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2019 Design Staff

Edwin Parker-Mendenhall
Program Coordinator / Color Guard Caption Head
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Edwin Parker-McConnell is a New Mexico based music educator, colorguard instructor, choreographer, and consultant with over eight years of experience in the teaching field. His degree in Music Education is from the University of New Mexico. He has taught and written for various schools within the southwestern states, and has also written for Republic High School of Missouri. He experienced drum corps in 2010 with the Troopers, which proved to be an invaluable learning experience. Currently, Edwin resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico as the Associate Director of Bands and Color Guard Director at La Cueva High School, as well as a guard instructor for the University of New Mexico. Edwin believes that guard is not just about the competition, choreography, and other tangible elements that come along with it. It’s also about the passion, joy, and love that one develops for doing the activity that makes it so wonderful. This is at the foundation of all of his teaching.
Key Poulan
Music Coordinator / Brass Arranger
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Key Poulan is a composer and arranger with an expertise in the marching arts. He has written for the world’s most famous drum corps including the Santa Clara Vanguard, Mandarins, Glassmen, Spirit of Atlanta, Cascades, Spartans, Sunrisers, Hurricanes, Caballeros, Raiders, Millennium (Italy), Juliana (Netherlands), Siamyth (Thailand), Star United and the Mass Brass Mini Corps. He is the wind arranger for the World Champion Chromium Winds (The Cavaliers). Key graduated from Marshall High School in Marshall, Texas in 1980 after starting band in Lindale Texas. Key received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from East Texas State University (currently Texas A & M – Commerce) in 1985.
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Jeff Lee
Audio Systems Designer / Front Ensemble and Sound Consultant
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Mr. Lee has been a Lecturer in Music Industry at Troy University, specializing in audio sound design and concert production. His responsibilities included teaching advanced audio techniques, mixing, mastering, recording studio techniques, and live concert production. Mr. Lee is one of the original creators of the Tony and Emmy Award winning show Blast! which has appeared on the West End of London, Broadway, & been touring internationally since 1999. Following 11 seasons as the front ensemble arranger and instructor with the Concord Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps, Lee moved to Bloomington, IN to serve as the Music Director for Mason Entertainment Group (creators of Blast!, Shockwave, CyberJam, M.I.X, and various other projects). Mr. Lee attained his Master of Arts degree in percussion performance from the studio of Steven Schick (CSU, Fresno) and his Bachelor of Arts in percussion performance from the studio of Dr. Scott Cameron & George Hattendorf (New Mexico State University). Currently, Mr. Lee is the manager of the NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall in Las Cruces.
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Andrew Gaskill
Visual Designer
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Andrew graduated from Austin Peay State University in 2008, earning his Bachelors of Science in Music Education Summa Cum Laude. In 2011, he completed his Master’s in Instrumental Conducting, with honor, from APSU. Since 2011 he has served as director of bands at Sycamore High School in Pleasant View, Tennessee. The band was recognized in 2016 as the Class III Open Southern States Champion at USBands and the recipient of the Cadets Award of Excellence for Outstanding General Effect. In 2014 he was recognized as the State of Tennessee’s “Most Distinguished New Educator.” As a performer, Andrew played euphonium with Phantom Regiment in 2004 and 2006. He performed with the 10-time DCA Champion Star United based out of Indianapolis, IN from 2011 to 2016. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of Clarksville Youth Performing Arts Association, a non-profit music association that operates Audio Theater, a WGI Percussion Independent Open ensemble. He serves as the ensemble’s director and as a designer. He stays active as a designer and clinician for bands and indoor programs throughout Tennessee and Kentucky. As an educator, he has previously taught with Spirit, Music City Legend as Co-Visual Caption Head, Visual Caption Head for Music City Drum Corps in 2014, visual staff for the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps in 2015 and 2016 and just completed the 2017 season with The Cadets.
Chris Johnston
Visual Designer
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Chris is currently the music teacher at Jo Byrns Elementary School in Cedar Hill, Tennessee. He graduated from Austin Peay State University in 2011 with a degree in music education. Chris marched with the Memphis Sound Drum & Bugle Corps as a trumpet soloist in 2005, followed by three years in the Phantom Regiment (Rockford, IL) from 2006 to 2008, including the 2008 World Championship season as a soloist and section leader. From 2012-2016, Chris had the distinct honor of performing as a soloist and lead trumpet player for the 10-time defending DCA Mini Corps Champions, Star United Drum & Bugle Corps (Indianapolis, IN). As a program coordinator and co-drill writer, Chris helps guide the design and instructional process for the WGI Open Class Finalist, Audio Theater and has also worked with the WGI World Class Finalist, Palmetto Percussion. Chris has worked with drum corps such as the Academy, Memphis Sound, Music City, the Colts, and currently serves as part of the visual team for The Cadets.
Will Kramer
Staff Coordinator / Percussion Writer / Percussion Caption Head
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William Kramer received his Bachelors of Music Performance in Percussion from the University of New Mexico and is currently an elementary music teach at the George I Sanchez Collaborative Community School in Albuquerque. As a percussion instructor he has worked with a number of Albuquerque programs, including Rio Rancho High School, West Mesa High School, and Atrisco Heritage Academy. He spent three years with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps.
Robert Taylor
Program Consultant
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Robert “Bob” Taylor started playing trumpet at a young age and accelerated into playing all brass and percussion instruments. He was first involved in Drum Corps in 1978 marching with the Cranford Patriots and winning the Garden State Circuit Championships. From there he march the DCI Finalist Bridgemen from 1979-1980. In 1981 he marched with the Garfield Cadets as the mellophone soloist 1st tour and the Rosemont Cavaliers for 2nd tour. In 1982 He marched with the Crossmen. Mr. Taylor also marched several seasons in the Bushwackers in DCA. Mr. Taylor has been the Director of 2 Drum Corps, 1 in New Jersey and 1 in Arizona. He has served in many teaching capacities including as a Program Coordinator, Program Consultant, Visual Caption Head and numerous other teaching roles with both Drum Corps and High School marching bands.Currently Mr. Taylor is the CEO of MarchingApparel.com the Leader in Custom Apparel to the Marching Arts based in Tempe, AZ. He has served as the Assistant Director of The Cerritos High School Regiment of Gold of Cerritos, CA for 15 years up until 2017. During his time at Cerritos the program was a finalist every year in the cicuits they competed in including being a 5 time WBA Champion in 2A and 3A and 4A classes.His currently the program Consultant for Palm Desert HS in Palm Desert, CA and for Queen Creek HS in Queen Creek, AZ Mr. Taylor has sat on numerous Boards of Directors including The Academy of Tempe, AZ and as a Board Advisor for Arsenal Drum and Bugle Corps of Albuquerque,NM. He is known for his extensive knowledge in fundraising for non-profit organizations and has consulted for many groups, bands and Drum Corps on better ways to approach both aspects of Business and fundraising. Bob is married to Melinda Taylor and resides in Mesa, AZ and has 4 children (including both natural and step children) and is a grandfather of 1. Bob plays as often as possible as the percussionist for his Church.
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