazz greats, Joe Lovano, Wycliffe Gordon, Carl Fischer, Dave Douglas, Steve Houghton, Terrell Stafford, Paquito D’Rivera, Jerry Weldon, Eddie Daniels, and Vince Gardner.  Hunt is the band leader for the Drive-By Big Band Atlanta and a founder/coordinator of The Beltline Brass Quintet.  Hunt tours frequently with Blair Crimmins and the Hookers, a 1920’s Dixieland ragtime jazz group out of Atlanta.  He is also the Eb Soprano cornet with The Georgia Brass Band. He has also performed with many groups around the area such as: Salsa great, Orquestra MaCuba, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Joe Gransden Big Band, and The Macon Pops Orchestra.

Clark, his lovely wife Annie and baby girl, Dylan Rose reside in Marietta, Ga.

Patrick Hinton

Brass Consultant

Patrick Hinton is a graduate of Jacksonville State University and the University of Alabama, where his primary teachers were Demondrae Thurmond, John Thomas and Chris Hosmer. He is an active performing musician and has performed with the Beltline Brass, Georgia Philharmonic, Tuscaloosa Symphony, Georgia Brass Band and numerous other ensembles. He has taught at Mississippi State University on the adjunct faculty and currently has a thriving private studio in the Lawrenceville, Georgia, area. His was a three-year member of the Spirit of Atlanta and has teaching experience with the Cavaliers, Atlanta CV, and Spirit of Atlanta.

Percussion


John M. Cypert

Percussion Coordinator | Batterie Arranger

John M. Cypert currently serves as a music specialist at Duncan Creek Elementary School in Hoschton, Georgia where he teaches General Music to children in grades K-5 and co-directs the Duncan Creek Cardinal Choir, a 2013 guest performance ensemble at the Georgia Music Educators annual in-service conference.  John is also in his seventeenth season as the percussion coordinator and arranger for the University of Georgia Redcoat Marching Band.  John has served as the music arranger and ensemble director for Pariah Percussion Theatre from Jasper, Georgia, a competitive independent percussion ensemble in the Winter Guard International arena.  While in this position, Pariah earned the WGI Percussion Independent Open Class silver medal in 2003, was a World Class finalist in 2004, and was crowned the Open Class World Champion in 2009.  In 2005 and 2006, John served in the same capacity for Odyssey Percussion Theatre from Suwanee, Georgia, who placed sixth and seventh respectively in the WGI Percussion Independent World Class.  In 2000, John served as the percussion caption head and arranger for the DCI finalist, Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps from Newark, Delaware.  In 2009, the Valdosta Middle School percussion ensemble commissioned and premiered John’s original work, Perpetuality, at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Convention in Chicago, Illinois.  Prior to this in 2008, the Lanier Middle School percussion ensemble from Suwanee, Georgia performed his commissioned arrangement of Voices of Spring by Johann Strauss, Jr. at the same venue.  John remains active as a composer, arranger, adjudicator, and clinician throughout the United States.

John earned a Bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance from The University of Georgia and a Master’s degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Arkansas.  As a graduate assistant for the percussion and band programs at the University of Arkansas, John instructed and arranged for the marching percussion ensemble while also teaching applied percussion and the percussion methods course required by all undergraduate music education majors.  John recently earned his Educational Leadership certificate from the University of Georgia and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Music Education at the same institution.

John’s professional experiences include performances with the Augusta Symphony, Augusta Opera, Gainesville Symphony, Macon Symphony and the Northwest Arkansas Symphony.  He was a member of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps from 1991-1993 where he performed as a snare drummer.  He remains active in the Southeast in all realms of percussion performance endorses the products of Innovative Percussion, Pearl Drums, and Remo exclusively.

John resides in Nicholson, Georgia with his wife, Chesley, and their two children, Mason and Madeline.

jmcypert@spiritdrumcorps.org

Daniel Allen

Batterie Coordinator

Raised in Carrollton, Georgia, Daniel is currently a student at Jacksonville State University, studying Music Education. While at Jacksonville State he has marched with the Marching Southerners and has participated in The Jacksonville State Chamber Winds, The Wind Ensemble, and The Symphonic Band, as a principal player, The Steel Drum Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Latin Ensemble. Last summer was Daniel’s first summer on staff at Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, and this winter is his first on staff at Atlanta Quest. Daniel is an active educator having taught at Cleburne County HS (AL), Temple HS (GA), Rome HS (GA), New Manchester HS (GA), Carrollton HS (GA), and East Coweta HS (GA).

