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 and Staff Coordinator
Jodie Rhodes has been a band director for twenty-four years, spending the last nine in Lubbock ISD at Evans M.S. Prior to this, she worked for eleven years in Spring ISD in Houston, Texas at Westfield High School and its feeder programs.
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.
Brad Green
Brad GreenMusic Coordinator and Brass Arranger
Bradley Kerr Green is the music composer/arranger for the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band stationed at Langley AFB in Hampton, VA, as well as an avid composer/arranger/music designer for many outstanding marching bands, indoor winds, and winter guards.

Mr. Green’s experience with drum and bugle corps began in 1995 as member of The Cadets of Bergen County. He aged out as drum major for the Cadets in 1998 – the year the corps received the title of DCI World Champion; 1998 was also the year he received the Jim Jones Leadership Award. From 1999 through 2003, he was a performer, conductor, & brass supervisor for the Tony Award & Emmy Award winning production Blast!. From 2003 to the present, he worked with many World Class drum & bugle corps – including the Blue Knights, Santa Clara Vanguard, Blue Stars, Madison Scouts, & Oregon Crusaders.

This is Brad’s 4th year as brass arranger for the Oregon Crusaders.

Mark Moreno
Mark MorenoVisual Coordinator and Drill Designer
Mark Moreno brings over 16 years of experience to the marching arts activity. From color guard performing arts to designing drill, his overall involvement in the marching arts spans all possible areas of design. Mark was a member of Fantasia Winter Guard from Riverside, CA and the group was awarded the Bronze Medal at the Winter Guard International Championships. He also performed with the renowned color guard ensemble as a member of the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps of Concord, CA, and in 2003, the corps was named World Champions at Drum Corps International Finals.
Following his years of performing, Mark began applying his skills in the marching arts in the areas of program coordination, drill design, and graphic design. Moreno has worked with several established programs across the country. Past experience in drill design, program and color guard coordination in the highly competitive state of Texas has provided an ideal environment to develop Moreno’s design skills. Berkner High School (Richardson, TX), Connally High School (Austin, TX), and Ronald Reagan High School (San Antonio, TX), and William Mason High School (Mason, OH) each provide a strong example of the programs Mark has worked with on a full-time basis.
Mark’s graphic design experience and involvement in pageantry has allowed him to develop a “concept to reality” presentation of marching band productions.
Currently, Mark resides in Cincinnati, OH with his dogs Penny and Cooper.
Mike Stevens
Mike StevensPercussion Arranger, 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.
Colton Hines
Colton HinesSound Designer and Electronics Engineer
Colton Hines is a freelance electronic and sound reinforcement consultant in the marching arts. Mr. Hines has worked as an audio and electronics specialist for schools across the country. Notable clients include Flower Mound (TX), Keller (TX), Harrison (GA), and Hebron (TX).
Mr. Hines currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Music Education & Composition at Oklahoma City University.
As a highly sought creator of Winter Guard Soundtracks, Mr. Hines has worked with clients such as Union (OK), Mustang (OK), Lake Hamilton (AR), Jenks (OK) and Eclectix Independent (OK).
Mr. Hines earned dual Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Percussion Performance from Oklahoma City University. There, he is currently pursuing Master of Music degrees in both Percussion Performance and Composition, with a focus on electronic music and audio engineering.
Luke DeDominces
Luke DeDomincesFront Ensemble Arranger and Caption Manager
Currently residing in Eugene, Oregon, Luke DeDominces teaches percussion and arranges at many of the high school programs across the Willamette Valley and western Washington, as well as the University of Oregon marching band. Luke aged out of drum corps with the Phantom Regiment in 2013.After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in percussion performance in 2014 from Pacific Lutheran University under the instruction of Miho Takekawa, he is currently working on his Maters in Percussion Performance at the University of Oregon. He also plays with several local ensembles including the Salem Symphony and the Vancouver Symphony.
Curtis Uhlemann
Curtis Uhlemann Choreography
Originally from New York, Curtis began performing nationally at age eleven and began formal dance training at age 19. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, summa cum laude, in Modern Dance/Dance Science and Injury Prevention from Brockport College. Focusing mainly on choreography, Curtis studied closely with mentor Susannah Newman (former dancer of the José Limón Company) and creator, designer, and costumer Peter Garrow, who both served as great influences throughout his training. While at Brockport, he received a full scholarship to the American Dance Festival at Duke University, where he studied and performed the works of such esteemed teachers and choreographers as José Limón, Betty Jones, Lisa Race, David Dorfman, Paul Taylor, David Parsons, and Mark Morris.

