Travis Hattery was born and raised in Davenport, IA. He earned a B.S. degree from Iowa State University in Chemical Engineering (minor: Biomedical Engineering) and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at Iowa State University. Travis is also an endorsed Percussion Educator with Innovative Percussion
Outside of his formal schooling, Travis has always been deeply involved in the marching arts. Since his first summer of high school, he has been either marching or teaching drum corps in some capacity. His performance experience includes The Colt Cadets Open Class Drum and Bugle Corps (Tenors 2008-2009, Drum Major 2010), The Colts Drum and Bugle Corps (Tenors 2011), The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (Tenors 2012, Tenor Section Leader 2013-2014), and Gateway Indoor Percussion (Tenors 2012-2013).
A relatively recent age-out of Drum Corps International, Travis spent the 2015 and 2016 pre-seasons as a battery music technician for The Govenaires (DCA), and the 2015 DCI season as a battery visual technician for The Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2016 he was the tenor technician for Gateway Indoor Percussion, as well as battery visual technician for The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. He also is one of several battery instructors for the Iowa State University drumline.
Ryan Renbarger, currently a resident of Pella, IA, graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University in May 2016, and now works at Ajinomoto North America as a Project and Process Control Engineer.
Ryan is originally from Superior, CO. He got involved in music at a very early age, playing instruments including piano, guitar, handbells, and saxophone. As a sophomore in high school, he joined his high school drumline, Monarch High School Indoor Percussion (MIP) as a Bass drummer for one year and a Tenor drummer for two years. MIP traveled to Dayton, OH in 2010 and 2012, marching in Scholastic Open Class. Ryan then moved on to march for Iowa State University on tenor drums, and participated in Cyclone Sound, a WGI Winds Independent Open program for two years.
Ryan helped as an instructor for Monarch High School, and currently instructs the drumline at Oskaloosa High School in Oskaloosa, IA. Ryan is very excited about the idea of indoor percussion in Iowa, and looks forward to making that happen with Crossroads Percussion!
Marketing and Fundraising Coordinator
Tenea Fabray was born and raised in Des Moines, IA. She recently graduated from Iowa State University with her Bachelor of Arts in Music, where she studied under Dr. Matthew Coley and Dr. Jonathan Sharp. During her time at ISU, she was part of many ensembles including Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, GROOVE Drumline Club, Cyclone Sound WGI WIO, and also the ISUCF'V'MB Drumline. She has also performed with local groups such as the Boone Municipal Band, the Ames Municipal Band, and the Central Iowa Symphony. Tenea is excited to further her education at Drake University beginning Spring 2018 to earn her Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Music Education.
Tenea currently spends most of her time teaching percussion in the central Iowa area, including private lessons, marching percussion, and percussion ensembles at local high schools. She has taught at East High School in Des Moines, IA (2012-2016) and is currently teaching at North High School in Des Moines and Ankeny High School in Ankeny, IA.
Tenea is incredibly excited to serve as an integral member of the team for the passionate players and staff that make up Crossroads Percussion!
Front Ensemble Arranger
Electronics and Sound Design
Originally from St. Louis, MO, Adam Kallal is entering his third year as Percussion Co-Caption head for the Valley High School Marchmasters from West Des Moines. With the Marchmasters Adam teaches, arranges, designs, and composes the music for the front ensemble and oversees electronic sound design and implementation. He also helps coordinate Valley’s middle and high school winter percussion program, and has consulted at several Des Moines area high schools and Iowa State percussion clinics.
Adam has an extensive background in marching percussion, with four years of world class WGI marching experience with Gateway Percussion and three years with the Iowa State Drumline, ending his time with Iowa State as section leader. He is also a member of the Iowa State Percussion Ensemble and Wind Ensemble. Adam is an active member of Iowa State’s chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, Honorary Band Fraternity. He is currently pursuing a minor in biology and a bachelor in music education from Iowa State where he studies under Dr. Jonathan Sharp.
