Roger marched for five years in drum corps UK (DCUK) in the late 80's. After leaving school, Roger studied mechanical and production engineering at Reading Technical College, England. After aging out, he focused on family and career. His career over the past 25 years has primarily been focused on international sales and marketing in the food industry. Positions held include, Global Key Accounts Manager, Sales Director, Vice President and Owner. Roger has also been involved with mergers and acquisitions of privately held, and small to medium sized manufacturing based companies. Roger moved from the UK to Dallas six years to open an office for a UK based company. Within a few months upon arrival, he joined a local all aged drum and bugle corps, which immediately gave him a new social circle of friends, all of whom have a passion for drum corps and the performing arts.
In 2009, Roger was one of the founding members of Vigilantes and served as corps director. In its first year, the corps won High Percussion and took third place overall at DCA A class world championships.
Roger is still heavily involved within the food industry today and is also the owner of Marching USA, Fort Worth. Marching USA is the sole importer/distributor of Premier percussion, Aluphone and Titan Field Frames in the US and Canada and is ViP's primary sponsor.
Tyler Orbison is one of the founders of ViP. He has been actively involved in music performance, education and design for over twenty years.
Tyler has performed with many notable groups, including Lone Star Drum & Bugle Corps, Carolina Crown and the Dallas Mavericks Drum Line. While studying percussion performance at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Tyler had the opportunity to tour and perform frequently with both the wind ensemble and percussion ensemble, a nationally recognized group under the direction of Dr. Brian West. During that time he became a cornerstone member of the school's well known indoor drum line, a group that finished 2nd in the 2000 PAS marching percussion competition. Tyler has been fortunate to study with many leading marching percussion educators, including Paul Rennick, Jeff Queen, Mickey Hartzog and Allen Joanis.
Currently, Tyler works as Ensemble Director and Program Coordinator of the Boswell High School Indoor Drum Line, a four-time NTCA Champion and three-time WGI PSW semi-finalist.
Tyler is an active arranger, clinician and adjudicator, not only across the United States, but worldwide, having recently given clinics in China and Indonesia. Tyler proudly endorses Vic Firth, Remo and Premier UK.
Front Ensemble Coordinator
Front Ensemble Arranger
Rod Kosterman serves as Percussion Director at Rockwall-Heath High School. He is also the Front Ensemble Designer and Coordinator for ViP. From 2011 through 2016, Rod taught the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps Front Ensemble and was the Education Program Director for the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble in 2015.
In 2010, Rod graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Percussion Performance from UNT and was awarded Outstanding Undergraduate in percussion. Later that year, Rod was the recipient of Indiana University's Artistic Excellence Scholarship. He served as the department's Graduate Assistant in 2011-12.
Rod's composition for marimba and cello, in nebulous suspension held, won third prize in the 2010 PAS Composition Contest and is now published by Mostly Marimba. Song for Monica, a vibraphone solo, is available through Tapspace publications.
Rod is a proud endorser of Vic Firth sticks and mallets, as well as Mapex and Majestic marching percussion instruments.
Jason performed with the Crossmen and Cadets from 1995 to 1999. He began teaching in 2000, and has worked with the Crossmen, East Coast Jazz, Jersey Surf, Blue Knights, Academy, and the world champion Bluecoats. He teaches, designs, and judges for indoor drum lines and marching bands all over the United States.
Jason has a reputation for efficient design, a unique teaching style, and a thirst for modern movement that keep him current in the marching arts.
Lower Body/Movement Instructor
Casey has been involved in the marching arts for the past 12 years, working with programs ranging from middle school to WGI independent world finalists. He is currently the full time color guard director at both Forney HS (consistent UIL state participant and finalist, and regular WGI regional finalist) and James Martin HS (consistent BOA regional finalist and WGI regional finalist).