As a choreographer, Curtis’ work has been shown throughout the United States and most recently in Europe, where it received great acclaim from the government of Spain. His choreography has received recognition in Dance Magazine as a stand out for its exceptional use of space layered with visceral movement and a keen sense of musicality. “Uhlemann truly encompasses the triad of vocabulary, spatial patterns and performance which promises to yield the highest quality of dance artistry.” In 2012 his work was selected as finalist in the 2012 MacCallum Choreography Festival in Palm Springs, CA. Most recently he was awarded, along with his ARCOS co-directors, residency at three prestigious programs for the 2014-2015 season: Playa Fellowship Residency (OR), UCROSS Foundation (WY), and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (NE).

An educator for sixteen years, Curtis employs a dynamic teaching method developed to cultivate and invigorate dance students through a blend of advanced technical skills and experimental choreography. He has had the distinct privilege of working with over one thousand students nationally and internationally, many of whom have continued their education at such highly recognized arts institutions as NYU Tisch, Cal Arts, University of Arizona, Boston Conservatory, Utah State, Florida State University, New World, North Carolina School for the Arts, Cornish College, and University of Texas-Austin among others.

Curtis toured the United States teaching and performing for the duration of eleven years and has served as a choreographer and designer for over twenty different performance ensembles including the ten time world champions The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps and most recently for the 2016 BLAST! Disney production. He is one of the original creators of ARCOS Dance.

