Percussion Staff

Elanders Frazier

Elanders Frazier

Battery Arranger/Percussion Co-caption Head
Elanders's Bio
Elanders Frazier is the Caption Head, Battery Arranger and Supervisor for Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps. He has been a percussion instructor, arranger, visual designer, adjudicator, and clinician for grade schools and independent ensembles in the Gulf Coast area since 2002.  He holds an A.A. in Business and a B.S.B.A. with a concentration in Management from the University of West Florida. His 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. He 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.
John Gaal

John Gaal

Percussion Co-caption Head
John's Bio
John Gaal is a percussion specialist originally from Atlanta, Georgia. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance from Bob Jones University and is currently completing a Masters degree in Percussion Performance at Texas Christian University. John has been an active member in the performing arts community for the last ten years. 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 is currently the Assistant Percussion Teacher at Southwest High School, located in Fort Worth, Texas. This will be John’s fourth year with the Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps.
Dr. Greg Jackson

Dr. Greg Jackson

Percussion Consultant
Greg's Bio
Dr. Gregory Jackson is the Director of Bands at Saint James School in Montgomery, AL and a well-recognized percussionist, composer, educator, and author. He 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, Jackson has completed four symphonies for full orchestra, and over one hundred and twenty five compositions. He was a semi-finalist for the American Prize in Chamber Composition. Currently, he 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, Jackson won 3rd Prize performing one of his own compositions and placed in the top 4 twice. Jackson marched snare with Eklipse Percussion in 1999 and was an instructor for Eklipse in 2001, winning the WGI Independent Open World Championship. He 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.  Jackson proudly endorses Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, Remo Inc., and Pearl Percussion. More information can be found at www.inner3.com. This will be Greg’s first year on staff at Southwind.
Ryan Reed

Ryan Reed

Front Ensemble Arranger/Technician
Ryan's Bio
Ryan Reed is a percussion educator and designer from the Northeast Ohio area. The 2019 season will mark Ryan’s second year on staff with Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps, and first year as front ensemble arranger. Additionally, Ryan serves as a front ensemble instructor for Matrix Performing Arts (2013-current). Previously, Ryan 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).

Ryan received a B.M. in Music Education from Kent State University where he studied percussion with Ted Rounds. As a performer in the marching arts, Ryan was a front ensemble member of Matrix Percussion from 2006-2008, taking part in the ensembles European tour in 2008. He 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, Ryan performed with Matrix International for the 2016 Chaiayi City International Band Festival in Chiayi City, Taiwan.

In addition to teaching, Ryan is a designer for marching bands and indoor drumlines around the country with Ferguson Design Solutions. Ryan is also an endorser for Innovative Percussion.

Ryan is very excited to be with Southwind for the 2019 season.

Terry Sanders

Terry Sanders

Design and Percussion Consultant
Terry's Bio
Terry Sanders received his degrees in Music Education and Computer and Information Science from Troy State University. He studied percussion and clarinet while a member of the “Sound of the South” band program. His last 2 years he served as section leader for the SOTS Percussion Section. Terry also studied percussion privately with Sergeant Carl Griggs of the United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps.

Terry was the Percussion Caption Head and arranger for the Florida Wave Drum and Bugle Corps from 1980 – 81. Mr. Sanders is currently the Director of Percussion at Escambia High School in Pensacola, Florida. Under his 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. He has served multiple years on the WGI Percussion Advisory Board. Mr. 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. Terry is a long time educational endorser for REMO Drum Heads, Innovative Percussion, Pearl/Adams Drums, and Sabian Cymbals. This is Terry’s 3rd year as the Program Coordinator for Freedom Percussion.

