Our Showband Staff

Mike Jewitt Manager, Youth Campus Operations

Mike Jewitt

Manager, Youth Campus Operations

Mike Jewitt holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Calgary and a Graduate Bachelor of Education from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. He studied Saxophone under Dr. Jeremy Brown, completed his studies in music education under Malcolm Edwards, Dr. Glenn Price, Janos Horvath, and Jodie Lutherburrow. He has over two decades of professional experience as a leader, music educator, performer, and visionary.

As the past Director of Bands of the Calgary Stampede Foundation (2009 – 2014), Mike routinely led the Calgary Stampede Stampede Showband to many honours, including back to back WAMSB World Championships(2012 & 2013), the John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Sheild 2014, a second-place finish in the WAMSB World Championship Finals 2009, a third-place finish in the WMC’s Show Contest World Division Corps Style Class Contest 2009, named WMC International Marching Champions 2009, and also lead the Showband to six consecutive MACBDA show wins in 2010, and a Grand Championship Win 2011. Additional awards include AIBF Captain Ray McLeod for Most Outstanding Concert Band 2011-2014, WGI Temecula Independent A Percussion Championship, and WGI Phoenix Independent A Color Guard Championship.

As an educator, Mike began his career as a K-12 music teacher in Calgary, first at Dr. E. P. Scarlett High School, where he taught jazz, choral, and instrument studies, directing a variety of ensembles to new heights, before going on to teach at École Fairview, a French immersion middle school, where he gained recognition as a staunch advocate of building strong foundations for musical literacy and technique.

Drawing upon his many years of experience as a performer/educator, Mike continued his involvement with the marching bands in Calgary, joining first the instructional staff for the Round-Up Band, then that of the Stetson Show Band, and the Stampede Showband. Currently Mike is actively involved with the Calgary Round Up Band in multiple capacities during his free time.

Mike is an active and long-time committee member of the Alberta International Band Festivals, an organization that operates under the motto of “Where Young Albertans Learn to Play, and Play to Learn,” Mike was elected to the position of Vice President South, in which capacity he served since 2012.

A sought-after guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator of marching bands, Mike is frequently invited to clinics, workshops, and global competitions and is an honourary member of Phi Beta Mu International.

Ryan Hancock Band Director

Ryan Hancock

Band Director

Ryan began teaching the Calgary Stampede Showband drumline in September of 2008. He taught with the Calgary Round-Up Band from 2007-2009 and again from 2011 to present. Ryan has also acted as percussion coordinator and co-coordinator at the Stetson Showband from 2009-2011. Ryan’s marching experience includes playing in the drumline of the Calgary Round-Up Band (1999-2001), the Stetson Showband (2002), Allegiance Elite Drum and Bugle Corps (2005), and the Stampede Showband (2003-2007). In the summer of 2008 Ryan marched in the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps’ snareline and was awarded the percussion ‘Rookie of the Year.’ Ryan has a communications degree from the University of Calgary and fills his spare time with hockey and more drumming. As of February, Ryan is the new Assistant Director of Bands and is excited to continue with the Showband in his new role.

Jeff Waterbury Brass Coordinator/Concert Band

Jeff Waterbury

Brass Coordinator/Concert Band

Jeff began his marching career in 1998 as a member of the Calgary Round Up Band, where he marched for two years as a performing musician and eventually drum major.  The following year, he joined the Calgary Stampede Showband, where he would spend the next five seasons as a member of the brass section.  During his time in the band Jeff was given the roles of section leader and brass captain.  He was also recognized as the most outstanding first year brass member in 2000, and the overall outstanding brass member in 2003.  After the conclusion of his fifth year as a member of the Showband, Jeff went on to march for two summers as a member of the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps.  After his second and final year with the corps, Jeff was awarded the prestigious “Sweet Feet” award given to the most outstanding visual performer.

Jeff began teaching with the Stampede Showband in the fall of 2005, and in 2003 he became an instructor with The Calgary Stetson Show Band. Jeff holds a bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary.

Jeff is currently the Director of Bands at Dr. Gordon Higgins Junior High School.

