2020 Instructional Staff

 
Sean Womack  is an freelance percussion educator, clinican, and arranger based in Atlanta, Georgia and currenlty teaches at Mill Creek High School, McEachern High School, and Tapp Middle School. Mr. Womack received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Georgia. He is the co-founder and former partner of DoubleStop Percussion L.L.C., a percussion education company in Birmingham, Alabama. Additionally, he is a former staff member of Spirit of Atlanta, Phantom Regiment, Mandarins, Carolina Crown, and Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. He is an active arranger and designer and is in demand as an adjudicator throughout the country. Mr. Womack holds membership in the Percussive Arts Society, the National Association for Music Education, and the Georgia Music Educators Association and is endorsed by Innovative Percussion, Pearl Drums, Adams Musical Instruments, and Remo Drumheads. He currenly resides in Marietta with his wife Sara and sons, Will and Mason.

Sean Womack is an freelance percussion educator, clinican, and arranger based in Atlanta, Georgia and currenlty teaches at Mill Creek High School, McEachern High School, and Tapp Middle School. Mr. Womack received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Georgia. He is the co-founder and former partner of DoubleStop Percussion L.L.C., a percussion education company in Birmingham, Alabama. Additionally, he is a former staff member of Spirit of Atlanta, Phantom Regiment, Mandarins, Carolina Crown, and Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. He is an active arranger and designer and is in demand as an adjudicator throughout the country. Mr. Womack holds membership in the Percussive Arts Society, the National Association for Music Education, and the Georgia Music Educators Association and is endorsed by Innovative Percussion, Pearl Drums, Adams Musical Instruments, and Remo Drumheads. He currenly resides in Marietta with his wife Sara and sons, Will and Mason.

 

Sean Womack | Ensemble Coordinator

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.

Joshua Montgomery | Batterie Caption Head

Jordan Toran is a freelance percussionist and growing composer. He’s been with the ensemble since 2015 (Palmetto Percussion) and has been center marimba from 2016-2018. In addition to that he’s taught and given clinics at multiple high schools in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.  He is beyond excited to step in the role of Front Ensemble Caption Head for this upcoming season with Equinox Percussion and ready to see what the future holds for the organization!

Jordan Toran is a freelance percussionist and growing composer. He’s been with the ensemble since 2015 (Palmetto Percussion) and has been center marimba from 2016-2018. In addition to that he’s taught and given clinics at multiple high schools in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

He is beyond excited to step in the role of Front Ensemble Caption Head for this upcoming season with Equinox Percussion and ready to see what the future holds for the organization!

Jordan Toran | Front Ensemble Caption Head

 
Jonathan, also known as JP (Perry), recently earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina and is currently a Graduate student there pursuing a Master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering. He also currently serves as the Batterie Coordinator at White Knoll High School (2017-2019) in Columbia, SC. He has also taught at Dorman High School and Chapin High School in the previous years.  Jonathan was a member of Palmetto Percussion for 2 years (2015, 2016) and in 2017 he was a part of Equinox Percussion's inaugural season. Jonathan joined the battery staff for Equinox’s 2018 season and served as a cymbal instructor for 2018 and 2019. Over the past two years Jonathan has assisted the visual caption in numerous ways. Jonathan is very excited to be returning to the Equinox team in a new role as visual caption head.

Jonathan, also known as JP (Perry), recently earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina and is currently a Graduate student there pursuing a Master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering. He also currently serves as the Batterie Coordinator at White Knoll High School (2017-2019) in Columbia, SC. He has also taught at Dorman High School and Chapin High School in the previous years.

Jonathan was a member of Palmetto Percussion for 2 years (2015, 2016) and in 2017 he was a part of Equinox Percussion's inaugural season. Jonathan joined the battery staff for Equinox’s 2018 season and served as a cymbal instructor for 2018 and 2019. Over the past two years Jonathan has assisted the visual caption in numerous ways. Jonathan is very excited to be returning to the Equinox team in a new role as visual caption head.

Jonathan Perry | Visual Caption Head

 
 

BatterIE

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!

Nigel Conton | Bass 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.

Brandon Lindsey | Snare 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.

Andrew Sorensen | Quad Technician 

Rogan has been active in marching arts for 7 years. Having marched with Boston Crusaders and Equinox Percussion on bass drum, he is excited to bring his knowledge to Equinox Bass.

Rogan has been active in marching arts for 7 years. Having marched with Boston Crusaders and Equinox Percussion on bass drum, he is excited to bring his knowledge to Equinox Bass.

