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Tim Snyder Program Coordinator / Brass Caption Supervisor
Jeremy Basso Co-Brass Caption Head
Gabe Gallegos Co-Brass Caption Head
Matty Parker Asst. Caption Head/Lead Tuba Tech
Pat Keeley Brass Coordinator/Trumpet
Ben Fetzer Trumpet Tech
Ben Taylor Trumpet Tech
Austin Armstrong Trumpet Tech
Samuel ElmoreTrumpet Tech
Carol Weirich Lead Mellophone Tech
Ben Ayers Mellophone Tech
Brandt McKinzey Mellophone Tech
Brian Reel Mellophone Tech
Owen Rhoads Mellophone Tech
Richard Toumi Mellophone Tech
Marcellus Weinzierl High Brass Intern
Cameron Honnen Euphonium Tech
Celia Solano Euphonium Tech
Dajia Simmons Euphonium Tech
Ethan Hacker Euphonium Tech
Shawn Nagpal Euphonium Tech
Jason Nippert Cross Tech/ Low Brass
Devin Cavanna Tuba Tech
Marco Iannelli Tuba Tech
Andrew Reader Tuba Tech
Jorge Santos Tuba Tech
Jeremiah Moya Low Brass Intern
Carl Diefenbach Consultant

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JEREMY BASSO

Co-Brass Caption Head

Jeremy Basso is a graduate of Indiana State University where he studied bass trombone with Dr. Randy Mitchell.  While at Indiana State, he participated in the Jazz Ensembles, University Symphony, The Pride of Indiana Marching Band, multiple chamber ensembles, as well as the Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. John Boyd.

 

Jeremy currently lives in Avon, Indiana with his wife Brooke and their two children and is currently the Director of Bands at Avon Middle School South.

 

Before moving to Avon, Jeremy taught at Greenfield Central High School in Greenfield, Indiana.  Jeremy helped the GC marching band earn two Indiana State School Music Association Class B State Championships as well as twice finish as Runner-Up. The school has also twice been a Bands of America Grand National Semi-Finalist, the Indiana Percussion Association Winter Winds State Champion, and the Winter Guard International Scholastic World Class Winds Silver Medalist.

 

Jeremy serves on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Percussion Association and has been a timing and penalty judge for Indiana Percussion and Winter Guard International.

 

Jeremy's drum corps career began in 2000 with Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps where he marched baritone for two seasons. He has previously served on the brass staff of the Mandarins, Crossmen, Troopers, Blue Stars, and Southwind.

 

Jeremy will serve as Co-Brass Caption Head for the 2024 season after serving three seasons as assistant caption head and he is THRILLED to help the Troopers reach new levels!

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GABE GALLEOGS

Co-Brass Caption Head

Gabe Gallegos, a proud Grand Junction, Colorado native, recently graduated from Colorado Mesa University with degrees in Music Business and Music Education. During his time at CMU, Gallegos held principal chair positions in the Jazz Ensemble, Wind Symphony, and contributed significantly as a co-founder of the CMU Rowdy Brass Band. His leadership shone in the Maverick Stampede Marching Band, where he excelled as a drum major, visual captain, and section leader. Gallegos continues his playing by participating in local jazz combos and the Grand Junction Rockestra.

 

As a designer, he has extended his impact to the Palisade High School Marching Band and Colorado Mesa University Maverick Stampede as a dedicated program coordinator and arranger. He is also the music director for the local theater group, The Theatre Project.

 

His musical journey blossomed with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps from 2011 to 2018. Rising from horn sergeant to drum major for his last four years, Gabe's charisma, dedication, and teamwork left a lasting impression. Notable awards, like the Troopers Brass Member of the Year and the Drum Corps International Jim Jones Leadership Award, acknowledged his contributions.

 

Gabe's journey continued with the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps in 2019 as a euphonium tech, reuniting him with his earlier mentors. In 2020, Gabe made his return to the Troopers, where he dedicated three summers to help teach the euphonium and tuba sections. Now in 2024, he's honored to serve as a Brass Caption Head, aiming to carry forward the Troopers' legacy of excellence.

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Matty Parker

Asst. Caption Head/Lead Tuba Tech.

