STRYKE Entertainment at Marlins Opening Night

Video courtesy from Miami Marlins

On Tuesday April 11th, 2017, Major Leage Baseball returned to Miami. The Miami Marlins held their first home game of the season and STRYKE Entertainment took part in the action. Our entertainment drumline welcomed Marlin fans and got the party started, parading around Marlins Park for an exciting game against the Atlanta Braves. STRYKE Entertainment would like to thank the Marlins Organization for the opportunity to partner with them at their 2017 Opening Night.

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In Review: #GivingTuesday

We are proud to announce that this #GivingTuesday we surpassed last year’s donations by over a thousand dollars! STRYKE is truly thankful for all the donations and thoughts given to our non-profit organization. With the money donated to us we will be able to expand and grow as an organization as we have already done in the last few years. Now that #GivingTuesday has passed, there are still more ways to help and support STRYKE! Whether you would like to help volunteer for events at STRYKE, donate to our cause, or partner with us – you, the people that support STRYKE, are the reason why we can keep going as a strong organization. 

Our next special event is Jingle Jam, a STRYKE celebration!  This will be a special evening where all four STRYKE ensembles come together to celebrate the holidays with Friends and Family. 

Jingle Jam will be a beneficial concert, and all proceeds will be a donation to our cause as a non-profit organization! Tickets will be $10 for adults, $5 for students, and children 10 and under are free. Join us this year at our first Jingle Jam and come out to have some holiday fun!

Meet the 2017 SP2 Staff

After earning PIA Gold in their inaugural season, STRYKE Percussion 2 is excited to get back to work for another exciting season! Get to know the SP2 Staff for the 2017 season.

(From Left to Right)

Danny Augustin - Director, Program Coordinator

Ryan Ross - Director, Music Caption head, Front Ensemble Coordinator

Ike Jackson - Show Design, Drill Writer, Battery Arranger

Bryan Nungaray - Front Ensemble Arranger

Denis Gomez - Battery Caption Head

Sean McNulty - Battery Coordinator

Justin Samuels - Visual Coordinator

Beethoven Arnett - Battery Tech

Dan Morales - Battery Tech

Brayan Gomez - Battery Tech

Luis Aguilar - Cymbal Tech

Gio Bastante - Front Ensemble Tech

Delisa Rufus - Front Ensemble Tech

Ivan Trac - Front Ensemble Consultant

Jacques Bernard - Visual Tech

What is #GivingTuesday?

From the time your Thanksgiving feast ends, the span of days consisting of Black Friday and Cyber Monday seem to take over. Instantly your time is focused on splurging, spending, and shopping. Instead of the hundreds or thousands of dollars spent on the hottest deals and newest products to hit the market this season, imagine that money being given to a greater cause.

What if we told you that there was a specific day dedicated to this?

Four weeks from now, it will be Giving Tuesday. This day follows just after Cyber Monday and exists to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness. #GivingTuesday holds the potential to show real change in communities and for organizations through social media. The best part is, you don’t have to be a billionaire or world leader to give back. #GivingTuesday is about ordinary people coming together to do extraordinary things.

This Fall, STRYKE is participating in #GivingTuesday again and we want to invite you to join us in giving to the community this holiday season. To learn more about Giving Tuesday, visit!

Meet the 2017 STRYKE Winterguard Staff

STRYKE is pleased to announce our 2017 Winterguard Staff. In addition to our Staff announcement, we are also excited to announce the Winterguard will be performing in WGI Open Class Competition this season!

Register today, and join us this Sunday (October 2nd) for our 2nd Audition/Clinic. A great opportunity for ALL ages and skill levels, whether you're auditioning for a position or just wanting to learn something new, the STRYKE Audition/Clinic has something for everyone. 

Co-Director: Nicole Darby Ramirez

Nicole Darby Ramirez began her color guard career as a four-year member of the Cooper City High School Color Guard. In two of the years spent with Cooper City, Nicole performed in WGI finals in both scholastic A and Open class. Nicole then marched with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps in 1997 where she was a DCI finalist. She then went off to march with the Alliance of Miami in (2000-2001) where she was a WGI World Class finalist for both years. Nicole later marched with the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in 2002 where she received a bronze medal and finally, she marched with Braddock Independent in 2003 where she received a silver medal in Independent Open Class. 

Nicole was the Color Guard Director of Wellington High School from 1999-2002, and worked with many local programs such as Lake Worth High School, Palm Beach Gardens High School, Dwyer High School, and Royal Palm Beach High School. Nichole taught at Cypress Bay High School from 2002-2007and has been teaching at Park Vista High School since 2008. Nicole became the Director of the Park Vista Color Guard in 2012- present. This will be her second year returning as Co-Director of the STRYKE Winterguard. Aside of her job as a color guard director Nicole works as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and is a proud mommy of two beautiful babies.


Co-Director: Paul Sauberer

Paul Sauberer is a veteran of the pageantry arts activity, and has been involved in the marching band and color guard scene for over 10 years. He has been an integral component in the success of many band programs. Designing flags, costumes, props, winter guard and percussion floors, soundtracks – anything you can think of. Paul is currently on the color guard staff and design team of 2014 Class 5A State Champions, and BOA Super Regional Finalist Park Vista High School in Lake Worth, Florida. Paul has designed and taught for programs such as Park Vista HS (Lake Worth, FL), Jupiter HS (Jupiter, FL), Castle HS (Newburgh, IN), East View HS (Apple Valley, MN) and many other programs around the country. Paul is actively involved in the South Florida Winter Guard Association circuit, along with WGI. With his experience in flag, costume, and set design, he elevates the visual and emotional aspect of each show he is a part of, breaking down the wall between performing members and the audience. Paul’s creative mind and his expertise in capturing those special “moments” make him a vital part of any program. This will be Paul’s second year serving as Co-Director of the STRYKE Winterguard.


Admin Director: Michelle Hance

Michelle Hance has been an active member of color guard world since 2001. She began her career spinning with the Logger’s Run Middle School Color Guard. Michelle then spent all four years of her high school career spinning with the Park Vista Color Guard where she served as Captain her junior and senior year. After graduating Michelle went on to march with MEDEA Independent (2009-2010) and with the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps (2009) where she was a DCI Open Class Finalist, which helped the Drum Corps transition into World Class.

