BRASS STAFF

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Jordan Nelson

Brass Caption Head

Jordan Nelson brings a rich history in the marching and pageantry arts activities and has served as an educator, clinician, designer, and adjudicator for years.

 

His love for music began at a young age and soon found himself heavily involved in the marching arts. Jordan’s dedication and passion for marching band grew and flourished into an illustrative performance and educational career as he worked with bands and drum corps across the country including the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps (Canton, OH), Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps (Rockford, IL), The Academy Drum & Bugle Corps (Tempe, AZ), and Phenom Drum & Bugle Corps (Tempe, AZ).

 

Jordan currently serves as an Associate Faculty member at Arizona State University instructing the Sun Devil Marching Band, is on the brass education team at The Academy Drum & Bugle Corps, and is the current Corps Director and Brass Caption Head at Phenom Drum & Bugle Corps.

Steve Vento

Music Arranger

Mr. Steve Vento has been an educator in the pageantry arts for 30 years. His successful groups speak for themselves. Steve has 21 years of classroom experience, 12 of those in Broken Arrow, OK from 1994-2006 where he was on the design team and was the arranger for the ensemble.  In 2006 Mr. Vento took a position at Tulsa Community College where he built the band/jazz band program from scratch.  During that time, he also took a position at Union HS, OK as music arranger, designer and daily consultant to help bring Union back to the top of the band world.  In 2013 Steve left Oklahoma and moved to Lee’s Summit, MO as a full time arranger/composer.  Since his move in 2013 he began working with both Blue Springs HS Golden Regiment marching band.  Blue Springs is now a consistent top 2 finalist in the Saint Louis BOA Super Regional and 3 time BOA National Finalist and was a top 6 finalist in the San Antonio, Texas BOA Super Regional in 2013.  Mr. Vento has composed 50 original compositions and arranged over to 600 shows for marching band and drum corps.

 

Mr. Vento has his B.S. in Education with a performance minor from Missouri Western State University and a Masters of Music Education with conducting emphasis from the University of Tulsa.

 

His arrangements and compositions have won dozens of state titles around the country and have also been very successful at the national level at Bands of America events. His awards and accolades include 18 time BOA Class Champion, 3 time BOA Regional Championships, 75 time BOA Regional Finalist, 20 time BOA National Semi-Finalist, and 11 time BOA National Finalist.  In 2018, Mr. Vento’s arrangements and compositions helped elevate Blue Springs HS to capture the Bronze Medal at the Bands of America National Championship held in Indianapolis.  Steve’s arrangements and compositions have also received hundreds of “I” divisional ratings at local, regional, and national level contests, including BOA and UIL. His work has been very successful all over the country including dozens of Texas area finalists and advancing groups.  Steve also has 20 years of drum corps experience.   Since 2011 Steve has been on The Blue Devils brass staff.  Beginning the Summer of 2017 has been the brass arranger for Legends drum and bugle corps and in 2019 he is a member of the design team and brass arranger for The Academy drum and bugle corps.

Steve is very excited to be joining the design team for Phenom drum and bugle corps as Music Arranger for the 2022 season.

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Kevin Ronan

Consultant

Kevin Ronan is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Performance degrees. While a student at ASU, he studied with Sam Pilafian, world-renowned brass pedagogue and co-author of "The Breathing Gym". Kevin also served on the instructional staff of the ASU Athletic Band Department for five years, under the direction of James G. Hudson. 

From 2007-2018, Kevin was a brass instructor for The Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. Prior to joining The Blue Devils staff, he marched in the hornline and served as tuba section leader. In 2019, Kevin joined the brass staff at Carolina Crown. 

Kevin works year-round as a music arranger and copyist. On the marching field, bands performing his arrangements have been recognized as BOA Regional and Grand National Finalists, as well as State Marching Finalists and Champions. From 2012-2018, he was a member of the instructional and creative staff for the Marcus High School Marching Band. In 2019, Kevin joined the instructional and creative team at Hebron High School. 

Kevin currently resides in Lewisville, TX where he is a private lesson instructor at Hebron High School and Flower Mound High School.

