Design Coordinator / Brass Arranger - Rob Stein
Rob started his drum corps career marching with the Jersey Surf for 6 years, spending 4 in the horn line as soprano section leader and soloist, and 2 asdrum major. He then finished, aging out 2 years with the Concord Blue Devils playing upper lead trumpet. Since then, Rob has been a writer and consultant for over 50 schools and corps across the country through his business, Standing 'O' Marching (www.standingomarching.com), and has had music published and distributed with Standing 'O' Marching, System Blue, Center X,J.W. Pepper, Marching Network, Dynamic Marching and Five Stone. Rob is on brass staff with the three-time Open Class World Champion Blue Devils B from Concord, California,and is also a judge for the Cavalcade of Bands.
Drill Design - Charles Patton
Charles Patton will be serving as Drill Designer for the upcoming 2013 Carolina Gold season.Charles has also previously served as the Visual Caption Head and Program Coordinator for Carolina Gold in prior years. Charles is currently the band director at South Brunswick High School in Southport, NC. As a North Carolina Teaching Fellow, he received his Bachelor of Music in 2006and his Master of Arts in Teaching in 2007; both from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. He has consulted and taught for marching groups throughout North Carolina including Green Hope High School, Clayton High School, Garner High School, and Cedar Ridge High School. Charles marched two seasons with The Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from Denver, CO as a euphonium player and drum major. He is a member of NCMEA and an alumnus of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Design Consultant - Josh Potter
A native of Burlington, NC, Joshua Potter is currently the Director of Bands at Providence Senior High School in Charlotte, NC. Previously, Mr. Potter was the Director of Bands at Raleigh's Wakefield High School for eleven years – beginning with its opening in 2000. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed a Masters in Wind Band Conducting at East Carolina University. Prior to his appointment at WHS, Mr. Potter served as the Director of Bands at West Rowan High School where he introduced full season competitive marching band and the band earned the first recorded superior rating at state band festival in theschool's 50+ year history. In addition, Mr. Potter served as the Director of Bands at Charlotte Catholic High School for the 2011-2012 school year. Josh has been recognized by the NC Bandmasters as the 2007 Central District Band Director of the Year and with the 2008 Award of Excellence. He completed a three year term on the NCBA State Marching Band Committee where he served as chair for two years.
Percussion Caption Head – Dr. Tracy Wiggins
Tracy joins the Carolina Gold organization as its Percussion Caption Head for the upcoming 2013 season. Tracyis currently the coordinator of the percussion program and marching band director at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the HARTT School, University of Hartford. Dr. Wiggins holds a Masters Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Oklahoma State University. He has done post-masters work at The Ohio State University.
Dr. Wiggins' varied musical interests are reflected in his performance credits, ranging from The Santa Fe, New Mexico and Alabama Symphony orchestras, steel drum and ethnic drumming ensembles, to chamber and solo performances throughout the United States.He has performed with the Black Gold and Freelancers drum and bugle corps as well as instructing numerous marching bands and drum and bugle corps throughout the United States.
Visual Caption Head - Jordan Webb
Jordan returns as Visual Caption Head for the 2013 season. Originally from Wilson, NC, Jordan now resides in Rocky Mount, NC where she serves as the band director at both Toisnot and Darden Middle Schools after having completed her Master of Arts in Teaching degree at the Universityof North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Jordan also earned her Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance at UNC studying under Jim Ketch. Jordan performed with many of the UNC ensembles, including the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Band, University Band, Jazz Band, and the Marching Tar Heels, where she served as a drum major her senior year. Jordan marched with Carolina Crownin 2008, 2009, and 2010 as a field conductor and a member of the trumpet and mellophone sections.
Jordan is currently on the visual staff of Wake Forest Independent, which competes within the WGI percussion circuit. Jordan has worked with several marching bands in North Carolina including Wakefield, Millbrook, Fuquay-Varina, Terry Sanford, Clinton, and Charlotte Catholic High Schools.
Brass Caption Head - Kate Reeves
Kate joins Carolina Gold as its Brass Caption Head for the2013 season. Mrs. Reeves is a National Board Certified Teacher, and holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education K-12 from the Ithaca College School of Music and a Master of Music in Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition to serving as the Brass Caption Head for Carolina Gold, she is the Director of Bands at Thomas A. Edison High School in Alexandria, VA part of the Fairfax County Public School System and has served there since 2009. Her bands have won numerous honors and have received excellent and superior ratings for her entire tenure. Prior to this appointment Mrs. Reeves held the post of Director of Bands at Rodney Thompson Middle School in Stafford County. Under her leadership, the Jaguar Bands at Thompson grew to become the largest middle school program in the county. Prior to that, she was the Music Teacher at Garrisonville Elementary School.
As a lead soprano for the drum and bugle corps The Cadets, Mrs. Reeves won a DCI World Championship in the year 2000. She was also trumpet section leader ofher BOA champion high school band, the Kiski Area High School Marching Band.
