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 it’s members with an outstanding educational experience in the field of the pageantry arts.
Nick Riley is thrilled to return to ConneXus for his sixth season in 2018. Nick currently serves as Logistics Coordinator and Front Ensemble Technician for ConneXus Percussion as well as President of the CPAA, Inc. Board of Directors. Nick is a founding staff member 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 (www.nprmarchingconcepts.com), 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 sixth 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 marching percussion and music performance as a member of the Central States Judges Association and Ohio Music Education Association. He has adjudicated local and state level contests in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Tennessee as a member of these associations. He is also a member of the online judging community at E-Adjudicate, providing feedback to students and directors nationwide.
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 was appointed as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Columbus Saints, a central Ohio DCI SoundSport ensemble.
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.
Pam Miranda – Secretary
2018 marks Pam Miranda’s sixth season of involvement with the ConneXus organization and her fourth 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 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 returns for her fourth year as Treasurer of the ConneXus Performing Arts Association, Inc. Board of Directors in 2018. 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 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 now teaches K-6 music at Cardington-Lincoln Schools in Cardington, Ohio, serves on the ConneXus Performing Arts Association, Inc Board of Directors and has been with ConneXus since their first season in 2013.
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.
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