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Matt Hahn: Founder/Music Designer

matt@resonantmusicdesign.com

Matt Hahn is an active designer and percussion educator in the Dayton, OH area. He is currently the program coordinator, music designer, and assistant director of the Lebanon High School marching band and indoor percussion ensemble from Lebanon, OH. In 2012, Matt founded Resonant Music Design, a company specializing in marching arts design and education of all kinds. You can view samples of his work at www.resonantmusicdesign.com.

Matt was a member of Rhythm X from 2005 - 2008 and was a staff member from 2009 - 2015. Matt also was a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps from 2006 - 2007 in the front ensemble, and was a staff member from 2009 - 2012. Matt graduated from Miami University (OH) in 2008 with a Bachelor's of Arts in Music Education degree. 

In 2013, Matt was elected to the Board of Directors of the Mid East Performance Association (MEPA) circuit and was recently elected as Vice President of Percussion for the circuit.

Matt is a proud sponsor of Innovative Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, and Evans/Planet Waves products. He currently lives in Springboro, OH with his wife Sara and his son Micah.

 

Noah Bellamy: Visual Designer

noahbellamy@me.com

Noah Bellamy is originally from Centerville, Ohio. After graduating from high school, Noah took part in a series of special studies at the internationally acclaimed University of North Texas. In 2002, Noah graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, and then earned a masters in music from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

After marching with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in 1996, Noah went on to teach visual performance at Centerville High School. While serving as a visual specialist and caption head from 1997-2005, the band won 12 Bands Of America Regional Championships, as well as the high visual award at Grand National Championships in 2003.

In 2005, Noah moved to South Florida and began teaching at Miami Beach Senior High School, where he started a scholastic winter drumline program, as well as a percussion class that has been modeled by many other schools across the country through the published article entitled "Creating Student Involvement Through The Use Of Percussion Instruments."

While in Florida, he became the visual designer for the consistent WGI World Class finalists, Infinity Percussion as well as for the 2010 and 2011 WGI Open Class silver medalist, Stryke Percussion, now PIW. He also began writing for and working with some of the most successful marching bands in the state, including JP Taravella, Seminole, Stoneman Douglas, and Cypress high schools.

Noah lives in Canton, Mich., where he is the visual designer and visual caption head for the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Marching Band. He designs drill for bands across the country including Texas, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina. Noah has worked with or written for groups that have made finals in every class in WGI as well as BOA and other marching circuits around the country. He maintains a busy schedule of writing drill, judging in both the fall and the winter, and consulting with various marching ensembles from around the world, most recently traveling to Taiwan as the visual caption head and designer for the 2014 Taiwan International Marching Band Camp. Noah is an educating artist for Dynasty Band USA, Innovative Percussion, and Remo.

 

Chris Cruz-Vargas: Battery/Visual Designer

ccruz012@fiu.edu

Christian Cruz-Vargas has been involved in a wide variety of musical settings since starting his career. He has performed classically with the FIU Wind Ensemble, Parris Island Marine Band Wind Ensemble, Armed Forces School of Music Wind Ensemble and Concert Band and most recently with the FIU Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble. While in the Marine Corps he also served as the drum-set player in the Big Band of Parris Island as well as the Jazz combo. He has shared the stage with the likes of Tower of Power for a clinic in Norfolk, VA and played with some of the greatest percussionist/drummers in the Armed Forces. Along with these accomplishments Mr. Cruz-Vargas was also a part of the Parris Island Marine Band parade band performing in dozens of parades including Mardi Gras, Medal of Honor Ceremonies and various patriotic parades in the South East as well as several nationally televised NFL games.

Christian has also been involved as a writer, arranger, consultant, and educator. Between 2007 through now he has written for several schools from Florida to Oklahoma including Richmond Hill High School, G. Holmes Braddock High School, Felix Varela Senior High school, Lake Side High school and many others. As an instructor he taught from 06-08 at G. Holmes Braddock High School winning the Percussion State Championship in Class 1A in 2006. While in the USMC he taught for Richmond Hill High school taking various high drum trophies in multiple marching festivals in GA. After leaving the Marine Corps he began teaching at Felix Varela Senior High School winning the state percussion championship in 2010 as Percussion Caption Head. Under his instruction as Director FIU Indoor Ensembles have won the two straight fan favorite awards and a WGI Championship in WIO. Recently he has been asked to teach at Coral Reef Senior High School, Miami's Mega Magnet and one of Miami's premier music schools and write and consult for the 2015 PIA Champion PureFusion Percussion.