Daniel started his formal marching career in 2012 where he played cymbals, at Jacksonville State, then moved to be section leader of the bassline from 2013-2016. His first summer marching he marched in the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps bassline and received the Crossmen percussion Rookie of the Year award. After marching with the Crossmen, Daniel marched with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps during the summers of 2014 and 2015, aging out as section leader of the bassline. During the winters of 2013, 2014, and 2015 Daniel marched in the bassline at Atlanta Quest, aging out as Section Leader of the Bassline. While marching, Daniel has had the privilege of studying under some of the Percussion community’s foremost experts such as Josh Robichaux, Clint Gillespie, John Cypert, Will Campbell, Dr. Thomas McCutchen, Tim Greene, Joe Hobbs, Eric Ridenour, Alan Sears, Lee Beddis and Michael Mcintosh.

Daniel is very excited to continue his work with Spirit of Atlanta and the Educational Staff.

Matt Jordan

Front Ensemble Coordinator | Arranger

Matt Jordan is currently the Concert Percussion Marketing Manager for Pearl Corporation/Adams Musical Instruments, and Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Middle Tennessee State University. He is actively working on completing a Doctor of Music degree from the Florida State University, has completed a Master's Degree from the University of North Texas, as well as a Bachelor's Degree from Middle Tennessee State University. He is also currently the front ensemble arranger for Music City Mystique and Spirit of Atlanta.

Matt has also taught/arranged for numerous other groups throughout the world, including the Bluecoats, Carolina Crown, Phantom Regiment, Max Percussion (Bangkok, Thailand), Bangkok Society Drumline, Franklin High School, Dobyns-Bennett High School, and Father Ryan High School, among many others.

Matt performs regularly with the Nashville Symphony, including having performed as a soloist with the orchestra during the 2016-2017 season. He has also performed with Intersection Contemporary Music Ensemble, Tallahassee Symphony, San Angelo Symphony, Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Tennessee Philharmonic. While at UNT, Matt performed with the world-renowned University of North Texas Wind Symphony, as well as the 1 O'Clock and 2 O'Clock Lab Bands. Matt was the timpanist of The Cavaliers (2003-04) and Music City Mystique (2000-05). In 2004, he received 1st place in both the DCI and PAS Timpani Individuals competitions.

Matt is a proud artist and clinician for Pearl/Adams instruments, Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, and Evans Drumheads.

percussion@spiritdrumcorps.org

Geoff Schoeffel

Sound Designer

Geoff Schoeffel is excited to be returning to Spirit of Atlanta for his second year. Geoff is a freelance sound and system designer for the marching activity. In addition to that, he also runs pageantryaudio.com, a resource for audio and sound design.

As a member, Geoff was in the Cadet’s front ensemble (13-15) and Infinity Percussion (13-15). Geoff currently designs and consults with groups around the county including Spirit of Atlanta, the Marines, Jacksonville State University, Tarpon Springs High School, Music City Mystique, and more.

Alex Vaughn

Percussion Instructor - Snare

Alex Vaughn has been an active member of the marching arts community since 2008. He began his marching career with the Ronald Reagan High School “Band of Raiders” where he played bass drum in 2009, quads in 2011, and snare drum in 2010 and 2012. He was a member of Wake Forest Independent percussion ensemble from 2010-2012 playing snare drum. He then went on to play snare drum for Palmetto Percussion in 2013. He has also been involved in the drum corps community, having marched snare drum for Carolina Gold in 2012, Carolina Crown in 2014, and Bluecoats in 2015. He is currently a student at Western Carolina University pursuing a degree in Music Education. During his time at WCU, he has been a member of the “Pride of the Mountains” marching band from 2012-2016 playing snare drum. He began his drum corps teaching career last summer as a snare technician for Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps. He is currently the snare technician at Civitas Independent

James McDaniel

Percussion Instructor - Snare

Returning to Spirit of Atlanta this season is James McDaniel.  James marched snare for Carolina Crown, Phantom Regiment under the direction of Paul Rennick, as well as with Spirit, where he joined the staff in 2007. James holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Jacksonville State University, where as a member of the Marching Southerners he was the snare section leader in 2008.

