2019 Staff

Executive Director

 

Will Gordillo - Executive Director

Will Gordillo has been teaching and arranging for marching bands and indoor drumlines in the West Michigan area for over two decades. This will be Will's 21st year involved in the indoor activity, beginning with his membership at the Phantom Regiment indoor group called the Wheaters, founding Great Lakes Percussion (Michigan's first Independent World percussion line), and co-founding Genesis and G2. Will is proudly sponsored by Evans drumheads, Promark drumsticks, Sabian cymbals, and Mapex and Majestic percussion products. He is also an Evans/Promark and Mapex educator. Will has his BA in history and political science degree from Western Michigan University and an associate’s degree in medical science from Davenport University.  Will's responsibilities for the 2019 seasonwill be to overlook Genesis and G2 operations and help out where ever he is needed.

Director

 

Kevin Levandoski - Director

Kevin Levandoski is a Grand Rapids native who has been teaching in the area for seven years. He has a Bachelor of Arts in music and a minor in computer science from Western Michigan University. He has been involved in the marching arts activity performing with groups such as Great Lakes Percussion, Northcoast Academy, Rhythm X, Colts, Crossmen, and Bluecoats. Kevin has taught at many West Michigan high schools including Northview, Byron Center, Lakeshore, Jenison, West Michigan Homeschool Fine Arts (WMHFA) and Reeths Puffer. Currently, Kevin is the Battery Caption Head at Reeths Puffer and is a battery tech at WMHFA. In addition to working with high schools in the West Michigan area, Kevin spent two years working with the independent ensemble Twin Cities Rhythm from Otsego, Michigan. He began teaching at Genesis in 2014 as the snare tech, and in 2015 began working as the Battery Caption Head and took part in show design. Kevin will be returning to Genesis in 2019 as Director and Battery Arranger. He is extremely excited to take the group to the next level for years to come.

Visual Designer

 

Lindsey Schueller - Visual Designer

Lindsey Schueller is a Grand Rapids native who has her Doctor of Audiology degree from Rush University in Chicago, and is an educational audiologist in Berrien Springs, MI. She has been heavily involved in the marching arts activity, performing with ensembles such as Genesis Percussion, Rhythm X, Blue Stars, Bluecoats, and Carolina Crown. She was a founding member of Genesis in 2009, and has served as the visual designer ever since. Lindsey has taught and designed for many high schools in Michigan and around the country. She briefly joined as a visual staff intern at Carolina Crown in 2013, and since has been visual caption supervisor and drill designer for Legends Drum and Bugle Corps. Lindsey will be serving as Drill writer and Visual Designer of Genesisand is extremely excited to take on this role within the ensemble!

Logistics Director

 

Noah Koch - Logistics Director

Noah graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2017 with a degree in mathematics. Currently, he is employed at Parchment High School and teaches with multiple marching bands in the Kalamazoo, MI area. Since joining the marching arts community in 2007, Noah has performed with Parchment Winter Percussion (2007-2008), Legends Drum & Bugle Corps (2008-2017), Legends Winter Percussion (2010-2012), Legends Indoor Ensemble (2012-2013), and Genesis Percussion for his 2018 age out. The summer of 2018 marked his first season as Tour Manager for the Legends Drum & Bugle Corps. Noah is excited and honored to be serving Genesis 2019 as Logistics Director and Front Ensemble Instructor.

Front Ensemble Designer/Arranger

 

James Pluth - Front Designer/Arranger

James is a composer and percussion educator in the Metro-Atlanta area. James holds a B.A. from Jacksonville State University in music, and has many years of experience writing for the marching idiom. He has performed with groups such as The Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps, and Odyssey Percussion Theatre. As a composer and educator James has worked with many high performance programs around the country over the years which include: Walton high school, Forsyth Central high school, Kennesaw Mountain high school, Lassiter high school, Collins Hill high school, North Gwinnett high school, Alatoona high school, Frequency percussion, POW percussion, Atlanta Quest, Q2, and Legends Drum and Bugle corps. As a designer, James has medaled in both WGI and DCI, and has made finals at every level of the activity many times. James currently serves as assistant percussion director and music arranger at Walton High School in Marietta, Ga, as well as the front ensemble arranger and sound designer at Legends Drum and Bugle Corps. James currently lives in Marrietta, Ga where he also works as a composer for film and concert music. James endorses Mapex and Majestic percussion instruments.

