2021 Staff

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JODIE RHODES - Program / Show Coordinator

 

Jodie Rhodes has been in music education for the past 28 years teaching at both the middle school and high school levels.  In addition, she has served as a clinician, consultant and program coordinator for several marching bands, drum corps and concert bands around the country.

 

Her groups have been frequent finalists at Music for All/Bands of America Regionals, Super Regionals and Grand Nationals.  Ms. Rhodes is also a frequent adjudicator of drum corps, marching and percussion contests. 

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RYAN GEORGE – WIND ARRANGER

 

RYAN GEORGE currently resides in Austin, Texas where he is active as an arranger and composer. His work, ranging from music for the concert stage to music for marching ensembles is performed regularly throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. 

Ryan completed his first work for concert band in 2007 and since then his works have received performances at the American Bandmasters Association Convention, the MidWest Band and Orchestra Clinic (Chicago), W.A.S.B.E., the Music For All (Bands of America) Concert Band Festival, P.A.S.I.C., Carnegie Hall, the National CBDNA Conference, the CBDNA/NBA Southern Division Conference, The Western Band & Orchestra Clinic (Seattle), and the MidEurope Festival in Schladming Austria. Many of his works, which are aimed at developing performers, have frequented the repertoires of All-State, Region, Inter-Collegiate, and Honor's ensembles throughout the U.S. and Canada. Recent notable performances of Ryan's music have included The "President's Own" United States Marine Band (National Tour), the Hiroshima Wind Orchestra (Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic), The Texas Christian University Percussion Orchestra (PASIC National Convention), The United States Air Force Band (A.B.A. Convention), The Lone Star Wind Orchestra (WASBE), and the Finnish Navy Band. He has received commissions for various ensembles including works for the T.C.U. Percussion Orchestra, The Consortium for the Advancement of Wind Band Literature, The Lone Star Wind Orchestra, and the Wan Quan School in Beijing China. 

 

As a specialist in music design for marching ensembles Ryan's work has been performed by some of the nation's elite programs at state, region, and national venues. His roster of clients include perennial Bands of America (Music for All) regional champions, regional finalist, and Grand National finalist. Within the realm of drum corps Ryan is returning for his 8th year as the brass arranger/composer of the Boston Crusaders from Boston, MA. He held the same role with the Academy from Tempe, AZ from 2011-2013. He was also a visual staff member for the Phantom Regiment and Carolina Crown. As a marching member Ryan performed with the 1998 DCI World Champion Cadets of Bergen County and the 1999 World Champion Concord Blue Devils. 

 

Ryan is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. He is an ASCAP artist, a member of TMEA, and the American Composer's Forum.  His wife Sarah is a producer and talent buyer for internationally recognized music festivals and they are the proud parents of Sophia, Nyla, and Teller. 

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MARK MORENO – VISUAL DESIGNER/DRILL WRITER

 

Mark Moreno brings over 24 years of experience to the marching arts activity. In 7th grade, Mark’s family moved into a house where he found an old battery operated musical keyboard in the garage. This began his love for music. He joined band in the 8th grade as a tenor saxophonist and marched four years of high school, serving as drum major his senior year. While marching saxophone, he picked up skills from his color guard classmates, becoming the choreographer for his guard his junior and senior year.

After graduating high school, Mark performed as a guard member with Liberty Winter Guard in 2002, Fantasia Winter Guard in 2003, Millenia Winter Guard in 2004. His drum experience includes Revolution Drum & Bugle Corps 2001-2002 and Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps 2003-2004, winning as Drum Corps International as world champions in 2001 and 2003, respectively. 

Following his years of performing, Mark began applying his skills in the marching arts in all areas of visual design including program coordination, drill design, color guard designer and graphic design. In some capacity Moreno has worked with several programs across the country including Ronald Reagan H.S. (San Antonio, TX), William Mason H.S. (Mason, OH), Berkner H.S. (Richardson, TX), Connally H.S. (Austin, TX), Camdenton, H.S., (Camdenton, MO), Richland H.S. (Richland Hills, TX), Lakota West H.S. Waxahchie H.S., Clovis H.S. (Clovis, NM), Southlake Carroll H.S. (Southlake, TX), Seven Lakes H.S. (Katy, TX), (Cedar Ridge H.S. (Round Rock, TX). Mark has also designed for Oregon Crusaders and Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps.

Mark’s graphic design experience and involvement in pageantry has allowed him to develop a “concept to reality” presentation of marching band productions. 

 

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PETER BECKHART – MOVEMENT DESIGNER

 

Peter Beckhart has performed, instructed, and designed many competitive shows in the marching arts. His performing experience includes six years of DCI, aging out with the Concord Blue Devils. Peter also performed with the Riverside Community College winter drum line in 2011 and 2012.

