Mar 222020

Jon Popham has been a visual instructor with the Blue Knights since 2013.  Jon’s drum corps career began in 2009 marching trumpet with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps, which is where he aged-out in 2010. Jon was on the visual staff with the Glassmen for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Jon has also worked with WGI Independent World groups, Cap City Percussion and Rhythm X Winds.

Jon has been the visual caption head for the Williamstown High School “Band of Spirit” since 2009. While holding this position at Williamstown, the band has been a Kentucky Music Educators Association state finalist each year and earned the Class A State Championship in 2009 and 2014; the “Band of Spirit” has also been a BOA Regional Class Champion and Grand Nationals “Class A” Runner-up. Jon is also an active clinician and designe

r for many high school bands throughout Kentucky, Ohio, South Carolina, and Mississippi. In the fall of 2018, Jon had the privilege of designing for the Arkansas Tech University Band of Distinction.

Jon resides in Florence, Kentucky. He is a Special Education (Learning and Behavior Disabilities) teacher at Williamstown Independent Schools and a 2012 graduate from the University of Kentucky.

Mar 222020

Matt Osborn will be joining the Blue Knights for his sixth season as a member of the visual staff. Matt is a native of Akron, Ohio and lives in the Dayton area. As a marching member, He spent his first two seasons with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2010 and 2011 as a euphonium player.

For his age out summer, Matt was a member of Carolina Crown in 2012. During the 2011 season, he was offered a position at his alma mater, Norton High School, as a visual instructor where he spent five seasons. In 2015 he was a founding member of Rhythm X’s WGI winds ensemble.

After performing with the ensemble for three seasons, Matt now works as a visual staff member for Rhythm X. Currently, he works as a paraprofessional with students with behavioral and mental disorders and is serving as the co-visual caption head at Lakota East High School for his second season and his first with the schools’ winter guard program. Matt is excited to be with Blue Knights for another DCI season!

Mar 032020

The Glassmen reunion is around the corner!! Registration for all events and sign up to play will be coming soon!!

Save the date – June 18-20, 2020

We are still working out details, but this is our tentative agenda:

Thursday, June 18 – DCI event in Detroit.

Friday, June 19 – Informal gathering for hanging out, eating, drinking and having a good time at Glass City Boardwalk. The planning for this event is still in process.

Saturday, June 20 – Mudhens game and playing our instrments with food and more fun!!

As the details become more definite, we will provide more specific information for the events, dates and times.

Please help us pass along the dates and information so as many alumni as possible can make arrangements to attend.

We are looking forward to an amazing event!! Thank you for your support!!

Lou and I can’t wait to get the ball rolling on sign up and if you’d like to help in any way, please reach out to us!!

Jenny Garand-Crawford
Lou Best

Nov 192019

Evan McAleer
Visual Caption Head

Evan T McAleer is extremely happy to be returning for his fifth year with the Louisiana Stars of which this will be his third as Visual Caption Head. Evan is an active performer, designer, and educator. Evan has been a visual and drill designer for numerous schools across Louisiana for the past 7 years, and is thankful for the opportunity to help create performance opportunities for performers of all skill levels. In addition to his work in design and education, Evan serves as a member of the Allumer Quartet of which he is a founding member, and continues to work toward expanding the horn quartet repertoire through the commissioning and premiering of new music.

While at a young age, Evan was extremely fortunate to be a member of the Father Ryan High School Band Program as well as the Father Ryan High School Musical Theater productions, both of which helped foster a love of the performing arts. Before graduating with a degree in Music Education from Louisiana State University, Evan spent his 4 summers performing as a member of both the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2008-2010) as well as Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps (2011).

As an educator, Evan has served as a middle and high school band director throughout Louisiana, an instructional staff member for the Blue Knights, Phantom Regiment and Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, and a clinician for numerous marching bands, winterguards, and indoor drumlines.

Nov 182019

Danielle Dilks – Color Guard Caption Head


Danielle is excited to start her 9th year with Hawthorne Caballeros and third year as a caption head.

Danielle started her career with Upper Darby HS and expanding her marching experience to DCI & DCA with Jersey Surf, Glassmen, and Hawthorne Caballeros. Danielle’s WGI experience was with ComplXity, and Black Watch Independent World Guard. She was a member of Black Watch for their audition for America’s Got Talent and a staff member with the group for Contemporary Color.

Danielle has taught groups including Jersey Surf, Black Watch, and various local marching bands and winter guards in the PA/NJ area. She is excited for her second season as a technician with AMP World Guard. Danielle resides in Broomall, PA and is a HR Representative for a National Transportation company.

Nov 182019

IAN HALE (Front Ensemble Arranger)

Ian Hale received degrees in percussion performance from the University of Calgary and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where his teachers included Dr. Glenn Price, Eduardo Leandro and DCI Hall of Fame member Thom Hannum. He has studied marimba with Leigh Howard Stevens, Gordon Stout, and She-e Wu. He was a member of the music faculty at UMass from 2007-2008 and served as the Assistant Director of Bands for the Calgary Stampede Showband from 2009-2011. He is currently the Percussion Director for Spirit of America from Orleans, Massachusetts. This is his second season as the front ensemble arranger for 7th Regiment.

Ian has worked with many ensembles including the Calgary Stampede Showband, Spirit of America, Thomas Jefferson High School, Dartmouth Indoor Percussion, United Percussion, Boston University and the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. He was a member of the percussion staff for the Glassmen, the Magic of Orlando, Madison Scouts, Carolina Crown and the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. He is currently on the percussion staff for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps.  

Ian is endorsed by Vic Firth Inc., Remo Inc. and Zildjian Corporation.

Oct 272019

Johnathon Bower is a freelance trombone player from Troy, MI. He is a graduate of Athens High School and Eastern Michigan University. John studied trombone, earning a B.A. in instrumental music education.

John marched at the Glassmen from 2009-2012. In 2017, John performed with RhythmX Winds, winning a WGI World Championship. He has performed with the Wayne State Orchestra from 2017-2019. Currently, John performs with the Troy Metro Symphony Orchestra and enjoys playing in an independent tuba quartet.

John began his teaching career as a private lesson instructor in 2009. From 2012-2016, John taught marching band and brass choir at Athens High School. At Athens, John spent two years as Assistant Director working with the Concert and Jazz bands. He has also been the Band Director at Gabriel Richard Catholic High School and Romulus Middle School, before deciding to pursue a career as a professional trombonist. John spent time as a visual technician and choreographer at Clio High School, Southgate Anderson High School, L’anse Creuse North High School, South Lyon High School, LSM Winds, and Eclipse Percussion. John is in his second year as director of the Divergent Performing Arts Wind Ensemble.

Oct 142019

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.

Oct 142019

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.

Sep 302019

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.