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.

Dr. Aaron Witek
Dr. Aaron WitekBrass Pedagogy Consultant
Dr. Aaron Witek joined the faculty of Ithaca College’s School of Music in fall 2018 as Assistant Professor of Trumpet. He held this same role from 2013-2018 at the University of Louisiana Monroe (ULM) where he was part of the faculty ensemble in residence, Black Bayou Brass.

Maintaining an active performance schedule, Witek has performed throughout the United States, China, and Australia. His playing experience includes the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (LA), Monroe Symphony Orchestra (principal, LA), Sinfonia Gulf Coast Orchestra (FL), Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (FL), Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra (FL), Albany Symphony Orchestra (GA), and the Orchestra of Northern New York. As a soloist, Witek has performed with the International Shanghai Symphonic Band, Monroe Symphony Orchestra, Florida State University Symphonic Band, University of Louisiana Monroe Wind Ensemble, and the University of Louisiana Monroe Symphonic Band. He is an award recipient, winning first place in the Historic Division of the National Trumpet Competition and an International Trumpet Guild Scholarship.

Witek has given recitals and master classes at many universities and conferences; including the International Trumpet Guild Conference, International Women’s Brass Conference, Australasian Trumpet Academy, Trumpet Festival of the Southeast, Texas Music Educators Association Conference, Louisiana Music Educators’ Association Conference, and the Florida Music Educators’ Association Convention. He has frequently been an adjudicator at the International Trumpet Guild Conference and National Trumpet Competition. In addition, Witek is in demand as a clinician and has worked with ensembles throughout the United States.

As a noted author, Witek has been published numerous times in the International Trumpet Guild Journal. His book entitled Gordon Mathie: The Treasured Legacy of a Master Teacher and Performer, published by WR Enterprises, was released at the 2014 International Trumpet Guild Conference and is available for order at www.wiffrudd.com. In May 2018, Witek released his first publication with Mountain Peak Music entitled Solo Duet Training for Trumpet.

Students who study with Witek have seen various successes, including receiving International Trumpet Guild Scholarships, becoming a division finalist in the Music Teachers National Association Competition, and selection as a semifinalist in the National Trumpet Competition. Witek was recognized and presented with two awards from ULM: The Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the College of Arts, Education, and Sciences Dean’s Award of Excellence. While a graduate student at Florida State University (FSU), he was the recipient of a Teaching Achievement Award. In addition, during this time he directed the FSU trumpet ensemble – a group that had been a finalist at the National Trumpet Competition several times, and won second place. Since 2001, Witek has been involved with the marching arts activity as an instructor and designer. He has been Brass Pedagogical Coordinator at the ten-time Drum Corps International World Champion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps and Assistant Brass Caption Head at the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps.

Witek earned a Doctorate of Music in Trumpet Performance from FSU where he also completed his Master of Music degree in Performance. In addition, he received his Bachelor of Music in Education degree at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. His principal teachers have included Christopher Moore, Bryan Goff, John Ellis, and Alex Jokopi.

Dr. Ramon Francisco Vasquez
Dr. Ramon Francisco VasquezBrass Instructor
Dr. Ramon Francisco Vasquez is currently an assistant band director at Lopez Early College High School in Brownsville Texas where his duties include; the marching band, the jazz orchestra, conducting the school musical, the high brass studio, working with students at our two feeder schools. Since his appointment at Lopez High School, he was a part in the school being selected at the 2016 TMEA 6A Honor Band. This honor led to a performance at the 2017 TMEA Convention where he was featured as a soloist with the Lopez Symphonic Band.

Prior to his appointment at Lopez High School, Ray served on the faculties at Auburn University and the University of Minnesota Duluth. Ramon holds degrees from Northwestern State University of Louisiana (BM in Trumpet Performance in 1994), the University of North Texas (MM in Trumpet Performance in 1997) and the University of Minnesota (DMA in Trumpet Performance in 2005). His primary teachers include: Galindo Rodriguez, Dr. Leonard Candelaria, Mr. Keith Johnson and Dr. David Baldwin.

