Percussion Team

 
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PErcussion Director

Ronnie LaGrone

Ronnie is a music educator, freelance percussion instructor, percussion arranger and consultant, and music adjudicator throughout the northwest and all over the country. His passion for music teaching, writing, and arranging was cultivated in Tupelo, MS through public school music programs.  Over the past 30 plus years, he served in the capacities as consultant, percussion arranger, and caption head of percussion with numerous high school programs, several drum and bugle corps, college drum lines, and other independent music ensembles. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1995 from the University of Mississippi where he majored in Percussion Performance, minored in Computer Science, and attended the University of Oregon Graduate School for further studies in music education and percussion performance. Ronnie plays professionally in the Portland metro area and is the band and choir director in the Banks School District. Ronnie is a Mapex/Majestic, REMO, and PROMARK artist.

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Percussion Assistant Director

Shawn Anderson

Shawn has been a fan and proponent of the marching arts his entire life.  Being born the day after a drum corps show, he has always aspired to give back work for what is right.  From his roots beginning in concert band and as a performer in high school marching band, he has continually been a leader and champion of the activity.  His drive for something greater led to 6 years of marching drum corps.  For over half of his life he has done his part by teaching the next generation performers.  Shawn always lives for that exact moment a students “light bulb” flips on and shines bright stating ‘that is what it is all about’.  Growth and success through passion and hard work.  Shawn is happily married to his wife Allyson and has an amazing son Bennett who both share the same love for music and performance as Shawn.

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Percussion Caption Head

Mike Apadoca

Mike Apodaca is a former member of the Santa Clara Vanguard where he also taught for three years. Along with SCV Mike has taught with numerous world class groups and marching bands over the past 27 years. Mike is currently working with Sunset and Tigard High Schools in the Pacific Northwest.

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front ensemble

Krystle Dutton

Krystle is a front ensemble instructor who has loved teaching and performing in the Northwest for the last 16 years. She started her journey in 2002 at Evergreen High School as a student. She went on to further her education at Central Washington University as a music education major. During that time she marched with Seattle Cascades 07 and was a member of OC Indoor for it's first 2 seasons. Krystle has taught for the Oregon Crusaders, OC Indoor, and numerous high schools in the area and is currently working with Tigard HS and Sunset HS.

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Visual Caption Head

Andy Peterson

Andy has been a part of the northwest marching arts since 2002 when he started performing with Beaverton High School Marching Ensemble. After performing 4 seasons with his High School and various other groups, he joined the Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps and performed with them in 2006 and 2007. In 2009 Andy joined the Seattle Cascades and aged out with them in 2010.


From 2006-2009 Andy was Percussion co-caption head at Beaverton High School, and started the BHS Winter Percussion program. Andy is currently an integral member of the instructional staff Liberty High School, serving since the fall of 2017.

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Movement and design Specialist

Michael Davis

Michael is Northwest born and raised in Salem, OR. He started his pageantry career back in 2012 and hasn't stopped since. Michael was a member of the West Salem Marching Band and Color Guard both as a performer and a 3 year drum major. He is the current Director of Guards at West Salem High School and North Salem High School.

His passion does not stop there. Michael is also a designer and choreographer. He has worked with Beaverton High School and Century high school and helped start up the University of Oregon Winter Guard this past season. In 2016 he was also on Admin Staff for the Oregon Crusaders. Michael has received a music education minor from Portland State University and is currently studying Drug and Addiction Counseling with a focus in helping students and families K-12. He is currently a full time Instructional Assistant. His passion is helping students. Whether that be in pageantry or their everyday lives. His goal as an educator is to provide helpful information and help influence the students of tomorrow.

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Consultant

Peter Bretz

Peter Bretz is a percussionist and percussion instructor from Portland Oregon. He has been involved in the marching percussion activity since 1992. He was a member of the Grants Pass High School marching band, and was recruited to march drum corps at the Marauders Drum and Bugle Corps of Longview/Kelso Washington in 1995. He was a member of the Oregon Marching Band Drumline from 1996-1999 and went on to march with the Railmen Drum and Bugle Corps from Omaha Nebraska, The Blue Coats Drum and Bugle Corps of Canton Ohio, and spent his final two seasons with the Blue Knights of Denver Colorado, aging out in 2000. He marched with the four time WGI World Champion Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble in 2000 and 2001, went on to teach the group as the snare tech from 2002-2004, and was the director of the Blue Knights Indoor Percussion Ensemble from 2005-2008. During that time, he served on the WGI Percussion Advisory Board as well as the WGI Board of Directors. He has worked with several high school programs in Colorado and Oregon and has arranged and instructed the United States Air Force Academy Drumline in Colorado Springs Colorado. He works full time as a construction sales consultant and project manager in the Portland Metro Area. Peter loves spending time with his friends, family and two dogs, Kahlisee and Cooper. He stays active by training 5 days a week in Mixed Martial Arts and is currently training for his first MMA fight in May.

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Front Ensemble

Jacob Sanford

Jacob Sanford has been a highly coveted Front Ensemble instructor since his graduation from Century High School. After HS, he became a student of the Portland State University Percussion Department under renowned Professor Joel Bluestone. Jacob has had the pleasure of instructing multiple high school percussion ensembles in the Pacific NW and is currently the Percussion Caption Head for Century Percussion (which during his tenure, Century has grown to the largest competing percussion ensemble throughout the Pacific Northwest). Performance opportunities for Jacob included 4 years in the Century Percussion section while also performing as a cast member of the Oregon Crusaders Indoor (all while he was still a senior in high school as a xylo/glock/crotales player). With all of this extensive performance and teaching, he also finds time to produce for numerous new and up-and-coming Portland area rappers and absolutely loves to mess around with synths in his spare time.