2019 Instructional Staff

Joshua Montgomery | Batterie Caption Head

 Joshua Montgomery is a percussion technician and instructor for schools and organizations in the metro-Atlanta area and the Southeast. Currently Josh is the batterie coordinator and percussion instructor at Mill Creek High School and Osbourne Middle School in Gwinnett County, and Otwell Middle and Forsyth Central High School in Forsyth County. He has been on staff with the Colts (2018), the Boston Crusaders (2016) and Spirit of Atlanta (2014,15,17) in the summers, and with Equinox (since it was Palmetto in 2015) in the winter. Josh was a part of Atlanta Quest’s 2010, Spirit of Atlanta’s 2011-2013, and Music City Mystique 2013-2014 productions. He was also a part of the University of Georgia Redcoat Marching Band from 2009-2012.

Joshua Montgomery is a percussion technician and instructor for schools and organizations in the metro-Atlanta area and the Southeast. Currently Josh is the batterie coordinator and percussion instructor at Mill Creek High School and Osbourne Middle School in Gwinnett County, and Otwell Middle and Forsyth Central High School in Forsyth County. He has been on staff with the Colts (2018), the Boston Crusaders (2016) and Spirit of Atlanta (2014,15,17) in the summers, and with Equinox (since it was Palmetto in 2015) in the winter. Josh was a part of Atlanta Quest’s 2010, Spirit of Atlanta’s 2011-2013, and Music City Mystique 2013-2014 productions. He was also a part of the University of Georgia Redcoat Marching Band from 2009-2012.

Brandon Lindsey | Snare Technician

 Brandon has been involved with multiple drum corps and indoor ensembles throughout his drumming career. His most prominent involvements were marching snare drum for Carolina Crown in 2011-2012 and Music City Mystique in 2012-2013. Brandon was also a member of the University of Alabama’s Million Dollar Band during his time in college.  Brandon received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Alabama and currently works for Milliken & Company as a Process Improvement Engineer at a finishing plant for specialty fabrics.

Brandon has been involved with multiple drum corps and indoor ensembles throughout his drumming career. His most prominent involvements were marching snare drum for Carolina Crown in 2011-2012 and Music City Mystique in 2012-2013. Brandon was also a member of the University of Alabama’s Million Dollar Band during his time in college.

Brandon received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Alabama and currently works for Milliken & Company as a Process Improvement Engineer at a finishing plant for specialty fabrics.

Forrest Eagle | Snare Technician

 Forrest Eagle is returning for his 2nd season as a snare technician for Equinox Percussion. Originally from Tuscaloosa Alabama, Forrest attended the University of Alabama where he marched four seasons with the snare line of the Million Dollar Band. In 2012, he became a performing member with the 8-time WGI World Champions Music City Mystique for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. In 2014, Forrest transferred to Middle Tennessee State University, from which he graduated in 2017and received a Bachelor of Science in Audio Production. Forrest currently works as an Audio Engineer for the Nashville Public Library, is battery coordinator for McGavock High School, and is a performer with the NFL Titans Blue Crew Drumline.

Forrest Eagle is returning for his 2nd season as a snare technician for Equinox Percussion. Originally from Tuscaloosa Alabama, Forrest attended the University of Alabama where he marched four seasons with the snare line of the Million Dollar Band. In 2012, he became a performing member with the 8-time WGI World Champions Music City Mystique for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. In 2014, Forrest transferred to Middle Tennessee State University, from which he graduated in 2017and received a Bachelor of Science in Audio Production. Forrest currently works as an Audio Engineer for the Nashville Public Library, is battery coordinator for McGavock High School, and is a performer with the NFL Titans Blue Crew Drumline.

Andrew Sorensen | Quad Technician 

 Andrew Sorensen is looking forward to returning to the Equinox instructional team in 2019 for a second year. He started his marching career at Fred J. Page High School and went on to play quads at Music City Drum Corps from 2010-2012. He was a member of the 8-time world champions Music City Mystique from 2011-2016, where he marched bass drum and quads. He also taught Ola High School and East Coweta High School while going to school at Georgia Tech for his Chemical Engineering degree. He currently resides in Charleston, SC working full time as a field service engineer in the manufacturing automation industry.