Nick Tucker

Percussion Instructor - Snare

Nick Tucker joins the staff this year after marching snare drum in 2016 and 2017, serving as drumline section leader both years. Nick is currently an instrumental music education major at Jacksonville State University, graduating in May 2018. While at JSU, he has participated in the Marching Southerners drumline for five years and has performed with the JSU Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Band.

Jeremy Wall

Percussion Instructor - Snare

Jeremy Wall joins Spirit of Atlanta as a Snare Tech on the percussion staff this year. As a performer, Jeremy has performed various WGI ensembles including Green Thunder Percussion (2011-2013) and Cavaliers Indoor Percussion (2017). He marched as a snare drummer with the Cavaliers from 2014 to 2016. Jeremy recently earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois, and he now serves as percussion director at Goshen Community Schools in Goshen, Indiana where he oversees both the marching and concert percussion programs.

Conner McBee

Percussion Instructor - Tenors

Since 2012, Conner McBee has performed as a quad drummer with various world-class ensembles, including Spirit of Atlanta in 2012 and his age-out year with Carolina Crown in 2016. Conner performed with Music City Mystique from 2014-2016 and returns to Spirit of Atlanta’s percussion staff for a second consecutive season.

Conner is excited to give back to Spirit, the group that gave him his start in the world class community.

Avery Melucci

Percussion Instructor - Tenors

very Melucci is new to the Spirit batterie staff this year and brings five years of drum corps quad experience (Crossmen – 2013; Cavaliers – 2014-2017).  He is currently teaching at the open class WGI group Ancient City Ensemble hailing from the Gainesville, Florida area and has taught multiple high school programs in and around the Tampa Bay Area.

Nelson Dean

Percussion Instructor - Tenors

2018 marks Nelson Dean’s first year as a tenor technician for Spirit of Atlanta. Nelson has performed with Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps, Atlanta Quest Indoor Drumline, CorpsVets Drum and Bugle Corps, and the University of Georgia Redcoat Band. As an educator, Nelson has worked with more than thirty scholastic and independent percussion programs in the eastern United States as an instructor, designer, and clinician. He has also worked with Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps and is currently the percussion caption head at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, GA

Brian “Chavez” Lowe

Percussion Instructor - Basses

Brian “Chavez” Lowe joins the drum staff for 2018 with years of DCI experience as a performer and instructor. Chavez DCI marching experience the Velvet Knights drumline and was later drum major for the Blue Knights. He brings extensive teaching experience with the Blue Knights, Phantom Regiment, and Santa Clara Vanguard drumlines. Chavez holds a BA in Music Education from The University of Texas at Arlington, and currently serves as Assistant Band Director and Director of Percussion Studies for Arlington High School in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. He has served as program coordinator for the Dallas Mavericks Drumline, where he has performed since 2004.

Christian Albano

Percussion Instructor - Basses

Christian Albano joins the staff this year after performing on bass drum with Spirit during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. He also marched as a snare drummer with Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015. The 2018 WGI season will be Christian’s third year performing as a bass drummer with Atlanta Quest.

AJ Pace

Percussion Instructor - Basses

A.J. Pace joins the Spirit batterie staff in his first year with the corps. AJ holds a B.S. in Music Education from the University of South Carolina and his Masters of Music Education from Winthrop University. He has performed with the Bluecoats, Teal Sound, and Palmetto Percussion. As an educator, he has held positions with the Colts, Teal Sound, the Cascades, Palmetto Percussion, Atlanta Quest, and Audio Theater.

Eddie Capps

Percussion Instructor - Field Cymbals

Eddie Capps has been with Spirit of Atlanta in some capacity for fourteen seasons. After playing field cymbals with the corps from 1991 through 1993, he began his tenure as a cymbal instructor (1994, 1997-2000, 2002-2004, 2008, 2016-2017). While in this role, Spirit’s cymbal ensemble won first place in DCI’s I&E championships for the 2003 and 2004 seasons. Eddie’s other teaching experiences include time with Choctawhatchee High School, Georgia Tech, Odyssey Percussion Theatre, Jubal Drum Corps, CorpsVets, and Music City Mystique.