After graduating High School, Michelle was hired on as a color guard tech at Park Vista High School (2008-2009) She then moved up to the Treasure Coast after meeting the love of her life where she took the Color Guard Director position at South Fork High School (2010-2016). Michelle is currently the Color Guard Director at Jensen Beach High School in Jensen Beach, Florida (2011-Current).

Michelle is currently working towards a B.S. in Middle Grades Science Education and is expected to graduate in May of 2017. She is happily married to the love of her life Cisco Hance and has two amazing kids. 


Artistic Designer / Choreographer: Matt Winans

Matthew Winans attended the State University of New York (SUNY) at Brockport in Rochester, NY where he earned two bachelor degrees in Communications and Dance. In 2005 he relocated to Florida to become part of the instructional staff for the Flanagan High School Color Guards. He soon after became a member of the schools faculty as a Social Science teacher.

Matt’s experience in the color guard activity goes beyond his age as his mother, Clara Lake, has been involved in the activity for many years in Medina, NY through marching, teaching, and in the judging community. Matt was a member of the Medina High School Winterguard and Marching Band for 7 consecutive years and recently returned to the program as a choreographer and consultant. Matt also is the Color Guard Caption Head and Designer for the Boston Crusaders Drum Corps (2008 – Current) and returned as the Color Guard Designer for the Empire Statesmen Sr. Drum Corps. (2002-2004 & Current)

Other performing experiences include: many of the SUNY Brockport dance concerts, the Rochester Patriots Independent World Guard, and the Cadets Drum Corps. He has also taught and continues to teach many groups on the east coasting including; Orchard Park HS, Stoneman Douglas HS, Victor HS, The Cadets Drum Corps (2005-2007), Western HS (2007-2008), Eastridge HS (Director 2002-2005), East Syracuse Minoa HS (2002-2004), and Phoenix HS Color Guards.


Color Guard Technician / Choreographer: Jason Ciesla

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Jason Alexander is an active choreographer and designer in the pageantry arts. Jason has been involved since early 2006 in Orlando, FL where he worked with numerous programs including Lake Howell High School and Winter Park High School. Jason has also taught at Park Vista High School for the last four years, writing choreography for the color guard and marching band. (2013-2016)

Jason’s drum corps experience includes being a performing member of the Boston Crusaders (2007) and Carolina Crown (2008-2009). After Aging out with Carolina Crown in 2009 with a silver medal, Jason taught with the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps (2010-2012) and the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps (2013-present).

 Jason has also spent many years performing in several winter guard programs such as, The Knights World, Northeast Independent, and Braddock Independent World. Jason also performed in Taiwan last December with the Santa Clara Vanguard during their international tour.

Jason is currently teaching at West Broward High School, while perusing a career in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Broward College. Jason started with us last year for the inaugural year of STRYKE Winterguard and is excited to continue with us again this season. 


Color Guard Technician / Choreographer: Alex Perez

Alexander Perez has been involved in the Marching Arts for over 18 years. At age 16, he joined the Boston Crusaders drum and bugle corps as a member of the Contra line . He was also a member of Carolina Crown drum and bugle corps where he was part of the Color Guard, and later returned to Boston to age out of the Color Guard in 2004. After aging out , he then joined the creative and instructional teams of the Magic of Orlando drum and bugle corps, Santa Clara Vanguard, has spent the last 7 years with The Cadets and has currently rejoined the Santa Clara Vanguard drum and bugle corps.

In addition to his extensive experience in the drum corps activity , Alexander has had a successful career in the Winter Guard arena. Starting as a Performing Member with Braddock Independent winter guards for 8 years and teaching to this current day. Designing for such groups as Cypress Bay High School FL, Summerville High school SC, Somerset High School FL, West Johnson High School NC, Miami Coral Park High School FL, St. Joseph High School Malaysia, Braddock Independent Winter Guard FL, Black Gold Winter Guard TX, Salem Blue Winter Guard MA, Stoneman Douglas High School Winter Guard FL. And the West Broward World Guard

Alexander has had some amazing opportunities due to his involvement in the Marching Arts. He was a performing member for the Micro Magic Japan touring cast in 2001 and was the lead designer for the St. Joseph High School Marching Band from Kuching Malaysia , who was recently crowned the 2015 US Bands Yamaha Cup Grand Champion.


Color Guard Technician: Kristi Sexton

 Kristi first began her color guard career as a four-year member of the Cypress Bay color guard and was part of the 2011 team that placed 6th in scholastic A finals. She then went on to march with the Boston Crusaders Drum Corps (2010-2011) and the Braddock Independent World Guard (2012-2014) where she performed in the WGI world class finals in Dayton, Ohio all three years. Kristi decided to branch out to the west coast where she then marched with the Blue Devils Drum Corps (2013-2014). During her time with the Blue Devils she received a silver medal in 2013 and an undefeated gold medal in 2014 with the highest ever color guard Score in Drum Corps history, a perfect 20. Kristi became a member of The Blue Devils International where she toured Europe and performed in the Basel Tattoo, which is the second largest military tattoo in the world. With the Blue Devils she also traveled to Taiwan in 2015 where she performed at various venues with an elite performance ensemble. She has worked with Cypress Bay High School and is currently in her 5th year working with Park Vista High School. This will be her second year with STRYKE Winterguard. Kristi is currently in school for sonography and radiography and plans to travel with blue devils international this summer returning to Europe. 


Color Guard Technician: Pauleen Paygane

This is Pauleen’s 10th year instructing young adults the foundations, techniques, and art of color guard. She started teaching her freshman year of high school at the young age of 14 at Eagle’s Landing Middle School and continued her passion to teach consecutively after. Pauleen has taught at schools in West Palm Beach such as, Spanish River High School, Lake Worth High School, Olympic Heights High School, John I. Leonard High School, and currently, Park Vista High School.

