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JAIR KLARFELD – Composer/Arranger

Born in St. Louis, Klarfeld was raised in Wichita, Ks and went to Wichita Heights High School. He continued his education and received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education at the University of Oklahoma. In his twenty-nine years of teaching high school, he has had the honor of working with the some of the finest students in Texas, Oklahoma, and Ohio. His writing skills were first recognized at a national level when he was a band director at Union High School (Tulsa, OK). In 2007, Jair retired from public school education in Texas to begin composing and arranging full time.

As a professional trumpet player, Jair has performed with the Oklahoma Chamber Symphony while touring in Europe; the Oklahoma City Symphony, Ponca City Symphony, Bartlesville Symphony, and Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra. He enjoyed having the opportunity to perform with the following professional touring shows: Ice Capades and Barnum & Bailey Circus Band. He also performed with several local Big Bands and combos.

Jair has been arranging music for marching bands, jazz ensembles, concert band, orchestra, and other musical ensembles for more than 25 years. Over 450 high school marching bands across the country have performed his original compositions and arrangements. Many bands have been very successful at local, state, regional, and national competitions including Bands of America Grand Nationals, BOA regional competitions, USSBA State competitions, and Holiday and Fiesta Bowl marching competitions. Jair’s arrangements have been performed by the University of Miami (regular games/National Championship Bowl game), University of Florida, University of New Mexico, and Illinois State University marching bands. He has also arranged for the Black Gold Drum Corp and the Atlanta CV Drum Corp.

Jair has recently had his compositions and arrangements performed at the Texas Administrators School Board Association in October-2011, by students from Southwest ISD and Schertz-Cibilo ISD. His music was written for their marching band, string ensemble, jazz band, combined choirs (HS,MS, and Elementary students), and for their IPad Ensemble. You can find Jair’s concert works for band at Print Music Source. His first two published works are arrangements: A COMMEMORATIVE SUITE FOR BAND, and IRISH TUNE FROM COUNTY DERRY for Young Bands.

Jair and his wife Debbie, have been happily married for 38 years and have one son – Jason. Jason currently works in the Los Angeles music industry placing music in movies, television shows, and advertisements.

JACK ALBERT – Percussion Arranger

Jack Albert currently serves as assistant band director and director of percussion at Sparkman High School in Harvest, Alabama. Jack’s duties at Sparkman include co-directing the Sparkman High School Marching Senators, conducting the Sparkman Concert Band, and directing the Sparkman Indoor Percussion Ensemble.

These high achieving groups perform in the WGI and BOA arenas, as well as state and national concert band festivals. The Sparkman Indoor Percussion Ensemble is a 2014 WGI Scholastic A Finalist, two time WGI Mid-South Percussion Championship Scholastic A Finalist, and three time SCGC Percussion Scholastic A champion. Jack’s concert bands consistently receive superior and superior with distinction ratings at Alabama State Music Performance Assessments. Jack is a graduate of the University of North Alabama (B.S. in Music Education) where he served as percussion section leader and principal percussionist.

Jack is also an alumnus of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps where he was a member of the snare line. In addition to teaching, Jack is a highly sought after band and percussion arranger/designer, and serves as a staff arranger for the University of North Alabama Band Program and percussion arranger for Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps. Jack currently resides in Priceville, Alabama with his wife Allison, and son Sawyer.
(Shows: The Chase)

DAN BRYAN – Percussion Arranger

Bryan is the Chair of Secondary Music for Modesto City Schools and Director of Instrumental Music at Joseph Gregori High School in Modesto, California.  He serves on the Boards for the Central Valley Guard and Percussion Circuit, Stanislaus County Music Educators Association, and California Band Director’s Association.  He acts as an adjudicator and clinician for several schools and organizations around the country, including Western Band Association and Drum Corps International.
(Shows: Side Show)

ADAM CLAY – Percussion Arranger

Adam Clay is a recognized percussion designer and instructor for the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. Prior to the Cavaliers, he was on the instructional staff with the Bluecoats Corps. In addition to designing shows for outdoor and indoor groups across the country, he founded the Memphis Grizzlies Drumline – The Grizzline.

