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Drum Major Instructors

Rachel Linsmeier has the distinction of serving as the second female Drum Major in the history of the Spartan Marching Band from 2008-2010. She worked for six years in Traverse City, Michigan as the Director of Bands at Traverse City West Senior High School where she taught three concert ensembles, two big bands, music theory, preschool and elementary music, 6th grade general music, and 6th grade beginning band.  She was also the director of the 140 member Titan Marching Band, where she specilized in cultivating leadership in her students to achieve high performance results and self-development.  Rachel holds a Bachelor's in Music Education from Michigan State University and is currently pursuing her Master's Degree at MSU in Music Education.  This is her fourth season of directing the Drum Majors of Performing Arts Camp and her 11th year as an instructor for the PAC.  

Simon Holoweiko was the Associate Director of Bands at Michigan State University and Assistant Director of the Spartan Marching Band for the 2017-2018 school year.   He holds a Master's Degree in Wind Conducting from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia and a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Michigan State University. He is now pursuing a doctorate in Wind Conducting from MSU.  Originally from Grand Ledge, Michigan, Simon served as the Drum Major of the Spartan Marching Band in 2010 and 2011. He also held the position of Director of Bands at Martin County High School in Stuart, Florida. This is his 9th year of instructing at the Performing Arts Camp.

Ian McNabb graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Packaging in 2009. He was Drum Major of the Spartan Marching Band from 2006-2008, and as a Mellophone player, marched with various drum and bugle corps including the Blue Stars from LaCrosse, WI. He has been a music and visual instructor for various high school bands in Michigan including Reeths-Puffer and Williamston, as well as Legends Drum and Bugle Corps from Kalamazoo, MI. He is currently a primary visual instructor and drill writer for the Dansville High School Marching Band. Ian served four years as a Logistics Officer in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and lives in Mason, MI with his wife and son. 

Frank Loomis is originally from Manistee, MI. He served as Spartan Marching Band Drum Major from 2012-2014, which makes him the only PAC Instructor to have performed as Drum Major in a Rose Bowl Game (2013).  Frank marched in the trumpet section before serving as Drum Major, and also performed in the Spartan Brass. He is the only three-time recipient of the Brough SMB Leadership Award, which provides scholarship funding in recognition of his academic success and contributions to the Spartan Band.  Frank now works as Chief Scribe in the Emergency Room at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing and is pursuing a future in medicine.

Shannon Black is the third female to hold the role of Drum Major for the Spartan Marching Band.  She is a 2016 Michigan State University graduate of the College of Education. Hailing from Livonia, Michigan, Shannon was a four-year member of the Spartan Marching Band, serving for two years in the Big Ten Flag Corps and two years as the Michigan State Drum Major.  She is a fourth grade classroom teacher in Grand Ledge, bringing pedagogical and marching expertise to our PAC students for five years.

Chris Owen served as drum major of the Spartan Marching Band from 1998-2001. As a high school drum major in Farmington, Chris mastered the use of the mace and has been teaching drum major equipment technique for 19 years. He has instructed at the MSU Performing Arts Camp for 17 years and is the most recent 4-year MSU drum major. Currently, Chris is a Civil Engineer and resides in Canton with his wife and their 3-year old daughter.

Nikki Sanford is serving as the fourth female Drum Major at MSU. She is in the College of Music studying education. Before receiving the role of Drum Major, she marched mellophone in the SMB. She is from Traverse City, MI and attended the PAC camp for multiple years in high school. She performs in various ensembles and quintets at MSU and currently works at the Community Music School.

Travis Higa is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at Michigan State University. Prior to attending MSU, Higa was the Director of Bands at Williams & Glenbrook Middle Schools in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Music Director and founder of the Youth Wind Ensemble of Springfield, and taught applied trumpet lessons at the Community Music School of Springfield. Higa is originally from Kaneohe, Hawaii. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2011) and his Master of Music degree from the University of Montana (2013). His primary conducting teachers include Kevin Sedatole, James Smart, and Takayoshi “Tad” Suzuki.

