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MARTIN HARRISON
Founder

Martin Harrison has been involved with the marching arts as a performer, educator, and administrator for 18 years. He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and is currently employed by Texas Instruments where he is responsible for America's east coast sales and applications.

 
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MERIDITH BAILEY
Director

Meridith found her passion for the marching activity in high school while performing with the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Marching Band. She was a member of both the Fall and Winter snare lines from 2004-2007. During her Senior year, she became section leader and helped lead the group to a 6th place finish in Scholastic World Class finals. In 2008, she became a founding member of Redline Percussion and performed with the ensemble until her age out in 2011.

Meridith has also been very active in percussion education. She has worked with multiple groups throughout Michigan including Rockford High School and Plymouth-Canton.

Outside of the marching activity, Meridith holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Rush University. She currently works in as a Quality Improvement Coordinator for the anesthesia department at the University of Michigan.

 
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JONATHAN OVALLE
Program Coordinator/Front Ensemble & Battery Arranger

Jonathan Ovalle is a percussionist whose concerts and collaborations feature an array of musical aesthetics. As a performer, he is both a committed interpreter of contemporary art music as well as an inspired jazz/world percussionist and drummer. Ovalle has performed and presented masterclasses in North America, Europe, and Asia, and most recently served on the faculty of the International Percussion Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland in August 2017. He has been a featured artist at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, has served as a judge for the Thailand Drumline Competition and has also been a featured clinician at the Ohio, Tennessee, Quebec, and Emory University Days of Percussion.

His marching percussion experience includes previous success as both a front ensemble and battery arranger for Bands of America Grand National Championship and WGI finalist (scholastic & independent world class) ensembles. His concert percussion music is published by Tapspace Publications and Living Sound Triangles.  

Ovalle is currently an assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater & Dance where he serves as a director of the University's famed percussion ensemble and is a faculty associate in the department of Latina/o studies. His research interests include: kinesiology/motor coordination; utilizing the body's natural physics to create greater efficiency and more depth of tone; snare drum performance; and pedagogy as a vehicle to developing universal technique on all percussion instruments, as well as memory organization and learning processes and their role in effective practicing. A sought-after educator, he is inspired by the unique puzzle each student presents and finds motivation in helping them overcome both technical and mental roadblocks-unlocking each students' full potential.

Ovalle has previously served as the director of Percussion Studies at the University of Toledo and as the director of Percussion at the Plymouth Canton Educational Park and is a proud artist/endorser with Pearl/Adams, Zildjian, Remo, and Innovative Percussion.

 
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ANDREW EBERT
Visual Designer

Andrew Ebert is a full-time designer and clinician for the marching arts based out of Greenville, SC where he lives with his wife and two children.  He has a degree in secondary education from Western Michigan University.

Andrew began his marching career with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2000 and aged out of the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps in 2004.  Following his age-out season, he joined the staff of the Carolina Crown.  Since 2005, Andrew has worked with Carolina Crown, the Madison Scouts, and the Troopers in a variety of roles. Andrew currently serves as Visual Designer for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps.

Outside of drum corps, Andrew has been a part of programs all around the country including state champions, BOA Regional champions, BOA Grand Nationals class medalists and champions, and BOA Grand National Finalists.  Andrew is also involved with in WGI Percussion, most notably as a Co-Founder and designer for Redline Percussion starting in 2008 and more recently as a member of the design team with Infinity Percussion.

 

 
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NEAL TITUS
Sound Designer

Neal Titus is an Educator, Percussionist, and Producer/Sound Designer from Denver, Colorado. He is currently the Director of Bands at Lawrence North High School, Director of the Lawrence Township Winter Percussion Ensemble, Assistant Director of the Marching Pride of Lawrence Township, and is the owner and operator of Neal Titus Music Design LLC.  Neal holds an Undergraduate degree in Music Performance from the University of Northern Colorado, as well as a Masters of Music in Performance from the University of Denver.  

