Oregon Crusaders has assembled an incredibly gifted staff of educators who bring the magic of its program to life.

The Design Team

Jodie Rhodes
Jodie RhodesProgram Coordinator
Jodie Rhodes has been a band director for twenty-three years, spending the last eight 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.
Ms. Rhodes is a graduate of Texas Tech University and received a Masters from Sam Houston State University. She has received numerous accolades for both concert and marching band festivals and is a member of TMEA, TBA and Midwest. Ms. Rhodes is an adjudicator and consultant with numerous marching band, concert bands and indoor drumline competitions across the country.
Adam Sage
Adam SageVisual Coordinator and Choreographer
Adam Sage enters his second year with the Oregon Crusaders, bringing a long and award-winning history in pageantry design and choreography. Adam has worked with many top high school, WGI and DCI ensembles, including Tarpon Springs, Kennesaw Mountain, Boston Crusaders, the Cadets, Cavaliers, Santa Clara Vanguard, Phantom Regiment, Carolina Crown, and Madison Scouts. Recently Adam has branched out internationally with the Yokohama Scout s and Brazilian Vanguard. In addition to being the designer and artistic director for OC, he stays involved with the Santa Clara Vanguard, along with Park Vista High School in Lake Worth, Florida.
Dr. Christopher Whyte
Dr. Christopher WhyteMusic Coordinator, Front Ensemble Arranger and Caption Supervisor
Since 2013, Chris has served as both Front Ensemble Arranger and Supervisor for the Oregon Crusaders. For the 2017 season, he steps into the role of Music Coordinator as well. Dr. Whyte has a comprehensive background in the marching activity. He performed with the Seattle Cascades, Bluecoats and Blue Devils Drum Corps, and has served on the instructional and design staffs of the Cascades and Madison Scouts. He also serves as principal designer and arranger for the WGI Independent World Class Finalist OC Indoor Percussion Ensemble. Dr. Whyte is also the co-founder of the Portland Percussion Group, a contemporary percussion quartet dedicated to creating and fostering new music in the chamber percussion genre.
Mike Stevens
Mike StevensPercussion Supervisor, Arranger, and OC Indoor Director
Mike has been the Percussion Arranger and Caption Supervisor for the Oregon Crusaders since 2011. 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 has been taught by and worked with some of the most influential percussion educators in the world including Adam Mason, Jeff Prosperie, Tom Float, Scott Johnson, Ralph Hardimon, and Tom Aungst. With over 30 years of experience in the activity, his ensembles and students have seen amazing success and won championships at every level. 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.
Brad Green
Brad GreenBrass Supervisor and Arranger
Bradley Kerr Green returns for his third year with the Oregon Crusaders. 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 Brad received the Jim Jones Leadership Award.

From 1999 through 2003, Mr. Green was a performer, conductor, & supervisor for the Tony Award & Emmy Award winning production Blast!. From 2003 to the present, Brad worked with many World Class drum & bugle corps – including the Blue Knights, Santa Clara Vanguard, Blue Stars, Madison Scouts, & Oregon Crusaders.