Besides his work at these two programs, he has been on staff for a multitude of NTCA units across the DFW-metroplex, as welll as nationally competitive groups such as WGI medalist Ars Nova (2010 IA Silver Medalist, 2011 IO Finalist) and Black Gold (2013 IW Semi-Finalist, 2016 IW Finalist and Fan Favorite).
Casey has a passion for education, pageantry, and fitness. He currently serves as Vice President of NTCA, where he loves to volunteer his time for the betterment and growth of the activity. His wife Kelly, who also has a strong background in color guard, currently teaches 1st grade in Arlington, TX where they both reside.
Batterie/Music Ensemble Consultant
Bass Drum Coordinator
Brian “Chavez” Lowe currently serves as Assistant Band Director and Director of Percussion Studies for Arlington High School. He holds a BA in Music Education from The University of Texas at Arlington. This is his 21st year to teach in the DFW metroplex. He has previously taught at Lamar High School, James Martin High School, Fossil Ridge High School, and Richland High School. Over the last couple of decades his ensembles have earned championships at the Plano Drum Line Contest, the Lone Star Classic, and the NTCA Championships. In 1998 Brian created and served as the executive director for Surround Sound Percussion, the first Independent Indoor drum line from the North Texas area. For the next several years Surround Sound Percussion set the standard for indoor percussion in North Texas and helped pave the way for many groups to follow.
As a performer with the Sky Ryders, the Velvet Knights, and the Blue Knights, he has had the opportunity to perform for thousands and learn from DCI legends Paul Rennick, Tom Float, and Ralph Hardimon. After aging out from Drum Corps, he transitioned into teaching immediately. Brian served as a percussion tech for the 1998 Blue Knights, 2000 -2010 Phantom Regiment, and the 2011 – 2014 Santa Clara Vanguard. During his time with the Phantom Regiment and the Santa Clara Vanguard, the percussion sections were awarded the Fred Sanford Outstanding Percussion award multiple times.
Brian has also served as program coordinator for the Dallas Mavericks drum line, with which he has also performed since 2004. He also performs throughout North Texas with the high-energy percussion ensemble Dynamic Rhythm Entertainment. Brian also serves as a percussion coordinator for The Artist Outreach, which is non-profit organization that strives to provide a musical outlet for youth across North Texas. Brian is an Educational Artist for Pearl Drums, Adams Keyboards, Remo drumheads, and Ahead drumsticks.
Snare Drum Coordinator
Dan has actively participated in the marching arts for over ten years as a performer, educator, show designer, and Snare Drum Specialist. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and a Music Minor from Texas Christian University. During his time as a snare drummer there, he performed in competition at the 2006 PASIC College Drumline Contest, a group that swept all eligible captions and took 1st place.
In the summers, he played Snare in Drum Corps International for four years: Pioneer, in 2005 and 2006, under the expert leadership of Stuart Spoon and Tyler Orbison, and with Phantom Regiment, in 2007 and 2008. He aged out as the drumline section leader during the summer of Spartacus, a show that earned Phantom Regiment a Fred Sanford High Percussion Award and a DCI World Championship Gold Medal.
In the fall of 2008, he represented TCU at PASIC in the College Snare Drum Solo category, and was awarded 1st place with an original solo called “On the Shoulders of Giants” - a tribute to the greats that made the art of rudimental snare drum what it is today.
As an educator, Dan has taught more than 20 high schools throughout Texas and Colorado, held staff positions for both the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps and the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble, as well as the Crossmen, the Phantom Regiment, the Santa Clara Vanguard, the Vigilantes, and will continue as the Battery Coordinator for the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps for a second summer in 2017. He has learned a great deal from some of the best instructors in the activity including Dr. Brian West, Dave Hall, Paul Rennick, Ralph Hardimon, Jeremy Noyes, Hector Gil, Doug Bush, Mike Hodges, and of course Stuart Spoon and Tyler Orbison. He is also extremely fortunate to teach the Coppell High School drumline under the leadership of Zach Scheer. The 2018 WGI Season marks his fourth year with ViP, and he is delighted and honored to be on a staff of such highly successful educators, and to teach some of the most passionate and dedicated drummers in Texas.