Andrew Sorensen is looking forward to returning to the Equinox instructional team in 2019 for a second year. He started his marching career at Fred J. Page High School and went on to play quads at Music City Drum Corps from 2010-2012. He was a member of the 8-time world champions Music City Mystique from 2011-2016, where he marched bass drum and quads. He also taught Ola High School and East Coweta High School while going to school at Georgia Tech for his Chemical Engineering degree. He currently resides in Charleston, SC working full time as a field service engineer in the manufacturing automation industry.

Taylor Barnes | Bass Technician

 Joining the Equinox Percussion staff for the 2019 season as a bass technician, Taylor brings experience from nationally recognized programs such as Western Carolina University where he was a member of the bass line from 2009-2013. Taylor also brings experience from performing in world class WGI and DCI ensembles such as Palmetto Percussion and Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps during the 2012 season.  Taylor currently resides in Asheville, NC where he is currently employed with the city as a police officer. Taylor continues to remain involved in the marching arts by serving as a bass tech at WCU since the 2014 season and as the percussion instructor at Enka High School since 2009. Taylor has also worked with various high schools in the greater NC and SC area in the remainder of his free time.  Taylor is really excited for the opportunity to join Equinox Percussion for the 2019 season!

Joining the Equinox Percussion staff for the 2019 season as a bass technician, Taylor brings experience from nationally recognized programs such as Western Carolina University where he was a member of the bass line from 2009-2013. Taylor also brings experience from performing in world class WGI and DCI ensembles such as Palmetto Percussion and Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps during the 2012 season.

Taylor currently resides in Asheville, NC where he is currently employed with the city as a police officer. Taylor continues to remain involved in the marching arts by serving as a bass tech at WCU since the 2014 season and as the percussion instructor at Enka High School since 2009. Taylor has also worked with various high schools in the greater NC and SC area in the remainder of his free time.

Taylor is really excited for the opportunity to join Equinox Percussion for the 2019 season!

Seaon Carter | Cymbal Technician 

 "Seaon Carter is a senior Engineering student at Western Carolina University. Seaon has several years of marching and performance experience with various marching organizations. He began his world class marching career with Atlanta Quest in 2015, continued with Rhythm X in 2016, and returned to Atlanta Quest in 2017 for his age-out. Seaon is very passionate about the activity and continues to give back to our community serving as a cymbal consultant in the Carolinas. In his free time, Seaon likes to go to the gym and spend time with his friends. Seaon is glad to be back with Equinox and we are very happy to have him for a second year!

"Seaon Carter is a senior Engineering student at Western Carolina University. Seaon has several years of marching and performance experience with various marching organizations. He began his world class marching career with Atlanta Quest in 2015, continued with Rhythm X in 2016, and returned to Atlanta Quest in 2017 for his age-out. Seaon is very passionate about the activity and continues to give back to our community serving as a cymbal consultant in the Carolinas. In his free time, Seaon likes to go to the gym and spend time with his friends. Seaon is glad to be back with Equinox and we are very happy to have him for a second year!

Michael Berry | Front Ensemble Technician

 Michael Berry is a percussion educator and performer residing in the metro-Atlanta area. He is currently a front ensemble technician for North Paulding High School. Michael is currently attending Kennesaw State University finishing a major in Biology and a minor in music.  Michaels world class marching experience began in 2015 marching Atlanta Quest, and continued with Boston Crusaders in 2015, 2016, and aging out in 2017. This will be his first year associated with Equinox and is both humbled and excited to be joining the organization.

Michael Berry is a percussion educator and performer residing in the metro-Atlanta area. He is currently a front ensemble technician for North Paulding High School. Michael is currently attending Kennesaw State University finishing a major in Biology and a minor in music.

Michaels world class marching experience began in 2015 marching Atlanta Quest, and continued with Boston Crusaders in 2015, 2016, and aging out in 2017. This will be his first year associated with Equinox and is both humbled and excited to be joining the organization.