Ian Flint
Ian FlintDrill Designer
Ian lives in Fletcher, VT, where he teaches music at Bellows Free Academy. Prior to his new position in Vermont, Ian worked for Dartmouth Public Schools as a band director and district wide brass specialist, teaching 5th-12th grade group lessons and various ensembles across the district.  He also serves as a show designer and visual coordinator for the marching band and indoor percussion ensembles. In the past 9 years, the marching band won 5 USSBA National Championships and the indoor percussion has won 3 WGI World Class Championships. This will be Ian’s 4th year with Oregon Crusaders.
Addison Kaeterle
Addison KaeterleColorguard Caption Supervisor and Choreographer
Addison Kaeterle joins OC for his third season, continuing his efforts to improve our world-class color guard program. Addison has worked with All Saints Colorguard, Westport Colorguard, and is the Colorguard Director for Dartmouth High School. In DCI, Prior to Oregon Crusaders, Addison was best known for his work with the award-winning Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps.
Evan Brown
Evan BrownSound Designer
Evan Brown is returning for his third year as Sound Designer for the Oregon Crusaders. In addition to OC, Evan is currently a sound designer for Matrix Percussion (World & Open), Phantom Regiment, OC Indoor, Dartmouth HS (MA), Kiski Area HS (PA), amongst others across the US. He also is currently the Percussion Coordinator for North Allegheny HS in Wexford, PA. He holds a B.A. in Music from Slippery Rock University, where he performed and participated in a wide variety of ensembles, focusing most specifically on drumset.
Trevor Calabro
Trevor CalabroDesigner
Trevor Calabro is returning for his second year with the Oregon Crusaders. Trevor has worked closely with Program Coordinator Ian Flint for over 15 years designing and developing world class sets and stages for the marching arts. In addition to OC, Trevor has designed for OC Indoor, Penn State Indoor Drumline, Dartmouth HS (MA), King Phillip HS (MA), Westhill HS (CT) and may other programs around the country. Trevor lives at Penn State University where he is a graphic designer as well as Director of Penn State Indoor Drumline. He holds a B.A. in art from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is an active member of the design community in central Pennsylvania.
Austin Kain
Austin KainChoreographer
Austin marched with the Blue Knights 2010-2014 where he served as captain in 2012-2014 and then marched SCV last year. He attends UTA as a Vocal Music Education Major.
Evan Zubkov
Evan ZubkovChoreographer
Evan started his marching career at Walt Whitman High School in Huntington, NY, where he was a member of the drum line and then winter colorguard ensembles.

In more recent years, Evan has focused on teaching both inside and outside the colorguard world. He has been teaching the Flanagan High School Color Guard since 2010, and has recently been involved with other groups such as West Broward High School and the Boston Crusaders. Outside of colorguard, he teaches 3rd grade in the South Florida area.

Cindy Stapleton
Cindy StapletonChoreographer
Cindy is currently the color guard director and visual technician at Edmond Memorial High School in Edmond, Oklahoma and is very excited to join us for her second year at Oregon Crusaders! Cindy aged-out with the Blue Knights in 2015, completing a 4 year performing career in DCI, and has completed three seasons spinning winter guard with Eclectix Independent (2012-2014). She is pursuing a degree in Math Education at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Instructional Staff – Brass

Brad Green
Brad GreenBrass Supervisor and Arranger
Bradley Kerr Green returns for his third year with the Oregon Crusaders. 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 Brad received the Jim Jones Leadership Award.

From 1999 through 2003, Mr. Green was a performer, conductor, & supervisor for the Tony Award & Emmy Award winning production Blast!. From 2003 to the present, Brad worked with many World Class drum & bugle corps ­ including the Blue Knights, Santa Clara Vanguard, Blue Stars, Madison Scouts, & Oregon Crusaders.

