Staff and Program Coordinator - Dr. Larry Tinnerman
Dr. Larry Tinnerman has been involved with the Drum and Bugle Corps activity for over 40 years. Participating as a marching member in groups such as Casper Troopers, Erie Thunderbirds and Steel City Ambassadors helped prepare him for a drum corps career in Coordination, Management and Instruction.
Dr. Tinnerman Studied Education, Psychology, History and Music Education as an undergraduate student at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (known as Edinboro State College at the time). He served over 8 years as Winds Coordinator and arranger at McDowell High School Band in Erie, Pennsylvania which placed numerous times in National Competitions and was locally undefeated for over 7 years. Dr. Tinnerman went on to receive his Master’s in Education at Edinboro University in Education. Finally Dr. Tinnerman received his Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Currently, Dr. Tinnerman is an Associate Professor of Education at Indiana State University.
Over the years, Dr. Tinnerman has coordinated music programs such as Steel City Ambassadors Drum and Bugle Corps, Erie Excaliber Drum and Bugle Corps, Pittsburgh Enforcers Drum and Bugle Corps, Pittsburgh Golden Lancers Drum and Bugle Corps, Tri-State Youth Performance Federation Brass Choir, and the Cambria County Brass Choir.
He has also served as a music instructor for Erie Thunderbirds Drum and Bugle Corps, Serra Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, PA, Steel City Ambassadors Drum and Bugle Corps, Rochester Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Steel City Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps.
Dr. Tinnerman has also provided consultation with the Marion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps.
In regards to management, Dr. Tinnerman has served in the role of Director of the Pittsburgh Royal Crusaders, The Tri-State Youth Performance Federation (TYPF), The TYPF Brass Choir, and The Cambria County Brass Choir.
In 2009, Dr. Tinnerman was honored to become inducted as a life time member of the Pennsylvania Drum Corps Hall of Fame.
Brass Coordinator - Mr. John Williams
John Williams has been the Director of Bands at Terre Haute North Vigo High School since 2014. He is the director of the wind ensemble, jazz bands, and pep band, and also teaches History of Rock and Roll, AP Music Theory, and Special Education Music. Mr. Williams also co-directs the Patriot Brigade.
Prior to arriving at Terre Haute North, Mr. Williams earned a Bachelor of Music from East Tennessee State University in 2005. He was the assistant director of bands at Cocke County High School in Newport, Tennessee where the jazz band, concert band, and marching band consistently received top honors in festivals and contests. In 2009, Mr. Williams completed a Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting at Indiana State University and in 2012 became the Director of Athletic Bands at Indiana State University. In 2015, he completed a Specialist in Music Education degree from Indiana University. Mr. Williams is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction program at Indiana State University.
Mr. Williams has presented research at the Committee on Institutional Cooperation Music Education Research Conference, Mothers of Preschool Children, the Meis Center for Student Development Center, and the 10th Annual Indiana State University Ethics Conference.
Mr. Williams married his beautiful wife, Sara Williams, in 2005. In 2010, they celebrated the birth of their son Ty Williams. In 2014 celebrated the birth of their second son Taj Williams. Mr. and Mrs. Williams have grown to love Terre Haute and enjoy taking their boys to the many parks and events that the area has to offer. They are big fans of the Clemson Tigers, ISU Sycamores, and Cincinnati Reds.
Middle Brass Coordinator - Mr. Gréggoire Martello
A multi-instrumentalist, Gréggoire is currently the Brass Instructor and Board Member for Steel City Ambassadors Drum and Bugle Corps. Music side, Gréggoire received his Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Musical Theater, Dance and Literature from Point Park Private College.
During his more than 30 years in music, Gréggoire has been a performer, arranger, composer, director, instructor, consultant, clinician, librarian and conductor. At some point throughout those years, he has worked with The Brooklyn Wind Symphony, Steel City Ambassadors, L&G Big Apple Drum Corps, L&G Big Apple Symphony, Grand Street Community Band, Westmoreland Symphony, G Force Drum & Bugle Corps, Company G Drum and Bugle Corps, Make Music New York, TAPS 150, The NY Metropolitan Music Community, Philadelphia Freedom Band, D.C's. Different Drummers, Bugles Across America, The Cleveland Orchestra, among many others.