As a trumpet player, Ray has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, The Dallas Wind Symphony, Richardson Symphony, Irving Symphony, the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, the Intergalactic Contemporary Ensemble, the Center for Early Music Orchestra at the College of St. Scholastica, the Dallas Bach Society, The Texas Bach Collegium, the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band, the Denton Bach Society, the University of North Texas One O’clock Lab Band, Jazz MN, the Rio Grande Valley Jazz Orchestra, the O’Jays, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Shirley Jones, Barry Manilow, Sheena Easton, Peabo Bryson, Ernie Watts, Claudio Roditti, Matt Harris, Denis DiBlasio, Peter Erskine, Phil Woods, Niklas Eklund, Ed Tarr, Bengt Eklund, Jens Lindemann and Manny Laureano.

Ramon has given clinics in Australia, Thailand, the United States and Canada. Most notably work with the International Trumpet Guild includes serving as an adjudicator for various competitions and presenting clinics at the 2011 held in Minneapolis Minnesota and the 2005 Conference held in Bangkok Thailand. He has also served as a judge for the National Trumpet Competition and numerous jazz festivals across the United States.

Ramon marched for three consecutive seasons in the Phantom Regiment, aging out in 1993. As a marching member, he won the I&E Competition in 1991 in his rookie season. After aging out of the activity, he has gone on to work on the Brass Staff with the Phantom Regiment (1995), Spirit of Atlanta (2006), the Santa Clara Vanguard (2007), and the Cavaliers (2013) and Minnesota Brass (2004-12). He has also served as Brass Caption Head for the Blue Stars (2002, 2003), Spirit of Atlanta (2008, 2009) and the Colts (2010, 2011)

Ramon holds affiliations with the International Trumpet Guild, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi and the College of Music Society.

Ray is an artist/clinician for the Edwards Instrument Company and performs on Karl Hammond Design Mouthpieces exclusively.

Ronnie Pruitt
Ronnie PruittBrass Instructor
Mr. Pruitt received degrees from Southwest Texas State University and Stephen F. Austin State University, studying with Stephen Hager, John Stansberry, Tom Waggoner, Fred J. Allen, and Dr. Tim King.

Mr. Pruitt has been involved with music education for over 25 years. During this time he has taught all levels of music including middle school, high school and collegiate courses. He has been part of winning multiple state marching titles in the state of Texas. He is in constant demand as a designer, clinician and adjudicator.

Before coming to Oregon, Mr. Pruitt was on staff with the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps of Rockford, Illinois, serving as the Assistant Brass Caption Head. Prior to this appointment, Ronnie fulfilled the same role for the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps of Denver, Colorado from 2012-2017.

Elizabeth Lentz
Elizabeth LentzBrass Instructor
Elizabeth Lentz began her DCI experience marching trumpet with the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. She later marched with the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2012 and the Blue Devils from 2013-2015, serving as trumpet co-section leader her age out year.

Elizabeth attended the University of North Texas and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. As a trumpet player at UNT, she performed in many ensembles, including the Symphonic Band directed under Dennis Fisher and the Brass Band directed under Dr. Nicholas Williams and Brian Bowman. She was also a three-year member of the UNT Green Brigade Marching Band, serving as a field instructor her final year. Elizabeth also spent several years as a marching band instructor for DFW area high schools, including Frisco Liberty, Mansfield Legacy, and Hebron.

Elizabeth is currently an associate band director at Paschal High School in Fort Worth, TX where she teaches the marching band, concert bands, and beginner brass classes.

Cassandra Ellswood
Cassandra EllswoodBrass Instructor
Cassandra “Cassie” Ellswood will be joining the Oregon Crusaders brass staff for the 2019 season. She is a recent honor graduate of Central Michigan University holding a Bachelor of Music Education and psychology degree with trumpet being her primary instrument. During her time at Central Michigan University she was able to perform in a wide range of distinguished ensembles, such as the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, CMU Symphony Orchestra, The Fuoco Fino Brass Quintet, and the CMU Trumpet Septet which competed at the National Trumpet Competition.

