Audio Designer: Nathan Bashline from Jenkintown, PA, is the owner of Bash Field Designs. After studying Digital Audio Production at Montgomery County Community College, he became an audio engineer and sound designer for many ensembles, primarily throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. This is his fifth year with Spring-Ford High School Bands, where he has worked as the “Sound and Electronics Guru” since 2017. In the past, Nathan has worked with the Bluecoats in their 2016 championship season, the Reading Buccaneers in their 2017 and 2018 championship seasons and, most recently with the Santa Clara Vanguard. Despite being the “all things that require electricity” guru, Nathan has the honor of being a Vic Firth/Zildjian and Dynasty/Titan Education Artist.
Percussion Staff: Adam Benner, a native of Emmaus, PA, is a proud graduate of the University of Delaware with a degree in Music Management, and just recently began his studies at Lehigh Carbon Community College in their Physical Therapy Assistant program. He first found his love for teaching marching percussion in 2005 with the Marching Phantoms of Phoenixville Area High School. Since that time, he has had the opportunity to teach many other high school programs including North Penn (’06-’08, ’12-’15) and Spring Ford (’08-’11), as well as a few indoor/outdoor programs in New Jersey and Delaware. Adam has participated as a performing member of the Aftermath Indoor Percussion Ensemble (’03-’06), Penn State University Indoor Drumline (’08), and the Reading Buccaneer Drum and Bugle Corps (’05-’11).
Color Guard Staff: Dustin graduated HS from Waynesboro Area Senior Highschool in 2016 where he marched in the outdoor and winter guard for all 4 years including an additional year in 8th grade. His experience in the marching arts includes The Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015 and 2016, The Reading Buccaneers Color Guard in 2017, The West Chester University Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band from 2016-2018, Field of View World Guard in 2017, and AMP World Guard from 2018-present.. Dustin has been with SFCG since the winter of 2019 where they made their debut at the WGI World Championships in Dayton, OH. Dustin currently resides in Phoenixville, PA and works for a TPA, Administrative Concepts Inc. In his free time, he enjoys spinning outside with friends, video games, and hanging out with his cat.
Hanna is a 2017 graduate of Spring-Ford HS. Hanna performed with the Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble Gold, Winter Percussion, and Choir programs. After high school, Hanna majored in Music Therapy at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Hanna is also an alumna of the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps. This coming winter, Hanna will be working in Yonkers, NY as an intern for the Elizabeth Seton Children’s Center.
Percussion Staff: Born and raised in the Lehigh Valley, Cody began his performing career with the Whitehall Marching band in his seventh-grade year. Quickly finding a passion for the marching arts he went on to march with the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps as well as Cadets Winter Percussion, and Carolina Crown. He began his teaching career at a small music store giving private lessons to students who were looking to pursue the marching arts. Cody served on staff for numerous high schools over the years. Cody first was involved with Daniel Boone High School as a battery tech/assistant caption head. He then went on to work with Garnet Valley High School as one of their snare techs. Cody then became involved with Downingtown High School for their indoor seasons as a snare tech /assistant battery coordinator. Currently, Cody is a part of the instructional team for the percussion section of the West Chester University Marching Band in addition to his role at Spring-Ford. Cody is honored to have studied under educators such as Thom Hannum, Tom Aungst, Chris Feist, Johnny Trujillo, Brandon Isham, Mark Thurston, Darren Hazlett, Frankie Cummings, Mike Windish, and Dan Schack. Cody holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and a minor in Accounting from West Chester University.
Woodwinds - Ms. Kay Johnson is a proud graduate of West Chester University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. While in college, Ms. Johnson participated in the Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band for 4 years, serving 3 years as a clarinet section leader. Before college, she participated in marching band at Downingtown West High School for 4 years, serving 2 years as drum major. Since graduating from WCU, Ms. Johnson has been a music substitute teacher in every type of music classroom. She has done long-term substitute work at Great Valley High School for choir, East Coventry Elementary in OJR district for strings, and Downingtown 6th grade for chorus. Since 2019, she has been working with the Spring-Ford marching band. Currently residing in Downingtown, Ms. Johnson is a substitute music teacher in the local area, as well as a private teacher for clarinet and saxophone lessons.
Visual Show Designer: Bobby Jones is a freelance Visual Designer and Program Consultant for a multitude of high school and university marching bands, drum corps, winterguards, and indoor percussion ensembles throughout the country including the Reading Buccaneers (DCA) and The Cadets (DCI). In the past, Bobby has been the Visual Designer and Caption Head for the 2006 Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps (Allentown, PA), and the 2007 Hawthorne Caballeros Drum & Bugle Corps (Hawthorne, NJ). From 2011 through 2014 Bobby was the drill designer for the Jersey Surf Drum & Bugle Corps (Mount Holly). In 2005 and again from 2008 to the present, Bobby has been the Visual Designer and Caption Head and most recently has also been serving as Program Coordinator, for the Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps (Reading, PA). Bobby also served as Visual Designer for the 2015 Sunrisers Drum and Bugle Corps, assisting them in a finals placement for the first time in 16 years. In 2014, Bobby was inducted into the Reading Buccaneers Hall of Fame for his great contributions to the drum corps community. Bobby also works as a freelance adjudicator, judging several indoor and outdoor circuits across the country, including WGI Percussion for the 2016 season. Bobby lives in New York with his wife, Amy, and his puppy, Myron.