Colin Brewer | Front Ensemble Technician

 Colin Brewer, a native of Ringgold, Georgia, is a freelance percussion educator, performer, and composer in the Chattanooga and Atlanta areas. Colin is currently the front ensemble coordinator and percussion specialist for North Gwinnett Middle and North Gwinnett High School.  He graduated from Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music focusing on percussion performance. While at JSU, Colin studied under Clint Gillespie, Dr. Tony McCutchen, and Dr. Todd Mueller. Colin marched with Odyssey Percussion Theater, and Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. He has also performed with Roman Festival Brass, Gadsden Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Opera Theater, and other various ensembles ranging from playing timpani at mass, world percussion for dance groups, and vibraphone in jazz quintets.  Colin has taught a number of accomplished groups in various settings, including: Ola High School, Collin’s Hill High School, Walton High School, the Georgia Tech Marching Band, was the percussion director for Heritage High School, and served as front ensemble coordinator for Q2.  Colin’s professional affiliations include the Percussive Arts Society, Georgia Music Educators Association, and National Association for Music Education. Colin is a member of the Vic Firth Education Team.

Colin Brewer, a native of Ringgold, Georgia, is a freelance percussion educator, performer, and composer in the Chattanooga and Atlanta areas. Colin is currently the front ensemble coordinator and percussion specialist for North Gwinnett Middle and North Gwinnett High School.

He graduated from Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music focusing on percussion performance. While at JSU, Colin studied under Clint Gillespie, Dr. Tony McCutchen, and Dr. Todd Mueller. Colin marched with Odyssey Percussion Theater, and Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. He has also performed with Roman Festival Brass, Gadsden Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Opera Theater, and other various ensembles ranging from playing timpani at mass, world percussion for dance groups, and vibraphone in jazz quintets.

Colin has taught a number of accomplished groups in various settings, including: Ola High School, Collin’s Hill High School, Walton High School, the Georgia Tech Marching Band, was the percussion director for Heritage High School, and served as front ensemble coordinator for Q2.

Colin’s professional affiliations include the Percussive Arts Society, Georgia Music Educators Association, and National Association for Music Education. Colin is a member of the Vic Firth Education Team.

Brian Wulf | Front Ensemble Caption Head

 Brian Wulf has been involved with the marching arts since 2012, performing with The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps and Music City Mystique. Since aging out, Brian has worked with groups across the country both as an instructor and clinician. He is excited to be returning to Equinox for his second season instructing the front ensemble.  Brian graduated woh a Music Industry degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 2016. He currently resides in Nashville, TN where he works in customer service.

Brian Wulf has been involved with the marching arts since 2012, performing with The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps and Music City Mystique. Since aging out, Brian has worked with groups across the country both as an instructor and clinician. He is excited to be returning to Equinox for his second season instructing the front ensemble.

Brian graduated woh a Music Industry degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 2016. He currently resides in Nashville, TN where he works in customer service.

Lucas Davidson | Snare Technician

 Lucas Davidson is an Atlanta native from Union Grove High School who graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 2012. During his time in college he participated in multiple performance and design ensembles within the Georgia Tech music department including the marching band, instrument design, and electronic percussion ensemble sponsored by the music master’s program and students.  Since 2008, Lucas has marched competitively for multiple seasons in both Drum Corps International and Winter Guard International. As a snare player, Lucas competed at Teal Sound, Atlanta Quest, Odyssey Percussion Theater and finally at Spirit of Atlanta under the direction of Shane Gwaltney and Joe Hobbs. During this time and since exiting the competitive performance arena, Lucas has spent the past 8 years performing for multiple NFL organizations including the Atlanta Falcons for 6 years (2008-2012, 2016) and the Carolina Panthers for 2 years (2014,2015).  Lucas began instructional work in Winter Guard International in 2014 with Paradigm Percussion from Charlotte, NC where he helped the ensemble compete in both A and Open classes. For the past three years he’s instructed the snare line as well as assisted with, designed, and instructed battery warmups, body movement, and ensemble coordination. Lucas currently lives in Charlotte, NC where he’s been since 2014 working in the transportation industry as an intermodal terminal manager with Davidson Transportation Marketing, Inc. This is Lucas Davidson’s first year at Equinox Percussion and he is excited to join the World Class team!