Pauleen has also marched 14 winter seasons. She has had the amazing opportunity to march with astounding independent groups such as Premonition Winterguard, Carolina Crown, and Braddock Independent World. She has learned so much in her prior experiences and her passion for color guard grew through marching and teaching. Nothing is more rewarding to her than sharing her passion for guard with her students. Pauleen states, “Seeing my students perform in front of an audience and come off that floor with a smile is the best gift to ever receive.”

To Pauleen, color guard is not just a hobby it is her life. Color guard has introduced her to amazing people, which have formed into amazing friendships. It taught her responsibility, self-confidence, and created unforgettable experiences that many have never had the opportunity to experience, and with that, she is beyond grateful.


Color Guard Technician: Laura Gasper

Laura Gasper began spinning her freshman year in high school and has been doing color guard ever since. She has performed with Carroll High School (winning WGI her freshman year, and placing third the year after), Crown Guard, and Pride of Cincinnati (winning WGI in ’05 and medaling ’03 and ’04), and marched Drum Corps for 6 years at Carolina Crown. She has taught programs all over including Carmel High School, Zydeco Color Guard, Santa Clara Vanguard, and multiple others. She received her B.F.A. from Herron School of Art and Design with an emphasis in ceramics and she is the co-owner of L. Mercado Studios in Downtown Hollywood where she teaches art classes and promotes the arts through the gallery and studio artists. Laura has been a member of the West Broward Color Guard Staff since 2013 and looks forward to continuing to push the students with emphasis on hard work, dedication, and critical thinking.

Meet the 2017 STRYKE Wynds Staff

Program Coordinator: Jason "Paco" Nunes

Paco currently resides in Florida, where he began his drum corps career with the Magic of Orlando (2003-2004).  After finishing his performing career with The Cadets (2005-2006), he went on to continue his teaching career while building a thriving show design and drill-writing company.  In the recent past, he has worked with the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps (2010/2012), STRYKE Percussion/Wind ensembles(2008-2016), Nease Indoor Percussion (2014-2016), as well as numerous other high school and independent groups through the fall and winter seasons.  Jason is currently the percussion visual coordinator for the 2016 DCI World Champion Bluecoats. He is also an advocate and constant participant of the WGI, BOA, SFWGA, FFCC and FMBC circuits at home and through the country. 

Jason will return to his third year with STRYKE Wynds as the program coordinator and show designer.


Music Caption Head: Christina Colletti

Ms. Christina Colletti has been a music educator for over eight years and graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Florida.  This will be her third season with STRYKE Wynds.  This year, she is honored with the opportunity to be the STRYKE Wynds Music Caption Head.  Additionally, she is a music and visual consultant for the Park Vista High School Marching Band who have won state championships for the last two consecutive years at the Florida Marching Band Competition. Her full time position as a music educator is at Manatee Elementary where she teaches Kindergarten through fifth grade.  In the past two years her elementary chorus known as The Singing Manatees, won first place and received superior ratings at their latest competition, USA Music Festival in Universal Studios, Orlando. Her students have regularly been selected to participate in the All-State Elementary Honors Chorus and Spotlight on Young Musicians Honors Chorus for the last six consecutive years.  This past year, she was nominated by her colleagues to be the Spotlight on Young Musicians Elementary Honors chorus 24th annual conductor.  She prepared a choir of over 150 fourth and fifth grade students for their performance at the Kravis Center in May, 2016.  Additionally, she received a nomination for the prestigious Teacher of the Year award in 2013. To help less fortunate children, Ms. Colletti donates her time to teach an annual summer band camp in Saint Marc, Haiti. Here she is able to contribute by teaching master classes and is the Director of The Symphonic Band.

Ms. Colletti’s principal instrument is flute and piccolo, which she regularly plays with the South Florida Flute Orchestra and the Palm Beach State College Concert Band. She is a gifted musician who is proficient in other areas as well. She has performed in several musical activities and ensembles in which she was a vocalist or played on a wide array of instruments. These instruments include baritone/euphonium, baritone saxophone, alto saxophone, single tenor steel drum, bass steel drum, guitar, ukulele, piano, and hand drums to name a few. Her performing experience includes Jazz Band, Concert Band, Orchestra, Woman’s choral, Chorus, Steel Drum Ensemble, Flute Ensembles, chamber ensembles, The Magic drum and bugle corps, UF Gator Marching Band, and The Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches.

Aside from studying music education in the United States, she has accumulated life experiences from around the world. She’s performed in several states along the east coast and studied music history/flute performance in Salzburg, Austria. Further travels include London England, Venice Italy , Vienna Austria, Paris France, Prague Czech Republic, Munich Germany, Guayaquil and Quito Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Saint Marc Haiti, St. Thomas Virgin Islands, Nevis West Indies, and Bahamas. Whether it was teaching music, performing, or exploring these beautiful countries, people from all around the world have professionally and culturally influenced Ms. Colletti.


Visual Caption Head: Joshua Brenneis

Joshua Brenneis returns to STRYKE Wynds for 2017 as the Visual Caption Head.  He is a visual instructor, adjudicator and designer that works with numerous musical programs across the country.  These programs are associated with Florida Marching Band Coalition, Bands of America, Winter Guard International, and Drum Corps International.  He started in DCI as a performer with the Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps in 2004.  He later joined the ten time world champion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps from 2006-2007 where he aged out in Pasadena California.

Josh has been teaching several south Florida marching bands since 2007 that have been successful in the FMBC and BOA circuits.  He is currently the Visual Caption Head of Park Vista High School and Jupiter High School where both programs won FMBC State Championships in 2014 and 2015. In 2013, Park Vista placed 6th in their first attempt at the Bands of America Super Regional in Atlanta Georgia.  Jupiter has made FMBC State Finals every year since 2008 when Josh first took over the visual program.

Josh has continuous involvement in DCI and WGI as an instructor.  In 2011 he joined Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps out of Jacksonville Florida in their second season of world class competition.  In the 2012 and 2013 winter seasons he taught visual at STRYKE Percussion Ensemble as they transitioned into the world class division for WGI. He was on the visual staff of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps from San Antonio Texas in 2013 and 2014, where they returned to World Class Finals for the second time in 10 seasons.  

Currently, Josh will be returning for his 3rd season on visual staff with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2017 season where he'll be running the technique program.