Mel McComber

Mel McComber

Electronics Technician
Mel's Bio
Mel McComber is a senior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is studying theatre technology with a focus in scenery and sound. Mel has also worked with the British drum corps Cadence as their lead sound technician and equipment manager during their two-week US tour in the DCA circuit. She is thrilled to be returning for a second season with her American drum corps family. Mel is also involved in her university bands as the resident contrabass clarinet player and is in Kappa Kappa Psi (Theta Theta chapter). In her free time, Mel enjoys playing big clarinets and building things. This will be Mel’s second year with Southwind as a sound technician.
CJ Barrow

CJ Barrow

Front Ensemble Technician
CJ's Bio
CJ Barrow, educator, composer, and designer, is excited to join the Southwind percussion team for the 2019 season. CJ is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Education. In his time at UT Martin, he received instruction and attended masterclasses from a plethora of world-class artists. As a member of the Music City Mystique front ensemble in 2016 and 2017, CJ hopes to inspire other musicians the same way Mystique inspired him. He currently resides north of Nashville, where he serves full time as a band director. When not working with his own students, he is constantly composing, arranging, and designing for various ensembles and organizations. This will be CJ’s first year with Southwind.
Andrew Creech

Andrew Creech

Front Ensemble Technician
Andrew's Bio
Andrew Creech is a front ensemble instructor who currently resides in Woodstock, Georgia. His marching experience includes four seasons with Equinox Percussion (formerly Palmetto Percussion) from 2016 — 2019, two seasons with Colts from 2017 — 2018, and one season with Spirit of Atlanta in 2016. He currently teaches and writes for Chattahoochee High School’s Marching Band and Indoor Drumline. Andrew Creech is very excited for his first year with Southwind and what he can learn from the staff and bring to the table as an instructor.
Jennifer Lewis

Jennifer Lewis

Front Ensemble Technician
Jennifer's Bio
Jennifer Lewis is a native of Pensacola, FL. She holds a B.A. in Geography from Auburn University and is pursuing a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems from the University of West Florida. She currently works seasonally as a park ranger for the National Park Service. Jennifer has performed with several ensembles including Music City Drum and Bugle Corps from 2013-2015, Atlanta Quest in 2015, and Music City Mystique from 2016-2018. She also teaches the front ensemble at Gulf Breeze High School in Gulf Breeze, FL. This will be Jennifer’s second year with Southwind.
Isabell Liao

Isabell Liao

Front Ensemble Technician
Isabell's Bio
Isabell is a percussionist from Southern California and has four years of teaching experience for middle school and high school percussion ensembles. Her past independent marching experience includes the front ensembles or pit sections for the Santa Clara Vanguard A Corps, the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps, Music City Mystique, and Broken City Percussion. Isabell’s individual awards include the 2015 Dan Burke Performer Award, 2016 Best in Section, and 2018 Rookie of the Year. Her ensemble awards include first place in the nation with the 2017 McM membership, and the 2018 SCV membership.

Isabell is currently studying Music Performance at Cal State Fullerton and hopes to manage a community arts center in her future career. This will be Isabell’s first year on staff with Southwind.
Jeremy Logan

Jeremy Logan

Front Ensemble Technician
Jeremy's Bio
Jeremy Logan is currently the Director of Percussion at William R. Boone High School in Orlando, FL.  Jeremy’s duties include teaching all percussion classes at Boone as well as conducting the Jazz Band and teaching Group Piano.  Jeremy previously served as Percussion Coordinator at Veterans Memorial High School, Garner Middle School and Douglas MacArthur High School in San Antonio, TX and Weslaco High School in Weslaco, TX.  Jeremy was also Assistant Band Director at Covington Middle School in Austin, TX.

Jeremy was a member of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps Front Ensemble from 2004-2006.  Jeremy has instructed the Auburn University Drumline and Front Ensemble, the Auburn University Steel Band, the UTSA Rhythm of San Antonio Indoor Drumline and is currently on the Percussion Staff at Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps.

