rich klimowicz, director
Chuck Grigg, Assistant director
Jonathan Kline, CONSULTANT
Anthony Miranda, media
tony good, program coordinator
Kirby Marino, Battery Caption Head, arranger
colin bell, front ensemble caption head, arranger
Brad Donoris, Visual Design
joe costable, sound design/audio engineer
william woodward, CONSULTANT
Battery instructional team
Akiel Jones, Snare Technician
Brian Horn, sNARE tECHNICIAN
Jimmy Toohey, Tenor Technician
oliver cuautli, Tenor Technician
Luke Chemidlin, Tenor Technician
Ryan Brodhead, bass Technician
Christian Negri, bass Technician
shannon kelliher, cymbal Technician
nick Markellos, cymbal Technician
edward griffin, vISUAL tECHNICIAN
kathleen ballard, vISUAL tECHNICIAN
Front Ensemble Instructional team
Justus Wilson, Front Ensemble coordinator
Jesse valencia, Front Ensemble technician
Karina Lizzo, Front Ensemble technician
jabin baxter, Front Ensemble technician
Scroll below for staff biography information
Rich is a full-time percussionist and independent educator based out of Lancaster, PA. He graduated from Millersville University with a degree in Music Performance in 2013. His drum corps career began with the Reading Buccaneers in 2006 and lead to his age out with the Cadets Front Ensemble in 2010.
After aging out Rich was a founding member and ensemble director of Lancaster PA based Portal Percussion trio. The group was established in 2011 and performed regularly throughout the country for more than five years. Highlights included achievement of a Silver Medal with the Princeton British Brass, commissioned works by Colleen B. Clarke and sharing the stage with world renowned percussionist, composer and educator Arthur Lipner. Rich has been a featured clinician for Percussive Arts Society, Pennsylvania’s Day of Percussion and a featured performer for New York’s Day of Percussion. In 2012 Rich joined the percussion staff of the Jersey Surf World Class Drum and Bugle Corp and has been a consecutive staff member for the past eight years. In 2013 Rich joined the United Percussion instructional staff and actively served the group on the instructional staff until 2015.
Currently Rich resides in Lancaster PA where he maintains a professional performance schedule. He has a private teaching studio through Tone Tailors on the campus of Rock Lititz, Lititz PA, which houses the companies that serves the music industry’s top artists globally. Outside of a regular performance schedule Rich is entering his tenth year as the Millersville University Marching Band Percussion Coordinator, Millersville PA. His fourth year as the Hempfield School District Percussion Caption Head, Landisville PA. His eighth year in DCI on the Administrative Staff of the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps as the Assistant Director of Operations and his second year in DCA as the Sound Designer for the Hawthorne Caballeros, from Hawthorne, NJ. Rich is proudly supported as a Vic Firth Artist.
Chuck is excited to join the 2018 United Percussion and Arts, Inc. team. Chuck began his marching career in 1972 as a Tenor Drummer in Black Watch Drum and Bugle Corps from Willingboro, NJ. During his performing years at Black Watch, he was instrumental in the success of the corps winning several championships culminating in the DCI Class A championships in 1979. In 1981, Chuck moved into an instructional role with Black Watch until the corps folded in the spring of 1985. In May of 1985, Chuck joined the snare line of the Sunrisers Sr. Drum and Bugle Corps and marched as section leader from 1986 thru 1990, winning DCA World Championships in 1987 and 1988.
Chuck’s teaching and writing career began with Black Watch in 1981. He has worked with several of South Jersey’s finest high school programs including Pennsauken HS, Willingboro HS, Gloucester City HS, Eastern Regional HS and Cherokee HS, where he held roles from Battery Tech to Percussion Caption Head.
Chuck lives in Marlton, NJ with his wife Sue and sons Jarad and Jordan. Chuck works as a Network Administrator for the Philadelphia branch of a multi-office Accounting Firm. Along with his love for marching percussion, Chuck spent several years volunteering as a Youth Bowling Coach for the Big Event (Playdrome Cherry Hill) Travel Teams.
