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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. She is the Director of Bands at Traverse City West Senior High School. A 2011 graduate in Music Education from MSU, she is an accomplished trumpet player from Okemos who played in MSU's top wind ensembles. Rachel's expertise with the signal baton and movement choreography has been extremely beneficial to both the Performing Arts Marching Band Auxiliary Camp and the Spartan Marching Band during her tenure as the Drum Major.

Simon Holoweiko is a 2012 MSU Music Education graduate from Grand Ledge who served as the Drum Major of the Spartan Marching Band in 2010-2011. He most recently served as the Director of Bands at Martin County High School in Stuart, FL. While at Martin County, Simon conducted two concert ensembles, a jazz ensemble, taught courses in advanced placement music theory and music appreciation, and also directed the Tiger Regiment Marching Band. His teaching experience gives him the ability to convey specific knowledge in a wide variety of settings. Simon is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Wind Conducting from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. 

Xavier Boudreaux is a 2013 graduate of Michigan State University, as well as an alumnus of the Performing Arts Camp drum major clinic. He served for two years as SMB Drum Major in 2011-2012. A flute major from Virginia, Xavier also performed as a member of the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps color guard in 2011 and with MSU’s State of Art Winterguard.  He is currently pursuing a Masters of Music in flute performance at Syracuse University.

Frank Loomis is a Physiology major in MSU’s Lyman Briggs College. Originally from Manistee, he will serve in his third and final year as the SMB Drum Major in 2014. Frank marched in the trumpet section as a MSU freshman, and he continues to perform with Spartan Brass during the winter sports season. 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 will be a candidate for admission to medical school in 2015.

Shannon Black is only the third female to hold the role of Drum Major for the Spartan Marching Band.  She is a 2016 Michigan State University graduate studying Elementary Education with a major in Mathematics and a minor in History. 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 will begin her student teaching this fall in the Lansing area, and brings educational and marching expertise to our PAC students.

Evan Bahm is the current Drum Major of the Spartan Marching Band, entering his fourth year at Michigan State University this fall. He is a student in the College of Music majoring in Music Education from Walled Lake, MI.  Evan is an alumnus of PAC Drum Major clinic and previously served as a member in the mellophone section for two years. Evan is a talented and accomplished conductor and french horn player.

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 18 years. He has instructed at the MSU Performing Arts Camp for 16 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 2-year old daughter.

Color Guard Instructors

Peter Eichler will begin his sixth year in leading the instruction of the SMB Color Guard.  He also directs MSU's State of Art winter guard, which has won six state championships, four WGI regional championships, and one WGI national championship.  He performed with two drum and bugle corps, Carolina Crown and Glassmen, and served on the instructional staffs with Carolina Crown and Phantom Regiment. He has also performed with the national and international touring companies of BLAST! His winter guard experience includes membership in Third Edition and Pride of Cincinnati, as well as instructing Third Edition, Jenison High School, and Plymouth-Canton Educational Park.  Peter holds a BA in Music from MSU and was a mellophone player in the SMB. He owns Sixth Degree Production, a Lansing-based event planning and production management firm.

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.

Steve Wulff is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Music Performance at MSU where he studies percussion and helps teach the MSU Drumline. Steve is originally from Eaton Rapids Michigan. He has performed with the SMB Drumline, Wind Symphony, and Symphony Orchestra, and has been a featured soloist with the MSU Percussion Ensemble. He has a bachelor’s degree from MSU in Music Performance, and he completed a Master’s in Music Performance at the University of South Carolina where he was the director of the USC Drumline. Steve’s percussion trio Tala Rasa has been commissioning new works and performing around the US.  Steve has also been a member of NorthCoast Academy and the Detroit Pistons Drumline.

Alex Smith is a native of Winston-Salem, NC who recently completed his Master of Music in Percussion Performance and Master of Arts in Musicology/Ethnomusicology at MSU, and is now pursuing his Doctorate in Percussion Performance.  He is a teaching assistant in percussion and the MSU Spartan Marching Band Drumline.  Prior to coming to Michigan State, Smith was heavily involved as an educator in the marching musical arts, and currently works with the Okemos and Olivet high school drumlines.  He has also instructed with Craven Indoor, Eastside Fury, and the East Carolina University Drumline.  He performed with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2005-2006.  Along with continuing his studies at MSU, Alex is interested in music of the world having done research in Brazil and Ghana.   

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.

Andy Brown has performed on snare for 5 years in Drum Corps International, including the 2010 Legends Drum & Bugle Corps, the 2011 Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps, and the 2013, 2014 & 2015 Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps.  In 2015, he served as center snare and section leader of the battery for the Cavaliers.  Andy has also been involved with WGI, and was on the snare line of the 2015 Percussion Independent World silver medalists, Rhythm X.  Andy is currently serving on the staff of the Farmington United Percussion Ensemble.  Currently pursing a degree in Urban and Regional Planning at Michigan State University, Andy was a member of the Spartan Marching Band Drumline from 2012-2015. 

Caleb Goncz joined the Spartan Marching band in 2012, and was a member for three seasons. His notable performances with the band include the 2014 Rose Bowl Parade and game in Pasadena, California, and the 2015 Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. Goncz has also taught private lessons since 2011, and he has worked as a Percussion Instructor at various high schools in the area, including Okemos, East Kentwood, and Williamston.  As a member of the percussion studio at Michigan State, he also participated in the Percussion Ensemble as well. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and he graduated from Michigan State University in December, 2015 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. After completing a long-term substitute teaching position in middle school band and choir at Williamston Middle School, he will be joining the Grand Blanc Public Schools this year as a high school/middle school instrumental music teacher.