Adam has works published by Jair Klarfeld Music, Key Poulan Music, and Marching Show Concepts.
(Shows: Beethoven- Struggles of a Genius, Black Widow, Bushido, Cirque Macabre, European Vacation, Genesis- A Gift of Life, Hyperspace, Line in the Sand, Rise of the Phoenix, Taj Mahal – A Memorial to Love)

DUSTIN CHAMBERS – Percussion Arranger

Upon graduating from the University of Arkansas in 1994 with a degree in Instrumental Music Education, Dustin taught for the Collinsville School District in Oklahoma until 1999. During his four-year tenure, he was the percussion arranger/director for the band program. From 1994 to 2003 Collinsville has been the Okla. Bandmasters Assoc. State Marching Contest Grand Champions Class A-3A.

In 1999, Chambers accepted the Director of Percussion Studies for the Van Buren School District in Arkansas. His drumline has captured two grand champion drumline honors, and his high school percussion ensemble accepted an invitation to perform at the Univ. of Arkansas, where Dustin also gave a master class on Marching Percussion Arranging and Composition. From 1999 to 2001 Dustin performs with the Fort Smith Symphony, Fort Smith Chorale, and the River Valley Community Band. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, the Vic Firth Education Team, and an endorser of Dynasty Drums and Evans Drumheads.
(Shows: Metamorphosis, Mysterium, Take Flight, Magnetism, Where Dreams May Come, The Factory, Light At The End, Aztecs: Disciples of The Sun, The Halloween Tree, A Corner In Space, City Of Lights, Dreams Of Flight, Poseidon’s World, Sapphire Dances, Travelogue, With A Twist, Dimensions In Brass, I Am The Shadow)

SHAWN GLYDE – Percussion Arranger

Shawn Glyde’s approach to modern percussion writing for both indoor and outdoor competition (USA and Europe), has led to 100+ jr. high, high school, independent, university, and drum corps drumlines performing his arrangements and compositions every year since 2002. He composes percussion and custom drumline arrangements independently, as well as for XtremePercussion.com, GPG Publications, Key Poulan Music, and Jair Klarfeld Music.

Glyde has authored six drum method books, judges for WBA, CVGPC, PCJA and SCPA. Shawn is the percussion arranger and/or music coordinator for several marching music programs throughout the United States and Europe. He is currently Director of Percussion Studies at the newly constructed Clovis North HS Educational Center in Clovis, Ca. Shawn balances his musical life by teaching private drum lessons and recording cds as a contemporary jazz solo artist. For more info, check out http://www.shawnglyde.com
(Shows: Side Show)

PAUL A. GONZALEZ – Percussion Arranger

Paul has a B.M. in Music Education from Sam Houston State University, and a B.M. in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music (Summa Cum Laude). Paul is an Honor’s Graduate and was 3 year member of the Texas All State Band and Orchestra. Paul has taught numerous High Schools and competitive groups which include: East Coast Jazz Drum and Bugle Corp, Norwood HS (1998 WGI New England Scholastic Open Indoor Marching Percussion Champions), Deer Park HS, Clear Brook HS, Clear Lake HS, Huntsville HS, and the Murray Hill Drum and Bugle Corp. He received the C.R. Hackney Award for Music Education.

Paul has performed and recorded with many artists including: The Rembrandts, Chaka Khan, Nelly Furtado, All 4 One, Sheila E, Richie Kotzen, Wynonna Judd, Gloria Estefan, Thalia, Jose Feliciano, Narada Michael Walden, Joy Enriquez, Jon Secada, Cristian Castro, Louie Shelton, Carlos Vives, Jorge Calandrelli, Tony Campise, Brian McKnight, Lonnie Jordan, DJ Kane, Nicho Hinojosa, Cherie, Ziggy Marley, Shaila Durcal, and Paulina Rubio. He also has numerous live Television performances including: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, “In Performance” at the White House,The Latin Grammys, CD USA, MTV, The US Open, MUN2, Vina Del Mar, Nobel Peace Prize Concert, Hoy, Ritmo Internacional, and Conciertos Clandestinos.
(Shows: Dragon)

ELLIS HAMPTON – Percussion Arranger

Ellis Hampton is currently the Percussion Coordinator and Associate Director of Bands at Guyer High School in Denton, TX. In addition to coordinating all percussion education in the cluster, he also serves as the Director of the Marching band, Winter Drum Line and Co-Directs the Jazz Band. Ellis earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance at the University of North Texas under Mark Ford and received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Percussion Performance at the University of Kentucky under James B. Campbell.

Ellis is currently is an active figure in the marching activity and is a sought after arranger, clinician and adjudicator for programs across the country. Most recently he served as Percussion Caption Head and Arranger for the Boston Crusaders, from 2011-2016 and previously worked with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, the Phantom Regiment, the UNT Indoor, the University of Kentucky and Metro Alliance Indoor Percussion.

