2019 Production Design Staff

Edwin Parker-McConnell
Program Coordinator / Color Guard Caption Head
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.
Key Poulan
Music Coordinator / Brass Arranger
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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Andrew Gaskill
Visual Designer-Drill Writer
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-Drill Writer
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.
Dan Bryan
Percussion- Front Ensemble Arranger
Dan teaches music for the Stanislaus Union School District. Prior to this appointment, he held positions at Los Banos High School, Grace M. Davis High School, and Joseph A. Gregori High School, where he founded the music department in 2010. Additionally, he works with CSU Stanislaus as a student teacher supervisor in the Teacher Education Department. He acts as an adjudicator throughout the United States, and has served as judge for Drum Corps International. Currently, he serves on the design teams for Genesis (TX) and Raiders (NJ) Drum and Bugle Corps. He is an eight time Winter Guard International World Championship Medal winner (and seven-time WGI Finalist) as an instructor/composer; additionally, he is published internationally through Key Poulan Music and GPG Publications. His music has been performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, as well as the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Some of his recent projects include the CSU, Fresno Bulldog Marching Band, Nor Cal Indoor (2017 WGI World Championship Percussion Finalist), and Clovis North HS Marching Band (2017 Midwest Clinic performer). He is a graduate of Modesto Junior College and CSU Fresno, and holds his Master’s Degree in Band Conducting from Sam Hoston State University. He has served on the boards of the California Band Directors Association, Stanislaus County Music Educators Association, and the Central Valley Guard and Percussion Circuit. He is in demand as a clinician and guest conductor throughout California, and has presented at the California All State Music Educators Conference, Southern California Band and Orchestra Association, and Cazadero Music Camp (Conductor). Dan is co-owner (with his wife, Lindsay) of Pitopia Percussion, is a teacher/endorser for Innovative Percussion, and is the proud father of his favorite little tornado, Kate.
Shawn Glyde
Percussion- Battery Arranger
Shawn Glyde is a U.S. based musician, drummer, author, recording artist and marching percussion arranger, writer and instructor. In 2016, Shawn released his brand new method book series, Quick Start Drums, for drum set and drumline studies. He has recorded three solo jazz/fusion albums to date which have been highlighted in Modern Drummer Magazine. He spends most of his time working on band and indoor percussion show designs. His original compositions and arrangements for marching band and indoor marching percussion have won numerous honors including 2010 and 2011 WBA AA Champions (percussion Champions 2010, 2012, 2013) and 2013 WBA AAA Grand Champions. He writes for several band and percussion programs yearly and has an extensive catalog of indoor marching percussion and marching band shows to his credit. There are an estimated 150 competitive programs per year performing his musical arrangements. Shawn’s related affiliations include Music Team 7 – film scoring and sound design (credits include: Burn Hollywood Burn 2000, Actor – A Documentary 2012, Red Skies At Night [Trailer] 2012, Red Skies At Night 2015, Fleur 2017), Concord Blue Devils A Corps drum set arranger/consultant (2009-present), BDB Corps drum set arranger/advisor (2018-present), Clovis North High School marching percussion arranger and show designer (2007-present), Drum Set arranging for RCC Indoor Percussion (2018-present), electronic instruments and drum set arranger/writer for Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps (2019-present), battery percussion arranger for Arsenal SoundSport Team (2019-present) and staff arranger for show-designs.com, xtremepercussion.com, keypoulanmusic.com, gpgmusic.com and related organizations (U.S. / Int’l.), private drum lesson (drum set and drumline) studio teacher (Clovis, CA).