Dan is available for hire to teach rudimental private lessons, clinics, high school drumline camps, and more.
Snare Drum Technician
Phillip Martinez is a percussionist, arranger, and musical consultant whose roots began in a small rural town, Jourdanton Tx. After receiving several accolades for his musical talents, Mr. Martinez decided to pursue a Minor in Music at the University of North Texas while studying English. There, he worked with and learned from many great percussionists, including Ellis Hampton, Jeremy Noyes, Omar Carmenates, Mike Hodges, John Brennan, and Paul Rennick.
While in college, Mr. Martinez propelled his musical aspirations in drum corps. He marched for 4 years and ended his marching career with the Phantom Regiment in 2008, which won the World Championship and Fred Sandford High Percussion Award.
Since aging out, Mr. Martinez has been on the educational staff of several DCI Ensembles, including The Blue Knights, the Boston Crusaders, and most recently the Phantom Regiment. Mr. Martinez has worked with the likes of Ellis Hampton, Daniel Allen, Dan Darrah, and Ralph Hardimon.
Mr. Martinez is also currently the newest addition to percussion staff at Colleyville Heritage. He is humbled to be a part of the Vigilantes Indoor Percussion staff for a second year, and anticipates an exciting season in 2018.
Snare Drum Technician
Peter is a musician and educator from Cedar Park, Texas. He is currently finishing his degree in Music Education at the University of North Texas, where he has learned from esteemed percussion professors such as Mark Ford, Christopher Deane and Paul Rennick. As a member of the UNT marching band, Peter served as section leader for two years and had the opportunity to travel to Poland with the UNT A-Line. He also performed with the UNT Snare Ensemble several times, earning PASIC champion status in 2012 and 2015. Peter is currently serving the marching band as the battery instructor.
From 2012-2015, Peter was a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard under DCI hall of famer Paul Rennick. As a performer with SCV, Peter won the DCI Fred Sanford Award for High Percussion in 2014 and served as battery section leader in 2015. After aging out, Peter stayed involved with the corps as a staff member and contributed to the 2016 and 2017 Fred Sanford-winning groups.
Locally, Peter has worked with Roots Percussion Independent in several capacities, including music coordinator, battery coordinator and snare drum coordinator. He has also instructed for many fine high school programs, including Marcus HS, Martin HS, Ryan HS, Seven Lakes HS, Burleson HS and Hebron HS.
Peter is honored to join the Vigilantes Indoor Percussion team, and is extremely excited for the 2018 season.
Luke is a percussionist and educator from Phoenix, Arizona. In the area of marching percussion, Luke has performed with the Arizona State University Marching Band, ASU Indoor Percussion Ensemble, The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, and the entertainment drum lines for both the Phoenix Suns and the Arizona Cardinals.
As an educator, Luke has taught and composed for several high school percussion programs throughout Arizona including being a part of the instructional staff for the 2016 WGI Concert Open Silver medalist, Corona del Sol High School. In the world of DCI, Luke is currently on staff with The Academy Drum and Bugles Corps. Luke has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Arizona State University and is currently a graduate assistant at Texas Christian University pursuing a master’s degree in Percussion Performance.
Nick is originally from the Dallas/Fort Worth area and has been involved with performing and teaching since high school. He has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Texas at Arlington where he studied percussion under Dr. Michael Varner and Jim Yakas. During his time at the university, he performed in groups such as the Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, African/Brazilian Ensemble, Jazz, Latin Jazz, and various marching ensembles. During this time, Nick took part in the design and performance of two PASIC tenor ensembles in 2008 and 2009, winning first and second place in the College Small Ensemble category.
In 2008, Nick was grateful for the opportunity to march tenors with The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps and then to serve as a section leader in his age out year in 2009. Nick has had the privilege of teaching as a tenor technician since 2010 and is in his eighth year on the Cavaliers instructional staff for the 2017 season. During his time with the organization, he has also served as a visual instructor for percussion.
