Front Ensemble: Casey Jones
Casey is an active percussionist and private teacher in the Washington D.C. area. Playing everything from orchestral percussion, to jazz and popular styles on drum set, to solo and chamber works for marimba, vibraphone and xylophone, he is well versed in a variety of genres and instruments. He studied music at Virginia Commonwealth University, learning both classical percussion from Kristopher Keeton and drum set from Brian Jones. As an active member of many ensembles there, he performed at events such as the New York Wind Band Festival at Carnegie Hall, the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference, and the Percussive Arts Society’s Virginia Day of Percussion.
Bill has been a practitioner of percussion for 30 years spanning the Symphonic, Jazz, Marching, Pop and Big Band genres. In 2011 he joined the Shenandoah Sound team with bass instruction and continued with the Corps through the 2013 Season as percussion Instructor, bass technician and BSA Venture Crew Advisor. Bill also participated as an on-field member of the Shenandoah Sound Drum Corps Front Ensemble for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. In 2013 Bill was an inaugurating staff member of the Sound United Indoor Drumline as percussion Instructor and bass technician for the 2014 season. Bill continued as percussion Instructor and bass technician for the 2015 season and currently functions as the groups lead Operations principal for the 2016 season. Outside of Sound United Drum line Bill has experience as a Boy Scouts of America Assistant Scout Master and is currently an Architect in an Aerospace Company.
Alex has a very extensive performing arts background dating back to her first ever ballet recital at just 4 years old, and hasn’t slowed down since. She continued her dance training, studying ballet, jazz, theatre, lyrical, and hip hop at Virginia Dance Center until her senior year in high school. Meanwhile, she followed in her family’s footsteps as a percussionist, picking up her first pair of drum sticks in first grade, learning to play snare, mallets, and timpani in different ensembles through the years. She played Bass Drum on her High School Drumline, and was Drum Captain in her junior and senior year. She continued her love of marching percussion as a member of the Marching Virginian’s Drumline at Virginia Tech all 4 years on the Cymbal line. Just this past summer she auditioned and toured with the Drum Corps Jersey Surf on their Dance line performing their 2015 Program: Sun Surfing. She will graduate from Virginia Tech this upcoming Spring.
Snares/Visual Design: Ben Mitchell
Ben is a recent graduate of George Mason University with a B.A. in Music. During his time at Mason, Ben has performed in many settings with GMU’s various large ensembles, chamber ensembles, pit orchestras, and in solo recitals. He has also performed with the campus drumline for both the Washington Nationals and Washington Wizards. Outside of the university, Ben has performed with the Vienna Community Band, Flutopia Wind Ensemble, and has marched with world class drumlines in both the WGI Scholastic division and DCA. Ben has been teaching in Northern Virginia for the past three years. He has spent the past two years helping build the percussion program at South County High School, which earned a bronze medal at the Richmond WGI Regional and made finals at the Unionville WGI Regional in 2015. Ben has also done freelance work with Marshall High School, Yorktown High School, and Broad Run High School.
Sean has been involved with the Shenandoah Sound organization since 2002 as a performer, board member and director since 2007. Musically he has been a member of the Cavaliers, River City Community Band, Prince William Community Band and the Medical Musical Group (MMG) performing with the group in London, England, Geneva, Switzerland, Toronto, Canada and Orlando. For five years he served as the assistant marching band director at Manassas Park High School. Prior to that he was an assistant at Osbourn Park High School and a staff member of Marshall County High School. Sean holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Western Kentucky University and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Memphis. Professionally, he has over 25 years experience in training development, and software systems design and analysis. He joined his wife, Donna, and her company Fern River, Inc. in 2009.
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