Genesis
2022 Staff

Directors and Design Team
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WILL GORDILLO
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 24th 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 is currently the marching band director for Davenport University. Will's responsibilities for the 2020 season will be to overlook Genesis and G2 operations and help out where ever he is needed.

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KEVIN LEVANDOSKI
Ensemble Coordinator

Kevin Levandoski is a Grand Rapids native who has been teaching in the West Michigan area for eight years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in music with a minor in computer science from Western Michigan University. Kevin has performed with groups such as Great Lakes Percussion, Northcoast Academy, Rhythm X, Colts, Crossmen, and Bluecoats. Over the years, Kevin has taught at many local high schools including Northview, Byron Center, Lakeshore, Jenison, West Michigan Homeschool Fine Arts (WMHFA) Rockford, and Reeths-Puffer. Kevin currently serves as a battery instructor with the Rockford High School, and Battery Caption Head at Reeths-Puffer High School. Kevin began teaching at Genesis in 2014 as the snare technician, and began participating in the show and music design process in 2015. Kevin has served as director and battery arranger since 2019, and is excited to take the group to the next level for years to come.

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KELLEN KING
Front Ensemble Arranger

Dr. Kellen King is currently Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at Western Oregon University. He directs the WOU Percussion Ensemble, oversees large ensemble percussion sections, teaches applied lessons, and lectures a variety of music courses. He has performed at PASIC, TMEA, MMC, and has been featured as a guest artist at a number of institutions. Kellen is an avid educator, researcher, and well-versed performer in classical and contemporary percussion, having spent most of career focusing on solo, chamber, and electroacoustic music. As an educator, Kellen has previously instructed at The University of Texas at Austin, Ithaca College, and Cornell University. Kellen has performed a number of solo, chamber, 

and large ensemble concerts, including PASIC performances with The University of Texas Percussion Ensemble and The University of Texas Wind Ensemble, in addition to soloing with the The University of Texas New Music Ensemble and being a featured guest artist at Western Michigan University. During his education, Kellen studied with Dr. Thomas Burritt, Gordon Stout, Judy Moonert, Tony Edwards, Conrad Alexander, and Greg Evans. Kellen is currently the Front Ensemble Arranger for Genesis Percussion Independent World ensemble. Additionally, he has served as the front ensemble coordinator at Leander High School (6th place Bands of America Grand National Finals, 2016) from 2015-2019. Kellen has taught and arranged music at an array of music organizations across the United States; teaching elite competitive marching band, applied lessons, steel pan ensembles, jazz ensembles, masterclasses, and chamber music. Kellen earned his degrees from Western Michigan University (B.M. Music Education and Music Performance), Ithaca College (M.M. Percussion Performance), and The University of Texas at Austin (D.M.A. Percussion Performance). Kellen is an artist and clinician for Innovative Percussion, Black Swamp Percussion, and Zildjian.

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JON HONEYCUTT
Visual Designer/ Drill Writer

Jon Honeycutt studied percussion and jazz studies with drum set emphasis at Bowling Green State University under the late Dr. Roger Schupp. He was a member of the BGSU Falcon Marching Band snare line from 2002 to 2005, becoming the ensemble section leader in 2005.  He was also was a member of the 2004 and 2006 WGI World Championship World Class Finalists Rhythm X, receiving a bronze and silver medal respectively.  

 

He began his career as a marching percussion educator, designer, and consultant in 2006.  He has been on the design team and education team for several different ensembles across the country, in both marching band, jazz band, and indoor percussion.  His roles have included: Battery Instructor, Battery Coordinator, Battery Arranger, Front Ensemble Arranger, Visual Designer, Director, and Program Coordinator. Jon is currently a member of the JJ Visual Design writing team, through which he has had the pleasure of designing the visual program for several award-winning ensembles.    

 

He resides in Columbus, OH, where he teaches private lessons in marching and concert percussion as well as drum set.  He also plays in quite a few regularly playing local and touring groups.  

 

Jon is very excited to be joining the team as a visual designer at Genesis!

Instructional Staff