April Waterbury Woodwind Co-Coordinator

April Waterbury

Woodwind Co-Coordinator

April Waterbury (LaBine) graduated with distinction from a Bachelors of Music in Secondary Education (2007) and a degree from the Masters of teaching program (2009), both from the University of Calgary. She was accredited as one of the University’s top ten graduates and won many scholarships including the John D. Petrie Memorial Award, the Louise McKinney Scholarship and the Music Department’s top academic and spirit awards. In the summer of 2006, April traveled to Europe to continue her flute studies in Italy with Rafael Trevisani, Andrea Griminelli, Roberto Fabriciani, and Nicola Mazzanti. While in Europe she also attended the WASBE conducting conference in Interlaken, Switzerland, and completed a six-week program at the Barbara Krakauer School of Music (Academie Musicale Internationale) in Vaison la Romaine, France. There she studied with many professors from around the globe including private lessons from Marie Martinie-Myron of the Paris Conservatoire. Currently, Mrs. Waterbury is the Music Director at Cochrane High School (since 2012), teaching multiple bands, jazz bands, concert choir, pit orchestra, and musical theatre. April has been teaching with the Bands of Calgary since 2006. Throughout the years she has been the flute instructor and Woodwind Coordinator with the Calgary Stetson Show Band, Flute Choir director for the Calgary Stampede Showband (since 2008), and the co-coordinator for the Showband since 2012. Prior to her current position at CHS, she ran the music program at Ecole Madeleine d’Houet Junior High School for three years, where she was nominated for and won numerous awards for teaching excellence. Over the past twelve years, Mrs. Waterbury ran a successful private flute studio for many young students in the Calgary area. April Waterbury enjoys sharing her musical talent by performing in Calgary’s own ‘Alberta Winds’ wind ensemble (as flute player and president), under the direction of Gareth Jones. She is extremely passionate about Music education and developing the love and excitement of music in young musicians.

Steve McNeilly Woodwind Co-Coordinator/Small Ensembles

Steve McNeilly

Woodwind Co-Coordinator/Small Ensembles

Steve's involvement with the Bands of Calgary began with the Calgary Round-Up Band in 1992. Following three years there, he went of to become a member of the Calgary Stetsons Show Band, the Central Memorial Golden Rams Marching Band, the Calgary Stampede Showband, and finally A Band of Outriders where he ended his marching career in 2009. In 2006, Steve began his teaching career as a Woodwind Instructor with the Calgary Round-Up band. He also works as a clinician for many Junior High and High Schools in Calgary and the surrounding areas, and has been working as part of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra's clinic program since 2010. As a performer, Steve has had a variety of experience in a number of different styles and genres. He has been a performing member of The University of Calgary's Jazz and Wind Ensembles, the Alberta WindsWind Ensemble, and the Calgary Civic Symphony. Additionally Steve is an active member in Calgary's independent music scene, playing and recording with local artists such as Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Matt Blais, and Noel Johnson. Steve is currently enrolled at the University of Calgary, and is working towards his Bachelor of Music degree in Secondary Music Education where he studies saxophone with Dr. Jeremy Brown.

Robin Fulbrook Front Ensemble Coordinator

Robin Fulbrook

Front Ensemble Coordinator

Robin Fulbrook is a specialist in pit percussion.  She began her career at age thirteen in the Calgary Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, and then moved on to Calgary's Allegiance Elite.  Over the years she took private percussion lessons.  From 1994-1996 she marched with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps in Santa Clara, California.  There, she won the DCI Percussion Ensemble World Championship in 1995.  Currently, she is "giving back" by teaching and arranging pit percussion music not only with the Calgary Stampede Showband, but with the Bishop Grandin Marching Ghosts as well.

Robin excels at having her students get things done while still having fun.  Her contributions to percussion in Calgary have helped to define what pit percussion is all about.

Robin lives in Calgary with her husband Paul, their three children Alex, Chloe and Elsa.

Steph McGill Colour Guard Coordinator

Steph McGill

Colour Guard Coordinator

Stephanie first became involved with marching bands in 2003 with the Calgary Round-Up Band. She performed three years there, receiving a Bandribbon Award (2004), Assistant Captain well as the Larry Rebillot Pageantry Award (2005), and Captain as well as the Don Hansen Citizenship Award (2006). In 2007, Stephanie spent one year in the Calgary Stetson Showband as Co-Assistant Captain.

Stephanie performed three full seasons with the Stampede Showband. During these seasons,Stephanie received Outstanding First Year Member for the Colorguard (2008), and was Captain in her third year (2010). Stephanie participated in a fourth winterguard with the Showband in 2011 and she was a member of the rifle line when they traveled to Pasadena, CA for the 2012 Rose Bowl Parade.

In addition to being a member of the Showband, Stephanie trained in the United States as a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard, a World Class Drum and Bugle Corps, from Santa Clara,CA. She spent the summers of 2011 and 2012 competing as a member of the flag line, aging out in 2012.