Jon Kline is an active designer, arranger, and educator in the Philadelphia area. His music career began in elementary school learning how to play general percussion and also taking drum-set lessons from his father. Later, he studied drum set under private instructor Gene Lazowicki. His marching career started at Souderton High School where he discovered his love for performing. While in High School, Jon started marching bass drum with the Lehigh Valley Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. He was a member of the bassline in 2003 and 2004. In 2005, Jon was a member of the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps playing in their bassline. The following winter, Jon joined United Percussion for the 2006 season playing bass drum. He continued on to be a member of the bassline for the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
Jon’s teaching experience includes various high schools in the region, most recently serving as the bass tech, music/visual designer, and Assistant Drumline director of Perkiomen Valley High School from 2009 to present. Jon is also a very proud member of the Vic Firth Education team.
Jon has an Associates Degree in Education and also a B.S. in Organizational Leadership from Philadelphia University. He is currently working as an Accountant at a local corporation. Jon currently lives in Harleysville, PA where he spends his free time with his wife, Denna and their new son Jonathan Jr.
Tony Good is an Elementary Band/Orchestra director for Old Bridge Township Public Schools. He is a director for the Old Bridge Indoor Percussion Ensemble, co-director of the Old Bridge Elementary Drumline, music arranger and front ensemble coordinator for the Old Bridge Marching Knights and Old Bridge Middle School Indoor Drumline. Tony has been active as an instructor, arranger, director, and consultant for bands in NJ/PA/MD for over 10 years. Since 2012, he has worked with Gallant Entertainment Inc. as a performer and director. He is entering his 4th season as the director of the New York Giants Drumline.
As a performer, he has a long list of credits, most notably with the great Hans Zimmer at the "Man of Steel" world premiere red carpet cast party in NYC in 2013. He has performed for various professional sports events over the years, including Super Bowl 48. Tony remains active as a percussionist/drumset player, performing with high school/college/community musical pits and other events. He received a bachelor's degree in music education and percussion performance from Lebanon Valley College (Annville, PA) in 2010. Tony was also named a 2014 Grammy Music Educator quarterfinalist. He is a Mapex Percussion Artist, Zildjian Educational Artist, and a member of the Vic Firth Education Team.
battery caption head, arranger
Kirby is a percussion educator and arranger in New Jersey. He started his marching career at Phillipsburg High School in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. He then went on to march quads with the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps (2012-2013) and Fusion “Core” (2015). Kirby aged out with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2016 and marched with United Percussion (2014-2017), aging out as battery captain.
Kirby has taught and arranged for numerous high schools in New Jersey but is currently the battery coordinator and arranger for Bridgewater-Raritan High School. He also is a quad technician at the Hawthorne Caballeros (2017-Current) and the Rutgers University Drumline. This is Kirby’s second year as battery caption head and first year as arranger. Kirby is ecstatic and humbled to return to United Percussion 2!
front ensemble caption head, arranger
Colin Bell is an arranger, composer, music educator and percussionist. As a native of New Jersey, he continues to reside there today, and work in various musical disciplines.
As a marching percussion arranger and teacher, Colin is best known for his work at Old Bridge High School, where he arranged/taught front ensemble music for the marching band and indoor percussion programs from 2009 - 2018. During this time, Old Bridge established itself as a NJ percussion dynasty with numerous state and national percussion championships in their local marching band circuit. As the indoor percussion program evolved, Old Bridge cemented itself as a WGI PSO mainstay, earning a bronze medal in 2012, and a silver medal in 2018. Colin continues to arrange for several New Jersey and Pennsylvania band and indoor programs, and has also arranged for several drum corps, including the Jersey Surf, Raiders, Fusion Core, and Bushwhackers. Colin has recently joined the Tapspace publications team as a composer. His marimba duet “Friends” was written for a single marimba, allowing anyone with a single 4.3 marimba in their band room to make music together. Shortly after, his vibraphone solo “Lament for Shirley” was published.
