Percussion Caption Head/Tenor and Snare Technician
Alexander is the Percussion Caption Head and Tenor Technician and prides himself on hard work, dedication, and attention to detail. He has been with the program since 2016.
Originally a native of Rochester, NY Alexander now lives and works in Baltimore, MD. He is very familiar with the Marching Arts as he has grown up around drum corps including the Empire Statesmen, the Rochester Crusaders, and Rochester Patriots drum corps; all based in Rochester, NY. He has been a marching member of several drum corps always striving to hone his skills and reach the next level. In 1999 Alexander was a member of the Rochester Patriots drum corps as a member of the tenor line with a record undefeated season. The Patriots took 1st place at the DCI Division II World Championships and were the recipient of the Fred Sanford High Percussion Award. In 2000 Alexander was a member of the Rochester Crusaders Sr. Corps earning his first teaching role as a marching technician in the tenor line. Then in 2001 he joined the Bluecoats drum corps as a member of the “BlueQ” tenor line. For his age-out year in 2002 he was a member of The Cadets drum corps as a member of the “QB” tenor line achieving an undefeated percussion season culminating with the receipt of the DCI Fred Sanford High Percussion Award.
Alexander has taught several High School Marching Bands including Central Square NY, Eastridge NY, Calvert Hall MD, Westminster MD, Perry Hall MD, and is currently teaching at Atholton MD. Under his leadership, his groups have excelled and have earned awards inlcuing Maryland State group Champion, Maryland State High Percussion, and Bands of America (BOA) Regional Champion. Teaching several different groups has allowed him to experiment with different learning styles and methodologies as well as gain valuable insight and understanding of the different culture and dynamic of each group.
Professionally, Alexander is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego with a B.A. in Information Science and a Masters in Business Administration. He works in Information Technology as a Network Engineer in Baltimore, MD designing and maintaining large global computer networks.
Percussion Staff – Bass Drums
Tavon is from Baltimore, MD and has been engaged in percussive arts since 2004. During his marching career, Tavon has marched snare and bass from 2004-2008 during his high school years at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, snare and bass at Morgan State University from 2008-2010 and 2012, cymbals and bass for the Baltimore Raven’s marching band in 2005, snare at local Baltimore community band The Marching Elite, snare at Chesapeake Indoor from 2009-2011, and bass at Towson University from 2013-2015. During Towson’s 2016 season, Tavon returned as a member of the staff. Tavon is eager to continue his growth as an instructor and is proud to be in a position to pass on the traditions of pride, hard work, and fun deeply connected with the marching arts.
Outside of marching band, Tavon graduated Morgan State with B.S in Computer Science in 2012 and is currently pursuing M.S in Computer Science Software Engineering at Towson University. Tavon works in Information Technology field as a System Administer at Aberdeen, MD where he implements and maintains database systems for enterprise applications.
Percussion Staff – Cymbals
A graduate of B.S. in Philosophy and Religious Studies in 2012 from Towson University, and former member and SMAC for the Cymbal line
from 2007-2011, Nick then became a Cymbal technician and educator for Towson University Marching Band in 2012 and continues to this day. He graduated from Dulaney High School in 2007 and was in the Lion’s Roar Marching Band for his entire high school career. He continues his position as Percussion Caption Head/Arranger with Dulaney High School to the present. He also consults for several high school cymbal lines throughout the country. He received his A.A. in Music with a concentration in Percussion from the Community College of Baltimore County in 2010. Currently he is studying toward his M.A. in Theology with a focus on Historical/Systematic Theology, Moral and Liturgical Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, MD.
Nick marched in the Bridgemen Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps from Bayonne, NJ from 2006-2008 and with the help of Dennis Delucia has had a great impact on him as a musician, composer and educator. He then went out to Dubuque, IA to march cymbals with Iowa’s Ambassadors of Music, the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps from 2009 to 2010 his age-out year. It is the experience at the Colts with the cymbal knowledge and teaching styles of Diaz Clark, Jack Borland, Ben Gervais, Lauren Sakowski, Thein Quoc Pham-Tran and Chase Higgins and many others that would define the kind of instructor he is today. Then Nick went to be on the Visual staff for Fusion Core from Morris County, NJ in 2012 to gain more experience in how a show can be told with varying body movements and visuals that he and the staff came up with. He was on the Administrative staff at Jersey Surf Drum & Bugle Corps from Camden County, NJ in 2015. As of 2014, he has become the drill designer for Medellin Vanguardia (MEVA) from Medellin, Colombia. South America, a position to create a positive change in the lives of the people of Colombia, Medellin, and throughout Central and South America.
He is a member and supporter of “Kymbos” a DCI (Drum Corps International) and WGI (Winter Guard International) cymbal fraternity. Nick enjoys traveling, composing music, eating world cuisine, learning languages, hanging with friends and playing cymbals whenever he gets a chance. Nick looks forward to this upcoming season with this ensemble and the Cymbal section. Nick is heavily involved within the international cymbal instruction community as being innovative every year and a source of leadership within this cymbal community.
Percussion Staff – Front Ensemble
A well versed musician in the concert, marching, and jazz percussive arts, Nick Mullen has been building a diverse approach to mallet percussion since the age of 16. Comfortable in seemingly any style of music, he has performed with world-renowned marching ensembles such as George Mason University Indoor Drumline, Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps. He continuously performs in the non-rudimental percussion realm as well, performing with numerous jazz groups and concert ensembles at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His list of repertoire in the classical and contemporary percussion realm is dynamic, reaching all the way from more standard literature written by J.S Bach, Gordon Stout, and Emmanuel Sejourne, to more contemporary styled voices in the percussion realm such as Owen Clayton Condon, Vinko Globokar, Ivan Trevino, and Phillip Glass. Nick has premiered numerous compositions over his years of study, including the premier performance of Rob Wolk’s “Now and Then LP” at the Maryland / Delaware Percussive Arts Society’s Day of Percussion at Towson University. His work in the jazz realm is also diverse, having played with numerous local, national, and world-renowned musicians. Such musicians include Howard Johnson, Julian Brezon, Aaron Agre, John Pineda, Manuel Ayala Sapelli, Raymond Robinson, and Dominic Smith.
As an educator, Nick has been teaching rudimental and mallet percussion in Maryland for over 3 years. He has assisted in the education of ensembles at Century High School (Sykesville, MD), Jefferson High School (Shenandoah Junction, WV), Brunswick High School (Brunswick, MD), Tuscarora High School (Frederick, MD), Governor Thomas Johnson High School (Frederick, MD), North East High School (North East, MD), Calvert Hall College High School (Baltimore, MD), and the Towson University Marching Band (Towson, MD). Under his tutelage, numerous awards have been received by the groups he has educated. Such awards include the US Bands 2015 Group I Open High Percussion award (Calvert Hall College), as well as the 2015 KIDA White Class Gold Medal (Brunswick/Tuscarora High Schools) and the 2016 KIDA Blue Class Silver Medal (Governor Thomas Johnson).
Nick has studied music since the age of 4, and has been studying percussion since the age of 9. He was a member of numerous ensembles throughout his high school career, and was the member of the Frederick All-County High School Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble, as well as the Maryland All-State Jazz Ensemble. He now attends University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he will be receiving his BA in Jazz Studies in May of 2017. He has studied under and worked with many world-renowned performers and educators, including Mike Noonan, Matt Belzer, Lisa Cella, Wendy Salkind, Patrick Crossland, Greg Tsalikis, Tom Goldstein, Greg Herron, and Tom Lagana, among others. Currently, Nick resides in Frederick, Maryland.