Stephanie began her teaching career in 2010 with the Calgary Round-Up Band. After spending four very rewarding years there, she is excited to try something new, and is looking forward to working as part of the Stampede Showband instructional team.

In addition to her involvement in marching band and drum corps, Stephanie was a member of Dynamic Winterguard weapon line (2014), and is currently a Development Studies Student at the University of Calgary.

Brennan Kennedy Percussion Coordinator

Brennan Kennedy

Percussion Coordinator

Brennan developed a love for the marching arts when his middle school in Brandon MB started a drumline in 2006. Though he was only with them for one year he received the award for overall outstanding member. He then moved to Red Deer in 2007, where he joined the Red Deer Royals drumline until the end of the 2009 season. From 2010-2012, he was a member of the Calgary Stampede Showband drumline, after which he left to pursue an education in audio engineering. In the Showband in 2012 he received the Taylor award for outstanding musicality/showmanship, leadership and dedication to the band.

Brennan taught private drum set and drumline lessons from 2009-2012. In 2010 he joined the Red Deer Royals as a drumline instructor until 2014 where he became the drumline coordinator for 2015 and his final season with Royals in 2016. In August 2014 Brennan was honoured to join the Calgary Stampede Showband as a drumline tech. In the fall of 2015 he was asked to be the percussion coordinator and head drumline instructor for this group, where he is proud to be today.

Outside of the world of marching band, Brennan graduated in 2014 at the top of his class from Recording Arts Canada (Toronto ON.) for audio engineering. He now works as an audio engineer at OCL Studios, one of Western Canada premier recording studios. Brennan is also an active musician and clinician. If he isn't drumming, in the studio or working with our drumline. You can find him taking pictures of wildlife, playing sports such as hockey or golf or hanging out with friends and family.

Jordan Ganchev Marching Coordinator

Jordan Ganchev

Marching Coordinator

Jordan’s connection with the Stampede Showband started back in 1996 where he attended his first marching band competition in Calgary.  After this he joined the Calgary Round-Up Band in the fall of 1997 and started a nine year long career in the marching arts.  After two years with the Calgary Round-Up Band, Jordan spent two years with the Calgary Stetson Showband, the latter of those as Drum Major.  He then continued to march with the Calgary Stampede Showband for three more years, two on euphonium and one on contra.  Following his time spent marching with the Bands of Calgary he moved on to spend two summers (2005 and 2006) marching with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, finishing second and first place respectively at the Drum Corps International World Championships.

Jordan is an active member of the marching community here in Calgary.  As a euphonium player, his musical involvements in the city are numerous.  While attending the University of Calgary he has participated in the Symphonic Band (trombone), University of Calgary Wind Ensemble (euphonium) and numerous other ensembles.  He is currently enrolled at the University of Calgary in Music Education.

Andrew Morrow Woodwind Instructor

Andrew Morrow

Woodwind Instructor

Musician Andrew Morrow has been a versatile member of Calgary’s music scene for nearly a decade, contributing his talents as a clarinetist and sought after teacher and clinician. He holds degrees from the University of Lethbridge (BMus) and University of Calgary (MMus).

Morrow has focused his playing primarily on the bass clarinet which has contributed to his enthusiasm for new music and unique performance opportunities. 

These have included appearances with groups in Calgary such as the Mountain Festival of Song, where he appeared on stage with musicians from around the world—including  famed collaborative pianist Rudolf Jansen as well as with Calgary new music ensemble Lands End.

Morrow has found himself on stage with the Dalai Lama, playing bass clarinet into a grand piano while rubbing it with wire brushes, in crowded bars on New Year’s Eve providing bass lines for rock bands, and using his instrument to interactively determine the outcome of a horror film.

In his other life as a teacher and clinician, Morrow shares expertise as a clarinetist around Southern Alberta, teaching grade school students and adults everything from how to put their instruments together all the way to perfecting their tone in a Brahms clarinet sonata.

He is excited to be a founding member of Timepoint, Calgary’s newest contemporary music ensemble. 

