ConneXus Performing Arts Association, Inc. Board of Directors

The CPAA, Inc. Board of Directors governs all ConneXus organizations and is comprised of several of the founding staff members of the indoor percussion and winter guard programs.  The CPAA, Inc. Board of Directors is committed to providing its members with an outstanding educational experience in the field of the pageantry arts.

Nick Riley – President

Nick Riley is thrilled to return to ConneXus for his seventh season in 2019. Nick currently serves as Development Coordinator and Front Ensemble Technician for ConneXus Percussion as well as President of the CPAA, Inc. Board of Directors. Nick is the co-founder of the ConneXus organization and previously served as Ensemble Director and Front Ensemble Coordinator/Arranger of ConneXus Percussion from 2013 to 2015, as a Music Consultant in 2016, and as Vice President of the CPAA, Inc. Board of Directors from 2014 to 2016.

Nick holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio where he studied music education with James Swearingen and Jim Dowdy; percussion with Bob Breithaupt, Nate Anders, and Eric Paton; and music composition with Dr. Dina Lentsner and Tony Zilincik. While completing his undergraduate degree, Nick was a sought-after percussion arranger and instructor in central and southwestern Ohio.

Nick is the founder of the web-based marching arts design company NPR Marching Concepts (, where he has over 50 ensembles to his credit since beginning his writing career in 2007. The ensembles that Nick has written for have been highly successful at all levels of competition.

Outside of the world of indoor percussion, Nick is entering his seventh year as the Director of Bands at Liberty Center Local Schools in northwest Ohio. At LC, he is responsible for directing all aspects of the band program grades 5 through 12 as well as teaching 5th grade general music and high school music appreciation. Since his appointment in 2012, the bands at Liberty Center have seen tremendous growth in both quality and interest.

Nick is also an avid judge of the pageantry arts as a member of the Central States Judges Association and Ohio Music Education Association.  Nick has judged throughout the Midwest at local and championship level events including serving on the adjudication panel for the 2017 MSBA Class A Championships.  During the marching band season, Nick primarily judges percussion, music performance, and music general effect.  During the winter season, Nick judges all percussion captions as well as general effect and design analysis for winter guard.

Recently, Nick had the opportunity to work with some of the top marching arts ensembles in the world. He served as Assistant Visual Caption Head at Legends Drum & Bugle Corps (MI) from 2011 to 2013, Front Ensemble Instructor for Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps (WI) in 2014, Percussion Consultant for The Ohio State University Marching Band from 2011 to 2014, and as a Percussion Instructor for the Medellin Gran Banda (Colombia, South America), the 2014 DCI SoundSport World Champion. Nick returned to the DCI activity in the summer of 2016 as a member of the visual staff for the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps (IA).  In 2017, Nick spent a summer as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Columbus Saints, a central Ohio DCI SoundSport ensemble. In 2018, Nick took on the role of Front Ensemble Arranger for the Medellin Gran Banda.

In addition to publishing his own music, Nick’s compositions for indoor percussion are published through Gary P. Gilroy Publications and Marching Show Concepts. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, the National Association for Music Education, the Central States Judges Association, the Ohio Music Education Association, the Percussive Arts Society, and has been an endorsed artist-educator with Vic Firth, Inc. since 2008.  Nick is also proud to hold endorsements from Evans/D’Addario, Sabian, and Black Swamp Percussion.

A native of Centerville, Ohio and a proud alumni of the nationally recognized band program at Centerville High School, Nick currently lives in Perrysburg, Ohio, south of Toledo.

Nick Riley


Pam Miranda


Pam Miranda – Secretary

2019 marks Pam Miranda’s seventh season of involvement with the ConneXus organization and her fifth year as the Secretary for the ConneXus Performing Arts Association, Inc. Board of Directors.  Pam is a founding staff member of the ConneXus organization, having served in administrative roles for both the indoor drumline and winter guard since its inception.

Pam’s love for the pageantry arts began as a member of her high school band program.  From there, she has served as a board member for high school music booster programs and is an enthusiastic supporter of performers of all ages.

Professionally, Pam is a registered nurse with nearly 40 years of experience in the healthcare field.  She received her formal education from Marion Technical College and The Ohio State University and worked in the Morrow County Hospital, Riverside Methodist Hospital, and St. Joseph’s Hospital until her retirement.  Pam merged her love for the pageantry arts with her nursing career as the Medical Specialist for the Legends Drum & Bugle Corps (MI) during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

Currently, Pam is the STNA clinical instructor and CPR/First Aid instructor at the Tri-Rivers Career Center in Marion, Ohio.  Originally from Cardington, Ohio, she currently resides in Mt. Gilead, Ohio.

Angel Boulis


Angel Boulis – Treasurer

Angel Boulis returns for her fifth year as Treasurer of the ConneXus Performing Arts Association, Inc. Board of Directors in 2019. She has been involved with the ConneXus Percussion organization since the inaugural 2013 season.

Angel’s involvement in and passion for the pageantry arts activity is rooted in a background of extensive performance experience. She began her winter guard career at the age of 7 as a member of the Wranglers and continued to march for an additional ten seasons as a member of the Rangerettes. In 1990, Angel was a member of the WGI Independent Open Bronze Medalist Pride of Cincinnati.