In the WGI activity Nick served as a tenor instructor in 2011 for Tyler Junior College, a world class group based out of Tyler, Texas. From 2013-2017, he was happy to serve as a tenor instructor at ViP, and continues to do so for the upcoming 2018 season. Over the last several years, Nick has taken part as a performer with various groups such as Six Flags Over Texas, the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue Drumline, the Dallas Mavericks Drumline, and the Cutting Edge Haunted House Drumline in Fort Worth.
Nick is now in his third year as Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Percussion at Colleyville Heritage High School. He is excited to get to work alongside the rest of the talented staff at Vigilantes Indoor Percussion, several of whom have been strong influences and his closest peers for many years. Nick is an endorser of Innovative Percussion and REMO products.
Jon received his Bachelors Degree of Music Education from the University of North Texas. During his time at UNT, he studied under notable professors such as Paul Rennick, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, and Ed Soph. In 2013 and 2015, Mr. Maynard took part in leading the UNT quad ensemble to become PASIC champions.
Mr. Maynard's performing career started in 2011, marching Forte Drum and Bugle Corps with Tyler Orbison as caption head. He then went on to march Santa Clara Vanguard for four years (2013 – 2016), serving as the quad section leader for his last two years. During that time, the SCV percussion section won the Fred Sanford Award for high percussion twice (2014, 2016) with Paul Rennick as the caption head. During the winter months, Mr. Maynard was the quad section leader for Vigilantes Indoor Percussion (2013 – 2017). Under the direction of Tyler Orbison, ViP was crowned champions at WGI open class finals in 2016.
Mr. Maynard is now the Director of Percussion for all of the Southlake Carroll school district, in Southlake, Texas. Previously, he worked as a marching percussion tech for Boswell HS, a three-time WGI semi-finalist. Currently, he works as a quad technician for both the Santa Clara Vanguard and the Troopers.
Jon married his high school sweetheart, Melody, in June 2017. They happily live in Dallas with their dog, appropriately named Einstein. Mr. Maynard is excited for the opportunity to work with the members and staff at Vigilantes Indoor Percussion.
Tyler has been actively involved with DCI and WGI since 2011. He has been a member of Forte D&BC (2011), Imperial Percussion Theatre (2012), Phantom Regiment (2014-16), and Vigilantes Indoor Percussion (2013-17). During his membership, Tyler aided in winning a WGI Percussion Independent Open Gold Medal in 2016 with ViP.
Tyler is currently a student at the University of North Texas (UNT) pursuing his undergrad in Kinesiology. While at UNT, he has been part of the Green Brigade Marching Band and the PASIC Quad Ensemble. As an educator, Tyler has worked as a quad tech and private lesson instructor at Paschal High School, Colleyville-Heritage High School, Burleson Centennial High School and Boswell High School. Tyler also worked at Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps for the 2017 season. Throughout his time as a musician Tyler has had the privilege to have been taught under the guidance of many great instructors, including Tyler Orbison, Paul Rennick, Derrick Shannon, Brett Kuhn, Huei Pan, Nick Beaudet, and Nick Thomas.
Bass Drum Technician
Akira has a Bachelors in Music Education and Masters in Percussion Performance from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He has completed coursework toward a Doctorate in Percussion Performance at the same university, under the tutelage of William Moersch and Ricardo Flores. During his time at Illinois, Akira was involved in a multitude of performing ensembles, including being on call with professional orchestras and concert bands in the area. He has also performed at a Percussive Arts Society International Convention showcase concert in 2009 with the Illinois Gamelan Ensemble, and had multiple concerto performances with the Illinois Wind Symphony, and Symphony Orchestra in 2010.