Instructional Staff – Brass

Lisa Tatum
Lisa TatumBrass Caption Head
Lisa Tatum is currently the Assistant Director of Bands at La Porte High School in La Porte, TX. She earned a B.S. in Music Education at the University of Alabama in 2010 and a M.M. in Trombone Performance at the University of Utah in 2012. During her time at Alabama, she served as a section leader and then later a teaching assistant for the “Million Dollar Band.” At Utah, she was a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the “Marching Utes.” Lisa was a marching member of Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps from 2006-2008. In 2008 she joined the cast of Odyssey, an all female music in motion production that toured Japan. Lisa was a member of the Troopers brass staff 2009, 2013, and 2014; and the Bluecoats brass staff in 2010. The 2017 season was Lisa’s first summer with the Oregon Crusaders and she is thrilled to be back with the organization as the Brass Caption Head for 2018.
Chris Rugila
Chris RugilaEnsemble Specialist
Chris Rugila is a native of Monroe, Michigan. Chris earned a B.A. in Music Education from Eastern Michigan University. While at EMU he performed in the Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, Marching Band, Symphony Orchestra, Collegium Musicum, and the Huron River Brass Quintet. He currently serves as Director of Bands at Klein Collins High School in Klein, TX, a position he has held since 2016. Under his direction the Klein Collins Wind Ensemble has been selected as a Featured Band at the 2018 Music for All National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, IN.Prior his current appointment he was the Associate Director of Bands at Klein Collins, as well as serving as Director of Bands at Blythewood High School in Blythewood, SC, South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, NC, and Decatur High School and Decatur Middle School in Decatur, MI. He is a member of Texas Music Educators Association and the Texas Bandmasters Association. In addition to his public school experience, Chris spent two years as a performer with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps during the 2003 and 2004 seasons.   He has worked on the brass staff at Memphis Sound (2005), Phantom Regiment (2008-2009), and Blue Stars (2013-2014). He also spent a year on the administration team for Carolina Crown (2011). Chris resides in Spring, TX with his wife Anna and their two daughters Norah and Chloe.  
Thomas Turpin
Thomas TurpinEnsemble Specialist
Thomas Turpin is currently the Associate Director of Bands at Westwood High School in Austin, TX, where he serves as the Director of the Westwood Warrior Marching Band. Thomas also conducts the Wind Symphony, and co-conducts the Philharmonic Orchestra. Both ensembles have consistently earned UIL “Sweepstakes” ratings in his tenure at Westwood. Thomas is proud to be a native Alabamian, having grown up and attended Athens High School and The University of Alabama for his secondary education. While at The University of Alabama, 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, and feels very fortunate to have been a part of the 2004 DCI World Champion corps. 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. He is grateful to his many outstanding teachers and mentors in his life that have helped shaped his career in music education.
Gabriel Velasco
Gabriel VelascoHigh Brass Coordinator
Cavaliers (08-09) Drum and Bulge Corps, making DCI Finals every year.  While attending the University of New Mexico, he taught at various middle and high schools in both the concert and marching band setting. He graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2011 with degrees in both Trumpet Performance and Music Education. Upon graduation, he attended the University of Utah as a graduate teaching assistant where he taught undergraduate trumpet students, Symphonic Band, Pride of Utah Marching Band, and pep bands.  While attending the University of Utah and the University of New Mexico, Gabriel performed with their top Orchestras, Concert and Jazz Bands. Gabriel has lived in Los Angeles, CA since he graduated from the University of Utah in 2013. He is an active musician in the area, performing with the Westlake Village Symphony, Moorpark College Wind Ensemble, Center Stage Opera, and is currently the Principal Trumpet for the Los Angeles Symphonic Winds. Gabriel joined the Moorpark music family in the fall of the 2013 as a brass coach at both Mesa Verde Middle School and Moorpark High School. In 2014, he was promoted to the Assistant Director Position at MHS. He was again promoted in 2016 to the Director of Instrumental Music. In his first year at MHS, the Marching Musketeers performed at Disneyland, and earned 3rd place in the SCSBOA 3A Division. Under his direction the Wind Ensemble earned Unanimous Superior at the Santa Susana HS SCSBOA festival.
Sarah Wagner
Sarah WagnerHigh Brass Technician
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Colorado Mesa University where she studied trumpet under Calvin Hofer and Jonathan Hinkle, as well as percussion under Darin Kamstra. Sarah performed with the 2013 and 2014 DCI Casper Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps on trumpet. She also was a featured mellophone performer with the Northglenn Performance Theatre in the first ever 2015 WGI Winds Fan Favorite ensemble. Sarah has pursued other performance ensembles such as Boulder based Bateria Alegria playing caixa, and the Rocky Mountain Scots Pipe and Drum Ensemble where she was the Drum Sergeant for two years. Sarah is also a snare player with the Denver Bronco Stampede Drumline, the Denver Nuggets Skyline, as well as an inaugural member of Colorado’s first all female professional drumline, Beauty and the Beats. 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, 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. After the 2017 season where she worked with the high brass, Sarah looks forward to focusing her efforts on the trumpet section in the 2018 edition of the Oregon Crusaders.
Patrick Hunninghake
Patrick HunninghakeHigh Brass Technician
Patrick Hunninghake is currently working as a band director at Bellevue West High School and Lewis and Clark Middle School in Bellevue, Nebraska. In this position he is head of the jazz department, and assists with the Bellevue West Marching Thunderbirds and concert bands. Prior to accepting a position in Bellevue he was an active freelance trumpet player in the Chicago area as well as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Patrick obtained his MM in trumpet performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in 2013. Prior to his time at IU he received a Bachelors degree in music education from the University of Kansas. While at KU he was a member of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps where he won the DCI individual and ensemble competition for solo trumpet. As a performer, Patrick has had the privilege of performing across the country and around the world. Recently, he performed with the legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He currently serves as a member of the Peoria Symphony, occasionally appearing as principal trumpet.
Gary English
Gary EnglishHigh Brass Technician