As a drum corps performer, Cassandra began her marching career with the Boston Crusaders in the Summer of 2013. She proceeded to march a total of three years (2013, 2015, 2017).

In the summer of 2018 Cassandra worked at Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Camp, as a camp counselor, lifeguard, and waterfront director. Cassandra is excited to once again spend her summer with the marching arts and is happy to do so with the Oregon Crusaders brass staff.

Lorhan Tiger
Lorhan TigerBrass Instructor
Lorhan Tiger is currently a senior studying music education at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. During her studies, Lorhan has been a member of many different performing ensembles, and also served as principal trumpet of the Concert Band. Along with this, she has been a member of the Marching Mountaineers Color Guard and the Marching Mountaineers Trumpet section, where she was often a soloist and featured performer in small group ensembles.

Lorhan has been playing trumpet for 13 years, and started her marching career in 2011 at New Bern High School. There, she served as a section leader and soloist for the marching band. Lorhan started her drum corps career in 2016 with the Spirit of Atlanta, and finished in 2017 with The Cadets; both years playing lead trumpet.

Lorhan is extremely excited to be working on the Oregon Crusaders Brass Staff this summer, and cannot wait to see where the road will take her!

Barron Maskew
Barron MaskewBrass Instructor
Barron Maskew is a band director at Hickory High School in Chesapeake, VA. He is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a B.M. in Music Education. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Music Education with a focus in wind band conducting.

Barron has served as a Visual Technician and co-Caption Head of the Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps and Carolina Gold Winds from 2014-2016.

In his experience, Barron has been a member of the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps (2009, 2010), and the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps (2012). He is a current member of the Virginia Wind Symphony.

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.

Lynsey Mikels
Lynsey MikelsAssistant Color Guard Caption Head
Lynsey Mikels grew up in Newbury Park, CA and now resides in Los Alamitos, CA. She graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology.

As a Drum Corps performer, Lynsey marched with Pacific Crest (2007) and The Santa Clara Vanguard (2008-2011). She also appeared in various Winterguard groups through out California; Corona Light Winterguard (2009), Corona Winterguard (2011), and The Santa Clara Vanguard Winterguard (2012-2014). Lynsey then went on to perform two summers in Japan with the Tony and Emmy award-winning production Blast! in 2014 and 2016.

Lynsey continues to spread her passion of the activity through teaching various groups in Southern California. She was a part of the instructional staff for Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps for four consecutive seasons (2015-2018), and is currently with Millikan HS, Western HS, Bellflower HS, and Ross Middle School. She is very excited to be a part of the instructional staff for Oregon Crusaders this summer!

Nurah Holloway
Nurah HollowayColor Guard Instructor
Nurah Holloway is from San Diego, CA. She attended CSUSM and graduated with a B.S. in Biology. She aspires to be a high school teacher but currently enjoys teaching colorguard.
Nurah’s colorguard career began in 2008 with Mira Mesa High School. After 4 years of high school she continued marching with Prado independent Winterguard 13-14. In 2015 she joined Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps. Nurah aged out in 2016 with Pacific Crest. That following winter season she performed in Pulse Percussion Independent visual ensemble. In summer of 2017, she returned to Pacific Crest as colorguard technician and joined them for their 25th anniversary season in 2018. Nurah performed with Vox Artium Independent 2018 and will be performing with Diamante Independent 2019.
Michael Davis
Michael DavisColor Guard Instructor
Michael is Northwest born and raised in Salem, OR. He started his pageantry career back in 2012 and hasn’t stopped since. Michael was a member of the West Salem Marching Band and Color Guard both as a performer and a 3 year drum major. He is the current Director of Guards at West Salem High School and North Salem High School. Michael is also the movement and visual designer for Affinity Indoor. Affinity is a new indoor percussion and emblem in the Portland metro area.

His passion does not stop there. Michael is also a designer and choreographer. He has worked with Beaverton High School and Century high school and helped start up the University of Oregon Winter Guard this past season. In 2016 he was also on Admin Staff for the Oregon Crusaders. Michael has received a music education minor from Portland State University and is currently studying Drug and Addiction Counseling with a focus in helping students and families K-12. He is currently a full time Instructional Assistant. His passion is helping students. Whether that be in pageantry or their everyday lives. His goal as an educator is to provide helpful information and help influence the students of tomorrow.