Jeremy received a Master of Music Education degree from Auburn University in Auburn, AL where he studied percussion with Dr. Doug Rosener. He is also a graduate of Louisiana State University where he studied with Dr. Brett William Dietz and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education.  Jeremy’s other primary teachers have been Dr. Greg Byrne, Troy Breaux, Brett Kuhn, Alan Miller, Erik Johnson, Jim Ancona, Matt Janus, and Jim Cassella.
Jeremy proudly endorses Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets. This will be Jeremy’s third year with Southwind.
Stephanie Maletz

Stephanie Maletz

Front Ensemble Technician
Stephanie's Bio
Stephanie Maletz graduated from Carroll University located in the quaint town of Waukesha, Wisconsin with a Bachelor’s Degree in Instrumental Music Education.  For several years, Stephanie taught middle school and high school within the School Districts of La Crosse and Janesville. Stephanie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas where she is finishing her Master’s Degree in Music Education at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  At UTSA, Stephanie has been involved in the athletic percussion program including teaching the front ensembles for both the Spirit of San Antonio and UTSA Indoor Percussion under the direction of Ben Pyles.

Since moving to Texas, Stephanie has worked with several local programs throughout Southern Texas working as a freelance front ensemble specialist.  Stephanie currently teaches the front ensemble at William H. Taft High School in San Antonio, Texas, and she is also on staff at Vigilantes Indoor Percussion located in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. This will be Stephanie’s second year on staff with Southwind.
Nathan Ball

Nathan Ball

Battery Technician
Nathan's Bio
Nathan Ball earned his Associates Degree from Jones Junior College where he was a member of the Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Band, and Maroon Typhoon Drumline. Upon completion of his Associates Degree, he attended the University of Mississippi and obtained his Bachelors Degree in Music Education. While at Ole Miss, he was a member of the Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Pan Orchestra, and Pride of the South Drumline. He continued his performing career as member of Forte Drum and Bugle Corps and served on staff at Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 seasons. He is currently serving his fourth year as Director of Percussion at Warren Central High School in Vicksburg, Mississippi where his Percussion ensembles have earned various accolades. He currently lives in Vicksburg, MS with his wife, Robyn, new daughter, Madelyn, and their two dogs, Rebel and Rae. This will be Nathan’s fourth year with Southwind.
Patrick Bantugan

Patrick Bantugan

Battery Technician
Patrick's Bio
Patrick Bantugan is a native of Pensacola, Florida and this will be Patrick’s third year returning as a cymbal technician for Southwind. His marching experience includes Atlanta Quest (2016 -Atlanta, GA), The Oregon Crusaders DBC (2016 -Portland, OR), and Music City Mystique (2018 – Nashville, TN). Patrick also serves as a Percussion Instructor at Gulf Breeze High School and lends a helping hand with Tulane University and other various high schools along the gulf coast.
Brandon Blankenstein

Brandon Blankenstein

Battery Technician
Brandon's Bio
Brandon Blankenstein will be joining Southwind on bass staff for the 2019 season. This will be his first year with the corps. His previous marching experience includes Spirit of Atlanta (2013), Clarksville Audio Theater (2015), Music City Drum Corps (2015-2016), and Music City Mystique (2016). He also spent the summer of 2017 on bass staff with Music City Drum and Bugle Corps. Brandon received his B.M. in Music Education from the University of Tennessee at Martin in spring 2017. He currently resides in Central Texas where he is the Percussion Director/Assistant Band Director at Harker Heights High School. He is currently on staff with Rhythmic Force Percussion, based out of Austin, TX.
Brandon is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and the Percussion Arts Society.
Thomas Breland

Thomas Breland

Battery Technician
Thomas's Bio

Thomas is currently attending UCF for Computer Science and serving as Percussion Coordinator at Freedom HS in Orlando, FL (since 2016).
His professional marching experience includes: Marcato PIO 2012, Ancient City Ensemble PIO 2014, Infinity PIW 2016-2017, (Section Lead in 2017), and Universal Orlando 2016-2017 as a Sweetbeats drummer.
This is Thomas’ first year with Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps.