Andrew Wisner is a percussion educator currently residing in Des Moines, Iowa where he is Co-Caption head of Percussion at Valley High School including the fall and winter programs. In addition to working with the Valley Marchmasters, Andrew is a marching battery technician for the Iowa State University Cyclone Football ‘Varsity’ Marching Band, Cyclone Sound (WGI WIO), and has consulted with several Midwestern Scholastic marching ensembles. He also offers private lessons at Uptempo Music in Beaverdale, Iowa and is a local freelance musician.
As a marching member, Andrew has competed in a multitude of percussive mediums on snare drum including DCI Open and World Class with the Colt Cadets and Colts (’12,’13), respectively, and WGI World Class with Dojo Percussion (’13) and Gateway Indoor (’14-’16). Other marching experiences includes Statesmen Alliance Indoor, St. Louis Rams ‘The Herd’ Drumline, and the ISUCF’V’MB.
Andrew is proud to be arranging the battery percussion for Crossroads in the 2018 season.
Luke Sesker is an Iowa native and Alumni of Iowa State University (Class of ’13) and received his degree in Kinesiology – Health & Human Performance. In February of 2017 Luke graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic. He currently works as a Structural Chiropractor at Restoration Chiropractic in West Des Moines, IA.
He enjoys teaching music in his free time and serves as the Coordinator for the Iowa State University Drumline. His marching experience includes four seasons with Iowa State, serving as snare section leader for three of those seasons. He marched two seasons with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, and two seasons with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, aging out as drumline captain in 2012. His WGI experience includes four seasons with Gateway Indoor Percussion from St. Louis, Missouri – aging out as the snare section leader for the 2013 season.
Tyler Brooks is an up and coming designer in the pageantry arts, and an active percussion instructor in the Chicagoland area. He currently is in his fifth year on staff with the Kaneland High School Marching Knights from Maple Park, Illinois. There, he is responsible for writing the drill and music program for the Band’s field show each fall, a position he has been in since 2014. In 2013, he was a visual instructor. He is also currently the Marching Percussion Director at Lyons Township High School in La Grange, Illinois. He is also a visual consultant for schools in the area.
Tyler’s marching experience includes 5 years as a member of Green Thunder Percussion (now Cavaliers Indoor Percussion) from 2011-14 and 2016. There, he played quads and bass drum. From 2012-2016, he was a member of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, where he played 1 year of euphonium, 3 years of tuba, and bass drum for his age-out year.
Tyler is incredibly excited to be joining Crossroads as a visual designer for the 2018 season.
Movement and Choreography
Annie Pelka, originally from Chicagoland, studied the art of movement at the University of North Texas, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance. While in school she simultaneously marched 4 years at the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, which grew into a long teaching career at the same corps. After graduating she moved to Atlanta, GA as a performer and teacher. Studying hands-on bodywork and deciphering common movement patterns proved to be the foundation for her massage practice after becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist.
Annie has had the great honor of working with many marching band, winter guard and percussion programs in various design and instruction capacities; some of these programs include Paramount Winter Guard, Odyssey Percussion Theatre, Harrison High School, Kell High School, Mill Creek High School, Pope High School, Mt. Juliet High School, Chantilly High School, Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, and Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps.
Currently, living in Ames, Iowa, Annie teaches college-age students in the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps as one of their Color Guard Co-Caption Heads, as well as other performing groups around the country. She continues to grow a private practice in myofascial and sports rehab techniques at the Rebarcak Chiropractic Pain Relief Center, while also teaching at Body Wisdom Massage School in Urbandale.
Tim O’Connor is a percussion educator, arranger, and performer in the Kansas City area dedicated to enhancing the percussion experience across the Midwest for students and teachers of all ages.
He received a B.A. from Kansas State University in December of 2016. As a student, he was a part of multiple ensembles such as the Wind Ensemble, Concert Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble and Marching Band. He gained significant experience in all aspects of percussion through private lessons, clinics, master classes, and percussion workshops.
