2017 Visual Staff
Another exciting announcement! Aaron Bailey will lead a team of talented visual and movement technicians. They are eager to work with all of our 2017 performers!
Aaron has been active in the marching arts activity teaching and performing since 2000. While Aaron studied business and design at Western Michigan University, he was a performer with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps and then later the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. After his performance career Aaron worked with several top high school marching band programs around the Midwest including; Centergrove HS, Centerville HS, Mason HS, Northmont HS, and Plymouth Canton HS. Teaching marching & movement techniques and assisting in visual designs, Aaron currently works with Lawrence Township marching pride.
Recently, Aaron joined the team at the prestigious Spirit of America where he has been given the opportunity to work with students and community members of all ages to produce a program that helps spread the concepts and knowledge of the marching arts around the world.
Aaron is also involved in Winter Guard International. In the past Aaron, has served as program coordinator, designer, and consultant for several Open and World class scholastic and independent finalist groups. Aaron is proud to work with the three-time world champion RhythmX.
Before joining the Boston Crusaders staff Aaron had taught with several other Drum and Bugle Corps including the Blue Stars, Bluecoats, Crossmen, and most recently Carolina Crown where he helped the corps win a World Championship and three visual titles.
When not traveling around the world designing and instructing the visual arts, Aaron resides in Indianapolis, Indiana where he focuses on graphic design, IT work, and his loveable puppies Blüe and Charly.
Falcon, a native of New York City began his drum corps career at the age of 11 with a local Division 2/3 corps named The Cadets of New York City. He marched four seasons with the corps before joining the DCA circuit, where he played trumpet and mellophone with The Bushwhackers (Hackensack, NJ) and later, The Syracuse Brigadiers (Syracuse, NY.) After getting a taste of the activity, Falcon went on to march with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps (Allentown, PA) for the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
The following year, Eddy spent time as a freelance trumpeter in NYC, gigging and playing in a few off Broadway shows throughout the city. During that time, he was casted to join the Tony and Emmy award winning show, “Blast!”. Falcon has done multiple tours with “Blast!” including a U.S. national tour and a tour of Asia. His roles included trumpet, piccolo trumpet, mellophone, flugelhorn, conducting, didgeridoo, snare drum and auxiliary percussion instruments.
When not on tour with “Blast!”, Eddy was a part of another theatrical production, ”DRUMLine LIVE”, where he played both brass and percussion instruments. His role there also involved different styles of dancing and singing. Falcon has been involved with both “Blast!” and “DRUMline LIVE” since 2008 and has had the opportunity to tour the United States, Japan and Korea multiple times with the companies.
Falcon’s previous drum corps teaching experience includes: The Boston Crusaders visual staff (2010-2013, 2016), The Madison Scouts brass staff (2014), and The Cadets visual staff (2009 and 2015).
Eddy currently lives in South Florida and is an Assistant Director of the West Broward High School Performance Ensemble in Pembroke Pines FL. He’s also the program coordinator and drill designer for the WGI Independent World group, STRYKE Percussion (Palm Beach, FL.). Falcon is an active drill writer, consultant and instructor for various groups across the country and he is very excited to be returning to the Boston Crusaders for the 2017 season!
Brett currently resides in Denton, Texas where he attended the University of North Texas for music. Beginning his marching career in 2011, Brett was a member of Carolina Crown from 2011-2013 and was a member of the visual staff at Crown from 2014-2016. Brett currently choreographs for various high school programs around the Dallas-Fort Worth metro and across the country. He has worked for various award winning BOA and UIL performing groups such as the Keller Central High School Marching Band (2013), the LD Bell High School Marching Band (2012-2013), the Flower Mound High School Marching Band (2014-2015) and many others.
During his time at Carolina Crown Brett worked as the movement specialist with the hornline under the choreography of Michael Rosales. He specializes in creating a dance technique that is achievable for a brass-line that is compiled of all different levels of dance experience – he will be working as the movement specialist for the hornline at Boston. Brett is thrilled to get started working with the membership, staff, administration and alumni of this incredible organization.
As a performer, Christopher Martin was involved in the Blue Stars 2011 program and in Carolina Crown for the 2012, 2013, and 2014 seasons. As an educator, Chris has several years working at the high school level, being involved with programs such as the Walled Lake Central and the Nation Ford High School Marching Bands. Chris also has been part of the visual teams of both Carolina Crown and The Crossmen the past two years, respectively.
William began his marching career at Apex High School in 2007 and quickly became active within his local musical community. After graduating he began attendance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to study trombone performance, and began marching as a baritone member of Carolina Crown. He was fortunate enough to spend four years (2011-2014) at Crown and won numerous accolades, including a DCI World Championship in 2013 and Carolina Crown’s “Visual Member of the Year” during his age-out year of 2014.
Realizing his enjoyment of the activity, William changed his major to music education and began seeking teaching opportunities. He was met by welcoming arms at many high school groups including Nation Ford High School (SC) and Apex High School (NC) where he headed the visual programs, and was afforded the opportunity to be a part of the visual staff at Carolina Crown during the 2015 season followed by Crossmen for the 2016 season.
Currently William is the visual caption head at Apex High School and Apex-Friendship High School.
Tyler Lindemier currently lives in Canton, Michigan. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education with a double minor in Math and Reading at Eastern Michigan University. He currently works as a full time visual designer for marching bands, winterguards, and indoor percussion ensembles across the country.