2019 Instructional Staff

2019 Caption Heads

Tyler Clark
Brass Caption Head
Mr. Clark is a music educator, performer, clinician, and arranger from Austin, TX. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Texas State University, majoring in music performance. As an undergraduate, he worked as both a music and visual technician/consultant at Frenship ISD for 4 years, while maintaining a private studio. After moving to central Texas, he worked as a supplemental instructor for the Westlake High School band program in Austin (TX) for 3 years. Presently, he is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Music Performance from Baylor University in Waco, TX. His brass instructional career has included roles as a brass teacher for the Oregon Crusaders, Guardians, Music City, Pacific Crest, and Seattle Cascades, dating back to 2013. As a performer, he was a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 2009 and 2010, aging out in the latter year.
Ziggy Garcia
Associate Corps Director/Visual Caption Head
Formerly of El Paso, Texas, Ziggy has been teaching, designing shows and teaching brass for over 15 year. Ziggy is a freelance trumpet player, professional salsa dancer/instructor as well as an avid disc golfer. He marched two years with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps where he was also a soloist, and most recently worked on visual staff with the Blue Stars and the Colts.
Edwin Parker-McConnell
Color Guard Caption Head
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.
Christopher Lawhorne
Percussion Caption Head
Christopher Lawhorne grew up in the Atlanta (GA) metropolitan area and has been a dedicated musician virtually all his life. His interest in musical composition led him to develop a strong skill set both as a percussionist and pianist, and his first work was performed while he still was a student in high school. With his early musical fluency, he became a member of Winter Guard International’s Pariah Percussion Theatre, an Independent World Class Ensemble; and later, a member of the Drum and Bugle Corps, Madison Scouts. Blending his musical experience with innovation and design, he uses these elements to bring his current compositions and performing ensembles success. Mr. Lawhorne attended Reinhardt University where he developed and crafted his compositional skills while receiving his Bachelor of Music Education and Instrumental Conducting. During his degree work Mr. Lawhorne studied with Dr. David Gregory, Dr. George Lucktenberg, and Richard Bell. His student teaching experience gave him the opportunity to work extensively with high school students where the results of his teaching and rehearsing brought the Intermediate Band their very first superior rating at Georgia Music Educators Association’s Large Group Performance Evaluation. While at Reinhardt University, several of Mr. Lawhorne’s works were performed under the baton of Dr. David Gregory, and he was given the opportunity to conduct one of his orchestral compositions in concert. Mr. Lawhorne had several percussion ensemble pieces performed at Reinhardt’s annual High School Honor Band Clinics. The guest conductor of one of these honor bands was Dr. Lowell Graham who offered Chris the opportunity to serve as a Teaching Assistant while pursuing his Master’s Degree at the University of Texas in El Paso. His degree work in Musical Composition gave Mr. Lawhorne the opportunity of additional course work in Instrumental Conducting. In addition to his conducting studies, Mr. Lawhorne was tasked with directing the UTEP Concert Band. He opened ensemble membership to local High School students and as a result, the combined personnel completed a cycle of four very successful performances – an accomplishment never before achieved at UTEP. After the completion of his course of study, Mr. Lawhorne was granted, with Honors, a Degree in Instrumental Conducting with emphasis in Musical Composition. Upon completion of his Master’s, he accepted the position of Associate Director of Bands of Chapin High School in El Paso,Texas. Mr. Lawhorne currently is completing his third year “in the field.” During his tenure at Chapin he has helped bring the Chapin Band program significant success. For the first time in seven years the Chapin Marching Band competed in finals at a national level contest, and the second Jazz Band was awarded third place at one of the largest jazz contests in the region. Mr. Lawhorne’s direction of the Symphonic Band, comprised mostly of Freshmen, earned superior ratings for the first time in the Chapin Band history. Additionally, many of his students participate annually at the state Solo and Ensemble contest where most earn Superior ratings. Beyond his teaching responsibilities at Chapin High School, Mr. Lawhorne continues to perform professionally as a member of the El Paso Winds. Chris also founded and currently serves as Executive Director of Sun City Independent, the only Winter Guard International Independent Percussion Ensemble within 300 miles of El Paso. The group is the current Winter Guard Arizona Champion division champions. Mr. Lawhorne guest conducted Reinhardt University at the Georgia Music Educators Association state convention and has conducted at numerous regional band clinics. He hopes soon to see the publication of his compositions as he wishes to share his talents with not only his Chapin High School students, but also with ensembles around the globe. Personal goals of his are to earn his Doctorate in Instrumental Conducting, serve as an adjudicator of concert and marching bands at a national level, and guest conduct concert ensembles across the world.

