ZEPHYRUS drumc & Bugle Corps / MARCHING ACADEMY STAFF
We take pride in bringing together a dynamic staff of proven educators for our students. More team members to be announced!
DAN POTTER SEMINAR . LEADERSHIP
Drum Major of the Geneseo Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from 1979-1981, Dan was also on the staff of the Glassmen and has taught or consulted high school marching bands in Indiana, Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. Dan is also the recipient of the National Association of Broadcasters 2015 Marconi Award for Medium Market Personality of the Year.
JEREMY W. PARKER PROGRAM DIRECTOR . BRASS
Jeremy W. Parker is Director of Bands and Coordinator of Instrumental Music at Bixby Public Schools. He is a frequent clinician and adjudicator for marching and concert band, and he is one of the most sought-after drill designers in the state.
AARON J. MORTON CREATIVE DIRECTOR . DESIGN
Aaron J. Morton is the lead designer for the Pride of Bixby. This includes writing drill, visual work, and creative audio and media for all facets of the program. Outside of the pageantry world, he is a composer and filmmaker, as well as the artistic director of Tulsa creative collaboration Wonderheim.
AARON HUTSON BRASS CAPTION HEAD . VISUAL
Aaron Hutson is Assistant Director of Bands at Bixby Public Schools. In the fall, he serves as arranger for the Pride of Bixby, and leads visual technique. Prior to his teaching at Bixby, Aaron performed with the the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps.
JASON REZNICEK BRASS . VISUAL
Jason Reznicek is an Assistant Band Director for the Sapulpa Public Schools. Mr. Reznicek attended the University of Arkansas- Fayetteville, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. Reznicek has worked with multiple nationally competitive ensembles, including the Union High School Marching Band (Tulsa, OK) as well as the Bentonville High School Marching Band (Bentonville, AR), as a visual technician, music technician, and low brass instructor.
Mr. Reznicek works as a visual consultant for Oklahoma’s premier Independent indoor percussion program, Resistance Indoor Percussion, and an instructor with the Zephyrus Drum & Bugle Corps. Mr. Reznicek’s experience as a performing member include, but are not limited to: The Wind Ensemble of the University of Arkansas, the Symphony Orchestra of the University of Arkansas, the Arkansas Music Works Brass Band, the Ozark Mountain British Brass Band, South City Winds, as well as with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014 and 2016.
CHELSEA ARENAS COLOR GUARD COORDINATOR
Chelsea Arenas is the Color Guard director at Union High School in Tulsa, OK. She attended the University of Houston to study Dance Education while minoring in Early Childhood Development and American Sign Language. Chelsea enjoyed teaching both dance and color guard in the Texas public school system. She worked with The Woodlands High School and was the color guard director at The Woodlands College Park from 2011-2013.
In addition to her many years of teaching color guard, Chelsea was a featured performer with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps from 2008-2011, where she helped to capture their 10th DCI World Championship. She has also performed with the WGI World Class Champion color guard Pride of Cincinnati in 2010 and 2012. Most recently, Chelsea performed in Japan with the tour of Blast! The Music of Disney during the summer of 2016.
MATTHEW J. SUMNER DRUM MAJORS
Matthew J. Sumner is the Drum Major technician at the Pride of Bixby, and serves on the board for Zephyrus Arts Institute. Before teaching with Bixby, he was the 59th Drum Major for the University of Oklahoma.
JAKE MILLER PERCUSSION COORDINATOR / ARRANGER
Jake Miller has instructed ensembles such as the Pride of Broken Arrow and Pride of Bixby percussion sections. Originally a member of the Pride of Broken Arrow, he went on to march with the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps.
GEOFFREY ANIKIENKO PERCUSSION CONSULTANT
Geoffrey Anikienko is the Coordinator of Percussion Studies at Bixby Public Schools. He also conducts the BHS Percussion Ensembles and the BMS Percussion Ensembles. Mr. Anikienko has diverse experience in percussion performance, from marching in Crossmen and Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps to playing percussion in professional symphony orchestras.
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