Neal has studied with top percussion educators including Mark Foster, Gray Barrier, Jim White, Dr. Ben Miller, Steve Hall, and John Kinzie.  He has performed, and designed for ensembles such as: The Blue Knights, Denver Philharmonic, Colorado Wind Ensemble, Lamont Symphony Orchestra, Denver Nuggets SkyLine, Marshall University Marching Thunder, as well as several chamber groups and solo commissions.  Neal’s music production and sound design can be found in the pageantry arts, Indy 500 driver introductions,  skate/snowboard promo videos, hip hop and pop artists, and several web series.  Neal is a proud Educator Endorser of Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, as well as Mapex and Majestic Percussion.  He currently resides in Indianapolis with his wife Taryn and dog Stu.

 
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ANDY WADE
Battery Manager

Andy Wade received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Central Michigan University where he studied percussion under Dr. Andrew Spencer. During his time at Central, Andy received various awards including the Robert Hayes Award for excellence in jazz performance as well as the Grant G. Skomski and Mary Jane Flanagan Award for excellence in percussion. Andy has also been featured in many honors convocational recitals at Central Michigan’s school of music.

He has performed in many music festivals including the Elmhurst Jazz Festival and Detroit Jazz Festival. He has played and recorded with many solo musicians and large groups such as FrankTiberi, Wayne Bergeron, Robbie Smith, Hush, Central Michigan’s Jazz Lab One, and theMoving Mind Jazz Orchestra. Andy also recently finished recording an album with the progressive soul/pop group “Paddlebots” and is currently touring in promotion of it.

Andy is also experienced in music arranging/design for clients including Concord High School from Jackson, Michigan, James Pace High School from Brownsville, Texas, and Norwell High School from Norwell, Indiana. Furthermore, he is the percussion arranger and drill designer for Huron Valley Percussion and percussion arranger for Lakeland High School.

Andy has acted as percussion director for a number of schools throughout Michigan including Walled Lake Northern and Mount Pleasant High School. He is very active as a percussion educator in the Plymouth-Canton Community school district including percussion specialist for grades 6-12, co-director of the PCEP Middle School percussion ensemble and J.V drum line and serves as battery tech for the PCEP marching band and PCEP winter percussion ensemble.

His WGI marching experience includes NorthCoast Academy (2010-13), where he was the battery section leader and center snare in 2013. His DCI experience includes The Crossmen Drum and Bugle corps (2011) and The Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps (2012). Andy served as snare technician at NorthCoast Academy Percussion Ensemble (2014-15), visual technician at Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps (2013-14) and is currently in his fourth season on percussion staff at Legends Drum and Bugle Corps. Andy has been on staff at Redline Percussion since 2016 and is looking forward to his new role as battery manager for the 2019 season.

 
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RICHARD EATHORNE
Snare Tech

Richard grew up in South Lyon, Michigan. His interest in marching percussion began at South Lyon High School where he participated in the marching band and indoor percussion programs, graduating in 2007. From there, Richard went on to attend Michigan State University, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management. He is currently employed by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles working as a Material Handling Supervisor at various assembly plants throughout metro-Detroit and southern Ontario.

Richard’s marching experience includes MSU Drumline (2008 & 2010), Redline Percussion (2008-2011), Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps (2009-2011), and Rhythm X (2012). His past teaching experience includes South Lyon HS, Plymouth-Canton, Novi HS, and Eastside Fury

 
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AARON BARRIENTOS
Battery Consultant

Aaron has been teaching percussion professionally since 2006, at such high schools as:
Norwell High School in Ossian, IN 2006-2009
Center Grove High School in Greenwood, IN 2007
Caroll High School in Ft. Wayne, IN 2007-2009
Northmont High School in Clayton, OH 2010-2011
Walled Lake Western in Wixom, MI 2015-present
Walled Lake Central in Walled Lake, MI 2011-present

From 2007-2010, Aaron performed with world-class groups such as:
Matrix 2007-2008
Bluecoats 2009
Rhythm X 2009-2010, winning the WGI PIW gold in 2009

After aging out in 2010, he became the snare technician for:
Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps 2011
North Coast Academy 2011
Redline Percussion 2016

He currently teaches for Walled Lake Central and Walled Lake Western High Schools and writes/designs for various groups in the area. Aaron lives in Wixom, MI.