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Tim Snyder
Tim SnyderBrass Caption Head
Tim brings an extensive history in leading great brass lines to OC, including being the most recent brass caption head for the Troopers, and previously instructed the Madison Scouts and Carolina Crown. Tim has served as an instructor, clinician, adjudicator and arranger for many ensembles across the country. Tim has also held principal tuba positions with the Paducah Symphony, Jackson Symphony as well as a substitute position with the Evansville Symphony.
Kevin Leonard
Kevin LeonardBrass Instructor - Trumpet
As an educator, Kevin has been a brass and visual instructor across Kentucky for 11 years. The groups he has worked with have consistently placed well in local, regional, and state contests, including many Kentucky Music Educators Association State Finals appearances. He has also held a private trumpet studio. Kevin’s trumpet students have auditioned for and made All-District and All-State bands. His students have also consistently received Distinguished ratings at Solo and Ensemble Festivals. Kevin was on the visual staff for the 2016 Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps.
Sara Myers
Sara MyersBrass Instructor - Trumpet
Sara began her drum corps career back in 2006 with the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps playing trumpet, and stayed with Boston for six years until her age-out in 2011. During her time with the Crusaders she served for 4 years as section leader and aged out as horn sergeant as well. She was the 2008 I&E Trumpet Champion and took second place in 2007 and 2009 (trumpet) and 2011 (brass ensemble). Since aging out she taught visual at Teal Sound in 2012, brass at the Troopers in 2013-2015, and spent 2016 with the Boston Crusaders on the visual team.
Andrew Sharf
Andrew SharfBrass Instructor - Trumpet
In the summers of 2011 and 2013, Andrew performed as member of the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps for the productions New York Morning and Corps of Brothers: 75 Years of Survival. In 2013, he was the trumpet soloist and marched lead soprano for both summers as well.
Andrew currently resides in Danville, IN with his wife, Kiley. Andrew is the Director of Bands for the Danville Community School Corporation and teaches grades 6-12.
David Landoll
David LandollBrass Instructor - Mellophone
DJ Landoll is thrilled to be in his third year on the Oregon Crusaders brass staff, working primarily as a mellophone instructor. He is currently finishing a M.M. in Wind Conducting at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he continues to work as a teacher and performer on French Horn in addition to his responsibilities as a graduate assistant with the JMU Bands. A native of Cleveland, OH, DJ received his Bachelor’s degree in music education in 2015 from Duquesne University, where he studied horn with Zach Smith. His DCI member experience includes the Glassmen and the Madison Scouts. He holds active membership in the College Band Directors’ National Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Thomas Turpin
Thomas TurpinBrass Instructor - Mellophone
Thomas Turpin is currently the Associate Director of Bands at Westwood High School in Austin, TX. His responsibilities at Westwood include coordinating all aspects of the Westwood Warrior Marching Band. He also conducts the Wind Symphony, and co-conducts the Philharmonic Orchestra. Thomas attended The University of Alabama, where he earned both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education. During his time at Alabama, he served Section Leader, Drum Major, and Graduate Teaching Assistant for the “Million Dollar Band.” Thomas was also a member of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2004 and 2005. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Westwood, Thomas currently serves as program coordinator and drill designer for numerous high school and university marching bands throughout Texas, Alabama, and Utah.
Lisa Tatum
Lisa TatumBrass Instructor - Euphonium
Lisa Tatum holds a B.S. in Music Education from the University of Alabama and a M.M. in Trombone Performance from the University of Utah. She was a marching member of Carolina Crown from 2006-2008. After aging out in 2008 she joined the cast of Odyssey, a music in motion production that toured Japan. Lisa was a member of the Troopers brass staff 2009, 2013, and 2014. She was also a member of the 2010 Bluecoats brass staff. Lisa is currently a band director at La Porte High School in Houston, TX.