Matty has 17 years of DCI teaching experience with the Troopers, Boston Crusaders, Crossmen, Blue Stars, and Madison Scouts. He served as both a Brass Caption Head and Asst. Brass Caption Head; however, his heart is with the low brass and often works as low brass staff. There were a couple of years that he worked simultaneously as both brass and visual staff. Matty marched in the Sunset Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps from Tucson from ‘87-’90, where he was a Baritone Soloist. Matty holds a degree in English and American Literature with a minor in Philosophy. His colorful past includes working as a professional baker at his family bakery and as a sketch comedy writer. Currently, Matty works with the Rincon/University High School Marching in Tucson and is a substitute teacher with the Tucson Unified School District.
 

“The Troopers are where I spent my first 2 years teaching, and I also met my wife Becky while we were on staff together. She marched in The Troopers for 5 years. It’s a homecoming for me, which makes it extra special. I’m looking forward to working with a team that wants to recreate that legendary Trooper magic in the modern era.”

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Pat Keeley

Brass Coordinator/Trumpet

Patrick is currently the Assistant Band Director at Jasper High School in Jasper, Indiana.  He graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a Bachelor of Music Education, studying trumpet with renowned trumpet teacher Bill Adam, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Masters in Wind Conducting from Southern Oregon University.

In addition to assisting with the marching and symphonic bands, Patrick directs the concert and jazz band as well as the Jasper brass program.  The Jasper Marching Band has been an Indiana State Finalist for 32 consecutive years, had 12 top three finishes and two state championships.  The symphonic band has been a concert band state finalist 23 times, and Patrick’s jazz band was one of eight bands in the state selected as an Indiana State Jazz Finalist in 2017. 

Patrick maintains an extensive private studio where he teaches all of the brass instruments.  He has had over 100 of his private brass students selected to the Indiana All State Band, All State Orchestra, All State Jazz Band, Jr. All State Jazz Band and Jr. All State Band as well as the US Army All American Marching Band, with many of those selected to multiple groups, multiple times.  Many of Pat’s former students are now band directors and professional musicians.

Patrick got his start in DCI as a member of the Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps and was excited to march with his wife in the Star Alumni Corps.  This is his 10th straight year teaching Drum Corps, being on the brass staff of the Mandarins and the Troopers.

Patrick lives in Jasper, IN with his wife Buffy and has two adult daughters.  He enjoys going on adventures with friends and family, watching sports, driving his Jeep, and playing Madden. 

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Ben Fetzer

Trumpet Tech

Ben studies Music Education at Missouri State University and has been teaching at Kickapoo High School in Springfield, Missouri. Ben has been a brass and visual tech with the Kickapoo Golden Arrow Marching band since 2019. He also teaches brass fundamental technique and sectionals for the concert bands. In the winter Ben teaches visual for the Kickapoo Indoor Percussion. Ben has been a private lessons instructor in the Springfield area since 2022 

 

Ben studies trumpet with Dr. Grant Peters, and has performed in the Missouri State Wind Ensemble, Jazz Studies Ensemble, and the Pride of Missouri State Marching Band. In 2019 Ben auditioned and was contracted with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps where he marched until 2021. Ben has been a trumpet tech with the Troopers since 2023 and is excited to continue helping the Drum Corp reach new heights.

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Ben Taylor

Trumpet Tech

Ben attended The University of Louisville for his Bachelor's of Music Education. He served as Director of Bands at Western High School in Louisville, KY for four years prior to returning to UofL to complete his Master's of Music in Wind Band Pedagogy. He has taught at many competitive high school band programs around the Louisville area, as well as the 2017 Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, and currently at Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps. Currently he teaches band at Lyman T. Johnson Traditional Middle School in Louisville, performs with Chamber Winds Louisville (who will be performing at Midwest 2023), and his rock band In Lightning.

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Austin Armstrong

Trumpet Tech

Austin Armstrong is currently the Assistant Director of Bands for Denison High School in Denison, Texas. He teaches marching band, symphonic and concert bands, and guitar classes. He graduated from Murray State University with a Bachelor of Music Education on Trumpet.  

