DESIGN TEAM

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Zach Barber

Creative Director

Zachary Barber has been involved in the pageantry arts for almost a decade. Though he loved performing, his passion for the activity came out when he began designing and coordinating.

From being a tech and choreographer to an active show designer and coordinator across the nation, the knowledge and lessons he has learned are priceless. He has had the privilege of working with the Blue Springs Golden Regiment, Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, Edmond Memorial high school, North Hardin high school, Lexis World, Ionic winter guard, and many others. Many of his groups have had the opportunities to be involved in BOA regional finals, state finals, WGI regional champions, and WGI World Championship finals.

 

Most recently, Zachary has founded a pageantry design company, Zbarberdesigns, where he continues to surround himself with top designers and educators to push not only himself but the programs he works with as well. 

 

He is beyond excited and grateful for the opportunity to work with Phenom and produce an unforgettable experience for the 2022 members this upcoming summer!

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Jordan Nelson

Program Coordinator

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.

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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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Jaime Holly

Visual Designer

Jaime Holly is a full-time drill designer and visual instructor living in Long Beach, CA with his wife Rebekah and his daughter Parker. He began his marching career in the soprano line of the Concord Blue Devil B Corps in 1989, moving to the World Champion A Corps in 1991 through 1993. He returned to the Blue Team in 1997 where he is currently drill writer and visual co-caption head.

 

His affinity for mathematical problems can be traced through his BS in Math from California State University at Fresno. Jaime earned a teaching credential from Cal State East Bay and was a math teacher at James Logan High School before he decided to give it up for the fame and fortune of drill writing. 

 

Jaime is the visual caption head and designer for several award-winning high schools in BOA and WBA, as well as independent non-profit organizations in DCI, DCA and WGI. He has also served on the DCI Task Force. Currently, he also has the pleasure of working with the National Champion-Soka Renaissance Vanguard from Tokyo, Japan. 

 

One of Jaime’s more gratifying experiences has come from working with the Arizona Academy Drum & Bugle Corps. He began working with them while they were still in their early stages, in Division II in DCI. As their drill writer, he’s helped to cultivate the organization through their journey through Division I and making finals.

 

Additionally, Jaime has had the opportunity to work other Drum Corps such as the Bluecoats, Troopers, Mystikal, Pacific Crest and Fusion Core.  His high schools have included: Blue Springs, Vista Ridge, LD Bell, James Taylor, Mansfield-Legacy, Cy-Fair, West Broward, Clovis (NM), Desert Vista, Winston Churchill, Clovis West, James Logan, and many more.  Independent WGI groups Jaime has worked with include RCC Drumline, United Percussion, Freelancers, Black Knights, Orange County Independent, Arizona State Drumline and Diamonte Winterguard.

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David Gronneberg

Percussion Arranger

David Gronneberg is currently Associate Director of Bands at Flower Mound High School in Flower Mound, Texas. Prior to his appointment at Flower Mound, he served as the Director of Percussion for the Grain Valley School District from 2008 – 2019. At Grain Valley, he directed three high school percussion ensemble classes; the Marching Eagles Drumline; chamber ensembles; and 6th, 7th, and 8th grade percussion classes.
 
Under his direction, the GVHS Percussion Ensemble and Drumline garnered national acclaim for both their performance quality and professionalism. The Grain Valley Marching Eagles have earned multiple AA Division Championship awards and Finalist placements at the BOA St. Louis Super Regional. In 2016, the Marching Eagles were honored to perform at the 90th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Under Mr. Gronneberg’s direction, the Grain Valley HS Percussion Ensemble was selected to perform at the Music for All National Percussion Festival in 2015 and 2019. Additionally, the Percussion Ensemble was selected as the 2017 Missouri Music Educator’s Convention Honor Chamber Ensemble.
 
Mr. Gronneberg earned his Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of Central Missouri and his Bachelor of Music Education from Missouri State University. He also spent the summers of 2004, 2005, and 2006 as a member of the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps. Mr. Gronneberg taught the WGI World Class Drumline Gateway Indoor from 2008 – 2012.
 
Mr. Gronneberg is the immediate Past President for the Missouri Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and he is an Educational Artist for Innovative Percussion. David Gronneberg currently lives in Texas with his wife, Heather, and his amazing daughter, Lena.

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Kent Summerour

Sound Design

Kent Summerour is a seasoned marching band designer, clinician, and adjudicator. He is known for his unique approach and creativity in show production and design. Kent understands the nuance of blending the elements of the music and visual to create an outstanding effect.  

Since 2001, Kent has worked with marching bands, winter guards, and indoor drum lines.  Using these show designs, bands and groups have competed at the Texas State Marching Contest, BOA, US Bands, TECA, TCGC and WGI finals...and some have gone to finals for the first time!  


For much of the performance seasons, Kent spends his time traveling the country as an active clinician and adjudicator.

Kent is also the co-inventor and co-developer of the Field Dots system (www.fielddots.com), a system for learning drill more efficiently and accurately.

Kent currently resides in Dallas with his beautiful wife, Pia, and their two daughters Maya and Aurora.

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Ryan Springler

Visual Coordinator

Based in Mesa, Arizona, Ryan Springler is a visual designer, adjudicator, and instructor active across the nation.

 

In addition to his responsibilities as Visual Coordinator with Phenom, Ryan also serves as Visual Coordinator at The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, visual designer and creative consultant at The Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps, and Artistic Director at Superstition Movement Collective.

 

Some notable clients include Lawrence Central HS, Homestead HS, Loveland HS, Mountain Ridge HS, Clovis HS, Trumbull HS, Blue Knights Indoor, and Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, among many others. He is a founding member of the AzMBA competitive circuit in Arizona, and served as its Judges' Coordinator for several years.

 

Outside of his work in pageantry, he is an active painter and avid consumer of all spicy foods.

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