Aside from marching arranging, Colin has several unique music projects. In 2015, he was the arranger and music director for the Janina Gavankar music video of “Don’t Look Down”, featuring the Jersey Surf. Featuring a cover of the song that was just released prior to the video by Martin Garrix and Usher, Colin collaborated with Janina on the score and video. In a span of 4 weeks, the project went from notes on a page, to 3 separate studio recording sessions and a music video shoot. Colin currently composes and arranges Celtic music through two unique mediums. As a project manager for social media marketing at the Balmoral School of Piping and Drumming, he composes soundtracks for video advertisements that combines traditional Celtic music with band and orchestral instrumentation. Colin also serves as the director of Balmoral’s Celtic Instrumental Music program, where he arranges traditional Celtic music for modern band, orchestral, percussion and rhythm section instruments. The program is a first of it’s kind in putting Celtic traditional music in wind and orchestral ensembles, in combination with the traditional instruments of bagpipes, small pipes, fiddle, and recorder.
Colin is currently an elementary band, orchestra and percussion director in the Old Bridge School district. He played an integral role in the unprecedented growth of Old Bridge’s elementary instrumental music department, which now boasts over 600 participating students. He is also the author of their unique elementary percussion curriculum, which continues to raise the standard for classroom percussion education. Colin also arranges unique band and orchestral music for these programs, which enables 4th grade students to perform along high school seniors in large combined ensembles. He is also the creator of the Old Bridge District Drum Solo: an annual percussion performance featuring all percussion students (100+ students), grades 4-12, playing an annual drum solo that he writes.
His career dedication to elementary instrumental music has led to international collaboration, and the creation of the Old Bridge Elementary Drumline. As a guest educator and arranger of Motif Music in Shanghai, Colin recently enjoyed traveling to China to present an in-depth look at his elementary percussion curriculum at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. The trip also included touring many schools, working hands on with the Shanghai No.3 Girls School drumline, and judging a DrumLine Battle competition. He is also the co-director of the Old Bridge Elementary Drumline, which is an audition-based program available to all 5th grade percussion students. The drumline has a unique non-competitive philosophy, with a dedication to unique performance opportunities. In their first year, they teamed up with Pearl and Vic Firth artist Amanda Muse to make a music video together. In their second year, they will travel to DCI World Championships and participate in the DrumLine Battle event.
Colin is a percussionist, who currently plays in numerous pit orchestras across many NJ theaters, as well as the entertainment company Elegant Music Group. He was a recording and touring member of reggae band Echo Movement, which released 3 full length albums, and went on numerous North American tours, including 3 Vans Warped Tours. Colin has his BA in Music Education from Kean University. He grew up in Old Bridge, NJ, where he played snare drum with his father in Scottish pipe bands, as well as the Old Bridge High School drumline. He was a member of the Boston Crusaders from 2001-2003, where we was a snare drummer during their competitive surge of the early 2000’s.
Brad has been an active educator and visual designer of the marching arts for over 20 years. His performance experience includes The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps (1993-1994), and the Santa Clara Vanguard (1995). He has been involved with many independent groups over the years, including the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps, Lehigh Valley Knights, Teal Sound, Crossmen, 7th Regiment, and the Boston Crusaders. Currently, he is a consultant for Q Winter Guard, (WGI IO Finalist 2016, 2017), and on the visual team at the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps (2017-Present).
In addition to working with independent groups, Brad has worked with many scholastic ensembles, most recently with visual instruction at King Philip H.S. from Wrentham, MA. Currently, he is the visual designer for Pecos H.S. from Pecos, TX, and Rancocas Valley Regional H.S. from Mt. Holly, NJ.
Brad was involved with United Percussion in 2004, 2017 and 2018. 2019 will be Brad’s fourth year with United Percussion and Arts, Inc.
sound design/audio engineer
Joe Costable is an in-demand recording and mixing engineer from Beacon, NY. His career spans just about every area of the audio production and recording industry, from major label artists to foreign films. He has received multiple gold and platinum album sales awards for his work, and is a voting member of The Recording Academy. He brings his talents to the marching arts world with On The Field Audio, a company specializing in system design and sound design for a variety of DCI, WGI, DCA, and scholastic marching band groups.
