2018 Open Staff

Max Beckhard

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Max Beckhard teaches quads for Matrix Open. Max played quads for Matrix in 2016 as well as for Carolina Crown in 2014. In addition to teaching Matrix, he also directs the percussion section at Revere High School in Richfield, OH.

Max received a B.A. in math and physics from Columbia University and is currently working towards a Master's Degree and license in teaching secondary mathematics.

 

 

 

 

 

Rocco Duranti

  Rocco Duranti   Rocco currently lives in Akron, OH and is an active marching band instructor at Firestone High School and Norton High School. Rocco has taught various schools throughout Ohio and Indiana in the last few years, ranging from teaching visual, to being a band director. Rocco teaches visual, music, movement, and choreography for high schools in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, and California.   In addition to marching band and indoor percussion, Rocco has been teaching drum corps since he aged out of the activity. His teaching career started at the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013-2014, and he has been on the visual staff at the Phantom Regiment since 2015. Rocco's performance career is unique throughout the activity.  He started off as a euphonium performer at the Glassmen from 2009-2012.  His indoor experience began at Matrix from 2011-2013. Most recently, Rocco performed with Onyx World color guard in 2017. Rocco is ecstatic to be back for his fourth year with Matrix!

Rocco currently lives in Akron, OH and is an active marching band instructor at Firestone High School and Norton High School. Rocco has taught various schools throughout Ohio and Indiana in the last few years, ranging from teaching visual, to being a band director. Rocco teaches visual, music, movement, and choreography for high schools in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, and California. 

In addition to marching band and indoor percussion, Rocco has been teaching drum corps since he aged out of the activity. His teaching career started at the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013-2014, and he has been on the visual staff at the Phantom Regiment since 2015. Rocco's performance career is unique throughout the activity.  He started off as a euphonium performer at the Glassmen from 2009-2012.  His indoor experience began at Matrix from 2011-2013. Most recently, Rocco performed with Onyx World color guard in 2017. Rocco is ecstatic to be back for his fourth year with Matrix!

Daniel Everett

  Daniel Everett   Daniel currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA, where he serves as a percussion instructor for Marching Band, Concert Percussion ensembles, and private lessons. Daniel performed with Matrix World from 2013-2016 in their front ensemble, and also has performed with the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps in 2012. Daniel holds a B.S.E in Computer Engineering, as well as a B.S in Computer Science and a B.S in Applied Mathematics from Geneva College (2016).  Professionally, Daniel works as an Embedded Software Engineer, where he develops both software and hardware in the area of high-precision machine automation. He spends his free time tinkering with electronics hardware as well as programming for said hardware. Daniel has goals to pursue his Masters in Digital Signal Processing, enabling him to meld his interests in technology and music in the near future.  This will be Daniel's first year on staff with both Matrix World and Matrix Open. He is excited to bring his unique technical expertise and performance experience to the table, aiding in the instruction and electronic coordination of both front ensembles.

Daniel currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA, where he serves as a percussion instructor for Marching Band, Concert Percussion ensembles, and private lessons. Daniel performed with Matrix World from 2013-2016 in their front ensemble, and also has performed with the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps in 2012. Daniel holds a B.S.E in Computer Engineering, as well as a B.S in Computer Science and a B.S in Applied Mathematics from Geneva College (2016).

Professionally, Daniel works as an Embedded Software Engineer, where he develops both software and hardware in the area of high-precision machine automation. He spends his free time tinkering with electronics hardware as well as programming for said hardware. Daniel has goals to pursue his Masters in Digital Signal Processing, enabling him to meld his interests in technology and music in the near future.

This will be Daniel's first year on staff with both Matrix World and Matrix Open. He is excited to bring his unique technical expertise and performance experience to the table, aiding in the instruction and electronic coordination of both front ensembles.

Alan Fear

  Alan Fear   Alan Fear serves as the director of percussion for the Moon Area School District teaching 6th -12th grade percussion classes, Comprehensive Musicianship II, 8th Grade Music Appreciation, and 5th grade band classes. As a consultant and clinician Mr. Fear has worked with several band and percussion programs.  He was instrumental in the creation and instruction of the Matrix Open percussion ensemble in 2015 and the creation of a new percussion ensemble in the Pittsburgh area, Three Rivers Indoor Percussion in 2010. Mr. Fear also served on the percussion staff for the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011 and 2012.   Alan is a graduate of the Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music with a B.S. in Music Therapy with an emphasis in percussion performance. He has studied with Chris Allen of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Rolando Morales-Matos, Lenny Rogers, and Stanley Leonard. He completed a teacher education certificate program at Carnegie Mellon University. Alan has also served as a music judge for the Pennsylvania Federation of Contest Adjudicators. He currently resides in Coraopolis, PA and performs as much as possible around his busy teaching schedule. Alan is a proud educational endorser of Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets and would like to thank them for their support. 

