Dean Westman, Program Coordinator

Dean Westman is the Performing Arts Department Chair and Orchestra Director at Avon High School in Avon, Indiana. Dean founded the Avon Orchestra program in the fall of 2007 with 40 6th grade beginners. Over the past 11 years, the Avon Orchestra has grown to ... | Read More

Jonathan Vanderkolff, Artistic Director/ Visual Designer

Jonathan Vanderkolff has enjoyed a long and successful career in the performing arts, including serving as Stage Director and an original member of the creative team for the Tony Award-winning production Blast!

In addition to Blast!, for which he won an Emmy ... | Read More

Jim Moore, Guard Caption Supervisor/ Designer/ Choreographer

Jim Moore won an Emmy Award and was nominated for a Tony Award as a choreographer, designer, and performer for Blast!. In addition, Jim was involved in the creation of Shockwave, CyberJam, and M.I.X. and has danced professionally for almost 20 years, beginning ... | Read More

Michael Raiford, Scenic Designer

Michael B Raiford is a freelance artist based in Austin, TX.  He has designed, staged and choreographed in theatre and for top DCI, BOA and WGI ensembles for over 30 years.  He is very fortunate to have had a project in a national or regional ... | Read More

Greg Lagola, Costume Designer & Choreographer

2018 will mark his 38th year in the world of Drum Corps and color guard, as a performer, designer, and choreographer. Over the years Greg has designed and choreographed for The Sunrisers senior corps, Cadets, and Santa Clara Vanguard in the Summer, and for Emerald ... | Read More

Vince Oliver, Music Coordinator/ Composer/ Electronics Designer

Vince Oliver studied percussion and composition at the University of Southern California and performed with the Santa Clara Vanguard and Blue Devils.  After graduating college, he went on to serve as a long-time percussion performer with the Tony Award Winning Production Blast!, touring with ... | Read More

Tom Rarick, Composer/ Percussion Designer

In 2009, Tom assumed the role of percussion arranger/composer for the Bluecoats, after serving as the front ensemble arranger since 2002. Prior to his involvement with the Bluecoats, he was a marching and staff member with the Cadets of Bergen County.

Tom is ... | Read More

Doug Thrower, Composer/ Brass Designer

Douglas Scott Thrower is a free-lance composer/ arranger/ trumpeter from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. He has been a brass instructor for the Bluecoats since 1992 and has arranged for the corps since 1997. He has instructed and arranged for many bands and drum corps including Troopers, Dutch ... | Read More

Aaron Beck, Audio Systems Designer

Aaron Beck, a member of the Bluecoats Cymbal Line in 1995, started his audio career 25 years ago in Corydon, Indiana.  While growing up, Aaron fell in love with everything audio and music while performing and working with his high school band program and church ensemble. ... | Read More