Kellen Matthews

Percussion Instructor - Field Cymbals

Kellen Matthews returns to Spirit of Atlanta for a third consecutive season to work with the corps’ field cymbals. Kellen, attended Jacksonville State University from 2006-201l to play field cymbals with the renowned Southerners. In 2010, Kellen stepped into an instructional role serving as a field cymbal technician. Kellen has taught field cymbals for Pioneer, Frequency Percussion, Carrollton HS, Double Stop Indoor, Chattanooga Independent, and Atlanta Quest.

Brandyn Hundley

Percussion Instructor - Field Cymbals

Brandyn Hundley joins the Spirit staff after heading the cymbal program at STRYKE Percussion for the past two seasons.  Previous marching experiences include STRYKE Percussion (2010-2012), Teal Sound (2011-2012), and Music City Mystique (2013). Brandyn has worked with REEF Independent, STRYKE Percussion (2016-2017), as well as the Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps.

Dean Johnson

Front Ensemble Instructor

Dean Johnson is new to Spirit of Atlanta’s percussion education team for the 2018 season. Dean has been involved in the marching arts since 2006, performing with Tates Creek Indoor Ensemble (2010-2011), Blue Stars (2011-2012), and Music City Mystique (2012-2013). A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Dean lives in the greater Nashville, Tennessee area where he serves as a front ensemble technician with Music City Mystique, a position he has held since 2015.

Brandon Dodge

Front Ensemble Instructor

Brandon Dodge returns for his second season on the Spirit of Atlanta staff. Brandon performed with Spirit of Atlanta (2003, 2005-2006) and Phantom Regiment (2007), and currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he works as the front ensemble tech and arranger for the University of Cincinnati Bearcat Marching Band. He has also served as front ensemble tech with Atlanta Quest Independent Indoor Drumline.
Brandon is currently pursuing a D.M.A. in percussion performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He holds degrees from Georgia State (M.M.) and from Jacksonville State (B.A.).

David Walker

Front Ensemble Instructor

David Walker is another new face to the Spirit of Atlanta staff this year. A native of Tennessee, David is currently a freelance composer, clinician, and designer with fourteen years of experience teaching and writing for percussion.  A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University (BM, BS) and Texas Christian University (MM-Performance), David brings years of knowledge, passion, and experience to every group he teaches.

Josh Foust

Front Ensemble Instructor

Josh Foust is a new addition to the staff this year. Josh was a member of the World Champion Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps from 2015-2017, playing in the front ensemble when the Corps won its first ever World Championship. During his age-out year, he served as section leader of the corps’ front ensemble. Josh is also a member of Music City Mystique, having marched from 2015-2017, serving as a section leader of the front ensemble in 2017.

Color Guard


Chance Livar

Colorguard Designer/Caption Head

Chance Livar joins Spirit of Atlanta for the 2018 season in the role of Colorguard Designer.   Chance currently serves as Director of Black Gold Winterguard of Dallas, TX, a role he's held since 2014.   Chance's drum corps experience includes work with Santa Clara Vanguard, The Cadets, and The Boston Crusaders.   He has also worked with top guard programs at MacArthur HS, Texas Christian University, North Crowley HS, Burleson Centennial HS, and many others.  Chnace currently serves on the WGI Advisory Board.  As a performer, Chance was a member of the Boston Crusaders in DCI and Ars Nova Winter Guard and Black Gold Winter Guard in WGI.

guard@spiritdrumcorps.org

Roman Montoya

Movement Specialist

Roman Montoya is Movement Specialist for Spirit of Atlanta beginning with the 2018 season.   Montoya has many years of drum corps teaching experience.  He was movement/dance coordinator, color guard caption head, and staff coordinator for the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps of Toledo, OH.  He was with the corps for ten years.  Most recently, Roman was movement choreographer for The Santa Clara Vanguard.  Roman is also director of Black Gold Winter Guard from Dallas, TX and has been part of the teaching staff for twenty-three seasons.  Roman is also a choreographer/clinician/consultant for many color guards in Texas.

