Meet the Percussion staff.

Elanders Frazier

CO-CAPTIONHEAD & BATTERY ARRANGER

Elanders Frazier

Elanders Frazier is an arranger, designer, and creator based in Pace, Florida. Elanders has been a percussion instructor, visual designer, adjudicator, and clinician for grade schools and independent ensembles in the Gulf Coast area since 2002.

Elanders holds an A.A. in Business and a B.S.B.A. with a concentration in Management from the University of West Florida. His collegiate performance credits include Pensacola State College and the University of West Florida. His professional marching credits include Eminence Indoor, Spirit Drum & Bugle Corps, and Music City Mystique. Elanders is also a member of the Percussive Arts Society and proudly endorses Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets.

John Gaal

CO-CAPTIONHEAD

John Gaal

John Gaal is in his sixth year serving as the Percussion Co-Caption Head at Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps. He currently serves as the Assistant Band Director for Trimble Tech High School, located in Fort Worth, Texas. John received his Master’s in Percussion Performance from Texas Christian University, his Bachelor’s of Music in Orchestral Performance from Bob Jones University, and his Texas Teaching License from Texas Teachers. His marching arts credentials include three years with The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps and two years with Music City Mystique. When John is not teaching or performing in the DFW area, he is working at Tarpley Music Company as a Sales Associate or competing in a Crossfit Competition.

Dr. Gregory Jackson

ENSEMBLE SPECIALIST

Greg Jackson

Dr. Gregory Jackson is a renowned composer, conductor, educator, and author and is the Director of Orchestras at South Cobb High School in Atlanta. Dr. Jackson has published over a dozen books sold worldwide, has composed 5 symphonies and has more than 130 completed works. He was a semi-finalist for the American Prize for Composition and won 2nd Prize for the American Prize in Conducting. He competed at PASIC in the Collegiate Snare Competition and in consecutive years placed in the top 4 performing his original solos. Jackson proudly endorses Remo Inc., Pearl Percussion, and Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.

Ryan Reed

FRONT ENSEMBLE ARRANGER & COORDINATOR

Ryan Reed

Ryan Reed is the Front Ensemble Arranger and Coordinator for Southwind .  He has been a percussion designer/instructor since 2006 and is currently the percussion director for West Clermont High School. Additionally, he serves on the front ensemble staff with Matrix Performing Arts (instructor), White Sabers (arranger) and Phantom Regiment (instructor). Ryan received a B.M. in Music Education from Kent State University where he studied percussion with Ted Rounds. As a performer in the marching arts, Ryan was a front ensemble member of Matrix Percussion from 2006-2008.  He was also a member of the Empire Statesmen in 2007 and 2009, and the Glassmen in 2008. Ryan proudly endorses Innovative Percussion and Mapex/Majestic Percussion.

Brandon Beck

BATTERY TECHNICIAN

Brandon Beck

Brandon currently serves as the Assistant Band Director/Director of Percussion at Oak Grove HS in Bessemer, AL. Brandon attended Auburn, performing in a variety of ensembles and graduated from the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) where he worked as a percussion instructor and performed with various music ensembles studying under Dr. Gene Fambrough. As a performer, Brandon was a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets, Boston Crusaders, Odyssey Percussion Theatre, Frequency Percussion, and Pariah Percussion Theatre. Previously, Brandon has been on staff with the Crossmen, Music City, and Civitas (WGI). Brandon also taught with Auburn, the University of South Carolina and numerous school percussion sections in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Ohio. Brandon lives in Hoover, AL, is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and proud to be an artist for Pearl/Adams and Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.

Jerry Charvat

BATTERY TECHNICIAN

Jerry Charvat

Jerry Charvat resides in Pensacola, Florida. His marching experience includes Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps and Music City Mystique. He has consulted across the gulf coast in both cymbal instruction and visual programming since 2005. His teaching experience includes Escambia High School, FSU Marching Chiefs, Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps, University of South Alabama, Spirit Drum & Bugle Corps, and is a current instructor at Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps. He holds an AAS in Health Services Mgmt. and completed his BFA in Graphic Design from the University of West Florida. He is currently working as a program specialist at the UWF Center for Behavior Analysis, a graphic designer for Seavine Co., and serves in the U.S. Navy Reserves as an Information Systems Technician.