After school, Akira kept an active career as a freelancer performer and educator. He started as a teacher, performer, percussion arranger, and sound designer in the Chicagoland area, working with several schools in the city and surrounding suburbs. He also toured the Miami, Florida and Dallas/Ft. Worth areas, giving performances and masterclasses on concert/rudimental snare drumming. Currently, Mr. Robles is the Director of Percussion of the Ryan High School cluster in Denton, TX, where he is responsible for two middle school percussion programs, as well as the high school.
Akira has been heavily involved in the marching percussion activity since 2003. He has performed with the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps (2003-2005) and the Phantom Regiment (2006-2007) as a bass drummer, as well as the 2008 WGI World Champion Rhythm X. Since aging out, Akira has worked with a variety of groups, including the Glassmen (2009), under Rob Ferguson, and the Phantom Regiment (2010), under Paul Rennick. Since 2011, Akira has been involved with the Santa Clara Vanguard percussion staff, under Paul Rennick. During his drum corps career, Akira has contributed to five Fred Sanford award-winning ensembles.
Akira proudly endorses Innovative Percussion, Remo and Pearl/Adams.
Bass Drum Technician
Stuart is an educator, clinician and performer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He currently serves as Assistant Director and Director of Percussion at Boswell High School, instructing the front ensemble, percussion ensemble and indoor drumline, as well as the Boswell Sub Non-Varsity band. During his time at Boswell BPD (Boswell Pioneer Drumline) has been a two time World Class Semi Finalist at WGI World Championships and has been a Three time NTCA Champion. Stuart is a graduate of Texas A&M-Commerce, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance and studying with Brian West, Paul Rennick, Nate Buonviri, Kennan Wylie and Michael Varner.
Throughout his career, Stuart’s ensembles have achieved multiple championship titles and awards. His marching ensembles have placed first at numerous competitions, including the Plano, HEB, Crowley and Lone Star Drumline Competitions,. Under Stuart’s direction, his concert percussion ensembles have achieved multiple division 1 ratings at Texas State Solo & Ensemble, won the call for tapes and performed at the 2009 Music For All National Percussion Festival, and performed with guest artists Michael Burritt, Steve Smith, Lalo Davila and Ignacio Berroa. In addition, Stuart is the founder and director of Network Percussion Ensemble, an international touring group that offers its students the opportunity to perform on a world-stage. Since 2011 they have performed in Australia, Spain, Italy. London, Paris, Honolulu and in 2017 will be performing in Ireland.
Stuart has also spent over 20 years in the drum and bugle corps activity, as a member, instructor, caption head, arranger and program coordinator. He marched Lone Star Drum & Bugle Corps from 1993 until aging out in 1997. After that, he spent ten years on the percussion and program staff at Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps, followed by three years with Revolution Drum & Bugle Corps as a consultant and, later, the Program & Staff Coordinator. Stuart lives in Ft. Worth with his Wife Julia and daughter Margot.
Bass Drum Technician
Jenn serves as Percussion Director for Saginaw High School in Saginaw, TX. She received her Bachelor’s degree Cum Laude in Music Education from TCU in 2015 with a concentration in percussion. During her time at TCU, she participated in and performed with many successful ensembles including the TCU Drumline, Percussion Orchestra, Steel Bands, and Bass Ensemble, as well as the TCU Orchestra and Wind Symphony. She studied with Dr. Richard Gipson, Dr. Brian West, Joey Carter, Dave Hall, and many others. During her summers, Jenn travels and performs with the West Percussion Group, playing concerts in the Sydney, London, France, and Italy.
Jenn previously served as the Assistant Director of Percussion at Centennial High School in Frisco, TX, a consistent 5A State Marching Contest finalist. While teaching in Frisco, she also marched Bass with Vigilantes Indoor Percussion during their record breaking 2015-2016 season. The group placed 1st in IPO Championships and was undefeated during the season.
Front Ensemble Technician
This is Jazper's second year on staff with ViP. He is currently the Front Ensemble Tech/Private Lesson Instructor at Haltom High School. Prior to that, he taught at numerous groups in the California area including Westminster HS, Ayala HS, and the Sacramento Mandarins.
