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Lee Beddis
Percussion Caption Supervisor

lee-beddisA native of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Lee Beddis spent his youth with the Peterborough Krescendos, the Canadian Knights, and the Dutch Boy Drum Corps. He would later move south to join the ranks of the World Champion Garfield Cadets, in order to become part of the now-legendary “perfect” percussion line of 1987.  After winning his second title in 1990, he aged out, swiftly moving into the role of instructor.

His instructing experience includes the Madison Scouts, Star of Indiana, and the Phantom Regiment. It was there, in 1996, that Beddis helped capture the World title with his ambitious leadership and musical compositions for “The Defiant Heart”, an all-Shostakovich program.  In 1997, he turned his skills to the rebuilding of the Toledo, Ohio, Glassmen.  Within the year, his expertise found immediate reward, moving that section into the forefront world-class recognition.  After the successful 2000 season, he moved to the Crossmen, where he remained until his appointment as Percussion Coordinator to the Madison Scouts.  Beddis’ unique reputation as a program builder prepared him for the role of returning the 2005 and 2006 Madison line to elite status.

In 2007, Lee’s unique reputation of building quality percussion programs with success in short periods of time fit in right with Carolina Crown’s desired level of success. Through the 5 seasons with Carolina Crown, Lee’s leadership and team brought the percussion program to within striking distance of the best percussion section in the world along with contributing to the overall success of the drum corps.

During his time with Carolina Crown, Lee took on the responsibilities of the percussion arranging and consulting for the Crossmen in 2011. His leadership and strong advice lead The Crossmen back into finals in 2012 for the first time since 2004, the last time Beddis lead the percussion caption for the corps.

After much evaluation, Lee decided to return to the Madison Scouts in 2012-2014 and The Cadets in 2014 and 2015. He began his percussion instruction in Madison in 1991 and marched the Cadets 1987-1990. He recognized these moves as being a great challenge and it proved to be successful in building and maintaining the percussion program at elite status with both groups.

Lee’s experience at all levels of instruction from technician, to caption head, arranger and percussion coordinator has made him the perfect choice for consulting with the Academy in 2017.

In addition to drum corps experience, Beddis is in demand throughout the United States and Canada as a highly-regarded judge for Winter Guard International. He started teaching and arranging for WGI groups in 1994 and moved into judging in 1999. Mr. Beddis proudly endorses Yamaha, Remo, Vic Firth, and Zildjian, while conducting marching percussion clinics across North America and beyond.

Cisco Hance
Percussion Caption Head/Designer

CiscoHanceOsman “Cisco”  Hance  currently resides in Port St. Lucie, FL. He has been involved with DCI since 2003. He started marching with Magic of Orlando under the instruction of Colin McNutt and Brian Tinkel.  In 2005 he joined Carolina Crown and acted as center snare and percussion section leader from 2005-2007. While at Crown he was under the instruction of Brian Tinkel, Jeff Queen, Ian Hale, Lee Beddis, Zach Shlicker, and Luis Rivera.  Cisco has also been teaching WGI Open Class “Stryke Percussion” since 2008. Stryke has placed in the top ranks at WGI finals for several years, receiving the bronze medal in 2008, and silver in 2010 and 2011 in the Independent Open Class. Now in the Independent World Class, the group most recently placed 8th. Cisco remains as the group’s and Battery arranger and ensemble Coordinator.

In 2009, Cisco worked as the snare tech for the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, where he helped the corps successfully transition into DCI’s World Class.  Subsequently, Cisco became the snare technician for the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps.  Today, Cisco serves as the Percussion Director/Arranger for the Park Vista Marching Band in Lake Worth, Florida as well as the Director of Percussion at Jupiter High School in Jupiter, FL.  For The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps he served as the Percussion Coordinator in 2014 , as Percussion Manager in 2016, and is looking forward to leading the Percussion Caption in this capacity beginning in 2017.

