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Doug Pepe has been a percussion instructor, arranger, and clinician throughout New Jersey for over ten years. He is currently the Percussion Caption Head for the three-time defending Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Champion Brick Township Memorial Marching Mustangs.
Gene Bozzi is the Principal Timpanist and former Principle Percussionist in the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. He has been a soloist with the orchestra in Milhaud’s Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra and Bartok Sonata for Piano and Percussion with Emanuel Axe. Throughout his career, Mr. Bozzi has performed in many jazz groups in concert and club settings and has performed with such notable greats as Dave Liebman, Steve Swallow and Pat Metheny, and appeared with Gerry Mulligan in a concert performance of Mulligan’s “Birth of The Cool” compositions. His interest in Brazilian music brought him together with pianist Catalina Szabo to form the Brazilian Jazz group “Samba Brasil”. He has performed Brazilian jazz with the Claudio Roditi Quartet, and toured Russia with the Hendrik Muerkins Quartet in 2007. Among the many stars Gene has played with are, Dianna Ross, Aretha Franklin, Luciano Pavarotti, Doc Severinsen, Tony Bennett and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. He has also accompanied Andrea Bocelli on two North American tours. Bozzi is the creator and Artistic Director for the innovative HSO Jazz & Strings series now in it’s third season. Performances have included The Stan Getz piece “Focus”, “Charlie Parker with Strings” and Ella Fitzgerald sings the George Gershwin Songbook”.
Nick graduated from the University of Arkansas with a music business degree. He has played drums since the age of 9. He was a member of Colts Drum & Bugle Corps in 2006 and has been a part of several drum lines in the past. Nick also participated in several ensembles at the University of Arkansas including: wind symphony, big band, jazz combos, percussion ensembles, and steel drum bands. He has also played in the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and various local bands in Fayetteville. Nick has taught percussion at Fayetteville High School and Sigler Music Center in Arkansas, as well as Coweta, Holland Hall, and Drum World in the Tulsa Oklahoma area. Nick is currently teaching percussion at Owasso Public Schools and performing in various local ensembles including the Tulsa Signature Symphony.
Dr. Jonathan Latta is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Fort Lewis College teaching applied percussion, percussion ensemble, non-western music, orchestration and jazz. He holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Performance and Music Education from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music and a Master’s of Music in Performance from East Carolina University. In 2009 Jonathan finished his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Arizona School of Music.
Adrian’s earliest performance memory comes from being a part of a Percussive Arts Society “Call for Tapes” winning ensemble. Although he didn’t understand the scope of that performance in his limited experience and knowledge, it set adrian on a track to begin considering a career in music performance and education. The next school year he earned the privilege to perform with the Texas All-State Orchestra and that experience solidified his desire to make music a permanent part of life. Immediately after graduation, Adrian was fortunate to spend a summer as a member of the Sky Ryders Drum and Bugles Corps. in the front ensemble. Adrian’s college performance opportunities ranged from small and large ensembles to being featured with faculty members at music festivals and recitals. Getting the opportunity to teach privately and for local drumlines in college gave Adrian an early taste in the joy of music education that soon took precedence to performing.
Greg Hipskind, from Moline, IL, has been playing since 1991 and teaching since 2004. He is the director for the QC Rock Academy in Davenport, IA. When he is not teaching he is performing with one of his bands regionally, Wicked Liz & the Bellyswirls and Superfly Samurai, or on the road as the touring drummer for national act, Caroline's Spine.
Tom has been teaching percussion for over five years in both Florida and Ohio. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and currently the percussion caption head at Port Charlotte High School in Port Charlotte Fl, and a percussion teacher at Murdock Middle School.
David Henzie-Skogen is the artistic director for Shadow Indoor Percussion and percussion coordinator for Shadow Armada ('06-'10 MACBDA high percussion champions). He teaches the drumline at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, is a WSMA adjudicator, and frequently consults/arranges with marching entities across the midwest. David is the leader of world-renowned 'riot jazz' ensemble Youngblood Brass Band (about whom the London Times says 'If you see one band this decade, make it Youngblood Brass Band'), and also tours with instrumental rock/electronic group Cougar. He is the founder of Layered Music, a record label and arts collective featuring new work from electronic, improvisatory and composition-based artists. David lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where he collects records and books like it's his job.
Brian Merryman, has been a percussionist for 21 years. He was born in Westminster, MD where he attended South Carroll High School. While at South Carroll, he became very involved in the fine arts and participated in most every music ensemble the school had to offer, to include wind ensemble and orchestra, jazz band, and marching band. He was the recipient of numerous excellent ratings at county and Maryland State Solo and Ensemble festivals as well as an active participant in the All County Band Programs. He was also fortunate to win high percussion at Atlantic Coast Championships with his other comrades. After graduating high school he went on to pursue and receive a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice. During his tenure at University of Maryland he was a snare drummer for the Mighty Sound of Maryland Marching Band. He participated in numerous College Bowl games and the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade. At this point, he became increasingly involved in writing marching battery scores along with teaching numerous award winning marching band percussion sections around Maryland.