Middle Brass Tech - Mr. Jacob Gay
Jacob Gay is a Music Education major in his fourth year at Indiana State University. As a high school student, he attended Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, playing in the marching band for five seasons (2009-2013) and participating in both IMEA and IBA All-State bands. He also played in both the Music for All national Honor Band and Orchestra, placing as first horn his final year.
At Indiana State, Jacob performs at the top of his studio, having performed at the University Honors recital in 2015, as well as winning the 2016 ISU concerto competition.
He was also blessed with the opportunity to study at Maynooth University in Ireland for one year, studying upper level theory, composition, and history at one of the highest level colleges in the country. He performed with the university orchestra, the Ballymore Eustace concert band, and also gave his junior recital, receiving high marks.
Jacob had the opportunity in high school to march with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2012, receiving the "Rookie of the Year" award. In 2013 and 2014, he marched with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, having the opportunity to learn under Freddy and Micheal Martin, Dave McGrath, and others, who shaped his approach to brass playing today.
Tuba / Lower Brass Tech -Mr. Tony Connell
Tony Connell studied music at Indiana University of Pennsylvania majoring in music education with Tuba being his focused instrument. During his musical career, Tony had the privilege of studying under Jim Prime Jr., Donnie Van Doren, and Charles Cassavant. Tony began his drum corps marching career with the Cambria Cadets Jr. Drum and Bugle Corps who, at the time were Pennsylvania state champions. In 1981 Tony joined the Garfield Cadets and won his first Drum Corps International championship in 1983. In 1983, Tony served as band director Tournament of Bands (TOB) chapter 11 championship, Bishop Carroll High School. He assumed the director position with the Cambria Heights High School band that eventually went on to win 10 straight Pennsylvania state VFW championships. Later, Tony become assistant director with the Baltimore Colts Band that served a role in bringing professional football back to Baltimore. He has since become a registered nurse and is now supervisor had one of Pennsylvania's Premier state mental institutions. Tony is looking forward to working with Storm as a member of the creative team to be part of something great.
Percussion Coordinator - Mr. John Donovan
Mr. Donovan is currently the Percussion Caption Head and Visual Designer with the Thorton Fractional South High School Marching Band, and Drumline Instructor with Crete-Monee High School. He recently graduated with honors from Joliet Junior College with high honors and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. He is completing his education for his Music Education degree as well as working as a History Major and a Psychology Minor.
Mr. Donovan has taught with numerous high school groups including the multiple ISU finalist and BOA Regional Class medalist Normal West High School Marching Band as well as the Thorton Fractional South, Crete-Monee, Wheaton Warrenville South, Lockport, and numerous other programs. In 2009 he was on staff with the WGI World Class Evolution Indoor Percussion. In 2007 and 2008 he served as the Percussion Caption Head for the Racine Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, and later in 2011 had the pleasure of serving as the Director.
He has studied with Mike Folker, Adam Cowger, and Dr. Matt Jacklyn.
He lives in Lockport, IL where he runs an online business and is a full-time student.
Front Ensemble Coordinator - Ms. Amanda Legner
Amanda Legner holds a bachelor degree in Music Business from Millikin University and a Masters Degree in Performance from the Boston Conservatory. Her private teachers have included James Moyer, Brian Justison, Pat Hollenbeck, Dean Anderson, Nancy Zeltsman, Joe Galeota, and Abass Camara. Ms. Legner's performing experience includes the Boston Civic Orchestra, The New England Philharmonic, The Berklee Percussion Group, The Berklee African Percussion Ensemble (Music of Ghana), The Illinois Symphony, The Heartland Philharmonic, The Peoria Symphony, The Chicago Percussion Group, The Chicago Composer's Orchestra, The Little Star Music Group (movement and music troupe), Patience Gloria Project (drumset), and the Midwest Hackers (commercial percussion).