Dr. Mark Eichenberger
Percussion Caption Coordinator/Designer

eichenberger-picMark is a freelance percussionist and educator based out of Lawrence, New Jersey. He holds a DMA Percussion Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Mark is a frequent performer for the Princeton Sound Kitchen premiering new works by composers at Princeton. As a teacher he works with the percussion programs at Hunterdon Central and Hopewell Valley High School and maintains a private lesson studio in the Princeton area. He manages the steel drum band Pro Steel, for Gallant Entertainment Inc. where he also performers with the other various ensembles. Before moving to New Jersey, he worked at the University of Texas-Brownsville as a lecturer of percussion and prior to that appointment was a freelance performer and teacher in Chicago.

He has appeared as a soloist with the University of Texas-Brownsville Wind Orchestra, Roma High School Percussion Ensemble, University of Illinois Wind Symphony and Wind Orchestra as well as the Overton High School Wind Ensemble from Memphis, TN. In 2010, he was selected as one of the thirty finalists to compete in the TROMP International Percussion Competition, held in the Netherlands. Mark also performed as a member of the University of Illinois Gamelan Ensemble, at the 2009 Percussive Arts Society International Convention and the 2008 Bali Arts Festival in Denpasar, Bali.

This year will mark his 21st year of involvement with Drum Corps International. He spent ten years as a member of the Phantom Regiment organization from 1995-2004. From 2008 to 2010, he was a Front Ensemble instructor for the Santa Clara Vanguard, serving as Co-Caption Head in 2010. He is excited to return for his fifth year with The Academy, where he started in 2013 instructing the front ensemble. He stepped into the arranging role for The Academy in 2014, and looks forward to serving as Percussion Arranger and Percussion Coordinator for 2017.

Mark is a member of the Vic Firth Education Team and is an artist with Majestic and Mapex.

Rudy Flores
Battery Coordinator

rudy-floresRudy Flores has an extensive percussive background that ranges from jazz and orchestral ensembles to marching bands and drum corps.  He studied Music Education in concert performance and jazz/drumset studies at Western Connecticut State University. Was a member of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps (Snareline) 2001-2002.

He has been an educator for 16 years and has taught, consulted, and arranged for many groups including Connecticut Hurricanes Senior Drum and Bugle Corps, Kilties Senior drum and Bugle Corps, and STRYKE Percussion.

Currently, Rudy is the Percussion Director/Battery Arranger for John I Leonard High School in Greenacres, FL and Battery Technician and Visual arranger at Jupiter High School in Jupiter, FL. He is also an independent judge for FMBC, and is part of the Vic Firth Education Team.

Tim Berg
Digital Designer/Instructor

Tim Berg, M.M. is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in Percussion Performance and Literature as well as Music Education, studying Percussion with William Moersch and Ricardo Flores and Composition/Electro-Acoustic Music with Scott Wyatt.  He is currently an in-demand high school percussion arranger, teacher, and consultant throughout Illinois at groups such as Lincoln Way Central HS, Mahomet-Seymour HS, John Hersey HS, and Fremd HS.  Tim was a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Front Ensemble in 2009 and 2010 seasons, and is excited to return to The Academy for his fifth year as digital designer.  In his teaching, Tim strives to make students hyper-aware of how to identify and consistently produce great rhythms, articulations, and sounds on their instruments as well as how to approach each opportunity in rehearsal or performance as a chance to make the best music they can.  As an electronic music producer/arranger, he creates interest with evolving sounds made up of many layers throughout the stereo field meant to enhance the drum corps experience for fans of all ages.

Beno Morris
Sound Coordinator

beno-morrisThis is Beno’s fifth year with Academy. His experience started as a marching member of the Cavaliers from 1978-1984 playing bass drum. He has studied under some of the best instructors in drum corps: James Campbell; Professor at University of Kentucky, Bobby Hoffman; Visual Designer for Bridgemen, and Velvet Knights, Matt Savage, “Gus” Barbaro,  Robb Mueller and Mike Chiodo. In the audio world, Beno has done work for numerous artists including Lionel Richie, Patti Labelle, Styx, Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Depeche Mode, and events like Miss Teen USA, The Grammys, and many more. Taking his audio experience into the marching world, he has coordinated sound for Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets, Impulse, Northcoast Academy, Nuclear Reaction, and High Schools in Florida & Indiana. He loves doing audio consultation for drum corps and scholastic music programs, using his experience to enhance the quality of audio for the audience, and also providing directors and instructors with a better understanding of sound reinforcement.

