BATTERY STAFF

Tyler Hess • Program Director

Nick Jackson • Battery Caption Head

Nick Jackson is an active performer, educator, and advocate for the marching arts. After spending five summers touring with world class drum corps, Nick has been continually striving to further grow the culture and education of rudimental percussion in the state of Utah.

Nick's first three summers were spent with the Seattle Cascades from Seattle, Washington. The Northwest drum corps placed in DCI semifinals during the 2011 and 2012 seasons while Nick performed with them. He served as the center snare and drumline captain during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The 2014 and 2015 seasons were spent with the Madison Scouts from Madison, Wisconsin. During Nick's time there he earned several recognitions including the "Rookie of the Year" in 2014. He also served as the center snare in the 2015 season and took the percussion section to a 8th place finish at the DCI World Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Aside from his achievements in the marching world, Nick devotes his studies to music at the University of Utah. He is currently working towards a Bachelor of Arts for Music Education, and has excelled amongst the percussion studio at the University. Nick consistently places in the top 5 at Utah PAS Day of Percussion competitive solos brackets and has taken 1st place in the marimba category (2014) and rudimental snare drum category (2016-2017). Nick has studied with Dr. Michael Sammons, George Brown, Doug Wolf, and Kelly Wallis during his time at the University. Nick has taught percussion at several high schools and independent organizations around the state including: Riverton High School (2013-2017), Davis High School (2014-2016), Grantsville High School (2014), and Weber State Indoor Percussion (2017).

Nick also has a private lesson studio of various students he teaches weekly. Nick lives in Salt Lake City with his wife and daughter.

Shane Gwaltney • Design Consultant, Visual Designer

Stuart Johnson • Asst. Battery Caption Head, Snares

Stuart Johnson is a musician and educator residing in Salt Lake City, Utah. Stuart has experience in a variety of concert and marching ensembles. He was a four year member of the University of Utah drumline beginning in 2010, serving as the center snare and drumline section leader in his final season in 2013.

Stuart also performed with the University of Utah Percussion Ensemble in spring 2011 and 2012. Stuart marched with Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in the 2012 season, studying under Kevin Welborn, Derek Fields, and Matt Little. He is a WSIP alumnus, marching his only indoor season in 2014. Stuart began his educational career shortly after graduating Park City High School, when he served as a battery tech for the 2010 and 2011 parade bands.

Currently, Stuart is a Business Analyst at FIS Global, and enjoys practicing piano and snare in an effort stave off "old-man hands."

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Billy DeBoer • Bass Drums

Mr. DeBoer has been an influential figure in the Utah percussion scene for many years. After graduating from Davis High School in 2001 as a member of their drumline, Billy began teaching at Roy High School where he was the Percussion Caption Head until 2004. He then took the job as Percussion Caption Head at Bonneville High School where he helped build the program from the ground up.

In 2007, Mr. DeBoer founded Thenami Winter Drumline, later renamed Junction City Hybrid and now operating as Weber State Indoor Percussion. Mr. DeBoer has consistently been at the center of the indoor percussion scene in Weber County and across the state and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Intermountain Percussion Association.

 
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Kenzie Jackson • Cymbals

McKenzie (Kenzie) Jackson has been a well-rounded musician and participant of the marching arts for nine years. She has been taught by a wide range of educators from across the nation and in a variety of ensembles. These ensembles include the University of Utah Marching Utes (sousaphone), Weber State Indoor Percussion (cymbals), and Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps (baritone). Her educator career began in 2015 with the Riverton High School Marching Band, where she remains the Visual Caption Head. With her involvement in Riverton High School, she also instructed the RHS Indoor Percussion Ensemble in their inaugural season as the cymbal and visual technician. She continues to teach Gold Spike Indoor Percussion as the cymbal technician, as well as a visual technician. In addition, Kenzie holds her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Utah. She currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah where she teaches 6th grade.

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David Strait • Tenor Drums

David Strait is the music instructor at Capstone Classical Academy in Pleasant View, UT and holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science from Weber State University. Prior to attending Weber State University, he was a member of the New Mexico State University competitive indoor drum line and placed 3rd in the Percussive Arts Society International Convention collegiate tenor drum solo competition. In addition to university ensembles, Mr. Strait has performed with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, the Ogden Mustangs Drumline, and the Patriots Drum & Bugle Corps of Rochester, NY. He is also an active percussion clinician in northern Utah. Mr. Strait has studied orchestral, chamber, solo, and marching percussion performance under Professor Sam Bryson, Dr. Fred Bugbee, Jeff Ausdemore, and Chris Romanowski. He proudly served as a member of the United States Army Reserve from 2010 to 2016.