Oregon Crusaders has assembled an incredibly gifted staff of educators who bring the magic of its program to life.
The Design Team
Instructional Staff – Brass
Prior to returning to Texas in 2015, Brett was on faculty at The New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe, NM as AP Music Theory Lecturer and Orchestra Director during which he led ensemble to back-to-back NM State Orchestra championships. He worked as Composer/Music Arranger for the school as well, a position he still maintains.
Studying horn performance, music theory and composition, and jazz improvisation (University of New Mexico, Metropolitan State University, UT Austin, and Berkeley College of Music), Brett freelances/teaches/writes in the central Texas area. As a composer, he has received composition commissions from local, regional, and international ensembles and institutions such as Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, Phi Beta Mu Music Fraternity, Wichita State University, Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony, line upon line percussion ensemble, Rocky Mountain Brassworks, and The United States Air Force Academy along with many high school ensembles in New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, and California. Brett’s compositions and arrangements have been performed/premiered in venues such as: The Lensic in Santa Fe, NM, Cadogan Hall in London, England, the Fryderyk Chopin Conservatory of Music in Warsaw, Poland, Die Hochschule Luzern in Lucerne, Switzerland, the Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul, Korea, and Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles.
He holds the 4th horn position with the Victoria Symphony (TX), and is also serving for his 3rd season as Executive Director of Round Rock Symphony.
He 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.
The Clements Band has been recognized as one of the premier band programs in Texas in both the concert and marching idioms. The Clements Band has been a consistent UIL 5A State Marching Participant since 1998 and recently earned the Honor of being a National Winner in the National Wind-Band Honors Competition. The Clements Band has performed as the Directors Choice Honor Ensemble at the Southeastern United States Band Clinic/Conference in Troy, Alabama. The Clements Bands consistently win Best in Class awards and place over 70 students in the TMEA Region 13 All-Region Bands. Most recent the Clements Band was named 7th place Texas State Honor Band Finalist in the 2014 Class 5A TMEA State Honor Band Contest and 11th in the 2016 Class 6A TMEA State Honor Band Contest. Recently the Clements band placed as a finalist at the prestigious Bands of America Atlanta Super Regional. Daniel is also a co-conductor of the Clements Symphony Orchestra which recently performed at the Mid-West band Clinic.
Daniel instructed the 2010/2011 Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps as a brass instructor for the mellophone section and high brass and recently instructed the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016 Santa Clara Vanguard Brass and has moved into a new role as Ensemble Specialist for the 2017 season in addition to helping instruct mellophones. He is also a Brass Consultant for the 2018 season for the Oregon Crusaders in addition to returning to the Santa Clara Vanguard for the 2018 season.
Daniel is currently a member of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association and the Texas Color Guard and Percussion Association where he judges Effect Visual and Visual. Daniel also recently held for 5 years the position of Vice President of Marching Band Judge Education for the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. He has judged the Oklahoma Bandmasters Championships 4 times, New York Field Band Championships and numerous BOA Regionals including the 2016 BOA St Louis Super Regional. Daniel will begin judging for the Western Band Association in California this season also.
Instructional Staff – 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.
In his time at UNT, Jack participated in or led some of the school’s top ensembles, such as the North Texas Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band, the UNT Indoor Drumline, and the North Texas Percussion Ensemble. He has been a showcase performer for the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and performed in countries all around the world, in addition to his performances across the United States. He has been lucky enough to study with some of the most renown percussion educators in the world such as Christopher Deane, Mark Ford, Paul Rennick, Sandi Rennick, Dr. Brad Meyer, Ed Soph, Ed Smith, and Dave Hall.
Jack was a performing member in the Front Ensemble for the Madison Scouts and Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, where he achieved the Fred Sanford High Percussion Award in 2010. After aging out, he remained active in the Drum Corps community and has been teaching at the Oregon Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps since 2016. Visit Jackpronskemusic.com for more information about Jack.
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.
Elyse completed her Masters of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy from Texas Christian University in 2014 under the instruction of Harold Martina and Dr. Ann Gipson, and earned her Bachelors of Music degree in Piano Pedagogy in 2012, where she studied with Dr. Barbara Fast, Dr. Ed Gates, and Dr. Jane Magrath. Having taught piano for well over a decade, Elyse recently moved from Fort Worth, Texas, to Yorktown, Virginia, where she runs Key of Life Music Studio as an independent piano teacher and performs as a freelance accompanist.
Rachelle was a member of The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps front ensemble in 2009 and 2010. Then from 2011 to 2014 she was a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps front ensemble. In 2014, her age out, she received the Fred Sanford High Percussion Award. Rachelle is excited to return to DCI and work with the Oregon Crusaders this summer!
Benji’s experience in drum corps includes the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from Denver, Colorado (2009-11) and the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps from Santa Clara, California (2012-15). During his time with these groups he won the 2010 DCI I&E Percussion Ensemble category and achieved second place finishes in the solo marimba category in both 2011 and 2012. He served as section leader for both groups; Blue Knights in 2011 and SCV in 2015. In 2014 he was a member of the SCV Front Ensemble, winning the Fred Sanford Award for High Percussion at the DCI World Championship Finals.
Benji had been fortunate enough to study with great percussionists such as Mark Ford, Paul Rennick, Sandi Rennick, Christopher Deane, Robert Schietroma, Eric Willie, Ed Smith, Ryan Kilgore, Jeff Ausdemore, Ralph Hardimon, and Gregory Lyons. He is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society and the Texas Music Educators Association. Benji currently resides in Greensboro, North Carolina where he is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
Instrument: Tenors (10-17)
College: University of California Riverside (14-15), Golden West College (15-17)
Major: Electrical Engineering
DCI: Blue Knights (12-13) Blue Devils (15-17)
BD: I&E Winner (15), High Percussion (15), DCI Champion (15, 17), Section leader (16-17)
WGI: Dark Sky Percussion (15, Section leader), RCC (16-now, section leader all 3 years)
Notable Teachers: Rick Barclay, Ralph Hardimon, Glen Crosby, Brian Stevens, Scott Johnson, Sean Vega
Taught at: RCC Marching Tigers, King HS, Fountain Valley HS
Currently teaching: Anaheim HS, Gahr HS
Landon Gray has performed with some of the most innovative groups during times of major organizational growth and has been taught by many of the best instructors in the activity. This will be his first season with the Oregon Crusaders, and he could not be more excited! Landon is very much looking forward to sharing his experiences in order to help create something fresh and exciting for the 2018 season!
Instructional Staff – Visual
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2018 will mark Matt’s third year with the Oregon Crusaders.