Garrett Jafano was a member of the Spartan Marching Band for 4 years and served as the Tenor Saxophone Section Leader from 2012-2013. He works in Lansing, Michigan for Render Studios where he is the acting Art Director and creates digital video content for clients across the globe. He has also been creating high impact videos for the Spartan Marching Band to play on the screens in Spartan Stadium since 2012. Garrett has been working with Drum Majors and Marching Band leadership for over a decade and specializes in high energy mace performance. He holds a Bachelor's of Art degree from Michigan State University specializing in Media Arts and Technology. This is his first year as an instructor for the Performing Arts Camp. 

Jaren Scoggins is from Grand Ledge, MI, majoring in Supply Chain Management in the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. He spent the Spring 2018 semester at an internship in Atlanta, GA. Before being selected as the Drum Major of the 2018 Spartan Marching Band, he served as a squad leader in the trombone section.

Color Guard Instructors

Mindi Murray is from Okemos, MI and is the Color Guard Director at Ferndale High School. Mindi marched with the Michigan State Marching band from 2006-2010 and marched with State of Art winter Guard from 2006-2010. Mindi has a strong background in dance and performance. She has taught several guards and winter guards across Michigan. She has a BA in Spanish and History from Michigan State University and a Masters in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan. She is a Kindergarten teacher in Madison Heights, MI.

Percussion Instructors

Jon Weber has taught the Spartan Marching Band Drumline for the past 20 years. Dr. Weber also teaches applied percussion in the MSU College of Music. He has presented at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention on creating a model drumline in the university setting and using rudimental drumming as part of the overall percussion curriculum. University marching bands across the country have performed his arrangements. Dr. Weber has also taught at Oklahoma State University and for the Detroit Pistons Drumline. His students have performed in Phantom Regiment, Santa Clara Vanguard, The Cavaliers, Carolina Crown, The Cadets, Bluecoats, Madison Scouts, Blue Stars, Blue Knights, Rhythm X, Northcoast Academy, East Side Fury, Redline, and many other ensembles. He received his DMA from Michigan State in 2008. Jon Weber is a Yamaha Performing Artist, and a member of the Vic Firth Education Team.

Wayne Bovenschen has been the Associate Professor in Percussion at Oklahoma State University for 30 years.  The OSU Concert Percussion Ensemble has been invited to perform at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) twice in 1996 and 2014.  The OSU Drumline has also competed in the PASIC Marching Percussion Competition seven times finishing as high as second in 2001 and 2012.  Mr. Bovenschen has been active in Drum Corps International as a percussion instructor and arranger with Northern Aurora, Phantom Regiment, Suncoast Sound and Black Gold.  Northern Aurora finished 1st in percussion at the 1988 DCI World Championships in Division II Finals.  Mr. Bovenschen also performed as a snare drummer with the Cavaliers in 1982 and Phantom Regiment in 1983.  Wayne is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelors of Music Education in 1985 and Master of Music Performance in 1987 and served as section leader/teaching assistant for the Spartan Marching Band Drumline from 1983-1986.  He is currently a member of the Vic Firth Education team and OSU is a proud sponsor of Yamaha Percussion, Remo Drumheads and Zildjian Cymbals.

Amanda Watson has the unique distinction of having performed as the only female center snare in the history of the Spartan Marching Band Drumline. Originally from Canton, she was a member of the highly acclaimed Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Marching Band Drumline. She was also a member of the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps snareline in 2011. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2013 and is currently pursuing a master's degree in occupational therapy at Eastern Michigan University.

Cody Edgerton spent four years as a member of Spartan Marching Band Drumline, and served as drumline section leader in 2013.  A 2015 MSU graduate in Music Education, Cody was in the percussion ensemble for four years, and was a founding member of the percussion group Los Banditos.  Cody spent two summers marching with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. Cody has instructed the Winter Guard International group Redline, and has held Percussion Instructing positions at Charlotte, East Lansing, Grand Ledge and Williamston High Schools.  He is currently the Band Director for grades 6 through 12 in Elk Rapids, MI.  Cody is originally from Charlotte, MI.