Currently, he serves as Director of Bands at Donna Sheard Intermediate School in Mansfield, TX.  Prior to teaching at DSIS,  Montoya was Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Color Guards at North Crowley High School in Fort Worth, TX for three years.  Montoya taught with Moore Public Schools in Moore, OK for ten years before moving to Texas.  He was Assistant Director at Moore High School, Director at Highland West Junior High and Director of Color Guards.  In addition, Roman is director/choreographer for the Waxahachie High School Band and Color Guard from Waxahachie, TX.  He has been with the program for 7 years.  His duties include movement choreography and ballet technique training for the band as well as choreography and design for the color/winter guard.

Montoya received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM.  He is a member of MENC and TMEA.

guard@spiritdrumcorps.org

Visual


Jason Palmer

Drill Writer

Jason Palmer is coming back for his third year with Spirit of Atlanta.  Palmer is a successful music designer, drill and body movement designer, as well as, a set designer for drama productions and the pageantry arts across the country. Palmer's goal is to create beautiful works of art musically, visually, and conceptually.

Palmer teaches visual arts at Mt. Juliet High School in Mt. Juliet, TN and is the percussion director as well at Mt. Juliet High School. Other groups that he has been involved with include: Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps 08-present, United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps winter drumline, Glassmen Drum Corps Co-Visual Caption head 09-10; Colts Drum and Bugle Corps Visual Caption head 07; Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps 04-06; Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, Phantom Regiment Phantom Drum and Bugle Corps; Music City Mystique; Gateway Indoor Percussion Ensemble; Middle Tennessee State University Drumline and percussion ensemble; University of Northern Alabama Drumline; and was previously director of percussion of Fred J. Page High School 2001-2010.

 

visual@spiritdrumcorps.org

Gilles Ouellette

Drill Writer

Gilles Ouellette is returning for his third year at Spirit of Atlanta. At home, Gilles is a freelance Visual Designer, Technician and Adjudicator for High School Marching Bands, Drum and Bugle Corps, Winter Guards and Winter Percussion Ensembles.  He graduated with a degree in Computer science and dedicated several years in the corporate world before making “Marching and the Visual Arts” his main occupation.

Gilles’ drum corps experience started when he was 13. He played snares and took on the role of drum major for the last 2 summers of his marching years. His curiosity and interest for the visual side of the activity led him to his staging and teaching carrier. At this time, Gilles is the Visual Designer for the Spartans Drum & Bugle corps (2001-2007, 2011-present.

Gilles resides in Nashville, TN. He is a member and active adjudicator for the Gulf Coast Judges Association (GCJA) , Winterguard International (WGI) and is the Color Guard, Judge and Contest Coordinator for the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit (SCGC).

visual@spiritdrumcorps.org

Roman Montoya

Movement Specialist

Roman Montoya is Movement Specialist for Spirit of Atlanta beginning with the 2018 season.   Montoya has many years of drum corps teaching experience.  He was movement/dance coordinator, color guard caption head, and staff coordinator for the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps of Toledo, OH.  He was with the corps for ten years.  Most recently, Roman was movement choreographer for The Santa Clara Vanguard.  Roman is also director of Black Gold Winter Guard from Dallas, TX and has been part of the teaching staff for twenty-three seasons.  Roman is also a choreographer/clinician/consultant for many color guards in Texas.

Currently, he serves as Director of Bands at Donna Sheard Intermediate School in Mansfield, TX.  Prior to teaching at DSIS,  Montoya was Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Color Guards at North Crowley High School in Fort Worth, TX for three years.  Montoya taught with Moore Public Schools in Moore, OK for ten years before moving to Texas.  He was Assistant Director at Moore High School, Director at Highland West Junior High and Director of Color Guards.  In addition, Roman is director/choreographer for the Waxahachie High School Band and Color Guard from Waxahachie, TX.  He has been with the program for 7 years.  His duties include movement choreography and ballet technique training for the band as well as choreography and design for the color/winter guard.

Montoya received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM.  He is a member of MENC and TMEA.

guard@spiritdrumcorps.org