Meet The Design and Education Team2018-11-26T06:30:19+00:00

Oregon Crusaders has assembled an incredibly gifted staff of designers and educators who bring the magic of its program to life. Stay tuned as we continue with the 2019 staff announcements over the coming weeks!

Design Team

Keith Dunton
Keith DuntonProgram Coordinator
Keith William Dunton is an international marching arts producer from Los Angeles, CA. He holds a degree in Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance from St. Olaf College and is the owner of “Design by keith.” a full-service producing business in the marching arts industry.

In 2018 he was the program producer for:
Blue Devils B Corps, Skyliners Drum & Bugle Corps, American Fork UT, Amador Valley CA, Arborview NV, Cerritos CA, Eden Prairie MN, Homestead CA, James Martin TX, James E Taylor TX, Juarez-Lincoln TX, Palmview TX, School #57 Beijing China, 北二外附属小学 Beijing China, and RCC Marching Tigers CA.

Keith continues to actively deliver in-person clinics throughout the year and is apart of the brass teaching faculty of the Concord Blue Devils. You can contact him through his website at www.designbykeith.com, or through Instagram at “keithdunton”.

Daniel Galloway
Daniel GallowayEducation and Program Consultant
Daniel Galloway has taught for 25 years in Texas public schools and in his 11th year as Director of Bands at Clements High School in Sugar Land, Texas.

Daniel earned his Bachelors of Music from Stephen F. Austin State University studying with Dr. Kevin Sedatole and is currently pursuing his Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston.

Under his direction at Clements HS, the band has been recognized as one of the premier programs in Texas in both the concert and marching idioms. The Clements Band has been a consistent UIL 6A State Marching Participant since 1998.

Daniel is also a co-conductor of the Clements Symphony Orchestra, which recently performed at the Mid-West band Clinic, and is a consistent TMEA Class 6A, Honor Band State Finalist.

Daniel’s drum corps teaching experience includes high brass instruction with the Bluecoats (2010-11) and mellophone instruction with Santa Clara Vanguard (2012-14, 2016-present). He was on visual staff with Spirit from JSU from 2006-2009.

Daniel also was a DCI judge in 2004 and 2005.

Daniel is currently member of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association and the Texas Color Guard and Percussion Association where he judges Ensemble and Visual. Daniel also held the position of Vice President of Marching Band Judge Education for the Texas Music Adjudicators Association for 5 years in addition to judging for BOA.

Steve Vento
Steve VentoBrass Arranger
Mr. Steve Vento has been an educator in the pageantry arts for over 25 years. He has composed over 40 original compositions and arranged 500 shows for marching band and drum corps.

Mr. Vento has his B.S. in Education with a trumpet performance minor from Missouri Western State University and a Masters of Music Education with conducting emphasis from the University of Tulsa.

He taught at Broken Arrow HS from 1994-2006 where his duties included concert band, jazz band and arranger/instructor for The Pride of Broken Arrow. In 2006 Mr. Vento was hired at Tulsa Community College where he started the band program, jazz studies, and received a technological grant to start a computer lab so he could teach various music composition computer programs and software applications. Since 2013, Steve has been a full time arranger/composer and has been on the adjunct teaching staff and design team for Blue Springs HS Golden Regiment.

His arrangements and compositions have won over 50 state titles around the country and have also been very successful at the national level at Bands of America events. His awards and accolades include 18 time BOA Class Champion, 3 time BOA Regional Champion, 65 time BOA Regional Finalist, 17 time BOA National Semi-Finalist, and 10 time BOA National Finalist. Steve’s arrangements and compositions have also received hundreds of “I” divisional ratings at local, regional, and national level contests, including BOA and UIL. In 2018, Mr. Vento also wrote for the China national marching band champion.

2019 marks Steve’s 21st year of drum corps. He marched with The Skyryders, Hutchinson, KS (’89) and The Blue Devils, Concord, CA (’90) as a lead soprano (trumpet). He has been on brass staff, the caption head, arranger, and program coordinator with Black Gold (’92-’94), Nite Express (’95-’96), Southwind (’03-’07), and Legends (’17-’19). Steve has also been on the brass staff of the Blue Devils since 2011.

Scott Johnson
Scott JohnsonBattery Percussion Arranger
Scott is starting his 39th year with Blue Devils drum and Bugle Corps.