In addition, Ms. Legner is an avid arranger and composer for percussion and has compositions pending publication for marimba and multiple percussion. Her credits include arranging for various pits and drum lines throughout central Illinois. She performs numerous solo recitals, master classes, and weddings throughout the year. Ms. Legner has been teaching private and group percussion since 1994 and joined the faculty of Illinois Wesleyan University in August 2003.
Battery Percussion Coordinator- Curtis Snow
Curtis Snow is currently the Percussion Caption Head with the Plainfield South High School Marching Band, and Front Ensemble Instructor at Providence Catholic High School. Mr. Snow is currently a full-time student in the process of getting his Music Education Degree at Joliet Junior College with a plan to transfer to a four year institution. Mr. Snow graduated from Plainfield North High School in 2014 where he was a four time Illinois State Finalist with the Marching Band. He was a two time Super State performer with PNHS Wind Ensemble. He was a Director of the Pep Band and a Principle Percussionist. Mr. Snow performed with the JJC Percussion Ensemble and Concert Band.
Curtis Snow, in just a short time out of high school, has worked with many groups. He has been the Caption Head at Plainfield South High School since 2015. He was Front Ensemble Tech for the Coal City High School Marching Band in 2016 and is now working with the Providence Catholic Marching Band as Front Ensemble Tech and Audio Engineer. During the Winter Season of 2016-2017 he was Snare Tech for the Inaugural year of Crystal Lake Thunder, a new WGI Independent A Class Percussion Group. He is also a private lessons teacher at Brandolino’s Encore Music Store.
Mr. Snow has studied with Lloyd Puckitt, Steve Pyter, Jesse Backes, Joe Roach, and Adam Cowger. Mr. Snow is a well-rounded percussionist that loves playing, teaching, and making memories. As of right now he lives in Plainfield, Illinois with his girlfriend, Alexis, and one year old puppy, Pacino.
Percussion Instructor - Mr. Kyle Lutes
Mr Lutes is the Assistant Director and Percussion Director at Seymour High School in Seymour Indiana. Kyle is a graduate of Indiana University in Percussion Performance and serves on the Percussive Arts Society Education Committee. In addition, Kyle serves as a Percussionist, Music Educator, & Composer / Arranger at Freelance Musician. More details will be updated at a later date.
Visual Coordinator - Loujaue W McPherson (Jay)
Jay is currently Assistant Band Director and visual coordinator for Penn Hills High School in Penn Hills, PA. He also serves as the Assistant Director for the Small Drum Corps Association Eastern region, His involvement in the activity has been life long and extensive as he as served in the roles of performer, instructor, and/or designer for programs such as Garfield Cadets, The Royal Crusaders Indoor Color Guard, New Jersey Bushwackers Sr. Drum and Bugle Corps, Westshoremen Sr, Drum and Bugle Corps, Marion Cadets Junior Drum and Bugle Corps, Steel City Ambassadors Senior Drum and Bugle Corps, Erie Excaliber Sr. Drum and Bugle Corps, the Golden Lancers Junior Drum and Bugle Corps from Pittsburgh, PA., and the Canton Blue Coats Junior Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. McPherson currently works with the Mon Valley Express Drum Corps in Pittsburgh as well as being the consultant and visual designer for several high school bands in the area. In 2008, Jay was inducted into the PA. Drum Corps Hall of Fame. As a hobby, Jay likes to portray Darth Vader at conventions and special events and at his 6.6 height and authentic Darth Vader uniform is the delight of everyone who sees him. He is particularly loves to support charity drives, Particularly the 501st, a world wide charity organization that works with Lucasfilm, portraying the Lord of the Sith.
Visual Design Staff and Baritone Tech - Mr. Zachary Michael Matthis
Zach attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is an alumnus of Cadets II where he played baritone horn. While discussing concepts with Zach, I was impressed with his innovative ideas. Working as part of the team with Jay, I feel we will grow a very professional visual staff.
