Kendra Wendeln - Visual Caption HEad
Kendra Wendeln has a long-standing love of the marching arts and has been designing marching drill and teaching visual technique since 2001. She earned a Music Education Bachelors degree from Miami University in 2004, performed as a graduate member of the Eastern Kentucky University percussion ensembles from 2005 through 2008, and was a 2013 graduate of Florida State University with a Masters in Music Education. Kendra writes marching band drill for multiple bands from Florida, Kentucky, Ohio, and Texas and has worked with many indoor marching ensembles including Lebanon High School, EKU, Leon High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble (FFCC SAA Gold Medalist 2015), Legacy Indoor Percussion, Miamisburg Winds, and Miamisburg World Guard. Currently, Kendra is the director of the Miamisburg Winds Ensemble, and she is the Visual Caption Head for both Miamisburg High School Marching Band and the Walnut Hills High School Marching Band. Kendra is a member of the W.G.I. Winds Steering Committee and the W.G.I. Advisory Board, as well as serves on the Mid East Percussion Association (MEPA) circuit as a board member and Winds representative. Wendeln resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where she is an administrator and band director at Purcell Marian High School.
Brantley Heath- Battery TECHNICIAN
Brantley has been marching and teaching for the past several years in the Tri-State area. After marching in the fall and winter ensembles at North Harrison High School, he went off to perform with the Cascades (2013), Pacific Crest (2014), and Oregon Crusaders (2015) Drum and Bugle Corps. He was also involved in the WGI Percussion activity, marching with Legacy Indoor Percussion (2014-2016). His recent scholastic teaching accomplishments include a State Title and 2nd Place finish with Williamstown High School in 2014 and 2016, BOA Semi-Finals appearances with Larry A. Ryle High School in 2015 and Williamstown in 2016, and IPA Open Class 3rd Place with Zionsville Community High School. His independent teaching experiences include serving as the Quad Tech for Tate's Creek Indoor Ensemble (2017), the Seattle Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps (2017, 2018), and Legacy Performing Arts Percussion Ensemble (2018). Brantley is currently living in the Indianapolis area and works with the percussion ensembles at Fishers High School and Perry Meridian High School.
Sarah Chole- Cymbal TECHNICIAN
Sarah’s passion for the marching arts began when she earned the title of drum major at Central Crossing High School. She advanced her love for marching by performing as a founding member with Capital City Percussion for two years. After graduating, she continued her marching career for the next four seasons with ConneXus, while teaching for Westerville Indoor Percussion Ensemble in Westerville, Ohio. Sarah ended her WGI-performance career when she aged out with INOV8 in 2018. She has extended her time with the marching arts as administrative staff at INOV8, while serving as Cymbal Technician for Triple Crown and Carlisle High School. She also performs with the Cleveland Browns NFL Drumline. Sarah is currently studying Horticulture in Columbus, Ohio.
Nicole Davis- Movement Specialist/Choreographer
Nicole Davis is a musician and educator from Nashville, TN. She is currently finishing her degree in Music Education at Middle Tennessee State University. Her performance experience includes Music City 2013, Spirit of Atlanta 2014, Phantom Regiment 2015, Blue Knights 2016, and Bluecoats 2017 as a member of the horn line. Nicole marched two seasons with Rhythm X as a dancer, earning a silver medal in PIW for "All the Worlds A Stage" in 2018.
Nicole is currently a visual instructor for the Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps, focusing in movement/dance. She has worked with numerous ensembles throughout Tennessee and South Carolina. Nicole is excited to join Triple Crown this season as a movement specialist/choreographer.
Austin Wheatley- Battery Technician
Austin attended school for Psychology and Criminal Justice at the University of Louisville, and currently works at Childplace, a residential treatment home for foster and/or troubled youth, as a full-time Residential Youth Worker. Austin works as a music educator in the tri-state area as well, teaching at high schools such as North Harrison High School, Williamstown High School, Floyd Central High School, and others as a battery tech. He played snare drum in the University of Louisville's marching band, and began his independent marching career with Tates Creek Indoor Ensemble's 2014 production, "Throwback," playing bass drum. He continued marching and performing with Tates Creek again in 2015, and Legacy Indoor Percussion for the 2016-2017 seasons. Additionally, he is a proud alumnus of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, after marching the summer of 2016 in the bass line.
Gabe Fry - Battery Technician
Gabe has had a love for drumming his whole life. From drum set lessons in the 5th grade all the way through high school band where he served as drum captain his senior year. He took his passion for the arts to college with him and at The University of Alabama, he majored in Music Education. Through sharpening his craft as a student and performer, he played in front of hundreds of thousands of people as part of The Million Dollar Band. Gabe would also go on to play with Music City Drum Corps in the summer of 2011 as well as Chattanooga Independent in the winter of 2013. After aging out, Gabe has taught at a number of different schools and organizations throughout the south. He resides in Nashville, working as an integral part of the McGavock high school music program and is excited to be working with TC indoor for the 2019 season. ROLL TIDE!
Lamar Casey - Battery Technician
Lamar Casey started his marching career at ConneXus Independent in 2014 on snare drum, where he spent three years in the ensemble. He would then go on to march two seasons with Matrix Performing Arts. The level of education he has received through this activity is some of the best in the world, and uses this information to better himself and his students. Lamar has spent multiple years educating students at Northmont High School, Reading High School, and Carlisle High School, where he is currently the percussion director. He currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he is pursuing a marketing degree.
