Evan Dixon has been a musician all his life. His first performance was playing Johnny B. Goode in the kindergarten talent show along with his father. As he grew, his love for music never ended and eventually Mr. Dixon was a Trooper- marching tenors in 2002! In addition, he performed with the Colorado State University Marching Band and worked his way up to center snare for two years following his time in drum corps. Mr. Dixon earned a Bachelor of Music in Education from CSU in 2006. He started teaching public school in Loveland, Colorado. Since then, Mr. Dixon moved to Arizona and continued to teach public school music courses at every level of K-12 education and currently is teaching as the band Director at Deer Valley High School in Glendale, Arizona. Mr. Dixon earned his Masters of Music in Conducting in 2012, also from Colorado State University and recently was married to his beautiful wife Danielle. They live in Phoenix Arizona with two wonderful dogs- a boxer hound and a German Shepherd.
Mr. Dixon is unbelievably excited to join the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps this summer as the Member Advocate and looks forward to serving the greater good of the corps.
JIM OLEA, EMT-B
Health Team Consultant
We would like to welcome Jim Olea back to the Troopers for his third season as our Health Team Consultant.
Jim performed with the Pacific Crest bass drumline from 1994-1996, the Santa Clara Vanguard bass drumline in 1997 where he won a gold medal for bass drum at the individual & ensemble championships. He placed 3rd overall in DCI finals with Vanguard.
Jim has been involved in DCI health teams for the past twelve years. He was a massage therapist for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps Medical Group from 2009-2012. He has been the Health Team Coordinator for Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps from 2013 to present. Since 2019, he has been Drum Corps International's (DCI) Marching Music Health Wellness & Safety Project Administrator.
Jim graduated from the Banner Institute of Chicago for Massage Therapy in 2006. He also graduated from Mchenry County College in 2011 with his Fitness Instructor Training Certificate. He received his Associates of Science degree in Health & Fitness Education in 2012. He completed his certificate as an Emergency Medical Technician in 2012.
Jim has been an American Heart Association BLS instructor since 2013 and is ACLS certified!
Jim currently works at Good Shepard Hospital in Barrington, Illinois, as an ER Critical Care Tech. He resides in McHenry, Illinois.
DR. STEPHANIE ELMORE, MD
Health & Wellness Consultant
Doctor Stephanie Elmore, MD is a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician and owns the Starcare Family and Preventive Medicine clinic, in Irving, Texas. She has been in solo practice with two Physician's Assistants for over 20 years now. She is also a Clinically Affiliated Physician/Associate Professor with UT Southwestern.
B.S. in Biology 1990 Texas Wesleyan University (summa cum laude)
M.D. 1994 U T Houston Medical School (Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society member)
Residency 1997 U T HCS San Antonio in Family Medicine
Private Practice for 23 years
ELIZABETH GOUGH, LMSW
Mental Health Consultant
Elizabeth Gough is a masters level social worker based in Idaho. She received her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education from College of Western Idaho, and her Bachelors degree in Psychology and Addiction Studies from Boise State University, as well as her Masters in Social Work. Elizabeth has been in the social work/counseling field for 7 years and in that time has worked with clients ages 5-75. She specializes in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as well as Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Solution Focused Therapy. She is client centered and is well versed in working with a variety of diagnoses and life situations.
ADAM GUTHRIE, RN
Born and raised in Cross Lanes, West Virginia, Adam Guthrie is a proud graduate of Nitro High School in Nitro, West Virginia. Adam has been involved in music from a young age, starting with the clarinet when he was in fourth grade. Shortly after middle school Adam became interested in color guard and has been involved with it since the 9th grade.
During his high school career, Adam was involved in the marching band and concert band at Nitro High School in Nitro, WV for four years. Adam marched clarinet for two years, and was Drum Major his Junior and Senior years. He led the Nitro High School Marching Wildcats to numerous titles including Grand Champions at the Gazette-Mail Majorette and Band Festival in 2015. While involved in the marching arts, Adam was also involved in color guard. He taught himself how to spin throughout high school while attending spin clinics around the tri-state area. Adam attended Marshall University in 2015 and became involved in color guard in a group setting.
Shortly after attending Marshall University, Adam marched with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in the summer of 2018. During the winter seasons, Adam has taught with many winter guards around the tristate area. Adam is the current color guard instructor for Spring Valley High School and has assisted with numerous other marching bands throughout the state.
Beyond color guard, Adam obtained his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Marshall University, his Masters in Nursing at Chamberlain University, and is currently pursuing his Family Nurse Practitioner. Adam will be an asset by bringing over two years of critical care experience to the Troopers, as well as his expertise in emergency medicine. Adam is currently a travel nurse and has worked across the country in different emergency departments. Adam attributes his success and lifelong friendships to music, color guard, and the medical profession as these are all focal points of Adam’s life.
