Katie Beasley - Woodwinds - Coming soon!
Nathan Bashline - Digital/Audio Supervisor - Nathan Bashline, from Harleysville, 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 third 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 recently had the honor to become a Vic Firth/Zildjian Education Artist this past summer.
Adam Benner – 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).
Amanda Carosi – Colorguard Instructor: Amanda graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Communications. She is currently pursuing a certificate in Residential and Interior Design from Harcum College. She is a sixth grade teacher in the Overbrook section of West Philadelphia. When she isn't teaching, Amanda enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, and volunteering at Phoenixville Community Art Center!
Dustin Donaldson - Colorguard Staff: Dustin has been on the color guard staff since the Winter 2019 season. Dustin's marching credits include: Waynesboro HS 2012-2016, Jersey Surf 2015-2016, Reading Buccaneers 2016, West Chester University Incomparable Marching Band 2016-2018, Field of View World 2017, and AMP World 2018-2020. Dustin is studying Communications with a Minor in Women's and Gender Studies at West Chester University.
Lia Grauch – Colorguard Staff: Lia Grauch has been involved in color guard since the late nineties. She began teaching while attending high school and continued throughout college. She has had the opportunity to be on the design team for numerous groups such as Haverford HS, Daniel Boone HS, Immaculata HS, Mount Olive HS and is currently an instructor for Fusion Drum and Bugle Corps. Lia started her Drum Corps career with the Bushwackers in 2006 and marched until 2009. She then marched with the Reading Buccaneers until 2011. She has had the opportunity to travel and perform abroad with support from WGI- Sport of the Arts. She currently is one of the captains at Emanon Independent World Color Guard from Hackettstown, NJ. Lia currently lives in Pottstown, PA and Works for a Software and Technology company in the HR department.
Cody Gross – 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 Bachelors Degree in Finance and a minor in Accounting from West Chester University.
Kay Johnson - Woodwinds - Miss Kay Johnson is a proud graduate of West Chester University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education - Instrumental. While in college, Miss Johnson participated in the Incomparable Golden Rams Marching Band for 4 years with 3 of those years as a clarinet section leader. Before college, she participated in marching band at Downingtown West High School for 4 years and was drum major for 2 of those years. Since graduating from WCU, Miss 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 and East Coventry Elementary in OJR district for strings. Currently, Miss Johnson is an LTS for 6th grade choir in Downingtown Area School District, as well as teaching private clarinet and saxophone lessons at Music & Arts in Exton.
Bobby Jones – 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.
Danielle Marone – 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 was also on the guard staff for The Bushwackers Drum & Bugle Corps in 2016 and 2017. 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 Universal Health Services in King of Prussia
Victoria Noone – 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 colorguard 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 intends on marching with Q Performance Ensemble this coming indoor season. Currently, Victoria is an upcoming junior at Alvernia University as an HR Management and Political Science major. While at school, she works in the Human Resources department as a work study assistant. Victoria is thrilled to be given an opportunity to be back at Spring-Ford to tech the colorguard program and work with the rest of the Spring-Ford Marching Band staff and members to produce a fantastic show.
Joseph Perry – 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.
Zachary Prowse – Music Staff:
Hardik Savalia – Visual Caption Head Staff: Hardik recently joined Spring-ford band to lead the visual program. 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 8 years. Hardik is originally from North Wales, PA and studied business at Boston University. Hardik’s professional work involves supporting B Corporations, which are a new generation of companies that are in business not only to make money but to address society’s most pressing social and environmental challenges.
Sofia Soares – Percussion Staff: Coming soon!
Abigail Tabar - Visual: Abigail Tabar is a 2015 graduate of Spring-Ford Area High School, she recently 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). Abigail has participated as a performer in the Hawthorne Caballeros (’16) and the Reading Buccaneers (’17-’19).
Luke Thurston – Front Ensemble Designer: Luke is a proud alum of the SF School District. At the age of 15, Luke performed in the front ensemble with the Reading Buccaneers for two summers. He was named MAPS Individual Snare Drum Champion in 2017. Luke is currently in his junior year at West Chester University as a double major in Music Composition and Percussion Performance. He has served as Principal Percussionist and is now the Principal Tympanist for the WCU Symphony Orchestra.
Mark Thurston –Mark Thurston is the percussion arranger for the Golden Ram Marching Band. This is Mark’s eighth year teaching the percussion ensemble at Spring-Ford. Mark is the Director of Percussion for WGI Sport of the Arts, a position he has held since 1999 and was inducted into the WGI Hall of Fame in 2006. Prior to indoor percussion, Mark was the caption head and arranger for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle corps from 1984 to 1996 and inducted into the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2014, Mark was inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame. Mark is also the Ensemble Coordinator for the DCA World Champion Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps and is also a percussion consultant for Carolina Crown. Mark is a proud artist for the Avedis Zildjian Company and father to two Spring-Ford marching band alums, Emmi and Luke. Mark lives in Limerick with his wife Marci.
Dr. Andrew Yozviak – 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 a number of 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.