Gabe Gounaris
Gabe GounarisBrass Instructor - Tuba
Gabe currently studies music performance at East Tennessee State University and is studying tuba under Dr. Stephanie Frye. He lives in Johnson City, Tennessee and plays in the wind ensemble, a brass quintet, a tuba quartet, tuba euphonium ensemble, as well as multiple other chamber groups. Gabe started his drum corps career in 2012 at Music City, then went to the Madison Scouts for 2013, 2014, and aged out in 2016. He also has taught a BOA grand nationals semifinalist band as well as other marching bands in the area.
Turner Hawkins
Turner HawkinsBrass Instructor - Tuba
Turner Hawkins joins the Oregon Crusaders brass team after four years performing on tuba in Drum Corps International’s World Class, spending two years (2013-2014) under current OC brass caption supervisor/arranger Bradley Kerr Green with the Madison Scouts and two years with the Concord Blue Devils including the 2015 championship season and a silver medal finish in 2016.
Cameron Coday
Cameron CodayBrass Instructor
Cameron Coday is currently working on her Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and will be graduating in May, 2017.
During her time at CU she has worked on visual and music staff for several Denver Area marching bands including Mead, Arvada, and Monarch. She began her drum corps career marching baritone with The Casper Troopers in 2013 under current OC Brass Caption Head Tim Snyder. She also marched with The Phantom Regiment before aging out with The Cadets in 2016. Cameron is fiercely passionate about music education and is incredibly excited to join Oregon Crusaders for the 2017 season.
Ben Taylor
Ben TaylorBrass Instructor
After aging out from Blue Stars (2009-2011), Ben completed his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from the University of Louisville, where he participated in numerous ensembles including Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. Currently he serves as the Director of Bands at Western High School in Louisville, KY. In his free time he enjoys backpacking and performing with his band In Lightning.
Sarah Wagner
Sarah WagnerBrass Instructor
Sarah is an active music performer as well as music educator throughout the state of Colorado. She has taught marching and concert percussion as well as brass with the Glenwood Springs High School Percussion Ensemble, Erie High School Drumline, Mead High School Drumline, Niwot High School Drumline, NoCo Amplitude Percussion Ensemble, and Altitude Winds. Sarah is currently the assistant director of bands at Altona Middle School, percussion instructor at Trail Ridge Middle School, and music teacher at Skyline High School in Longmont, Colorado.
Andrew Desmond
Andrew DesmondBrass Consultant
Andrew Desmond is the Director of Bands at Lake Oswego High School in Lake Oswego, Oregon where he directs the school’s concert and jazz bands. He earned his bachelor’s degree in instrumental Music Education from The Ohio State University where he performed with many of the school’s premier music ensembles. While at Ohio State he was awarded the school’s Outstanding Student Teacher Award for his work in the Gahanna‐Jefferson Public Schools. Andrew spent two summers with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle corps where he performed on both tuba and baritone. During his age‐out summer in 2014 he served as the baritone section leader for the corps. He has also worked as an instructor and consultant for a number of successful high school band programs throughout the country including Northmont High School (Clayton, OH), Clover High School (Clover, SC), Charlotte Catholic High School (Charlotte, NC) and Harding High School (Marion, OH). In addition to his work with the Oregon Crusaders, Andrew is on the visual staff of the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from Denver, Colorado.
Max Johnson
Max JohnsonEuphonium Consultant
Max Johnson is extremely excited to be with the Oregon Crusaders for a third season. He is a dedicated performer, conductor, and music educator. Music has taken him around the world, traveling to China in 2012 on a two week tour of the country with the top Ball State Jazz Ensemble as ambassadors to the country and to Sichuan University, establishing an arts exchange program between the two universities. Max performed with the 2013 Madison Scouts on baritone, aging out in the same year. His expertise and dynamic personality have put him in high demand with band programs across the state of Indiana since 2010.
James Nufer
James NuferBrass Consultant
James Nufer is a trumpet player and music educator who performs and maintains a high brass studio in the South Bend, IN, area. As an OC alumnus, James is thrilled to teach with the brass team for an eighth season. He holds a master’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University where he studied with Kevin Hartman and John Daniel, respectively. James’ marching experience includes aging out with the 2008 Blue Devils.

