Brass Staff

Andrew Sharf

Andrew Sharf, Brass Caption Head

Andrew Sharf is excited to begin his fourth year as Brass Caption Head and first year as Assistant Staff Coordinator for Cincinnati Tradition. An Ohio native, Andrew has worked with many bands in the Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana areas. Most notably, he has worked with the Grove City High School Band, his Alma Mater, the Grant County High School Band, and the William Mason High School Band. Respectively, all three bands have been successful in the OMEA, KMEA, MSBA and BOA Marching Band Circuits.

Andrew’s Drum Corps career began in 2011 as a Lead Trumpet with the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps. He aged out in 2013 with the Madison Scouts as a featured soloist. He has been on staff with the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps in 2015 and 2016 as well as the Oregon Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps in 2017.

In conjunction with his DCI training, Andrew is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) with a BM in Music Education. While at CCM, Andrew performed in both wind ensembles, both orchestras, various chamber groups, and in pit orchestras for musical productions.

He currently resides in Danville, Indiana as the Director of Bands for the Danville Community School Corporation. Under his direction, the Danville Band has grown from just over 100 students to over 200+. The Danville Bands have qualified for the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) Marching Band State Finals three years in a row and won the ISSMA Scholastic B Marching Band State Championship in the Fall of 2016, his second year as director.

Most notably, Andrew’s students have performed with the Legends, Blue Stars, Colts, Blue Knights, Oregon Crusaders, and Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps. Every member he has taught at Cincinnati Tradition, under the age of 21, has been successful at obtaining a contract and performing in a DCI World Class Drum Corps within two years of instruction.


Joe Fink

Joe Fink, Brass Staff

Joe returns to the Education Team for his eighth season on the Cincinnati Tradition brass staff.

As a native of the Cincinnati area, he attended Moeller High School and graduated from The Ohio State University with a Music Education degree.  Joe performed two years with Cincinnati Glory and then aged out with Southwind of Lexington, Kentucky.

Joe is currently the marching band coordinator and athletic band director with Moeller High School. His teaching experience also includes building Capital Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from a division III corps to a solid division I corps over four years as a brass technician and visual technician. He has also helped build Tradition into a DCA Class A finalist drum corps during his five year tenure as brass caption head.

Joe resides in Amberley Village, Ohio and enjoys cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes. He can also be found on the weekends doing sound and light productions for live bands in the area.  His real job is as an IT Project Manager for a large healthcare provider in Cincinnati.  Joe wrote this entire bio in third person; which is awkward.


Tim Snyder

Tim Snyder, Brass Staff

Tim officially joins the Education Team as Program Coordinator, as well asBrass Arranger. Previously he has worked with the ensemble as a Consultant, and looks forward to stepping into this new role withTradition.

Tim is currently serving as the Brass Caption Head for the Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps and Assistant Director for the Eastern High School Marching Band of Louisville, KY. His experience includes tenures on theBrass Staff for Carolina Crown and the Madison Scouts.

Tim and his Wife Robin reside in Louisville, KY with their children, wherethey run Box5Media, their company dedicated to capturing media for theMarching Arts.

Percussion Staff

Nick Angelis, Program Coordinator/Staff Coordinator

Nick is in his 12th year as The Assistant Band Director for The University of Cincinnati Bearcat Bands.

He has been involved in the drum corps activity since 1979. Throughout 16 consecutive seasons, he marched with The Satellites from Leicester, MA from 1980-87, The Spartans from N.H. 88 and 89, The Boston Crusaders 90-91, The Santa Clara Vanguard 1992, The Star of Indiana 1993, Brass Theater 1994, and aged-out of The Blue Knights from Denver, Col. in 1995

As a marching performer, he was crowned The 1992 Drum Corps International Rudimental Snare Drum World Champion, 1993 Drum Corps Midwest Champion and was a part of the legendary1993 Star of Indiana World Champion Percussion section.

Nick has taught and or written, for numerous marching bands and drum corps all around the country including:

- Cincinnati Tradition Drum and Bugle DCA Class A World Champions Co-Program Coordinator/  

   Arranger/ Staff Coordinator 

- 2015/16 Tates Creek Independent World Indoor Battery Arranger/ Staff Coordinator

- Madison Scouts 2010-11 Percussion Caption Head

- Blue Stars 2008-09 Music Ensemble consultant

- Blue Knights Consultant

- Boston Crusaders 1997 Percussion Caption Head

- Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps TX.

