THIS IS OREGON
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.
ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF / DESIGNERS / LEADERSHIP
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 and featuring a drum and bugle corps since 2016.
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.
In addition to her role as Corps Director, 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 drum corps as a performer with Minnesota Brass, INC, including serving as drum major for the corps in 2012. Rebecca’s myriad teaching experience includes Champlin Park HS, Park Center HS, Forest Lake HS, Eden Prairie HS, Minnesota Brass Indoor, Harding HS, Minnesota Brass, University HS, Burnsville HS, and Sioux Falls Lincoln HS. Rebecca had the honor of being Minnesota Percussion Association’s “Instructor of the Year” in 2012. She attended the University of Minnesota, receiving a B.S. in Child Psychology, and is currently pursuing a music education degree at UW - Madison.
Assistant Corps Director
Teddy Williams is a percussionist currently pursuing a music education degree at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He is an avid performer, participating in a variety of independent and university ensembles. He teaches private percussion lessons as well as instructing percussionists at Kromrey Middle School and James Madison Memorial High School. Teddy currently works for Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra in an administrative role, and has also worked for the UW Madison Summer Music Clinic. Teddy is a returning staff member at Shadow, having previously worked as tour manager for the drum and bugle corps in the summer as well as instructing the front ensemble for Shadow Indoor Percussion in the winter.
David Henzie-Skogen is a musician/educator/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 instrumental rock group Cougar, and owner of Layered Music, a record label/recording studio. David 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 artistic director/percussion coordinator/arranger for Shadow DBC and Shadow Indoor Percussion.
Euni began her involvement in the marching arts with her HS in Long Island, NY. She has since performed with various programs, including Phantom Regiment and Carolina Crown. She began instructing as a technician at Walt Whitman HS in 2017 and is currently serving her first year directing the guard program there. While spinning and teaching, she completed her Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics at Stony Brook University and is currently completing her Master's Degree in Education at Queens College. She was also a cast member in the Broadway production of "Ajijaak on Turtle Island" for 2018-2019 show seasons. When not spinning, she can be found teaching algebra and coding classes, and is extremely excited to take on this new role with Shadow.
Paul Terry directs the Maple Grove HS Wind Ensemble, Freshman Bands, marching band, and advises Grove Area Percussion (Regional A state champions). He has been involved with drum corps since marching with Minnesota Brass in 2005-2006, and in 2007, Paul joined the MBI brass instructional team and helped lead the corps to their 2011 DCA World Championship, including three high brass awards. His drum corps experience also includes serving as a low-brass technician with the Colts (2014-2015). In 2019 was the Visual Caption Head for the Seattle Cascades. Paul earned his bachelor's degree in music education from the U of M, and his master's degree in music education from Boston University.
Stephen has been performing and teaching in the marching arts since 2008. He is an alumnus of both The Cadets and The Cadets2 organizations, where he marched trumpet, aging out in 2015. Stephen returned as instructional staff for The Cadets2 in 2017/2018 as Visual Technician, and also teaches at George Mason University Indoor Drumline, where he serves as Visual Specialist. Scholastically, he works with Massaponax HS and BOA Semi-finalist James Madison HS. He also substitutes for band, orchestra, and chorus teachers in Spotsylvania County and maintains a roster of private lesson students, as well as being a freelance trumpet player.
Front Ensemble Coordinator
Mike is a music and marching arts educator/designer based in Southern California. He is an in-demand clinician, consultant, composer and arranger for numerous marching band and indoor ensembles, and is currently on staff at Palisades CHS and El Toro HS. Mike served as the Front Ensemble Manager at Gold Drum and Bugle Corps from 2016-2019, and in addition to designing/educating he regularly performs as a professional percussionist. Additionally, he is an on-call recording artist for several studios, working on commercials, albums, orchestral and film score projects.
Kyle Traska has been working for Shadow since 2010, and was a member from 2001-2005. He currently lives in Southern California, where he is a band director, and also writes music and teaches percussion for multiple programs, including 2016 WGI world champion Pulse Percussion. Kyle graduated from Lawrence University in 2009, where he received his Bachelor's degree in Music Performance.
Courtney is from Andover, Minnesota and was a member of River City Rhythm, Infinity 2, and Minnesota Brass Inc. She grew up surrounded by music, and came to love DCI at a very young age. Her first experience as a staff member was with the Anoka HS as a front ensemble instructor in 2013, followed by teaching at Sauk Rapids Indoor that winter. Currently, Courtney is pursuing a career in veterinary medicine, as well as having graduated in 2015 with an associates in psychology.