Alan Fear serves as the director of percussion for the Moon Area School District teaching 6th -12th grade percussion classes, Comprehensive Musicianship II, 8th Grade Music Appreciation, and 5th grade band classes. As a consultant and clinician Mr. Fear has worked with several band and percussion programs.  He was instrumental in the creation and instruction of the Matrix Open percussion ensemble in 2015 and the creation of a new percussion ensemble in the Pittsburgh area, Three Rivers Indoor Percussion in 2010. Mr. Fear also served on the percussion staff for the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011 and 2012.


Alan is a graduate of the Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music with a B.S. in Music Therapy with an emphasis in percussion performance. He has studied with Chris Allen of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Rolando Morales-Matos, Lenny Rogers, and Stanley Leonard. He completed a teacher education certificate program at Carnegie Mellon University. Alan has also served as a music judge for the Pennsylvania Federation of Contest Adjudicators. He currently resides in Coraopolis, PA and performs as much as possible around his busy teaching schedule. Alan is a proud educational endorser of Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets and would like to thank them for their support.

Julian Goldthwaite

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Julian has been a quad tech for Matrix in 2010 and 2013 as well as being a Matrix Open battery tech in 2017. Julian marched Matrix quad line in 2005 through the 2007 seasons. Julian has also been a quad tech for the Glassmen from 2008 through 2010. Julian marched with Bluecoats quad line in 2003, 2006, and 2007.

Julian is currently the percussion director at Marion Harding High School, a percussion instructor with Norton Indoor Percussion, as well as the director and performer of the percussion ensemble for the Cleveland Cavaliers the "Qstix".

Joel Kaviyakone

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Joel currently resides in Columbus, OH where he serves as a percussion instructor at Olentangy H.S, and Beavercreek H.S. Joel Performed with Matrix in 2012, 2014 in the front ensemble, and 2015, and 2016 on the snare line. Joel is currently a central transporter at Mount Carmel east hospital in Columbus assisting patients and nurses. He is currently working towards a Bachelor’s degree in marketing and paid media.

This will be Joel’s first year on staff with Matrix Open teaching the snare line. He is excited to bring his performance experience and technical knowledge to the Matrix Open ensemble for the 2018 season.

Shane Matthews

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Shane Mathews, a veteran of Matrix World front ensemble (2013 & 2014), graduated from the Ohio State University with his bachelor’s degree in Music Education and currently serves at the Director of Percussion for Licking Heights Schools. Additionally, Shane serves as an assistant for the middle school and high school concert ensembles and is in charge of directing the high school marching and concert percussion ensembles. Prior to his position within Licking Heights, he was the Director of Percussion for Groveport Madison Schools.

 

 

Josh Mitchell

  Josh Mitchell   Josh Mitchell started his performing career as a bass drummer with Wake Forest Independent, as a founding member, for 4 consecutive seasons from 2010-2013; as well as Carolina Gold Drum & Bugle Corps in 2011 and 2012. He continued his performing with Phantom Regiment in 2013 and was a member of Matrix in 2014. Josh has served as a percussion instructor for various high schools in VA, NC, IN, MI, and OH. He continued his instruction at Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps from 2014-2016, where he served as the battery caption head in ’15 and ‘16. He just finished serving as a bass tech for Legends Drum & Bugle Corps. Josh also performed with Matrix International at the 2016 Chiayi City International Band Festival in Chiayi City, Taiwan.  Josh currently serves as the Director of Percussion for Norton High School in Norton, OH. Josh also performs for the Cleveland Cavaliers with the Qstix entertainment team. Josh is an Innovative Percussion Educational Artist.  This will be Josh’s 4th season on staff with Matrix Performing Arts.

Josh Mitchell started his performing career as a bass drummer with Wake Forest Independent, as a founding member, for 4 consecutive seasons from 2010-2013; as well as Carolina Gold Drum & Bugle Corps in 2011 and 2012. He continued his performing with Phantom Regiment in 2013 and was a member of Matrix in 2014. Josh has served as a percussion instructor for various high schools in VA, NC, IN, MI, and OH. He continued his instruction at Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps from 2014-2016, where he served as the battery caption head in ’15 and ‘16. He just finished serving as a bass tech for Legends Drum & Bugle Corps. Josh also performed with Matrix International at the 2016 Chiayi City International Band Festival in Chiayi City, Taiwan.

Josh currently serves as the Director of Percussion for Norton High School in Norton, OH. Josh also performs for the Cleveland Cavaliers with the Qstix entertainment team. Josh is an Innovative Percussion Educational Artist.

This will be Josh’s 4th season on staff with Matrix Performing Arts.

David Nees

  David Nees   David Nees from Akron, OH will be working with the battery this season. He marched the ensemble for four years before aging out. He has taught several programs across Indiana and Ohio. Right now David works for Pageantry Innovations and is pursuing a career in Firefighting. He is going to get his EMT certification in the near future. David could not be happier to be back with the ensemble on the teaching side

David Nees from Akron, OH will be working with the battery this season. He marched the ensemble for four years before aging out. He has taught several programs across Indiana and Ohio. Right now David works for Pageantry Innovations and is pursuing a career in Firefighting. He is going to get his EMT certification in the near future. David could not be happier to be back with the ensemble on the teaching side

 

 

 

