In 2019, Southwind Drum and Bugle continues to build on its hard-won momentum in Open Class. With another innovative show on the drawing board, Southwind is proud to announce the leaders of this year’s Percussion Staff.
Elanders Frazier returns as Co-Caption Head, Battery Arranger and Supervisor for Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps. A percussion instructor, arranger, visual designer, adjudicator, and clinician for grade schools and independent ensembles in the Gulf Coast area since 2002, Frazier’s collegiate performance credits include: Pensacola State College (Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensembles) and the University of West Florida Symphonic Band. His professional marching credits include Eminence Indoor, Spirit Drum & Bugle Corps, and Music City Mystique. Frazier was inducted into the Gulfcoast Colorguard and Percussion Circuit Hall of Fame in 2018. Frazier is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, a percussion educator with Innovative Percussion. Frazier holds an A.A. in Business and a B.S.B.A. with a concentration in Management from the University of West Florida.
John Gaal, Co-Caption Head, is a percussion specialist originally from Atlanta, Georgia. Gaal marched with the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps from 2013-2015, and from 2015-2016, Gaal was a member of Music City Mystique. Since then Gaal has been an active instructor, teaching Music City Mystique in 2017, Vigilantes Indoor Percussion in 2018, and numerous private students around the Fort Worth area. John currently serves as Assistant Percussion Teacher at Southwest High School, Fort Worth, Texas. This will be Gaal’s fourth year with Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps. Gaal holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance from Bob Jones University and is currently completing a Master’s degree in Percussion Performance at Texas Christian University.
Dr. Gregory Jackson, Percussion Consultant, is the Director of Bands at Saint James School in Montgomery, AL and a well-recognized percussionist, composer, educator, and author. Dr. Jackson is a multi-faceted percussion specialist in many areas. Dr. Jackson has published more than a dozen books sold worldwide, along with several recordings. As a composer, Dr. Jackson has completed four symphonies for full orchestra, and over one hundred and twenty five compositions. Dr. Jackson was a semi-finalist for the American Prize in Chamber Composition. Currently, Dr. Jackson is a member of the Percussive Arts Society Composition Committee and the PAS Percussion Composition Education sub-committee. In the Percussive Arts Society International Collegiate Snare Competition, Dr. Jackson won 3rd Prize performing one of his own compositions and placed in the top 4 twice. Dr. Jackson marched snare with Eklipse Percussion in 1999 and was an instructor for Eklipse in 2001, winning the WGI Independent Open World Championship. Dr. Jackson received a BS in Performance with Composition Specialization at Austin Peay State University, a MM in Music Composition and Theory at The University of Alabama, and a DMA in Percussion Performance at The University of Alabama.
Terry Sanders, Design and Percussion Consultant. He studied percussion and clarinet while a member of the “Sound of the South” band program at Troy State University. During his last 2 years at Troy, Sanders served as section leader for the SOTS Percussion Section. Sanders also studied percussion privately with Sergeant Carl Griggs of the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps.
Sanders was the Percussion Caption Head and arranger for the Florida Wave Drum and Bugle Corps from 1980 – 81. Sanders is currently the Director of Percussion at Escambia High School in Pensacola, Florida. Under Sanders’ direction, the acclaimed Diamonds Indoor Percussion Ensemble has been mainstay in WGI Percussion since 1997 winning Regional Championships as well as being WGI World Championship finalist and semifinalist in PSA PSO and PSW since 1997. Sanders has served multiple years on the WGI Percussion Advisory Board. Sanders has been the featured clinician for numerous outdoor and indoor Judges associations and is a standing member of the Marching Percussion Committee for the Percussive Arts Society. Sanders is a long time educational endorser for REMO Drum Heads, Innovative Percussion, Pearl/Adams Drums, and Sabian Cymbals. This is Sanders’s 3rd year as the Program Coordinator for Freedom Percussion. Sanders received his degrees in Music Education and Computer and Information Science from Troy State University.
Ryan Reed, Front Ensemble Arranger/Technician, is a percussion educator and designer from the Northeast Ohio area. The 2019 season will mark Reed’s second year on staff with Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps, and first year as front ensemble arranger. Additionally, Reed offers a wealth of experience as a front ensemble instructor for Matrix Performing Arts (2013-current). Previously, Reed served as the front ensemble arranger for the Skyliners’ Drum and Bugle Corps (2016-17) and Sunrisers Drum and Bugle Corps (2018), as well as front ensemble instructor for the Empire Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2009), Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2012), Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (2015) and front ensemble instructor/coordinator for Capital City Percussion (2013-15).
As a performer, Reed was a front ensemble member of Matrix Percussion from 2006-2008, taking part in the ensembles European tour in 2008. Reed was also a member of the Empire Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2007 and 2009, and the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2008. In 2016, Reed performed with Matrix International for the 2016 Chaiayi City International Band Festival in Chiayi City, Taiwan. In addition to teaching, Reed is a designer for marching bands and indoor drumlines around the country with Ferguson Design Solutions. Reed is also an endorser for Innovative Percussion. Reed received a B.M. in Music Education from Kent State University.
In addition to the staff leadership, Southwind will enjoy a full complement of consultants and technicians.