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, COORDINATORS, & DESIGN TEAM
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.
Indoor Percussion Assistant Director
Winter Front Ensemble Coordinator
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.
Indoor Percussion Director
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.
Meghan is currently the assistant guard director at James Bowie High School in Austin, TX, where she helped grow a scholastic world class WGI program (for which she teaches and designs) as well as a nationally-recognized BOA program. She has taught at Carolina Crown, Crossmen, and Cadets, among many more.
Javier is the instrumental music director at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, CA, and has taught at myriad marching arts programs, including most recently Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets. He received his bachelors in music education from Chapman University, and is an active professional trombonist in the Bay Area.
Brandn teaches at West Allis High School in West Allis, WI, and received his bachelors in business administration from UW-Milwaukee. He has been a marching arts instructor at multiple high schools in California and the Midwest, as well as being a visual and brass instructor for the Santa Clara Vanguard Music and Performing Arts organization, for both the Cadet corps and A-corps.
Kyle Traska 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 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.
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 created 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.
Justin lives in San Jose, CA, and has taught and designed for many marching bands and color guards throughout the area, as well as working at Santa Clara Vanguard, both with the Cadet corps (designer/caption manager/choreographer) and the A-Corps (instructor/interim caption manager).
Front Ensemble Coordinator
Kayla Liptak is an active performer and educator in the southeast. She performs with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, Starkville Symphony Orchestra, and Theatre Tuscaloosa. She is currently the Instructor of Percussion at Hillcrest HS and Tuscaloosa County HS. Kayla has also taught at Brookwood HS, Jacksonville HS, and Sipsey Valley HS. While finishing her Bachelor of Music at the University of Alabama, Kayla was named a Presser Scholar and UA School of Music Outstanding Senior, and was awarded the Robert Riley McAlpine Smith Memorial Scholarship.
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.
Senior Brass Instructor
Austin has been with Shadow the past 4 years, as a brass instructor and visual instructor. He spent his performing years with the late-2000's Phantom Regiment, received his bachelors in music education from Missouri State University, and his masters in instrumental conducting from the University of Arkansas. He was a band director at Alma High School before recently moving to Wisconsin.
Derek came on board in 2018 as the director of Shadow Winterguard, and has taught/designed for that ensemble the last two seasons, as well as being the guard caption in the summer of 2018. He spent his performing years with the Colts organization, and received his bachelors in graphic design from the University of Iowa.
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 Snare Instructor
Zackary Watson spent his high school years under multiple world class educators around Atlanta, GA. He has gone 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 Wesleyan School in Norcross, GA, 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.
Primary Bass Drum Instructor
Matt is entering his third 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 Madison Scouts (and recently Phantom Regiment). He is currently completing a masters in music performance from Illinois State University.
Primary Cymbal Instructor
Gabby marched with Jersey Surf, George Mason University, and Infinity Percussion, and is returning for her second season at Shadow DBC (as well as teaching with Shadow Indoor Percussion). She recently completed a bachelors in English from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Primary Quads Instructor
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 two with Shadow DBC.
Elliott 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.
Zach was born in Saginaw, MI and raised in the Metro-Detroit area. After graduating high school he pursued a bachelor’s degree at Eastern Michigan University, studying hotel and restaurant management. Zach spent his summers with Colts (2015), Madison Scouts (2016-2017), and Carolina Crown (2018). During the winters he performed with Redline (2016-2017), Matrix (2018), and Rhythm X (2019). He is currently teaching high schools in the Metro-Detroit area.
Front Ensemble Instructor
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.
Bass Drum Instructor
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 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 join the staff at Shadow, and to facilitate an incredible season for the members!
Front Ensemble Audio Specialist
Jason has been involved with percussion since the age of 7, and sound production since he was 17. He 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 first season with Shadow, and thanks to 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.
Front Ensemble Instructor
DJ began his performing arts career as a part of the Avon (IN) programs. He then marched Crossmen for four summers, and is currently marching his fourth and final winter season with Rhythm X. DJ has taught at multiple schools in the Indiana area, while continuing his education at IUPUI as a Computer Engineering student. He will complete his Bachelor’s Degree in May 2019 and will continue at IUPUI as a graduate student in the fall. He looks forward to working with the staff and members at Shadow this season!
Joshua was first introduced to the pageantry arts while studying tuba in high school at Pearl HS, in Pearl MS. His first WGI experience was with 2009 Statement Independent, and he went on to perform with Amor Winterguard (2012-2013) and Paramount (2014-2017). His DCI experience includes 3 seasons with Carolina Crown (2012-2014), where after aging out he served as an Administrator Lead (2015) and an instructor (2017).
Joshua pursued an associate degree in music education from Hinds Community College from 2011-2012 and then pursued a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University in 2015. He is the director of Forsyth Central HS Colorguard in Cumming, GA. He also serves as a choreographer and lead technician at Lambert High School, in Suwanee, GA.
As an instructor, Joshua has taught various high schools, independent units, and universities in the Atlanta area, including South Forsyth HS, Harrison HS, Brookwood HS, Paramount Winterguard, Georgia State University and the University of Georgia.
Morrice is from New Orleans, Louisiana, and spent his youth indulging in many fine arts programs. He started colorguard in 2013 with his 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 units in Louisiana 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 join the Shadow staff in his first year teaching drum corps.
Marie has been involved in colorguard since 2008, marching four years at Germantown High School while earning leadership positions and individual awards. She discovered Shadow Winterguard in 2012 and then attended the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse. Marie went on to teach colorguard at UW-L and is now caption head at Germantown H.S. She is a choreographer and consultant for several WI high schools, teaches ballet, contemporary dance, and gymnastics, and participates in work study at Danceworks Inc. She is pursuing a BFA in dance and a BS in nutrition from UW-Milwaukee.
BRASS AND VISUAL STAFF
Emilia grew up in Tampa, FL and has been playing the trumpet for over a decade. She has taught at multiple high school marching band programs in the Tampa area, including her alma mater, H.B. Plant HS. After spending her performing years with Crossmen and the Cadets, she moved to Knoxville, TN to pursue a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education at the University of Tennessee, where she is the principal trumpet for her collegiate ensemble. Emilia is excited to spend her first year with the brass staff at Shadow.
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 12 years and continues to pursue his passion for music by teaching it to others. This will be his third season with Shadow and fifth season involved with the program.
Donovan Donnelly is a recent graduate of West Chester University, where he received his B.M. in Music Education. While at WCU Donovan dedicated his time and efforts to studying both euphonium and trombone. During the Spring of 2017, he was selected to perform as principal euphonium for the 70th Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival. He has also performed with a number of acclaimed jazz artists, including Delfeayo Marsalis, Maria Schneider, Adam Larson, and most recently Xiomara and Axel Laugart. In December of 2018, Donovan made his debut as a solo euphonium artist, performing Philip Sparke’s “Harlequin” with the WCU Wind Symphony. Donovan marched with the Santa Clara Vanguard during the 2016 and 2018 seasons, and he looks forward to being active in the drum corps community for many years to come.
Oran is currently pursuing his masters degree in architecture and design at Arizona State University. He has been involved in the marching arts activity for a number of years, teaching multiple high school bands in the greater Milwaukee area. He has also performed at both the DCA and DCI levels with the Kilties in 2008-2010, Vanguard cadets in 2011, and the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2014-2015.