Originally from San Diego, California, he completed his Bachelors Degree in Percussion Performance from Cal State Long Beach. He then received his Master’s from the University of North Texas.
His indoor marching experience includes Alternative Percussion, Pulse Percussion, and WGI Gold Medalist Riverside Community College. His DCI experience includes the Sacramento Mandarins and the Concord Blue Devils.
Front Ensemble Technician
John Gaal is a Percussion Graduate Assistant at Texas Christian University, where he is studying for his Masters in Percussion Performance. John received his Bachelor of Music in Orchestral Performance from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, John has marched with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from 2013-2015 and was a member of the Music City Mystique organization from 2015-2016. John was on staff for Music City Mystique’s championship season in 2017, and he is currently the Front Ensemble Coordinator at Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps.
Front Ensemble Technician
Brittany Baptista is currently a Front Ensemble Technician at Boswell High School. She is also on the front ensemble staff at the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps.
Brittany received her undergraduate degree in English at The University of Texas at Austin, where she sang in the Women’s Chorus and played in the UT Steel Band Ensemble. During that time, she worked as an elementary english tutor, and as a Program Intern and After-School Teacher at Side by Side Kids.
In 2013, she marched her first summer of drum corps with the Blue Knights DBC, and aged out with BK in 2014. She marched her age-out year on marimba during the 2015 season at Vigilantes Indoor Percussion, and returned the following indoor season as a front ensemble technician.
Brittany is currently studying Percussion Performance at The University of North Texas, where she plays with the wind ensemble and the 2:00 Steel Band.
Through various musical forms and outlets, she has had the opportunity to work or study with several incredible educators, including Ralph Hardimon, Kevin Shah, Mike Jackson, Mark Ford, Paul Rennick, Christopher Deane, and Mike Drake.
Front Ensemble Technician
Eric is an educator and performer currently residing in Katy, TX. He currently serves as the Assistant Director of Percussion at Morton Ranch High School. Prior to that, he taught several schools all over Tennessee working with such groups as Farragut HS, Fred J. Page HS, Gibson County HS, Halls HS, Sequatchie County HS, Seymour HS, and Walker Valley HS. Eric was also named the Front Ensemble Coordinator for the 2017 Music City Drum and Bugle Corps.
As an active performer, Eric performed regularly with the live house band for the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge, TN as a featured percussionist. In the realms of the marching arts, Eric has been a member of the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps (2008-2010) the Carolina Crown (2011, 2012, 2014) and the 8-time WGI World Champion Music City Mystique (2014-2016). As a soloist, Eric has been named a Finalist for the 2014 Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition, a Semi-finalist of the 2015 Great Plains International Marimba Competition and placed 1st in the 2016 TNPAS Collegiate Multi-Percussion Competition. In 2014, Eric place 1st in the American Protégé International Concerto Competition resulting in a solo performance at Carnegie Hall. He also performed regularly with the Bryan Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of the 2015 Inaugural Percussion Arts Society All-Star International Percussion Ensemble.
Eric holds a degree in Music from the Tennessee Technological University, where he studied with Dr. Eric Willie, Dr. Colin Hill, and Dr. Brad Meyer. His other teachers include Dr. Andrew Bliss, Brad Martin, Keith Brown, and Betty Smelcer.
Eric is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion, Inc.
Front Ensemble Technician
Jaime Esposito is a percussion performer and educator based out of Dallas, Texas. In the summer of 2017 Jaime was an artist with the Heartland Marimba Collective where she performed concerts in Iowa and Nebraska, and coached college/high school aged student ensembles at the Heartland Marimba Festival in Wisconsin. During the spring of 2016, she toured with the World Percussion Group, performing with the ensemble, presenting clinics, and coaching at various universities across the country such as University of Missouri, Kansas State University, and Brigham Young University. In 2016 Jaime was awarded 2nd place in Heartland Marimba Festival Solo Competition. In the summer of 2015, she was invited to the United Kingdom to perform with the prestigious Britten-Pears Festival Orchestra. In 2014, she won PASIC's Timpani Mock Audition. Jaime is currently on the substitute list at the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra and the Texarkana Symphony.
