VISUAL STAFF

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Jeff Whipple

Visual Caption Head

Jeff began his performing arts career in Saint Charles, Missouri at Francis Howell North High School where he participated in Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Marching Band, and Winter Drumline programs. Jeff’s performance background continued into college, Spending Three seasons in the Hawkeye Marching Band, and one full season performing as The University of Iowa’s mascot. Jeff also spent two summers marching with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps marching in both 2008 and aging out in 2010.

 

Jeff’s teaching experience began in 2013, joining on and serving as the Visual Caption Head for The Dowling Catholic High School Vanguard in Des Moines, Iowa through 2015. While with the Dowling program, the band received several accolades and awards from across the state. Additionally, Jeff spent the marching off season teaching a brass choir course at Dowling, with the group receiving Division One ratings every season.

 

In 2016, Jeff made the move out west, joining Mesa High School’s Marching Band staff as Visual Caption Head. During his first season with the group, Mesa received several awards throughout the season including a superior with distinction rating in Division One at the ABODA State Festival with visual emphasis, named AZMBA Class 3A State Champions, and earned the

distinction of a BOA- St. George Finalist. In both his second and third season, the band was named AZMBA Class 3A State champions and ABODA Division II State champions, taking home both the visual and music captions. In 2019, Mesa High School was crowned ABODA State Champions, again taking home the visual and general effect captions.

 

Additionally, Jeff has spent the past three seasons as the Visual Caption head for the Phenom. Recently appointed to Assistant Corps Director, Jeff is thrilled to serve in this capacity during

Phenom’s inaugural year in Open Class!

 

Jeff is a sought after clinician across Arizona, working with multiple programs as a visual performance and design consultant. He is also a respected adjudicator for the AZMBA marching band circuit. Outside of his time spent with the performance arts, Jeff also works as a Manager, Client Success for indeed.com.

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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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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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Robert Peterson

Visual Staff

Robert Peterson is a marching arts visual educator and drill writer based out of Mesa, Arizona.  Originally from New Jersey, he has taught and designed for various high school programs between AZ and NJ including Tolleson Union High School (AZ), Casa Grande HS Indoor Percussion (AZ), Bridgewater-Raritan HS Marching Band and Indoor Guard (NJ), Roxbury HS Marching Band and Indoor Percussion (NJ), and Monroe HS Marching Band (NJ). Robert currently teaches the marching bands at Gilbert High School and Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, Arizona. 

During the summer months, in addition to working with Phenom Drum & Bugle Corps, Robert also teaches movement at The Academy Drum & Bugle Corps and has previously worked with several other DCI groups. These include Music City Drum & Bugle Corps, The Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, and Fusion “Core” Drum & Bugle Corps. As a performer, Robert marched with the Cadets from 2014-2015 and the Cadets2 in 2013

 

Robert is a graduate student at Arizona State University, pursuing a Masters of Music in Performance Pedagogy. Outside of his coursework Robert stays involved with ASU by teaching at the school’s marching band, The Sun Devil Marching Band. Prior to his graduate studies, Robert was an elementary music teacher in New Jersey.

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Josh Kolopanis

Visual Staff

Josh is very excited to be a part of the 2022 Phenom Visual staff.  This will be his 4th year on the Phenom visual staff. 

 

Josh's performance experience includes Santa Clara Vanguard and Aimachi Japanese Marching Band.  Some of his instructional experience includes Desert Vista High School and Youngker High School.

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Jordan Spann

Visual Staff

Jordan Spann currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona where he teaches Social Studies and History at Maricopa Institute of Technology.

 

His marching career began in 2016 with the Northern Arizona University Lumberjack Marching Band where he served as a drum major for two years. During the summertime, he marched Contra at the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, ultimately serving as Horn Sargent in 2019. He enjoys working with numerous high school marching programs including Sandra Day O'Connor High School and Higley High School where he teaches both visual and music respectively.  

 

In his free time, Jordan enjoys staying active, making music and traveling. He looks forward to returning to the field to engage with marching members and push them towards greatness this summer. 