 
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KEVIN HOWARD
Tenor Tech

Kevin is from Farmington Hills, Michigan, where he began his marching career with Farmington United Percussion Ensemble (2009-2011). After high school, he went on to perform with Eastside Fury Percussion (2012-2014), Redline (2015-2016), and Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps (2015). Kevin served as the tenor section leader for both Redline and the Madison Scouts during his age-out seasons of WGI and DCI.

Since his involvement in the marching activity, Kevin has taught with various high schools and independent groups in the state including Hazel Park High School, Ferndale High School, Novi High School, Farmington United Percussion Ensemble, Ferndale Independent Percussion, South Lyon Percussion, and Huron Valley Percussion. He is currently an instructor with the Plymouth-Canton Marching Band, serves as the Percussion Director at Southgate Anderson High School, and is excited to return to Redline for their 2019 season.

 
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TIMON SHERMAN
Bass Tech/Visual Manager

From battery instructor to visual designer, Timon has a wide array of experience in the marching arts. He has instructed for programs at Plymouth-Canton, L'anse Creuse, Farmington Harrison, Lake Orion, Southgate Anderson, Walled Lake and Novi HS, as well as Motor City Percussion, Eastside Fury Percussion, Redline, and the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. 

Performance experience includes EMU Drumline as their section leader, Farmington United Percussion Ensemble, Eastside Fury and Redline Percussion, as well as Colts Drum and Bugle Corps and Carolina Crown. Timon holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from Eastern Michigan University.

 

 
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KATIE HANKA
Bass Tech/Media Lead

Katie found her love for music starting with the piano in elementary school. She then transitioned to playing the clarinet in middle and high school (these were dark times) before joining the drumline. Performing with both the fall and winter programs at South Lyon High School, the group earned a silver medal at the WGI World Championships her senior year. After graduating, Katie attended Eastern Michigan University where she was a member of the drumline and graduated with a BBA in Marketing.

In the summer of 2010, Katie toured with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. She was also a member of Redline Percussion from it's inaugural season in 2008 until aging out in 2011,  serving as section leader of the bassline. She currently performs with the Detroit Lions Drumline as well.

Katie has taught and been a clinician for a number of schools and ensembles in the area including:
South Lyon High School
Plymouth-Canton Educational Park
Novi High School
Walled Lake Central High School
Eastside Fury Percussion
Redline Percussion

Katie has performed and been an instructor with the group for years, and she feels particularly excited about the things in motion for the 2019 season!

 

JACKSON HAMMOND
Battery Consultant

Jackson started his bass drumming career with Farmington United Percussion Ensemble, and played bass there for two years (2010 and 2011). After graduating high school he played bass two at Eastside Fury for three years (2012-2014), and for two years at Redline (2015 and 2016). He also spent a summer playing bass three at the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps (2012), as well as bass two at the Madison Scouts (2013 and 2015).

Since aging out he's taught bass drum at several ensembles around Southeast Michigan, including Southgate Anderson, Novi, and Plymouth-Canton. He was also a bass tech with Shadow Drum and Bugle Corps this past summer.

This fall Jackson is starting a two-year master's program at the University of Michigan studying human-computer interaction.

 

AMBER MCCAUSLAND
Cymbal Tech

Falling in love with the marching arts her freshmen year at L'Anse Creuse High School, Amber has since expanded her musical knowledge in a variety of ways. Amber received a musical scholarship to attend Eastern Michigan University where she stayed for 2 years. Both years she participated in the marching band as well as the wind ensembles. 