Rogan Cook-Butler | Bass Technician 

Tyler Loncher is from Pensacola, Florida starting out his cymbal playing career at Escambia High School. He then went on to march Atlanta Quest, The Oregon Crusaders, and finally Music City Mystique, receiving the gold medal with them in 2017. Tyler now teaches at Gulf Breeze High School where he is the director of the Indoor Percussion Ensemble, he also teaches at Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps as one of the cymbal techs.

Tyler Loncher is from Pensacola, Florida starting out his cymbal playing career at Escambia High School. He then went on to march Atlanta Quest, The Oregon Crusaders, and finally Music City Mystique, receiving the gold medal with them in 2017. Tyler now teaches at Gulf Breeze High School where he is the director of the Indoor Percussion Ensemble, he also teaches at Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps as one of the cymbal techs.

Tyler Loncher | Cymbal 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!

Taylor Poole | Quad 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.

Jon White | Snare 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!

Seaon Carter | Cymbal Technician 

Himanshu will be joining the Equinox Percussion staff for the 2020 season. He is an active music educator and visual designer in the Atlanta area. His professional marching career includes being a member of several DCI/DCA corps such as Atlanta CV, Spirit of Atlanta and Carolina Crown. During the winter Himanshu competed with Music City Mystique. He spent three seasons with the group as a member of the quadline and served as a section leader.  As an educator, Himanshu is the battery coordinator and visual designer at Forsyth Central High School in Cumming, GA. Additionally he has consulted and designed for several groups in Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and Mississippi. He also served on the percussion staff for the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps for 2018 season.  Himanshu is excited to teach along side such a talented pool of educators! He hopes to provide a rewarding experience for the members of Equinox.

Himanshu will be joining the Equinox Percussion staff for the 2020 season. He is an active music educator and visual designer in the Atlanta area. His professional marching career includes being a member of several DCI/DCA corps such as Atlanta CV, Spirit of Atlanta and Carolina Crown. During the winter Himanshu competed with Music City Mystique. He spent three seasons with the group as a member of the quadline and served as a section leader.

As an educator, Himanshu is the battery coordinator and visual designer at Forsyth Central High School in Cumming, GA. Additionally he has consulted and designed for several groups in Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and Mississippi. He also served on the percussion staff for the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps for 2018 season.

Himanshu is excited to teach along side such a talented pool of educators! He hopes to provide a rewarding experience for the members of Equinox.

Himanshu Mangla | QuadTechnician 

Dallas Slade is Computer Information Systems major at Western Carolina University. He began his marching career in 2011 and has gained several years of experience with different ensembles. His most recent world class experience was with Music City Drum & Bugle Corps in 2018, and Equinox Percussion in 2019 and has aged out with both groups.  Dallas is excited to work with Equinox and give back to the program that has given him so much in his last season.

Dallas Slade is Computer Information Systems major at Western Carolina University. He began his marching career in 2011 and has gained several years of experience with different ensembles. His most recent world class experience was with Music City Drum & Bugle Corps in 2018, and Equinox Percussion in 2019 and has aged out with both groups.

Dallas is excited to work with Equinox and give back to the program that has given him so much in his last season.

Dallas Slade | Snare Technician 

Having aged out at Equinox with their 2019 production Until My Darkness Goes and is excited to return with the group for their upcoming season. A graduate of Sparkman High School and currently finishing up his degree in Computer Science at the University of North Alabama located in Florence Alabama. He was a member of the UNA Marching Band from 2014 - 2018 and during that time also spent two winter seasons with Chattanooga Independent Percussion Ensemble (2017, 2018).

Having aged out at Equinox with their 2019 production Until My Darkness Goes and is excited to return with the group for their upcoming season. A graduate of Sparkman High School and currently finishing up his degree in Computer Science at the University of North Alabama located in Florence Alabama. He was a member of the UNA Marching Band from 2014 - 2018 and during that time also spent two winter seasons with Chattanooga Independent Percussion Ensemble (2017, 2018).

Anthony Samuel | Quad Technician

Kevin Caruso is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, attending Georgia Tech as a Mechanical Engineering major. Kevin began playing cymbals his first year at GT. He marched 3 years at Equinox, starting with the 2017 inaugural season and aged out in 2019. He is excited to be a part of the Equinox team and to continue bringing creative methods to cymbal playing.