Lucas Davidson is an Atlanta native from Union Grove High School who graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 2012. During his time in college he participated in multiple performance and design ensembles within the Georgia Tech music department including the marching band, instrument design, and electronic percussion ensemble sponsored by the music master’s program and students.

Since 2008, Lucas has marched competitively for multiple seasons in both Drum Corps International and Winter Guard International. As a snare player, Lucas competed at Teal Sound, Atlanta Quest, Odyssey Percussion Theater and finally at Spirit of Atlanta under the direction of Shane Gwaltney and Joe Hobbs. During this time and since exiting the competitive performance arena, Lucas has spent the past 8 years performing for multiple NFL organizations including the Atlanta Falcons for 6 years (2008-2012, 2016) and the Carolina Panthers for 2 years (2014,2015).

Lucas began instructional work in Winter Guard International in 2014 with Paradigm Percussion from Charlotte, NC where he helped the ensemble compete in both A and Open classes. For the past three years he’s instructed the snare line as well as assisted with, designed, and instructed battery warmups, body movement, and ensemble coordination. Lucas currently lives in Charlotte, NC where he’s been since 2014 working in the transportation industry as an intermodal terminal manager with Davidson Transportation Marketing, Inc. This is Lucas Davidson’s first year at Equinox Percussion and he is excited to join the World Class team!

Jon White | Snare Technician

 Jon currently resides in Atlanta, GA. He is an aspiring software developer who currently works for Apple Inc. Jon marched 4 years of DCI world class aging out with the Colts in 2015 on snare. Jon has also marched 5 years of WGI world class aging out with STRYKE in 2016. After aging out, Jon worked as apart of the Tour Admin team for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2017 and taught at Equinox in 2018. Jon is excited to join the 2019 staff as snare technician.

Jon currently resides in Atlanta, GA. He is an aspiring software developer who currently works for Apple Inc. Jon marched 4 years of DCI world class aging out with the Colts in 2015 on snare. Jon has also marched 5 years of WGI world class aging out with STRYKE in 2016. After aging out, Jon worked as apart of the Tour Admin team for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2017 and taught at Equinox in 2018. Jon is excited to join the 2019 staff as snare technician.

Taylor Poole | Quad Technician 

  Taylor Poole  is a recent graduate from Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA) where she earned her degree in Orchestral Percussion Performance after studying with Dr. Stuart Gerber and Charles Settle. She began her undergraduate career at the University of South Carolina with Dr. Scott Herring, but ultimately finished her degree at Georgia State University in Music Management with an emphasis in Marketing.  As a performer, she was an active member of the marching percussion world, performing in both Drum Corps International and Winter Guard International. Taylor was a member of the tenor lines of both Spirit of Atlanta (2011-2013) and Gateway Indoor (2013-2014) under the instruction of Chris Hestin, Ben Pyles, and Michael McIntosh respectively. She has been an active educator around the southeast including Kennesaw Mountain High School (Kennesaw, GA), Flowery Branch High School (Flowery Branch, GA), Atlanta Corps Vets (Rockmart, GA), Drew Charter School (Atlanta, GA), Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps (Sacramento, CA), Palmetto Percussion (Central, SC) and most recently with Equinox Percussion (Athens, GA). Outside of the marching realm, she attended the Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar in Enfield, New Hampshire where she was asked to perform a solo work on the seminar's final concert.  Outside of the performance and teaching, Taylor is very active in the marketing and entertainment fields. Her most notable and recent experiences include working with the live entertainment venue and festival coordinator, Rival Entertainment; as well as with The Recording Academy, the organization responsible for the GRAMMY’s. She served with The Recording Academy as the organization's GRAMMY U Representative, acting not only as a liaison of the organization as a whole, but as the coordinator of the area's surrounding College Campus GRAMMY U Ambassadors.  After recently completing her 200-hr Yoga Certification, she has further delved into health and wellness looking to combine music and yoga to promote higher physical performance from performers. Excited for the upcoming season, she is looking forward to working with Equinox for a second year!