Angel earned her B.S. in Accounting from the University of Cincinnati and is a Certified Public Accountant. Outside of her duties with the CPAA, Inc., she is treasurer for three other organizations and is a Manager for Maloney + Novotny LLC.

She resides in Delaware, Ohio with her husband Jack and their two children.

Jack Boulis


Jack Boulis – Director

Jack is a music educator and percussionist from Delaware, Ohio. He received his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Toledo in 1993. Jack was a member of the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps from 1986-1990 where he served as drum line captain 1988-1990.

Over the past 27 years Jack has taught music in all grade levels, K-12, in Ohio public schools. Other teaching experience includes the University of Toledo Marching Band and the University of Cincinnati Athletic Bands.

Jack is executive director of ConneXus Percussion and has been with ConneXus since their first season in 2013.

Drew Brown


Drew Brown – Director

Drew Brown has been involved with the marching and percussive arts since 2001 as a performer, educator, and designer. He is currently Ensemble Director at ConneXus Percussion where he also serves as both Music Coordinator and a member of the ConneXus Performing Arts Association, Inc. Board of Directors.

Since 2015, Drew has worked with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps where he is a front ensemble technician and electronics coordinator.

Drew studied music education, composition, and percussion performance at Bowling Green State University, Wright State University, and the University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music.

Drew is proud to be endorsed by Innovative Percussion and Evans Drumheads.

Colby McClellan


Colby McClellan – Director

Colby McClellan has been part of the marching activity since 2005.  He began his marching career at Hickory High School in North Carolina.  During his undergraduate studies, he was section leader for the Marching Mountaineers of Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

He performed as tenor section leader with Carolina Gold from 2010 to 2012, during which time the corps received high percussion all three years and became the DCA Class A World Champions.  During the summer of 2013, he was privileged to age our as a member of the 75th anniversary corps of the DCI Finalist Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps.

Colby marched three seasons of WGI with Wake Forest Independent based of our Winston-Salem, NC and served as the tenor section leader.  Colby finished his WGI marching career with the MQ at Matrix during the 2014 season.

Colby has been an educator and designer for various schools throughout North Carolina.  He resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where he works as a Sales and Marketing Representative and is Battery Coordinator at Milford High School.

2019 is Colby’s fifth season with ConneXus and he couldn’t be more excited to see where this family is headed!

John Espy


John Espy – Director

John Espy is current a financial software specialist in the Cincinnati area.  Prior to his position in school finance, Mr. Espy was a Band Director in the Milford Exempted Village School District located on the east-side of the Cincinnati, OH area.  At Milford, Mr. Espy’s concert ensembles consistently received Superior ratings at Ohio Music Education Association events; the Marching Band is a consistent Bands of America Semi-Finalist; and the Winter Percussion Ensemble has been WGI Scholastic A class World Finalists.  Mr. Espy earned his undergraduate degree in music education from Marshall University in Huntington, WV, a Master of Business Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Accounting. Before coming to Milford, Mr. Espy was the Director of Bands for the Mt. Healthy City School District, as well as percussion arranger and caption head at Cabell Midland High School located in Ona, WV.

Mr. Espy’s performance credits include the front ensemble for the Capital Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from Columbus, Ohio as well as the 18-time World Champion Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps from Concord, California.  John was a member of the Marching Thunder (MU) snare line serving two years as drumline captain. Mr. Espy has also served as percussion arranger and instructor for the Marshall University Marching Thunder. During his time playing drums in the Marshall 12 O’clock Jazz Ensemble, John performed with Arturo Sandoval, Kathy Kosins, Byron Stripling, Paquito D’Rivera just to name a few.  He was a recognized award winner at the prestigious Notre Dame Jazz Festival having been awarded honors by legendary drummer Peter Erskine. Currently, Mr. Espy a member of the Cincinnati-based Fillmore Wind Band that performed at 2017 Midwest Band Clinic.

Mr. Espy is an active adjudicator as well as a member of the Vic Firth Education Team in the capacity of marching percussion specialist (MPS) and Scholastic Educator (SEP).

Michael Reese


Michael Reese – Director

Michael Reese is an active music educator and the current Middle School Band Director for the Elida Local School District near Lima, OH.
Michael received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Marietta College in the Spring of 2017, along with a minor in Political Science and a Certificate of Teacher Leadership.  He is a proud member of NafME and OMEA.
During his marching career, Michael performed with Legends Drum and Bugle Corps (2014), Cap City Percussion (2014-2015), Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps (2015-2016), and Rhythm X (2016-2017).
Michael is excited to spend his second season with ConneXus in 2019!

Kristin Smith


Kristin Smith – Director

Kristin Smith has been involved in the marching arts since 2004.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Bowling Green State University and is a graduate medical education program administrator for OhioHealth in Columbus, Ohio.

Her previous performance experience includes the Pickerington North HS Marching Band, the Pride of Mid-America Marching Band at Ball State University, the Falcon Marching Band at Bowling Green State University, Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps, and Matrix.

Her past instructional experience has included percussion and visual instruction for high school and university marching bands, indoor percussion ensembles, and drum corps.  She has worked with Westerville South HS, Marion Harding HS, Central Crossing HS, the University of Toledo, Jersey Surf Drum & Bugle Corps, and Bowling Green State University.

Kristin is excited to start her sixth season with ConneXus!