Kevin Caruso is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, attending Georgia Tech as a Mechanical Engineering major. Kevin began playing cymbals his first year at GT. He marched 3 years at Equinox, starting with the 2017 inaugural season and aged out in 2019. He is excited to be a part of the Equinox team and to continue bringing creative methods to cymbal playing.

Kevin Caruso | Cymbal Technician 

 

Front Ensemble

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 percussion director for 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, acted as 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 percussion director for 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, acted as 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 | Front Ensemble Technician

Andrew Blair is a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Georgia, where he studies Conducting and Percussion. At UGA, Andrew serves as one of the instructors of the Redcoat Drumline, assists with undergraduate teaching, as well as conducts and performs with a wide variety of ensembles in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. Andrew graduated from Western Carolina University as an Honors Graduate, a NC Teaching Fellow, 2009 Sudler Trophy winner, and 2010 Instrumental Performer of the Year. Prior to his position at UGA, Andrew taught Band and Percussion on the Middle School, High School, and University levels for 8 years in the greater Charlotte, NC area. Music education is at the core of Andrew's mission, and he maintains a busy schedule of Band and Percussion Clinics, Masterclasses, Symposiums, and Honor ensembles across Georgia and the Carolinas. Andrew has proudly been an Innovative Percussion Educational Artist and clinician since 2010.  As a performer, Andrew has most recently held the positions of section percussionist in the Union Symphony Orchestra (NC) and Principal Percussionist of the Carolinas Wind Orchestra (SC). At UGA, Andrew has performed with the Hodgson Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Rote Hund Muzik, and various chamber and jazz settings in the surrounding areas.  As a composer, arranger, and sound designer, Andrew's music is performed by ensembles all across the United States, and he has been blessed with the opportunity to design for recent State-Finalist bands in SC and TX as well as NCAA Div. I and II Concert and Marching ensembles.  Andrew and his wife Molly, who is an award winning musician and educator, live in Athens, GA with their two dogs, Chaco and Fritz.

Andrew Blair is a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Georgia, where he studies Conducting and Percussion. At UGA, Andrew serves as one of the instructors of the Redcoat Drumline, assists with undergraduate teaching, as well as conducts and performs with a wide variety of ensembles in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. Andrew graduated from Western Carolina University as an Honors Graduate, a NC Teaching Fellow, 2009 Sudler Trophy winner, and 2010 Instrumental Performer of the Year. Prior to his position at UGA, Andrew taught Band and Percussion on the Middle School, High School, and University levels for 8 years in the greater Charlotte, NC area. Music education is at the core of Andrew's mission, and he maintains a busy schedule of Band and Percussion Clinics, Masterclasses, Symposiums, and Honor ensembles across Georgia and the Carolinas. Andrew has proudly been an Innovative Percussion Educational Artist and clinician since 2010.

As a performer, Andrew has most recently held the positions of section percussionist in the Union Symphony Orchestra (NC) and Principal Percussionist of the Carolinas Wind Orchestra (SC). At UGA, Andrew has performed with the Hodgson Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Rote Hund Muzik, and various chamber and jazz settings in the surrounding areas.

As a composer, arranger, and sound designer, Andrew's music is performed by ensembles all across the United States, and he has been blessed with the opportunity to design for recent State-Finalist bands in SC and TX as well as NCAA Div. I and II Concert and Marching ensembles.

Andrew and his wife Molly, who is an award winning musician and educator, live in Athens, GA with their two dogs, Chaco and Fritz.

Andrew Blair | Front Ensemble Technician 

Luke Rathbone is an educator and performer currently based out of Asheville, NC. He will be graduating from Mars Hill University with a bachelors of Music Performance in December of 2019.  Luke has taught various high school percussion programs around the WNC area, including Owen High School’s Marching Band and Indoor Percussion Ensemble, North Henderson High School, and the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra Percussion (chamber/world percussion).  Luke stays busy playing in school ensembles, such as the MHU Big Band, Chamber and World Percussion ensembles, and the Mountain Lion Marching Band. Outside of the university, Luke plays drums for Brad Heller and the Fustics, and plays percussion for JM Music Design, touring with these groups occasionally.

Luke Rathbone is an educator and performer currently based out of Asheville, NC. He will be graduating from Mars Hill University with a bachelors of Music Performance in December of 2019.

Luke has taught various high school percussion programs around the WNC area, including Owen High School’s Marching Band and Indoor Percussion Ensemble, North Henderson High School, and the Asheville Symphony Youth Orchestra Percussion (chamber/world percussion).