As a visual designer for fall marching bands and spring productions, Peter has had the opportunity to work with many ensembles since 2009. He currently designs drill for Ayala High School (CA), Harrison High School (GA), James Martin High School (TX), and many other fall programs across the country. Peter is also a sought after choreographer for some of the most established marching bands and winter drumlines in the country including Leander High School (TX), Ayala H.S. (CA), RCC winter percussion, and Dark Sky Percussion.

In the drum corps world, Peter taught the Blue Devils ‘B’ in 2012 and has been on the visual staff of the 19-time World Champion Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps since 2013. He is also the drill designer for the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps from Sacramento, CA.

Peter is humbled to have opportunities to work with some of the best programs and students in the world and is always striving to be a better instructor and designer. He lives in Anaheim, CA.

 

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COLIN MCNUTT – PERCUSSION ARRANGER/BATTERY

 

Colin joins Inspire Arts & Music, as the Director of Percussion, which will include the role of Music Program Coordinator, Music Design and Percussion Design while supervising the percussion caption of the Boston Crusaders. Colin served prior with The Cadets Percussion Staff since 2007. He served as The Cadets Percussion Caption Supervisor and Battery Arranger from 2008 through 2016, winning a DCI World Championship in 2011 and the Fred Sanford High Percussion Award in 2013. Colin was inducted into The Cadets Hall of Fame in 2016.

Colin has also previously taught and arranged music for Star of Indiana, the Glassmen and the Crossmen. In addition, he was a part of the design and instruction team for the internationally acclaimed production, Blast!.

Colin began his marching career in 1988 during his junior year of high school when he joined the Boston Crusaders. He was an integral part of the Crusaders percussion section over a four year span. He aged out with Santa Clara Vanguard in 1992, where he was recognized at the 1992 Individual and Ensemble competition as the tenor drum solo champion.

He has made a career out of his passion for music and percussion, while also completing a double major in music education and classics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1998. When not instructing drum corps, Colin conducts clinics for the percussion companies Avedis Zildjian Co., REMO, Inc., and Vic Firth. He has a signature series “Colin McNutt” sticks designed and manufactured by Vic Firth. He also writes music for marching bands in the United States, Canada and Japan.

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IAIN MOYER – PERCUSSION ARRANGER/FRONT ENSEMBLE

Dr. Iain Moyer joins Inspire Arts & Music as Front Ensemble Arranger for the Boston Crusaders. Previously, Iain has served on the Percussion Staff of The Cadets since 2007, where he served as Front Ensemble Arranger from 2009 through 2016. During his time with The Cadets, the corps won their 10th DCI World Championship in 2011 and The Cadets Percussion section received the Fred Sanford Award for Best Percussion Performance in 2013.

Iain has previous drum corps teaching/arranging credits with the Madison Scouts, Glassmen, and the Crossmen. He has also arranged for high school and college marching bands in the United States, Japan, and Canada.

Moyer currently serves as the Director of Athletic Bands and Percussion at Widener University. Prior to working at Widener, Iain served as the Director of Percussion Studies/Assistant Director of Bands at The University of North Alabama. Moyer received his Doctoral of Musical Arts and Masters Degrees in Percussion Performance from the University of Oklahoma and his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts.

Iain is a proud endorser/artist with Vic Firth, Zildjian, Remo, and Yamaha. 

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JUSTIN SHELTON – ELECTRONICS DESIGNER

 

Justin Shelton is an independent audio consultant, composer, and electronics designer who resides in Austin, Texas. Justin studied at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received a Bachelor of Music in Music Production Technology. During his time at UT Arlington, he worked as a recording engineer for the Aspen Music Festival and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Justin has received various awards from Downbeat Magazine and the Audio Engineer Society. Justin has worked with groups around the United States, including the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, Cedar Ridge High School (TX), Southlake Carroll HS (TX), Wakeland HS (TX), and Homestead HS (CA). In addition to the marching arts, Justin’s music can be heard on Discovery Channel, TLC, and the Syfy Channel.

 

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CHRISTOPHER WAGGONER – MARCHING TECH

 

Christopher Craig “C.C.” Waggoner is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in Music Business. While in attendance, he was a member of the UTA Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, and Horn Choir. In addition, he served as Co-President of the Society of Composers, Inc., as well as Senior Recording Studio Manager—under the direction of Music Industry Studies area-head: Jamar Jones. 