Jaime is currently on staff at L.D Bell High School and Denton Ryan High School teaching the front ensemble, lessons, and sectionals. She recently graduated from the University of North Texas with a Master’s Degree in Percussion Performance where she also maintained responsibilities as a Teaching Fellow. At North Texas she had the pleasure of studying with Christopher Deane, Mark Ford, Robert Schietroma, Paul Rennick, and Stockton Hebling. She received her Undergraduate Degree in Percussion Performance from Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music where she studied with She-e Wu, Christopher Lamb, and James Ross.
Jaime has a beautiful dog named Rimsky who can sit, stay, up, down, low five, high five, spin and play dead. Next trick on the list is english. Jaime is super excited to be joining this amazing team of educators and musicians.
For more info on Jaime, visit https://www.jaimeespositopercussion.com!
Front Ensemble Technician
Megan grew up in Pflugerville, TX, starting her musical career in double reeds, while also taking over 12 years of piano and organ lessons, and making it into the National Piano Guild. She began her percussion career with marching band and indoor starting at Pflugerville High School, then moving on to Austin Independent indoor group in its inaugural year. Megan attended Texas State University in San Marcos, TX, earning her bachelor's degree in Music and Mass Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations.
Megan marched five years of drum corps front ensembles, starting at Capital Regiment in 2005, Carolina Crown in 2006, and Crossmen from the years 2007 to 2009 where she proudly aged out.
Megan is currently teaching several schools in the DFW area, and has taught numerous groups spanning across Texas. She also works as clinician, adjudicator and private lesson instructor. Megan is pursuing a graduate degree in Deaf Education, and hopes to become a full-fledged American Sign Language interpreter.
Megan is very excited to join such a well-rounded staff with such a positive energy.
Randy has been on the instructional staff for ViP since its inaugural season in 2013. He has been involved in the North Texas Indoor scene for a decade, marching with Surround Sound Percussion, Tyler Junior College Indoor, Imperial Percussion Theater and the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps.
As an educator, Randy has become the cymbal guru of the DFW area, and is always in high demand. He has served as the cymbal instructor for Genesis Drum & Bugle Corps and the nationally recognized Boswell High School drum line for multiple years, as well as numerous other high schools in the DFW metroplex
Colin graduated in 2011 from Michigan State University with a degree in human physiology. His experience in marching percussion began in 2002 with the Waterford Mott Drumline. From 2007 to 2009 he marched cymbals with NorthCoast Academy from Saginaw, Michigan and aged out with them in 2011. He spent two years as a cymbal player in the Michigan State Drumline (2008-2009) under the direction of Dr. Jon Weber while performing in numerous clinics, competition exhibitions, and two bowl games. In 2010 Colin aged out with Teal Sound Drum and Bugle corps (Jacksonville, FL) as a part of their cymbal line in the corps world class debut season.
Colin was the cymbal instructor with Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011 and 2012, and taught the cymbal line at Legends Drum and Bugle corps (Kalamazoo, MI) in 2014 and recently taught the 2017 Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps cymbal line. Colin was previously the cymbal instructor and a part of the creative cymbal design with NorthCoast Academy from 2012 to 2016. Colin has been a cymbal instructor and consultant for multiple WGI Finalists including Stryke Percussion, 2015 WGI Scholastic A Champion Lake Orion Percussion, Huron Valley Percussion, Farmington United Percussion, and 5points Percussion.
Colin currently resides in San Antonio, TX with his wife and is looking forward to the upcoming season.
