Dave MacKinnon, Brass Supervisor

Dave MacKinnon returns to the Bluecoats for his 22nd season in 2015 as Brass Supervisor. Dave brought a vast wealth of experience to the Bluecoats when he joined the staff in 1994. His experience dates back to the 1970s when he was the musical director of ... | Read More

Derek Gipson, Brass Caption Head

Derek Gipson is excited to be returning to the Bluecoats for a fourth year. Mr. Gipson began his drum corps career at age 12 with Expressions Drum and Bugle Corps. He later marched Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps and culminated his performing years with 4 years ... | Read More

Dr. Matt Stratton, Assistant Brass Caption Head

Dr. Matt Stratton serves on the faculty at Olivet Nazarene University as Associate Professor of Music and Director of Athletic Bands in the School of Music where he instructs the ONU Marching Tigers, ONU Basketball Band, Jazz Band, Symphonic Band and teaches courses in ... | Read More

Donnie VanDoren, Brass Advisor

Donnie has extensive experience in the drum and bugle corps activity. From 1980-84, he was the Brass Caption Head with the Garfield Cadets; winning the Jim Ott Award for high brass in 1983 and 1984 while simultaneously winning their first two world championships. In 1985, VanDoren served ... | Read More

Ryan Spencer, Brass Instructor

Ryan Spencer is a professional freelance trumpet performer and educator in Denver. Teaching Bluecoats since 2012, he is in his sixth season instructing high brass. Prior to joining the brass staff, he was the sound engineer for Santa Clara Vanguard for two years (2009-2010). He ... | Read More

Ricardo Brown, Brass Instructor

Ricardo received both his undergraduate (Music ed.) and masters degrees (Music performance, Trumpet) from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va. He also received an advanced certification in Educational Leadership from Cambridge College. Upon graduation Ricardo became a freelance trumpet player playing with artist Brandy, ... | Read More

Jared Sessink, Brass Instructor

Jared Sessink is the Director of Bands and Jazz at Washington Middle School in the heart of downtown Seattle. He studied music at Central Michigan University and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education, with a focus in trumpet performance.Read More

Joshua Gall, Brass Instructor

Joshua Gall is currently a Doctoral Teaching Assistant in Music Education and Instrumental Conducting at the University of Florida. At the University, Mr. Gall teaches courses in brass skills, concert band, private conducting, assists with courses in Marching Band Techniques and Music Education and ... | Read More

Bob Higgins, Brass Instructor

Bob Higgins has over 15 years of drum corps brass teaching experience, including Glassmen, Bluecoats, Jersey Surf, and Santa Clara Vanguard.

Bob holds a Music Degree (Performance-Trombone) from Oberlin Conservatory, Master of Music (Performance-Trombone) from the University of Akron, and Master of Arts ... | Read More

Bryen Warfield, Brass Instructor

Bryen Warfield is currently the Assistant Director of Bands at Whiteland Community High School in Whiteland, Indiana where he co-directs the Whiteland Marching Warriors, four concert bands, beginning jazz band and teaches music theory.

Bryen received his Bachelors Degree in Tuba Performance ... | Read More

Travis Pruitt, Brass Instructor

Travis Pruitt is in his 2nd year as the Assistant Director of Bands at Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas. His duties include, conducting the Hebron Concert Band, assisting with the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and the Hebron Marching Band, teaching low ... | Read More

Aaron Dugger, Brass Instructor

Aaron Dugger is currently the assistant director of bands at Melissa Middle School in Melissa, Texas. In addition to conducting and instructing the symphonic band and teaching beginner brass classes, and also assists with the high school bands as well as the Mighty Cardinal ... | Read More

Kristen Eck, Brass Instructor

Kristen Eck returns from the 2016 brass staff as a proud Bluecoats alumni, marching mellophone in 2004 & trumpet 2005-2007. She comes from a long line of music educators: her grandfather, Dr. John T. Finley, was director of bands and one of the founding fathers of ... | Read More

Scott Dupre, Brass Instructor

Scott Dupre is currently an assistant band director at Richland High School in North Richland Hills, Texas. Scott is in his third year with the Richland program, teaching marching band, concert band and AP music theory. Scott’s bands have consistently earned sweepstakes ratings ... | Read More

Errick Prince, Brass Instructor

Errick Prince is excited to be returning for his 8th total year of teaching the Bluecoats.  Errick is an experienced music educator and instructor. Errick is a graduate of Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA where he was a trumpet student under ... | Read More

Patrick Geren, Brass Instructor

Patrick Geren has been involved in the marching activity for over a decade – first as a member of the Bluecoats and Music City Mystique and then later serving on the brass staff of the Santa Clara Vanguard and Blue Stars.

Patrick has ... | Read More

Yesenia "Jessie" DeJesus, Brass Instructor

Jessie DeJesus is an active duty Bugle Musician and Drillwriter for the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. She is an alumnus of the 1996 Cadets of Bergen County, and is beginning her second season with the Bluecoats as a brass instructor, ... | Read More

Ben Gunnarson, Brass Instructor

Ben Gunnarson is currently finishing his bachelors degree in Music education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studies trumpet with Joey Tartell and Pat Harbison.

At Indiana, Ben has performed with the Wind Ensemble under Stephen W. Pratt, ... | Read More

Bob Chreste, Brass Instructor

Bob Chreste is the currently the Director of Bands at Weiss High School in Pflugerville, Texas.  Prior to starting the Weiss band program in the Fall of 2017, Mr. Chreste has taught at Stephen F. Austin High School, Cedar Park High School, and Berkner High ... | Read More