Brianne Tomas
Brianne TomasColor Guard Instructor
Bri Tomas began her performing career at Sierra Vista HS in Las Vegas, NV. After performing with Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps, she concluded her drum corps journey at the Vanguard A-Corps in 2012. Her love for the organization and activity continued on to the winter seasons where she also performed with the Santa Clara Vanguard Winterguard (2013-2016).

She began her teaching career at various high schools around the Las Vegas Valley in Nevada. She has recently re-located to the Southern California area and presently teaches at Rowland Heights HS, Capistrano Valley HS, Upland HS and Travis Ranch MS. She has also been on staff at Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps (2014-2018) and Vanguard Cadets (2016-2018).

Bri holds her B.A. in Sociology and minor in Dance from the University of Las Vegas, NV. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Leadership Development at Chapman University and also works as a Graduate Assistant in their office of Student Engagement.

Marianna Spencer
Marianna SpencerColor Guard Instructor
Marianna started her performing career in 2004 with Spain Park High School in Hoover, Alabama. She continued performing throughout college with the University of Alabama and Amor Winterguard. She spent the remainder of her career with Phantom Regiment and Paramount Winterguard.

As an educator she has worked with various groups in Alabama, Georgia, and now the colorful state of Colorado! Marianna has taught at Crossmen and Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps. She is thrilled to work along side a talented staff and the dedicated performers of Oregon Crusaders!

Marianna resides in Colorado. She works with the youth in Denver Public School systems. She has two chocolate labs and loves to take them hiking!

Sammie Dobson
Sammie DobsonColor Guard Instructor
Sammie currently resides in Long Beach, CA where she is actively pursuing degrees in Dance and Kineseology. She’s a full time dance, color guard, and visual instructor and choreographer.

She has been the Dance Guard director at Redondo Union High School for 4 years where she coaches the award winning dance teams and winterguards. She also teaches visual at Arroyo High school and Pulse Perscussion. Sammie actively designs and choreographs nationally for groups such as Gibson County HS in TN. Previous teaching experience consists of movement designer and visual instruction for the Spirit of Atlanta, Assistant color guard caption head for 3 years at Pacific Crest, Director of Choctawhatchee World Guard, and choreographer and technician for O2 Independent World.

Sammie’s WGI performance experience consists of 5 years with the O foundation in Dayton, OH. She began in 2010 with Open Class Champions O2 and then spent ’11-’14 with Onyx World to earn 2 World Championship titles.

Sammie spent the 5 summers of ’08-’12 performing with the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps where she served as color guard captain for her final 3. Sammie aged out in ’12 with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps.

She is excited to join the instructional team for her 1st year with the Oregon Crusaders.

Casey Kunze
Casey KunzeColor Guard Choreographer
Born and raised in Austin, TX, Casey started his marching career in 2012 at James Bowie High School in south Austin. After high school, he started teaching at Round Rock High School in the fall of 2014 before moving to Dallas to march Black Gold Independent World. In 2015’s show, Wicked Games, they made Independent World class finals for the first time in the winter guard’s history. He also worked with the organization in 2016 with “Bull”ero, winning fan favorite at WGI world championships. During his time in Dallas, Casey taught at Colleyville Heritage High School for the winter seasons of 2015-2016.

Casey also has a long drum corps marching history. He marched Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013 (Secret Society). He then marched two years at Santa Clara Vanguard (2014 – Scheherazade:
Words 2 Live By and 2015 – The Spark of Invention). Casey then aged out in 2017 at Carolina Crown with their show “It Is”. During this time, Casey moved back to Austin Texas to be the Round Rock High School Assistant Guard Director for the fall of 2016 through the Winter Guard season of 2018.

Currently, Casey is spending his third year at Leander High School as the Assistant Guard Director, during which time the school completed at the Bands Of America Grand Nationals (winning 6th in 2016). During his tenure, the program also competed at Winter Guard International’s World Championships winning Scholastic National A class with the highest score in history for its class. He is also a choreographer for several other schools in the Austin Area.