Consultant

 

Dr.Jon Weber - Consultant

Jon Weber is an instructor of percussion at the Michigan State University College of Music, where he teaches applied percussion lessons, percussion ensemble, salsa band, and is the director of the nationally recognized Michigan State Drumline. He has presented clinics throughout the United States, Colombia (2012), and has assisted in the MSU Study Abroad Program in Cuba (2015). Weber has also presented clinics at the Collegiate Band Directors National Association Symposium, Yamaha Sounds of Summer Program, and served as a panel clinician at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention on multiple occasions.

Weber has performed with the Santa Clara Vanguard, the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the Brass Band of Battle Creek, the Flint Symphony Orchestra, the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Solsti Orchestra. In 2009, he founded the Michigan State University salsa band, Salsa Verde, and continues to perform with them throughout Michigan.

Weber has published multiple pieces with Tapspace Percussion, including X and Machine. He was the composer and artistic director for the Detroit Pistons Drumline from 2004 - 2011. While under Weber’s direction the group performed at NBA games in Detroit and Chicago, with Kid Rock on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and at the 2006 NBA All-Star Game in Houston, Texas. Weber has been the Director of the Michigan State Drumline for over 20 years and has composed over 200 pieces. He also served as the front ensemble arranger/ designer for NorthCoast Academy from 2014-2016.

Dr. Weber is a Yamaha Performing Artist, Tapspace Artist, A member of the Vic Firth Education Team, and proudly endorses Remo products. He is excited to be working with Genesis, and is looking forward to this new experience!


Consultant

 

Nick Pourcho - Consultant

Nick Pourcho is a full-time percussion educator and designer involved in teaching and designing for many high schools, independent ensembles, and drum corps’ since  Nick writes full wind and percussion books for marching bands, indoor drumlines, indoor winds, color guards, and solo/ensemble.  He also writes drill for a number of ensembles and has written music for a number of animated short films.   Nick received his bachelor of arts in music education from Michigan State University in 2003 and was a member of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (2001).

Nick is currently the percussion director and music designer for Walled Lake Central HS and is the director, program coordinator, and front ensemble arranger for Walled Lake Percussion.  He has also written music for NorthCoast Academy (2005-2009, 2011-2012), Redline Percussion (2015-2018), and for the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps (2012-2017).

Nick’s ensembles have won more then 40 medals in MCGC and 4 medals at WGI.   Nick is a past member of the WGI Percussion Advisory Board and MCGC Board and is endorsed by Yamaha, Innovative Percussion, Remo, and Zildjian.  This will be Nick’s first year working with Genesis and he is very excited for this new opportunity!

Visual Consultant

 

Karen Mae Wesolek - Visual Consultant

Karen Mae Wesolek is a Michigan native who has spent the last 17 years involved with the marching arts. Mae’s notable marching experience includes the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, Interplay World Winter Guard, and Onyx Winter Guard. Mae has been teaching fall and winter ensembles around the state since 2003, most recently holding positions as the Assistant Director for Medley Winter Guards (IA/AA) and Dance/Movement Instructor/Choreographer for Cavaliers Indoor Percussion (IW). Mae has been the Color Guard Caption Head at Grand Rapids Northview High School since 2007, and continues to play a vital role in visual and show design for their yearly productions. Mae is currently serving her second term on the Michigan Color Guard Circuit Board of Directors as the WGI Class Representative, and chairs the newly formed Education Committee in order to provide new opportunities for students in the state. Mae earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from GVSU in 2010, and practices as a licensed inpatient Physical Therapist at Spectrum Health Pennock in Hastings, MI. She holds nationally certified specialties in geriatrics, advanced clinical education and Parkinson's Disease, and helps facilitate the Barry County Parkinson's Support Group.

Battery Coordinator

 

Jake Raider - Battery Coordinator

Jake is a Michigan State graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication. He currently lives in Grand Rapids, working as a technical recruiter for one of West Michigan’s top firms. This will be Jake’s second year with Genesis, having served as a snare tech for the 2018 season. Jake began his teaching career as a sophomore at Walled Lake Central High School. He performed in the World Class Ensemble, while instructing the A Class group.  Jake spent five WGI seasons (2013 - 17) with NorthCoast Academy, serving as the center snare for three years and the ensemble leader for two. Jake marched 3 seasons of DCI , one with Spirit of Atlanta ( 2014 ) and two with Phantom Regiment ( 2 015 - 16 ) , serving as the center snare for the later. He was also a member of the MSU Drumline from 2013 - 15.   Jake has been an active private instructor, and has worked with multiple organizations including ; Walled Lake Percussion (MI) , Ferndale HS (MI), Lake Orion Percussion (MI), L’Anse Creuse North HS (MI), and Lake Central HS (IN).