Cyr Wilson - Battery technician
Cyr Wilson is a young music educator, in the state of Kentucky. He studied music education at the University of the Cumberlands. He spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons at Legends Drum and Bugle Corps, where he was the battery section leader, and center snare. Cyr spent his entire indoor percussion career with Legacy Indoor Percussion; 2016-2018 season. In addition to serving as the assistant percussion director at Ballard high school, and Eastern high school in Louisville, Ky. Cyr also serves as the Founder and CEO of SPEED Percussion LLC. A company built on marching percussion arrangement, and education. In addition to his marching career, Cyr has recorded on numerous albums nationwide.
Malik Martin - Battery Technician
Malik Martin is an Indiana native who got his start in the marching arts at Lawrence Central HS. After graduating in 2014 he went on to teach several groups throughout Indiana including Angola HS, Pike HS, Perry Meridian HS, Franklin Community HS, and Zionsville HS. His marching career started with Legacy Indoor where he marched for two seasons (2015 & 2016). From there he went on to march Pioneer DBC (2015), Matrix World (2017 & 2018), and Phantom Regiment (2017 & 2018) where he was given the position of center snare and battery section leader for the 2018 season. Outside of DCI and WGI, Malik performed with the Indiana Pacers High Octane Drumline for 6 seasons and is currently in his second season with the Indianapolis Colts Drumline. This is Malik’s first season as an educator for an independent ensemble and he could not be more excited to get that start with Triple Crown for their 2019 season!
Andrew Sickmeier - Front Technician
Andrew Sickmeier studied at Ithaca College, earning his Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance and Music Theory and a Masters of Music in Percussion Performance from the same institute. Andrew went on to earn a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. He has had the privilege of working with numerous noted percussionists, including: Gordon Stout, Thomas Burritt, Conrad Alexander, Tony Edwards, Timothy K. Adams Jr., Michael Burritt, Charles Ross, and Gregory Evans. As a performer, Andrew has performed in concerts across the world, touring with ensembles in Ireland, Germany, and Austria. In 2015, he placed 2nd overall at the Australia International Marimba Competition held in Melbourne, Australia. In 2016, he performed the world premiere of Gordon Stout’s marimba concerto “Look Forward with Your Feet” at a PASIC Showcase Performance with the University of Texas Percussion Ensemble. He has served as Principle Percussionist with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes (NY), Section Percussionist with the Carmel Symphony (IN), and substitute principle timpani with the Austin Symphony Orchestra (TX). Recordings of his playing can be found on iTunes; most notably on TheOXtet and the award-winning album, This is My House. Andrew has also recently appeared on PBS while performing for the 2015 Texas Medal of Arts Award Show. As an educator, Andrew has served as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Texas at Austin, Ithaca College, and Brevard Summer Music Academy. He has worked with numerous award-winning high school drumlines including Center Grove (IN), Franklin Central (IN), Vista Ridge (TX) and maintains a private studio of twenty to thirty students. Andrew is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
EVAN SASOWSKY - FRONT TECHnician
Evan Sasowsky is a front ensemble fanatic, having begun his career as a marching mallet player at the University of Cincinnati, in the Bearcat Marching Bands, under then Assistant (now Associate) Director Nick Angelis. His experience there quickly inspired him to seek independent marching activities, landing him on a marimba at the Notre Dame Indoor Percussion Ensemble (PIA/PIO) in the 2014 WGI season. This first season would prove to be the impetus that drew him to continue a passion for the marching arts, particularly in the realm of indoor pageantry (WGI). With encouragement from Mr. Angelis at UC, Evan followed his first season of indoor with a season at Tates Creek Indoor Ensemble (PIW), where he was the center marimba player and section leader of the front ensemble in the 2015 season. For his final two seasons as a performer in WGI, Evan chose to march at Rhythm X (PIW), where he played marimba for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, marching for his age-out DCI season in 2016 at the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps from San Antonio, TX. Evan currently lives in Cincinnati, OH, where he is a front ensemble instructor at Cincinnati Tradition (DCA A Class Champions and High Percussion Winner, 2017), Lakota West High School, Colerain High School, and Elder High School. In his free time he likes to play and stream video games, go to the Ohio Renaissance Festival, quote The Office, and play board games with his roommates. This is Evan’s second season teaching at Triple Crown and he is excited to be working with his fellow instructors and the returning and new members for this year!
Konstantine Vlasis - Front Technician
Konstantine Vlasis holds a B. Mus. in percussion performance from Tennessee Technological University, and a M.M in ethnomusicology from the University of Tennessee. His research interests include place and identity studies, ecomusicology, music geography, globalization, and Icelandic culture. In addition to his work as a scholar, Konstantine remains an active musician, instructor and composer. Konstantine has worked with Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps and, more recently, the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. Konstantine continues to perform percussion literature, tours with the folk-rock group, Caney Creek Company, and is excited to pursue future opportunities with the Triple Crown this season.
Wayne GIbson - Front Technician
Wayne Gibson is a native of Calvert County, Maryland. He earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and his M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. From 2008 until 2015 he worked in various roles in the Chemistry and Engineering departments at the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Lusby, MD. He currently lives in Naperville, IL and works as a technical chemistry consultant for the global nuclear industry as well as other power industries. Wayne’s previous marching arts performance experience includes playing in the front ensembles for the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps (02-03) and the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps (06-08). For the 2009 WGI season, he was the center marimbist for the PIW world champion indoor drum line, Rhythm X. Wayne has taught front ensembles at various outdoor and indoor marching arts organizations including the George Mason University Indoor Drumline, the Reading Buccaneers, and Cadets Winter Percussion.