Marching Tech - Krys Warfield
Since 2014, Krys has taught marching bands around Indiana such as: Ben Davis High School, Southport High School, Pike High School, Crawfordsville High School, and many more. With each of these programs, he has helped lead them to excel in both the visual and music captions. Mr. Warfiend is a skilled musician as an Alto Saxophonist and Clarinetist with over 10 years of playing experience. Krys has also been singing since I was four years old. A dedicated follower of DCI since 1999 and high school marching band since 2001 Krys graduated from Lawrence Central High School, and a performer with the Spirit of Central Marching Band for five seasons from 2009-2014. He was also
awarded the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award in 2014. Currently Mr Warfield also serves as an active adjudicator for the US Bands circuit.
Guard Instructor - Nicole Foster -
Bio Sketch - Coming soon
Mr. Rich Zamperini (Zamp)
Rich Zamperini received his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his Master of Science degree in Music Education from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. His marching experience includes: General Butler Vagabonds of Butler, Pennsylvania, the Bridgemen of Bayonne, New Jersey, and the 27th Lancers of Revere, Massachusetts where he was respectively instructed by Drum Corps International Hall of Fame members Scott Koter, Dennis DeLucia and Charley Poole. He has performed in wind ensembles conducted by Frederick Fennell, William Revelli, Eugene Corporan, H. Robert Reynolds, and Jack Stamp, and his jazz teachers include Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, David Garibaldi, and Jimmy Cobb.
Mr. Zamperini’s 30 year career includes experience as an instructor, conductor, director, clinician, composer, arranger, performer, and adjudicator. He has taught or advised over 100 different ensembles – aged kindergarten through senior citizen – throughout the U.S, Canada, and Jamaica and have served as a music judge in 31 different states and Canada. His past administrative positions include Director of the General Butler Vagabonds drum and bugle corps, Music Caption Coordinator of the Pennsylvania Federation of Contest Judges, and Assistant Director of the Steel City Ambassadors drum and bugle corps. He continue to advise and instruct ensembles throughout the United States.
Mr. Luke Aylsworth
Luke Aylsworth is currently the Director of Bands at Springs Valley Jr./Sr. High School in French Lick, IN. Luke is a third generation band director. For over seventy years, there has been an Aylsworth as the Director of Bands in French Lick, IN. Luke’s father John and grandfather Gilbert also held the same
Luke is a percussion arranger, show designer, and consultant for several bands across the nation. His bands have placed in the top five at the Indiana State Music Association State Marching Band Finals since 2006 including two ISSMA Class D State Championships (2010 & 2016) and five State Championship Runner-Up finishes (2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). In 2009, The Springs Valley Blackhawk Brigade was a Bands of America Grand Nationals Semi-Finalist and placed 3rd in Class
In winter percussion, Luke’s ensembles have been a state finalist every year they have competed in the Indiana Percussion Association and TriState circuits. The ensemble competes in the Percussion Scholastic Concert A (PSCA) class and has earned top five finishes including two Bronze Medals and two Silver Medal finishes. In 2013, the ensemble was promoted to Percussion Scholastic Concert Open (PSCO) where they finished fifth. In 2014, the ensemble was the Indiana Percussion Association PSCA State Champion Runner-Up. In 2015, the ensemble was the TriStates PSCA Champion.
In 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2017 the Springs Valley Band Department was designated as one of the best communities for music education in the United States by the NAMM Foundation. The ensemble also received the NAMM SupportMusic Merit Award in 2014 and 2015. In addition, Springs Valley was a Grammy Foundation Signature School Semi-Finalist in 2013. The band has been recognized for artistry, hard work, and musical excellence by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (former Indiana Governor. In 2014, Luke was awarded the Peabody Energy Leaders in Education Award.
Luke has a Master’s of Science in Music Technology and a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree from Indiana University. While at IU, Luke studied with Gerald Carlyss, Wilbur England, James Strain, and Jim Ancona.