Mike Krill

Brass Staff

Michael Krill directs the Jazz Program and co-directs the Marching Band at Desert Vista High School from Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Krill has been arranging the brass and woodwind music for the Desert Vista Marching Band since 2005 and arranges music and designs programs for various high school programs across Arizona. Mr. Krill has been the director of the Akimel A-al Middle School Bands since the 2000-2001 school year. During his time at Akimel A-al the band program has received numerous awards and accolades. Mr. Krill has been on staff with Phenom since the 2016 season and is excited to continue to promote excellence through education.

 

Mr. Krill is an active performer in the Phoenix Metro area. Performing experiences include Broadway show orchestras and free-lance work with local jazz and salsa bands. Mr. Krill has performed with DH4 (The Dave Henning Quartet), The MCC Red Mountain Big Band, and The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra  Mr. Krill presently performs with the Phoenix-based cover band Nineball and Boom! Marching Band.

Erica Scrivner

Brass Staff

Erica Scrivner is currently the Director of Athletic Bands and Music Technology at Carl Hayden Community High School in Phoenix, Arizona.  Before receiving her Master of Music: Music Education degree from Arizona State University, she spent nine years teaching high school marching band, winter drumline, and winterguard while starting her career teaching elementary general music in Reno, Nevada. After receiving her Masters of Music: Music Education from Arizona State University, she taught elementary general music and elementary band in the Mesa Public Schools District before pursuing a career at the secondary level. Throughout her career, Erica has written drill and designed marching programs for several groups in California, Nevada, and Arizona. Erica received her National Board Certification for Early Adolescents through Young Adults in Music in December of 2018. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration from American College of Education, due for completion in October of 2021.

 

As a performer, Erica Scrivner has played in a variety of community ensembles and throughout her undergraduate at the University of Nevada, Reno she enjoyed a wide variety of performance opportunities including wind bands, musicals, choir, pep band, and marching ensembles. Erica spent six years as a member of DCI drum and bugle corps including the Santa Clara Vanguard and the Concord Blue Devils, as well as two years marching with WGI Independent A class finalist, eNVision Percussion Theatre.  While at Carl Hayden she has grown the Falcon Band Program to include both winter percussion and winter guard opportunities including the establishment of an Independent A Winter Percussion Ensemble:  Phoenix Union Indoor.

 

Mrs. Scrivner has a strong passion for secondary music education and greatly enjoys working with the young adult age groups.  While at Carl Hayden she has grown the band program to include a new WGAZ ensemble, Falcon Winter Arts, which allows both percussion and guard members to continue working on their performance skills throughout the spring semester. She is also working to restructure and updating district curricula to develop a new program in Creating Music Through Technology as a multi-level program, Falcon Music Technology.  The new course is a fusion of music appreciation, music production and industry, as well as media literacy with advanced students provided an opportunity to earn Dual Enrollment credit through South Mountain Community College in Live Sound Reinforcement.

Ben Lynch

Brass Staff

Mr. Lynch is the current Band Director at Sierra Verde STEAM Academy in the Deer Valley Unified School District; teaching Fourth through Eighth grade band and the Assistant Director of the Paradise Valley High School Marching band in the Paradise Valley Unified School District. Mr. Lynch also provides private lessons for Tuba across North Phoenix.

 

Mr. Lynch graduated from Northern Arizona University in May 2017 with his degree in Instrumental Music Education and obtained a certificate for Secondary English Immersion. Prior to graduating, Mr. Lynch completed his student teaching in the Deer Valley Unified School District at Deer Valley High School, under the direction of Mr. David Kuhns, and Desert Sky Middle School, under the direction of Mr. Evan Dixon. Throughout college, Mr. Lynch was actively involved in the marching band scene as a visual technician with Shadow Mountain High School, under the direction of Mr. Natan Simon, and Coconino High School, under the direction of Ms. Jennifer Hamilton. 

 

Since January 2019, Mr. Lynch has been actively involved with Salt River Brass, known as “Arizona’s Premiere Brass Band”, under the direction of Patrick Sheridan. 

 

Mr. Lynch has marched with the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps and Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Lynch was involved with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, a world class performing arts group associated with Drum Corps International. He was one of numerous staff members to assist with the drum corps, working as a part of the Visual Team. He currently serves as the Tuba Instructor at Phenom Drum & Bugle Corps, which is based in Tempe, Arizona

Mitchell Goodman

Brass Staff

Mitchell Goodman is a low brass musician and educator in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

 

He is currently a Doctorate of Musical Arts student at Arizona State University and holds degrees from the University of Missouri and Arizona State University. Mitchell marched with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps and the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps and was a tour director with the Academy for several years after aging out. Any free time is spent with his wife Rachel, son Kilian, and cat Valentine.