Tim was a member of The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle in the summer of 2014 where he played marching snare studying under the influential artist and percussionist, Mike McIntosh. He also marched two seasons of WGI with Gateway Indoor in St. Louis, MO. In 2016, his second and final year, he was the section leader of the snareline.
Tim has also been a key part of numerous percussion programs across the states of Kansas and Missouri. He currently arranges the battery parts for Buhler High School and works as a consultant for Shawnee Mission Northwest. He is also the lead percussion instructor at William Chrisman High School and, in the summer of 2015, he was a staff member for the prestigious Blue Springs High School Golden Regiment.
Andrew Brogan was born and raised in Blue Springs, MO. Currently, he is attending Truman State University in Kirksville, MO working towards his B.S. in Computer Science.
During his DCI and WGI marching career, Andrew played tenors for Gateway Percussion (2014 – 2016), Madison Scouts (2014), and The Cavaliers (2015). He was fortunate to be educated by many notable instructors, including: Michael McIntosh, Eric Ridenour, Derek Boughey, Brian Graham, Drake Melson, and Justin Lewis to name a few. Andrew worked with Blue Springs High School as a tenor drum and battery technician from 2012 to 2014, and currently works with Blue Springs South High School as a battery technician. He was also the battery arranger and battery technician for Truman State University from 2015 to 2016.
Brad Page is originally from Waukee, IA where he began his performing career with the Warrior Regiment. He then went on to spend two seasons with the DCI World Class Colts Drum and Bugle Corps (2012, 2013) as a member of the tenor line. During his time at Iowa State University, he was a member of the ISUCF‘V’MB (’10-’13) and Cyclone Sound (WGI WIO, 2013). Brad graduated from Iowa State University in 2014 with a Bachelors in Business Management.
He is currently working with the Valley Marchmaster drumline as a Battery Technician, while his day job includes supporting the IT & Sales teams for Oracle – Textura.
Brian Reilly is originally from Naperville, Illinois and currently lives in Johnston, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a BBA in Economics in 2013. Brian's drum corps career began in 2007 with the Madison Scouts tenor line, and ended in 2011 with the Santa Clara Vanguard tenor line. In 2009, he served as the tenor section leader for the Madison Scouts. During his years of drum corps, he was fortunate enough to be instructed by individuals such as Paul Rennick, Roger Carter, Casey Brohard, Ryan Anderson, Paul Weber, Scott Simon, Mike Hodges, and many more.
From 2013 - 2015, Brian was fortunate enough to be a tenor instructor for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, a percussion section with John Mapes, Ian Grom, and Eric Shriver at the helm. In the summer of 2012, he was the tenor tech for the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets. Brian is currently a battery instructor with the Dowling Catholic High School Vanguard out of West Des Moines.
Brian has also instructed for numerous schools in the Midwest, including Kennedy High School – Cedar Rapids, Naperville Central High School, Victor J Andrew High School, and Concord Community High School.
Outside of the marching percussion realm, Brian works in Category Management with a large CPG company. He is beyond excited to be a part of the Crossroads Percussion staff for 2018, an inaugural season that promises to bring a great experience and product to the members and the audience!
Nond Sil - bio to come!
Corey Carlisle is a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School in Dubuque, Iowa. He was active in marching band, as well as concert band. During his senior year at Senior High School, Corey had the opportunity to write the percussion book for his marching show. Then, in 2013 Corey became the percussion arranger for Dubuque Senior. He is currently on staff for the Marching Streaks in Galesburg, IL.
Corey has been involved with The Colts organization since 2009, marching snare for two years and tenors for one year with The Colt Cadets, and marching one season on The Colts bassline. Corey will tour again with the Colt Cadets this summer; this will mark his third consecutive summer on staff as a battery music technician. He's thrilled and is looking forward to the upcoming season!