Luke stays busy playing in school ensembles, such as the MHU Big Band, Chamber and World Percussion ensembles, and the Mountain Lion Marching Band. Outside of the university, Luke plays drums for Brad Heller and the Fustics, and plays percussion for JM Music Design, touring with these groups occasionally.

Luke Rathbone | Front Ensemble Technician 

Dylan is a former member of Equinox and is currently in the last year of his music performance degree at the University of Georgia. As a marimba player, he has performed with several indoor and outdoor ensembles including Palmetto Percussion in 2016, the Madison Scouts in 2017, and the Cavaliers and Music City Mystique in 2018. In his free time, he likes to write music, cook, and read.

Dylan is a former member of Equinox and is currently in the last year of his music performance degree at the University of Georgia. As a marimba player, he has performed with several indoor and outdoor ensembles including Palmetto Percussion in 2016, the Madison Scouts in 2017, and the Cavaliers and Music City Mystique in 2018. In his free time, he likes to write music, cook, and read.

Dylan Nixon | Front Ensemble Technician 

Hannah has been playing marimba competitively since 2012. She was a member of Q2’s inaugural season in 2015, Palmetto Percussion in 2016, and Equinox Percussion in 2017-18. She recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in chemistry, where she also played in the Redcoat Marching Band. She currently researches immunology and vaccines and continues to stay involved in the percussion world.

Hannah has been playing marimba competitively since 2012. She was a member of Q2’s inaugural season in 2015, Palmetto Percussion in 2016, and Equinox Percussion in 2017-18. She recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in chemistry, where she also played in the Redcoat Marching Band. She currently researches immunology and vaccines and continues to stay involved in the percussion world.

Hannah Johnson | Front Ensemble Technician 

Casey Sagolla-Slamp is a percussionist, educator, and composer residing in Raleigh, North Carolina. As a freelance percussionist, Casey performs with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Carolina Philharmonic, Florence Symphony Orchestra, Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, Durham Symphony Orchestra, Tar River Orchestra, and Triangle Brass Band. Additionally, he was a member of the 2012 and 2013 Cadets 2 Drum and Bugle Corps, performing as a marimbist in the front ensemble. Casey won 2nd place in the 2018 NABBA Percussion Solo Competition and won the 2019 Taiwan Percussion Arts Alliance Solo Competition Scholarship; allowing him to perform in the 2019 Taipei World Percussion Championships.  Casey is currently the Director of Bands at Washington GT Magnet Elementary School and the concert percussion/front ensemble instructor at William G. Enloe GT Magnet High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is also a front ensemble instructor for Green Hope High School and 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. Prior to joining the Equinox Percussion staff, Casey was the front ensemble caption head and arranger for Alchemy Percussion. In addition to his marching arts positions, Casey serves as the director of the Triangle Youth Percussion Ensemble. Casey earned a B.M. in percussion performance from James Madison University, studying with C. William Rice, Dr. Michael Overman and Marlon Foster. Casey is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and an artist endorser for Artifact Percussion, Dynasty USA, Sabian Ltd., and Woodson Percussion and Publishing.

Casey Sagolla-Slamp is a percussionist, educator, and composer residing in Raleigh, North Carolina. As a freelance percussionist, Casey performs with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Carolina Philharmonic, Florence Symphony Orchestra, Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, Durham Symphony Orchestra, Tar River Orchestra, and Triangle Brass Band. Additionally, he was a member of the 2012 and 2013 Cadets 2 Drum and Bugle Corps, performing as a marimbist in the front ensemble. Casey won 2nd place in the 2018 NABBA Percussion Solo Competition and won the 2019 Taiwan Percussion Arts Alliance Solo Competition Scholarship; allowing him to perform in the 2019 Taipei World Percussion Championships.

Casey is currently the Director of Bands at Washington GT Magnet Elementary School and the concert percussion/front ensemble instructor at William G. Enloe GT Magnet High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is also a front ensemble instructor for Green Hope High School and 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. Prior to joining the Equinox Percussion staff, Casey was the front ensemble caption head and arranger for Alchemy Percussion. In addition to his marching arts positions, Casey serves as the director of the Triangle Youth Percussion Ensemble. Casey earned a B.M. in percussion performance from James Madison University, studying with C. William Rice, Dr. Michael Overman and Marlon Foster. Casey is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and an artist endorser for Artifact Percussion, Dynasty USA, Sabian Ltd., and Woodson Percussion and Publishing.

