In 2019, Southwind Drum and Bugle made big strides in building its program, earning Most Improved Corps in DCI’s Open Class. One key to the corps’ continued growth? Continuity in its percussion staff.

According to Lawrence LeClaire, Southwind Corps Director, “We grew up a lot this past year, and percussion helped lead the way. Our percussion made big strides over 2018, and all credit is due to our great percussion staff. They have patiently recruited and cultivated talent. So we can only be even more pumped about the year ahead.”

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. Elanders is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, a percussion educator with Innovative Percussion. He 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. John marched with the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps from 2013-2015, and from 2015-2016, John was a member of Music City Mystique. Since then John 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 John’s fourth year with Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps. He 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.

In addition to the staff leadership, Southwind will enjoy a full complement of consultants and technicians, including:

Battery Coordinator
Robert Dickens

Front Ensemble Coordinator
Ryan Reed

Ensemble Specialist
Dr. Greg Jackson

Front Ensemble Technicians
Neal Cain
Tyler Clevenger
Andrew Creech
Jeremy Logan
Stephanie Maletz
Juan Suarez

Battery Technicians
Nathan Ball
Patrick Bantugan
Mike Blakemore
Brandon Blankenstein
Jerry Charvat
Michael Coleman
Sean Collins
Daniel Cubas
David Galvan
Chase Hodge
Tyler Loncher
Spencer Murray
Taylor Poole
Colin Slavin
Cole Smith
Michael Sudduth

“This is an incredible staff,” adds LeClaire. If the progress we made over the past season is any indication, I can’t wait to see what we do in the season ahead.