Ryan Reed is the percussion educator and designer currently in the Cincinnati, OH, area. He is the percussion director for West Clermont High School. The 2020 season will mark Reed’s third year on staff with Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps, and second year as front ensemble arranger. Additionally, Reed serves as a front ensemble instructor for Matrix Performing Arts (2013-current). Previously, Reed served as the front ensemble arranger for the Skyliners’ Drum and Bugle Corps (2016-17), Sunrisers Drum and Bugle Corps (2018), and White Sabers Drum and Bugle Corps (2019). He has served as the front ensemble instructor for the Empire Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2009), Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2012), Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (2015) and front ensemble instructor/coordinator for Capital City Percussion (2013-15). Reed is also an endorser for Innovative Percussion and is very excited to be with Southwind for the 2020 season.
Key Poulan is a composer and arranger with an expertise in the marching arts. He has written for the world’s most famous drum corps including the Santa Clara Vanguard, Mandarins, Glassmen, Spirit of Atlanta, Cascades, Spartans, Sunrisers, Hurricanes, Caballeros, Millennium (Italy), Juliana (Netherlands), Siamyth (Thailand), Star United and the Mass Brass Mini Corps. He was the wind arranger for the World Champion Chromium Winds (The Cavaliers) during their first 2 years. As the owner of Key Poulan Music, he has been recognized as one of the country’s top arrangers and composers in the area of contemporary marching band, has several concert band works to his credit.
Joe Sparks resides in St. Louis, Missouri and has over 17 years of educational experience in the marching arts. As a performer Mr. Sparks is a former member of The Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps and Black Gold Drum Corps. Joe is a former member of the “Razorbacks Band” University of Arkansas and “The Pride” Missouri State University. Joe is a trombonist for a traditional jazz ensemble, Annie and the Fur Trappers.
Mr. Sparks educational marching arts and pageantry experience includes Gold Drum and Bugle Corps 2014 open class finalist where he was acting Brass Caption Head. Visual team member with The Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps 2004,2006 world class finalist. Visual clinician for Teal Sound Drum Corps 2005 Division II Finalist.
In 2005 Mr. Sparks co-authored with Mr. Scott Bush, of the B & S Basics,” a comprehensive guide to contemporary marching basics”, utilized by programs across the country. Joe is a former visual team member of Marion Cadets Drum Corps 2002 Drum Corps World Magazine “most improved”, and 2003 Division III bronze medalists. Mr. Sparks is the former Visual Coordinator for O’Fallon Township, Illinois high school band 2004-2008. Mr. Sparks is currently in his 7th year as Program Coordinator for the Francis Howell High School Marching Band. In addition to his work as an instructor Mr. Sparks is a freelance clinician and adjudicator.
Nikki Szymanski returns for another year as Color Guard Caption Head. Originally from Maumee, OH, Nikki fell in love with color guard in the fourth grade. After High School Nikki received a Bacholor’s degree in Middle Childhood Math and Science Education from Bowling Green State University. Nikki’s diverse marching experience includes The Glassmen (‘10-’11), The Academy (‘13), The Cadets (‘14-’16), and Juxtaposition Winterguard (‘13-’15). As an instructor Nikki has taught numerous high school programs in Ohio as well as the Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps in ‘17 and ‘18. Currently residing in Columbus Ohio, Nikki is the Vice President of the Ohio Indoor Performance Association, a 6th grade Science teacher in Grove City, and Color Guard Director at Central Crossing High School.
Palmer is an instructor, music designer, drill writer and body movement designer for programs across the country. He has worked with a number of DCI, WGI, university and high school programs including Spirit of Atlanta, Cavaliers, Santa Clara Vanguard, Phantom Regiment, Madison Scouts, Colts and Glassmen.
O’Neill is a Houston-based color guard instructor and choreographer who has worked with the Glassmen, Troopers, Boston Crusaders, Madison Scouts and previously with Music City in 2018, as well as multiple high school and independent winter guards around the country. He also serves as the program coordinator for Eklipse Winter Guard in Nashville.
Chad has been a passionate contributor to the pageantry arts since 1999, and prior to his current role at the Blue Knights, he arranged, coordinated, or consulted for several DCI World Championship Finalists including The Cadets, Spirit of Atlanta, Boston Crusaders, and Glassmen. An acclaimed percussion arranger, wind arranger, and program coordinator for high school and collegiate marching bands across the country, Chad’s work throughout the fall has won the hearts and minds of students, staffs, fans, and adjudicators. Accolades include many BOA Regional Championships, three silver medal finishes in Class AA at BOA Grand Nationals, and several state championship performances. He can also be seen walking across Heinz Field on game days as Creative Consultant for the Pittsburgh Steeline.
We welcome Brian Greenleaf to the Seattle Cascades as our 2020 Color Guard Designer/ Caption Supervisor. Mr. Greenleaf has instructed the Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, the Black Gold Drum and Bugle Corps, the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps, the Cavaliers Drum and bugle Corps, and has served as the caption head for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Greenleaf is also the founding director of Black Gold Winter Guard.
Our 2015 annual meeting took place Sunday, March 1. To listen to a recording and view past meeting information, click here.
Steve Aylward wrote this post as part of our Glassmen alumni blog series. He was a member of the brass section from 1998 to 2002. Below, Steve describes how being a member helped him become a music educator.
Everyone has their own experiences of what the Glassmen meant to them and how the organization impacted their life. I am sure that eventually in this space I will have the chance to talk at some length about it, but as I started to think through this first blog, I made a realization…
After Glassmen Inc. declared bankruptcy a little over a year ago, some alumni requested that we make jackets available again. It took some work, but the GAA board was able to make this happen. Check out these examples, which more than 50 Glassmen recently received by mail. We’ll let you know the next time we place an order!