Personal awards include eighteen D.C.I. Gold medal championships, fourteen D.C.I. High Percussion titles, two W.G.I. Gold medal championships, three DCA Gold medal championships, two DCA High Percussion titles, ten DCE championships, nine DCE High Percussion titles, ten High Percussion titles in Japan, and 1977 D.C.I. & 1978 P.A.S. Individual Snare champion.
Scott is very honored to have been inducted into the 2012 class of the DCI Hall Of Fame, and the 2012 WGI Hall Of Fame. Scott was also inducted into the 2015 World Drum Corp Hall Of Fame.

Although the primary focus of his teaching career has been in the Drum Corps idiom, Scott has taught privately and arranged percussion scores at the elementary, junior, senior high, and university levels.
Scott’s judging assignments have included numerous marching band and percussion competitions throughout the world, including P.A.S. championships, W.G.I. championships, South African Championships, Indonesia Championships, and the Bands of America Grand National Championships.

Scott is one of the most sought after Marching Percussion clinicians in the world today.

He has held numerous percussion clinics throughout the United States, Japan, Canada, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Scotland, South Africa, South Korea, Indonesia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Australia, China, and Italy.

Scott’s current endorsements:
Drums and hardware: System Blue
Sticks and mallets: Pro Mark
Cymbals: Zildjian
Drumheads: Evans
Hand drums and Accessories: Meinl
Drum pads: Offworld

Noah Bellamy
Noah BellamyDrill Designer
Noah Bellamy is originally from Centerville, Ohio. After graduating from high school, Noah took part in a series of special studies at the internationally acclaimed University of North Texas. In 2002, Noah graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington and then earned a masters in jazz performance from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

After marching with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in 1996, Noah went on to teach visual performance at Centerville High School. While serving as a visual specialist and caption head from 1997-2005, the band won 12 Bands Of America Regional Championships, as well as the high visual award at Grand National Championships in 2003.

In 2005, Noah moved to South Florida and began teaching at Miami Beach Senior High School, where he started a scholastic winter drumline program, as well as a percussion class that has been modeled by many other schools across the country through the published article entitled “Creating Student Involvement Through The Use Of Percussion Instruments.”

While in Florida, he became the visual designer for the consistent WGI World Class finalists, Infinity Percussion as well as for the 2010 and 2011 WGI Open Class silver medalist, Stryke Percussion, now PIW. It was during this time that Noah joined the design team for The Troopers drum and bugle corps. While at The Troopers he served as the visual coordinator in 2013 and 2014 and the visual designer from 2015-2017.

Noah currently lives in Canton, Mich., where he is the visual designer and visual caption head for the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Marching Band. He has become an in-demand drill writer for marching bands and winter percussion ensembles across the nation. Noah has worked with or written for groups that have made finals in every class in WGI as well as BOA and other marching circuits around the country. He maintains a busy schedule of writing drill, judging in both the fall and the winter, and consulting with various marching ensembles from around the world, most recently traveling to Taiwan as the visual caption head and designer for the Taiwan International Marching Band Camp. Noah is very excited to join this talented team of designers at the Oregon Crusaders, working hard to provide an amazing experience for the students involved.

Jessica Slabaugh
Jessica SlabaughColor Guard Designer
Jessica Slabaugh is originally from Golden, Colorado but now lives in the Salt Lake City area. She has been an educator for the marching arts for over 12 years. Jessica is currently the director of color guards at American Fork High School.

In addition to teaching, Jessica also does color guard coordination and design for several programs: Amador Valley High School, American Fork High School, Eden Prairie High School, James E Taylor High School, Juarez Lincoln High School, Palm View High School, Skyliner, and Wasatch Independent World Guard.

Prior to teaching, Jessica was a member of several color guards and dance ensembles; performing with Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps, Oracle Dance Ensemble, Alchemy Winter Guard, Nova Winter Guard, and Signature Winter Guard.

Sean Gordon
Sean GordonFront Ensemble and Sound Designer
For those involved within the arts, coaching sports or teaching academics, there is an age-old adage of “paying it forward” – the idea that those who were once performers, athletes or students become involved in similar educational paths of their respective mentors; to preserve the ideals and traditions passed down and deliver them a new generation.

Sean Gordon is among the new wave of instructors that fits this positive trend.

Sean’s percussion training began in middle school, and continued through high school to his age-out summer in 2008. During that time he was a member of multiple groups, including Pulse Percussion, Riverside Community College, Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps and The Blue Devils, as a mallet percussionist.

Sean returned to his alumni as a mallet tech in 2007, holding the position until he was promoted to Front Ensemble Caption Head in 2009 – working with the likes of his former instructor Caleb Rothe, Bryan Nungaray, and Jim Wunderlich. He began arranging for the 8 time PSCW Champion “Concert Percussion Ensemble” in 2016, and finished his tenure with the ensemble after completing the 2017 indoor season.