Instructional Staff – Guard

Addison Kaeterle
Addison KaeterleGuard Caption Supervisor and Choreographer
Addison Kaeterle joins OC for his third season, continuing his efforts to improve our world-class color guard program. Addison has worked with All Saints Colorguard, Westport Colorguard, and is the Colorguard Director for Dartmouth High School. In DCI, Prior to Oregon Crusaders, Addison was best known for his work with the award-winning Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps.
Katy Burns
Katy BurnsAsst. Caption Head and Colorguard Instructor
Katy Burns is excited to be returning for her 5th year with the Oregon Crusaders, and first as Assistant Caption Head. Katy has performed with numerous groups including Full Circle Winterguard, NXNW, OCI winter percussion, OCIndependent, Seattle Cascades and Bluecoats totaling16 years as a marching member. She is the director of Dance and Guard at Southridge High School in Beaverton, OR, and works with the Beaverton Stars, a Special Needs Colorguard.
Kelsey King
Kelsey KingColorguard Instructor
Kelsey spent her entire DCI marching career at the Cadets. She was also a part of the Edge Independent and has taught at many schools in the Atlanta area including Forsyth Central H.S., Sprayberry H.S., and Kennesaw Mountain H.S., and is currently on the colorguard staffs at both Lambert and Harrison H.S.
Yvette Gonzales
Yvette GonzalesColorguard Instructor
Yvette Gonzalez is excited to come back for her second year with Oregon Crusaders for the 2016 season. Yvette has performed with the Blessed Sacrament Independent World Guard from 2012-2014 and in DCA with the Connecticut Hurricanes in 2012 and then marched DCI with The Cadets in 2014. Yvette has also been a part of Alter Ego from 2015 and this current 2016 indoor season. Yvette has taught at Norwalk High School since 2012 and is the Caption Head at University of New Haven.
Cindy Stapleton
Cindy StapletonColorguard Instructor
Cindy is currently the color guard director and visual technician at Edmond Memorial High School in Edmond, Oklahoma and is very excited to join us for her second year at Oregon Crusaders! Cindy aged-out with the Blue Knights in 2015, completing a 4 year performing career in DCI, and has completed three seasons spinning winter guard with Eclectix Independent (2012-2014). She is pursuing a degree in Math Education at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Charlotte Morrow
Charlotte MorrowOC Independent Founder and Guard Consultant

Instructional Staff – Percussion

Mike Stevens
Mike StevensPercussion Supervisor, Arranger and OC Indoor Director
Mike has been the Percussion Arranger and Caption Supervisor for the Oregon Crusaders since 2011. 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 has been taught by and worked with some of the most influential percussion educators in the world including Adam Mason, Jeff Prosperie, Tom Float, Scott Johnson, Ralph Hardimon, and Tom Aungst. With over 30 years of experience in the activity, his ensembles and students have seen amazing success and won championships at every level. 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.
Dr. Christopher Whyte
Dr. Christopher WhyteFront Ensemble Arranger and Caption Supervisor
Chris has performed with the Atlantic Symphony, the New Bedford Symphony, the Eugene Symphony, the Newport Symphony, ALEA III contemporary music ensemble and the Boston Civic Symphony, appearing in concert with singer Steven Tyler, among others. The Boston Musical Intelligencer called Whyte’s playing “a striking diversity of styles and spirit.” He is co-founder of the Portland Percussion Group, a contemporary percussion quartet based in Portland, Oregon. Chris has been on staff with the Oregon Crusaders since 2012.
Luke DeDominces
Luke DeDomincesFront Ensemble Caption Manager
Currently residing in Eugene, Oregon, Luke DeDominces teaches percussion at many of the high school programs in the Willamette Valley. This will be Luke’s fourth season on staff with the Oregon Crusaders front ensemble.
Luke received his Bachelor’s degree in percussion performance in 2014 from Pacific Lutheran University under the instruction of Miho Takekawa, and is working on his Maters in Percussion Performance at the University of Oregon. He also plays with several local ensembles including the Portland Wind Symphony as the percussion section leader, as well as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Luke aged out of drum corps with the Phantom Regiment in 2013.
Henry Gillard
Henry GillardBattery Caption Manager and Snare Instructor
Henry is returning for his third year with the Oregon Crusaders. He has much experience in the marching percussion world as a performer and educator. Henry has performed with many highly esteemed ensembles such as Pacific Crest, RCC indoor percussion and the Blue Devils drum and bugle corps. As a Southern California native, Henry has taught several schools in the area and is currently the percussion director and Canyon High School and Antelope Valley High School. He is also an instructor for System Blue educational experience camps. Henry also works as a designer and choreographer for several indoor percussion ensembles throughout Southern California.
Cymbal Instructor
Charles is thrilled to return for his fourth season teaching the Oregon Crusaders Cymbal Line. From 2012-2014, he was a member of the Music City Mystique Cymbal Line, serving as the section leader for his age out in 2014. Charles also marched for the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011 as well as Spirit Of Atlanta from 2012-2013.
Chris Drummer
Chris DrummerQuad Instructor
Chris Drummer has been in love with music most, if not all, of his conscious life. He has been a musician in the marching activity since 2006. After graduating from high school, he pursued a professional career with the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corp. He spent his first year marching the B Corp (2010) winning Open Class Championships and Best Percussion Performance. He spent 3 more years with the A Corp (2011-2013). Drummer had the privilege to experience an undefeated world championship, win the Fred Sanford Best Percussion award, and also be the Individuals and Ensemble champion in the Multi-Tom category, all in the same year (2012). Chris was a member of Riverside Community College(2012, 2014) and Pulse Percussion (2013). Since aging out, he has been a member of the instruction staff of RCC. Chris’s goal is to inspire others as he has been inspired, and have a great time along the way.
Shealley Lee
Shealley LeeFront Ensemble Instructor
Shealley Lee is a percussion educator based out of the Northern California. She is currently the Caption Head and arranger at Fairfield High School, Percussion Director and arranger at Elk Grove High School, and the front ensemble technician at American Canyon High School. She is also the front ensemble technician and a founding staff member of Northern California’s newest WGI independent open ensemble, NorCal Indoor.