The Design Team

(Bio's and Pics coming soon...)

Nathan Skinner

Josh Wendt


The Education Team

(Bio's and Pics coming soon...)

Mike Simoes

Justin Samuels

Robbie Rivero

Nicolas Skinner

Justin Robards (Percussion/Electronics)

Matt Rusnak

Meet the Wynds Staff this Sunday (October 2nd) at the STRYKE17 Audition/Clinic!

Meet Drew Tucker, STRYKE's Director of Development.

Welcome Drew as he will be joining the STRYKE Administration Team in a new role as Director of Development.

About Drew Tucker

Drew Tucker is a musician, educator and social entrepreneur—a unique combination of talents that place him at the intersection of the arts and activism. Artistically, he’s at the forefront of the movement to reinvent the vibraphone—a dynamic instrument that he melds with soul, funk, jazz and hip-hop influences. His jazz influenced twists on modern-day standards from Michael Jackson, to Prince and The Police, have earned him key endorsements from Mike Balter, Ludwig-Musser Beetle Percussion, Lot Riot, & Sabian Cymbals—and the applause of sold- out audiences nationwide. The passion he brings to the stage is also present in his classroom. Drew’s one of the most sought after educators in mallet education, which he led to him being a top front ensemble coach in Florida. He’s proud to note that 100% of his students have gone on to succeed in art school and university auditions.

As a cultural arts activist , he’s driven to revitalize areas of Florida through the creation of arts centers in underserved neighborhoods. Through his leadership and musicianship, he strives to not only raise spirits, but set an example of excellence and open opportunities for students, families and communities to realize their potential. Whether performing alongside Grammy winners as a world-class vibraphonist, coaching eager high school students through national music competitions, or leading and directing the growth of local arts institutions, Drew's passion for improving people’s lives through artistic endeavor is unwavering.

The 2017 SPW Front Ensemble Staff


Current Percussion Performance Major at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida

Marching Experience: Infinity Percussion 11-15, Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps 13

Teaching Experience: Stryke 2016 as Mallet tech, Current Front Ensemble coordinator at Timber Creek High School in Orlando, Florida.

Influences: Matt Hernandez,  Aaron Spevak, Jonathan Zuniga, Ian Grom, Mandy Quinn, Kane Hurlock, and Dan Johnson.


Paul Yorke - Mallet Tech

Current Percussion Performance Major at University of Central Florida

Marching Experience: Infinity Percussion 13-14

Teaching Experience: Viera High School (Viera, Florida), Eu Gallie (Melbourne, Fl), and Lake Minneola (Minneola, Florida)

Influences: Jeff Moore, Thad Anderson, Kirk Gay, Mandy Quinn, Dan Johnson, and Marja Kerney


Nathan Skinner - (Mallet Tech)

Marching Experience: Carolina Crown 2009, STRYKE 2012

Currently Teaching: Park Vista HS

Influence: Milt Jackson, Gary Burton, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon and Charlie Parker.



Ryan Sanford - (Drumset Tech)

Marching Experience: Music City DBC 2013, Blue Stars DBC 2014-2015 Drumset, and Infinity Percussion 12-14

Influences: Matt Hernandez, Michael Bingham, Jonathan Zuniga, Ian Grom, Hector Prado, Mandy Quinn, and Dan Johnson.


Alex Moran (Audio/Electronics)

Education: New York University and Full Sail University

Marching Experience: Glassmen 2012’, Infinity World 2013-2014

Teaching Experience: Timber Creek High School, Winter Park High School

Over the last 9 years Alexander has worked in the audio and visual entertainment industry. Having seen the insides and outs of everything from studio sessions, live entertainment environments, corporate A/V events and concert tours. As a freelance Engineer and employee of Rhino Staging and Event Solutions Alexander has been called to work alongside some of the top artists, clients and events in the world. He has worked with everyone from local clients to Ross Lara, Paul Oakenfold, Walt Disney Creative/Entertainment, Eric Schilling and Tyfy Studios to name a few. More recent projects have been Taylor Swift 1989 World Tour, Invictus Games Orlando 2016, Daytona Country 500 2016, Rolling Stones Zip Code Tour, Brantly Gilbert Blackout Tour and Sapphire SAP.


David Karpinsk - Percussion Tech

Marching Experience: STRYKE Percussion 2003- 2005 and The Magic of Orlando DBC in 2003.

Teaching Experience STRYKE Percussion 2006 - 2012, 2014 - 2016 and has taught and written for various high schools across south Florida since 2002


Drew Tucker - Consultant

Drew Tucker is a musician, educator and social entrepreneur—a unique combination of talents that place him at the intersection of the arts and activism. He rejoined STRYKE in 2016 as a Front Ensemble Consultant. This season he will be returning to STRYKE in big role. Announcement soon to come. 


Jack Mizutani - CONSULTANT

Currently: Director of Development, Special Events for the New World Symphony (Miami, FL)..

Teaching: Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps, Director of Percussion for Woodbridge High School in Irvine, CA (2000-2012), Front Ensemble Caption Head for Fountain Valley High School in Fountain Valley, Ca (2010-2012)


The 2017 SPW Battery Staff


Rudy has marched with Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps 2001-2002. Rudy has been an educator for over 16 years and has taught, consulted, and arranged for many groups including Connecticut Hurricanes Senior Drum and Bugle Corps, Kilties Senior drum and Bugle Core.

Rudy has been involved with STRYKE since 2004 serving many roles, from snare tech to battery arranger. This year, he will be taking on the role as STRYKE’s Battery Caption Head.


Josh's marching experience includes, Southwind (DCI) 2002-2003, JSU (PASIC) 2004, Spirit 2004 and 2006. Music City Mystique 2007-2008. Josh's teaching experience includes, Music City Mystique 2009-2012, Infinity Percussion 2013, Crossmen 2013, The Cavaliers 2014-2015, and is currently the Percussion Director at Timber Creek HS in Orlando, FL.

Josh has been involved with STRYKE as a tenor tech since 2015. This season, Josh will be taking the position as Battery Coordinator. 


