2018 Design Team
Rob Ferguson is currently the Director and Program Coordinator for Performing Arts, serving both Matrix Independent World and Matrix Independent Open Percussion Ensembles. Rob also serves as the music designer for Matrix and has since its inception in 1999. In addition, Rob also serves as the Percussion Arranger and Percussion Caption Coordinator for the Phantom Regiment from Rockford, Illinois. Rob served as the Percussion Coordinator and Percussion Arranger for the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps from Toledo, Ohio, from 2008-2012. Rob has served as a percussion representative for the Mideast Performance Association and currently serves as the Percussion Education Director for the Ohio Indoor Performance Association and as a member of the WGI Percussion Advisory Board. Rob holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Music in Music Performance from Kent State University where he studied with Michael Burritt and Ted Rounds. He previously served as adjunct percussion faculty and assistant marching band director at Youngstown State University, and currently is the Design Coordinator for Firestone High School and Norton High School bands in Northeast Ohio, and the Program Coordinator for the Central Crossing High School Marching Band from Grove City, OH.
Rob is an active clinician and adjudicator for both the indoor and outdoor marching activities. He has presented clinics on marching percussion, keyboard percussion, arranging, and amplification in the marching activity throughout the U.S. and in Europe including the 2007 PAS convention, the 2008 Indoor Percussion Europe Championships, and as a part of the 2016 Chiayi City International Band Festival in Chiayi City, Taiwan. Ferguson has also performed as a marimba clinician and guest artist with numerous high schools and college percussion ensembles.
In addition to teaching, Rob works professionally as a designer, composer, program coordinator, and consultant for outdoor and indoor marching ensembles throughout the U.S. and abroad. He is the owner of Ferguson Design Solutions, a company providing custom arrangements, original compositions, consulting, and design resources for marching bands, drum corps, and indoor percussion ensembles in all major arenas of the pageantry arts. Rob currently resides in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Rob is an endorser and clinician for Mapex & Majestic Percussion, Innovative Percussion, the Avedis Zildjian Co., Planet Waves, Pageantry Innovations, and Remo Inc.
Kevin Stahl has instructed Matrix Percussion since the 2005 season and has been the Visual Designer since 2006. Kevin is currently on the Visual Staff of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps and was a marching member of the corps from 1996-1999. He has instructed at the Bluecoats in various roles as a Brass Technician, Visual Technician and Visual Caption Head since 2000. During the 2004-2006 seasons, Kevin was on the Visual Staff of the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps.
Kevin has designed, instructed and consulted for numerous high school marching bands, winter guards, and indoor percussion ensembles around the country. Kevin has judged in the OIPA, MEPA, ISSMA and TOB circuits and is an active clinician that has presented on Visual Design, Marching Technique and Instruction. Outside of Matrix, Kevin works full time as the IT Manager for ASC Industries, Inc. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh and his Masters of Business Administration in Management from the University of Akron. Kevin resides in Green, Ohio with his wife Sarah, his daughter Elliana and son Ryker.
Thomas Sparling is a full-time visual designer and percussion educator based out of Southwest Ohio. He received degrees in Music Education, Music Performance, Music Composition and a minor in Arts Management from Miami University in 2009. Since graduating he has served as a percussion instructor at William Mason HS, Centerville HS, Bellbrook HS, Kettering Fairmont HS, and Percussion Director at Northmont HS, and La Salle HS. He currently works with Kings HS in Cincinnati, OH.
He has taught privately since 2005, and has worked on the instructional staff at Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2012), Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps (2015-2016), and Matrix Performing Arts (2013-present). Since pursuing full-time design in 2016, he has expanded his reach to organizations in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, Texas, South Carolina and Italy.
Thomas marched bass drum with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2006), and Rhythm X (2006-2009). He has given clinics on show design and rehearsal techniques across the Midwest as well as Taiwan and Italy. Thomas is a Vic Firth Education Artist, and endorses Remo drum heads, and Dynasty Percussion.
Evan Brown is an active sound and amplification designer in the pageantry arts, residing in Pittsburgh, PA. In addition to Matrix Performing Arts, Evan is currently a Sound Designer and/or audio systems consultant for many groups across the US, currently including Phantom Regiment, OCindoor, Cap City Percussion, The Cadets, Fusion Core, Kiski Area HS, Norwin HS, Moon Area HS and many others. He is also the staff sound designer for Ferguson Design Solutions, a company providing arrangements, original compositions, consulting and design resources for marching bands, drum corps and indoor percussion ensembles in all major arenas of the pageantry arts. He has previously held similar positions with Dartmouth HS, Oregon Crusaders, and The Glassmen. Additionally, he is also currently the Percussion Coordinator and Assistant Band Director at North Allegheny High School in Wexford, PA.
Evan holds a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Music from Slippery Rock University, where he performed and participated in a wide variety of ensembles, focusing most specifically on drum set, studying under Dr. David Glover. During the day, he is currently the Percussion Manager for Volkwein's Music, an education based full-line retailer in Pittsburgh, PA.