Casey Sagolla-Slamp | Front Ensemble Technician 

Martez is currently working on his bachelors degree for Music Education at the University of West Georgia. He is the front ensemble instructor at Villa Rica HS, has been a battery technician at Hiram HS, and was the percussion instructor at Chapel Hill HS in Douglasville, GA. He plans to continue instructing around the area for the remainder of his time in college and after.  Martez has performed with Equinox Percussion for their 2019 production, and in 2018 with Southwind Drum and Bugle corps. He has also been apart of several ensembles within the University of West Georgia for many years such as the Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz ensemble, and TSTLTS Marching Band. Outside of school he has performed many gigs for High school drama productions for musicals, church/choir events, the Marquis Hardy Jazz Trio, and many others.

Martez is currently working on his bachelors degree for Music Education at the University of West Georgia. He is the front ensemble instructor at Villa Rica HS, has been a battery technician at Hiram HS, and was the percussion instructor at Chapel Hill HS in Douglasville, GA. He plans to continue instructing around the area for the remainder of his time in college and after.

Martez has performed with Equinox Percussion for their 2019 production, and in 2018 with Southwind Drum and Bugle corps. He has also been apart of several ensembles within the University of West Georgia for many years such as the Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz ensemble, and TSTLTS Marching Band. Outside of school he has performed many gigs for High school drama productions for musicals, church/choir events, the Marquis Hardy Jazz Trio, and many others.

Martez Stroud | Front Ensemble Technician 

Rosa Westfall, from Atlanta, Georgia, graduated in May of 2018 with a B.S. in Audio Production and a minor in Music from Middle Tennessee State University. Rosa has marched as a keyboard percussionist, electronics member, and auxiliary percussionist in Alliance Drum & Bugle Corps, Colts Drum & Bugle Corps, Palmetto Percussion, and Music City Mystique. She has been teaching percussion at various high schools in Tennessee and Georgia for 5 years, and is now finishing her first season as Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps' sound engineer for the 2019 season.

Rosa Westfall, from Atlanta, Georgia, graduated in May of 2018 with a B.S. in Audio Production and a minor in Music from Middle Tennessee State University. Rosa has marched as a keyboard percussionist, electronics member, and auxiliary percussionist in Alliance Drum & Bugle Corps, Colts Drum & Bugle Corps, Palmetto Percussion, and Music City Mystique. She has been teaching percussion at various high schools in Tennessee and Georgia for 5 years, and is now finishing her first season as Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps' sound engineer for the 2019 season.

Rosa Westfall | Front Ensemble Technician 

This is Nick’s first year with Equinox, he comes with four years of front ensemble experience with Civitas Independent; three of which were held as center marimba. He has had the pleasure of teaching multiple high school programs throughout North and South Carolina including, Wade Hampton, Mauldin, and Tuscola High School.  Nick is currently studying Natural Conservation and Resource Management at Western Carolina University where he is also a current member of Pride of the Mountains Marching Band. Nick works as a barista at White Moon in Sylva North Carolina and loves spending his free time with his cat Miyagi.

This is Nick’s first year with Equinox, he comes with four years of front ensemble experience with Civitas Independent; three of which were held as center marimba. He has had the pleasure of teaching multiple high school programs throughout North and South Carolina including, Wade Hampton, Mauldin, and Tuscola High School.

Nick is currently studying Natural Conservation and Resource Management at Western Carolina University where he is also a current member of Pride of the Mountains Marching Band. Nick works as a barista at White Moon in Sylva North Carolina and loves spending his free time with his cat Miyagi.

Nick Ilderton | Front Ensemble Technician 

Mandarins ‘16  Legacy ‘16, ‘17, and ‘18  Front Ensemble Tech at Ben Davis High School for 6 years.

Mandarins ‘16

Legacy ‘16, ‘17, and ‘18

Front Ensemble Tech at Ben Davis High School for 6 years.

Martell Person | Front Ensemble Technician 

 
Ashley Pedersen will be joining the Equinox Percussion staff for the 2020 season. As an educator, Ashley has been in numerous roles and capacities. Such as, Adjunct Professor of Piano and Percussion at Moraine Valley Community College, Percussion Director at Ohatchee High School and Front Ensemble Technician at Victor j. Andrew High School. She is also trained in the Suzuki Method (piano) and early childhood music.  Her percussion career began at Victor J Andrew High School as a member of the quadline. She continued her studies in music education at Coastal Carolina University and Jacksonville State University. During that time she went on to play quads at Music City Drum Corps (2011-2012) then front ensemble at Carolina Crown (2013-2015) and Music City Mystique (2015). At Crown, Ashley had the honor of serving as the front ensemble section leader. She was also apart of the 2013 DCI World Championship ensemble.  Ashley is looking forward to teaching at Equinox and sharing her knowledge with a group of passionate students!