His education includes G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School, Florida International University and the Armed Forces School of Music where he was named salutatorian when he graduated in 2009. In 2007 he was named the G. Holmes Braddock musician of the year as a senior. Aside from these accomplishments Mr. Cruz-Vargas is currently pursuing his degree in Music Education at FIU and plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in guidance counseling once he is done with his Bachelors.

 

Tom Gasparrini: Battery Designer

tomjgasparrini@gmail.com

Tom Gasparrini is an in-demand instructor in the marching percussion world. Currently a battery instructor at The Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps of Canton, Ohio and Rhythm X of Dayton, Ohio, Tom’s experience as a world-class teacher stems from his extensive performance history. Tom started his independent performance career as a snare drummer in the Connecticut Hurricanes Drum and Bugle Corps. From there he continued on to the twelve-time world champion drum corps The Cadets before finishing his drum corps career as the center snare of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Gasparrini also was a performer in the world-class ensemble United Percussion and was a prominent performer and center snare of the highly successful percussion ensemble Rhythm X.

Since finishing his marching career in 2013, Tom has been serving as a battery instructor for both Rhythm X and The Bluecoats drumline. In addition to his work at The Bluecoats and Rhythm X, he is the percussion director at Bellbrook High School, and show designer/battery arranger for the European X indoor percussion ensemble based out of The Netherlands. Recently, Tom has also travelled to Seoul, Korea to preform with the Emmy Award winning theater show titled ‘Blast!’. Tom proudly endorses Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, and Evans Drum Heads.

 

Jeremy Jorgenson: Visual Designer

jeremy@jjvisualdesign.com

Jeremy Jorgenson has been involved in the marching arts for nearly 20 years. He is a 5 time WGI medalist as a performer with Westerville South HS and Rhythm X. As President of JJ Visual Design, LLC, he has designed and consulted for scholastic and independent ensembles from across the United States and Japan. In 2015, he founded MarchingDotBook.com, which provides simple dot books for highly competitive ensembles.

Outside of the pageantry world, Jeremy serves as Vice President and CIO of Robin Technologies Inc., a multimedia/web development firm based out of Worthington, OH. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Art from Ohio State University. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Sarah, and their twin sons Jake and Sam.

 

Alex McIntosh: Battery Designer

mcintoa3@miamioh.edu

Alex McIntosh is a performer, educator, and clinician in music programs in the state of Ohio.  He obtained his Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Miami University in 2012. 

Alex has served on and directed the percussion departments at many successful high school programs throughout the state of Ohio. He is currently on staff at both Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he also arranges music for the marching band. 

Alex is highly active in the world music genre of percussion—he has gone on national tours with the Miami University Steel Band and has performed in the Global Rhythms festival under the direction of Srinivas Krishnan, where he was afforded the opportunity to perform with Grammy and Tony Award winning percussionists like Valerie Naranjo, Jeff Queen, Victor Mendoza, and Glen Velez.

 

Jared Thomas: Battery Designer

jaredhamptonthomas@gmail.com

Jared Thomas is an active designer and percussion educator in the Dayton, OH area. He is currently the Percussion Director, Visual Caption Head, and Battery Arranger of the Lebanon High School marching band and indoor percussion ensemble from Lebanon, OH. 

Jared was a member of Rhythm X from 2004 - 2007. Jared also was a member of Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps from 2003 - 2004, and the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps from 2005 - 2006 as a snare drummer. Jared has been working with the Bluecoats Drumline since 2012. Jared also spent time overseas performing with Switzerland’s Top Secret Drum Corps from 2008 - 2010. Jared graduated from Appalachian State University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Technical Photography. 

Jared is a proud sponsor of Evans Drumheads, and Innovative Percussion. He currently lives in Dayton, OH with his wife Courtney, and their three dogs Carlsberg, James-Franco, and Princess. He is an active photographer of Weddings, Portraits, and the Marching Arts.