2018 Design Team 

 

Taylor Ransom | Program Coordinator/Batterie Arranger

Taylor Ransom is incredibly honored and excited to step into the Program Coordinator role for Equinox Percussion, where he will oversee the overall show design, as well as arrange the batterie music. He previously served as Batterie Coordinator for the 2017 season. Taylor also currently serves as Percussion Instructor and Program Coordinator for Flowery Branch High School in Hall County, GA, where he has taught since 2012. When he is not writing or teaching music, Taylor drums and records with various groups in Georgia. Taylor taught with Palmetto Percussion as a bass tech (2014-2015), and as Batterie Caption Head (2016). He also taught with the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, serving as a visual tech (2014) and bass tech (2015-2016). In the scholastic field, Taylor has taught at Flowery Branch High School, North Oconee High School, Franklin County High School, Lakeside High School, Mill Creek High School, and the University of Georgia drumline. As a marching member, he played timpani, snare drum, tenors, and bass drum at groups such as Odyssey Percussion Theatre (PIW, 2008-2010), The University of Georgia Drumline (2009-2013), Terminus Atlanta Percussion (PIW, 2011), Spirit of Atlanta (2011-2012), and Music City Mystique (PIW, 2013). Taylor is a member of the University of Georgia class of 2014, earning a bachelor's degree in music composition and a music business certificate. Taylor studied percussion under Mr. Timothy K. Adams, Jr., composition under Dr. Adrian Childs, and music business under Mr. David Barbe.

Taylor Ransom is incredibly honored and excited to step into the Program Coordinator role for Equinox Percussion, where he will oversee the overall show design, as well as arrange the batterie music. He previously served as Batterie Coordinator for the 2017 season. Taylor also currently serves as Percussion Instructor and Program Coordinator for Flowery Branch High School in Hall County, GA, where he has taught since 2012. When he is not writing or teaching music, Taylor drums and records with various groups in Georgia.

Taylor taught with Palmetto Percussion as a bass tech (2014-2015), and as Batterie Caption Head (2016). He also taught with the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, serving as a visual tech (2014) and bass tech (2015-2016). In the scholastic field, Taylor has taught at Flowery Branch High School, North Oconee High School, Franklin County High School, Lakeside High School, Mill Creek High School, and the University of Georgia drumline. As a marching member, he played timpani, snare drum, tenors, and bass drum at groups such as Odyssey Percussion Theatre (PIW, 2008-2010), The University of Georgia Drumline (2009-2013), Terminus Atlanta Percussion (PIW, 2011), Spirit of Atlanta (2011-2012), and Music City Mystique (PIW, 2013). Taylor is a member of the University of Georgia class of 2014, earning a bachelor's degree in music composition and a music business certificate. Taylor studied percussion under Mr. Timothy K. Adams, Jr., composition under Dr. Adrian Childs, and music business under Mr. David Barbe.

Steve Nelson | Visual/Drill Designer

Steve Nelson is a cymbal instructor for Equinox Percussion.  He is a Science Education graduate from The University of Georgia and is currently a Biology and AP Biology teacher at North Forsyth High School in Cumming, GA, where he currently resides. Steve served as a cymbal instructor for Palmetto Percussion for the 2014-2016 seasons, and Equinox Percussion during the 2017 season.  He is an endorsed artist of Sabian Cymbals

Steve Nelson is a cymbal instructor for Equinox Percussion.  He is a Science Education graduate from The University of Georgia and is currently a Biology and AP Biology teacher at North Forsyth High School in Cumming, GA, where he currently resides.