Jerry Charvat

Jerry Charvat

Battery Technician
Jerry's Bio
Jerry Charvat resides in Pensacola, Florida with his wife, Sherilyn and their dog, Sabian. His marching experience includes Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps 2007 and Music City Mystique 2008. Jerry has consulted with many Alabama and Florida Gulf Coast ensembles in both cymbal instruction and visual programming respectively over the years. He is the current cymbal tech for the Escambia High School Diamonds Indoor Percussion Ensemble in Pensacola, FL since 2006. He has provided cymbal instruction to Florida State University Marching Chiefs, Big 8 cymbal line, University of South Alabama Jaguar Marching Band cymbal cymbal line, Pioneer Drum & Bugle corps, Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps, many high schools across the North West Florida panhandle, and has annually served as the lead cymbal clinician for the North West Florida Percussion Arts Society Day of Percussion. When he’s not teaching the cymbal craft, he is a programs specialist for the Center of Behavior Analysis at the University of West Florida serves in the U.S. Navy Reserves as an Information Systems Technician. This will be Jerry’s fourth year on staff with Southwind.
Michael Coleman

Michael Coleman

Battery Technician
Michael's Bio
Michael Coleman is a native of Houston, Texas where he graduated from Seven Lakes High School. After graduation, he attended Texas Tech University to major in music education with an emphasis in percussion. While in college, he started his drum corps career, marching bass drum for the Spartans DBC in 2008 and 2010. In 2011, he marched with the Blue Knights bassline.

    After student teaching in the Austin area at Dripping Springs HS, Michael taught and lived in the DFW Metroplex the past few years. He has been an assistant band/percussion director in Fort Worth ISD and Aubrey ISD. Currently, he’s in his 2nd year as the percussion director at Clear Creek High School in Houston, Texas. He has also taught groups in Drum Corps International, serving as the bass tech for Guardians in 2014, and most recently as the bass tech for Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps in 2017. This will be Michael’s first year with Southwind.
Sean Collins

Sean Collins

Battery Technician
Sean's Bio
Hey guys! My name is Sean Collins, and I am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Music Education at Mississippi College. I had the privilege of marching at Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2017 season, as well as Elite Independent Percussion for the 2017 season. I’ve been given the wonderful opportunity to learn from so many great people over the years and am so excited to be able to pass some of the knowledge on to the next generation. Bean Cleats.
Daniel Cubas

Daniel Cubas

Battery Technician

Daniel's Bio
Daniel Cubas is the Director of Bands at Discovery High School. This is his 3rd year teaching at Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps. Previous to his appointment at Discovery, he was the Associate Director of Bands and Percussion Director at Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, AL for three years.  Prior to teaching at Hillcrest High School, he served as a percussion instructor for Kennesaw Mountain High School Band. He has worked with numerous high schools marching bands in Georgia and Alabama which have received numerous superior ratings and have placed at BOA regionals and grand nationals.

Daniel graduated Cum Laude from Reinhardt University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and marched Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, and Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. He is an Innovative Percussion educational artist and is active as an adjudicator, clinician, and music arranger.
Robert Dickens

Robert Dickens

Battery Technician
Robert's Bio

Robert Dickens Jr. is an educator, arranger, and designer from Dothan, AL. He received his Bachelors of Music Industry from Troy University. During his tenure there, he performed with a myriad of collegiate ensembles as well as the DCI World Class Finalist GLASSMEN Drum & Bugle Corps.

Robert currently resides in Atlanta, GA where he provides percussion education products and services to band programs through FXETM. He is a member of the Salyers Percussion Education team and endorses their products exclusively. This will be Robert’s second year on staff with Southwind.

David Galvan

David Galvan

Battery Technician
David's Bio
David is a central Florida native and began his marching career with West Orange High School and continuing with Tampa Bay Thunder Drum & Bugle Corps in 2013 and the Sun Devils Drum & Bugle Corps in 2014. His WGI experience includes Marcato Independent based out of Ft. Myers, Florida (2014), Infinity 2 for two seasons (2015, 2016) and aging out with Infinity World in 2017 both based from Orlando, FL.


David’s teaching career began in 2014 with Lake Nona High School continuing with Oviedo High School from 2016 to 2018.