- Spartans of N.H.

- Troopers Caption Head/Arranger 2005

- Spirit of J.S.U. Co-Caption Head and Co-Arranger W/ Mr. Clint Gillespie 2004-05

- Caption Head/Arranger-Colts Drum and Bugle Corps from Dubuque, Iowa 2006

- University of Massachusetts at Amherst Percussion Instructor 1995-1999, 2002

- 4 Time BOA Finalist and AAA National Champion Kennesaw Mountain H.S.                    

   Co-Percussion Arranger W/ Mr. David Starnes

- BOA 2004 Atlanta Regional Finalist Harrison H.S.

- BOA National Semi-Finalist, Bellbrook H.S. OH/ Milford H.S. OH/ Ryle H.S. KY.

- Williamstown H.S. KMEA Class A State Champions 2014Percussion Arranger

- Madison Independent Indoor 2011 PIA WGI World Champions Battery Arranger

In 1994, he performed as a soloist in Star of Indiana’s Brass Theater Featuring The Canadian Brass.

From 1999-2003 Nick was the Original Featured Star snare drum soloist performer for The Tony and Emmy award-Winning Show, Blast!  He performed in London at The Hammersmith Apollo Theatre, opened in New York City at The Broadway Theater and was in The 1st National Tour, performing in over 40 cities across The United States and Canada

Nick was the opening solo performer introduced by Walter Cronkite at the Kennedy Center Honors for President Clinton. He also performed on NBC’s, “Broadway on Broadway” in front of 50,000 people live in Time Square, NYC.

Nick attended The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he received a degree in Music Education. He is currently working on his Master’s in Percussion Performance at Wright State University with Pr. Jerry Noble. He has studied under Thom Hannum, Ralph Hardimon, Alan Murray, Scott Johnson, Colin Mcnutt, Jim Ancona


Chris Kabbes

Chris Kabbes, Percussion Co-Caption Head

Chris has spent over a decade as both a performer and educator in the marching percussion activity. Native to Cincinnati, he began performing at Milford HS and excelled early to leadership. After which, he attended the University of Cincinnati as lead snare drummer, and then continued to march for The Colts(2006) and The Blue Stars(2008) world-class Drum and Bugle Corps. 

Chris has provided educational services to several percussion ensembles in the Greater Cincinnati area over the years. In his off-time away from the Corps, he works full time as an engineer for General Electric. Chris is extremely proud to be returning to Cincinnati Tradition for another great year moving forward.



Tim Greenlee

Tim Greenlee, Percussion Co-Caption Head, Percussion Arranger

Tim Greenlee started playing percussion at the age of 9 and graduated from Lakota West High School. Tim then started performing with the University of Cincinnati Bearcat Bands Drumline, and was named Section Leader of the Bearcat Bands percussion program for three years. He played marching snare drum, as well as drum set and mallet percussion in various Bearcat Bands ensembles. In 2009, Tim began his DCI career playing snare drum with the Capital Regiment Drum and Bugle corps from Columbus, OH and was named section leader of the battery. Tim aged-out of DCI playing snare drum with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps from Madison, WI. Tim currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio and has worked with the percussion section at East Central High School in Saint Leon, Indiana, for the last 7 years. He is very excited to return to Cincinnati Tradition for his fourth season in the roles of Percussion Caption Head and Arranger.


Ryan Bischoff, Front Ensemble Technician

Ryan Bischoff is an award-winning percussionist with several years of experience performing many styles of music. Most notably, he studied with Dr. Erwin C. Mueller and Braham Dembar, principal percussionist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Ryan was a winner of the Ball State University Undergraduate Concerto Competition, performing with the Ball State Symphony Orchestra. Ryan has a Bachelor’s in General Studies with minors in Music Performance and Computer Security from Ball State University.  He has performed in the WGI community with the Legacy Indoor.