Gary English is a first year doctoral conducting candidate at Northwestern University, where he is a student of Dr. Mallory Thompson. He received his Masters in Wind Conducting from Louisiana State University where he studied with Dr. Damon Talley. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, Gary English taught high school band for eight years in the public schools of Virginia, most recently serving as the director of bands at South County High School in Fairfax County, VA. All ensembles under his direction have received superior and excellent ratings at assessments. He is a proud alumnus of James Madison University, where he received his Bachelors in Music Education. As a performer, Gary was member of the 2005 DCI World Champion Cadets, where he marched mellophone. He was on the visual staff of Jersey Surf in 2010. As a french horn performer, he was a founding member of the Appalachian Brass Orchestra; a professional brass ensemble from Johnson City, TN and freelanced in the Washington DC metro area. His professional affiliations include the College Band Directors’ National Association, National Association for Music Education, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Kappa Kappa Psi.
Albert Ortiz
Albert OrtizHigh Brass Technician
Albert Ortiz is currently the Director of Bands at the new Bentonville West High School in Bentonville, Arkansas. In its inaugural year, the marching band received 4th place at the Arkansas State Marching Contest in Class AAAA and all concert bands earned superior ratings. Prior to Bentonville West HS, Albert was assistant director with the BOA Grand National Semi-Finalist band, Bentonville High School, and Texas 6A State Qualifying Band, Edinburg North High School. Albert was a member of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2007 and the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011 and 2012. He was also Brass Caption Head for the Guardians Drum and Bugle corps in 2014 and taught visual with the Legends Drum and Bugle corps in 2015. He was most recently named one of Celebrate Arkansas Magazine’s “Ones to Watch” for 2017. Albert holds a Bachelors of Music in Music Education from the University of Texas at Brownsville and is a native of Edinburg, Texas. He enjoys wakeboarding on Beaver Lake and hanging out with great friends. This will be Albert’s first year with the Oregon Crusaders.
Turner Hawkins
Turner HawkinsLow Brass Coordinator
Returning for his second year with the Oregon Crusaders, Turner Hawkins is excited to work with a reinvigorated team of educators and people in an expanded role as Low Brass Coordinator. A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Turner completed undergraduate studies in Music Education and Bassoon Performance at Transylvania University. As a DCI performer, he spent two years with the Madison Scouts before marching two summers with the Concord Blue Devils, aging out in 2016. Currently, he serves as Assistant Director of Bands and Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, Tennessee, and is excited to enter the world of WGI Winds this winter on the staff of Redline Winds from Greenville, SC. 
Cameron Coday
Cameron CodayLow Brass Technician
Cameron Coday graduated High Honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of Music Education and a Minor in Leadership. Cameron marched with Casper Troopers (2013-2014), Phantom Regiment (2015) and The Cadets (2016). She has also performed with Denver’s Rise Percussion and worked with Altitude Winds of Colorado Springs. Cameron currently resides in Houston, Texas where she serves as the Assistant Director of Bands at Lamar High School. This will be Cameron’s second year working with the Oregon Crusaders euphonium section. 
Marco Mellone
Marco MelloneLow Brass Technician
A Native of the Northern California Bay Area, Marco Mellone is the current Director of Bands at Edison-Computech Middle School in Fresno, California. Prior to this position, Marco began his professional career as the Director of Instrumental Music at Foothill High School, located in Bakersfield, Ca. During his tenure at Computech, the program has seen a drastic increase in participation and performance, including superior ratings for the wind ensemble and a percussion championship. Beyond his very active teaching duties, Marco continues to perform as a Bass Trombonist in the California Central Valley. He holds positions with the Bakersfield Wind Symphony, Central Valley Wind Symphony, and the Yosemite Brass Consortium. Most recently, Marco travelled to Spain with the Fresno State Alumni Wind Ensemble, and performed three concerts in Barcelona and Valencia. As an active learner, Marco is currently pursuing a Masters in Performance Degree with an emphasis in Wind Band Conducting from California State University, Fresno. Marco also serves as a Graduate Assistant Director for the Fresno State Bulldog Marching Band.
Shea Pierce
Shea PierceLow Brass Technician
Shea Pierce is a freelance trombonist and private lesson instructor in the Northwest Arkansas Area. For the past 5 years, Shea has been a sought after Marching Band Instructor and Low Brass Clinician in West Kentucky, The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, and Northwest Arkansas. Shea’s drum corps career began in 2012 with Carolina Crown, winners of the Jim Ott Best Brass Award, and the S ilver Medal. In the years following, Shea worked as a Visual Technician at Legends Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2015, Shea was the recipient of the Jim Fern Music Education Scholarship Award, given to one college-age educator in Kentucky for outstanding work during their time earning their degree, and for showing promise in the future. Shea holds a B.M. in Music Education from Murray State University. Drawing on these experiences, Shea is excited to join Oregon Crusaders for their 2018 season.
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. 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. As an OC alumnus, James is thrilled to teach with the brass team for his ninth season. James’ marching experience includes playing lead soprano with the 2008 Blue Devils.
Selena Maytum
Selena MaytumBrass Consultant
Summer Music Academy, and Hot Springs Summer Music Festivals and has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, ProMusica Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Spartanburg Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Number One, and numerous regional ensembles.  Selena earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Colorado, her Master of Music Performance degree at Indiana University, and her Bachelor of Music Education degree at Furman University.  She has taught on the brass staffs of the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps and the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps.  Her primary teachers include Michael Thornton, Richard Seraphinoff, and Gayle Chesebro.  As a member of the Army Field Band, Selena presents recitals, master classes, and clinics around the country with the Pentagon Winds woodwind quintet.
Bill McLendon
Bill McLendonBrass Consultant
Mr. McClendon is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. He attended high school in Palm Beach County and attended the University of Florida. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English, Education, and Music from the University of Florida and Southern Oregon University. His drum corps teaching experience includes Teal Sound, Seattle Cascades, Revolution, Pioneer, and the Racine Scouts.