Woody is currently the acting Band Director and Instrumental Music Teacher for Winslow Township High School. His recent achievements include: 2006 Marching Unit Director, Hatboro- Horsham High School- Cavalcade of Bands American Division Champions; 2006-07 Music & Percussion Arranger, Spring-Ford HS, Royersford, PA- Atlantic Coast Championship Group IV, 2004-07 Indoor Percussion Director, Plymouth-Whitemarsh HS- Cavalcade of Bands Indoor Percussion Champions, 2004-06 Arranger & Percussion Instructor, Hammonton HS, USSBA Group I State Champions. Woody has been a performer, Caption Head, composer and arranger for the Jersey Surf Drum & Bugle Corps, Bushwhackers Sr. Drum & Bugle Corps, United Percussion, and Riptide Indoor Percussion. Woody has also taught percussion and drum lines for Upper Moreland HS, West Chester University, Southern Regional HS, Highland HS, and Pennsauken HS. He is also an independent composer for marching bands and indoor percussion ensembles in PA, NJ, GA, TN , FL & CA.
Akiel is a percussion educator located in the northern New Jersey area who started his marching career with the Passaic High School marching band in Passaic, New Jersey. He then went on to march snare drum with the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps (2013-2014), The White Sabers Drum and Bugle Corps (2015 & 2017), and the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps (2016, 2018-2019). He spent his indoor seasons with United Percussion (2014-2016).
Akiel has worked with several high schools in the North Jersey area. He is currently the Percussion Caption Head at Kearny High School and works as a Drumline Instructor at the Community Charter School of Paterson. Akiel served as a Battery Consultant for East Coast Percussion (2016-2017) and a Snare Technician in 2018. Akiel is thrilled to be joining the United Percussion 2 team!
Brian Horn is a percussion educator from Somerset, NJ. His marching percussion career started 15 years ago at Immaculata High School in Somerville, NJ. Brian’s first experience with an Independent group was playing snare drum as a member of the Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps (2010). Following his DCA experience, Brian then marched 2 seasons, including his age-out season, at United Percussion (2011, 2012).
Brian has been the caption head at Westfield High School (USBands) since 2012, and also has WGI teaching experience. Last season, he was the primary snare technician at East Coast Percussion. He is currently a proud staff member of the Hawthorne Caballeros (Snare Technician).
Brian couldn’t be more excited to bring his passion and teaching methods back to the home team!
Jimmy is incredibly excited to be on staff at United this year teaching the quadline!
Jimmy has been playing quads for 9 years and has been a part of multiple ensembles over the years. Starting in high school, he eventually went on to march with the 7th Regiment ('14-'15), Reading Buccaneers ('16), and Carolina Crown ('17) Drum and Bugle Corps. He has also marched with Field of View ('15) and United Percussion ('16-'19), where he was one of the battery captains and the quadline section leader for the last 2 years. Jimmy also was a part of West Chester University's drumline for 3 years, again serving as battery captain and quadline section leader for 2 of those seasons.
Jimmy has been an instructor for various high schools in the southeast PA area, and he currently teaches the Downingtown West High School drumline. He has also taught the quadline at both the Cadets2 and the Cadets for the 2018 summer season.
United has been Jimmy's home for the past 4 years, and he is so grateful to be able to give back to the program that gave him so much!
Ryan graduated from Rutgers University in the spring of 2018 with his Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice, Political Science, and Sociology. He currently works as a Private Investigator for Prime Source Investigations, a full-service investigations firm located in southern New Jersey. Ryan’s marching career started back in 2012 with The Cadets2 Drum and Bugle Corps for their inaugural season and continued with them through the end 2013 and 2014 competitive seasons. During that time, he also marched with Cadets Winter Percussion for the 2014 and 2015 WGI seasons and then spent three years touring & performing with the 10-Time DCI World Class Champion, The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps (2015, 2016, 2017). He also spent three years in the Rutgers University Drumline and served as bass drum section leader for his last two years.
Ryan has taught multiple high school percussion programs in New Jersey and is currently the Percussion Caption Head & Battery Arranger for Madison High School. Ryan just finished up his second year on the percussion staff of the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum & Bugle Corps, and this will be his second year on staff with United Percussion 2 and he can’t wait to get started!
