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.


james mock

James Mock, Brass Staff

James is excited to join us for his second season.  He began his marching career with the two-time State Champion Waccamaw High School of Pawleys Island, SC.  He earned a Bachelor Degree in Instrumental Music from the University of North Alabama where he marched cymbals and saxophone in the “Pride of Dixie” under the direction of Dr. Lloyd E. Jones, III and Dr. Ian Moyer.  He earned a Masters of Education from Grand Canyon University and is currently in the process of completing an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership also from GCU.  James also played professionally with the First Coast Wind Ensemble of Jacksonville, Florida.  He has written drill and served as visual consultant/ music instructor for award winning programs throughout the southeast.  James has also served as a student leadership consultant for programs throughout Florida.

James is currently the Associate Director of Bands for the Winton Woods City Schools of Cincinnati, Ohio.  He has served as Director of Bands at East Jessamine High School in Kentucky, DeSoto County High School, and Hilliard Middle/Senior High School in Florida. His bands have performed in USBands and Bands of America gaining recognition for their professionalism and commitment to the marching arts.  James currently resides in Fairfield, Ohio where he enjoys grilling on the patio, watching baseball and football, and spending time with his dog.


Joe Fink

Joe Fink, Brass Staff

Joe returns to the Education Team for his ninth 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 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 Sacramento Mandarins 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.


Dave tippett

Dave Tippett, Brass Consultant

David Tippett began his Bugle performance as a member of the Percussion-Naut Patriots Bugle Corps of Spokane WA. In 1974. In 1975, he became a Lead Soprano/Soloist for the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps of Madison, WI. Returning back to Spokane in 1976, He became a part of a new Drum and Bugle Corps, The Renaissance, which he stayed with through 1978.

In 1979-1980. Dave taught the Blue Stars of LaCrosse , Wi. While attending the University of Iowa, He taught the Emerald Knights Drum and Bugle Corps of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 1985 brought Dave to the Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps and in 1987, he became the Brass Caption head for the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps from Toledo, OH, teaching there through 1997. In 1998, he was the Brass Caption head for Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps of Charlotte, NC. He began work as a DCI Judge in 2000 and in 2001, he worked as a Brass Consultant for the Cadets of Garfield, NJ. In 2003, he was Brass Caption Head for the Capital Regiment of Columbus, OH and in 2013, worked as a Brass consultant for the Crossmen of San Antonio, TX.

Dave’s Bugle experience is extended to playing Taps for many Veterans Services . In the year 2007-2008, Dave played for over 300 Veterans services.

As a Freelance Artist and Music Consultant, Dave has performed with Jazz Greats, Joe Williams, Bill Evans, Clark Terry, Zoot Simms, Ernie Watts, and Jiggs Whigham. He has toured with the Russ Morgan Orchestra, Columbia Artist Tours including, The Stars of Lawrence Welk, Andy Williams Christmas tour, The Lettermen , Four Lads, The Aces, Cordettes, and the Diamonds. He played Lead Trumpet for the Buddy Rich Big Band and has been a house musician for the Norwegian, American Holland, Royal Viking, and Carnival Cruise Lines. Recently, he has been on tour with Frankie Vallie, Temptations, and The Four Tops. Mr. Tippett is a widely respected Jazz Ensemble and Marching Band Clinician, and adjudicator for numerous festivals throughout the United States. Dave also serves as a Teaching Artist for the Aesthetic Education for the Arts in New York City. He has served as the Director of the Toledo Jazz Orchestra and the assistant director of the University of Toledo Marching Band.

Percussion Staff

nick angelis

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


Tim Greenlee

Tim Greenlee, Percussion Caption Head, Percussion Co-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.


evan sasowsky

Evan Sasowsky, Front Ensemble Technician

Evan Sasowsky is a front ensemble fanatic, having begun his career as a marching mallet player at the University of Cincinnati, in the Bearcat Marching Bands, under then Assistant (no Associate) Director Nick Angelis.  His experience there quickly inspired him to seek independent marching activities, landing him on a marimba at the Notre Dame Indoor Percussion Ensemble (PIA/PIO) in the 2014 WGI season.  The first season would prove to be the impetus that drew him to continue a passion for the marching arts, particularly in the realm of indoor pageantry (WGI).  With encouragement from Mr. Angelis at UC, Evan followed his first season of indoor with a season at Tates Creek Indoor Ensemble (PIW), where he was the center marimba player and section leader of the front ensemble in the 2015 season.  For his final two season as a performer in WGI, Evan chose to march at Rhythm X (PIW), where he played marimba for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

