Colts Design Team Welcomes Nix, Toosley

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The Colts design team is in place and already putting the pieces together for the 2012 season. Chris Tomsa once again leads the group as Program Coordinator, with Kevin Nix joining the Colts as Visual Coordinator and Drill Designer. Scott Toosley returns to the Colts as Color Guard Designer.

The music team includes Tomsa again as Brass Arranger. David Nelson, Percussion Caption Head, will also serve as Battery Arranger while Jerry Carpenter returns in 2012 to write for the Front Ensemble.

Here are brief bios for each of the members of the design team:

The pageantry arts have been Chris’ passion for four decades as a performer, instructor, arranger and adjudicator. Chris has instructed and arranged for many of the world’s finest drum and bugle corps including Phantom Regiment, Madison Scouts, Glassmen, Colts, Capital Regiment and 27th Lancers. In his years at Madison, they won three DCI High Brass titles and the 1975 World Championships, where Chris mentored with DCI Hall of Fame brass instructor James Elvord. Read more HERE

Kevin is one of the most sought after visual designers in the pageantry activity, distinguishing himself as a band director with unusual versatility toward marching band and musical visual art. He has been a music educator, guard instructor, visual design coordinator, visual clinician and adjudicator for over twenty years. Two of the groups that Kevin works with, William Mason High School (Ohio) and Claudia Taylor Johnson High School (Texas), were among the 12 finalists at the recent Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis. Read more HERE

David has been active as a music arranger, designer, and instructor for the past 15 years and has worked with many top high school bands including Marian Catholic (IL), Warren Township (IL), Lake Central (IN), and Goshen (IN). David has also served as the percussion arranger for the Northern Illinois University Marching Huskies. David served as the percussion caption head and arranger for the 2001 DCI Division II/III Champion Blue Stars. Read more HERE

Jerry has been involved in the marching arts for over 25 years. His drum corps teaching experience is extensive, including the Florida Wave (1990), Magic of Orlando (1996-97), Colts (1992-95, 1998-99 and 2011), Boston Crusaders (1991, 2002-10) and the Troopers (2005). Although Jerrys main instrument is percussion, he is an avid jazz pianist and in that capacity has performed at Carnegie Hall, the New Orleans Jazz Festival and the West Point Academy. Read more HERE

Scott has been the guard designer for several prestigious programs such as Bands of America finalists Harrison High School (GA), Union High School (OK), and Broken Arrow High School (OK). He is currently the Color Guard Director and Designer for OFallon Township (IL) High School whose winter guard won the Gold Medal in Scholastic A at the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio. In addition to his color guard design work, Scott is also a well-respected costume designer for numerous programs in the marching and pageantry activity. Read more HERE

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Posted by on Friday, November 18th, 2011. Filed under Current News, DCI World.