Michael Coleman

BATTERY TECHNICIAN

Michael Coleman

Michael Coleman was born in Houston, TX and graduated from Texas Tech University in 2013 with a degree in music education. He began his drum corps career marching Spartans in 2008 on bass drum, and continued with them for the 2010 season. In 2011, Michael marched bass drum with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. After graduating from college, he began his teaching career in Fort Worth before moving down to Houston, Texas where he’s been the percussion director of Clear Creek High School since 2017. Michael has also been teaching drum corps since 2014, where he was the bass tech for the Guardians DBC, Genesis DBC, and has been on staff with Southwind since 2019.

David Galvan

BATTERY TECHNICIAN

David Galvan

David comes from Orlando, Florida with experiences from Tampa Bay Thunder (2013) and Sun Devils (2014). His WGI experiences include Marcato Independent (2014), Infinity 2 (2015, 2016) and aging out with Infinity World (2017). David’s teaching career began in 2014 with Lake Nona HS as battery caption head & Oviedo HS from 2016 to 2018. Following his age out in 2017, David began working with independent ensembles including Heat Wave Drum & Bugle Corps (2017), Southwind as their lead Tenor instructor beginning in 2018 and Infinity 2 in 2018. In the fall of 2019,  he worked with Infinity 3 and Vigilantes Indoor Percussion (TX). David also spent a season with Elite Percussion (LA), Stryke Percussion World (FL) and joined Civitas Independent for the 2022 season as the new Battery Coordinator and St. Martin as a Battery consultant for the 2022 season. David has also performed with the Orlando Magic’s Drumline, Rhythm N Blue.

Gage Grimsley

BATTERY TECHNICIAN

Gage Grimsley

Gage is currently the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the University of Central Florida Marching Knights and Percussion Studio, pursuing his MA in Music Performance – Percussion. Gage graduated from Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Music Education. While at JSU, he was a member of, and was an instructor for, the Marching Southerners Drumline and Front Ensemble. He was a member of the 2016 Sacramento Mandarins, performing as a bass drummer. Gage is also an active percussion instructor in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. He taught for Southern Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, Q2 Independent Indoor Drumline and various public schools. He is currently a percussion tutor at Freedom High School in Orlando, FL, as well as a front ensemble technician for Stryke 2.

Chase Hodge

BATTERY TECHNICIAN

Chase Hodge

Born and raised in Smiths Station/Phenix City, AL ; Chase Hodge attended Troy University where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a Music Minor as well as a Masters of Education in School Counseling. At Troy, Chase was a member of numerous ensembles such as “The Sound of the South” Marching Band, symphony band and also the percussion ensemble. Chase was a member of the Boston Crusaders in 2008 and aged out with Spirit of Atlanta in 2009. Currently Chase resides in Birmingham, AL where he iis a school counselor at I3 Academy.  In his spare time, Chase enjoys listening to podcasts, cooking, spending time with his friends/ family and playing with his goldendoodle named Finnley. This will be Chase’s second year on the Southwind Percussion staff.

Anthony Lane

BATTERY TECHNICIAN

Anthony Lane

Anthony Lane has taught for two seasons of marching band and indoor percussion with Warren Central HS. He also taught for Clinton High School for one season of marching band and one season of indoor. Anthony is an alumni of Southwind Drum and Bugle corps(2017-2019) and recently completed a season with Music City Mystique, from Nashville, TN (2020). Anthony is currently an audio engineering/music industry major at Hinds Community College with plans to attend The University of Memphis for his Master’s Degree.

Nick Lundy

BATTERY TECHNICIAN

NIck Lundy

Nick Lundy, a Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps Alumnus, marched snare drum with Southwind in 2015. He went on to march bass drum with the Louisiana Stars in 2016. Following his drum corps career, he finished his degree in Entertainment Technology at Gulf Coast State College and moved forward to work professionally as a stage technician with Dale Parker Audio Video, the Ogunquit Playhouse & Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. There he gained notable experience in theatrical audio video techniques, staging and set design. His eclectic range of experience doesn’t end there. When it comes to performance, Nick has been most prolific as the vocalist of his regionally touring metal band, Blind Tiger, going strong since 2014 with no plans to stop climbing in production quality and performance.