Frank has marched with Kiwanis Kavaliers 2005, Paradox Percussion Theater 2007, Carolina Crown 2007-2009, and Rhythm X (2009-2011). He has previously taught Infinity Percussion 2014-2015, and FIU Percussion 2015-2016. 

This will be Frank's first year working with STRYKE, and is excited to get to work as the Bass Technician for the 2017 season.

Snare Tech: Giovanni Pagliaro

Gio is a 2013-2015 STRYKE Alumni Member (Center Snare 2015). In addition, he marched Crown in 2014-2015, and Rhythm X in 2016.

This will be Gio's first year teaching at STRYKE.

Tenor Tech: Adam Hatfield 

Adam has been with STRYKE since 2013 and aged out last year as our Ensemble Leader. He has marched at Teal Sound 2012, and Boston Crusaders 2013-2015.

This will be Adam's first year teaching at STRYKE.

Bass Tech: Christopher Baños

Chris is a 2013 STRYKE Member. In addition, he has marched Crown 2013-2014, and Rhythm X 2014-2015. In 2016, Chris was the bass tech for the Colts.

This will be Chris's second year teaching the STRYKE Bass line.

Cymbal Tech: Brandyn Hundley

Brandyn is a STRYKE 2010-2012 Member. In addition, he has marched Teal Sound 2011-2012, and Music City Mystique in 2013. He has gone on to teach at Mandarins (DCI) in 2014, and REEF Independent in 2015. 

This will be Brandyn's second year teaching the STRYKE Cymbal line.

Cymbal Tech: Justin Robards

Marching experience includes: Tampa Bay Thunder 2000-2001, Kiwanis Kavaliers 2002-2003. Teaching Includes Kiwanis 2004, Magic of Orlando 2005, Paradox Percussion Theater 2006-2007, Teal Sound 2008-2010, Infinity Percussion 2008-2010, and Aquarius 2011.

Justin has been with STRYKE since 2012.

Introducing Spencer Reyes, SPW's Front Ensemble Arranger

We are excited to announce Spencer Reyes will be joining the 2017 Design Team as Front Ensemble Arranger for SPW.

About Spencer

As a graduate of Chino Hills High School, Spencer continued his marching career with the 2011 Academy Drum and Bugle Corps front ensemble and later found his home with the DCI World Champion Blue Devils.  Spencer was a member from 2012 - 2013 winning and undefeated season, a Fred Sanford percussion award, and a silver medal.  Simultaneously, Spencer was a member of the Riverside Community College front ensemble from 2013 - 2014, aging out on the floor of WGI World Class finals on the close of his 10th year in the activity.  During that time, Spencer worked with world class groups such as Chino Hills High School and Ayala High School’s marching band and concert percussion.  

Since then, he has arranged and taught for several groups in Southern California with multiple WGI and Bands of America regional finalist appearances.  Spencer currently lives in Chino Hills, California and works as the Front Ensemble Coordinator and Arranger for Arroyo High School and Cypress High School.  

Meet Eddy Falcon, Show Designer and Visual Supervisor for SPW

Eddy Falcon has been involved with STRYKE since 2010 and will be returning to STRYKE for the 2017 Season. Eddy plays a pivotal role for SPW as part of our Design Team and the Visual Supervisor overseeing the visual program this season.

About Eddy

Falcon, a native of New York City began his drum corps career at the age of 11 with a local Division 2/3 corps named The Cadets of New York City. He marched four seasons with the corps before joining the DCA circuit, where he played trumpet and mellophone with The Bushwhackers (Hackensack, NJ) and later, The Syracuse Brigadiers (Syracuse, NY.) After getting a taste of the activity, Falcon went on to march with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps (Allentown, PA) for the 2006 and 2007 seasons.

The following year, Eddy spent time as a freelance trumpeter in NYC, gigging and playing in a few off Broadway shows throughout the city. During that time, he was casted to join the Tony and Emmy award winning show, “Blast!”. Falcon has done multiple tours with “Blast!” including a U.S. national tour and a tour of Asia. His roles included trumpet, piccolo trumpet, mellophone, flugelhorn, conducting, didgeridoo, snare drum and auxiliary percussion instruments.

When not on tour with “Blast!”, Eddy was a part of another theatrical production, ”DRUMLine LIVE”. At DRUMLine he played both brass and percussion instruments, His role also involved different styles of dancing and singing. Falcon has been involved with both “Blast!” and “DRUMline LIVE” since 2008 and has had the opportunity to tour the United States, Japan and Korea multiple times with the companies.

Falcon’s previous drum corps teaching experience includes: The Boston Crusaders visual staff (2010-2013, 2016), The Madison Scouts brass staff (2014), and The Cadets visual staff (2009 and 2015).  Falcon is an active drill writer, consultant and instructor for various groups across the country.

Meet Cisco Hance, Ensemble Director of SPW

Cisco Hance has been involved with STRYKE since 2008. This season he will be leading the ensemble as Ensemble Director, overseeing the ensembles Design and Education team as well as continuing to arrange the battery music. Cisco is very excited in what STRYKE 2017 has in store.

About Cisco

Osman “Cisco”  Hance currently resides in Port St. Lucie, FL. He has been involved with DCI since 2003. He started marching with Magic of Orlando under the instruction of Colin McNutt and Brian Tinkel.  In 2005 he joined Carolina Crown and acted as center snare and percussion section leader from 2005-2007. While at Crown he was under the instruction of Brian Tinkel, Jeff Queen, Ian Hale, Lee Beddis, Zach Shlicker, and Luis Rivera. 

In 2009, Cisco worked as the snare tech for the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, where he helped the corps successfully transition into DCI’s World Class.  Subsequently, Cisco became the snare technician for the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps.  Today, Cisco serves as the Percussion Director/Arranger for the Park Vista Marching Band in Lake Worth, Florida as well as the Director of Percussion at Jupiter High School in Jupiter, FL.  He served as the Percussion Coordinator in 2014, and percussion manger in 2016 for The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps,

Ike Jackson returns for the 2017 Season

Ike Jackson came on board the STRYKE design team in 2015 and helped bring STRYKE Percussion (SPW) to our highest placement in the PIW Class (8th) and the coveted WGI PIW Fan Favorite Award with "Empire State".  In 2016, he worked with our new percussion ensemble STRYKE Percussion 2 (SP2) and designed the WGI PIA Championship show with "Red".  This season he will be returning to design both the SPW and SP2 productions.  Ike and the entire design team are very excited to bring you two great productions this 2017 WGI season.