Chris Bourne Brass Instructor

Chris Bourne

Brass Instructor

Chris was born and raised in Calgary, a city that has offerred him many great opportunities, including being a part of the Calgary Stampede Showband. On the choral side, Chris was a member of the Calgary Boys Choir when he was younger, a member of the 5-part A Capella group 'Qunitessential' for many years, and a member of the Calgary Stampede Showband Choir. Instrumentally, Chris plays piano, french horn/mellophone, trumpet and trombone, although his true love is the french horn. Chris started his marching band career in 1993 when he became a member of the Calgary Round Up Band. Since then, Chris has spent 1 year in Round Up Band, 1 year in the Stetson Show Band, 7 years in Stampede Showband and 10 years in A Band of Outriders. Through the tremendous opportunities offered by the different musical groups that Chris has been a part of, Chris has travelled to many places around the world, including Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, Finland, Russia, England, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. Performances with the marching bands of Calgary include: the Tournament of Roses parade (1997), Buckingham Palace (1993 and 2001), the World Music Contest (1993 and 2001), the World Championships for Marching Showbands (1996 and 2000), the Japan International Youth Musicale (1997), the Halifax Tattoo (1999) and many more. In addition to being a clinician around Calgary, Chris has worked with the Calgary Round Up Band, Stetson Show Band, was assistant director of A Band of Outriders for 3 years and has worked with the Stampede Showband since 2009.  Chris graduated from the University of Calgary with a BSc in Computer Science and a minor in music and he currently works in IT for Shaw Communications, where he has worked since 2002.
Jeremy Legault Brass Instructor/Concert Band

Jeremy Legault

Brass Instructor/Concert Band

Mr. Jeremy Legault has a very active musical career both as a performer and music educator. Currently, Jeremy is the Director of Bands at St. Mary’s High School in Calgary AB, a comprehensive music program which incorporates both Classical and Jazz instruction in two Concert Bands and two large Jazz Bands. In the Spring of 2012 the Jazz 1 Big Band was the featured group during the “National Child Mental Health and Wellness Symposium”, and in the Spring of 2013 was the featured guest during the “National ERDI Superintendent Conference”, representing students for all Fine Arts across Canada. St. Mary’s Music Program has been awarded local and international awards, and is very active in Calgary’s music community, frequently working with local musicians and clinicians, as well as world renowned CADME guest artists.

Jeremy is an active member within the Calgary music community. In 2006 Jeremy co-founded the “Metropolitan Winds” performing the role of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor until the Spring of 2013.  Currently Jeremy is director of the “Silver Jazz Band” within Calgary’s “Westwinds Organization”.  He is an executive and performing member  (Trumpet) with the “Alberta Winds” Wind Ensemble. In January of 2013, Jeremy founded the Ismaili Community Youth Music Program and is currently the organization’s Director of Bands.  Jeremy is on staff with the “Calgary Stampede Show Band” teaching brass techniques and assisting with conducting the full ensemble.  Jeremy is the Alberta International Band Festival Honor Concert Band Coordinator, working each year with the festival’s finest high school musicians and guest conductors. Jeremy is an active guest conductor and clinician within both the Adult Community Band and School Band scenes in Calgary.

Jeremy received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Calgary (1999) and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto (2001).  After completing a Diploma in Wind Conducting from the University of Calgary (2003), Jeremy completed a Master of Music Degree, specializing in Wind Ensemble Conducting, while studying with Dale Lonis, Fraser Linklater and Earl Stafford at the University of Manitoba (2005-2006).

Ricardo Fonseca Brass Instructor/Small Ensembles
Rory Siddall Front Ensemble Instructor

Rory Siddall

Front Ensemble Instructor

Rory has been around the marching activity his entire life, he watched his older sisters go through various marching programs in Calgary and the States, and would go to rehearsals just to watch. Since he was able to stand, he was signed up in private lessons and received his grade 6 royal conservatory percussion practical certificate when he was only in the 6th grade. He was finally able to perform for the first time, in Euphoria Winter Drumline in 2000. Following that winter he joined The Calgary Round-Up Band for the 2001 and 2002 seasons. He then joined Allegiance Elite Drum and Bugle Corps as pit section leader from 2003-2006 where he received two member of the year awards. After Allegiance Elite folded, he joined the Calgary Stampede Showband in 2007. In 2008 he was offered a spot in The Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps from Santa Clara California, where he went on to win the the Drum Corps International Open Class world championships. The following year, 2009, he was awarded a silver medal.
Rory has been instructing with the Stetsons Show Band since the 2009 season. He is responsible for writing the front ensemble music, the education of the students in the fundamentals of percussion, and proper care and maintenance of the instruments. Rory constantly strives to ensure that every student in his section is always having a good time, while maintaining a high standard of professionalism and excellence.

Rory is currently the Vice President of the Spiritus Marching Arts Association and  Dynamic Winterguard. Rory was the director of Vertigo Indoor Percussion in 2013 and 2014.

Rory has been working with the Stampede Showband since the 2014 season. 