Austin began his DCI career with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015 and 2017. He was also a member of the 2018 and 2020 Madison Scouts Alumni Corps and served on the MSAA Board of Directors from 2021-2023. Austin spent the 2021 season as a mellophone tech for the Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps. He is now proud to be on the Troopers brass staff since the 2023 season.

Austin lives in Denison, Texas with his wife, Caitlin, who is an alumni of the Troopers. They have a 1-year-old son who also loves music and enjoys band and drum corps. 

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Samuel Elmore

Trumpet Tech

Samuel is a high school music teacher in the Greater Sacramento Area. A graduate from California State University, Sacramento, Samuel has been affiliated with drum corps in some capacity for over 10 years. Having marched Mandarins for 4 years and taught their Brass Academy and their Elementary Programs, Samuel chose to expand further East in 2021 where he began his first season with the Troopers as a Trumpet Tech. As he heads into his 4th year with the drum corps, Samuel looks forward to building upon what the team has created since 2021 and reach even greater heights.

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Carol Weirich

Lead Mellophone Tech

Carol Weirich is the assistant band director at Discovery Middle School, part of the Penn-Harris-Madison school corporation in Mishawaka, Indiana. The Discovery band program consists of 274 students spanning grades 6-8. These students are divided into two beginning band classes and three 7th/8th grade bands. Carol’s responsibilities include conducting the Symphonic Band, Intermediate Jazz Band, beginning band classes, and assisting with Concert Band, Honors Band, and Pep Band. At Penn High School, Carol serves as an assistant marching band director and After School Jazz Orchestra director.

 

Carol’s groups consistently earn Gold with Distinction ratings at state contests. The Discovery Honors Band has been selected to perform at the 2024 Indiana Music Educators Association Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Carol is an active adjudicator for ISSMA Solo & Ensemble and Organizational contests. She was selected to receive a Quinlan & Fabish Michiana Outstanding Music Educator Award in the spring of 2023 through her active participation in her instrumental music education community.

 

Carol graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN, where she studied piano with Dr. Kate Boyd and horn with Dr. Gail Lewis. While at Butler, Carol participated in the Butler University Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Orchestra, Jazz Combo, Marching Band, Basketball Band, student brass ensembles, and was an active accompanist.

Carol also spent a semester abroad at the Piteå Musikhögskolan in northern Sweden studying piano and conducting, while actively performing in several ensembles, including the inaugural Arctic Brass Quintet.

 

Carol marched mellophone with the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps for the 2015, 2016, and 2017 seasons. She has served on brass staff with Pioneer (2018), Mandarins (2019, 2020), and the Troopers (2021, 2022, 2023). She is incredibly excited to be back with the Troopers for the 2024 season.

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Ben Ayers

Mellophone Tech

Ben Ayers is from Arlington Texas and graduated from The University of North Texas with a degree in Music Education. Prior to graduation, he performed as a French Horn and Eb Alto Horn player with the UNT Wind Ensemble and Brass Band under the direction of Dr. Nicholas Williams, He has also been an integral member of the UNT Green Brigade and the UNT Basketball Band under the direction of Dr. Nicholas Williams, and Dr. Daniel Cook . During his time with the Green Brigade he was a marching technician and the Student Assistant to the Director for two years. While at North Texas, he was an avid performer of chamber music, jazz music and Nova music.

Mr. Ayers has worked with several outstanding band programs in the North Texas area, including the Coppell High School marching band, Rock Hill High School marching band, and the Azle High School indoor winds. He student taught in Frisco ISD at Griffin Middle School under the direction of Carolyn Cansler and in Allen ISD at Allen High School under the direction of Dr. Philip Obado. He currently resides as Associate Director of Bands at Frisco Memorial High School. He is an active member of Texas Music Educators Association(TMEA), National Association for Music Education(NAfME), Texas Bandmaster’s Association(TBA), and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Mr. Ayers also has a successful background in drum corps marching both Trumpet and Mellophone. During his time in DCI he marched with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015, The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in 2017, and the Blue Devils Drum Corps in 2018 and 2019 winning the DCI World Championship. Mr. Ayers taught the Crossmen mellophones for the 2022 season. During High School Mr. Ayers was also a 2 time TMEA All State musician on French Horn.