Michaela Halvorson is an alumni of Iowa State University (class of '14). There she received her Bachelor of Science degree in History. At Iowa State, Michaela marched four seasons with the ISUCF'V'MB (2010-2013), serving as the cymbal section leader her last season. At Iowa State, Michaela also performed with Cyclone Sound WGI WIO class ensemble in 2013. Michaela spent three seasons marching competitively in WGI open class, world class and independent A class. Her experience began with the(402) Percussion (2011); followed by DOJO Percussion (2013); and aged-out with Railmen Indoor Percussion (2014) serving as the cymbal captain. After aging out, Michaela continued to march with Railmen Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps (2015-2017) competing in WGI's Winter Winds and DCI's SoundSport competitions.
Michaela has enjoyed instructing and sharing her knowledge of cymbals with many local groups and schools around the Midwest. Some of those including Red Oak Community High School, Columbus High School, Scottsbluff High School and Bellevue West High School. Michaela currently serves as a cymbal staff member of the 2017 Iowa State cymbal line. She is excited to see what this next year brings for Midwest's marching arts!
Front Ensemble Technican
Paul Downing hails from Methuen, MA, and has been involved in percussion since the age of 9. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is currently pursuing studies towards an MA in Percussion Performance at the University of Iowa.
Paul has been involved with the marching arts since his freshman year at Methuen High School, marching all four years (1 in front ensemble, 1 on snare, 2 on tenors). He continued playing at UMass, marching 4 years (3 on tenors) under DCI Hall of Famer Thom Hannum. In DCI, Paul has performed in the front ensembles of both the Spartans (2012) and the Cadets (2013, 2014), helping the Cadets percussion section win the Fred Sanford High Percussion Award in 2013.
Since aging out, Paul has been an instructor with both 7th Regiment and the Colt Cadets. He has also previously worked with Methuen’s drum line, and is currently the instructor and arranger for the Iowa Hawkeye Drumline.
Corey Hatfield was raised in Evansville, Indiana, where he attended FJ Reitz High School. He has previously spent four summers (2013-2016) with the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps of Rockford, Illinois, as member and section leader of the tuba section. In 2017, Corey will be aging out as a member of "The Line" in the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps of Concord, California.
He currently attends Iowa State University and is pursuing a degree in Instrumental Music Education. In his time at Iowa State he has been a member of the ISUCF'V'MB (2014, 2015) serving in a leadership position, and has also performed in and instructed Cyclone Sound (WGI WIO, 2014-15). Corey also spent the 2016 season as a visual technician for the Ames High School Marching Band.
Kellie Simerly was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska where she attended Millard West High School. Kellie studies Exercise Science at the University of Kansas and intends to become a Physical Therapist. While pursuing her Pre-PT degree, Kellie was a member of the Marching Jayhawks, serving as a rank leader her sophomore and junior year and the section leader her senior year. She has also been a member of the Basketball Bands for four years. Kellie is a member of the Phantom Regiment (2015-2018), where she currently serves as the euphonium section leader and hornline movement captain for the 2018 season.
Kellie currently works as a physical therapy intern at OrthoKansas, shadowing physical therapists as they treat patients. Starting in the fall of 2018, Kellie will be on the visual staff for the Millard West Wildcat Marching Band. She is excited for this new chapter in her life as an instructor of performing arts!
Grant Barton, originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master of Business Administration at Iowa State University.
When he isn’t looking through a camera, Grant plays clarinet with the ISUCF’V’MB, Symphonic Band, and Cyclone Women’s Basketball Pep Band and gives tours for the College of Engineering. He is thrilled to be making his WGI Photo debut with XRP!! #XRPerc
Ethan Wiegle is an Iowa native hailing from Muscatine. He currently resides in Ames, Iowa where he is finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture System Technology with a focus in Food Processing Systems. He also works for Iowa State University in the Center for Crops Utilization Research as Assistant Pilot Plant Manager. During his time at ISU, he has marched bass drum for 2 seasons with the Iowa State University Drumline (2015, 2016). Ethan’s hobbies include wood working, metal fabrication, cooking, home brewing, and of course, drumming.