Shadow Drum and Bugle Corps and our family of ensembles - winterguard, winterguard cadets, indoor percussion, and cadet marching band - are built on a tradition of excellence that stretches back to 1972 and the genesis of the Mid-America Competing Band Directors Association. The Oregon High School Summer Marching Band was a founding member of MACBDA and has competed in every summer season since it's inception. In 2007, a winterguard was added to the fold and the next year, an indoor percussion ensemble. Both winter ensembles went on to distinguish themselves in WGI, with the 2015 Shadow Indoor Percussion ensemble earning a finals berth in Independent Open Class. Also in 2008, the marching band adopted the name "Shadow Armada," to replace the bulkier OHSSMB moniker. In 2016, our flagship band became simply "Shadow" and was accepted into the vaunted ranks of Marching Music's Major League, Drum Corps International. Now, Oregon High School in Oregon, Wisconsin, has the unprecedented distinction of featuring not only an A Class Winterguard and an Open Class Indoor Percussion ensemble with WGI, but also a true Drum and Bugle Corps. And all of these wonderful extracurricular offerings exist in addition to top-notch K-12 curricula, where our general, vocal, strings, and band music education suites are among the most robust in the state. The Oregon School District is proud to provide strong support for the arts and, in the case of Shadow, a portfolio of student experiences that is unrivaled at any school, anywhere.
Working in partnership with the Oregon School District is the Oregon Band Boosters, INC. This organization provides the logistical backbone for all things Shadow (not to mention all things Oregon Band) and without them, we would certainly not exist today.
As a result of this long-lasting support and vision, Shadow is a unique and essential component of the educational and civic community in Oregon and in southern Wisconsin. We strive to uphold our ideals as articulated in our Five Core Values. We pride ourselves on inclusiveness and sustainable operation, and we are proud to serve all young people who have an interest in the marching arts.
THIS IS OREGON
Nick Lane assumed the role of Director of the Oregon High School Summer Marching Band in December of 2003 and has worked tirelessly ever since to improve the band and the experience it offers for young people. Under his leadership, the program has grown from one summer band serving 40-70 students, to its current form serving more than 250 enrollments in five ensembles.
In 2009 Nick became the full time band teacher at Oregon High School. He holds a BM in Music Education (vocal and instrumental) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a MS in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.
Indoor Percussion Director
David Henzie-Skogen is a performer, educator, and producer born and raised in Madison, WI. He is one of the founding members of world-renowned 'riot jazz' ensemble Youngblood Brass Band, drummer/producer for the instrumental rock group Cougar, owner/manager of Layered Music, and began his marching career with Shadow (back when it was the Oregon High School Summer Marching Band) in 1993. He has been involved ever since, first as a member, then a battery tech, then battery coordinator, and now as lead design/percussion coordinator and director of Shadow Indoor Percussion.
Front Ensemble Coordinator
Education and Outreach
Rebecca Compton-Allen specializes in front ensemble instruction. Rebecca’s passion for front ensemble began as a performer at Anoka High School in Anoka, MN, and continued on through her drum corps experience as a performer of Minnesota Brass, INC, including serving as drum major for the corps in 2012. She also performed on the Minnesota Vikings “Skol Line” as a cymbal player in 2010.
Rebecca’s instructional experiences include: Champlin Park High School, Park Center High School, Forest Lake High School, Eden Prairie High School, Minnesota Brass Indoor, Harding High School, Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps, University High School (CA), Burnsville High School, and Sioux Falls Lincoln (SD). She has also served as a clinician at Irondale High School and Grand Rapids High School.
Rebecca was chosen as the Minnesota Percussion Association’s “Instructor of the Year” in 2012.
Rebecca attended the University of Minnesota and received her Bachelor of Science degree in the field of Child Psychology. She is currently pursuing an music education degree at Edgewood College.
Beth Skogen is an Oregon Marching Band alum, with her tenure spent as a member of the battery for 5 years during her high school career. Beth has a degree from the University of Iowa and owns Beth Skogen Photography in Madison, Wisconsin. Beth has been documenting Shadow Armada each summer since 2006 with photography and video and has been able to capture the true essence of each band member, the performances and events and the overall experience and connection between the staff and students.
Cadet Winterguard Director
Megan Martingilio is a color guard performer born and raised in Stoughton, WI. She began performing with Shadow Winterguard in 2011 and marched until 2015. She now leads the Shadow Winterguard Cadets. She marched with Kilties Drum & Bugle in the summers of 2011 and 2012 and with Shadow in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Johnny Mitchell has been with Shadow Marching Arts since 2007, when he joined the program as a member of the battery. He remained in the program until 2011, when he aged out as tenor section leader and drum sergeant. He joined the program's instructional staff in 2013 as a percussion technician, and continues to work with both the summer and the winter drumlines. Johnny holds a B.A. In Sociology and International Studies from Loras College in Dubuque, IA. He currently lives in McFarland, WI, and enjoys riding bikes, flying airplanes, and playing drums.
Garrett is from Old Bridge, New Jersey and has been involved in the marching arts since 2007. He found his passion for cymbals with the George Mason University Indoor Drumline. He returned in 2013 for the drumline’s debut into PIW as section leader. Garrett continued his performance career marching with the Oregon Crusaders (2012) and Spirit of Atlanta (2013 and 2014) acting as section leaders in both organizations, and currently holds two I&E titles with the Spirit of Atlanta cymbal line. Garrett happily aged out with Rhythm X in 2015.