Rory works full time in the hospitality industry, and is a passionate snowboarder and long-boarder.

Mark Spate Percussion Instructor
Max Foxall Percussion Instructor
Fabian Yansen Percussion Instruction
Casey McClary Marching Instructor

Casey McClary

Marching Instructor

Casey McClary is a music major pursuing a degree in education and euphonium performance. He is actively performing in the U of C wind ensemble, tuba ensemble, and Big band. Casey began his marching career in the Calgary Round Up Band 2004 season. He marched in the Stetson Show band 2006 season, and Stampede Showband from 2007 to 2009. He then moved into the Drum Corps activity marching in the Blue Devils from 2010 to 2012. In addition to marching Casey enjoys working out and snowboarding.

Neal Barretto Marching Instructor
Emilie Masurek Marching Instructor
Amanda Wilkesheski Marching Instructor
Rylee Fieldstone Dance Coordinator, Choreographer
Caitlyn Bidotchka Colour Guard Instructor
Michelle Norman Colour Guard Instructor

Michelle Norman

Colour Guard Instructor

Michelle has been a member of the Stampede Guard staff since 2010. She also has been a member of the Stetson Showband colour guard staff from September 2008 to July 2011 acting as a co-coordinator. Michelle began spinning in September of 2001 with the Bishop Grandin Marching Ghosts Colourguard where she was a member until graduating highschool and moving on to become a member of the Stampede Colour Guard until she aged out for her third, and final time, in July 2009. Michelle is still an active member in Escalade Winter Guard and has been since 2008. Outside of teaching and performing Michelle works as an Insurance Claims Representative.

Courtney Cooper Colour Guard Instructor
Elena Samoilova Leadership Coach

Elena Samoilova

Leadership Coach

Elena began her marching band career by accident and out of openness in 2004, joining the Calgary Round Up Band. Having fallen in love with the marching band world, she stayed for eight more years, spending the last five in Stampede. Elena developed a passion for providing support to developing leaders through being on the leadership team for multiple years, as head Drum Major in Stampede for two of them. She aged out of Stampede as a World Champion in 2012 and since then has been involved with helping Drum Majors and leadership types of different bands. Outside of school and marching band, Elena does a lot of salsa dancing and has her BComm in HR and a BA in Communication Studies.

Peter Arum Brass Instructor
Jasmyne Hazelwanter Woodwind Instructor
Emmeli-Sue Klumpenhower Woodwind Instructor
Curtis Polowick Woodwind Instructor
Andrew Leal Brass Instructor
Sam Teel Woodwind Instructor

Creative Design Team / Consultants


Michael Klesch Musical Arranger / Clinician

Michael Klesch

Musical Arranger / Clinician

Michael Klesch is an arranger and clinician for numerous marching bands across the country. In addition to being Musical Director and Brass Arranger for the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps he is staff arranger for both the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band and the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band. Michael was the wind arranger for the Bands of America Honor Band at the 2005 and 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade.

Michael has a long and successful career in the Drum Corps activity as a performer, arranger, and program consultant. He was a performer with the Garfield Cadets and finished out his time there as drum major of the 1983 DCI World Champions. After aging-out in 1983, he then served on the Cadets brass staff in 1984 and as the brass arranger from 1985 to 1992 (World Champions in 1985, ’87, and ’90). Michael has served as an arranger and consultant with the Troopers, Colts, Crossmen, and Phantom Regiment, and also currently works with the Academy and the DCA Connecticut Hurricanes.

Michael’s degrees come from West Chester University, a B.S. in Music Education, and from the University of Massachusetts, a Masters in Music Education. His professional memberships include: M.E.N.C, M.M.E.A, and Phi Delta Kappa. He is an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma as well as Kappa Kappa Psi (of which he was a founding brother of the West Chester University Chapter). Michael resides in Hadley, Massachusetts with his wife, Heather, and their son, Robert.

Ian Hale Front Ensemble Writer / Clinician

Ian Hale

Front Ensemble Writer / Clinician

Ian Hale graduated from the University of Calgary in 2001 with his Bachelor’s Degree in percussion performance where he studied with Dr. Glenn Price. He received his Master’s Degree in percussion performance in 2008 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he studied with Eduardo Leandro and DCI Hall of Fame member Thom Hannum. He has studied marimba with Leigh Howard Stevens, Gordon Stout, and She-e Wu and has participated in masterclasses with several artists including Michael Burritt, Steven Schick, Robert van Sice, and composer David Maslanka. He has participated in numerous professional training workshops including the David Robertson Workshop as part of Carnegie Hall’s Weil Music Institute. He was a member of the music faculty at UMass from 2007-2008.