Matt is currently the Visual Caption Manager for Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, and has taught the corps since 2010. He is also the Visual Caption Head for Pulse Percussion (2016 WGI Independent World Gold Medalists). His drum corps career began in 2004 as a baritone member with Capital Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. He then marched with The Cavaliers, playing baritone in 2005 and 2006 (winning a DCI world championship), and performed on tuba in 2007 and 2008. In 2007, Matt had the privilege of performing with The Aimachi Marching Band from Nagoya, Japan. He is proud to have fostered a career that allows him to design, teach, and adjudicate some of the finest marching music ensembles year round, and currently resides in Long Beach, CA.
Battery Caption Manager
Zackary Watson spent his high school years under multiple world class educators around Atlanta, GA. He went on to perform with the Blue Knights, Atlanta Quest, Music City Mystique, and Spirit of Atlanta. After spending the last few years teaching and designing at programs around the metro-Atlanta area, Zackary now works as the Battery Arranger for Milton HS, as well as being a consultant, visual artist, and musician. He currently resides in Alpharetta, GA, reading, writing, making music, and exploring the constantly changing opportunities that arise in the world of the arts.
Brass Caption Manager
Born and raised in New Hope, Minnesota, Sam Cutter has always had a passion for music and the marching arts. Sam holds a BS in instrumental and general music education and music performance from UW-Platteville. He marched with Shadow Armada in 2013 and 2014, then went on to march with Madison Scouts in 2015 and Santa Clara Vanguard in 2017. Sam has been playing trumpet for 13 years and continues to pursue his passion for music by teaching it to others. This will be his fourth season on staff with Shadow.
Anthony Khong is an avid performer, educator, and designer in the DC area. He has been a visual instructor, designer, and caption head for several nationally-recognized programs, including Thomas Jefferson HS and South County HS. After completing his undergraduate studies at James Madison in Music Education, he spent the summer of 2015 on tour with The Cadets as part of the administrative team, and recently completed his Master's in Arts Management at George Mason. His performance portfolio includes the Marching Royal Dukes (JMU), as well as performing and conducting as part of several choirs and theatrical productions in the area. He is extremely excited to be joining Shadow's staff for his first season!
Senior Battery Instructor
Tom has been teaching at Shadow for the past 6 years, is an indoor percussion judge in circuits across the country. He was previously the percussion manager at Dynasty USA, and now works with local instrument/music supplier Ward-Brodt. He spent his performing years with Blue Stars, Minnesota Brass, and The Cavaliers.
A native of Springfield, Virginia, Ryan is a freelance musician based in Chicago. He both marched (1998-2002) and taught (2003-2008, 2011) with Bluecoats, and teaches with Santa Clara Vanguard (2012-present). He received a Bachelor of Science Degrees in Jazz Studies and Brass Performance under Jack Schantz/Scott Johnston at the University of Akron, earning his Masters in Jazz Composition under Tom Matta at DePaul University. He has been a nationwide educator and performer with numerous groups, and also works as the Production Coordinator for the Jazz Education Network Conference, and chairs the JEN Mentoring Project.
JD lives in Washington, DC, and has taught, consulted, designed, and judged for some of the finest youth arts organizations in the country, including most recently the George Mason University Indoor Drumline. He is currently the Director of talent management at the Brooklyn-based design firm Huge.
Morrice is from New Orleans, LA,and spent his youth indulging in many fine arts programs. He started colorguard in 2013 in high school, and went on to march Louisiana Stars (2014), Spirit of Atlanta (2015), Lake Area IW (2016), and Carolina Crown (2017-2018). He pursued a degree in Music Education as a trumpet major while attending the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Morrice began teaching in 2015 at his alma mater, and later went on to design and choreograph for various groups while directing the program at Comeaux HS. He recently moved to Dallas, TX to teach at Sachse HS, where he hopes to further his teaching and performance career. He is very excited to be back with Shadow for year two!
Beth Skogen is an Oregon alum, with her tenure spent as a member of the battery for 5 years during her high school career. She has a journalism degree from the University of Iowa and owns Beth Skogen Photography in Madison, Wisconsin. Beth has been documenting Shadow each summer since 2006 with photography and video, and is honored with the task of capturing the essence of members, staff, performances, events, and the defining moments between them all that inform this amazing experience.