Jenne was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and is currently a fourth grade ESL teacher in Northside Independent School District. She graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. Along with her passion of teaching elementary school, Jenne is also very involved in the performing arts. Over the past 10 years, she has taught and performed in multiple percussion ensembles.
As a cymbal instructor, Jenne has worked with many organizations in the central Texas area including Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps (2016-2017) and 5points Independent Indoor Percussion (2016-2017). She has molded the cymbal lines of Sandra Day O’Connor High School (2012-2017), Winston Churchill High School (2015-2017), Jack C. Hays High School (2015) and New Braunfels High School (2014).
Jenne's marching experience extends beyond the scholastic realm. As a performer, Jenne spent her time marching cymbals for Monarch Independent, Teatro Indoor Percussion and Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2009, Jenne's high school cymbal line was the recipient of the PASIC “Best Cymbals” caption award.
Jenne is very excited to join the 2018 ViP staff.
Dylan is currently an Engineering student at the University of North Texas. In 2009, he earned a spot marching tuba with Carolina Crown. He marched with the corps for 6 summers, aging out in 2014. In 2015 he aged out of WGI on ViP's cymbal line.
Dylan is currently in his third season as a visual instructor for Boswell High School. During the summer he is a brass instructor with the Crossmen.
This will be Dylan's third season on the visual staff at ViP.
Moises received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. While at UNT, he performed in many ensembles including the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, Gamelan, Steel Band, South Indian, Classical Percussion Ensembles, and the UNT Drumline. Moises has studied with Paul Rennick, Christopher Deane, Mark Ford, and many other faculty at UNT.
Moises was fortunate to study with Andrew Hoskins at the nationally renowned North Shore HS Indoor Drum Line program. He was also a member of the award winning Santa Clara Vanguard Percussion section in 2014, 2015, and aged out in 2016.
Moises is currently the Director of Percussion at Martin High School in Arlington, Tx. Today, he continues to play percussion with small groups and ensembles in the area.
Jimmy is an active percussion educator and performer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Jimmy was born in Riverdale, Georgia, before landing in Texas, where he found his love for the percussive arts.
Growing up in the Fossil Ridge Percussion Cluster, Jimmy studied under various instructors like Brian “Chavez” Lowe, Allen Joanis, Chad Mason, Al Dunn, Nick Werth, Ben Moore, and many other talented musicians. In 2013, he earned the “Semper Fidelis” award for musical excellence, and began studying at The University of North Texas under Scott Raddock, Paul Rennick, and Mark Ford. Jimmy is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society and works with schools in the Dallas/Fort Worth area including Timber Creek High School and Azle High School. This past summer, he was on staff with both Guardians Drum & Bugle Corps and Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps.
Jimmy started his professional marching career in 2011 on quads with Racine Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. He then carried on his passion for performance with Vigilantes Indoor Percussion for the 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017 seasons. He is currently a member of the Dallas Mavericks Drumline and occasionally performs with Dynamic Rhythm Entertainment around the DFW metroplex.
As an inaugural member, Jimmy is excited to be on the other side as a staff member to continue the excellence and growth of ViP.
Kylon is a performer and educator from Mansfield, Texas. He is pursuing a degree in Medical Science at the University of North Texas. He also serves as a Visual Technician for the Colony High School. He recently finished his second DCI season on the visual staff at The Jersey Surf Drum & Bugle Corps.
Kylon's performance career include time spent with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps and the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. As an instructor, he’s worked with organizations throughout the DFW Metroplex, including the Keller, Grapevine, Grand Prairie and Lewisville School Districts. He’s an avid fan of the WGI activity and is looking forward to being apart of the ViP Staff.
Randy Ritchey's Beard
This is the beard's sixth season with ViP. During that time, the beard has had many adventures and accomplished many things, but alas, the beard cannot write a bio, for it is a beard and lacks the opposable thumbs and cognitive function that is requisite for the completion of such tasks.
To learn more of the beard and its lore, follow "The Beard's Blog" and audition for ViP 2018!