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Meet the Battery Staff of STRYKE Percussion 2018 (PIW)

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Rudy Flores has an extensive percussive background that ranges from jazz and orchestral ensembles to marching bands and drum corps.  He studied Music Education at Western Connecticut State University and has been involved in the activity for 16 years.

He has been an educator since 1998 and has taught, consulted, and arranged for many groups including the Connecticut Hurricanes Senior Drum and Bugle Corps, Kilties Senior Drum and Bugle Corps, and WGI Independent World Finalist STRYKE Percussion. He was also the Program Coordinator/Battery Arranger/Visual Designer for John I. Leonard High School Winter Percussion.  Currently, Rudy is a Vic Firth Educator, Battery Coordinator at Park Vista High School, and the Percussion Caption Head for Jupiter High School. Rudy will continue to serve as the Battery Caption Head. 

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Francisco Torres, who also goes by “Frankie T” is a Miami, Florida native who brings over a decade of experience as a performer and educator to the table. Francisco began his drumming career at the age of eleven studying several different styles of drumming. His passion for the activity drove him to perform with several ensembles in DCI & WGI from 2005-2011, to include Kiwanis Kavaliers (2005), Carolina Crown (2007-2009) & Rhythm X (2009 & 2011).

Francisco has taken and embraced several roles with a variety of different organizations, including Miami Senior High School (2006-2010), Miami Killian (2013), Infinity Percussion (2014-2015), FIU Indoor Percussion (2015-2016) and STRYKE Percussion (2017).

He prides himself in helping his students achieve and thrive on a personal level and has helped several organizations rise to new levels of excellence. Francisco will be serving as the new Battery Coordinator for 2018.

Giovanni Pagliaro began his performing arts career with STRYKE Percussion (2013-2015). Throughout his time as a performer, Gio went on to march for the world renowned ensembles of Carolina Crown (2014-2015) & Rhythm X (2016). Gio has also performed at Hershey Park as a drummer for the Cocoa Rhythm Factory in association with Windish Music & Entertainment (2016) & with the Miami FC Drumline & Miami Marlins Drumline in association with STRYKE Entertainment (2016-2017).

Gio has taught battery percussion for a number of years at local South Florida High Schools/Universities that include Everglades High School (2012-2015), West Broward High School (2013-2017), Florida International University (2016), Doral Charter Prep (2017), and Coral Glades High School (2017). This will be Giovanni's second year on staff with STRYKE Percussion as a Snare Tech.

Sean McNulty is a Percussion Educator currently residing in Jupiter, FL. Originally from Rochester, NY, he began learning percussion in the 4th grade. This would lead to later endeavors including 4 years of High School Marching Band at Jupiter HS (2005-2009), 1 season with AQUARIUS Percussion (2010),

4 seasons with STRYKE Percussion (2011-2014), and a career in teaching the marching arts in the South Florida area. He has also earned a B.A. Degree in History from the University of Central Florida. This will be Sean's third season serving as Snare Drum Technician for STRYKE Percussion (2015-2016), having also worked with STRYKE Percussion 2 for the 2017 season. Sean has also taught at various High Schools in South Florida including Park Vista High School (2013-2016), Jupiter High School (2010-2011, 2013-2014), and is currently teaching Seminole Ridge High School (2015-current). Sean is excited for the opportunity returning to SPW for the 2018 season!

Brayan Gomez has been a passionate educator for 5+ years. After being a member of STRYKE Percussion (2013), he has made it a personal mission to stay involved and help the future generations maximize their potential on and off the floor. Brayan has taught at several programs both independent and scholastic; including FIU indoor (2015-16), STRYKE Percussion 2 (2017) and several Miami-Dade County schools as a well known and respected Battery Instructor.

Outside of the pageantry arts, Brayan is a Mac Computer Technician with Apple, Inc. and loves to spend free time mastering ways of effective teaching. Brayan is very excited to join the STRYKE Percussion staff as the quad technician for the 2018 season!

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Christopher Baños is currently Director of Bands at Deerfield Beach Middle School and holds a Music Education Degree from Florida International University. Christopher has several years of experience in the marching arts. He was first introduced to the world of marching percussion as a student of Miami Senior High School in South Florida. Since then, he has established a fine reputation as a music educator throughout South Florida.

Christopher has been a member of many World Class WGI and DCI ensembles. Christopher was a member of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2012), Carolina Crown (2013-2014), receiving a gold medal in 2014.