Spencer Murray

BATTERY TECHNICIAN

Spencer Murray

Spencer Murray became enamored with marching percussion at age 13, and the rest is history. His passion led him to perform with the Marching Illinois Drumline (2006-2010), Blue Stars Drum and bugle corps (2006, 2008), and The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (2009). Spencer has instructed many marching percussion groups including Green Thunder Percussion, Infinity Percussion, numerous high schools in the Orlando area, and has been an instructor with Southwind since 2018. Many of Spencer’s students have performed with the Bluecoats, Boston Crusaders, Colts, Crossmen, Cavaliers, Legends, and Phantom Regiment. Spencer lives Clermont, FL with his wife Lindsay, daughter Harlynn, and dog Kylo. Spencer regularly works for Universal Studios and performs at Legoland Florida.

Jared Potter

BATTERY TECHNICIAN

Jared Potter

Jared Potter was born and raised in Kosciusko, MS. He earned his Associate of Arts degree in Electrical Engineering from Holmes Comm. College and earned his Bachelors in Music Ed.  with a concentration in percussion studying under Dr. Jason Baker at Miss. State. His performance credits include the: Famous Maroon Band, percussion ensemble, wind ensemble, and symphonic band at Miss. State, as well as two seasons at Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps (‘18 and ‘19).  Jared won a graduate assistantship at Uni. of Florida where he coaches different ensembles and teaches music ed. courses to undergrads while currently pursuing his Masters in Percussion Performance. Jared is an active educator in both MS and FL teaching high school percussion sections and often lending a hand to the entire ensemble.

Colin Slavin

BATTERY TECHNICIAN

Colin Slavin

Colin Slavin currently resides in Pensacola, Florida and has been on Southwind’s Percussion staff since 2017. He was a cymbal instructor and battery visual instructor at Escambia High School from 2012- 2020 and has been on cymbal staff at Atlanta Quest since 2019.  He taught cymbals at the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps from 2015 to 2017.  His marching cymbal experience includes the Escambia High School Diamonds Indoor Percussion Ensemble, Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, and Atlanta Quest Independent World Percussion Ensemble. Colin recently completed his Bachelor’s degrees in music education and trumpet performance from the University of West Florida and is currently the Assistant Band Director at Escambia High School in Pensacola, FL.

Michael Sudduth

BATTERY TECHNICIAN

MIchael Sudduth

Michael Sudduth is a well-seasoned musical performer, educator, audio-engineer, and producer. He marched snare with the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps in 2016/2017 and also played snare for the Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015. He uses these experiences to deliver a focused and constructive educational environment. Michael also owns and operates his own recording studio called “Sudduth Studios” where he records, mixes, and masters music for artists as well as teaches in-person/remote music lessons.

Neal Cain

FE TECHNICIAN

Neal Cain

Neal Cain is an active composer, arranger, and educator based in Indian River County, FL. Currently, Neal serves on the design team for STRYKE Percussion 2 in Miami, FL (2021 – present) while also arranging and sound designing for several programs within the marching arts including some recreation projects for the Academy Drum & Bugle Corps. As a part of Neal’s philosophy, he believes that music is a language of emotion in that it can represent different feelings and barge into the soul with no boundaries or limitations. He teaches music because it acts in a unique way on the heart, mind, and spirit of his students, stimulating their imagination and creativity. He is dedicated to education and providing mentorship in personal growth and development. When he is not immersed in music, Neal studies interior design, business, and marketing while he seeks his Bachelor of Arts in Audio Engineering and Composition.

Tyler Clevenger

FE TECHNICIAN

Tyler Clevenger

Tyler Clevenger is returning to Southwind after initially joining the team for the COVID-interrupted 2020 season. Tyler has been teaching percussion since 2010, with a particular passion for the marching arts. He is in his third year as the percussion coordinator for East Coweta High School, including their BOA regional finalist marching band and GIPA Class A indoor ensemble. His most recent drum corps work was with Atlanta CV’s 2021 front ensemble, which was capped by the corps’ first-ever DCA Open Class percussion title. Tyler studied percussion at Columbus State University under Dr. Paul Vaillancourt, and he is a proud alumnus of Atlanta CV Drum and Bugle Corps and Atlanta Quest Independent Indoor Drumline. Tyler lives in Carrollton, GA, with his wife, Kalen, and their son, Anthony.

Hank Landrum

FE TECHNICIAN

Hank Landrum

Currently located in Austin, Texas, Hank Landrum is a Front Ensemble Instructor and Clarinetist originally from Pensacola. He is currently the Front Ensemble Instructor and Arranger for Bastrop High School in Bastrop, Texas. Hank holds a Bachelor’s degree in Clarinet Performance from Florida State University and is in the final year of his Master’s degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. Hank has marched with Infinity Percussion in Orlando and is an alumnus of Southwind. His professional orchestra experience includes performing with the National Repertory Orchestra, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and the Pensacola, Northwest Florida, and Temple Symphonies. Hank is excited to be back with Southwind and to teach the next generation of percussionists.