“Working with Genesis was a wonderful experience in 2018, and I look forward to collaborating with the rest of the staff to provide a positive, educational, and fulfilling experience.”

Front Ensemble Coordinator

 

James Cortright - Front Coordinator

James Cortright is a musician based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is currently studying music at GVSU in Allendale and has been the front ensemble coordinator at Reeths-Puffer high school in Muskegon for three years. Between 2012-2015 he worked with Jeff Queen at Carmel High School as the front ensemble coordinator and assistant arranger. During this time, the percussion program initiated a new winter percussion ensemble, and the marching band earned numerous competitive honors including first place at BOA Grand National Finals in 2012. In WGI and DCI instructing, James served as the front ensemble coordinator for Northcoast Academy during the 2015 and 2016 seasons as well as a music consultant for Music City Drum Corps in 2015. He consulted with Genesis in 2016 and joined as a front ensemble instructor for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

He studied music education at Butler University in Indianapolis between 2010-2012 where he also studied percussion with Jeff Queen, Jon Crabiel and Craig Hetrick as well as jazz with Gary Walters and Matt Pivec. James also completed a two year program in audio technology at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City between 2015-2017 where he studied live sound with Jack Conners, digital audio with Brady Corcoran and folk music / studio recording with Patrick Niemisto. In WGI, James performed two years with Rhythm X playing xylophone in 2013 and marimba in 2014. Prior to Rhythm X, he played guitar for the 2012 NorthCoast Academy. In DCI, he performed for three years with the Madison Scouts, playing synthesizer in 2011, xylophone/glockenspiel in 2012 and marimba in 2013, when the percussion section received 5th place at DCI finals. James is very excited to be a part of Genesis for the 2019 season!

Snare Tech

 

Dion Otzman - Snare Tech

Dion Otzman's marching experience includes Grand Valley State University marching band, Genesis Percussion, Eastside Fury, Redline Percussion, Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps, and Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. His teaching experience includes Grand Haven high school, Reeths-Puffer high school, Jenison high school, and Northview high school. In his spare time, Dion enjoys video games, neature walks, and hanging out with his cats.

Quad Tech

 

Michael Siciliano - Quad Tech

Hailing from northern Michigan, Michael began his marching career in 2014 playing quads with Genesis Percussion. Over the next four years, Michael spent his winters marching Redline Percussion, Matrix, and Rhythm X. In addition to his WGI experience, Michael marched the 2016 Madison Scouts, during which he was named the DCI I&E Tenor Champion. Michael aged out of drum corps playing quads with Carolina Crown in 2017. Outside of the marching arts, Michael teaches video game design at the University of Michigan, where he is completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.

Quad Tech

 

Grant Bolton - Quad Tech

Grant has been involved with marching percussion in the Lansing area for a few years, including 4 years playing tenors on the MSU Drumline - 2 years as tenor section leader and 1 as drumline section leader. He has tech’d at a couple area high schools and taught private lessons while he was in college. Grant currently works full-time as a camera operator, video editor and drone operator at a creative agency in Lansing. He looks forward to helping out with the Genesis Quads this season!

Quad Tech

 

Colin Bieszard - Quad Tech

Colin recently graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education. He has been instructing High School drumlines since 2012, and currently instructs Western Michigan University's Drumline and Legends DBC. Colin’s previous marching experience includes: HVP, Legends Indoor, Legends Drum and Bugle Corps, and Redline Percussion. He is eager to work again with the GQuads this season!

Bass Tech

 

Erik Taylor - Bass Tech

Erik marched with Farmington United for the 2008 and 2009 seasons, and Northcoast Academy for the 2011 - 2015 winter seasons. He works with Northview High School's drumline during the summer and fall. Erik is a teacher at Grand Rapids Community College in the preschool lab program. He is currently pursuing a master's of education degree in training and development. When Erik is not studying or working, he is helping plan his wedding, learning what it takes to be a new home owner or taking a hard earned nap! Erik has been supporting the Genesis bassline since the 2016 winter, and he is incredibly excited to learn alongside the 2018/19 Genesis team.

Bass Tech

 

Shayla Nikles - Bass Tech

Shayla Nikles will be joining us again for her second year on staff at Genesis! She is 24 years old and currently resides in west Michigan. Previous experience includes Forza East, Pioneer D&BC, and Matrix World. Shayla teaches at a multitude of schools in the Grand Rapids area, including Jenison, and Northview High School. She is very excited to be joining Genesis again for their 11th year!

