Meet the Brass staff.

Paris Foreman

CAPTION HEAD

Paris Foreman

R. Paris Foreman is an expert in brass pedagogy with teaching experience spanning three decades. He has served on DCI brass staffs including Music City Drum Corps Brass Caption Head in 2018 & 2019. He has taught countless high school bands and has been involved with 8 BOA Super Regional championships. Paris currently serves as the Brass Caption Head for Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps. Paris Has a BA in Music Industry with a Minor in Theatre and a Masters in Business Management from Troy University. He is the Marketing Director for the RWS Music Company and a Captain in the United States Army, serving in the Alabama National Guard. Paris is currently the Director of the Biloxi Schools Performing Arts Center, and Assistant Band Director at Biloxi High School in Biloxi, MS.

Stuart Andrade

BRASS TECH

Stuart Andrade

Stuart Andrade is a jazz performer, arranger, and educator based in the PNW area. Stu began his career sitting in with local big bands and combos while studying for his undergraduate degree. After establishing himself among the jazz community, Stu shared the stage with prominent jazz musicians such as John Fedchock, Javon Jackson, and Eric Marienthal. Before moving on to his graduate studies, he performed with a number of professional jazz ensembles including The Kingwood Big Band and Vaughn Weister’s Famous Jazz Orchestra. He continues to teach a small low-brass studio consisting of both classical and jazz musicians. Stu is currently a master’s student in Music Theory and Composition. Originally from Houston, Texas, Stu’s DCI experience began with Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015. He marched for another three seasons, aging out as a member of the 2019 Blue Stars. He continued his drum corps journey as a member of the Southwind brass staff since 2020. Stu currently lives in Washington state where he spends his non-music-related free time hiking, kayaking, and skiing on the beautiful pacific coast.

Will Cole

BRASS TECH

Will Cole

Will Cole is a graduate of Jacksonville State University and Troy University, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Music Education and Master’s of Music Education, respectively. He has worked with multiple bands in Alabama and Georgia as a visual, music, and sound technician. While attending JSU, he was a member of the nationally recognized Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners. Will’s drum corps experience includes 4 years as a marching member of the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps, where he was named Trooper of the Year in 2016. Most recently, he served as a visual technician at Music City Drum and Bugle Corps from 2017 through 2019. He currently teaches Elementary Music at Cleveland Elementary School in Fayetteville, GA. Will is excited to spend this year on the brass team at Southwind!

Daniel Herndon

BRASS TECH

Daniel Herndon is returning for his 4th year with Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps as a brass staff member. He is currently the Head Director at George County High School in Mississippi and a Visual Consultant for St. Martin Independent WGI for the 2021-2022 season. Daniel has two years of prior Drum Corps experience, marching in the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015 & 2017.

Anthony Martin

BRASS TECH

Anthony Martin marched Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in 15 and 17. After his age out year, he enlisted in the US Army and is now serving the 375 reserved unit in Mobile, Alabama. Getting back to the states, he finished his associates in Music Education at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and is in his final year at William Carey University with his Bachelors in Music Education. During this time, he was on staff at Harrison Central and George County High School.

Emily Monson

BRASS TECH

Emily Moson

Emily is the head band director at WS Neal Middle School in Brewton, AL and the assistant director at WS Neal High School.  Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of North Alabama. During her degree, she performed in a variety of concert and marching ensembles including being a section leader in the Marching Pride.  She spent two summers marching with Music City Drum & Bugle Corps out of Nashville, Tennessee. After aging out, she taught as a high brass tech at the Seattle Cascades, and currently is a mellophone tech at Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps.

Michael Roy

BRASS TECH

MIchael Roy

Michael Roy has been teaching secondary music since 2010. He currently serves as an Associate Band Director and Director of Guitar Studies at Foley High School in Foley, AL. He received his Bachelor’s in Music Ed from Louisiana State University, a Master’s in Educational Admin from Southwest Baptist University, an Education Specialist and is completing a Education Doctorate from University of the Cumberlands. Mr. Roy was a member of the LSU Concert Bands, Jazz Ensemble, The Golden Band from Tigerland, and LSU Trombone Choir. Mr. Roy’s drum corps experience includes the 2004-05 Memphis Sound and the 2006 and 2008 Phantom Regiment.  Mr. Roy has been on Southwind brass staff since the 2019 season.  He is an avid marching instructor and drill writer having developed field and indoor programs for schools in Louisiana, Missouri, and Alabama.