David most recently taught with Heat Wave Drum & Bugle Corps in 2017 and is a tenor instructor for  Infinity 2 for the 2018 season and now Infinity 3 for the 2019 season. David continues to perform and strive for excellence as he is also apart of the Orlando Magic’s Drumline, Rhythm N Blue. David was cast for the 2016 and 2017 NBA season and will continue for the 2019 season. This will be David’s second year with Southwind.

Chase Hodge

Chase Hodge

Battery Technician
Chase's Bio
Chase was born and raised in Smiths Station/Phenix City, Alabama.  He attended Troy University, where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a Music Minor as well as a Masters of Education in School Counseling. During his time at Troy, Chase was a member of numerous ensembles such as “The Sound of the South” Marching Band, symphony band, and also the percussion ensemble.

Chase was a member of the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps in 2008 and aged out with Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps in 2009.

Currently Chase resides in Hoover, Alabama where he is a school counselor at Louis Pizitz Middle School in Vestavia Hills. In his spare time, Chase enjoys playing drum-set, going to his kickboxing gym, listening to podcasts and spending time with his friends. This will be Chase’s first year on the Southwind Percussion staff.
Spencer Murray

Spencer Murray

Battery Technician
Spencer's Bio
Spencer Murray is originally from Champaign, Illinois. Growing up with The Cavaliers and Phantom Regiment just to the north, he was heavily intrigued by DCI since age 14. He first marched with the Blue Stars in 2006 and 2008, and aged out with his all-time favorite corps, The Cavaliers in 2009. During his drum corps experience Spencer was taught by Brent Montgomery, Eric Johnson, Jesse Willis, Brian Blume, Nic Angelis, Colin McNutt, Jim Ancona, Jim Casella, Carl Eppler, Tim Maynard, Alex Entin, Brian Perez, and Aaron “Bootsie” Collins. He was an instructor at Green Thunder Percussion in 2010-2011.

Spencer then relocated to Orlando Florida in 2011. Since living in Orlando, he has worked with many ensembles including Infinity Percussion 2012 and 2014, Apopka HS, Lake Howell HS, Southeastern University, and was the Caption Head/Arranger for Boone HS from 2011-2015. Outside of teaching, Spencer has been an active performer with the Orlando Magic Rhythm’n’Blue drumline, and was a part of the opening cast of the Superstar Parade at Universal Studios, serving as the drum lead from 2012-2016. In 2018, Spencer graduated with his degree in Liberal Arts with a primary focus in Music and a secondary focus in Criminal Justice from Excelsior College.

Spencer currently resides in Clermont, FL with his Wife Lindsay, Daughter Harlynn, and their dog Kylo. This will be Spencer’s first year on staff with Southwind.
Jeffrey Peterson

Jeffrey Peterson

Battery Technician
Jeffrey's Bio
Jeffrey Peterson is joining the Southwind battery staff for the 2019 season. Jeffrey performed with ALLIANCE Drum & Bugle Corps from 2005-2008 and 2010-2011. He served as bass tech in 2011, Operations Director in 2014, and Executive Director for the corps in 2015 and 2016. He aged out of DCI with Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps in 2009 and recently marched with Atlanta CV after serving on their visual staff in 2017.

Outside of drum corps, he is entering his second year as director for Q2, an open class indoor unit. From 2016-2018, he served as one of Q2’s bass techs and had previously taught bass for Atlanta Quest in 2011, 2014, and 2015. He marched BAQ from 2007 to 2010 and helped begin AQ’s Alumni Association in 2014.

Jeffrey currently teaches the battery at Newnan HS and basses at Walton HS. He previously taught at South Cobb HS, Sprayberry HS, Northgate, HS, Union Grove HS, Luella HS, and Osborne HS. He graduated from the University of West Georgia with a BA in English and the MFA program of Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, with a degree in Writing. He currently serves on the board for Reverie Winterguard while also teaching English Composition at the University of West Georgia and editing poetry for Madcap Review.
Taylor Poole

Taylor Poole

Battery Technician
Taylor's Bio
Taylor Poole is a graduate from Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA) earning her Master’s degree in Orchestral Percussion Performance under the guidance of Dr. Stuart Gerber and Charles Settle.  Beginning her undergraduate career at the University of South Carolina with Dr. Scott Herring, she ultimately finished her degree at Georgia State University in Music Management with an emphasis in Marketing.  