Ian has enjoyed and continues to enjoy an extensive performance career. He has performed with artists including Kenny Aronoff, Jens Lindemann, Susan Hoeppner, Michael Burritt, Eduardo Leandro, Salvatore Macchia and former member of the famous percussion ensemble NEXUS, the late John Wyre. He has also performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra, Land’s End Chamber Ensemble, William’s College Chamber Players and has recorded for CBC radio and BRAVO! television. He was a finalist at the 2002 Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention multiple-percussion contest, held in Columbus, Ohio, and also received second place at the 2002 Montreal Symphony Orchestra Young Performer’s Competition in Montreal, Canada where he received an additional award for best performance of a Canadian composition. He was a laureate at the 2003 Canadian Music Competition in Calgary, AB, and was a semi-finalist at the 2007 Universal Marimba Competition in Belgium in which over 100 competitors were involved. He has performed at numerous Percussive Arts Society International Conventions and has appeared as part of the Vic Firth concert percussion podcast series.

Ian has worked with many fine marching music ensembles including the Calgary Stampede Showband, the Calgary Stetsons Show Band, the Calgary Round-Up Band, the Central Memorial High School Golden Rams Band, the North Stars Avant-Guard, Spirit of America Band, the Thomas Jefferson High School Band and the Shepard Hill High School Winter Percussion. Ian continues to be heavily involved in the drum and bugle corps activity. He was the percussion caption head and arranger for the Allegiance Elite Drum and Bugle Corps from 2002-2005 and was a member of the percussion staff for the Glassmen, the Magic of Orlando and the Madison Scouts. He is currently in his seventh season as a valued member of the percussion staff for the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps from Fort Mill, SC.

He is endorsed by Vic Firth Inc. and Avedis Zildjian cymbals.

Colin McNutt Battery Writer / Clinician

Colin McNutt

Battery Writer / Clinician

Colin McNutt has instructed and arranged for the Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps, and the popular stage production, Blast! He has also written for and instructed the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps, Magic of Orlando and the Madison Scouts.

Colin has served on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he is an alumnus and received degrees in Classics and Music Education. Currently, he is the Percussion Caption Supervisor for the 9 time DCI World Champion Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps.

Keith Potter

Keith Potter

Keith began his pageantry career in high school as a saxophone player and drum major for Center Grove High School in Greenwood, IN. After graduation, he became a drum major instructor at FJM clinics and later went on to join the Cadets of Bergen County as a member of the color guard from 1991-1993. He also performed with The Pride Of Cincinnati and Escapade winter guards during this same time period.

Once wrapping up his performance career, Keith quickly turned to education and design and has been serving as a color guard or program designer, at some capacity, for over 25 years. His previous design work includes: Carroll High School, Center Grove High School, Avon High School, Carmel High School, The Cadets of Bergen County, The Cavaliers, and Escapade Winter Guard. Most recently, Keith was the Program Designer at Carolina Crown from 2009-2016 and currently works as designer/director at Center Grove High School and on the design team with The Pride of Cincinnati (since 1997).

Potter, a graduate of Indiana University, lives in Indianapolis, IN with his 3 wonderful children and an awesome wife! While maintaining heavy involvement in the pageantry arts, Keith also built a 13-year career in the Architecture and Interior Design industry as an Account Executive in commercial wallcoverings, a Market Development Manager in commercial furniture, and eventually as VP of Architecture and Design Sales for IdeaPaint, based out of Boston, MA. Two years ago, Keith (with family support) decided to make a go of a full time pageantry design business, Keith Potter Design. It has been challenging but rewarding and Keith is now able to focus all of his energy into doing what he loves.

Regarding his next adventure, Keith shared, “I am ready to get to work. There are members that deserve our very best. There is an administration team, board of directors, and alumni/fans that are encouraging and supportive. And there is a team of teachers and designers that all bring an amazing amount of passion, expertise and friendship to the table. While I am extremely excited about the summer of 2017 for The Boston Crusaders, I am more excited to think that this is just the beginning.”