Cameron Brown
Front Ensemble Instructor

cameron-brownCameron Brown is currently in his final semester at the University of North Texas where he is working to complete his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. While at UNT, Cameron has been fortunate to perform in a wide variety of ensembles including the Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, The UNT Percussion Ensemble, 2 O’Clock Steel Drum Band, Gamelan, South Indian Cross-Cultural Ensemble, Brazilian Ensemble, African Ensemble, and the UNT Green Brigade Marching Band, where he was the center marimbaist. From 2012 to 2015 Cameron was a front ensemble member of the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps and in 2015 he had the privilege of serving as the front ensemble section leader for the organization.

As an educator, Cameron has privately taught grades 6th through 12th for Carroll ISD in Southlake, TX. At Carroll HS, he served as a percussion technician for both the fall marching band and indoor drumline, where the ensemble has been a medalist in both NTCA ‘A’ and ‘Open’ Class. In 2016 Cameron served as a front ensemble instructor for The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, where the organization made their first appearance in DCI World Class Finals.

Cameron has been very fortunate to have been under the instruction of many renowned percussion educators including Robert Schietroma, Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Paul Rennick, Ed Smith, Jose Aponte, Poovalur Sriji, Gideon Alorwoyie, Kevin Shah, Mike Jackson, and Ralph Hardimon. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and the Texas Music Educators Association.

Raul Garza
Front Ensemble Instructor

Raul GarzaRaul Garza is currently an assistant band director and percussion director at Falfurrias Junior High and Falfurrias High school. Raul is the front ensemble tech for the UTRGV indoor percussion ensemble Timbre and will be returning for his second year as the front ensemble tech for The Academy.  He currently holds a B.A. in Music Education from the University of Texas at Brownsville. During his attendance at UT Brownsville, Raul performed with numerous ensembles including the Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Marimba Quartet, the UTB Indoor Percussion Ensemble. In 2011 he was a front ensemble member for the Revolution Percussion Ensemble. As a member of the wind ensemble and percussion ensembles he has had the opportunity to perform with Brian Zator, Ney Rosauro, Maraca Two, Mark Ford, Mark Eichenberger, along with a performance at the 2015 Texas Music Educators Association.

Marcus LeBlanc
Front Ensemble Instructor

marcus-leblancMarcus LeBlanc currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada obtaining his M.M. in Percussion Performance at UNLV; his teachers are Dr. Dean Gronemeier and Dr. Tim Jones. Originally from Erath, Louisiana, he has earned his B.M. in Music Education at McNeese State University under Dr. Lonny Benoit.  While at McNeese, Marcus performed in various ensembles such as the Steel Band, African Drum and Dance, Brazilian, Latin combo, and the Pride of McNeese.  Marcus was a performing member of the Academy’s 2013 and 2014 front ensemble.  He then went on to teach the Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps’ front ensemble during the 2015 and 2016 season.  He also taught various high schools around Louisiana and in Vegas.  Marcus is extremely excited to be joining the Academy on tour again, only this time as an educator!

Chris Baños
Battery Instructor

chris-banos-picChristopher Baños has years of drumming experience. He was first introduced to the world of marching percussion as a student of Miami Senior High School in South Florida, and since, has established a fine reputation as an educator throughout South Florida.

Since graduating from Miami High, he has been a member of many World Class WGI and DCI ensembles. In 2012, Chris was a member of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps, making DCI World Finals for the first time in 8 years. Afterwards he was a member of Carolina Crown for their 2013 and 2014 seasons. He received a Gold medal and aged out with Carolina Crown in 2014.

