CNX19 Percussion Staff

Jack Boulis

Executive Director
Member, CPAA Board of Directors

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.

Andrew Brown

Ensemble Director, Music & Front Ensemble Coordinator
Member, CPAA Board of Directors

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 Music Coordinator and Front Ensemble Coordinator and as 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.

Tommy Roam

Program & Visual Coordinator, Battery and Visual Designer

Tommy Roam is an active designer and educator in the marching arts. He is currently the percussion director at Kettering Fairmont High School in Dayton, Ohio.

Since 2015, Tommy has served on the percussion instructional staff with The Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. He was a marching member of the corps from 2012 to 2014. He also marched Rhythm X from 2012 to 2015 and served on the instructional staff in 2016 and 2017.

Tommy is a proud sponsor of ProMark Drumsticks and Evans Drumheads by D’Addario.

Andrew Markworth

Front Ensemble Designer

Andrew Markworth is a composer, arranger and consultant writing wind, front ensemble and battery percussion for marching bands, indoor drumlines and drum corps.

He is currently the music arranger and coordinator for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps from San Antonio, TX and The Company Performance Ensemble of Great Britain. He also is the music director for Rhythm X; both the 3 time gold medalist percussion group (2008, 2009, 2013) and the 2 time gold medalist winds group (2015, 2017). Andrew was the Front Ensemble Arranger/Coordinator for Carolina Crown from 2007-2014.

Andrew currently resides in Centerville, Ohio with his wife Kara, daughter Natalie, and son Brady.

Frank Cummings

Battery Coordinator

 Frank was born and raised in southern New Jersey, just thirty miles outside of Philadelphia. It was in the fourth grade when he discovered his love for drumming. In 2003, Frank was introduced to the marching arts, joining the Penns Grove High School marching band.
Frank began marching drum corps in 2008 with the Reading Buccaneers, winning two DCA titles in 2008 and 2009. In 2010, Frank  lived out his dream, joining the snare line at Carolina Crown. He continued marching Crown through 2012, eventually aging out with the Bluecoats in 2013. Along with his passion for drum corps, Frank has extensive WGI experience, marching with United Percussion in 2011 and Rhythm X in 2012, 2013 and 2014, aging out as the ensemble section leader.

After moving to Ohio, Frank has had the privilege of working with many great programs in the Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati areas. He is currently the battery caption head for the BOA finalist William Mason High School marching band and serves as a battery technician for the Lebanon band program. In 2015, Frank joined Rhythm X as a snare technician, where he continues to teach. Frank was the snare technician for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015 and 2016.

Frank looks forward to continuing his educational role as a snare technician with Carolina Crown as well as battery coordinator with ConneXus.

Dan Schack

Artistic Director

Hailing from Connecticut, Dan has been involved in the marching arts since the age of fourteen. An active designer and educator for competitive music ensembles all over the country, Dan specializes in battery percussion, movement, and choreography. He currently serves as the Artistic Designer for George Mason University and the Battery Co-Manager/Choreographer for Carolina Crown.

Outside of his musical endeavors, Dan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Connecticut. He is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Wright State University, pursuing a Master’s degree in English Literature with a certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Danielle Marquardt

Movement Design

Danielle is a Lexington, Kentucky native, currently living in Dayton, OH. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Eastern Kentucky University. At EKU, she was very involved with taking dance classes in addition to performing and choreographing for EKU’s Dance Theatre program. Danielle is a part time substitute teacher in addition to working seasonally at the WGI Office as the ticketing assistant.

Danielle’s color guard career began as a performer for Lafayette High School. After high school, she continued to perform with Expressions IA Winter Guard. She also marched Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2009 and 2010 seasons, earning a bronze medal in 2010. Danielle continued her career with Lexis Winter Guard as a co-captain for the 2012 season, earning an IA bronze medal, in addition to the 2013 IO season. She most recently joined the Zydeco family for their final 2014 season. Danielle has spread her love for color guard and movement over the past few years, teaching a few seasons at Lafayette HS and on staff with Centerville HS and Bellbrook HS. Danielle is also teaching her third year with Allegoria IO winter guard. She will also be joining Colts Drum and Bugle Corps staff for her fifth consecutive summer.

Danielle is in her second year with ConneXus and is ecstatic for the 2018 ConneXus season!

Melissa Behling

Website/Technology Administrator

Melissa began playing snare drum when she was nine years old.  Her band teacher’s rule that girls weren’t allowed to play drums became her motivation.  She started with the Racine Lighthouse Brigade Marching Band, then went on to march with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014 and 2015, Minnesota Brass Indoor in 2016 and aged out of DCI with Phantom Regiment in 2016.
She keeps her love of drumming alive by performing with the Milwaukee Bucks Beats Drumline and Tundraline, the official drumline of the Green Bay Packers. She is passionate about teaching and has worked with various groups throughout southern Wisconsin, including Sauk Prairie High School.
Melissa graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a certificate in Digital Studies.  She lives in Madison and works as a television news producer at WISC, the local CBS station.