Shealley was a member of the Seattle Cascades in 2000 – 2002. She was also a member of the Sacramento Freelancers winter percussion from 2000-2002.

She joined the staff of the eNVision Performing Arts Ensemble in 2014, and has also been on staff with the Seattle Cascades Drum Corps intermittently from 2007 – 2016.

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 Etymoic Audio File in June of 2016.

Aaron McCann
Aaron McCannBass Instructor
Aaron McCann is ecstatic to be starting his first summer with the Oregon Crusaders. He has been involved in performance and the arts his entire life, and the marching arts since 2007. He has been a member of a variety of drum corps: Forte Drum & Bugle Corps (2011), The Glassmen (2012), and The Boston Crusaders (2013-14).
Aaron has taught at Haltom and Southlake Carroll High Schools, and is a student at the University of North Texas where he has been a member of numerous ensembles, including the UNT Marching band, and the award winning UNT A-line.
Tarrin Neal
Tarrin NealBass Instructor
Tarrin Neal is continuing into his fourth year teaching with the Oregon Crusaders. He has an extensive history with the organization, marching with the drum corps from 2011-2013, and Oregon Crusaders Indoor from 2009-2015. Tarrin is also teaching with the indoor percussion ensemble as well as Liberty and Southridge High Schools.
Josiah Nelson
Josiah NelsonSnare Instructor
Josiah Nelson is excited to be returning to OC for the 2017 season as a snare technician. He marched with OC in 2013 and OCI 2013-2015, as well as Blue Stars in 2012 and Cascades 2009-2011. He also works with several local high school programs in the Portland/Vancouver area for their fall and winter percussion programs.
Jack Pronske
Jack PronskeFront Ensemble Instructor
Jack is excited to start his second summer with the Oregon Crusaders! He received his degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas, and is currently based out of the North Texas area,where he is a middle school percussion director and percussion technician for the Prosper Independent School District.

Jack has been involved in the DCI community for many years, performing with the Madison Scouts in 2009 and later earning the Fred Sanford Percussion Award the following year with the Phantom Regiment in 2010.

Mike Tant
Mike TantQuads Instructor
Mike has been involved with the independent marching arts as a performer and educator since 2010. Mike offers education for full battery, as well as individual instruction. Mike’s marching career spans from three years with Carolina Crown (2012-14), and three years with Rhythm X (2013-15) on quads.