Cymbal Tech

 

Brittany Walko - Cymbal Tech

Brittany Walko is a Michigan State University graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development. She is originally from Wixom, MI and has recently moved to Grand Rapids, MI for a Nursing Technician position. Brittany’s marching experience includes 3 years with Walled Lake Western HS Drumline/Field Commander, 4 years with WGI PSW Walled Lake Percussion (2009-2012), and 5 years with WGI PIW NorthCoast Academy (2013-2017). She has worked with multiple groups throughout Michigan as a visual and percussion staff member; most recent being L’Anse Creuse North HS (2018) and Walled Lake Western HS (2014-Present). Brittany was able to help finish our 2018 season with us last year. She is very excited to join Genesis for the 2019 season!

Front Tech

 

Julia Gunneson - Front Tech

Julia Gunneson is from Grand Rapids, MI. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Grand Valley State University. She began her independent ensemble career at Great Lakes Percussion in 2008. After that, Julia performed with Genesis Percussion (2010), NorthCoast Academy (2011-2013), and Spirit of Atlanta (2012). In 2014, Julia aged out with Music City Mystique. Since aging out, Julia has continued to be involved by teaching multiple fall programs as well as Legends Winter Percussion (2015-2016) and Legends Drum and Bugle Corps (2013-present). Julia is very excited to return to Genesis Percussion for the 2019 season! 

Front Tech

 

Ashley Garvin - Front Tech

Ashley Garvin started her percussion career as a freshman in high school where she discovered her love for marimba. During high school, Ashley performed with the Walled Lake Central High School Marching Band (3 State Championship Titles) and Walled Lake Percussion (4 State Titles, 3 World Class Finals Performances). After high school, she went on to perform with Redline Percussion as the center marimba in 2015 and 2016. Shortly thereafter, Ashley performed one summer with Phantom Regiment in 2016. Since her performance days, Ashley has gone on to discover her love for teaching. She has since taught various local ensembles, including: Lake Orion, Lamphere, Lakeland, Walled Lake Northern, Stoney Creek.

In 2016, Ashley received her Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University in Human Biology and hopes to go to medical school in the near future. She currently works as a Medical Assistant/Medical Receptionist at a dermatology office in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Front Tech

 

Stephanie Pierson - Front Tech

 Stephanie Pierson graduated from Northview High School, and then from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry. She has been teaching the front ensemble at Northview since 2009 and has also taught many other band programs in the West Michigan area. Stephanie played marimba for Genesis from its foundation in 2009 through 2014 when she aged out. She is excited to continue to be a part of the organization that has become a family to her.

Front Tech

 

Michael Brown - Front Tech

Michael Brown is a percussion educator, designer, and performer currently residing in Fort Wayne, Indiana with his wife Katie. Michael started his marching career playing bass drum at NorthCoast Academy (Saginaw, MI) in 2012, followed by two seasons playing snare drum (2013-2014). Michael aged out as a member of the snare line at Spirit of Atlanta (Atlanta, GA) for the 2014 competitive season. In addition to his marching arts performing experience, Michael has performed with many concert and chamber ensembles, including the IPFW Wind Ensemble, the Fort Wayne Youth Symphony, and the IPFW Percussion Ensemble. As an educator, Michael has taught many schools in the Fort Wayne area, including Carroll HS (Assistant Percussion Director 2013-2017), Norwell HS, Concordia Lutheran HS, and Homestead HS where he is currently the Battery Supervisor and Visual Technician. In 2017, Michael served as a Snare Technician for NorthCoast Academy (PIW). As a designer Michael has written and designed for programs such as Norwell HS, Carroll HS, and Dekalb HS. All three were Indiana Percussion Association Class A state finalists in 2017, with Carroll finishing as a silver medalist and Dekalb finishing as a Bronze medalist. In addition to these educational pursuits, Michael serves as the designer and arranger for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants drumline (The Mad Ant Drummers) a Pacers organization in the NBA G league. Michael is ecstatic for the opportunity to join such a great team at Genesis Percussion and continue a tradition of percussion artistry and excellence!

Front Tech

 

Cacia Morse - Front Tech

Cacia Morse has been involved in the competitive marching activity since 2004. She started with Northpointe Christian Drumline from 2004-2010. She also competed with Dutch Boy Drum and Bugle Corps in 2007. Cacia marched in the cymbal line at GVSU in 2012. This will be her ninth year with the Genesis Percussion Organization -- as a member from 2011-2014 and a G2 instructor in 2015, returning in 2016 on staff for both Genesis and G2. She ended her marching career with Redline Percussion in 2015. She has been teaching locally since 2011, working with various high schools and the inaugural year of G2. Cacia graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Juvenile Justice. She hopes to work in a juvenile detention facility someday.