Outside of the marching arts, Ellis has a wide array of interests and performance experience. From co-founding the UK Percussion Quartet and the Los Gatos Locos Salsa Band to his passion for world music including Gong Kebyar, Gamelan Anklung, Steel Band, South-Indian and Afro-Cuban music to his roots as a symphonic and Avant-garde percussionist, Ellis brings a unique and diverse perspective as a composer/arranger and as an educator.
Ellis is an endorsee of Yamaha, Innovative Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals and Evans Drum Heads.
(Shows: Winter Is Coming, The Search For El Dorado’s Gold, The Seasons of Life)

AARON HINES – Percussion Arranger

Aaron Hines (ASCAP) is originally from the Sacramento area where his dedication to the percussion arts began as a member of the award winning Sacramento High School percussion ensemble. After developing his skills throughout high school, Aaron became an important part of the California State University, Sacramento Winter Percussion Ensemble from 1997-2001.

Aaron’s professional career began the summer after he graduated from Sacramento High School. Since that time he has taught, arranged and designed for numerous schools, ranging from the middle school to collegiate level. He is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout California, Nevada and Arizona.  Aaron arranges and composes custom works independently for schools across the country and has music published through Gary P. Gilroy Publications (Best-Sellers 2010, 2012), Creative Solutions, Center X Productions & JW Pepper. He is also a member of the Percussive Arts Society.
(Shows: Mystic Travelers, The Olympians, What Stands In The Storm

MIKE HUESTIS – Percussion Arranger

Michael Huestis has been involved in music education since 1991 and has taught at Timpview High School in Provo, Utah, American Fork High School in American Fork, Utah,and The Colony High School in North Dallas. In 2016 he accepted a position teaching the Prosper Mighty Eagle Band in Prosper, TX. Throughout his career, his bands, percussion ensembles and drumlines have performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Music for All National Percussion Festival, MENC Biennial Conference, Bands of American Grand National Championships, President Bush’s inaugural parade in Washington D.C., the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and the Drum Corps International World Championships. Mr. Huestis was featured as one of the “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” by “School Band and Orchestra Magazine in 2008. Mr. Huestis earned his Bachelor of Music Degree was from the University of North Texas and a Masters in Percussion Performance from B.Y.U.

A highly sought after composer and arranger, Huestis has served as the percussion arranger for Pacific Crest Drum & Bugle Corps from Diamond Bar, CA and Genesis Drum & Bugle Corps in Austin, TX. His compositions are published by JKS Music, Rowloff, Key Poulan Publications and Huestis Music Publications. Michael is the author of the classroom method, “Developing the Percussionist-Musician” which was developed for middle school and high school students. He has presented clinics and master classes at numerous state music education association conventions and universities. His professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, Jazz Educators Network and the Percussive Arts Society, where he served one term as a chapter president. Michael is an endorser of Yamaha Instruments, Vic Firth drum sticks and Evans Drumheads.
(Shows: Belladonna’s Curse)

SHANNON JACOBS – Percussion Arranger

Shannon Jacobs is a percussion instructor, clinician, arranger and judge located in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. He attended The University of Texas-Arlington where he studied with Dr. Michael Varner, Dr. James Yakas and Adonis Rose. While at UTA he had the opportunity to perform with artists such as John Riley, Ney Rosauro and Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez. Shannon also marched for the Syracuse Brigadiers, Insignia Indoor Drumline, Surround Sound Indoor Drumline and performed with the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue Drumline.

Since 2007 Shannon has taught and arranged for the Forney High School band where the percussion program has received numerous awards at drumline contest including champions of the 2016 Lonestar Classic Drumline Contest Standstill II Division. His arranging clients range from middle school percussion ensemble, several high schools in Texas and Timbre Indoor Percussion Ensemble. He is an active judge in the DFW area as well as in the San Antonio area for the Texas Educational Colorguard Association for it’s indoor percussion classes.
(Shows: Angels)

JOHN KAMMERER – Sound Design

John Kammerer is a Seattle-based composer, sound designer, and computer musician. John earned his MM in horn performance from the University of South Carolina, where he studied with JD Shaw. While at USC, his main focus was music for horn that utilizes electronics, machine learning, and human-computer interaction.

