The 2017 Tradition Education Team
Andrew Sharf, Brass Caption Head
Andrew Sharf is excited to begin his second year with Cincinnati Tradition. Andrew's drum corps career begin in 2011 as a Lead Trumpet for the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps. In 2013, he aged out with the Madison Scouts as the featured soloist. In conjunction with his drum corps training, Andrew is a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) with a BM in Music Education. Apart from Drum Corps, Andrew is currently on staff with the William Mason High School Marching Band as a music and visual instructor.
Joe Fink, Brass Staff
Joe returns to the Education Team for his seventh 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 coordinator 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 Coordinator for a large healthcare provider in Cincinnati. Joe wrote this entire bio in third person; which is awkward.
Tim Snyder, Brass Staff
Tim officially joins the Education Team as Program Coordinator, as well as Brass Arranger. Previously he has worked with the ensemble as a Consultant, and looks forward to stepping into this new role with Tradition.
Tim is currently serving as the Brass Caption Head for the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps and Assistant Director for the Eastern High School Marching Band of Louisville, KY. His experience includes tenures on the Brass Staff for Carolina Crown and the Madison Scouts.
Tim and his Wife Robin reside in Louisville, KY with their children, where they run Box5Media, their company dedicated to capturing media for the Marching Arts.
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, 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, Percussion Co-Caption Head
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 sections at both Milford High School in Milford, Ohio, and East Central High School in Saint Leon, Indiana, for the last 6 years. He is very excited to return to Cincinnati Tradition for his third season in the roles of Percussion Caption Head and Percussion 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 on marimba with the Ball State Symphony Orchestra.
He is on the percussion instructional staff with East Central High School. 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 Legacy Indoor. Ryan proudly uses Vic Firth sticks and mallets and is a member of the Education Team roster. Ryan is a team member of Symphonic Pulse Percussion. When not teaching or performing, he enjoys repairing instruments, supporting his sports teams, and playing recreational sports with friends.
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.
Calvin Fackrell, Visual Coordinator
Calvin was raised in Vancouver, WA, attending Evergreen High School as a trumpet player. He continued his passion for the marching arts in the Pacific Northwest after graduating in 2006. Calvin’s performing experience with drum corps has included the Oregon Crusaders in 2006, the Cascades in 2007, and 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 Troopers, and since has been teaching the Cascades Drum Corps in the role of visual supervisor.
Calvin’s fall experience started in the northwest; teaching at Kamiak, Evergreen, Hockinson, West Valley, and Eisenhower High Schools. Currently, Calvin lives in Columbus, OH and works with Colerain High School full time as their brass and visual director. He also spends time with LaSalle High School as visual caption head, as well as a visual consultant at Lakota East High School. During the winter, Calvin has worked with multiple indoor percussion ensembles and winterguards. Currently. is the visual director at Central Crossing High School (SO), and Capital City Percussion (IW).
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 take on a new role with Cincinnati Tradition!
Joe Herzog, Visual Technician
Joe's bio coming soon!
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.
Heather Graham, Choreographer
Originally from New Berlin, WI, Heather has been involved in the marching arts since the age of three, starting as a baton twirler. She went on to earn hundreds of championships as a solo twirler and was a long time member of a World Champion Baton Corps. Heather was recruited to her high school color guard at the age of 12 and has been performing in the color guard world ever since as a member of the 2010 Phantom Regiment, and in 2011 and 2012 with Carolina Crown. She marched with her high school guard, six seasons with Velocity Winter Guard, and with the Pride of Cincinnati. Heather is a Weapons Choreographer and Instructor for Scholastic World Finalist Miamisburg High School, and the director of the University of Cincinnati Color Guard program. Heather has instructed various marching programs throughout the Midwest, including Eisenhower HS, Whitnall HS, Franklin HS, West DePere HS, Sycamore HS, Beechwood HS, Northmont HS, Shadow DBC and in 2016 Carolina Crown. She is so excited to be a part of Cincinnati Tradition again and to aide them in any way that is needed. She holds a BS in Communications from UW-Milwaukee.