In his WGI experience, Christopher was a member of AQUARIUS Percussion (2012), STRYKE Percussion (2013), and Rhythm X (2014-2015). During his time with Rhythm X, he received a Bronze medal in 2014, and aged out with a Silver medal in 2015.

Christopher has taken on several roles. In South Florida, he has been an educator, consultant, drill designer and arranger for many marching ensembles in the South Florida area for several years. Christopher worked with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps (2016) and The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps (2017). In his WGI experience, he taught at FIU Indoor and West Broward Indoor (2016). This will be his third season working with at STRYKE Percussion.

Sara Wood has been a member of the marching arts community since 2011. Her marching career includes Teal Sound (2011-2012) playing baritone, REEF Independent (2014- 2015) and STRYKE Percussion (2016-2017), playing cymbals at both groups respectively. Sara is a recent age out with STRYKE Percussion in 2017. She has taught cymbals at Cypress Bay High School and she will be teaching at both STRYKE Percussion and STRYKE Percussion 2. Sara currently resides in Orlando, Florida.

Brandyn Hundley, a native of Fort Lauderdale, currently resides in Orlando, Florida and has been heading the cymbal program at STRYKE Percussion for the past 2 years.  Previous marching experience includes STRYKE Percussion (2010-2012) where he earned two silver medals, Teal Sound (2011-2012), and Music City Mystique (2013), receiving the PIW bronze medal.  Brandyn has also marched for various other programs such as The Miami Dolphin Band, The Patriot Brass Ensemble and the FAU Marching Owls.  His teaching experience includes working with nationally recognized high school programs such as Cypress Bay, West Broward, and Coral Glades; along with a large number of other high schools in the Broward County area.  Brandyn also worked with REEF Independent, helping them achieve the promotion of PIO from PIA, the World Class WGI ensemble STRYKE Percussion (2016-2017), as well as the Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps.

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Johnny Miller is a visual and music instructor and drill designer based in South Florida. His background spans the indoor and outdoor worlds with experience performing with and teaching at several World Class organizations.

After graduating from Cypress Bay High School, Johnny began his World Class marching career on the cymbal line at STRYKE Percussion (2012-2014). He went on to age out with Music City Mystique (2015). During the summer, Johnny performed with the Boston Crusaders (2012-2014), earning the Best Visual Performer award in 2014.

Enjoying a wide range of performance experience, Johnny brings high energy and information from a multitude of sources to the marching arts setting. He'll be taking up multiple roles this season, providing instruction for the cymbal line as well as general visual comments for the rest of the marching battery. This will be Johnny's sixth season with STRYKE Percussion.

Meet the Design Team of STRYKE Percussion

Ike Jackson has been involved with STRYKE since 2015 and has been an influential role in STRYKE's growth and culture, we are excited to have him return this 2018 season as Show Designer for STRYKE Percussion and STRYKE Percussion 2.

ABOUT IKE

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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, 23 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. Program Coordinator for Sacramento Mandarins in 2017. Locally, his ensembles have won 10 SCPA Championship medals and over 60 first place awards.


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 2018 has in store.

ABOUT CISCO

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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 Percussion Arranger at Jupiter High School in Jupiter, FL.  He served as the Percussion Coordinator in 2014, Percussion Manger in 2016 for The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, and became the Percussion Caption Head in 2017.


Eddy Falcon has been involved with STRYKE since 2010 and will be returning to STRYKE for the 2018 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

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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.


Matthew Hernandez is the newest addition to the STRYKE Percussion Design Team, and will incharge of Front Ensemble Arranging and Sound Design of our 2018 Production. We are very excited to have him come onboard this year.

ABOUT MATTHEW

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Matthew is a composer, arranger, and instructor based in Southern California. He currently serves as the Front Ensemble Caption Head (since 2013) and Arranger (since 2017) for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. He has worked with various groups across the country and given clinics across the US and overseas in Taiwan. In addition, Matthew is currently a percussion instructor at Vista Murrieta High School (2015-present), Woodbridge High School (2015-present), Los Alamitos High School (2016-present), and RCC Indoor Percussion (2015-present). Matthew has also been an active employee of Wunderpit Music (www.wunderpitmusic.com) since 2011.

Matthew is a proud endorser of Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, Zildjian Cymbals, and Evan Drum Heads