Jazz Legaspi
Jazz LegaspiColor Guard Choreographer
Jazz Legaspi is a Bay Area native who began his color guard career in 2009 at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, CA. An alumni performer of the California Color Guard Circuit, he has been awarded the “2013 Outstanding Performer” and “2014 Performer of the Year” awards. Mr. Legaspi has trained and performed with Dynasty (2014), the Santa Clara Vanguard Winter Guard (2015), and the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps (2013, 2015-2017). His performance career with the Blue Devils led him to become a 2-time silver medalist (2013, 2016) and 2-time gold medalist (2015, 2017); he was also humbly awarded the “2016 Rifle of the Year” and “2017 Performer of the Year” accolades from the Blue Devils Color Guard. Under the 2015 Santa Clara Vanguard Winter Guard, he was a recipient of the Winter Guard International Independent World Class gold medal.

Residing in San Francisco, CA, Mr. Legaspi’s professional affiliations are diverse. He is a freelance costume designer, choreographer, music editor, clinician, and mentor. He has collaborated with numerous color guard programs including Westmont HS, Fremont HS, Amador Valley HS, Foothill HS, Oak Grove HS, Timber Creek HS, Lynbrook HS, the Santa Clara Vanguard, and the Blue Devils. He is currently the Color Guard Director at Saratoga HS and Redwood MS.

Outside of color guard, Mr. Legaspi is an undergraduate student pursuing his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a focus on Exercise and Movement Sciences at San Francisco State University. He implements sports psychology, motor learning/development, and peak performance theories into his technical training regimens. An advocate for higher education, Mr. Legaspi plans to attain his doctorate degree and become a professor at the collegiate level.

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.

Shealley Lee
Shealley LeeFront Ensemble Manager
Shealley Lee is a percussion educator based out of the Northern California residing in Sacramento, CA. She is currently the Percussion Director and arranger at Fairfield High School. She will be joining the adjudication team for NCBA, in the area of percussion. This will be her 3rd year with the Oregon Crusaders.

Most recently the Percussion Director and arranger at Elk Grove High School from 2007 – 2018, and served as a front ensemble technician at Amador High School and American Canyon High School. Her teaching experience started in 2000 and has been a technician and clinician for many schools in the area for 18 years. She also has been a clinician for the Sacramento Mandarins Academy (2015, 2017).

Shealley was a member of the Seattle Cascades in 2000 – 2002 (DCI Finalists). She was also a member of the PIW Medalists, Sacramento Freelancers winter percussion from 2000-2002.
She joined the staff of the eNVision Performing Arts Ensemble in 2014 (WGI PIA & PIO), and has also been on staff with the Seattle Cascades Drum Corps intermittently from 2007 – 2016. In 2017 she joined the front ensemble staff at the Oregon Crusaders Drum Corps, and recently completed her 2nd season touring and teaching with the Oregon Crusaders.

A founding staff member of the 2017 WGI PIO ensemble, NorCal Indoor making finals in their inaugural season. She also was also the Front Ensemble Manager at NorCal indoor for the 2017 & 2018 seasons.

She is an arranger for Gary P. Gilroy publications and is a proud Percussion Educator Artist with Innovative Percussion mallets and sticks. She is also a Etymotic Ear Plug Signature ETY Head Artist and was recently featured on the Etymotic Audio File in June of 2016.

Jacob Little
Jacob LittlePercussion Instructor - Snares
Jacob grew up and still resides in Riverside, California. He attended Patriot High School, and currently attends Riverside City College, and is aiming to transfer for a degree in engineering.

His drumming career began in 7th grade, at Jurupa Middle School. He was taught by multiple people who have performed with Blue Devils and RCC indoor. Being influenced by those instructors, he then continued to chase his dream of one day becoming a member of the prestigious Blue Devils and RCC Indoor Percussion.

2018 was Jacob’s age out season, so this is his first summer teaching DCI!