 

Front Tech

 

Spencer Nolton - Front Tech

Spencer Nolton is a member of the Central Michigan University Percussion Studio studying under David Hall of the Grand Rapids Symphony and is pursuing a degree in music education. At CMU, he is involved with various ensembles including the CMU Percussion Ensemble as well as their Symphonic Wind Ensemble. In addition to this, Spencer performed in NorthCoast Academy’s front ensemble in 2015 and 2016. As an educator, Spencer has worked with various ensembles all around Michigan and is currently a percussion coordinator at Flushing High School where he writes and arranges the front ensemble music.

Electronics Specialist

 

Michael Abel - Electronics Specialist

Michael is currently attending Oakland University to study music education and audio technology. He has been a performer in Michigan marching percussion for 9 years; four years with Walled Lake Percussion, and 5 years with NorthCoast Academy. As a member at NorthCoast, Michael worked closely with the staff to coordinate the electronics programs in 2016 and 2017. As a staff member, Michael has spent 5 years with Lake Orion High School and a summer with Legends Drum and Bugle Corps. Michael has also done electronics consulting for Farmington United Percussion Ensemble, and Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps. Michael also spent one summer marching DCI in 2016 with The Phantom Regiment on snare drum. On top of marching experience, he also has experience with studio recording and live sound reinforcement and audio electronics repair. This will be Michael’s second year working with Genesis.

 

Visual Tech/ Photographer

 

Jodi VanWagnen - Visual Tech/ Photographer

Jodi is a Michigan native. She is preparing to graduate with a degree in photography from Grand Valley State University, where she also performed three seasons on the drumline. She has been a member of the Genesis bassline for the past 4 consecutive seasons. In addition, Jodi has taught alongside several high schools in the west Michigan area including Mona Shores, Hudsonville, and Reeths-Puffer. She has also participated the past three seasons on staff with G2, and completed her first season on visual staff with Legends Drum and Bugle Corps. 2019 will mark her first season working alongside visual staff at Genesis.

Visual Tech

 

Rose Bazan - Visual Tech

Rose Bazan is from the southwest Michigan area. Her marching experiences includes three seasons of GVSU Laker Marching band, four seasons with Legends Drum and Bugle Corps and, and one indoor season with Genesis percussion. She’s had the pleasure of working with a handful of high schools in the surrounding area from Rockford to Parchment. Outside of high school she’s also been on the educational side with Legends Drum and Bugle Corps, Genesis, and G2 percussion. Rose is very excited to return with the Genesis percussion team to learn from and teach with.

Visual Tech

 

Dallas Kiefer - Visual Tech

Dallas has been involved with the marching arts activity since 2012. His marching experience includes three years with the Madison Scouts from 2014-2016 to recently aging out with the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2017. Outside of drum corps, he has also spent time with Western Michigan University’s marching band. His teaching experience includes serving as a brass and visual technician with Grandville High School from 2016-2017 to currently serving as a visual technician with the Rockford High School Ram Band. Outside of teaching, Dallas currently pursues a degree in Entrepreneurship at Western Michigan University. This will be Dallas’ first year as a visual technician for Genesis as well as his first year teaching with an indoor winter percussion group

Visual Tech

 

Kristen Reiske - Visual Tech

Kristen Reiske is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana and has been involved in the Indiana Marching Band and Bands of America circuit for the past ten years. She is currently the Visual Caption Head of Carroll High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana as well as a visual staff member for Carroll Indoor Percussion. Previous educational experiences in the marching world include both music and visual marching staff for the Homestead Spartan Alliance Band (2008-2010), The Pride of Heritage Marching Patriots (2010-2015), the Snider High School Mighty Panther Marching Band (2012), and the Visual Caption Head at the Bluffton Bengal Brigade (2012-2013). She has also been involved with several cadet and varsity winter guard programs throughout the state of Indiana.

Kristen was a two year member of the Pride of Mid-America Marching Band at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Psychology. She earned her Master of Arts degree in 2013 from BSU in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Neuropsychology. While attending Ball State, she performed several summer tours playing trumpet with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps of Toledo, Ohio (2008-2009) and aged-out with the 2011 Phantom Regiment of Rockford, Illinois.

With a diverse background in dance, color guard, wind & percussion choreography, and technique program development, Kristen brings a well-rounded and passionate approach to her instruction.

 
 
 
 

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