He spent the summers of 2008-2011 with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps. Tyler was also member of Redline Percussion in 2009 and 2011.
Tyler has worked with many successful programs in the southeast Michigan area. Currently, he serves as a visual staff member for the 3-time BOA Grand National Champion Plymouth-Canton Educational Park marching band and with their scholastic open percussion ensemble. Tyler also is a visual staff member with Redline Percussion. Previously, he has worked with both the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps and the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps.
Mike Wells currently resides in Canton, MI where he serves as a full time Visual Designer and Instructor for the Marching Arts. As a sought after drill designer, Mike has worked with ensembles across Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina and Virginia among others. Some of his clients have included Estill County (KY), River Falls (WI), Barren County (KY), Olentangy (OH), United Township (IL), Washington County (KY), and Fairfax (VA) among several others. Mike also designs for KMEA AAA Finalist and 2014 Champion Russell County High School. These ensembles have enjoyed success at numerous BOA events and earned several State and Regional Championships as well as visual awards. Mike has instructed some of the finest ensembles across the country. Currently, Mike teaches the nationally acclaimed Plymouth-Canton Marching Band, where he has served on both the brass and visual staff. Mike has previously worked in several capacities with BOA Semi-Finalists Lockport Township (IL), Rockford (MI), and Reeths-Puffer (MI), among others. Mike has also served as Visual Caption Head for Genesis Percussion (PIW) and currently serves as the visual designer for Cap City Percussion (PIW). Prior to coming to the Boston Crusaders, Mike served on the visual staff of the Blue Knights, Teal Sound, and was the Visual Caption Head at the Troopers, earning a top 12 finish in the visual caption during his time. As a performer, Mike began his marching career with the Glassmen, and was fortunate to be a member of Carolina Crown, playing both baritone and euphonium. Mike holds a B.M. in Euphonium Performance from Western Michigan University and Post-Baccalaureate teaching certificate in music from Westfield State University in Westfield, MA.
Kevin has been involved with the marching arts for 13 years both as a performer and a teacher. He has spent with numerous groups as a teacher including Jersey Surf, The Cadets, and he is excited to be starting his second year with the Boston Crusaders. Kevin is currently the director of bands at East Lincoln High School in the Charlotte area. In his spare time, Kevin arranges for high school bands all across the country and writes music for short films and trailers.
Patrick began his drum corps career as a member of the 2003 Spirit of Jacksonville State University Drum and Bugle Corps. He marched as a trumpet player for Spirit in 2003, 2004, and 2005 before moving on to The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in 2006, 2007, and 2008, serving as section leader his final year. As a marching member, Patrick was a decorated Cadet earning the honors of being named Visual Rookie of the Year in 2006, Brass Distinguished Service in 2007, and Visual and Brass Cadet of the Year in 2008.
Patrick began his drum corps teaching in 2010 when he joined the visual staff for The Cadets. He served as a visual technician in 2010-2011 and 2013-2015, helping The Cadets win their 10th Drum Corps International title and a High Visual Proficiency mark in 2011. In the summer of 2012, Patrick served as the assistant director and tour manager for The Cadets. Patrick joined the Boston Crusaders visual team in 2016 aiding in the development of movement pedagogy for the visual staff.
Currently, Patrick is the Director of Bands for Wiregrass Ranch High School in Wesley Chapel, Florida. Under his tutelage, the Wiregrass Ranch Marching Band has become an FMBC state finalist, placing 2nd overall in Class AAA at the 2015 State Marching Championship.
Patrick is a graduate from Auburn University with a degree in Music Education and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Arts in Music Education from the University of South Florida.
In 2004, Matthew Rusnak graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. At an early age he became a former member of the Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps. Immediately out of high school Matthew was hired as a Visual instructor for several South Florida programs such as Park Vista High School, Jupiter High School, and STRYKE Percussion and Winds.
After studying Business Administration in Orlando, Florida and continuing his teaching career working for other WGI and BOA groups such as Timber Creek High School, IFINITY percussion, and Blue Springs High School marching band from Blue Springs, Missouri. After years of experience, Matthew was hired onto the visual staff of the Boston Crusaders where he worked as the Mellophone and Percussion visual instructor from 2010-12 and again in 2015.
Matthew is currently residing in the South Florida area working with local and out-of-state programs.
Scott McAnally is excited to be returning to the Boston Crusaders for his fifth season with the corps. He joined the visual staff in 2011 and has served in various roles including teaching on the road, auditioning the horns in the winter season, and managing camp assignments. Scott is particularly excited for this edition of the Boston Crusaders having worked with many of the talented instructional team over the past decade.
As a performer Scott spent four seasons with the Cadets from 2007-2010 serving as baritone section leader his ageout year. He then had the opportunity to teach at Boston on the visual team from 2011-2013. After working with the Cadets in 2014 and 2015 Scott returned to BAC in a limited capacity for the 2016 season supporting the visual staff remotely. Scott has also worked with a number of state and nationally competitive band programs including Plymouth-Canton Educational Park. In addition to teaching Scott is also the drill designer for Burlington HS in Massachusetts.
Scott taught for three years as a high school social studies teacher in Greenville, SC before moving home to Michigan in the summer of 2016. He and his wife Loren welcomed their first daughter, Addison in January of 2016 and Scott is now taking time off from teaching to raise her in their home. Scott is an avid Detroit sports fan and also roots for his Michigan State Spartans.