Jen Pesch

Ryan Reed

  Ryan Reed   Ryan Reed is a percussion specialist from the Northeast Ohio area. He is currently the Director of Percussion for New Philadelphia High School, where his responsibilities include teaching, and arranging for, the percussion section of the marching band, teaching private lessons and Director of the Indoor Percussion Ensemble (2015 WGI PSCO Silver Medalist). Ryan is also the Director of Percussion at Carrollton High School, where his responsibilities include teaching, and arranging for, the percussion section of the marching band, teaching private lessons, Director of the Percussion Ensemble and Director of the Steel Band. Additionally, Ryan serves as a front ensemble instructor for Matrix (WGI PIW Finalist) and Matrix Open (WGI PIO Finalist). In 2016, Ryan joined the design team of Skyliners' Drum and Bugle Corps (DCA) as the front ensemble arranger. Previously, Ryan served as a front ensemble instructor for the Empire Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps (DCA), Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps (DCI), Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (DCI), Notre Dame Indoor Percussion Ensemble (WGI) and front ensemble instructor/coordinator for Capital City Percussion (WGI).  Ryan received a B.M. in Music Education from Kent State University where he studied percussion with Ted Rounds. As a performer in the marching arts, Ryan was a front ensemble member of Matrix Percussion from 2006-2008, taking part in the ensemble European tour in 2008. He was also a member of the Empire Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2007 and 2009, and the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2008. In 2016, Ryan performed with Matrix International for the 2016 Chaiayi City International Band Festival in Chiayi City, Taiwan.   In addition to teaching, Ryan is a designer for Downbeat Percussion and Ferguson Design Solutions. Ryan is also an endorser for Innovative Percussion and Ludwig-Musser Percussion.  This will be Ryan’s 6th season on staff with Matrix World and 3rd season with Matrix Open.

Ryan Reed is a percussion specialist from the Northeast Ohio area. He is currently the Director of Percussion for New Philadelphia High School, where his responsibilities include teaching, and arranging for, the percussion section of the marching band, teaching private lessons and Director of the Indoor Percussion Ensemble (2015 WGI PSCO Silver Medalist). Ryan is also the Director of Percussion at Carrollton High School, where his responsibilities include teaching, and arranging for, the percussion section of the marching band, teaching private lessons, Director of the Percussion Ensemble and Director of the Steel Band. Additionally, Ryan serves as a front ensemble instructor for Matrix (WGI PIW Finalist) and Matrix Open (WGI PIO Finalist). In 2016, Ryan joined the design team of Skyliners' Drum and Bugle Corps (DCA) as the front ensemble arranger. Previously, Ryan served as a front ensemble instructor for the Empire Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps (DCA), Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps (DCI), Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (DCI), Notre Dame Indoor Percussion Ensemble (WGI) and front ensemble instructor/coordinator for Capital City Percussion (WGI).

Ryan received a B.M. in Music Education from Kent State University where he studied percussion with Ted Rounds. As a performer in the marching arts, Ryan was a front ensemble member of Matrix Percussion from 2006-2008, taking part in the ensemble European tour in 2008. He was also a member of the Empire Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2007 and 2009, and the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2008. In 2016, Ryan performed with Matrix International for the 2016 Chaiayi City International Band Festival in Chiayi City, Taiwan.

 In addition to teaching, Ryan is a designer for Downbeat Percussion and Ferguson Design Solutions. Ryan is also an endorser for Innovative Percussion and Ludwig-Musser Percussion.

This will be Ryan’s 6th season on staff with Matrix World and 3rd season with Matrix Open.

Brian Smudski

  Brian Smudski   Brian is 22 years old and is from West Chester, Ohio. Currently, Brian lives in Columbus, Ohio. This will be Brian’s first year as a bass tech for Matrix Open. Brian played top bass at Capital City Percussion in 2014 and 2015, then in Matrix World in 2016 and 2017. Brian also received a bronze medal with Carolina Crown in 2016. Additionally, Brian has served as the bass tech at Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio from 2013-2017.  Brian is currently studying to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at Ohio State University. Previously, Brian has held engineering positions at Kinetic Vision and GE Aviation.

Brian is 22 years old and is from West Chester, Ohio. Currently, Brian lives in Columbus, Ohio. This will be Brian’s first year as a bass tech for Matrix Open. Brian played top bass at Capital City Percussion in 2014 and 2015, then in Matrix World in 2016 and 2017. Brian also received a bronze medal with Carolina Crown in 2016. Additionally, Brian has served as the bass tech at Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio from 2013-2017.

Brian is currently studying to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at Ohio State University. Previously, Brian has held engineering positions at Kinetic Vision and GE Aviation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacob Taylor

Aaron Wagner

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Aaron Wagner graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2017 with his Bachelors in Music.  While currently residing in Pittsburgh, PA, he teaches percussion with the Moon Area Marching Band, Mars Area Marching Band, and Slippery Rock University’s Marching Pride.  Along with Marching Band, he serves as an assistant director of Mars Indoor Percussion and teaches Matrix Open.  Additionally, Aaron has his own private lesson studio and is currently touring with the band Heavy Chest.  Aaron marched Three Rivers Indoor Percussion for a year (2013) and marched Matrix World for 3 (2014-15, 2017).