 

Mr. Waggoner had the privilege of marching mellophone with both the Bluecoats and Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps’—serving as a Drum Major for the latter and winning first place at DCI Finals in 2014, 2015, and 2017. As an instructor, Mr. Waggoner has worked with numerous high school marching band and indoor drum line programs across the state of Texas and maintains a position on the visual staff of the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps. He currently resides in Fort Worth, TX.

 

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JULIA WONG – MARCHING TECH

 

Julia Wong is a graduate of the University of North Texas, where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a dual focus in International Business & Entrepreneurship, along with a Chinese Minor. During her time at UNT, she was a member of the Green Brigade Marching Band (2017), Chinese Culture Club, and Women in Business. Since 2018, she has been working as a marching band tech for numerous successful programs in DFW, including Coppell HS, Centennial HS, Byron Nelson HS, and Boswell HS.

Ms. Wong was a trumpet player with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps (2017 - 2019), winning the DCI World Championship for their 2018 production, “Babylon.” In late 2019, she earned a contract with the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps for her age-out season in 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Drum Corps International canceled the 2020 Summer Tour. Despite this, she participated in Blue Devil virtual performances (featuring original music arranged by John Meehan) and sang in Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 6: Sing Gently, which premiered worldwide in July 2020, featuring more than 17,500 singers across 129 countries. Since the 2020 age-outs receive a bonus season in 2021, she plans on performing with BD in California and Switzerland this summer.

 

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MAX SANTANA – MARCHING TECH

 

Max Santana is a trombone jazz studies major at the University of North Texas. He currently plays lead trombone in the Three O’clock Lab Band and has played in multiple other classical as well as jazz ensembles at UNT, both on trombone and euphonium. Max has studied under the direction of Dr. Brian Bowman in his retirement year, as well as David Child’s, Tony Baker and Nick Finzer on trombone, and Steve Barnes on drum-set. Max is also a percussionist who plays drums and has played drums for Monarch Independent during the 2016 WGI Season.

 

Max’s marching career consists of DCI experience, marching Bluecoats from 2015-2019, receiving performer of the year for the 2019 season. Max has taught at Denton HS, as well as Colleyville Heritage HS thus far, and is ready to bring his knowledge and love of music to the Southlake Carrol Dragon Band.

 

BRANDON SLATE – MARCHING TECH

 

Brandon Slate is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music Education from Texas Christian University. He currently serves as a Drum Major for the TCU Marching Band and is a performer in the Jazz Ensemble, Wind Symphony, and Trumpet Ensemble. 


Mr. Slate is also active in the DCI community. He marched with the Blue Devils from 2018-2021, winning the DCI World Championship in 2019. He serves as the trumpet section leader for the Blue Devils during the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Mr. Slate graduated from Hebron High School in 2018 where he performed with the marching band and wind symphony.

GRETCHEN CASEL – MARCHING TECH

 

GRETCHEN CASEL is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. She is a member of the Green Brigade Marching Band as both a performer in the percussion section and her current role as Cymbal Technician.  In addition to her on-field activities, Ms. Casel plays clarinet in UNT’s Concert Band and steel pan in the 2:00 Steel Band under the direction of Mark Ford. 

Ms. Casel is an active member of Drum Corp International. She served as Conductor for the Oregon Crusaders in 2018.  In 2019, she became the Head Drum Major for Spirit of Atlanta and will continue that role for the 2021 season. During her DCI tenure, she has been selected to serve as part of the drum major leadership staff, having the opportunity to work with many of DCI’s accomplished Corps Directors. 

Ms. Casel is a 2018 graduate of Southlake Carroll.  She was a four-year Dragon Marching Band member, serving as Drum Major her final two seasons.  Ms. Casel also performed with Carroll’s Wind Symphony, Jazz Orchestra, Indoor Percussion and Theater Orchestra during her time at Carroll.

ALEJANDRO CRUZ – MARCHING TECH

 

Alejandro Cruz is a graduate from the University of North Texas where he earned a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Music Education. During his time at UNT, he performed with the UNT Wind Ensemble,  Symphonic Band, and Chamber Orchestra. As a bassoonist, he has had the opportunity to perform with many different ensembles, including his undergraduate woodwind quintet which won the UNT Chamber Music Competition in 2018.

A strong advocate for the pageantry arts, Mr. Cruz has performed and worked with many different performing groups. An alumni of the Boston Crusaders, he marched mellophone with BAC in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Since 2019, he has been a member of the visual staff of Music City Drum and Bugle Corps. Outside of Drum Corps, Mr. Cruz has also been heavily involved with WGI and Indoor Winds. Most recently, he worked as visual coordinator and designer at Joshua HS where they were crowned 2021 WGI Scholastic A Champions.

Mr. Cruz currently resides in Denton with his cats: Amelia and Calypso.