In 2013, Chris marched his first world class indoor percussion season with STRYKE Percussion. For the following two seasons, he was a cast member of the 9 time WGI medalist Rhythm X. During his time at Rhythm X, he received a Bronze medal in 2014, finally aging in 2015 with a Silver medal.

Chris has been an educator, drill designer, and arranger for many marching ensembles in the South Florida area for several years. For the 2016 season, Chris taught at the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. Currently, he is on his second season teaching at STRYKE Percussion.

In 2017, Chris will be graduating from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s in Music Education.

Frank Connelly
Battery Instructor

frank-picFrank Connelly is a performer, teacher, and composer with a diverse background in the marching arts, percussion ensemble, orchestra, wind ensemble, and solo playing.

During the school year Frank focuses on both primary and secondary pedagogy. From 2013-2015, Frank was the Percussion Specialist at Burleson-Centennial High School where the percussion studio earned numerous accolades including winning the Scholastic A North Texas Colorguard Association Indoor Drumline Championship in 2015. He currently teaches in the Godley Independent School Disctrict as the Assistant Director of Bands and Percussion Director.

In the marching arts, Frank is accomplished as both a performer and educator. He performed as a bass drummer with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps during 2009 and the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 2010 and 2011, serving as section leader in 2011. In 2012 Frank was the bass drum technician for Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps, and in 2014 he taught bass drum at the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps. Frank served as a bass drum clinician for the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015, taught bass drums at the Academy in 2016, and is returning to the Academy in 2017.

Mr. Connelly is a Bachelors of Music graduate at Texas State University with an emphasis in Percussion.  Frank is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion and Mapex/Majestic Percussion.  He currently resides in Crowley, TX.

Will Edmonds
Battery Instructor

will-edmondsWill Edmonds, from Sunnyvale, CA has performed with various groups in both DCI and WGI over the last 5 years.  He started with marching Vanguard Cadets from 2010-2011.  He would then go on to march with The Academy from 2012-2013 serving as the center snare and section leader in 2013.  Will would go on to finish his DCI career with The Cadets in 2014.  During the winter Will spent 3 seasons with Vanguard Winter Percussion from 2011-2013.  He would then finish his final winter seasons with Music City Mystique.  Will currently works with multiple schools in the Silicon Valley area working as a battery instructor, while also studying kinesiology at De Anza College.  This will be Will’s third year on staff with The Academy.


James Herman

Battery Instructor

james-herman-1James Herman is a performer and educator from Costa Mesa, CA. He started his performing career with Gold Drum & Bugle Corps in 2011.  James then went on to march with The Academy from 2012 serving as the center quad and aging out with Academy in 2013. After aging out, James went on to teach at Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo, CA where he has taught for the last 4 years and most recently helped the ensemble become SCPA A Class Gold Medalist in the 2016 season. James graduated from Vanguard University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and Strategic Marketing and currently works as a Financial Analyst in Irvine CA for a Health Care software company while teaching with Jared Andrews at Aliso Niguel High School. This will be James’ second year working with The Academy.

Luke Vogt
Battery Instructor

luke-vogtLuke Vogt 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. 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. This will be Luke’s second year on staff.

Zach Wood
Battery Instructor

zach-wood-picZach Wood is a Floridian born and raised out of Orlando. Involved heavily in the percussion community here for the past 10 years, Zach spent time performing with INFINITY Percussion from 2008-2014 in the front ensemble and battery sections of the ensemble. After aging out in 2014, Zach has stayed on with the ensemble serving as the snare technician and is going into the third year filling that role. Along with being involved in the indoor activity, Zach also marched with Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps based out of Jacksonville, FL (2009, 2011) and The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps based out of Rosemont, IL (2012). Outside of the drum corps and winter guard scene, Zach has taught at various high schools in the Central Florida area including, Oviedo High School, Lake Howell High School, East River High School, and Winter Park High School.