Christian Negri was born and raised in Brick, New Jersey where he first found his love for music and percussion through his high school band program. Christian went on to march in the Rutgers University Marching Band from 2012-2016 where he was taught by their world class percussion staff. Most recently, he marched with the Hawthorne Caballeros in 2017 and 2018. In 2016, Christian accepted a position with Gallant Entertainment Inc. and currently performs with their various drumline ensembles.
Since 2015, he has been the percussion instructor and arranger for the Brick Township High School Marching Band. In 2017, he took on the additional role of Assistant Band Director and began working with their indoor color guard. Christian’s passion for performing and the marching arts can be seen in his teaching and he looks forward to bringing that passion to United 2 this coming season.
Shannon is a recent graduate from Rutgers University with a degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology with a minor in Psychology. She started her marching career at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in New Jersey in their Front Ensemble and was also a Drum Major. She first marched cymbals with the Rutgers University Drumline for two years and was section leader her second year. Shannon marched Cadets Winter Percussion for two years in 2015 and 2016 and was section leader in 2016. In the Summer of 2016 she also marched in the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps cymbal line.
In recent years she has taught Ramsey High School's Front Ensemble, Old Bridge High School's Cymbal Line and at her high school alma mater and the Rutgers' University Drumline.
Nick recently graduated from West Chester University where he studied classical percussion with Dr. Ralph Sorrentino and David Nelson. He has marched an array of percussive instruments in battery and front ensemble with Imperial Dynasty, Skyliners, United Percussion, and Caballeros. Nick currently teaches at Hempfield High School and does clinician work in the surrounding area.
fRONT eNSEMBLE coordinator
Justus is a percussionist and music educator from the Lehigh Valley, PA area. His marching percussion career began in high school with the Bangor Area High School Marching Band, serving as the percussion section leader his final year. Since then, Justus has had the opportunity to grow his skills as a percussionist and a performer at multiple performing ensembles, such as The Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps, Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, and United Percussion. While also taking time to grow as an educator, working with local high schools in the North Jersey/Eastern Pennsylvania area, as well as having the opportunity to be a part of the instructional staff at the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps during the summer of 2018.
Throughout the course of his playing career, Justus has had the privilege of learning from some fantastic educators, including Ian Hale, Iain Moyer, Dave Osworth, Paul Nalesnik, Steve Ballard, Marcus Neudigate, Jim Ancona and Thom Hannum. He is excited to use these experiences to help lay a strong foundation for the ensemble, in order to provide a good environment and a place for the members to learn the fundamentals, and to grow as players, and performers.
Front Ensemble Technician
Jabin (Jay) Baxter, hailing from Lancaster, PA, has been a marching percussion educator and writer for the greater part of 18 years. He has worked with many local high school and college groups since 2000.
Jabin began marching in high school as a member of the Reading High School Red Knights Marching Band from 1997-2001. He began performing in DCA with The Westshoremen in 2000. In 2001, he marched in DCI with a first-year competing corps, The Lehigh Valley Knights and in 2012 with The Windsor Regiment (DCA).
Jabin has spent time on road touring the US and Germany playing drum-set for local and national acts. Along with touring, Jabin has recorded on a number of projects ranging in styles from country to metal and still gigs out (when available).
Jabin spent a large part of his teaching career at Hempfield High School from 2008- 2015. While, there he also had the opportunity to compose and arrange percussion parts for Dr. Andrew Yozviak and the Center X production crew.
Jabin is currently the Percussion Director at Penn Manor Marching Unit, arranger since 2017, and established their first indoor percussion program in 2018. He has also been the battery caption head of the Millersville University Marching Band since 2016.
Kathleen is excited to return to United Percussion and Arts in a new role! Kathleen has previously worked with several scholastic programs in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including Avon Grove High School and Abington High School. She spent her marching career with United Percussion (2016, 2018, 2019), East Coast Percussion (2015), and Raiders Drum & Bugle Corps (2014).
Kathleen resides in southern New Jersey and works as a Food Service Director in a local school district. She received her bachelor's of science in dietetics from the University of Delaware where she was a member of the Fightin' Blue Hen Marching Band. In the summers of 2017 and 2018, Kathleen combined her passions for nutrition and the marching arts and ran the food service program at the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps. She is elated to return to United and work with their up and coming A class ensemble!