Mr. Ayers has taught drum corps for two previous seasons. He started his drum corps tenure at the Crossmen Drum and Bugle corps as a part of the brass staff in 2021. He was also a part of the 2022 Troopers Brass team and is excited to continue the growth and strive for excellence with the Troopers brass team in 2022!

Mr. Ayers currently lives in Denton Texas with his dogs, Artemis and Athena, he loves watching the Stars, Rangers, Mavericks, Cowboys, and especially all the UNT teams. He’s an avid fisherman and will take any chance to go on a hike and find a hidden waterfall.

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Brandt McKinzey

Mellophone Tech

Brandt McKinzey is a band director from Arlington, Texas. He is entering his seventh year in teaching and his second at Joshua High School, south of Fort Worth. Before coming to Troopers, Brandt spent a year with the Mandarins and two years with Shadow DBC. He originally grew up in Mansfield, Texas and graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University. 

Outside of music, his hobbies include watching movies, golfing horribly, playing video games, and trying to be outside when it isn’t miserably hot. He loves to play sports whenever the opportunity comes up. You can also find him spoiling his dog Sammy and sitting on the couch with her all day from time to time. 

Brandt cannot wait to get going with the mellophones this year! He knows that the Troopers are a family and can’t wait to see what it’s all about.

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Brian Reel

Mellophone Tech

Brian Reel is currently an assistant director at North Jr. High and North High School in Evansville. This is his 5th year of teaching.

 

Brian studied music education at Ball State University, graduating in 2019. As a performer, he was a member of the Troopers in 2015 and Phantom Regiment in 2016 and 2018. He has been on tour staff with Phantom Regiment since 2020.

 

He is glad to be joining the Troopers brass team and excited to return to the organization in this new capacity.

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Owen Rhoads

Mellophone Tech

Owen Rhoads is a current student, trumpet player, and educator from Fort Myers, Florida. Owen attends Florida Gulf Coast University where he studies music. For the past 3 years, Owen has served as the principal trumpet player for FGCU’s premier ensemble, the Wind Orchestra. While in college, Owen has also been fortunate enough to perform with the intercollegiate honor band for the Florida Music Educators Association annual conference. 

Owen got started with drum corps at Heat Wave, marching there in 2017 and 2018. A few years later Owen went on to march with the Troopers in 2021 and 2022. 

In 2023 Owen joined the Troopers brass team as a High Brass Intern and is excited to continue working with the corps as a Mello Tech .

 

Outside of music Owen enjoys competitive Pokémon and taking care of his chameleon, Bernard.

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Richard Toumi

Mellophone Tech

Richard Tuomi is a 2020 graduate of the Indiana Jacobs School of Music with a degree in music education. Richard performed in Jazz Ensembles and was member of the 2017 WGI Gold Medalist, Rhythm X Winds.

 

Richard is currently a band director at Greenfield Central Junior High School in Greenfield, IN and the assistant director to the Cougar Pride Marching Band. During his time in Greenfield, the band received two ISSMA Class B state titles. Richard is entering his fourth year with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps as a mellophone technician starting as the brass intern in 2021.

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Marcellus Weinzierl

High Brass Intern

Marcellus is currently a senior instrumental music education major at Missouri State University, also pursuing a jazz certification. He is a drum major in the PRIDE Marching Band and plays in the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble 1. Marcellus is also a tech for the Kickapoo High School Marching Band.

Marcellus studies trumpet under Dr. Grant Peters as well as piano with Dr. Hye-Jung Hong.

Marcellus aged out with the Bluecoats in 2023, after marching with the Colts in 2022.

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Cameron Honnen

Euphonium Tech

Cameron Honnen is the Director of Bands for the Fruita 8/9 junior high school in Fruita, Colorado where he teaches two concert bands, two jazz bands, and also assists with the Fruita Middle School bands. In addition he is the assistant director for the Fruita Monument High School Marching Band, serving as their visual caption head and brass manager. Since joining the FMHS Wildcat Marching Band in 2017, the band has been named finalists in the Colorado Bandmasters Association State Marching Band Championships.