Aakash Patel

BRASS TECH

Aakash Patel

Aakash Patel is a composer, freelance musician, and brass clinician and educator from Lawrenceville, Georgia. He has performed with a number of collegiate ensembles during his time at the University of Georgia as well as the Taccoa Symphony Orchestra. While in college, he wrote for the University of Georgia Redcoat Marching Band, various ensembles within the University of Georgia Horn Studio, and the River Ridge High School Band Program. He has had the opportunity to instruct at various middle and high schools within the state of Georgia, primarily as a horn clinician. As a marching member, he was a performer with the University of Georgia Redcoat Marching Band (2015-2016), the Racine Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps (2013-2014) and the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps (2017). As an instructor, he has served as a High Brass Technician for the Atlanta CV Drum and Bugle Corps (2021), Brass Co-Caption Manager of Spirit of Newark Drum and Bugle Corps (2020), and as a brass and visual educator with various high school programs in the state of Georgia, most notably within Cherokee County and Cobb County.

Zachary Rohner

BRASS TECH

Zac Rohner

Zac Rohner is currently finishing his undergraduate degree in Music Education at Jacksonville State University. During his time at JSU, he has served as one of the mellophone section leaders for the Marching Southerners (2018-2022). Aside from the marching arts, he has participated in numerous concert ensembles, orchestras, jazz bands, and choirs during his degree. This will be Zac’s first year as a brass staff member with Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps.

Ian McNeill

BRASS TECH

Ian McNeill

This will be Ian Mcneill’s first year working with Southwind after spending the last three seasons with Music City, where he was Assistant Caption head in 2021. He marched all of his DCI seasons with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps from 2015-2017 and was the 2017 DCI I&E tuba champion. Ian is also very involved with DCA spending 3 seasons with the Southern Knights and most recently on brass staff with Atlanta CV where they won High Brass. When not doing drum corps Ian can be found playing disc golf, watching sports, or cooking.

Matthew Louis

BRASS TECH

Matthew Stuart

Matthew Louis graduates in the spring with a Bachelors of Music Education from the University of Mississippi. He has spent his tenure at Ole Miss playing Trumpet in the Pride of the South, as well as various jazz ensembles, and the UM Wind Ensemble. During his degree, MATTHEW has also been a member of the University’s premier choral ensemble, the UM Concert Singers, with whom he’s traveled the country with in performance. He spent two summers marching with Music City Drum & Bugle Corps out of Nashville, TN before returning as a volunteer on tour. Matthew is ready to get back on the road, and is excited for the opportunity to work with such a great organization this summer!

Bethany Presley

BRASS TECH

Bethany Presley

Bethany Presley is currently in her second year teaching Elementary Music at Orange Beach Elementary School and Elberta Elementary School. This is also her second year as Assistant Band Director at Orange Beach High School. Bethany is a native of Bay Minette, AL and received her BME from Auburn University, in Auburn AL. While at Auburn, Bethany performed with several school ensembles including the marching band, wind ensemble, jazz band, pep band, and show choir. She participated in Drum Corps International by marching with Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014. Bethany has been on staff with Southwind teaching high brass since 2019 and proud to be returning for another season. Bethany stays active in the music community by performing at local events.

Steven Dratler

BRASS STAFF

Steven Dratler is the Assistant Band Director and Low Brass specialist of the Lamar Consolidated High School Band. Previously, he student taught at Clements High School and Fort Settlement Middle School in Fort Bend ISD, and had the privilege to be a marching instructor for several Houston area schools such as Brazoswood High School, Klein Oak High School, and Splendora High School. He also is a proud alumnus of the Troopers, and Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps. Steven is a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. He studied with Mr. Ben Osborne, Mr. John McCroskey, and Dr. Matthew McInturf. During his time at SHSU, he was a member of the Men’s Chorus, Bearkat Marching Band, Symphonic Band, and the Wind Ensemble. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Steven currently resides in Rosenberg, Texas, where in his free time, he enjoys running marathons and playing with his cats.