About Ike

Ike Jackson has been working with Ayala High School since 1991. In his twenty-four years as a percussion instructor, he has worked with more than 50 different percussion programs at the high school, college, and drum corps levels. A prolific percussion arranger, judge and drill designer, Ike has worked with various percussion ensembles all across the US.   

His competitive marching career started as a teenager as a member of the Sound Machine Youth Organization. He then performed as tenor player for the Riverside Community College Marching Tigers from 1992 to 1994. Finally, he finished his marching career as a member of the 1994 Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps, going on to win the title of World Champion. 

Ike is currently Vice President of the Southern California Percussion Alliance and a founding member of SCPA. He is also a member of the Winter Guard International Percussion Advisory Board and has worked on the Steering Committee as well. 

Ike has helped his percussion ensembles win 12 WGI World Championship medals, 22 WGI World Championship Finalist placements, 47 Regional Finalist placements, 14 Regional Championship titles, and a Bands of America Grand National Finalist appearance in 2004 and 2014. He was the Corps Director of the 2006 Division III World Champion Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps and was the Percussion Caption Head at The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps from 2013 - 2016. Locally, his ensembles have won 10 SCPA Championship medals and over 60 first place awards.

Drum Miami; Students helping Students

For four years now, former Cypress Bay HS student Jared Michelson and Grant Rittenberg have created and ran their own percussion program called Drum Miami. Thier goal was simple, to improve the lives of other students through the art of drumming. Since 2013, they have put together a team of students to volunteer at summer camps and help underprivileged students learn how to drum. 

Jared began this idea when he wanted to share his passion for drumming with other students that never had the opportunity he had growing up. He contacted the County Parks and Recreation Department to offer his services. He later found out that the Park and Recs Dept. never offered such a service, and this would be the first experience for many students to learn how to drum and play music. He was very excited about the opportunity, and invited his schoolmates to volunteer with him. Now, what started off with just teaching one summer camp location, has grown to teaching over 60 students at three summer camp locations.

SP2 member, Alex Ramos, working with the students.

SP2 member, Alex Ramos, working with the students.

When STRYKE learned about Drum Miami, we wanted to help out in anyway possible. Since Drum Miami is a volunteer program with no budget to work with, we assisted them in getting drumsticks and practice pads for the students to work with at camps. We also had SP2 member, Alex Ramos, volunteer at the parks. 

This is an inspiring service powered by students for students. STRYKE looks forward to continue to work with Drum Miami in future Summer Camps in hopes to help them expand their services in the community.

We would like to thank Vic Firth Inc. in their assistance and contribution for the camps. It wouldn't be possible without Vic.

In Review: STRYKE Summer Clinic 2016

On July 16th, STRYKE had their annual Summer Clinic. Over 150 students came to participate in their Percussion, Winds, and Wintergaurd Clinics taking place that day. It was an exciting event, and we want to thank all the students who participated. 

Take a look at our Summer Clinic album to see the day's activities!

We would like to thank our sponsors, Zildjian, Vic Firth, and Remo who made this clinic special for all the students that participated.  

Stay tuned for our next event, the STRYKE17 Audition/Clinic, which will start on September 18th!

Who to Watch for: DCI 2016

As the 2016 DCI Season kicks off this Thursday, we will be spotlighting some of our very own members and staff as they tour the nation with their selected Drum Corps this year. STRYKE will be represented in over ten DCI Ensembles this season! Here is who to watch for...

Carolina Crown

  • Josh Guttveg (SPW Synth); This will be his fourth year in DCI, and second year with Crown, aging-out on Synth.
  • Randall Pierrot (SPW Tenors); This will be his rookie and age out year performing on tenors.
  • Nick Skinner (SW Music Tech); This will be his third year performing on Trumpet with Crown.
  • Paula Monique (SW Music Caption Head); This will be her second year working on the Brass Staff for Crown.


  • Nicole Oliva (SW Baritone); This will be her second year marching in DCI, first year marching with the Bluecoats.
  • Malik Neille (SW Trumpet); This will be his rookie year marching in DCI.
  • Jason 'Paco' Nunes (SW Program Coordinator); This will be his second year working on the Visual Team of the Blue Coats.

The Cadets

  • Adam Kuffner (SP2 Visual tech); and will be his third and age-out year performing on trumpet with the Cadets.
  • Joshua Brenneis (SW Visual Tech); This is his second year on the visual staff for the Cadets.

Santa Clara Vanguard

  • Daniel Riley (SWG Drill Designer); This will be his second year as Caption Manager for SCV.
  • Jason Ciesla (SWG Choreographer); this will be his second year working as a Colorguard Tech for SCV.

Phantom Regiment

  • Franco Flores (SPW Cymbals); This will be his third year in DCI, and second year marching contra for Phantom Regiment.

Boston Crusaders

  • Adam Khan (SPW Cymbals); this will be his second year marching Contra.
  • Eddy Falcon (SPW Program Coordinator); Eddy will be taking on the new role as the Visual Caption Manger.
  • Matt Rusnak (SPW Visual Tech)
  • Johnny Miller (SPW Visual Tech)


  • Sofia Friederwitzer (SW Mellophone); This will her rookie year, marching trumpet for Troopers.


  • Christopher Baños (SPW Bass Tech); This will be his first year as a Bass Tech for the Colts.

The Academy

  • Justin Adams (SPW Snare); This will be his rookie year marching in DCI on Snare.
  • CIsco Hance (SPW Battery Arranger and Caption Head); This will be his second year teaching for the Academy as Percussion Manger.
  • Nathan Skinner (SPW Front Ensemble Arranger); This will his his first year teaching at the Academy.

Heat Wave (Open Class)

  • Zachary Langstaff (SP2 Tenors); This will be his first year marching tenors in DCI.
  • Ximena Rivas (SPW Marimba); This will be her first year marching tenors in DCI.

Legends (Open Class)

  • Jose Grosfeld (SW Contra); This will be his rookie year with Legends.