Ashley Pedersen will be joining the Equinox Percussion staff for the 2020 season. As an educator, Ashley has been in numerous roles and capacities. Such as, Adjunct Professor of Piano and Percussion at Moraine Valley Community College, Percussion Director at Ohatchee High School and Front Ensemble Technician at Victor j. Andrew High School. She is also trained in the Suzuki Method (piano) and early childhood music.

Her percussion career began at Victor J Andrew High School as a member of the quadline. She continued her studies in music education at Coastal Carolina University and Jacksonville State University. During that time she went on to play quads at Music City Drum Corps (2011-2012) then front ensemble at Carolina Crown (2013-2015) and Music City Mystique (2015). At Crown, Ashley had the honor of serving as the front ensemble section leader. She was also apart of the 2013 DCI World Championship ensemble.

Ashley is looking forward to teaching at Equinox and sharing her knowledge with a group of passionate students!

Ashley Pedersen | Front Ensemble Technician 

 
 

Visual

Nathan is in his senior year at the University of South Carolina pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. He marched a total of 4 years of DCI at the Cavaliers and Carolina Crown. Nathan was an instructor at River Bluff High School and is currently working at White Knoll High School and Dreher High School. Nathan is very excited to join the 2019 visual staff!

Nathan is in his senior year at the University of South Carolina pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. He marched a total of 4 years of DCI at the Cavaliers and Carolina Crown. Nathan was an instructor at River Bluff High School and is currently working at White Knoll High School and Dreher High School. Nathan is very excited to join the 2019 visual staff!

Nathan Wood | Visual Technician 

Trevor Schachner is a visual instructor from Spartanburg, South Carolina. He is currently a student at the University of South Carolina, pursuing a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship. He received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in music from UofSC in 2019. Trevor spent four summers with Carolina Crown as a member of the hornline. He is an avid arranger, choreographer, and designer as well as an active visual and musical instructor for high school bands around the country. Trevor currently teaches visual at Legends Drum and Bugle Corps and serves as a brass and visual instructor at Lexington HS (Lexington, SC). He has previously taught at Civitas Independent (Rock Hill, SC), River Bluff HS (Lexington, SC), Lake Orion HS (Lake Orion, MI), and Dreher HS (Columbia, SC). Trevor is very excited to serve as a member of the visual staff at Equinox!

Trevor Schachner is a visual instructor from Spartanburg, South Carolina. He is currently a student at the University of South Carolina, pursuing a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship. He received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in music from UofSC in 2019. Trevor spent four summers with Carolina Crown as a member of the hornline. He is an avid arranger, choreographer, and designer as well as an active visual and musical instructor for high school bands around the country. Trevor currently teaches visual at Legends Drum and Bugle Corps and serves as a brass and visual instructor at Lexington HS (Lexington, SC). He has previously taught at Civitas Independent (Rock Hill, SC), River Bluff HS (Lexington, SC), Lake Orion HS (Lake Orion, MI), and Dreher HS (Columbia, SC). Trevor is very excited to serve as a member of the visual staff at Equinox!

Trevor Schachner | Visual Technician 

 
Emily is a dance and colorguard instructor in the Atlanta area. She currently works with the colorguards at Carrollton High School, Duluth High School, and Roswell High School. She grew up dancing competitively and participating in her high school colorguard. This led her to be a part of the University of Georgia Winterguard in 2015-2016, the University of Georgia Flagline in 2015-2016, Phantom Regiment in 2017, and Paramount in 2017, 2018, and 2019.  Emily graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science in the spring and most recently worked as a Medical Team intern with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. She is looking forward to her first season with Equinox Percussion!

Emily is a dance and colorguard instructor in the Atlanta area. She currently works with the colorguards at Carrollton High School, Duluth High School, and Roswell High School. She grew up dancing competitively and participating in her high school colorguard. This led her to be a part of the University of Georgia Winterguard in 2015-2016, the University of Georgia Flagline in 2015-2016, Phantom Regiment in 2017, and Paramount in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Emily graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science in the spring and most recently worked as a Medical Team intern with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. She is looking forward to her first season with Equinox Percussion!

Emily Lumpkin | Visual Technician