Scott Pauli is a designer and artist in Madison, WI. He first started working with David Henzie-Skogen in 1998 when Youngblood Brass Band formed, designing album artwork and merchandise, which continues to this day (including the Layered Music record label and associated acts like Cougar). Since then, Scott has designed for hundreds of local and national non-profit (and for-profit) organizations, including Shadow. He is one of the founding partners of Art & Sons, a design firm based in Madison. Scott lives with his wife Jennifer and daughter in Monona, WI.
Primary Bass Drum Instructor
Matt is entering his fourth year of teaching with Shadow, and accrued multiple performing seasons with Cavies Indoor Percussion, Legends, and Phantom Regiment. He teaches at high school programs throughout the midwest, as well as with Blue Knights (and previously Madison Scouts). He is currently completing a masters in music performance from Illinois State University.
Primary Cymbal Instructor
Bryan lives in Florida, and has been the cymbal instructor at Infinity (PIW) for the past 3 years, after aging out there as section leader, as well as having taught at Crossmen, after aging out of DCI with Madison Scouts.
Primary Quads Instructor
Aaron taught at Shadow in 2018, and is completing a bachelors degree in music education at Morehead State University. He spent his performing years with Music City Drum and Bugle Corps, Madison Scouts, and Blue Stars, and currently teaches high school programs in the Ohio area.
Cory went to Minooka HS (IL), and spent his early performing years with their WGI group. He then went on to march Blue Stars and Rhythm X. He is now the battery caption at Minooka, and is returning for year three with Shadow DBC.
Elliott taught with Shadow in 2019, is currently marching his WGI age-out at Monarch Independent, and recently aged out of DCI with Blue Knights. He also spent seasons performing with Rhythmic Force, Genesis, and Colts. He is beyond excited for the opportunity to work alongside the staff and members at Shadow.
Bass Drum Technician
Hannah Villalobos is a performer and educator from Michigan, living in Indiana. She is a proud alumni of Phantom Regiment 2017, Matrix Performing Arts 2016-2018, and Genesis Percussion 2012-2014. Hannah is currently on staff with WGI World Finalists Franklin Central HS, Avon HS, and Independent gold medalist Matrix Open. She teaches at HS programs throughout Indiana, as well as private lessons, while also pursuing a psychology degree. She is extremely excited to be back for year two at Shadow, and to facilitate an incredible season for the members!
Front Ensemble Audio Specialist
Jason currently serves as an instructor for Groove, Inc. (Sioux Falls, SD), front ensemble/battery instructor and sound engineer for Lincoln High School (Sioux Falls, SD), battery instructor for West Lyon High School (Larchwood, IA), and battery instructor for Pipestone High School (Pipestone, MN). He also has had the privilege of working with the battery for Brookings High School (Brookings, SD) marching band and winter line. He is very excited for his third season assisting Shadow with audio setup, and thanks his wife Nancy and 5 awesome kids for their support of this crazy adventure.
Brandon taught full-time at Shadow in 2017, and has been an educational resource and part-time instructor there ever since. He aged out in 2017 with Infinity Percussion, earned a bachelors degree in music performance from the University of Florida, and is currently studying for his masters in communications at UF.
Bass Drum Technician
Zach taught with Shadow briefly in 2019, and is excited to be back for round two. He currently teaches Connexus (PIW) and Crossmen, after aging out with Phantom Regiment in 2017.
Front Ensemble Technician
Matt spent his performing years with Bluecoats ('14-'15) and four seasons with Infinity Percussion, and recently completed a bachelors degree in music performance from the University of Central Florida. He teaches/arranges for multiple high schools in the Florida area and is also an instructor at Infinity 2/Infinity 3.
Jon spent his performing years with Minnesota Brass, Bluecoats, and Boston Crusaders. He is excited to be joining the 2020 Shadow team!
Scott is happy to be returning for his third season teaching Shadow. He aged out with Phantom Regiment in 2015, and is currently a band director for the Plymouth-Canton School District in Michigan.
Growing up in Dayton, OH, Trevor has been involved with the marching arts for many years. He spent three years in drum corps, marching euphonium at the Academy and the Blue Knights. He entered the world of WGI in 2018 where he marched a record-breaking season with Rhythm X Winds before continuing his involvement with the program by aging out as a member of the visual line of Rhythm X Percussion in 2019. He has taught various groups in the last few years such as the Centerville Jazz Band, Cap City percussion, and recently the Seattle Cascades, and is very excited to move forward and grow with Shadow this coming summer!