Daniel Cubas

BATTERY TECHNICIAN

Daniel Cubas

Daniel Cubas has been the Director of Bands at Discovery High School since 2018. Previous to his appointment at Discovery, he was the Associate Director of Bands and Percussion Director at Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, AL for three years.  He directed the Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble and assisted with the Patriot Marching Band and Wind Ensemble. Mr. Cubas graduated Cum Laude from Reinhardt University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. As a performer, he has been a previous member of the Alabama Winds, Georgia Wind Symphony, Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (2014), and Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps (2013). He is an Innovative Percussion educational artist and is active as an adjudicator, clinician, and music arranger.

Stephanie Maletz

FE TECHNICIAN

Stephanie Maletz

Stephanie Maletz, originally from the quaint town of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, currently resides in Austin, Texas  serving as the Assistant Band Director at Lake Travis Middle School at Lake Travis ISD. Her many accolades include being recognized at her undergraduate alma mater as one of their Distinguished Young Alumni; researching, presiding, and professionally writing about the retention in band from middle and high school; and being a first generation college student.  In her free time, Stephanie enjoys cooking, the outdoors, yoga, running, and traveling.

Michael Ollman

FE TECHNICIAN

Michael Ollman

Michael Ollman is a percussion educator originally from Atlanta, GA where he was most recently the Director of Percussion at Wheeler HS and East Cobb MS. Michael received his Degree in Percussion Performance from Kennesaw State University in 2018 studying with John Lawless. Michael is currently an active clinician and teacher in Houston, TX. He primarily serves as the front ensemble coordinator at Tompkins HS and Morton Ranch HS, additionally maintaining a sizable lesson studio of nearly 30 junior high and high school students. Michael marched with a number of groups including Atlanta Quest Indoor Perc. and the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. Prior to working with Southwind for the 2022 season, Michael worked with Music City Drum and Bugle Corps as well as Q2 Indoor Drumline.

Patrick Bantugan

BATTERY TECHNICIAN

Patrick Bantugan

Patrick Bantugan is a native of Pensacola, Florida and this will be Patrick’s 5th year returning as a cymbal technician for Southwind. His marching experience includes Atlanta Quest (2016 -Atlanta, GA), The Oregon Crusaders DBC (2016 -Portland, OR), and Music City Mystique (2018 – Nashville, TN). Patrick previously served as a Percussion Instructor at Gulf Breeze High School and lends a helping hand with Tulane University and other various high schools along the gulf coast.

Taylor Poole

BATTERY TECHNICIAN

Taylor Poole

Taylor Poole is a graduate from Georgia State University earning her Master’s degree in Orchestral Percussion Performance under the guidance of Dr. Stuart Gerber and Charles Settle.  She finished her bachelors degree at Georgia State University in Music Management with an emphasis in Marketing.  As a performer, she was an active member Spirit of Atlanta (2011-2013) and Gateway Indoor (2013-2014) under the instruction of Chris Hestin, Ben Pyles, and Michael McIntosh respectively.  She is an active educator working with various programs including Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps (CA), Palmetto Percussion (Central, SC) and most recently with Equinox Percussion (Athens, GA).  She is currently the Battery Captionhead at Civitas Independent (SC).

Alex Gonzalez

FE TECHNICIAN

Alex Gonzalez

Alex Gonzalez is an active educator based in Tampa, FL. Alex’s philosophy on education is that through open communication and learner-centered teaching we can not only help build better musicianship but also build a better sense of humanity and connection to others. When he is not teaching Alex also enjoys arranging, learning new recording/production techniques, and cooking while he is pursuing his Bachelor’s in Music Education at the University of South Florida.

Robert Dickens, Jr.

BATTERY COORDINATOR & TECHNICIAN

Robert Dickens

Robert Dickens Jr. is an educator, arranger, and designer from Dothan, AL. He received his Bachelors of Music Industry from Troy University. During his tenure there, he performed with a myriad of collegiate ensembles as well as DCI World Class Finalist GLASSMEN Drum & Bugle Corps. He serves as Battery Coordinator for Southwind Drum & Bugles Corps + Assistant Director of Bands at Centennial HS in Roswell, GA. Robert is an Innovative Percussion Artist and endorses their products exclusively.