Sean’s teaching prowess has also migrated to the drum corps and independent percussion ensemble scene, as he has worked as the front ensemble instructor for The Academy (2011-2012), The Mandarins (2010), Pulse Percussion (2009-2011) and currently teaches at The Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps (2013-Present).

Sean began writing and arranging for percussion in high school, and has had the opportunity to write for many schools and groups at varying levels, from beginning junior high percussion ensembles, to world class ensembles in WGI and DCI.

Sean currently resides in Eastvale, CA and is a proud educational endorser of REMO drumheads, and Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.

Brass Staff

Mike McConnell
Mike McConnellBrass Caption Head
Mike McConnell has served as the Assistant Director of Bands at Cy-Fair High School in Cypress, Texas since the fall of 2015. A Connecticut native, Mr. 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, and an invitation to perform at The Midwest Clinic in December of 2018.

In addition to his duties at Cy-Fair High School, Mr. 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.

Mr. 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 that performs and present masters classes at universities throughout the United States.
Mr. McConnell also holds a Master of Music Performance from Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Music Performance from Indiana University Bloomington’s Jacobs School of Music.

Color Guard Staff

Joey Kidd
Joey KiddColor Guard Caption Head
Joey Kidd has been a part of the pageantry world since 2001. Starting as a young trombonist in his home town of Atlanta, GA, he soon fell in love with Color Guard. Some of his most influential and rewarding performing memories were with the CrownGUARD in 2009-2010, Paramount World in 2011, and Santa Clara Vanguard Winter Guard in 2015.

Joey was on staff for Atlanta CV Drum and Bugle Corps instructional staff for the 2012-2014. After moving to the west coast, Joey joined the instructional staff of both the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets and Pacific Crest from 2016 – 2018.

Joey has served as the CCGC (California Color Guard Circuit) member-at-large, as well as director and instructor for the San Jose State University Color Guard. Joey is currently the color guard director at Arcadia High School in Arcadia, California.

During the winter season, Joey works with various winter programs designing, staging and consulting. He instructs visual/guard with Independent wind ensembles as well as other WGI scholastic groups.

Joey is currently finishing his Master’s from National University and is expected to receive his California teaching credential by the end of 2019. When not coaching color guard, Joey is teaching Elementary PE.

Percussion Staff

Joey Staab
Joey StaabPercussion Caption Head
Joey Staab has been a percussionist for nearly 20 years and is the CEO and Creator of “Off The Left”, a company that specializes in compositions, consultation, private education, and events around the Country.

Joet is a music writer, designer, consultant, and private instructor located in the Northern California Bay Area. Since 2014, he has been the battery caption head and visual designer for the WGI (PSW) World Class Percussion ensemble, Leigh High School in Campbell CA. His most recent drum corps teaching experience was being the snare instructor and battery manager for Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps (2016, 2018).

Joeys prior performing experience includes Mandarins, Blue Devils, Santa Clara Vanguard Indoor, Niner Noise, and Aftershock Drumline.

Joey believes the key to success in Drum Corps (and life) is found by leading by example, helping his students grow as human beings, holding himself to a high standard for his team, and most importantly by earning his student’s and staff’s trust by demonstrating that he is fully committed to being a World Class educator and providing them the support that they deserve.

Visual Staff

Joshua Brenneis
Joshua BrenneisVisual Caption Head
Josh Brenneis is a visual clinician, adjudicator and designer working with numerous musical programs across the country, performing in Florida Marching Band Coalition, Bands of America, Winter Guard International, and Drum Corps International.

Josh started in DCI as a performer with the Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps in 2004, later joining The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Josh continued his involvement in DCI, having been on the visual staff of Teal Sound, Crossmen, and The Cadets (2015 – 17).

Josh has also been teaching south Florida marching bands since 2007 that have been successful in the FMBC and BOA circuits. For 6 years he has been the Visual Caption Head of two Palm Beach County marching bands, Jupiter High School and Park Vista High School, where both programs won FMBC State Championships in 2014, 2015 and 2016. In 2018 he also became the Visual Caption Head for the West Broward High School Performance Ensemble where he continually works with all three bands.

During the winter season, Josh instructs visual with Independent percussion and wind ensembles as well as scholastic groups. Recently he has worked with STRYKE Wynds, STRYKE World Percussion, Infinity World Percussion, Timber Creek Indoor Percussion and Park Vista Indoor Percussion.

Currently, Josh is the Visual Caption Head of STRYKE Wynds and on visual staff with STRYKE Percussion, both WGI world class ensembles.