#MotivationMonday; Improve Your Sight-Reading Skills!

As the school year comes to a close and summer rolls out, STRYKE wants to motivate you to to get better during your summer break! As part of #MotivationMonday, we will be sharing articles, tutorials, and resources every monday during the summer.

We kick-off #MotivationMonday with a game, but not just any game, a Speed Note Reading Game. 

"If you’ve ever wanted to get faster at reading keyboard music (and who doesn’t?), then the “Speed Note Reading Tutor” is for you! Designed to reinforce note-naming and ‘key finding’ skills, this computer game is a fun way for beginning–intermediate students to get repetitive practice, while trying to ‘beat the clock’ and score as many points as possible."

This game was developed by Mark Wessel of Vic Firth Inc, to help students develop better sight-reading skills in a fun and encouraging environment. Put your sight-reading skills to the test and see how far you can go. Click here to get started!

Don't forget, our Annual Summer Clinic is July 16th! Click here to learn more about it!

STRYKE 2016 Banquet

On Sunday May 15th, STRYKE members and family arrived to a beautiful custom decorated banquet to celebrate the 2016 season. The room was filled with purple balloons, streamers, custom table clothes, and even our very own custom STRYKE podium. All of the decorations were graciously donated by the Origins Colorguard. The DJ set the mood and got the party started. Everyone was severed a home cooked meal provided by the Coletto family, as well as drinks and dessert provided by our awesome STRYKE Parents.

As everyone settled into their tables, the awards presentation began. Each director of the four STRYKE ensembles presented their awards for the 2016 season. Here are the results of the awards.

STRYKE Winterguard Awards

  • Most Improved Flag - Nicole Gimmler
  • Most Improved Weapon - Savannah Wilson
  • Best Flag Performer - Joey Cassell
  • Best Weapon Performer - Brandon Chiucchi
  • Member of the Year - Ashley Wood

STRYKE Percussion 2 Awards

  • Commitment Award - Shane McGee
  • Teamwork Award - Katie Miller
  • Most Improved Visual - Zachary Langstaff
  • Most Improved Music (Battery) - Joseph Meacham
  • Most Improved Music (Front Ensemble) - Camilla Lin
  • Best Visual Performer - Kevin Molina
  • Best Musical Performer (Battery) - Tripp Jones
  • Best Musical Performer (Front Ensemble) - Dejur Kirnon
  • Rookie of the Year - Alex Motsenbocker
  • Member of the Year - Derek Watson

STRYKE Wynds Awards

  • Most Improved Visual - Melanie Trump
  • Most Improved Music (Woodwinds) - Kelby Fredrick
  • Most Improved Music (Brass) - Steven Cruz
  • Best Visual Performer - Josh Hogan
  • Best Musical Performer - Joella Dunn
  • Rookie of the Year - Josh Daniels
  • Member of the Year - Chip Collier

STRYKE Percussion Awards

  • Commitment Award - Aolani Santiago
  • Teamwork Award - Zoe Giordano
  • Most Improved Visual - Andee Jones
  • Most Improved Music (Battery) - Mason McCall
  • Most Improved Music (Front Ensemble) - Alejandro Tanquero
  • Best Visual Performer - Beethoven Arnett
  • Best Musical Performer (Battery) - Stanley Dessalines
  • Best Musical Performer (Front Ensemble) - Jonathan McGrath
  • Rookie of the Year - Adam Khan
  • Member of the Year - Adam Hatfield

The STRYKE Charm

Each individual from each ensemble was presented with the very first ever STRYKE Charm. This is a new tradition that is only given to ensemble members. 


The 2016 STRYKE Ageouts

From left to right: Alex Siegelman (SPW), Bjorn Roland (SPW), Zoe Giordano (SPW), Michael Roddis (SPW), Beethoven Arnett (SPW), Jon White (SPW), Adam Hatfield (SPW), Samantha Woodward (SWG). Not present: Kevin Bien-Aime (SP2)

From left to right: Alex Siegelman (SPW), Bjorn Roland (SPW), Zoe Giordano (SPW), Michael Roddis (SPW), Beethoven Arnett (SPW), Jon White (SPW), Adam Hatfield (SPW), Samantha Woodward (SWG). Not present: Kevin Bien-Aime (SP2)

The 2016 STRYKE Ageouts were presented with a special custom made STRYKE charm, representing their time, sacrifice, and loyalty to the organization.

A Poem by Will Hill

Before the banquet came to a close, Will Hill surprised everyone when he took a moment to talk about a family member we lost, as well as what this organization meant to him. He presented us with his beautiful handwritten poem.  


 "DK All the Way" 

(A tribute to Dan Kohlmann, and the Stryke Members he loved)

Allow your light to shine for an Audience
Bring GOOD to your performance
For THIS is the purest bright, people will see

To those who aspire to be in your SEAT
The light pierces the lens, with the halo of...
It Could be ME...
As they study Your Technique, 
their vision and dreams, begin to arrive complete. 

For those once Standing in your Spot
Their memories are laced with, a MUCH bigger SHOT!
As they stand and see your Light
It is the distance it covers,
that makes them FEEL right.

At the CORE of your shine
There is a RESPONSIBILITY to the Source of your dime
They watch and listen, with fear and trepidation
Soon they realize, your light is bright and CLEAR
Their Pridefull Heart swells
The GOOD in You, was developed here. 

At the fringe and depth of darkness
Your light reaches to the crest of a NEW Horizon
Continue to bring GOOD to those you touch
It will become your LEGACY
For that, you can always TRUST  

-Will Hill

The banquet concluded with a fantastic video produced by Kellie McDaniel, capturing the moments of the 2016 season. There was no better way to end the evening, showing all the joy and hard work the members put into making this an incredible season for the entire STRYKE organization.

We would like to once again thank the Origins Colorguard and all of the STRYKE Parents that made this banquet a special experience for the members to have. We couldn't have done this without you, THANK YOU!

In Review: WGI World Championships

Another exciting WGI season has come and gone.  The STRYKE organization had four ensembles hit the road to Dayton, OH to compete in the 2016 WGI World Championships!