 

A native of Western Colorado, Cameron earned his Bachelors of Music Education from Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. During his time at CMU he performed in the Jazz Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, various chamber ensembles, and was a founding member of both the Rowdy Brass Band and the Maverick Stampede Marching Band. Since graduating, he has continued to play music professionally as a member of various professional Western Slope ensembles such as the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, Western Colorado Jazz Orchestra, Swing City Express Big Band, and various freelance work throughout the Grand Valley area.

 

Cameron’s drum corps experience starts with the Troopers, marching 2011 through 2016 performing most of his years as a baritone player. Cameron was also named the 2015 Horn Sergeant and the 2016 Assistant Drum Major, earning Jim Jones Leadership awards for both years for his efforts and dedication to the Troopers. He has previously worked with the Oregon Crusaders and the Academy as a low brass instructor.

 

Cameron is excited for the opportunity to work with Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps and give back to the corps that was instrumental in his musical and personal development.

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Celia Solano

Euphonium Tech

Celia Solano is a graduate of Indiana State University, where she earned her Bacholers in Music Education in May 2018. During her time at ISU, Celia studied both trombone and piano, and participated in multiple performing ensembles, such as the Jazz Ensemble, Wind Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, and various chamber ensembles. She also served on the executive board of the Iota Eta chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota from 2016 - 2017. 

Celia has an extensive marching background. She began her DCI career in 2013 with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps on Euphonium, and continued her membership with the Blue Stars through 2015. In 2016, she was a featured trombonist in the Championship Bluecoats production, “Down Side Up.” Celia aged out with the Bluecoats the next summer, where she was featured on bass trombone in the 2017 production, “Jagged Line.” 

After aging out, Celia continued to be involved with Drum Corps International on an instructional level. In 2019, she served as a Low Brass Specialist with Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2021, Celia joined the Troopers Brass team as a Baritone and Euphonium Technician. She is excited to embark on her fourth season with the corps.

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Dajia Simmons

Euphonium Tech

Dajia Simmons is currently the Assistant Band Director at South Garland High School in Garland, Texas, where she teaches high school marching band and jazz band. 

 

Prior to becoming a band director, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from East Texas Baptist University with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education in 2021. While at ETBU, she participated in the ETBU Jazz Band, ETBU Symphonic Band, and the Tiger Marching Band while also serving as the drum major from 2019 to 2021.

 

She recently graduated with a Master of Music Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado. While at UNCO, Ms. Simmons studied with Andrew Janak while also participating in the Lab III Jazz Band and in multiple combos.

 

Dajia's drum corps experience began in 2019 with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps, where she marched baritone, earning the "Most Improved Brass Player" award. During her 2020-2021 season, she served as Assistant Drum Major, earning herself the Jim Jones Leadership Award from the Troopers. In 2022, she served as the low brass intern and returned in 2023 as a euphonium tech.

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Ethan Hacker

Euphonium Tech

Ethan Hacker is a music educator from Fort Wayne, Indiana, and graduated from Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW) with a degree in Music Education, where he studied trombone with Andrew Hicks of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. While at PFW, Ethan was a member of the Trombone Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, as well as the Wind Ensemble, and joined the Wind Ensemble on their tour of Western Europe in the Summer of 2023.

 

Ethan currently lives in Fort Wayne, and has worked with numerous high school bands in the Fort Wayne area such as ISSMA Class A State Finalists Carroll and Homestead High School, and is currently the visual caption head at ISSMA Class C state finalist Concordia Lutheran High School. 

 

Ethan spent the summers of 2019-2022 as a member of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, where he was a featured soloist in the 2021 and 2022 productions. Ethan was also named the “Madison Scout of the Year” his age out summer in 2022 and served as a member of the Madison Scouts brass staff in 2023. Ethan is very excited to be spending his first year with the Troopers, and cannot wait to work alongside a staff full of great educators.

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Shawn Nagpal

Euphonium Tech

Shawn is an educator and performer in the New Jersey area. He is currently the Assistant Band Director and Director of the Marching Band at Monroe Township High School in central New Jersey. He graduated from Rutgers University in May 2020, where he studied Music Education, with a concentration on instrumental music. His primary instrument is Euphonium and studied with Aaron VanderWeele, Solo Euphonium player of the New York Staff Band. He has also worked and studied with musicians from the New York Philharmonic, including Alan Baer and Kenneth DeCarlo. Shawn has also performed in many of Rutgers’ top wind bands and chamber groups, as well. 