2019 Percussion Staff

Juan Ramirez
Front Ensemble Tech
Juan received his Bachelors in Music Education from West Texas A&M University under the instruction of Dr. Susan Martin Tariq. In April of 2014 he performed as a soloist with the symphony orchestra as a winner of the 2013 WTAMU Concerto Competition. Juan had the opportunity to perform in Revolution in 2010, and aged out with the Blue Knights in 2012. Juan received his Masters in Music Performance from Texas Tech University under the instruction of Alan Shinn and Dr. Lisa Rogers. During his time at Texas Tech, he taught Steel II, coordinated percussion for the Concert Band, and was principal percussionist in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. In 2016, Juan accepted the position of front ensemble coordinator for Horizon Drum and Bugle Corps based out of Odessa, Texas. In May of 2017, Juan presented and performed at the National Conference of Percussion Pedagogy in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This past year, Juan was the adjunct Professor of Percussion at University of Texas of the Permian Basin, and a percussion instructor in the Odessa-Midland area. Since 2015, Juan has coordinated percussion for the ATSSB Region 16 Concert Band, the TMEA Region 6 Symphonic Band, and has judged at several contests and festivals.
Art Jimenez
Percussion Staff
Art Jimenez is in his 15th year of teaching. Currently, Mr. Jimenez is a working musician, clinician, consultant and adjudicator throughout the Texas and New Mexico area. In 2002, Mr. Jimenez graduated from Texas State University with his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. While at Texas State University, Mr. Jimenez was a member of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, PASIC Indoor Drumline, Steel Pan Ensemble, and the award winning Salsa Del Rio. He was also a member of the Tarheel Sun Drum and Bugle Corp in 2000 and was a staff member of the Revolution Drum and Bugle Corp in 2003. Trained in percussion studies, Mr. Jimenez has been under the tutelage of Genero Gonzalez, Tony Edwards, John Lopez, Paul Rennick, Larry White, Byron Mutnick and Butch Miles. Mr. Jimenez has had many achievements during his time in Austin ISD, El Paso ISD and Leander ISD. Some of the crowning achievement include Texas State Honor Band 5th place finalist (2010, Rouse High School), Western International Band Clinic Guest Performance (2015, Rouse High School), Western International Band Clinic Guest Performance (2012, Wiley Middle School), Lone Star Classic Drumline Finalist (2014 and 2015, Rouse High School), Lonestar Classic Drumline Finalist (2004 and 2005, Crocket High School) and has won numerous first place marching percussion awards at various marching contests throughout Central Texas. Currently, Art is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society. He is also a working musician who has performed internationally in China, Mexico, Scotland, England, Canada and the United States with musicians such as Carl Fontana, Robert Van Sice, Pat “Guitar Slim” Chase, Ruben Guiterrez, Billy Townes, Subrosa Union, Gruv Crew, Boss Street Brass Band, Salsa Del Rio and many more. Art Jimenez currently resides in El Paso Texas with his wife Michelle and children Noah, Elijah and Evelyn.

2019 Brass Staff

2019 Visual Staff

Eric Benton
Visual Co-Caption Head
Originally of Clovis, New Mexico, Eric Benton is currently a Music Education/Tuba Performance major at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico. Eric has served on the visual staff at Arsenal for the past two seasons, as well as serving as a field instructor at Clovis High School since 2017. Eric’s drum corps experience includes marching one season with the Blue Knights in 2016. Eric believes that there is no other activity that can benefit today’s youth like the marching arts, and is passionate in his belief that participation in the marching arts fosters growth as an athlete, musician, and most importantly as a functioning member of society.

2019 Media Relations Staff

Natalie Lepera
Media Relations Associate
Natalie has 8 years of competitive color guard and winter guard experience, most recently with the 2018 Oregon Crusaders, and she is excited to continue her involvement in the marching arts. She first experienced winter guard in 2010 as a member of her junior high’s exhibition winterguard and eventually worked her way up to compete in the DCI World Class semi-finals with the Oregon Crusaders’ “REDЯUM” production in 2018. Though her color guard career has come to an end, Natalie is truly dedicated to giving each and every member the best experience possible and can’t wait to get started as Arsenal’s Media Relations Associate! Natalie has over four years of freelance photography under her belt- ranging from action shots to senior portraits to puppy pictures with Santa- she’s always prepared to capture you in your best light. Natalie currently lives in the Dallas area with her dog, Charlie, and is an employee trainer at her local music venue.