Immediately after his age out, Mike joined the instructional staff for The Crossmen (2015-16), as well as for Rhythm X (2016). Mike currently resides in Miamisburg, Ohio where he is on staff for his third season with Mason High School. Mike also provides instruction for multiple high schools in the southwest Ohio region.

Instructional Staff – Visual

Joshua Dawes
Joshua DawesVisual Co-Caption Head
Josh is a freelance drill designer and teacher with experience across the spectrum of the pageantry arts. He has worked with BOA groups at Lawrence Central, Castle and Avon in Indiana, with WGI Guards at Lawrence Central High School and with various drumlines across the country. His DCI experience includes marching at Phantom Regiment, followed by experiences on the brass staff of The Academy and Phantom Regiment and on the visual staff of the Boston Crusaders. Currently, Josh serves as a drill designer and choreographer for a number of bands across the country, a WGI Winds group at Iowa State University and Ovation Independent Winterguard while he teaches the marching band at O’Fallon Township in Illinois. Outside of the marching arts, Josh is a certified white water raft guide and yoga instructor. This is Josh’s second year as Visual Caption Head with the Oregon Crusaders.
Ryan Springler
Ryan SpringlerVisual Co-Caption Head
A freelance designer, instructor, choreographer, drill designer, composer, and program coordinator across the pageantry arts, Ryan Springler is returning to the Oregon Crusaders this season as co-caption head. Ryan has experience in BOA National Finals as visual caption head at Lawrence Central High School, WGI Percussion World Class Finals with Homestead High School as visual designer, and with 2015 WGI World Class Silver Medalist OCI Winds as visual designer. Most recently, Ryan served as visual coordinator for Pacific Crest and is currently a designer for WGI World Guard Lux Independent, along with many indoor drumlines and winds groups. This fall season he has also served as Judges Coordinator for the Arizona Marching Band Association.
Gene Monterastelli
Gene MonterastelliVisual Consultant
Gene Monterastelli needs little introduction in the DCI world, but following his entrance into DCI’s Hall of Fame he has influenced the visual programs of Mandarins, Pacific Crest, Boston Crusaders, Bluecoats, Phantom Regiment and Santa Clara Vanguard. As a visual consultant, Gene will be focused on helping the staff and members maximize their effectiveness throughout the rehearsal and competition season.
Carlos Martinez
Carlos MartinezVisual Instructor
Returning for a second year as a visual technician with the corps, Carlos Martinez hails from Mesa, Arizona. Carlos was a performing member with The Academy and then transitioned to a visual technician at Pacific Crest for two seasons before migrating up to OC. Carlos is currently the visual caption head at Chandler High School, while also serving as a visual instructor at both Casa Grande and Desert Ridge high school. Carlos is working on his music education degree as a horn player at Ottawa University.
Daniel Hoffman
Daniel HoffmanVisual Instructor
Dan is thrilled to be returning to the Oregon Crusaders for his second summer as a visual technician. Originally from Syracuse, NY, Dan performed as a contra with the Boston Crusaders in 2012, 2013, and 2015. To supplement his marching education, he began to study dance in college, leading him to graduate from the University of Rochester in 2015 with a B.A. in Music with a Minor in Dance. He has been a visual technician for both his alma mater West Genesee High School in Camillus, NY, and with the Medford High School Marching Mustangs in Medford, MA, where he currently serves as visual captionhead and drill writer. Outside of the marching world, Dan works full-time as an Enrollment Service Advisor within the department of Combined Enrollment Services at Boston University.
Robert Peterson
Robert PetersonVisual Instructor
Robert Peterson is returning for his second summer as a visual technician. Robert’s performance experience included seasons with both Cadets2 and The Cadets for 3 years. During the fall, he has worked with several bands in the New Jersey area including Governor Livingston High School, Bridewater-Raritan High School, and Roxbury High School. Robert recently graduated from Seton Hall University and is currently an elementary music teacher in Trenton, NJ.
Kyle Castro
Kyle CastroVisual Instructor