Steve served as a cymbal instructor for Palmetto Percussion for the 2014-2016 seasons, and Equinox Percussion during the 2017 season.  He is an endorsed artist of Sabian Cymbals

Jake Lyons | Music Arranger

Jake has been heavily involved in WGI since 2009, performing in several independent world class ensembles including: Palmetto Percussion, Odyssey Percussion Theatre, Terminus Atlanta Percussion, and Music City Mystique. He also was a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 2012 & 2013, and was on the percussion staff for Spirit of Atlanta in 2015. Currently, Jake is currently the Front Ensemble Coordinator for the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps. Jake has worked with numerous high school groups throughout his home state and currently resides in Athens, GA, where he is in his 4th year as the Front Ensemble Coordinator at the University of Georgia. Jake has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Georgia and works for a consulting firm specializing in non-profit development. Currently working with dozens of large non-profit organizations across the country, Jake brings expertise to Equinox in the areas of development, volunteer management, and fundraising.

Jake has been heavily involved in WGI since 2009, performing in several independent world class ensembles including: Palmetto Percussion, Odyssey Percussion Theatre, Terminus Atlanta Percussion, and Music City Mystique. He also was a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 2012 & 2013, and was on the percussion staff for Spirit of Atlanta in 2015. Currently, Jake is currently the Front Ensemble Coordinator for the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps. Jake has worked with numerous high school groups throughout his home state and currently resides in Athens, GA, where he is in his 4th year as the Front Ensemble Coordinator at the University of Georgia.

Jake has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Georgia and works for a consulting firm specializing in non-profit development. Currently working with dozens of large non-profit organizations across the country, Jake brings expertise to Equinox in the areas of development, volunteer management, and fundraising.

Adam Green | Music Arranger

Adam is proud to continue working as the front ensemble caption head after Equinox Percussion's inaugural year. In addition, he will also be serving on this year's design team. Adam played in the front ensemble with the Bluecoats (2009), Phantom Regiment (2011, 2014) and Music City Mystique (2012-2015). His recent yoga teaching certification also brings a sense of body awareness, mindfulness and vibe to the group. He is grateful that he will continue sharing both music and yoga with Equinox for the 2018 season.

Adam is proud to continue working as the front ensemble caption head after Equinox Percussion's inaugural year. In addition, he will also be serving on this year's design team. Adam played in the front ensemble with the Bluecoats (2009), Phantom Regiment (2011, 2014) and Music City Mystique (2012-2015). His recent yoga teaching certification also brings a sense of body awareness, mindfulness and vibe to the group. He is grateful that he will continue sharing both music and yoga with Equinox for the 2018 season.

Bryan Harmsen | Sound Designer/Design Consult

Bryan is the owner of Visaudio Designs, a company specializing in design for the pageantry arts. He has for a number of ensembles in the United States, East Asia, and Europe. His arrangements and compositions have helped many ensembles earn numerous gold medals on their local circuits as well as many WGI finalists, including most notably Monarch Independent (7th in 2017 PIW finals), Pioneer Indoor (2014, 2015 PIO Silver Medalists), Burleson Centennial HS (2017 PSO Gold Medalist), Clear Brook HS (2011, 2015, 2017 PSO Silver Medalists), Brookwood Independent (2013 PIA Gold Medalist), Fair Lawn HS (2017 PSA Gold Medalist) and ED White HS (2017 PSA Silver Medalist). He was a member of a number of drum and bugle corps, including Spirit of Atlanta, Southwind, and The Cavaliers. Bryan is also the voice and instructor behind Virtual Drumline Demystified, a tutorial DVD for the Virtual Drumline sound library from Tapspace Publications. While not working on music, Bryan also dabbles in web and graphic design, enjoys spending time outdoors, and has an affinity for all things on the leading edge of technology. He proudly endorses Pearl/Adams musical instruments, Innovative Percussion, and Remo Drumheads, and currently resides in Carrollton, Georgia with his wife Emily and their pack of dogs and cats.