Jamey Thompson Drill Designer

Jamey Thompson

Drill Designer

Jamey Thompson returns as Drill Designer for the 3rd season with Stampede Showband. He has worked with high school marching bands, winter guards and winter drum lines for over 25 years. In addition to working with the SHowband, he is also the Visual Designer for the Connecticut Hurricanes Senior Drum & Bugle Corps and The Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps. Since 1997 he as been on staff at Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps (1997-2002), Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps (2003-2004), and the Empire Statesmen Senior Drum & Bugle Corps (2001-2006). Previous work also includes Momentum Winter Percussion and Metro Alliance Winter Percussion. Jamey holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Loyola University Chicago and passed the CPA Exam. After working in public accounting for a few years he turned his focus to not-for-profit accounting and arts management. Time permitting; he also serves as a free-lance accountant to a variety of businesses in the Chicago area.

Jennifer Leseth Guard Designer

Jennifer Leseth

Guard Designer

Jennifer Leseth brings her many gifts as a choreographer and instructor to the Stampede Showband. She consistently challenges students to rise to the next level of performance and expression through the use of dance, flag-work and weaponry. Jennifer has more than twenty years of performance, design, and instructional color guard experience. She has served as color guard designer and coordinator for the Madison Scouts, instructor and designer for Madison Scouts, instructor and designer for the Bluecoats, Crossmen, and Phantom Regiment, guard caption supervisor for Carolina Crown, and color guard caption manager for Santa Clara Vanguard. She worked for eight years with the Bands of America title-holding Marian Catholic High School marching band from Chicago Heights, IL, another two years with the noted Spring High School of Houston, TX, and with Spirit of America for the past nine years. Jennifer’s vision has drawn praise from fans, judges, and performers.

James Sparling Percussion Visual Designer

James Sparling

Percussion Visual Designer

James Sparling received his degree in Music Education with a minor in Architecture at Miami University.  As a performer, he marched tenors with Trinity Indoor Percussion Ensemble (2000), Music City Mystique (2001, WGI World Champions), Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps (2001), Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2002), and Rhythm X (2003-2004).

He has been heavily involved in the world music ensemble, Global Rhythms, where he served as Percussion Coordinator and Arranger (2004-2006). He served on the percussion staff for the Glassmen (2003), the Madison Scouts (2004-2006), the Carolina Crown (2007-2008), and the Cadets (2009-2011).  He currently works with Spirit of America (2006-present), Madison Independent (2011-present), Eastside Fury (2011-present), the 402 (2012-present), and RhythmX (2005-present), all as visual designer.

Michael J. Cesario Uniform Designer, Fred J. Miller

Michael J. Cesario

Uniform Designer, Fred J. Miller

Michael J. Cesario meets us at his favorite corner café in New York City, where old neighborhood photos cover the walls and the coffee is strong. He’s quick with a welcome, but the voice we know from the Drum Corps DVD’s seems oddly subdued talking one-on-one. While shaking hands, he flips over the paper placemat, but he’s busted…his rough sketches cover it. “I’ve always drawn,” he says, putting away the pen, “even as a kid it was my favorite creative outlet. Hand me a box of crayons and I was a happy pup.” By the time the budding young artist hits the age of nine he’s marched his first parade. “It’s 1957, and I’m the worst clarinet player in the entire Memorial Day Parade, but I’m totally hooked on huge, bigger-than-life pageantry.” “The Cavaliers would come to my hometown for the first drum corps show of the year.” The Cavaliers visited NYC for the holiday? “Oh, no,” he laughed, “like all the best New Yorkers, I’m not from here! I was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and we used to call that early contest “Frostbite Falls”!” So the veteran New Yorker is really a “Cheesehead”, and his twin inspirations, Art and Music, push him to design band uniforms…it’s that simple? “No, not at all! There were many years of creative pain and angst, suffering for my art…in other words, I went into Theatre. I worked to get a couple of degrees in Directing and Production Design and enjoyed a great career doing TV and stage productions… some magnificent teachers, some crazy producers…the tales are endless. It’s where I learned about character analysis, how to reveal inner qualities and individuality through clothing. I also learned how to enhance the figure, concealing some physical traits while augmenting others. But I never lost my passion for Marching Bands, Drum Corps, and Colorguards, so I performed and taught throughout my Grad and Undergrad years…flying from band camp to summer stock was pretty mind-boggling!” In fact, the word “passionate” seems to take on new meaning when Cesario tells the tale. “From sketchbook to final detail, I’m a perfectionist and can drive folks crazy, I know, but my passion was that I could take all those “tricks-of-the-trade” that I used as a professional Costume Designer and bring them to performance wear for young musicians.” “I wanted them truly comfortable, and able to do all the athletic activities contemporary bands require. So we needed a full range of movement, a flexible garment that’s more fitted, more tailored, and more durable than anything else out there.” “My passion,” there’s that word again, “meant starting fresh at square one, with no pre-conceived notions of what a uniform is supposed to be.” Eventually, Cesario had become Head of Design/ Technology at Purchase College, (today, he’s Professor Emeritus). Armed with the latest tools and a brilliant patternmaker, and using The Cavaliers and the Phantom Regiment as guinea pigs, a team began to gather the construction knowledge essential to creating something new, something truly special. The expertise and craftsmanship of FJM became the crucial factor in changing an entire industry. The results are on display in these pages. Inspiration? Passion? Yes, but there’s one other quality, Cesario insists. “Call it stamina, resilience, or endurance,” he insists “but we keep moving and growing…after all, a perfectionist is never really satisfied.” With that, he settles the tab and heads for the door, grabbing that placemat full of future designs. — Scott A. Winters