            Ryan currently resides in West Harrison, IN and teaches with East Central High School percussion, University of Cincinnati Front Ensemble, and Cincinnati Tradition DBC.  Ryan proudly plays with Vic Firth sticks and mallets.  When not teaching or performing, he enjoys repairing instruments and supporting his sports teams.


Victor Blauser

Victor Blauser, Front Ensemble Technician

Victor's musical interests started in high school where he played french horn and was drum major for the marching band.  After graduation, Victor attended the University of Otterbein where he studied Music Education with a minor in French horn performance.  Victor's passion for the performing arts has led to organizations such as: The Rochester Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, The Empire Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps, and Cincinnati Tradition Drum and Bugle Corps where he has served as Front Ensemble Instructor.

Victor is a member of the King Avenue United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio where he instructs the Hand Bell Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble.  Victor has also performed with community organizations which include: Percussionist with the Capital Pride Brass Band of Columbus, and the Licking County Symphony Orchestra.

Visual Staff

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Calvin Fackrell, Visual Coordinator

Calvin grew up in Vancouver, WA. After graduating from high school in 2006, he continued his passion for the marching arts in the pacific northwest.

Calvin performed with several west coast drum corps including the Blue Devils from 2008-2010. His experience with The Blue Devils includes two years on the leadership team, two years as a soloist, and two DCI World Championships.  Following Calvin’s age out in 2010, he started teaching the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps in 2011. He worked two summers with the Troopers, and has been teaching the Cascades Drum Corps in the role of visual supervisor for the past six seasons. He will lead the education team as staff coordinator in 2018.

Calvin’s experience with high school marching bands also started in the northwest. Most noteably, Calvin taught class champions Evergreen and Hockinson High Schools, as well as leading the visual team at Kamiak High School for several years.  Currently, Calvin lives in Cincinnati, OH and works with Lakota East High School, a BOA bronze medalist at the 2017 Dayton Regional. During the winter, Calvin has worked with multiple indoor percussion ensembles and winterguards. Calvin is currently preparing to begin his third seasons as visual director for Central Crossing High School.

As a designer, Calvin’s drill writing is in demand nationally throughout schools and independent groups in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, New Hampshire, and Ohio. He is incredibly excited to begin his second season as visual director and designer for Cincinnati Tradition!


Color Guard

Tim Coady, Colorguard Coordinator and Choreographer

Tim Coady is a native of Missouri and currently lives in Fairfield, Ohio. His performance background includes several years of participation in both Zydeco Colorguard and the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. Tim has a passion for inspiring students through colorguard, and has worked with many band programs across the Midwest. Tim currently directs the colorguards at Lakota West High School, La Salle High School, and Miami University, and is entering his third year teaching for the 2016 Winter Guard International Open Class champion, Juxtaposition Winter Guard. Tim is excited to be embarking on this new venture as a part of the Cincinnati Tradition team.


Shelby Klamert

Shelby Klamert, Choreographer

Shelby Klamert began her color guard career at Centerville High School in Ohio in 2006. She performed with the Centerville Jazz Band (marching band), and with the Centerville World Winter Guard. Prior to joining color guard, she trained in classical ballet, pointe, modern, and jazz at BalletMet Columbus and then as a member of the Dayton Ballet Pre-Professional Company.

Shelby continued her passion for performance after high school by marching with The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps (2010-2013), including winning the DCI World Championship during the 2011 season. She has also performed with the Pride of Cincinnati Winter Guard (2012, '13, '15) including a WGI World Championship and Fan Favorite Award for the 2013 season and Bronze Medals for 2012 and 2015, the Zydeco World Winter Guard (2011) winning the Fan Favorite Award, and the inaugural season of the Pride of Cincinnati Dance Ensemble (2014). Additionally, she toured Japan in 2014 with the cast of the Emmy and Tony Award winning show, Blast!, as the female Visual Ensemble Swing.

Shelby's other teaching and choreography experience includes Lakota West High School (Director), Bellbrook High School, Archbishop Alter High School, Centerville High School, and Beavercreek High School. Outside of her time teaching color guard, Shelby works full-time in supply chain, operations, and purchasing for a Dayton-area manufacturing company. She also enjoys running and training for half and full marathons.Shelby is delighted to join the Cincinnati Tradition team this season!