Bryan is the owner of Visaudio Designs, a company specializing in design for the pageantry arts. He has for a number of ensembles in the United States, East Asia, and Europe. His arrangements and compositions have helped many ensembles earn numerous gold medals on their local circuits as well as many WGI finalists, including most notably Monarch Independent (7th in 2017 PIW finals), Pioneer Indoor (2014, 2015 PIO Silver Medalists), Burleson Centennial HS (2017 PSO Gold Medalist), Clear Brook HS (2011, 2015, 2017 PSO Silver Medalists), Brookwood Independent (2013 PIA Gold Medalist), Fair Lawn HS (2017 PSA Gold Medalist) and ED White HS (2017 PSA Silver Medalist). He was a member of a number of drum and bugle corps, including Spirit of Atlanta, Southwind, and The Cavaliers.

Bryan is also the voice and instructor behind Virtual Drumline Demystified, a tutorial DVD for the Virtual Drumline sound library from Tapspace Publications. While not working on music, Bryan also dabbles in web and graphic design, enjoys spending time outdoors, and has an affinity for all things on the leading edge of technology. He proudly endorses Pearl/Adams musical instruments, Innovative Percussion, and Remo Drumheads, and currently resides in Carrollton, Georgia with his wife Emily and their pack of dogs and cats.

Phillip Morgan | Design Consult

Phillip Morgan is a Georgia native where he writes, designs, and teaches for many area high schools. He is currently working as Front Ensemble Coordinator for Lambert High School. Phil studied Music Education at Jacksonville State University and is continuing into high education at University of North Georgia. As a performer, Phil was a member of Music City Mystique from 2006-2009, Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2008, and Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps from 2002-2005. Phil was on the front ensemble educational team for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011 and 2012, Music City Mystique from 2010-2012, and Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps in 2016 and 2017.

Phillip Morgan is a Georgia native where he writes, designs, and teaches for many area high schools. He is currently working as Front Ensemble Coordinator for Lambert High School. Phil studied Music Education at Jacksonville State University and is continuing into high education at University of North Georgia. As a performer, Phil was a member of Music City Mystique from 2006-2009, Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2008, and Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps from 2002-2005. Phil was on the front ensemble educational team for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011 and 2012, Music City Mystique from 2010-2012, and Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps in 2016 and 2017.

Lisa Ha | Visual Designer/Choreographer

Lisa has been a part of the colorguard activity for over 12 years and is a native of cobb county schools, graduating from Pope High School.  After graduating in 2008, she continued on to Carolina Crown, Santa Clara Vanguard, and Phantom Regiment, where her passion for the activity grew and developed even more. During the winter season, Lisa has had the pleasure of marching in various winter guards including: Crownguard, Pride of Cincinnat, Paramount. In 2009, she began sharing her experiences and knowledge with other students in technique and skills, working with groups such as: Pope High School, Norcross High School, River Ridge High School, Director and Choreography for Allatoona High School, Troopers Drum and Bugle Corp, Kennesaw Mountain High School, and Paramount Winterguard.  She currently attends Kennesaw State University for her B.S. in Exercise Science as a pre-professional preparation in Physical Therapy, with a Minor in Dance. She will continue to share and develop her knowledge and skills to better train and treat athletes in the area.

Lisa has been a part of the colorguard activity for over 12 years and is a native of cobb county schools, graduating from Pope High School. 

After graduating in 2008, she continued on to Carolina Crown, Santa Clara Vanguard, and Phantom Regiment, where her passion for the activity grew and developed even more. During the winter season, Lisa has had the pleasure of marching in various winter guards including: Crownguard, Pride of Cincinnat, Paramount.

In 2009, she began sharing her experiences and knowledge with other students in technique and skills, working with groups such as: Pope High School, Norcross High School, River Ridge High School, Director and Choreography for Allatoona High School, Troopers Drum and Bugle Corp, Kennesaw Mountain High School, and Paramount Winterguard. 

She currently attends Kennesaw State University for her B.S. in Exercise Science as a pre-professional preparation in Physical Therapy, with a Minor in Dance. She will continue to share and develop her knowledge and skills to better train and treat athletes in the area.