Instructional Staff – Percussion

Henry Gillard
Henry GillardPercussion Caption Head
Henry Gillard is an on-the-rise marching percussion educator. Since 2012, he has instructed and written for several ensembles in the greater Southern California area. Henry has had extensive performing experience in elite marching percussion ensembles such as the 5 time WGI World Champion RCC Indoor Percussion (2012-2016) and 18 time DCI World Champion Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps (2012-2014). Henry is currently instructing highly esteemed scholastic ensembles such as Fountain Valley HS, Granada Hills Charter HS, Aliso Niguel HS and is the Battery Caption Head at Dark Sky Percussion.
This is Henry’s fourth year with the Oregon Crusaders, and first as Percussion Caption Head. Henry first joined the corps’ instructional staff in 2015 as a snare tech. He served as Battery Caption Manager for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
Henry has learned under and taught alongside of many highly esteemed and sought-after instructors including Scott Johnson, Sean Vega, Jared Andrews, Ike Jackson, Mike Stevens, Brian Dinkel and Matt Regua.
Henry aspires to give top-tier instruction to all of his students, who he hopes will one day achieve their performance goals, as well as do his part in helping evolve the marching activity to greater levels of achievement and excellence.
Henry currently resides in Anaheim, CA.
Luke DeDominces
Luke DeDomincesFront Ensemble Caption Manager
Currently residing in Eugene, Oregon, Luke DeDominces teaches percussion and arranges at many of the high school programs across the Willamette Valley and western Washington, as well as the University of Oregon marching band. Luke aged out of drum corps with the Phantom Regiment in 2013.After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in percussion performance in 2014 from Pacific Lutheran University under the instruction of Miho Takekawa, he is currently working on his Maters in Percussion Performance at the University of Oregon. He also plays with several local ensembles including the Salem Symphony and the Vancouver Symphony.
Shealley Lee
Shealley LeeFront Ensemble Instructor
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, Percussion Director and arranger at Elk Grove High School, and American Canyon High School. 2018 will be her 2nd year as heading the Front Ensemble Caption at NCIndoor. A founding staff member of the 2017 WGI PIO ensemble, NorCal Indoor making finals in their inaugural season. She is also a clinician for the Sacramento Mandarins Academy.
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 joined the front ensemble staff at the Oregon Crusaders Drum Corps and will be returning for her 2nd season in 2018.

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.

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.
Charles Carty
Charles CartyBattery Instructor
Charles is thrilled to return for his fifth 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. He has been the cymbal instructor for MCM since 2015. Charles also marched for the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011 as well as Spirit of Atlanta from 2012-2013
Tarrin Neal
Tarrin NealBattery Instructor
Tarrin Neal is continuing into his fifth 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.
Josh Toguchi
Josh ToguchiBattery Instructor
Josh Toguchi is an active designer and percussion educator in the Pacific Northwest where he instructs various high schools in Washington, and Oregon. This will be his first year on staff as a Bass drum technician.

Josh began his marching career with Gold Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013 where he remained for the 2014 season . For the 2015 and 2016 seasons he further continued marching as a member of the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps. In the 2017 season, Josh aged out of DCI as a member of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps. Along with his DCI experience, he spent three years as a WGI performer in 2015 with Élan Percussion, and 2016-2017 with Oregon Crusaders Indoor.

Currently Josh lives in Olympia, Washington where he studies Anthropology at South Puget Sound College.