Garrett began his teaching career in 2012 at Yorktown High School. Since then, Garrett has had the opportunity to teach at George Mason University and Novi High School. Garrett has been with Shadow since 2015 and is excited to help the cymbal program grow. Garrett is a recent graduate from The George Washington University with a B.S. in Biology. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, surfing the web, and cooking new recipes he finds online.
Kyle has been working for Shadow since 2010 and was a member from 2001-2005. He currently lives in Southern California where he writes music and teaches percussion for three band programs.
Kyle graduated from Oregon High School in 2005 and Lawrence University in 2009 where he received his Bachelors degree in Music Performance.
Brass and Visual Specialist
Senior Junior Staff Coordinator
Austin has been working with Shadow as the Brass Specialist since 2015. Originally a bassoon player, Austin completed his Bachelor’s in Music Education from Missouri State University in 2012. He added to his collegiate experiences by marching with Phantom Regiment during the summers of 2009 and 2010 on tuba. Austin continued his education at the University of Arkansas, becoming a Master of Music with an emphasis in instrumental conducting in May 2015. He is currently a high school band director in Alma, AR.
Tom currently serves as Head Judge of the Minnesota Percussion Association and has judged both indoor and outdoor drumline competitions across the nation. Prior to joining Shadow Drum and Bugle Corps, he has instructed as a batterie tech for Minnesota Brass, as well as well as several schools in the upper midwest. His marching experience included seasons with Minnesota Brass, the Blue Stars, the Cavaliers, and the Minnesota Vikings Skol Line. He studied Sound Arts with Dr. Steve Solum at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
Thomas Burton Reimer
Visual and Music Technician
Sam Cutter studied music education at UW-Platteville. Born and raised in New Hope, Minnesota, he has always had a passion for music and the marching arts. Sam marched with Shadow in 2013 and 2014, and then with the Madison Scouts for the 2015 season. Sam has been playing trumpet since he was 12 and has continues to peruse his passion for music by teaching it to others.
A natural born performer, Becca Wyland uses dance and other movement to express herself and create art. Becca is a pre-medical student at the University of Wisconsin - Madison where she can be found cheering on her favorite team, the Badgers. She is a former collegiate competitive cheerleader, has background in competitive dance, gymnastics, and ballroom dance, enjoys zumba, and currently spends her time focusing on hip hop dance. Becca marched two winter seasons and two summer seasons with Shadow. She is excited to teach the Shadow Winterguard Cadets and hopes to share her love of dance and performance with many current and future Shadow members.
Visual and Music Technician
Dan Tewalt is the music designer and arranger for Shadow and is the coordinator for the horn line in both music and visual captions. He began his marching career with the World Champion Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps in 2008, and has been involved in the activity ever since. He joined the staff of Shadow in 2009, first as a woodwind specialist and visual tech. He resides in Minneapolis, MN where he is a band director at Wayzata High School.
Visual and Music Technician
Emme Harms began her marching career at age 14 when she joined the Shadow family. She marched with Shadow for five years, becoming the horn sergeant her final year in 2012. She went on to march Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps for three summers and joined the leadership team as the mellophone section leader in 2015. Her passion for the marching arts has grown immensely the past 8 years and she is excited to once again be a part of the organization where it all started. She studied psychology, Spanish, and at-risk child and youth care at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.
Brandi Pease joined the Shadow family in 2010 at the age of 14 as a member of the clarinet section. She marched with the program for 5 years, switching to mellophone and then serving her last three years as Drum Major. Following high school, she attended University of Wisconsin- Madison and studied Instrumental Music Education and French Horn Performance. Her enthusiasm for music and the marching arts has only grown since graduating from the program in 2014, and she is ecstatic to be with Shadow again as a staff member.
Percussion and Audio Engineer
Devin is currently the Percussion Coordinator at Desoto Central Schools where he arranges for the Pride of Desoto Central Marching Band and directs the percussion ensemble. He also teaches general music at Desoto Central High School and assists with the entire band program 6-12. He is the founder, artistic director, and arranger for Desoto County Indoor Percussion which competes in the SCGC circuit. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in the fields of instrumental and general music education from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville in 2009. He is also endorsed by Innovative Percussion Inc. and Mapex/Majestic percussion.
Originally from New Berlin, WI, Heather has been involved in the marching arts since the age of three, starting as a baton twirler. She went on to earn hundreds of championships as a solo twirler and was a long time member of a World Champion Baton Corps. Heather earned championships in dance and rhythmic gymnastics and was recruited by a high school guard at age 12. She has been performing in the color guard world ever since as a member of the 2010 Phantom Regiment, and in 2011 and 2012 with Carolina Crown. She marched with her high school guard, six seasons with Velocity Winter Guard, and 2013-2016 with the Pride of Cincinnati. Heather is a Weapons Choreographer and Instructor for Scholastic World Finalist Miamisburg High School, and the director of the University of Cincinnati Color Guard program. Heather has instructed various marching programs throughout the Midwest, including Eisenhower HS, Whitnall HS, Franklin HS, West DePere HS., Sycamore HS, and Northmont HS. Most importantly, Heather has been involved with the Shadow Winter Guard and the Summer Marching program intermittently since 2011, and she is extremely proud to return this year as the Color Guard Coordinator for the corps. She holds a BS in Communications from UW-Milwaukee.