KAREN NICHOLS, RN
Karen is a Registered Nurse and a longtime fan of the marching arts. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Rutgers University. Karen’s 30 years of nursing experience includes having worked in hospitals on Pediatric units, and in Pediatric ICU’s, as well as having served as an RN in the U.S. Air Force. She has been working the last 22 years as a school nurse in Irving, Texas, holding National Certification as a school nurse. She volunteered with the Troopers in 2019 and is looking forward to joining them again this summer!
Arlington first joined the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in the summer of 2014 on euphonium. He later served as a section leader in 2016 and eventually was the Horn Sergeant his age-out year in 2017. He continued to stay involved with the Troopers whilst he served as Secretary for the Troopers Alumni Association Committee in 2019.
Arlington currently works on the ambulance as a Paramedic in his hometown in Vigo County, Indiana. He provides advanced life support care in both emergent and non-emergent pre-hospital settings. He graduated from Ivy Tech College with an Associate's of Applied Science in Paramedic Science. He has worked alongside various local police and fire departments, as well as regional flight EMS services involving high-acuity patients and scenes. He also has volunteered his time with local fire departments in the past, but today primarily focuses on providing EMS care to those in need.
DR. KEVIN KLOESEL
Kevin is responsible for providing weather forecast and weather safety information to the OU Office of Emergency Preparedness before, during and after weather threats of all types on the OU Campus. He also provides support to the OU Executive Policy Group in severe and winter weather situations in order to facilitate campus protection and closure decisions. He develops and leads high-impact weather safety training on the OU campus for its over 30,000 students, faculty and staff, and for the over 40,000 pre-collegiate students that call OU home during summer sports and academic camps.
Kevin is a tenured Associate Professor specializing in decision-making in weather-impacted situations. He led the teams that won the Innovations in American Government Award from Harvard University and the Ford Foundation for their work with the emergency management community in Oklahoma, as well as awards from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. Kevin was awarded the American Meteorological Society's 2015 Charles E Anderson Award for "over two decades of dedication to engaging minority and underrepresented groups through community outreach and academic leadership."
Kevin works directly with thousands of decision makers and emergency management professionals in finding appropriate applications for weather data in local education, decision-making, and weather safety planning. He has provided numerous training workshops to improve weather forecasting and decision making in Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan and Nigeria, as well as weather preparedness training to the NFL, NCAA, NASCAR, Drum Corps International, and numerous sports venues, concert halls and amusement parks throughout the country.
A frequent guest on local, state and national radio and television programs, he has appeared on the National Academies of Science Distinctive Voices, NPR's Talk of the Nation, the Tavis Smiley Show, WeatherBrains, ABC Nightly News, The Discovery Channel, The Weather Channel, WxGeeks, the BBC, and dozens of local radio and TV shows from coast to coast. He has also provided keynotes at the National Tornado Summit and the SXSW Eco Conference. He has served on two National Academies of Sciences panels reviewing weather forecast performance for the nation, and works closely with the Norman Chamber of Commerce and Norman Economic Development Coalition to provide support for the growing private weather and climate enterprise in Norman. He also served as a content designer for Scholastic's The Magic School Bus Kicks Up a Storm children's museum exhibit.
Spencer Adkins is an award winning chief meteorologist for WOWK-TV in Huntington-Charleston, WV. Certified by both AMS and NWA, Spencer has been forecasting weather since 1997 for the Tri-State area. He has forecasted and led coverage of many major storms from tornado outbreaks to Superstorm Sandy to major floods to derechos. Public safety and being weather aware is Spencer’s key mission in meteorology. He’s been on TV in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio for over 30 years at various stations in various positions.
As a member of the marching arts community, Spencer marched 4 years at Algonac, High School in Michigan in the 1980s from a French horn, changing to percussion. First exposed to DCI in the early 1980s, Spencer has been an avid fan logging thousands of miles to attend shows across many states and Canada ever since. Spencer and his wife Susan have four boys, all of whom have marched in the award winning Cabell-Midland Marching Knights from Ona, WV. Now in addition to attending DCI shows, Spencer attends Bands of America Shows.
Combining work along with being a drum corps nut and a band dad, Spencer has been tweeting forecasts for DCI fans during summers since 2014. The tweets led him to team up with Dr. Kevin Kloesel from Oklahoma University who has been working with Pacific Crest and DCI on marching safety and health. Spencer plans to continue his show forecast tweets while working under Dr. Kloesel to provide weather safety information to the corps community. He also covers the marching scene on WOWK-TV featuring local members of drum corps during the summer as well as promoting the annual local Drums Across The Tri State show in Charleston along with announcing at many local high school band shows during the fall competition season. You can find him @spencerweather on Twitter often using the hashtag: #marchingmeteorology