Taylor Poole is a recent graduate from Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA) where she earned her degree in Orchestral Percussion Performance after studying with Dr. Stuart Gerber and Charles Settle. She began her undergraduate career at the University of South Carolina with Dr. Scott Herring, but ultimately finished her degree at Georgia State University in Music Management with an emphasis in Marketing.

As a performer, she was an active member of the marching percussion world, performing in both Drum Corps International and Winter Guard International. Taylor was a member of the tenor lines of both Spirit of Atlanta (2011-2013) and Gateway Indoor (2013-2014) under the instruction of Chris Hestin, Ben Pyles, and Michael McIntosh respectively. She has been an active educator around the southeast including Kennesaw Mountain High School (Kennesaw, GA), Flowery Branch High School (Flowery Branch, GA), Atlanta Corps Vets (Rockmart, GA), Drew Charter School (Atlanta, GA), Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps (Sacramento, CA), Palmetto Percussion (Central, SC) and most recently with Equinox Percussion (Athens, GA). Outside of the marching realm, she attended the Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar in Enfield, New Hampshire where she was asked to perform a solo work on the seminar's final concert.

Outside of the performance and teaching, Taylor is very active in the marketing and entertainment fields. Her most notable and recent experiences include working with the live entertainment venue and festival coordinator, Rival Entertainment; as well as with The Recording Academy, the organization responsible for the GRAMMY’s. She served with The Recording Academy as the organization's GRAMMY U Representative, acting not only as a liaison of the organization as a whole, but as the coordinator of the area's surrounding College Campus GRAMMY U Ambassadors.

After recently completing her 200-hr Yoga Certification, she has further delved into health and wellness looking to combine music and yoga to promote higher physical performance from performers. Excited for the upcoming season, she is looking forward to working with Equinox for a second year!

Nigel Conton | Bass Technician

 Returning on staff, Nigel Conton resides in Atlanta working full-time as an Electrical Engineer. Beginning his marching career at George Walton Academy he continued at his alma mater, the Georgia Institute of Technology. Outside of academic marching band, he marched in various world class ensembles including Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps and Odyssey Percussion Theatre. He has most recently performed with the popular music group Odesza through his work with the Atlanta Falcons Drumline.  An experienced performer, Nigel has given back to the activity through teaching or directing several percussion groups in the Atlanta area including George Walton Academy, Rockdale County High school/Rockdale Indoor Percussion, Central Gwinnet High school, McEachern High school, North Gwinnett High school, Georgia Tech, Q2 Percussion, and Palmetto Percussion. Nigel currently serves as a percussion instructor for Roswell High School and Georgia State University.  He is both humbled and hyped to be returning to Equinox for the third year and looks forward to the upcoming season!

Returning on staff, Nigel Conton resides in Atlanta working full-time as an Electrical Engineer. Beginning his marching career at George Walton Academy he continued at his alma mater, the Georgia Institute of Technology. Outside of academic marching band, he marched in various world class ensembles including Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps and Odyssey Percussion Theatre. He has most recently performed with the popular music group Odesza through his work with the Atlanta Falcons Drumline.

An experienced performer, Nigel has given back to the activity through teaching or directing several percussion groups in the Atlanta area including George Walton Academy, Rockdale County High school/Rockdale Indoor Percussion, Central Gwinnet High school, McEachern High school, North Gwinnett High school, Georgia Tech, Q2 Percussion, and Palmetto Percussion. Nigel currently serves as a percussion instructor for Roswell High School and Georgia State University.

He is both humbled and hyped to be returning to Equinox for the third year and looks forward to the upcoming season!