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Kaitlyn Misch

Visual Staff

Kaitlyn Misch is a visual and dance-focused marching band educator from Mesa Arizona. She has marched several years of trumpet and color guard at Red Mountain High School and proceeded to be involved in band at Arizona State University with the Sun Devil Marching Band. During winter seasons she marched four years of Breakthrough Indoor Percussion on the visual line.

 

In the past few years, Kaitlyn has finished up her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology and dance minor at Arizona State and has begun teaching as a visual staff member. She has been with Mountain Ridge High School for the last 3 years for the fall season, Breakthrough Indoor Percussion, and Foreword Indoor Winds for winter.

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"Tito" Gerardo Estrada

Visual Staff

Tito was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. His marching journey began in 2011 on clarinet with The Silverado High School Marching Band. Graduating in 2015, he marched his first summer on Tuba with The Academy Drum & Bugle Corps. Falling in love with the Marching Arts activity, he continued on to march with The Academy through 2018 totaling four years with the group.

 

Other marching experience includes being a Member and Drum Major for The Northern Arizona University Lumberjack Marching Band in the fall of 2017 & 2018. 

 

He began his teaching career fresh from his first summer tour in the fall of 2015. He taught with Liberty High School and his alma matter; Silverado High School. He continued working with the Silverado High School marching programs through 2019 helping build the culture and visual program while also serving in other critical areas such as prop designer/builder. Tito served on the Visual team for Sage V Percussion 2019-2020 season where he also helped design/build props. Most recently he was a part of the Phenom Drum & Bugle Corps Visual Team in 2020. 

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Lauren O'Donnell

Visual Staff

Lauren O’Donnell is an avid music educator currently residing in Tucson, AZ. She received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Arizona in 2020 and currently teaches middle school band at Anza Trail School in Sahuarita, AZ. She has been a visual instructor for the Walden Grove HS marching band and indoor percussion programs since 2017. 

 

Lauren’s marching experience includes North Canyon HS, The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, the Pride of Arizona, and Flux Indoor Percussion. When she is not teaching band, Lauren enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with friends. 

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Dan Phillips

Visual Staff

Dan Phillips is the Associate band director at Rincon/University High School in Tucson, Arizona. Dan received his Bachelors of Music in Trombone Performance in 2017, where he studied with Professor Moises Paiewonsky, Professor Gregg Hanson, and Dr. Chad Nicholson. In his time at the University of Arizona, Dan also was on staff with the University of Arizona’s Marching Band, “The Pride of Arizona”.

 

Dan has enjoyed success as a performer with the Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as with the Arizona State University Sun Devil Marching Band. Dan is passionate about empowering students to make meaningful decisions while performing by utilizing humor and influence in his teaching. While not teaching Dan is spending time with his wife, Erin, daughter Maddie, and son Grant. He enjoys riding mountain bikes, woodworking, and third wave coffee. Dan is looking forward to joining the team at Phenom this season to influence performers.  

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Juan Mateo

Visual Staff

Juan Mateo brings more than 15 years of involvement to the sport of the arts at various levels in both his marching and instructing careers. Though Juan is originally a percussionist, his experience ranges from winter guards to horn lines.

 

His performance career highlights include two WGAZ Gold Medals with Veracitas Independent, half a decade with the Pride of Arizona, and Cymbal Line Section Leader for the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps. 

 

While instructing in Phoenix, Juan's ensembles achieved top rankings and championship visual captions. Juan is also proud to be a co-founder of PUSDi for the Peoria Unified School District. PUSDi achieved very quick success after an inaugural year full of learning experiences. For three years, Juan continually volunteered as show designer, drill writer and technician. The indoor percussion group earned bronze for its sophomore season and Juan's only season as Director in 2019 would culminate in a WGAZ State Championship. Now in Tucson, Juan found quick success with WGIP, a 2021 WGI Virtual Finalist.

Juan Mateo currently serves on the staff at Canyon del Oro HS, Walden Grove HS and Phenom Drum and Bugle Corps.

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