Kyle Castro is newly based out of Marietta, Georgia and teaches within the Cobb County school district. Prior to his residency in Georgia, he was located in Mesa, Arizona where he taught many local bands in the area for six years. Kyle is a graduate of Arizona State University where he studied his degree in Music Education until 2014. Kyle joins the Oregon Crusaders staff after spending 2014-2015 with the Boston Crusaders visual team.
Aylin Vural
Aylin VuralVisual Instructor
Aylin currently lives in Akron, OH and is Colorguard Director and Designer at Kent State University-as well as choreographer for various high schools throughout Ohio and Maryland. She also studies Massage Therapy at Northcoast Medical Training Academy. Through the years Aylin has gained varied experiences in dance, solo vocal, instrumental and colorguard – performance and instruction. Her Drum Corps International career started in 2011 with The Glassmen and was followed by 5 consecutive years with the Phantom Regiment – serving as colorguard captain for both the 2015 and 2016 seasons. She is the winner of the Mark Glasscoe Member of the Year Award for 2015 and 2016. This year also marks her 5th consecutive year as a dancer and visual performer for WGI’s Matrix Independent World Percussion ensemble. Equipped with a unique career within the pageantry arts, Aylin is enthusiastic about her contribution to OC this summer.
Ruth Williams
Ruth WilliamsVisual Instructor
Ruth aged out this past summer with the Boston Crusaders where she marched from 2014-2016. During the 2016 season she served as both mellophone section leader and as horn sergeant. Upon the conclusion of the 2016 season, Ruth held the position of Marching Instructor at University High School in Morgantown, WV, where she currently resides. Ruth will graduate this May from West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. She is also as an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota, NAfME, and TMEA. Ruth is very excited to be joining the Oregon Crusaders this summer, and is looking forward to working with a great team of educators.
Frances Smith
Frances SmithVisual Instructor
Frances Smith is a Sports Nutritionist located in Austin, Texas. She bleeds orange having received both her B.S. in Biology and Masters in Sports Science & Nutrition from the University of Texas at Austin. She competed in the NPC as a women’s Figure and then Physique competitor, winning 1st place and Overall Winner in her last competition. Now she trains for strength, speed and power performance, as well as, Brazilian jiu jitsu at Gracie Humaita in Austin, Texas. Starting out as a Personal Trainer and then Strength and Conditioning Intern Coach for football at UT, she became more and more interested in using nutrition to fuel the body through workouts and increase performance. From 2011-2015, she created and owned Diesel Foods, a healthy, prepared meals and nutrition consultation storefront in Central Austin. Her clientele include NFL, WWE, MMA athletes, elite and amateur athletes in a wide variety of sports and youth athletes. Frances believes in a whole foods approach to sports performance enhancement through nutrition. Using science backed research , a calculated plan and a healthy balance of nutrient-dense whole foods is the key to achieving your goals of being bigger, faster and stronger.
David Loughin
David LoughinVisual Instructor
Dave Loughin currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. He got his start in the activity when he marched baritone at Oregon Crusaders in 2007. He went on to perform in the front ensemble for OC Indoor’s inaugural year in 2009. That summer he marched bass 5 for OC before shipping out to recruit training for the Marines. Dave spent four years with the Marines with two deployments: one to Afghanistan in 2011 and the other aboard the USS Gunston Hall for the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. He got his first taste of teaching after becoming a martial arts instructor and taught marines advanced fighting techniques. Just months after exiting the military, Dave marched tuba for his age-out year at OC in 2013. He then went on to age-out with OCI marching cymbals in 2014. He went on to teach OCI for two years and one full tour with OC. He also worked with several high school groups in the Portland area while getting his associates degree at Portland Community College. His interest in philosophy took him to Pittsburgh in 2016 and he currently works with a high school drumline nearby.