 

Mitchell is very excited to start a new chapter as a brass staff member with Phenom Drum & Bugle Corps!

Alex Austin

Brass Staff

Alex is a French horn player and active performer in the Phoenix Metro area, having come up through the tight knit musical community in the Valley of the Sun.

 

He received his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and most recently a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music.

 

From coast to coast, Alex has strived to bring dazzling performances to audiences of all kinds. But he didn’t do it on his own. He learned from some of the best brass players in the world, including Eli Epstein, Dr. John Ericson, Jean Rife, Norman Bolter, Patrick Sheridan, Sam Pilafian, and the members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Throughout his career, Alex has delivered remarkable performances with groups such as the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the New England Conservatory Philharmonia, the Salt River Brass, the Red Rock Brass, and the newly formed Phoenix Brass Collective.

 

As an educator and humanitarian, Alex is dedicated to bringing a holistic musical experience to his students and audiences. What we learn through music education shouldn’t be limited to the classroom, but instead used as a force for making change in the world, an objective born out through Alex’s membership in the New England Conservatory’s Community Partnership Brass Quintet, a group committed to bringing music to underserved communities. Alex currently holds teaching positions at several high schools throughout the Phoenix area along with his own private studio and works every day to show his students what they can do with music.

 

Most recently, Alex has returned to Arizona State University to pursue his Doctor of Musical Arts degree and in the process create new avenues for his career and service. You can hear Alex’s work on albums such as The Great American Song Book! Featuring Harry Watters and on YouTube with the New England Conservatory Philharmonia and Wind Ensemble.

David Willers

Brass Staff

David Willers is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. While at ASU, he was a member of the Wind Ensemble and Trombone Studio while also performing with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps and The Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps.

 

Beginning in fall of 2016, David was the Director of Bands at Mesquite High School in Gilbert, Arizona. During this time, the marching band at Mesquite High School won numerous first place and sweepstakes awards, including ABODA Division 3 Championships in 2016 and 2018.

 

David is currently a graduate student at Northern Arizona University pursuing a Masters Degree in Wind Conducting. 

Kenny Edmondson

Brass Staff

Kenny is an Arizona native, born and raised in Scottsdale. He received his BMUS in Music Education from Arizona State University where he studied Trumpet under Professor David Hickman. During his time at ASU, Kenny was a member and soloist of the Sun Devil Marching Band, the ASU Wind Ensemble, and the Dixie Devils.

 

Kenny has worked with numerous groups across the valley including Gilbert High School, Coronado High School, and Sandra Day O’Connor High school. Serving those groups in roles from Music Caption Head to Visual Caption Head, Kenny is well versed in the marching arts. He currently serves as the Director of Bands and Orchestra at Snowflake High School in the White Mountain area of AZ.

 

Kenny spent the 2013 and 2014 seasons as a Trumpet player with the Santa Clara Vanguard and is ecstatic to work with Phenom in 2022!

Tristan Jagielko

Brass Staff

Tristan is a recent graduate and current student at Arizona State University.

 

After completing his undergraduate degree in Music Education he pursued his Masters Degree in Music Performance which he will complete spring 2022.

 

Tristan taught one year of general music and band in the Mesa Public School district and has been working with the Desert Vista High School Marching Band for the past three years.

Mike May

Brass Staff

Mike received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Arizona in 2003.  He then took over as the Director of Instrumental Music at Santa Rita HS in Tucson, eventually leading their marching band to the first ever ABODA Marching Band Championships in 2009.  Since moving to the Valley in 2010, Mike has taught elementary and middle school music and band, and spent five years as an elementary school principal.  Now in his 19th year in education, Mike is enjoying his role as the Director of Instrumental Music at Greenway HS in Phoenix.

 

A Phenom Brass Staff member since 2018, Mike enjoys working with students to help them become better brass players, better musicians, and the best members of their ensemble that they can possibly be.  After having the honor to serve as THE Drum Major of the Pride of Arizona Marching Band in 2001, Mike went on to teach Drum Major and Student Leadership for Fred J. Miller Summer Clinics.  Mike has been involved with the Marching Arts every year since 1994, and he looks forward to sharing that experience with others.

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