Shawn has also worked with several marching bands and drum corps. His previous experiences include Brass Technician at Central Bucks High School South in PA, lead visual technician and choreographer at J.P. Stevens High School in NJ, Low Brass Technician at 7th Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, and Brass Technician at the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps. Shawn also has a private studio, where he has several low brass students. 

Shawn has marched baritone all four years of his drum corps career. He marched in 2015 and 2016 at the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2018, he began his first summer with the Cadets, and aged out with them in 2019. Shawn is very excited to be on the brass team at the Troopers this upcoming season!

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Jason Nippert

Cross Tech/ Low Brass

Jason Nippert is currently the assistant band director at Dublin Coffman High School in Dublin, Ohio. Jason is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Music. In addition to teaching, he composes music regularly and has been performed by prestigious ensembles including the Ohio State University Collegiate Winds and the Heisey Wind Ensemble. Jason has been invited to numerous schools around Ohio as a guest clinician and conductor. He also is in his second year as a judge for OMEA marching band events and various local solo and ensemble events.

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Devin Cavanna

Tuba Tech

Devin is currently serving in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, with Rifle Company A, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines out of Houston, Texas. During the fall, he works for Box 5 Media as a camera operator, while also working with the Cyfair High School Band as a low brass instructor, working with the tubas and euphoniums during their competitive season. 

 

Devin currently attends Lone Star College in the Woodlands, TX as a major in Economics. During his time at Lone Star, he has performed with the Lone Star Symphony Bands, the Lone Star Symphony Orchestra, and the Lone Star Jazz Band on Tuba and Bass Trombone, and with the Lone Star College Choir as a Bass vocalist. Devin’s previous drum corps experience was from 2013-2014 with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps, 2015 with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, and again in 2022 with the Bluecoats Alumni Corps. 

 

After aging out, Devin enlisted in the US Marines where he would serve on active duty with Rifle Company A, 1st Battalion 1st Marines from 2017 to 2020. After being honorably discharged from active duty, Devin began working with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 2021 and 2022, as a member of their merchandise team. In 2023, Devin was hired as a tuba tech for the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps, where he took part in the corps being in finals for back to back years for the first time since 1986. He is grateful and extremely excited to return with the Troopers for his 2nd year of teaching, and even more excited that he gets to work with such fantastic educators who are dedicated to the Troopers’ long term success.

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Marco Iannelli

Tuba Tech

Marco Iannelli is a pianist and tuba player based in Maineville, OH. A freelance musician in many ways, he works as a performer, educator, composer, and arranger. He writes concert music (with solo piano being his specialty) that encompasses a unique range of instrumentation, style, and genre. He also runs a freelance business, MJI Soundscape Designs, where he designs shows and arranges the music for various marching ensembles around the country. Currently, he’s the program coordinator for the Licking Heights High School Marching Band, and is the brass and front ensemble arranger for The Columbus Saints Drum and Bugle Corps.

Marco is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, with a Bachelor of Music in Performance degree as a piano student of Dr. Frank Huang. He also co-majored in Film Studies and minored in Composition. At Miami, he participated in their wind ensemble, symphony band, jazz ensemble, and marching band (as a drum major in 2021). He also served as the music director for Miami’s chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He was a finalist for the Geoffrey P. Hall Undergraduate Artists Competition in 2021, and graduated as a finalist for the Outstanding Performer Award for the Class of 2022, voted on by the faculty of the music department.

Marco marched tuba for The Madison Scouts from 2018-2021 (serving on the leadership team his final year), and was a synth player for Rhythm X Indoor Percussion from 2019-2023, receiving a silver medal in 2022, and a bronze medal in 2023. He received a gold medal in the 2020 DCI Performers Showcase and a superior rating in the 2022 WGI Virtual Solo and Ensemble contest, performing original piano compositions for both. He’s been on Brass Staff with The Troopers since 2023, and for the 2024 indoor season, he will be on Audio Staff for ConneXus Independent. He also works on the marching band staff at West Clermont High School and William Mason High School. Outside of the marching arts, he gives private piano lessons at the Cincinnati School of Music.