His snare drum experience includes:
RCC Marching Tigers 2015 and 2016, Pacific Crest 2014 and 2015, Carolina Crown 2016, Blue Devils 2017 and 2018, and RCC Indoor Percussion 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Aaron Blevins
Aaron BlevinsPercussion Instructor - Quads
Aaron Blevins is a percussionist and educator located in West Portsmouth, Ohio. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Music Education degree at Morehead State University. Aaron’s background in the marching arts includes 12 seasons as a performer and 4 as an educator in marching bands and drum corps. He has performed as a member of the Music City Drum Corps, the Madison Scouts, and the Blue Stars, and he currently teaches at Shadow Drum and Bugle Corps and the Oregon Crusaders.
Will Mitsuk
Will MitsukPercussion Instructor - Quads
William Mitsuk is a performer and educator of music percussion currently based out of Santa Barbara, California.
Since 2015 William has been a part of a few Drum and Bugle Corps and Indoor percussion
ensembles based in California such as Pacific Crest (2015), Blue Devils B (2016), Blue Devils (2018), Dark Sky Percussion (2016), and RCC (2017-2019).
His marching career has given him the opportunity to be featured in a couple television/internet shows such as The Bachelorette and Drop the Mic etc…
In regard to high school education, William has taught at the local high schools in Santa Barbara as the head Battery Manager/Arranger for over a few years, as well as providing private music lessons for students of all ages and experience.

One of my life mottos is, “If you put your heart and mind to it, anything can happen.”

Adam Bourenane
Adam BourenanePercussion Instructor - Bass Drums
Adam is a bass drummer with five years of DCI experience and two High Percussion trophies. He started out at Troopers (2013-14) before going on to Santa Clara Vanguard (2015-17), the final year of which he was bass drum section leader.

Adam has taught drumlines for several high schools in North and Central Texas. He is currently studying Journalism in Dallas, and has found that many lessons learned while marching are directly applicable to his new field. For example, the importance of clarity, consistency, precision and the ability to give oneself to a team instead of expecting the team to give to them.

Adam expects a lot from students, but also feels that any student can be taught anything, especially when the teacher understands how the student learns. He is looking forward to joining the percussion staff and elevating the corps to new heights.

Isabelle Liao
Isabelle LiaoPercussion Instructor - Front Ensemble
Isabell is a percussionist from Southern California and has four years of teaching experience for middle school and high school percussion ensembles. Her past independent marching experiences include playing the
front ensemble for the Santa Clara Vanguard A Corps, the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps, Music City Mystique, and Broken City Percussion. Isabell’s individual awards include the 2015 Dan Burke Performer Award, 2016 Best in Section, and 2018 Rookie of the Year. Her ensemble awards include first place in the nation with the 2017 McM membership, and the 2018 SCV membership.

Isabell is currently studying Music Performance at Cal State Fullerton and hopes to manage a community arts center in her future career.

Gabe Montemayor
Gabe MontemayorPercussion Instructor - Front Ensemble
Christopher Gabriel “Gabe” Montemayor is a percussion educator based out of Elgin, TX and is an employee of the Round Rock school district. Gabe has been involved in the drum corps activity for 7 years starting in 2009 with Memphis Sound followed by Spirit of Atlanta, Boston crusaders, and then predominantly with the Blue Devils from 2012 to 2015.

During that time, Gabe was a part of 3 DCI world championships, 2 Fred Sanford titles, and holds a Performers showcase gold medal. In addition, Gabe is a 2018 graduate of Loyola University with a Bachelors of Music Performance as a Percussion performance major.

Wade Quinn
Wade QuinnSound Technician
Wade is an arranger, clinician, and consultant in Northern California with the focus on percussion and Sound Engineering/Design. Wade was a performer with the Sacramento Mandarins drum corps from 2010-2012 and with the Santa Clara Vanguard Winter Percussion from 2012-2014 where they reached 9th at WGI World class finals. Wade has worked with many ensembles, most notably Santa Clara Vanguard Winter Percussion, Granite Bay High School, and Sacramento State University. Wade is currently finishing his Audio Engineering Degree while working full time in the industry and running his own studio in Sacramento.

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.