In 2015, John joined the Santa Clara Vanguard as their sound designer and live engineer. In addition to his work with SCV, John is in demand as a sound designer and audio engineer/technician for award-winning high school marching bands and indoor ensembles nationwide.

John is the founder and artistic director of the ebb:flow music collective, an experimental new music ensemble dedicated to interdisciplinary artistic collaboration. During his time at USC, he had the opportunity to serve terms as both Vice President as President on the board of CICA (Collaborations In Contemporary Art), an organization focused on bringing music, art, video and dance to USC students and the Columbia community.

BRET KUHN – Percussion Arranger

In 1984, Bret began teaching the Cavalier Drum and Bugle Corps serving as both the Percussion Caption Head as well as the Percussion Arranger. During this time, the Cavaliers won six World Championships and five High Percussion Awards.

Bret is the Percussion Coordinator for the Prospect High School music program from Mt. Prospect, Illinois who are a BOA band. He is active as a Percussion Arranger/Clinician for numerous colleges and high schools across the nation and abroad. He is currently an Adjunct Faculty member for the Northern Illinois Marching Band with Director Tom Bough, and is consulting with Director Jim Hudson of the Arizona State University Sun Devil Marching Band. He also arranges for two of the top marching groups in Japan.
(Shows: mech-NATION, Into The Woods, Dark World, Portrait of Dorian Gray, aMAZE, The Illusionist)

DARREN HAZLETT – Percussion Arranger

Darren is an active arranger, instructor and clinician of marching percussion. He is currently a middle school band director in Pennsylvania while also serving as the arranger/director of percussion for the West Chester University Marching Band.
(Shows: Elementals, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, A Feast for the Eyes )

DAVID KNIGHT – Percussion Arranger

David is the owner/operator of knightmusic.net. He has written percussion music for several competitive Winter Guard International (WGI), Bands of America (BOA), and regional percussion sections throughout the United States, Japan, and Taiwan. In addition he continues to be a busy percussion clinician and adjudicator across the country. David studied percussion and music education at the University of North Texas. His teachers there included Paul Rennick, Ron Fink, Robert Schietroma, Jon Kellis, and Leigh Howard Stephens. While at UNT David also participated in several outstanding wind and percussion ensembles including the 13 time PASIC Champion UNT Drumline and the UNT Steel Band.

David also holds a B.S. in Management from Georgia Tech where he studied percussion and electronic music with Chris Moore. He was also a member of the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. David’s professional affiliations include The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and the Percussive Arts Society. David currently resides in Denver, Colorado.
(Shows: Chain Reactions, Chess, Clue, New World Symphony, Phantasm, Pursuit of Happiness, Swan Lake, Visions, Zombies )

MANUEL MALDANADO – Percussion Arranger

He is the current Director of Percussion and Assistant Director of Bands at Johnson High School, a title he had previously held at Cedar Park High School. Over the past six years, Manny has helped the Cedar Park bands win numerous awards, including the 2006 Sudler Shield from the John Philip Sousa Foundation for marching excellence, a 7th place state finals standing in the 2005 Texas Music Educators Association Honor Band Competition, and a 2nd place finish in the 2004 State Marching Band Competition.

Manny graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor in Music Studies in 2001. Manny also was a member of Drum Corps International’s The Cavaliers of Rosemont Illinois, where he studied under Bret Kuhn and Erik Johnson, president and founder of Innovative Percussion Inc.
(Shows: Scheherazade II, The Forgotten People, The Planets II, Beyond Human, The Forest Of Eyes)

MATHEW MANTURUK – Percussion Arranger

Matt received a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance and music education from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Music degree in percussion performance from the New England Conservatory of Music.

Manturuk entered the U.S. Army, serving over three years as percussion instrumentalist with the Army Ground Forces Band in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2002, Matt auditioned and was selected for assignment to the U.S. Naval Academy Band. He reported for duty as percussionist with the wind ensemble, marching band, and ceremonial units. His collateral duties have included serving as Operations Coordinator and Marching Percussion Section Leader. MUC Manturuk has been awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal (2 awards), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Army Service Ribbon.

Matt is an active educator and percussion arranger for several high schools and universities throughout the United States and Japan.
(Shows: A Day at the Ranch, Once Upon a Time, underWorld )

ALAN MILLER – Percussion Arranger

Alan Miller currently lives in the Denton, Texas where he serves as Program Coordinator, Wind and Percussion Arranger, and Assistant Percussion Director for Guyer High School. He also works as an arranger for many band programs and indoor percussion ensembles throughout the country.