When he’s not involved in music, Marco likes to watch and analyze movies, cook fun meals, relax around the house, and hang out with his friends and family.

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Andrew Reader

Tuba Tech

Andrew Reader was born and raised in St. Charles, MO and graduated from Francis Howell High School. He attended Missouri State University for his undergraduate degree where he performed in the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Pride Marching Band, and numerous other ensembles. After earning the Bachelor of Music Education degree from MSU in 2019, Andrew spent two years as an Assistant Band Director for the Neosho School District. Wanting to pursue higher education, he returned to Missouri State to pursue a Masters in Wind Band Conducting and serve as a Graduate Assistant for the MSU Band Program. Andrew graduated in May 2023 and began his new position as Assistant Band Director with the Lafayette High School and Crestview Middle School band programs. This will be his 4th year on the brass staff for The Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps, having been on the team since 2021.

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Jorge Santos

Tuba Tech

Jorge Santos is a Tubist and music educator from San Antonio, TX, and will graduate in the fall of 2023 from Texas State University with his bachelor's in Music Education. While at Texas State, Jorge Performed in many ensembles including The TXST Bobcat Marching Band, Graduate Quintet, Symphony Orchestra, Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, and the Wind Symphony where he served as Principal Tubist for most of his tenure.

 

Outside of his collegiate performance experience, Jorge has taught master classes and private lessons at many schools in the central Texas area such as New Braunfels HS, Sonya Sotomayor HS, Moe & Gene Johnson, and Hays HS. Jorge’s background in the marching arts is extensive with 5 years of drum corps experience performing with The Crossmen, Carolina Crown, and The Bluecoats. From the institutional side, Jorge served on the brass staff at the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2022 season. Additionally,  he is currently student teaching at Moe and Gene Johnson High School in Hays CISD and assisting with the marching band.

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Jeremiah Moya

Low Brass Intern

Jeremiah Moya is from Long Island, New York, where he is currently in his senior year at Hofstra University. There, he is pursuing a degree in Music Education, previously studying Tuba Performance at the Aaron Copland School of Music. While pursuing his Bachelor’s, he has had the pleasure of working with the Hicksville Marching Comets and the Mineola Mustangs of NY, serving as a brass and visual technician - assisting both in winning 3 State championships in the New York State Field Band Conference. 

His first experience in DCI was with the Troopers, marching tuba during the 2018 season. To this day, it remains his most memorable season he has ever marched. Following this, Jeremiah continued marching with the Boston Crusaders in 2019, and later finished his marching career at Carolina Crown in 2022. After aging-out, he served on the brass staff at Music City for the 2023 season. 

Jeremiah is excited and honored to be back home, and can’t wait for the 2024 season!

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Carl Diefenbach

Consultant

Carl is originally from Wintersville Ohio but now hails from Lewis Center Ohio and is retired from the US Army after 31 Years of service. He is currently the international trainer for RFID operations for a local company. Carl also owns C-Bach Marching Music and Design and is a regional sales representative for Fruhauf Uniforms and Guard Closet.  He also writes for several marching bands across the country. 

 

Carl marched in the US Marine Drum and Bugle Corps from 29 Palms California. He then marched in the Velvet Knights Drum & Bugle Corps in 1985 when his Marine contract expired. He then joined the US Army and did tours with Army Bands in Fort Drum, NY, Hawaii, Aberdeen, MD, and Washington, DC. He ended his Military career as the Stage band/Rock Band director, marching band director, and drum major with the 122nd Army Band in Columbus Ohio. 

 

His drum corps and marching band staff experience include US Marine Drum & Bugle Corps (29 Palms), US Naval Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, Velvet Knights, Capital Regiment, Forte Drum and Bugle Corps, Kingston Grenadiers, Rochester Crusaders, Sunrisers, and many marching bands and winter guards in the states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, and Texas. 

 

Carl started judging marching bands and drum and bugle corps 20 years ago. He has judged DCI, DCA, and many marching band competitions across the United States.

 

This will be Carl’s second year with the Troopers!

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