Luke has arrangements and compositions published by Tapspace, Row-Loff Productions., Hober Reber Productions, and CounterMotion Marching Designs. Luke is also a member of the Vic Firth Education Team and the D'Addario (Evans Drumheads) Education Collective. Luke is also the Technical Support Administrator for the Virtual Drumline:2.5 Sound Library, a product of Tapspace Publications.
is currently the Director of Bands at Springs Valley Jr./Sr. High School in French Lick, IN. Luke is a third generation band director. For over seventy years, there has been an Aylsworth as the Director of Bands in French Lick, IN. Luke’s father John and Grandfather Gilbert also held the same position.
Luke is the percussion arranger for several bands in Indiana and Kentucky including the 2010 ISSMA Class D State Champion and 2009 Bands of America Grand Nationals Semi-Finalist Springs Valley Blackhawk Brigade. His bands have placed in the top five at the Indiana State Music Association State Marching Band Finals since 2006 including three State Championship Runner-Up finishes (2007, 2012, 2013). The band recently completed their third undefeated regular season and placed second at the Indiana State School Music Association Marching Band Finals in 2013. Luke was named Director of the Year in 2006 and the band was named Indiana Marching Band of the Year in 2009.
In winter percussion, Luke’s ensembles have been a state finalist every year they have competed in the Indiana Percussion Association and TriState circuits. The ensemble competes in the Percussion Scholastic Concert A (PSCA) class and has earned top five finishes including two Bronze Medals and two Silver Medal finishes. In 2013, the ensemble was promoted to Percussion Scholastic Concert Open (PSCO) where they finished fifth. In 2014, the ensemble was the Indiana Percussion Association PSCA State Champion Runner-Up.
Luke took over the Springs Valley program in 2001 with twenty-four members. Under his guidance, the program now enjoys over two hundred and fifty members in grades 5-12. This is approximately ten percent of the population of French Lick, IN. Despite a school enrollment of approximately two-hundred and seventy, the marching band is one of the largest small school bands in the state with one hundred student participants.
In 2012 and 2014, the Springs Valley Band Department was designated as one of the best communities for music education in the United States by the NAMM Foundation. The ensemble also received the NAMM SupportMusic Merit Award in 2014. In addition, Springs Valley was a Grammy Foundation Signature School Semi-Finalist in 2013. The band has been recognized for artistry, hard work, and musical excellence by former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.
Luke has a Master’s of Science in Music Technology and a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree from Indiana University. While at IU, Luke studied with Gerald Carlyss, Wilbur England, James Strain, and Jim Ancona.
Mr. Donald (Drew) Klaus
Mr. Klaus received his BS in Art Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1979. From 1976 until 1997, Drew served as the guard instructor for the nationally recognized McDowell High School. During his tenure at McDowell, he assumed the positions of both visual coordinator and assistant band director. From 1976 – 1982 Drew performed and taught the visual ensembles of the Erie Thunderbirds Senior Drum and Bugle Corps who continued to place in the top 10 of Drum Corps Associates and won several awards for best guard. From 1983-1987, Mr. Klaus worked for the Mid Atlantic Band Front Camps in Roanoke, VA as an advanced flag instructor for their summer camps. From 1983 – 1988 Drew served as program designer, coordinator and technician for the Sovranty Indoor Colorguard from Warren PA. From 1985 – 1989 he also served as drill and designer, visual coordinator and technician for the Excaliber Sr. Drum and Bugle Corps and from 1990 – 2008 as the program coordinator and designer for the Excaliber indoor Colorguard. In recent years he has provided consulting and drill design and coordination for the Northwestern band program and Erie All-City Marching Band. Other groups using Drew as a consultant and designer were Marcus Whitman HS, Fairview HS, Cathedral Prep HS, Central HS, and Quaker Valley HS. Mr. Klaus also serves as a member of both the New York Federation of Contest Judges and the Pennsylvania Federation of Contests Judges in all visual captions.