Color Guard Director: Danielle Marone began teaching color guard while attending college at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, while under the direction of George Parks. Upon graduating in 2009 with a BS in Hospitality and Tourism Management she began teaching at her high school alma mater, Somerville High School in Somerville, NJ, where she was a part of the instructional staff for the WGI Scholastic A Gold Medal winning team in 2012. In addition, she marched with the Jersey Surf in 2008, with the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps 2010-2013, and with The Black Watch World Class Color Guard in 2013, 2014, & 2017. She has also been on staff with The Bushwackers Drum & Bugle Corps since 2016. Danielle has been dancing for over 20 years, and enjoys taking classes at professional studios in Philadelphia and New York City. In her "free time" Danielle also enjoys participating in local community theatre. Danielle is very excited to continue her tenure with the Spring-Ford High School Color Guard. Currently, she resides in Phoenixville, PA and works for Settlement Music School in Philadelphia.
Colorguard Staff: Victoria Noone is a 2016 graduate of Spring-Ford Area High School. During her time, she went through the Spring-Ford Middle School colorguard program, as well as four years with the High School program. Victoria was awarded the captain position of the color guard during her junior and senior year. After graduation in June 2016, she spent time at her alma mater; helping the students during the beginning stages of the season. Victoria spent the 2017 indoor season with The Classics Colorguard and Q Performance Ensemble after that. Victoria is a 2020 graduate of Alvernia University earning her B.S. in HR Management and B.A. in Political Science. Victoria is thrilled to be given an opportunity to be back at Spring-Ford to instruct the color guard program and work with the rest of the Spring-Ford Marching Band staff and members to produce a fantastic show.
Assistant Band Director: Joe Perry serves as Assistant Band Director where his primary responsibility is instructing the brass section. Joe has been with the Golden Rams for thirteen seasons both as an instructor and as a member (Spring-Ford Class of 2004). During the school day he teaches general music at Spring-Ford’s 8th Grade Center. Before and after school he has the pleasure to teach many ensembles as co-director of the Middle School Concert Choir and Gold & Blues Select Choir, Associate Director of the High School Vocal Ensemble, Music director of the High School’s Music Theater Company, and Assistant Director of the Golden Ram Marching Band. He is also Minister of Music at St. Francis-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Malvern, PA where he directs adult and children’s choirs as well as accompanying services on the organ. Joe has a Bachelors of Music (Summa Cum Laude) in Music Education from West Chester University (2008) where he studied piano with Carl Cramner, Voice with In-Young Lee, and conducting with David DeVenney. He received a Masters of Music in Organ Performance from Westminster Choir College (2013) where he studied organ with Alan Morrison, Conducting with Joe Miller, and Improvisation with Peter Conte. Joe currently lives in Phoenixville, PA with his cat Ronan.
Visual Caption Head: Hardik has been with Spring-Ford since 2015. Hardik got involved with the marching arts as a euphonium player with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps and has taught several local schools as a marching instructor for the past 14 years. Hardik is originally from North Wales, PA and studied business at Boston University. Hardik’s professional work involves building technology products that help address civic needs; he is currently a product manager with Benefits Data Trust, an organization that helps seniors access food, housing and prescription aid supports.
Brass - Brett is the 4th Grade Elementary Band Director here at Spring-Ford and works at all 7 elementary campuses. He is a professional trombonist and holds degrees in Music Education and Performance from the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Delaware. Brett was a trombone player and Drum Major at North Penn and then marched 2 years with the Penn State Blue Band. Prior to joining Spring-Ford, he was a marching band instructor at Upper Moreland and North Penn.
Visual: Abigail Tabar is a 2015 graduate of Spring-Ford Area High School, she graduated from Penn State Berks with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
During her time at SF she enjoyed all four years in the high school band program on piccolo, flute, mellophone, and trombone. She went on to be a visual technician for the Wilson High School Marching band (’18) and a visual technician for the Spring-Ford Marching Band in 2019 and 2020. Abigail has participated as a performer in the Hawthorne Caballeros (’16) and the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps (’17-’19).
Music Arranger: Dr. Yozviak is a Professor of Music and Director of Bands at West Chester University, where his primary responsibilities include conducting the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds and teaching graduate and undergraduate conducting classes. He holds a B.A. in Music Education from WCU, Masters in Music from Indiana University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Rutgers University. He has been commissioned to arrange and write music for several high schools, colleges, and concert bands across the country. Dr. Yozviak has written for the Spring-Ford Marching Band the past fifteen (16) years, including several original compositions.
Percussion Director: Mike Lalli graduated from West Chester University with a degree in percussion performance. Soon after graduating, he became a percussionist for NFL films.
Mike was involved with the Reading Buccaneers from 2005-2018 as a teacher, arranger and designer and helped the Buccaneers win 9 world championships. Most recently, he was the director of the marching arts for Hatboro-Horsham where he directed the marching band, indoor drumline, and indoor color guard. Mike has also taught at several other high schools in the area which includes Upper Darby High School, North Penn High School, Norristown High School, and SpringFord High School where he was previously the front ensemble arranger and teacher from 2015-2017.
Percussion Staff: John Kobak is a 2015 graduate from Spring-Ford Area High School and currently attending Widener University in pursuit of a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. During his time at SF he participated in the marching band and indoor percussion all 4 years as a snare drummer. Post-High School John went on to The University of Alabama where he also participated in the band for one year on snare drum. Besides the school marching band, John also competed in Drum Corps with Fusion(2015), Jersey Surf(2018), and The Reading Buccaneers(2019). After performing, John started to focus on teaching with his first gig at Great Valley High School from March 2019 to November 2020 as Co-Director of Percussion.