Evan currently lives in Cincinnati, OH, where he is a front ensemble instructor at Fairfield High School, Lakota West High School, and Colerain High School. In his free time he likes to work at Brueggers Bagels in Clifton, go to the Ohio Renaissance Festival, and play board and video games with his roommates.  Evan join the staff of CT after the WGI season of 2017 ended and is excited to be back for the full 2018 season of DCA!


Colby McClellan

Colby McClellan, Tenor Technician

Colby McClellan has been part of the marching activity since 2005. He began his marching career at Hickory High School in North Carolina. During his undergraduate studies, he was a section leader for the Marching Mountaineers of Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

He performed as tenor section leader with Carolina Gold from 2010 to 2012, during which time the corps received high percussion all three years and became the DCA Class A World Champions. During the summer of 2013, he was privileged to age out as a member of the 75th anniversary corps of the DCI Finalist Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps.

Colby marched three seasons of WGI with Wake Forest Independent, based out Winston Salem, NC and served as the tenor section leader. Colby finished his WGI marching career with the MQ at Matrix during the 2014 season.

Colby has been an educator and designer for various schools throughout North Carolina and Ohio. He currently serves as the Quad Instructor for ConneXus Percussion and served as one of the Quad Instructors at the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps during the 2016 season.

He resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where he works in Pharmacy Sales and Marketing and teaches at Milford High School, serving as the Battery Coordinator.


Brandon Dodge, Front ensemble arranger/consultant

Brandon Dodge is a freelance percussionist, music educator, and composer/arranger currently based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. As a performer, Brandon has presented several solo recitals and maintains an active involvement in many contemporary chamber groups, most recently Chamber Cartel, and the chamber-rock group Clibber Jones Ensemble, all based out of Atlanta, Georgia, where he had resided until recently. In the past, Brandon was a four-time DCI finalist, performing in the front ensemble with Spirit of Atlanta (2003, 2005, 2006) and Phantom Regiment (2007).

A dedicated and enthusiastic music educator, Brandon currently works as the front ensemble tech and arranger for the University of Cincinnati Bearcat Marching Band, and joined the percussion staff at Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps in 2016. He was recently the percussion caption head and front ensemble arranger at Woodland High School in Cartersville, Georgia, where he also held the position of percussion director for Woodland’s concert program and percussion ensemble. He also spent several years as a front ensemble tech with Atlanta Quest Independent Indoor Drumline.

Brandon is currently pursuing a D.M.A. in percussion performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and holds an M.M. from Georgia State University, and a B.A. from Jacksonville State University, where he studied percussion and composition. Brandon is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets as a member of their artist/educator team.


Thomas Ollier, Cymbal Technician

Thomas began his marching career at Ryle High School in Union, Kentucky, and he has also marched for the University of Cincinnati Bearcat Bands. His past seasons have included Tates Creek Indoor Ensemble (2017) and Legends Drum and Bugle Corps (2017), also winning I&E with the Legends Cymbal Ensemble, and he is currently preparing for his age-out with Legends for their 2018 season.


Michael Klebau, Percussion Consultant

Michael is thrilled to join the education staff this year. Originating from North East Ohio, he played bass drum for three years (‘08-‘11) in the Brunswick High School Marching Blue Devils and was a founding member of Notre Dame Indoor Percussion Ensemble. Heading south, Michael attended the University of Cincinnati to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering. While attending, Michael continued his passion with the UC Bearcat Bands by marching bass 1 for four years (‘11-‘15), playing drum set in pep band, and becoming section leader in concert band.

In his “free” time, Michael is a Manufacturing Engineer at a local manufacturing plant and enjoys playing bass guitar and exploring Cincinnati’s rich history.


Chris Kabbes

Chris Kabbes, Percussion Consultant

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.

Visual Staff

calvin fackrell

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

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!