As a performer, she was an active member of the marching percussion world, performing in both Drum Corps International and Winter Guard International.  Taylor was a member of the tenor lines of both Spirit of Atlanta (2011-2013) and Gateway Indoor (2013-2014) under the instruction of Chris Hestin, Ben Pyles, and Michael McIntosh respectively.  She is an active educator in the Southeast US working with various programs including Kennesaw Mountain High School (Kennesaw, GA), Flowery Branch High School (Flowery Branch, GA), Atlanta Corps Vets (Rockmart, GA), Drew Charter School (Atlanta, GA), Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps (Sacramento, CA), Palmetto Percussion (Central, SC) and most recently with Equinox Percussion (Athens, GA).  Outside of the marching realm, she attended the Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar in Enfield, New Hampshire where she was asked to perform a solo work on the seminar’s final concert.

When she is not performing or teaching, Taylor is very active in the marketing and entertainment fields. Her most notable and recent experiences include working with the live entertainment venue and festival coordinator, Rival Entertainment; as well as with The Recording Academy, the organization responsible for the GRAMMY’s.  She most recently served as the organization’s GRAMMY U Representative, acting not only as a liaison of the organization as a whole, but as the coordinator of the area’s surrounding College Campus GRAMMY U Ambassadors. She continues to work as an event assistant with The Recording Academy.

After recently completing her 200-hr Yoga Certification, she has further delved into health and wellness looking to combine music and yoga to promote higher physical performance from performers. Excited for the upcoming season, she is looking forward to working with Southwind this summer!
Colin Slavin

Colin Slavin

Battery Technician
Colin's Bio
Colin Slavin currently resides in Pensacola Florida and has been on Southwind’s Percussion staff since 2017. He has been one of the cymbal instructors and battery visual instructor at Escambia High School since 2012. He is currently the part time Assistant Band Director at Pensacola High School and has been since 2014. He was also the cymbal instructor for the Sacremento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps from 2015 to 2017. His marching cymbal experience includes the Escambia High School Diamonds Indoor Percussion Ensemble, Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, and Atlanta Quest Independent World Percussion Ensemble. Colin recently completed his Bachelor’s degrees in music education and trumpet performance from the University of West Florida and is currently the chorus director at Beulah Middle School in Beulah, FL.
Cole Smith

Cole Smith

Battery Technician
Cole's Bio
Cole Smith is currently pursuing a K-12 Instrumental Music Education major at Mississippi College in Clinton, MS (expected May 2020). While at MC, he has been a member of the Symphonic Winds, Percussion Ensemble and a Marimba Performer for the Mississippi College Honors Concert. Cole previously attended Hinds Community College where he was a member of multiple percussion and concert ensembles prior to transferring in 2017. In addition to studying, Cole serves as a technician for Clinton Bands and Indoor Percussion in Clinton, MS. He previously, served as a battery technician for Warren Central High School from 2015-2017. Cole calls Southwind home as he was a member of the battery in 2017 and a member of Spirit of Atlanta in 2018 both on snare drum. This will be Cole’s first year on staff with Southwind.
He writes “DCI is an indescribable experience for all involved. I am very excited for the 2019 edition of the Southwind percussion section and I believe the sky is the limit for what the members can achieve.”
Michael Sudduth

Michael Sudduth

Battery Technician
Michael's Bio
Michael Sudduth is currently attending Troy University as a Music Industry Student. He is an aspiring audio engineer and studio percussionist. His professional marching experience includes Louisiana Stars 2015 and Boston Crusaders 2016 and 2017. He most recently was the percussion coordinator and composer for Bay High School 2018 and previously in 2016. This will be Michael’s first year with Southwind.