Alan Spaeth Flag Designer, McCormick’s
Diane Maielli Costume Designer, Effects By Design
Laurence Rebillot Visual Consultant

Laurence Rebillot

Visual Consultant

Larry Rebillot has been a teacher, a performer and a judge in all aspects of the arts, especially the pageantry arts for over thirty years. He has served as the Bands of America Color Guard Coordinator as well as organizing many successful fall clinics through the Tri-State Circuit for the Pageantry Arts. He has taught, choreographed and consulted with the Bluecoats, the University of Cincinnati Bearcat Bands, the University of Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band, the Northwest Passage Performing Arts, the Pride of Cincinnati Drum Corps & Winter Guard, and Western Carolina University’s "Pride of the Mountains" Marching Band.

Jay Michalak
Musical Consultant

Jay Michalak

Musical Consultant

Jay was born in Chicago, Illinois, and began his musical studies at age 6 with piano and voice lessons. He started trumpet in grade 5, and his marching career began in the dynamic music program at Marian Catholic High School, in Chicago Heights, Illinois.  He attended Northwestern University (B.Mus. Performance, Education) and was an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, training orchestra for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  During his collegiate years he was a member of the Northwestern University Marching Band and spent two summers as soprano soloist with the Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps.  He completed his Master’s degree in May 2000, at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

On the West Coast, Jay was part of the Lyric Brass Quintet (faculty ensemble at Pacific Lutheran University, WA), the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cascade Symphony, and the Vancouver Island Symphony.  In the Fall of 2001, he moved to Calgary to join the Foothills Brass Quintet, a full-time touring brass ensemble, performing hundreds of concerts every year all across North America. As a trumpet soloist, Jay has been featured with Ensemble Noir (Toronto,) Altius Brass and Kensington Sinfonia. He has also been a finalist in major brass competitions including Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Competition and the Jeju International Brass Competition.

In 2004, Jay began his association with the Calgary Stampede Showband as the Brass Coordinator, and currently is the Summer Program Coordinator. Jay has also worked with the Calgary Stetson Show Band as brass coordinator, Music Director and Band Director and is also the Director of A Band of Outriders. During his tenure, he has completed many arrangements and transcriptions for field show, concert band, and parade for each of the bands.

Bryan Hryciw Percussion Consultant
Gino Cipriani Consultant / Clinician

Gino Cipriani

Consultant / Clinician

Gino Cipriani holds the position of the Brass Caption Supervisor for the nine-time World Champion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. He led the brass program to its World Champion brass titles in 2000 and 2005. 

Cipriani received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Instrumental Education from the University of Mississippi. As a student at Ole Miss, he studied trumpet performance under the guidance of Dr. Charles Gates. Gino also had the great pleasure of studying trumpet under Roy Poper when he attended California State University at North Ridge.

Cipriani has served as a consultant to marching bands, jazz bands, concert bands as well as drum and bugle corps across the United States, Canada and Korea. In Korea, he had the pleasure of working with the Korean Armed Forces Bands in preparation of the World Cup Ceremonies in 2002. In addition, Cipriani serves as an adjudicator at marching band competitions throughout the country for US Scholastic Band Association.

Cipriani spent 10 years, 1990 through 1999, as a brass instructor for the 10-time World Champion Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. He then took the position as brass supervisor for the nine-time World Champion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2000 and 2001 season. In 2002 and 2003 Cipriani had the honor to serve as the brass caption head and assisted in bringing Magic of Orlando back to the field as a finalist after two years of inactivity.

In 2004, he held the brass caption head position for the six-time World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. From 2001 to 2004, headed and consulted for the brass section of the five-time DCA champion Syracuse Brigadiers. In 2007, he took the position of brass caption head of the five-time DCA champion Reading Buccaneers.