Jonathan Perry | Cymbal Technician

 Jonathan, also known as JP, is currently in his senior year at the University of South Carolina pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering while also just beginning his Master's degree in Nuclear Engineering. He also currently serves as the Batterie Instructor at White Knoll High School in Columbia, SC. He has also helped teach at Dorman High School and Chapin High School in the previous years.   Jonathan was on the cymbal line for Palmetto Percussion in 2015 and 2016. In 2017, he joined the quad line for Equinox Percussion's inaugural season. Jonathan joined the battery staff for Equinox during the 2018 season as a cymbal instructor. Although this season Is Jonathan’s age-out, due to medical concerns, he is unable to march for the 2019 season. However, even though he is unable to march, Jonathan is very excited to be returning to the Equinox team for a second year.

Jonathan, also known as JP, is currently in his senior year at the University of South Carolina pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering while also just beginning his Master's degree in Nuclear Engineering. He also currently serves as the Batterie Instructor at White Knoll High School in Columbia, SC. He has also helped teach at Dorman High School and Chapin High School in the previous years.


Jonathan was on the cymbal line for Palmetto Percussion in 2015 and 2016. In 2017, he joined the quad line for Equinox Percussion's inaugural season. Jonathan joined the battery staff for Equinox during the 2018 season as a cymbal instructor. Although this season Is Jonathan’s age-out, due to medical concerns, he is unable to march for the 2019 season. However, even though he is unable to march, Jonathan is very excited to be returning to the Equinox team for a second year.

Jordan Toran | Front Ensemble Technician

 Jordan is currently a percussion instructor at Mill Creek High School and Flowery Branch High School. He has taught percussion programs in a variety of places in the southeast including East Paulding HS, South Pointe HS, Fort Mill HS, Carrollton HS, Palmetto HS, Moorseville HS, and Forestview HS.  Jordan has performed with and written for Palmetto Percussion/Equinox from 2015 to the present and has been the center marimba for the past three years. He also has performed in the Josef Wehunt Quartet as well as the Screamin’ Eagles Jazz Band at Winthrop University. Currently, Jordan works at Pawtropolis (a doggy day care) in Georgia. His hobbies include reading poetry, writing music, taking photos of nature, and watching terrible movies.

Jordan is currently a percussion instructor at Mill Creek High School and Flowery Branch High School. He has taught percussion programs in a variety of places in the southeast including East Paulding HS, South Pointe HS, Fort Mill HS, Carrollton HS, Palmetto HS, Moorseville HS, and Forestview HS.

Jordan has performed with and written for Palmetto Percussion/Equinox from 2015 to the present and has been the center marimba for the past three years. He also has performed in the Josef Wehunt Quartet as well as the Screamin’ Eagles Jazz Band at Winthrop University. Currently, Jordan works at Pawtropolis (a doggy day care) in Georgia. His hobbies include reading poetry, writing music, taking photos of nature, and watching terrible movies.

Austin Wiley | Visual Technician

 Austin Wiley, hailing from Boone, NC will be joining Equinox Percussion as a Visual Technician. Austin is in his final semester at Appalachian State University where he is pursuing a degree in Music Industries Studies with a minor in Business.  As a designer, composer, choreographer and instructor, Austin has worked with several high school programs across NC. He was Battery Coordinator for Revelation Percussion in 2018, and will be Visual Caption Head for Gate City Percussion in Greensboro, NC. As a performer Austin marched quads for Carolina Gold, and snare drum for Palmetto Percussion, Equinox Percussion, and the (tr)App State Drumline where he was also a staff member.

Austin Wiley, hailing from Boone, NC will be joining Equinox Percussion as a Visual Technician. Austin is in his final semester at Appalachian State University where he is pursuing a degree in Music Industries Studies with a minor in Business.

As a designer, composer, choreographer and instructor, Austin has worked with several high school programs across NC. He was Battery Coordinator for Revelation Percussion in 2018, and will be Visual Caption Head for Gate City Percussion in Greensboro, NC. As a performer Austin marched quads for Carolina Gold, and snare drum for Palmetto Percussion, Equinox Percussion, and the (tr)App State Drumline where he was also a staff member.