Nick Riley

Development Coordinator & Front Ensemble Technician
President, CPAA Board of Directors

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 and has previously held numerous creative, administrative, and instructional roles within the ensemble since co-founding the organization in 2012. He also serves as President of the ConneXus Performing Arts Association, Inc. Board of Directors, having previously served as Vice President 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.

Currently, Nick is in his seventh year as Director of Bands for Liberty Center Local Schools where he coordinates all aspects of the instrumental music program, grades 5 through 12. Since his appointment in 2012, the LC Band Program has doubled in size and seen significant growth in quality and interest.

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.  A prolific composer for marching bands, indoor percussion, and winter winds programs, Nick’s compositions can be heard across the United States and South America.  In addition to writing an arranging, Nick is an avid judge of the pageantry arts as a member of the Central States Judges Association and Ohio Music Education Association, having served on numerous local and championship-level adjudication panels. He also presented a clinic on marching percussion composition at the 2013 OMEA Professional Development Conference.

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 for 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 2016 as a member of the visual staff for the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps (IA).  In 2017, Nick spent the 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 Coordinator/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 ASCAP, OMEA, CSJA, NAfME, and PAS 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, he currently lives in Perrysburg, Ohio, south of Toledo.

Megan Hobbs

Front Ensemble Technician

Megan has been involved in the marching arts since 2008, when she started her marching career with the Kenosha Beats, an independent percussion ensemble out of her hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Her introduction to drum corps was with the Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps from Racine, Wisconsin in 2010. As a member, she went on to win the DCA Individual and Ensemble marimba competition in 2011. While a marching member, Megan began undertaking staff roles in 2012 and has continued to be active in the organization since then.

Her DCI debut was her age-out summer with the 2015 Colts Front Ensemble. She continued on to WGI, aging out as a front ensemble member of Rhythm X in 2016.

Megan has always had a passion for percussion and teaching. After she graduated from Bradford High School in Kenosha, she began a degree in Percussion Performance and Music Education at the University of Wisconsin, with plans to continue in Ohio.

She has also enjoyed being a part of recreational ensembles, playing bass drum with the Milwaukee Bucks Drumline, as well as the Tundraline, the official drumline of the Green Bay Packers.

Her past teaching career includes experience as a technician, coordinator and arranger, spanning front ensemble work with the Kilties, Mukwonago HS, Sauk Prairie HS, Blue 2 Indoor Percussion, and Shadow Indoor Percussion in Wisconsin, and Thomas Worthington HS and Westerville South HS in central Ohio.

This will be Megan’s third year with ConneXus, and she couldn’t be more excited to work with such an exceptional group of students and educators!

Michael Reese

Front Ensemble Technician

Advisor, CPAA Board of Directors

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 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!

Colby McClellan

Tenor Technician

Member, CPAA Board of Directors

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 a 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 out 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 out 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.

2018 is Colby’s fifth season with ConneXus and he couldn’t be more excited to see where this family is headed!

John Espy

Logistics Coordinator

Member, CPAA Board of Directors

Bio coming soon!

Aaron Bailie

Snare Technician

Aaron began playing snare drum at the age of eleven in the Louisville Pipe Band. He continued to play snare drum with the South Oldham HS marching band, where he developed an interest in drum corps.

He went on to march DCI with The Glassmen, The Bluestars, and The Bluecoats. Aaron earned a bronze and gold medal with The Bluecoats, where he aged out as the drumline section leader in 2016. Aaron marched WGI with Tates Creek Indoor, concluding his marching percussion career with Rhythm X.

Aaron graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in music, and currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky.

Mike Cavanaugh

Bass Technician

Mike Cavanaugh has been a part of the marching activity since 2008. He was introduced to the marching activity as a student of Centerville High School. Since then, he has been a marching member of many World Class WGI and DCI ensembles.

Mike started his drum corps career with The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps. Marching there in 2012 and 2013. Following that, Mike went on to march the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps where he received a DCI silver and bronze medal and aged out with the corps in 2015.

In 2013, Mike also marched his first Independent World WGI season with the WGI medalist marching ensemble, Rhythm X. He was a part of Rhythm X from 2013-2016 where he received a WGI gold medal in 2013, a WGI bronze medal in 2014, and a WGI silver medal in 2015.

Mike currently lives in Centerville, Ohio where he is the bass technician at many high schools in the Dayton area such as Centerville High School and Kettering Fairmont High School.

Kristin Smith

Cymbal Technician

Kristin Smith has been involved with the marching arts since 2004. She was a member of the Pickerington North High School Marching band, Ball State University Pride of Mid-America Marching band and the Falcon Marching Band at Bowling Green State University.

She made her DCI debut in 2011 marching her age-out with the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps; followed by her WGI debut with Matrix Percussion in the winter of 2012.

Her past instructional experience has included many high schools in the central Ohio area, University of Toledo, Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps and Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps.

Kristin is excited to start her fifth season with ConneXus!