SWG performing in Prelims at the Dayton Convention Center

SWG performing in Prelims at the Dayton Convention Center

STRYKE’s WGI Championships began with the newly formed STRYKE Winterguard competing at the WGI Championships for the first time ever.  It's easy to say they had the time of their life as they performed their show "The Lonely Road" in the WGI Championship events and experienced the activity from a national/international level.  Though they didn't qualify into Semifinals, the Directors and staff were extremely proud of what this group was able to accomplish in its inaugural season.  The STRYKE and PAC organization is thrilled to have this ensemble represent them in the WGI Colorguard segment of the activity.  The future looks bright for STRYKE Winterguard and the members can't wait for the next season to start!

SPW rehearsing at the Hara Arena on Tuesday night

SPW rehearsing at the Hara Arena on Tuesday night

As the Winterguard Championship week concluded, the Percussion and Winds Championship week was just getting started.  STRYKE Percussion (SPW), STRYKE Percussion 2 (SP2) and STRYKE Wynds (SW) all hit the road to Dayton with focus and determination.  STRYKE Percussion arrived to Dayton on Tuesday and went straight to work at the Hara Arena.  They worked extremely hard as they prepared for their Prelims performance of their show “Only One” on Thursday at the University of Dayton Arena.  SPW advanced in to Semifinals but did not qualify for the PIW Finals.  The Ensemble Director, David Yunis, addressed the group that night following the news.

"We sometimes forget that the 'competition' is the medium of this activity but what we get out of this is more than a placement and a score.  After the years go by, no one will remember your show or score, but the moments and memories you created with each other will personally last you a lifetime.  Now, more than ever, you will know what it means to be part of the STRYKE Family."

SPW learned a valuable lesson on Friday.  They held their chin up high and rallied behind their brothers and sisters actively helping and cheering on SP2 as they watched them perform in the PIA Finals and then Saturday doing the same with SW in their Winds Prelims.

SP2 taking photos after earning Gold and Fan Favorite in PIA. 

SP2 taking photos after earning Gold and Fan Favorite in PIA. 

STRYKE Percussion 2 entered the 2016 WGI season in its inaugural year with high hopes.  They began their WGI Championships with a Prelim performance on Thursday afternoon in Millett Hall at Miami University.  The energy ran high and the ensemble had a strong performance of their show "Red" which not only resulted in a first place finish, but qualified them for Finals.  On Friday night they prepared for their final performance of the season in the University of Dayton arena.  As the curtain pulled back, SP2 was greeted with howls and cheers from their brothers and sisters of SPW and SW. The 'wolf pack' put on their best performance of the season keeping them on top of the PIA classification and earned them a first place finish.  SP2 is the first ensemble in the STRYKE organization to capture the gold; in addition to first place, they were also voted the 2016 Fan Favorite of the PIA division.

But wait…’s not over yet!

SW taking photos after earning Gold and Fan Favorite in WIO. 

SW taking photos after earning Gold and Fan Favorite in WIO. 

The week continued with STRYKE Wynds' Prelims performance on Saturday at the Nutter Center at Wright State University.  The ensemble was calm and cool and took control of the floor with their performance of "DéjàVu".  They took a commanding lead placing them in 1st place.  The scenario was no different on Sunday at the UD Arena as they ended in 1st place in the WIO classification and also captured the 2016 Fan Favorite in the Independent Winds category.  Some people can say that STRYKE experienced "Déjà vu" as both ensembles earned gold medal placements and their respective Fan Favorites.  Get it?

Overall, we are extremely proud and humbled as all four of our ensembles represented the growth of the South Florida community in all three areas (Colorguard, Percussion and Winds).  We can't wait to see what the future holds for these ensembles and the South Florida community!

STRYKE would like to thank and congratulate all the ensembles that performed in the WGI World Championships this year.  The activity and community continues to grow stronger and we are proud to be a part of it!  We would also like to thank WGI for putting together one of the best performance experiences possible.

Thank you to all our sponsors and partners that made this season incredible for all four of our groups.  And a special thank you to all the parents, staff, volunteers and donors that contributed to the success of this organization.  Without you, this season would not have been possible.

Now that the WGI season is over, be on the lookout for the MFC Drumline at the Miami FC games during their upcoming soccer season and also be on the lookout for our Annual STRYKE Summer Camp date(s) that will be announced soon!

In Review: SFWGA Championships

Last Weekend, SFWGA held Championships at Jupiter HS. On Saturday, SWG took the floor with their strongest performance of the season receiving 2nd place. In addition to the Color-guard championship competition of Saturday night, some of our STRYKE Parents and Staff performed for the first time ever in exhibition with their newest group called "Origins" (a Senior Color-guard). This group of former color-guard performers joined together over the season and rehearsed on their own off time to put a production together. It was truly a special moment for the members of Origins as they performed to a sold-out crowd on Saturday night.

On Sunday night, Wynds, SP2 and SPW took the floor for championship competition, and all three ensembles received 1st place in their classification. Before SPW began their show, Adam Hatfield (Ensemble Leader for SPW) took a moment to speak about the most recent death of STRYKE's Family member, Dan Kohlmann. After a moment of silence, SPW dedicated their championship performance to Dan and the Kohlmann family. In addition, members wrote "DK" on their shoulder in honor of Dan Kohlmann. 

"Dan was an amazing person and a dedicated father. He will be truly missed."

This week SWG will be traveling to Dayton, OH for WGI Championships! This will be an exciting moment as they represent STRYKE for the first time ever in the Color-guard circuit. The entire organization wishes them the best of luck!

Also happening this weekend will be the debut of the MFC Drumline (Miami FC's Official Drumline) on Saturday 8pm, at FIU Stadium. And on Sunday, SP2 and SPW will be hosting their F&F Send-Off Performance at Hollywood Hills HS at 3pm. Don't miss your last chance to see them perform in South Florida.

As WGI Championships is upon us, we ask you to show your support to these hard working ensembles with a contribution to their "Road to Dayton". The cost of fuel, transportation, hotel, and member accommodations are extremely expensive and continue to grow each year. So we ask for your support with a donation/contribution towards these members to have the experience they deserve on the road to Dayton. Click here to donate now.