Chris Drummer
Chris DrummerBattery 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.
Austin Avery
Austin AveryBattery Visual Tech and Choreographer
Austin is going in his 5th year at OC as visual tech/choreographer for the battery. He resides in Norwalk, CT where he’s teaching and choreographing groups in the tri state area. Right now he is at Trumbull High School and Westhill High School. Other groups he has worked for is Norwalk High School, Hawthorne Caballeros , Connecticut Hurricanes, Fusion Core, Dartmouth High School, and OCI. He also has 5 scholastic open class WGI medals from teaching at Trumbull and Norwalk. He marched 5 years at Spirit of Atlanta from 02-06 where they were 4 time finalist.

Instructional Staff – Visual

Ryan Springler
Ryan SpringlerVisual Caption Head
Ryan Springler is returning for his third year with the Oregon Crusaders. Based somewhat in Mesa, Arizona, he works as a freelance designer and instructor year-round with many scholastic and independent ensembles across the nation. Those associations have included Lawrence Central HS, Homestead HS, Casa Grande HS, OCI Winds, Blue Knights Indoor, Lux Winterguard, Pacific Crest, and The Academy. Outside of pageantry, he is an active painter, composer, and avid consumer of all spicy foods. He is delighted to work with this team of educators.

visit http://ryanspringler.com/ for more information.

Matt Ray
Matt RayAssistant Visual Caption Head
Currently, Mr. Ray is the band director at Damien High School in Southern California where he has taught for 7 years. Matt has instructed a number of academic and independent programs in both movement and music including Nogales High School, Upland High School, BOA Grand National Finalist Ayala High School, and the internationally recognized Riverside Community College Marching Tigers. In addition to his stateside endeavors, he has also worked extensively in Japan as a staff member for such groups as Hamasho High School, Ohtani High School, Yamato Drum and Bugle Corps, and Yokohama Scouts, and as a performer for the theatre production “Collab,” which premiered in Osaka.

2018 will mark Matt’s third year with the Oregon Crusaders.

Dan Hoffman
Dan HoffmanVisual Instructor
Dan is thrilled to return to the Oregon Crusaders for his third summer as a visual technician. Hailing from Syracuse, NY, Dan marched 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 coordinator and drill writer. Outside of the marching world, Dan is a Collaborator with Evolve Dynamicz, a dance collective based in Cambridge, MA, and works full-time in higher education.
Carlos Martinez
Carlos MartinezVisual Instructor
Returning for a third year as a visual instructor 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.
Sara Myers
Sara MyersVisual Instructor
This will be Sara’s second year working with the Oregon Crusaders having spent the 2017 season with the Trumpets on Brass Staff. Sara has a bachelor’s degree from University of Central Florida in Music Education and is a Math teacher in Orlando. She marched six seasons on trumpet with the Boston Crusaders, during which she was I&E Champion in 2008 in the Trumpet category. Also in 2008, she traveled to Japan and toured with an all-female stage show called Brass Angels: Odyssey with our brass caption head, Lisa Tatum! Since aging out, Sara has spent time with Teal Sound, Troopers, and Boston Crusaders before coming to the Oregon Crusaders.
Izzy Montoya
Izzy MontoyaVisual Instructor
Izzy has recently moved to Syracuse, New York as a working writer and artist. He received his degree from Arizona State University, while also teaching for the Casa Grande High School Marching Band. This will be his second summer with the Oregon Crusaders.
Dave Loughin
Dave LoughinVisual Instructor
Dave has been with a part of the Oregon Crusaders organization since 2007 when he marched his first year of drum corps. Since then, he has continued to march, or teach, the drum corps as well as OCIndoor. This will be his fourth year on staff with OC. He spent four years on active duty with the Marine Corps prior to studying at Portland Community College and the University of Pittsburgh in pursuit of a degree in creative writing. He currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA and is the visual caption head of Mars Area High School.
Robert Peterson
Robert PetersonVisual Instructor
Robert is returning for his third summer as a visual technician with the corps. From Summit, NJ, Robert has performed with Cadets2 and The Cadets during the summers for 2013, 2014, and 2015. During the fall, he teaches music and visual at Roxbury High School and Bridgewater-Raritan High School. In the Winter, Robert is a visual technician and choreographer for the Roxbury High School indoor drumline. Robert has graduated from Seton Hall University with a B.S.E. in Music Education and is currently a full-time elementary music teacher in Trenton, NJ.
Caleb Pifer
Caleb PiferVisual Instructor
Caleb Pifer is returning to OC for his second year of teaching. He is excited to see his home corps of eight years continue to grow.

Instructional Staff – Guard