OC18 is just around the corner, and with it comes some exciting updates from us. Today we want you to meet the team behind the show for this season, which includes familiar names and some new faces this year.
Jodie Rhodes returns for her second year as our Program and Staff Coordinator. She has been a band director for twenty-four years, spending the last nine in Lubbock ISD at Evans M.S. Prior to this, she worked for eleven years in Spring ISD in Houston, Texas at Westfield High School and its feeder programs.
Also returning this year is our Music Coordinator and Brass Arranger, Brad Kerr Green. Green is the music composer/arranger for the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band stationed at Langley AFB in Hampton, VA, as well as an avid composer/arranger/music designer for many outstanding marching bands, indoor winds, and winter guards. Mr. Green’s experience with drum and bugle corps began in 1995 as member of The Cadets of Bergen County. He aged out as drum major for the Cadets in 1998 – the year the corps received the title of DCI World Champion; 1998 was also the year he received the Jim Jones Leadership Award. From 1999 through 2003, he was a performer, conductor, & brass supervisor for the Tony Award & Emmy Award winning production Blast!. From 2003 to the present, he worked with many World Class drum & bugle corps – including the Blue Knights, Santa Clara Vanguard, Blue Stars, Madison Scouts, & Oregon Crusaders.
New to the team this year is Mark Moreno who will be taking on the role of Visual Coordinator and Drill Designer. Mark brings over 16 years of experience to the marching arts activity. From color guard performing arts to designing drill, his overall involvement in the marching arts spans all possible areas of design. His performance background includes the Fantasia Winter Guard and the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. Past experience in drill design, program and color guard coordination in the highly competitive state of Texas has provided an ideal environment to develop Moreno’s design skills. Berkner High School (Richardson, TX), Connally High School (Austin, TX), and Ronald Reagan High School (San Antonio, TX), and William Mason High School (Mason, OH) each provide a strong example of the programs Mark has worked with on a full-time basis.
Mike Stevens continues his 8th year with OC as the Percussion Arranger. He was a marching member of the Spartans (Vancouver, WA.), Blue Devils, and Cadets. Mike served on the Cadets Percussion Staff from 1992-1995 and as Caption Head of the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps Percussion from 1998-2000. He is a Signature Artist with Promark Drumsticks and holds a Bachelor of Music Theory/Composition from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. Mike is currently the Percussion Director and Composer for the Tigard High School and Southridge High School Bands in the Portland area and is also the co-founder and Director of the Oregon Crusaders Indoor World Class Percussion Ensemble.
Colton Hines joins OC for the first time as our Sound Designer and Electronics Engineer. Hines is a freelance electronic and sound reinforcement consultant in the marching arts. Mr. Hines has worked as an audio and electronics specialist for schools across the country. As a highly sought creator of Winter Guard Soundtracks, Mr. Hines has worked with clients such as Union (OK), Mustang (OK), Lake Hamilton (AR), Jenks (OK) and Eclectix Independent (OK). Mr. Hines currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Music Education & Composition at Oklahoma City University.
Luke DeDominces returns now as the Front Ensemble Arranger, as well as the Front Ensemble Caption Manager. Currently residing in Eugene, Oregon, Luke DeDominces teaches percussion and arranges at many of the high school programs across the Willamette Valley and western Washington, as well as the University of Oregon marching band.
Curtis Uhlemann joins us this season as a choreographer. Originally from New York, Curtis began performing nationally at age eleven and began formal dance training at age 19. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, summa cum laude, in Modern Dance/Dance Science and Injury Prevention from Brockport College. Focusing mainly on choreography, Curtis studied closely with mentor Susannah Newman (former dancer of the José Limón Company) and creator, designer, and costumer Peter Garrow, who both served as great influences throughout his training. While at Brockport, he received a full scholarship to the American Dance Festival at Duke University, where he studied and performed the works of such esteemed teachers and choreographers as José Limón, Betty Jones, Lisa Race, David Dorfman, Paul Taylor, David Parsons, and Mark Morris.
As a choreographer, Curtis’ work has been shown throughout the United States and most recently in Europe, where it received great acclaim from the government of Spain. His choreography has received recognition in Dance Magazine as a stand out for its exceptional use of space layered with visceral movement and a keen sense of musicality. “Uhlemann truly encompasses the triad of vocabulary, spatial patterns and performance which promises to yield the highest quality of dance artistry.” In 2012 his work was selected as finalist in the 2012 MacCallum Choreography Festival in Palm Springs, CA. Most recently he was awarded, along with his ARCOS co-directors, residency at three prestigious programs for the 2014-2015 season: Playa Fellowship Residency (OR), UCROSS Foundation (WY), and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (NE).
An educator for sixteen years, Curtis employs a dynamic teaching method developed to cultivate and invigorate dance students through a blend of advanced technical skills and experimental choreography. He has had the distinct privilege of working with over one thousand students nationally and internationally, many of whom have continued their education at such highly recognized arts institutions as NYU Tisch, Cal Arts, University of Arizona, Boston Conservatory, Utah State, Florida State University, New World, North Carolina School for the Arts, Cornish College, and University of Texas-Austin among others.
Curtis toured the United States teaching and performing for the duration of eleven years and has served as a choreographer and designer for over twenty different performance ensembles including the ten time world champions The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps and most recently for the 2016 BLAST! Disney production. He is one of the original creators of ARCOS Dance.
Read more about the OC18 design team on the Staff page.