Alan is currently one of two percussion arrangers/composers for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps, where he has been teaching the front ensemble since 2002 and was the staff coordinator for the corps from 2012-2015. He is currently the sole arranger/composer for Cavaliers Indoor Percussion (formerly Green Thunder Percussion), a WGI Independent World Class finalist. Prior to that, he served as Music Director for Metro Alliance Indoor (2005-2007) and as the front ensemble arranger for Gateway Percussion (2012).

Alan has arranged both battery and pit music for several Texas state marching band finalist bands including Coppell High School, Dripping Springs High School and Flower Mound High School. Alan has also arranged for groups outside of Texas and has presented clinics throughout much of the United States, as well as in Japan. Alan is an Innovative Percussion educational artist and is published through Tapspace and Drop6.
(Shows: Follow The Red Brick Road, Cloud 9, unVEILED)

COLIN MCNUTT – Percussion Arranger

Colin McNutt is the Percussion Caption Supervisor and Arranger for the ten-time DCI World Champion Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps. Colin has a strong history in percussion instruction. He arranged music and instructed for the Star of Indiana of Bloomington, Ind., the Glassmen of Toledo, Ohio, and the Crossmen. He also took his talents to the stage, writing and teaching for the popular production “Blast!”

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. When not instructing drum corps, McNutt conducts clinics for the percussion companies Avedis Zildjian Co., REMO, Inc., and Vic Firth. He also writes music for marching bands in the United States and Japan.
(Shows: Russian Celebrations)

RICK RODRIGUEZ – Percussion Arranger

Mr. Rick Rodriguez is currently the percussion director and Associate band director at Cedar Ridge High School, Round Rock TX. Rick has been the director of the Cedar Ridge Symphonic Band and is currently assisting all of the Cedar Ridge Concert Bands and the Cedar Ridge Wind Ensemble. He is also the primary director of the Cedar Ridge Jazz Ensemble and the Cedar Ridge percussion program. Mr Rodriguez and his ensembles have been fortunate to have several appearances at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic held annually in Chicago IL.

Mr. Rodriguez is a busy and active percussion arranger and versatile clinician. Rick has been a staff member of the Blue Devils, Phantom Regiment, Blue Knights and is currently with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. He has also been on the adjudicating staff of Drum Corps International (DCI), Bands of America (BOA) and is currently on the WGI judging panel. Mr. Rodriguez is endorsed by the Zildjian Cym Co., Innovative Percussion, and Evans Drum Heads.
(Shows: The Red Balloon)

CHRIS ROMANOWSKI – Percussion Arranger

“Romo” is a graduate of the Berklee School of Music and has been active as an instructor and adjudicator for the last 15 years. He has had the pleasure to work with and write for groups including Plymouth Canton HS from MI, Etiwanda HS from CA, and Hillgrove HS from Cobb County, GA. His groups have won 13 Bands of America Regional Championships, 2 Bands of America National Championships and are perennial finalists.

Chris has also been the Caption Head and Arranger for The Magic of Orlando, The Rochester Patriots Drum Corps, and the Pride of Soka Drum Corps from Japan. With Chris as arranger and Caption Head, The Patriots won the DCI Div II High Percussion Trophy and his group from Japan. Active as a clinician and adjudicator, Chris has served as a Drum Corps International percussion judge since 2006 and a Drum Corps Associates percussion judge since 2007. He is co-creator of the HeavyHitter Pads series manufactured by Vic Firth.
(Shows: A Day at the Ranch, Once Upon a Time, underWorld)

RUSSELL WHARTON – Percussion Arranger

Russell Wharton is a percussionist based in the Bloomington, Indiana area, and is currently attending Indiana University as a graduate student. Russell completed his undergraduate studies at Texas Christian University in 2013; notable performances with TCU include a Showcase Concert at the 2011 PASIC with the Percussion Orchestra, Carnegie Hall with the Wind Symphony, and the 2011 Rose Bowl with the Marching Band and Drumline. Russell can also be heard on the TCU Jazz Ensemble album “Midnight Voyage”, and the recent TCU Percussion Orchestra album “Prelude to Paradise.” From 2013-16 he was a percussion instructor for Keller High School in Keller, Texas, and has served as a clinician and instructor for programs all across Texas. Russell is a bass drum instructor at The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, where he was a member from 2008-2012. Russell proudly endorses Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.
(Shows: Red October 1917, Mainspring, The Ticktock Man)