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Tyler Hess • Director
Tyler Hess is a musician, educator, and designer residing in Ogden, Utah. In 2008 Mr. Hess began his teaching career when he took the job as Percussion Caption Head at Bonneville High School. Under his direction Bonneville grew from obscurity into an award-winning ensemble, winning multiple Outstanding Percussion trophies in the Utah marching band circuit. In 2010 Mr. Hess accepted the position of Program Director for Weber State Indoor Percussion. Prior to the 2019 season, Weber State Indoor Percussion became Gold Spike Percussion. Since 2011, the program has won two WGI Regional Championships, five Intermountain Percussion Association Championships and was a 2019 WGI World Championship Semi-finalist.
Mr. Hess has served as a clinician and instructor for numerous high schools and performing arts organizations throughout the intermountain region. Mr. Hess currently serves as Executive Director of Performing Arts Weber, an arts and education based non-profit in Ogden, UT. He also serves as Percussion Supervisor and Visual Designer for the Weber State Wildcat Band, Program Coordinator for the Davis High School Marching Band and Indoor Percussion, Program Director for Gold Spike Percussion. Mr. Hess is also the Exectutive Director of the Intermountain Percussion Association, serves on the Board of Directors for the Battalion Drum and Bugle Corps and is an active clinician, instructor, consultant and designer. He dedicates his time to expanding educational, performance, and competitive opportunities for percussionists in the Intermountain West region.
Mr. Hess is a proud endorser of Pearl/Adams Percussion, Pro-Mark Drumsticks, and Evans Drumheads.
Shane Gwaltney • Design Consultant
Shane was a charter member of Music City Mystique from 1995-99. Since his age out from Mystique, he has been an important part of Mystique’s personality. He has been instrumental in this group as a member, then as Battery Arranger, Visual Designer and Program Coordinator. His innovative and trend setting musical and visual designs have become a mainstay in the WGI, BOA, and the DCI arenas.
He is also a proud artist and clinician for Innovative Percussion, Pearl Drums, Evans Drum Heads\Planet Waves, and Zildjian Cymbals
Shilo Stroman • Front Ens. Designer
Mr. Stroman earned a B.M and a M.M. in Percussion Performance from Colorado State University where he studied with Dr. Eric Hollenbeck. He served as the Colorado Chapter President of the Percussive Arts Society for ten years.
Mr. Stroman has performed with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, the Fort Collins Symphony, and the Cheyenne Symphony. He is also an in-demand performer in the Northern Colorado region performing on drumset, vibraphone, and bass guitar in a variety of musical styles. He has performed or appeared with: Art Lande, Don Aliquo, Anders Astrand, Peter Sommer, The Four Tops, Afro-Blue, and Erik Applegate. In January 2006, he commissioned and performed the world premiere of Sticks and Stones variations for drumset and wind ensemble by Jim Bonney. In 2008, he founded Square Peg, a contemporary jazz quartet which performs throughout the Northern Colorado Region. Square Peg's first recording titled "Searching" was released in the fall of 2013 and features Stroman's composing and arranging skills.
As an educator, Mr. Stroman is an adjunct instructor of percussion and jazz at Colorado State University where he teaches Jazz Combo I, Jazz Pedagogy, percussion ensemble, lessons, and oversees the drumline. He is the director of percussion at Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins, Colorado and Loveland High School in Loveland, Colorado. He also arranges and consults many groups across the nation. He is also involved in the WGI activity as an arranger, adjudicator, and teacher with Dakota Ridge High School in Denver, Colorado and formerly with the Blue Knights World Percussion Ensemble in Denver, Colorado and Longmont High School in Longmont, Colorado.
As a clinician, Mr. Stroman has presented clinics at the University of Northern Colorado, Colorado State University, Colorado PAS Day of Percussion, Colorado Music Educators Convention, Colorado Bandmasters Convention, Wyoming PAS Day of Percussion, Texas Tech University, and the Montana AA Band Festival. Many high schools and middle schools in Colorado, Texas, and Wyoming have also benefited from Mr. Stroman’s clinics. He has also been an adjudicator for the Kinser Jazz Festival in Casper, Wyoming and the UNC/Greely Jazz Festival in Greely, Colorado.
Mr. Stroman is an educational endorser for the Pro-Mark Drumstick Corporation, Sabian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, and Yamaha.
Nick Jackon • Battery Arranger
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.
Mitchell Barnard • Electronics Design
Mitchell Barnard is a musician and educator who currently resides in Ogden, Utah. Mr. Barnard is the Percussion Director at the Davis High School, Battery Caption Head at Weber State University, Battery Instructor for the Battalion Drum and Bugle Corps. Under his direction since the winter of 2010, Davis’ Indoor Drumline has won six straight Intermountain Percussion Association Championships. Mr. Barnard also serves on the Board of Directors for the Intermountain Percussion Association.
Over the years, Mr. Barnard has marched for many ensembles including the Utah Jazz Drumline, Junction City Hybrid Indoor Drumline, University of Utah Drumline, where he served as Section Leader, Weber State Indoor Percussion, the Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps. During this time, he had the privilege of studying under such educators as David Reeves, Kevin Welborn, Matt Little, Chris Grant, Nick Molenda, Derek Fields, and many others.
Over the years, Mitch has instructed numerous ensembles around northern Utah and was a Battery Instructor for the Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps. He has also served as guest clinician for several area percussion ensembles and was the Battery Percussion Clinician for the 2012 Utah Music Educator’s Association Summer Marching Band Clinic.
Mr. Barnard is also an active arranger. He has arranged percussion for groups all over Utah including the University of Utah, Weber State University, and Utah Valley University Drumlines. Mr. Barnard is a professional arranger of indoor percussion shows and is the Percussion Designer for the Davis High School Marching Band and Indoor Percussion Ensemble.