Additionally, during her time at Eastern Michigan, she began her experience with the indoor marching activity. She marched her first year of indoor with Motor City Percussion in '13, moved on to Eastside Fury Percussion in '14, and finished out her final two years with Redline Percussion, taking the role of cymbal section leader in 2016. She also marched one season with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015. 

Amber has taught a variety of Michigan high schools, but has been concentrated recently to the Walled Lake Percussion Cymbals and Motor City Percussion Cymbals. She is extremely excited to re-join the hometeam and give back to the community that provided her with so much.

 
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DOMENIC SANTINI
Front Ensemble Staff

Domenic Santini currently resides in Lake Orion, MI where he studies music education at Oakland University. He currently studies under Dan Maslanka and Mark Stone. Domenic marched with NorthCoast Academy (2014) Redline Percussion (2015-2016), and Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps (2014-2016) where he was the section leader and center marimba his last two years.

As an educator, Domenic has worked with many groups in southeast Michigan. He currently works with Plymouth Canton Educational Park as their front ensemble caption head and this is his second season with Redline. His past includes Walled Lake Central, Grand Blanc High School, Lakeland High School, Lake Orion High School, Lamphere High School, Sarah Banks Middle School and many others.

 
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ANDREW KAUMP
Front Ensemble Staff

Andrew Kaump began studying percussion at Plymouth Canton High School under Jonathan Ovalle, graduating in 2006. He was a part of their concert and marching programs including their inaugural MCGC indoor winter percussion season. He was a member of the Redline Percussion front ensemble for their 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons, and has studied extensively under Mike Bishop, Matt Smith, and Rob Ferguson. More recently he can be found occasionally playing gigs at restaurants, coffee shops or weddings with fellow musicians.

Andrew first began teaching percussion in 2008 at West Bloomfield High School and has since taught at several high schools and marching percussion programs throughout South-East Michigan in both the marching band and winter drumline activities. Currently he is working at Novi HS, West Bloomfield HS, and serves as the Front Ensemble Caption Head at Motor City Percussion. Some other groups Andrew has been involved in instructing in the past are Plymouth-Canton, Dakota, Ypsilanti Indoor Percussion, Livonia-Stevenson, Lamphere, and Chelsea High School marching bands and Eastside Fury Percussion. 

Andrew currently lives in Redford, MI with his girlfriend, Shelby, and their two dogs. He is a member of the Vic Firth educational team and a proud endorser of their sticks and mallets, and is excited to join the staff of Redline Percussion.

 
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JUSTIN EASLEY
Front Ensemble Staff

Justin Easley has been involved in the marchings arts since 2005, where he was a member of the fall and winter drumline at Rockdale County High School in his hometown of Conyers, GA. He holds a Bachelor's degree from MIT, and while in college, he marched 4 years with the Boston University Marching Band and Boston University Winter Percussion. In 2013, he marched with the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps before aging out of the marching activity in 2014 with Music City Mystique where he earned a WGI Silver Medal.

He currently serves as the Front Ensemble Coordinator at Southgate Anderson High School, and has previously taught at Rockdale Co. HS, Heritage HS, Plymouth Canton Educational Park, and Novi HS. He has been on the Redline Percussion Front Ensemble staff since 2016, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of Michigan.

 
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NIGEL FERNANDEZ
Music Consultant

While earning his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Nigel also served the Austin and Ann Arbor communities as a percussion source for education and performance. In addition to marching snare drum with the Longhorn Band, Nigel has performed with World Class WGI group Timber Creek Independent in 2010, the Army All-American Marching Band, the Epoch Percussion Quartet, and Density512. In addition to being a collegiate drumline instructor, Nigel has worked with  for McCallum School of the Arts, Crockett High School, and BOA Band Hendrickson High School where he helped cultivate creativity and ingenuity in students.

 
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AARON MEISSNER
Media Intern

Aaron is from Troy, Michigan. He is a junior at the University of Michigan, currently pursuing an education in film.

Aaron has marched with Redline Percussion and the Madison Scouts and is excited to be the media intern for 2019.