From 2004 until 2008, Mrs. Reeves was the drill designer, visual caption head, and high brass instructor for the Colonial Forge Sound and Guard. Her design and teaching helped lead Forge to a superior rating and Virginia Honor Band status every single year she was on staff. She is also the former brass caption head of the drum and bugle corps Teal Sound, helping to move them from Division III to Division I in DCI, and was an intern with the corps that holds the record for the most world championships, The Cavaliers. Asan accomplished private instructor, both the principal and co-principal trumpets in past Virginia All State bands have been from Mrs. Reeves' studio.
A native of Pittsburgh, Mrs. Reeves is a frequent adjudicator and marching clinician, an active member of VBODA, and a prominent local drill writer. She resides in Arlington, Virginia with her husband, a composer, administrator, andeducator in Arlington County.
Color Guard Caption Head - Drew Zellmer
Originally from Chapel Hill, NC, Drew returns to Carolina Gold as the Color Guard Co-Caption Head. His guard units havereceived multiple High Color Guard awards in DCA Class Finals. Drew has taught various ensembles throughout North Carolinaincluding Wakefield High School, South Johnston High School, and Cape Fear High School where he is currently the director of the Color Guard / Winter Guard program.
Drew's spinning career began in 2007 when he marched with Carolina Visual Productions.Since then he has performed with several ensembles within the Raleigh area such as Wakefield Independent(2009) and First Flight World (2010 - Present). Drew has also performed with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2007 and 2009.
Color Guard Caption Head - Tracy Mossholder
Tracy returns to the Carolina Gold Color Guard staff for the 2013 season and is also the Director of the new Carolina Gold Independent Winter Guard.
Tracy also serves as the Color Guard Director at South Mecklenburg HS since 2011 after an additional stint from 2004– 2008.. While in high school in Indiana, Tracy was a member of her school's Color Guard and Winter Guard for all four years as well as participating as amember of the school's dance team. After high school, Tracy began teaching local high schools as a guard tech while attending college at Indiana University as well as marching the Independent World Class Color Guard, Adagio. She marched Adagio for two years as a member of the rifle and flag lines as well as being a featured dancer and flag soloist. After moving to North Carolina, Tracy continued teaching color guard as well as becoming High School A – Intermediate and High School A class representative and the North Carolina State representative for the Carolina Indoor Performance Association. She formerly served as one of the assistant directors and choreographers for Reynolda Independent A Winter Guard based out of Wake Forest University. Reynolda placed 14th in the World in the IA class in 2010 and 7th in the World in the IA class in 2011.
Battery Arranger - Justin Mabry
Originally from Roanoke VA, Justin is the battery arranger for Carolina Gold. Justin most recently served as the corps' Percussion Caption Head and Corps Director. Under his stint with Carolina Gold, his units have received the 2010, 2011 and 2012 High Percussion award in Class A at DCA Finals.
Justin is also currently the co-executive director and battery arranger for Wake Forest Independent indoor percussion ensemble. Justin received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Mars Hill College and is currently pursuing his Masters of Music degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Front Ensemble Arranger - Sean Combes
Sean will serve as the Front Ensemble arranger for the upcoming 2013 Carolina Gold season and has served in this role since 2010. Sean is an arranger, instructor, and clinician living in Cary, NC. He is active as a percussion arranger and clinician for numerous colleges and high schools up and down the east coast and is featured on Standing O Marching, Dynamic Marching, and System Blue. Sean is an arranger and consultant for the George Mason University "Mean Green" independent percussion ensemble from Fairfax, Virginia; Wake Forest Independent percussion ensemble from Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Sean attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA where he studied with Donald Bick and Howard Curtis, performing in the Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and various solo and chamber groups. He is also active as a freelance percussionist and maintains a private studio in the Raleigh/Durham area. Sean was a member of the world champion Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps as well as a 2001 PASIC clinic participant.
Tour Manager - Anna Rugila
Anna will join the Carolina Gold organization as its Tour Manager and also serve within the visual caption on an instructor level. Anna attended Lincolnton High School and continued her education at Western Carolina University, pursuing a degree in Instrumental Music Education. Anna is a horn player and she also played mellophone during the marching season. She was a member of The Pride of the Mountains Marching Band where she held various leadership roles. Anna currently serves as the Assistant Director at South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, NC and has also served as theTour Director for Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps and had been involved with the drum corps since 2006. She is a sister of Sigma Alpha Iota, an international music fraternity for women, and was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow.
Staff Coordinator - Josh Henson
Josh has been involved in the marching arts for 19 years as a performer, instructor,supporter, and fan. An alum of Reeths-Puffer High School in Michigan and the University of North Dakota, Joshua spent 10 years in the US Navy, with 7 years of that in specialized teaching, curriculum design, and school management roles. He is a familiar face to many in the marching arts through his years of experience working as a coordinator and contracted event staff at Music For All/Bands of America events around the country. He currently works as an engineer designing submarine control systems for the Navy, and resides in Fairfax, VA.
Carolina Gold's introductory open house will be held in Greensboro, NC on December 15 & 16th, please see www.carolinagold.org for more details.
Edited by Bob Callicutt, 28 October 2012 - 12:05 PM.