Program Designers and Arrangers

Becca Anderson

Creative Director

Becca Anderson has been involved within all aspects of the pageantry arts as a designer, instructor, performer, and adjudicator for over 25 years. She was first introduced to the color guard activity at Tarpon Springs High School and continued her performing experience at Carolina Crown, The Company Independent World Colour Guard, and The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. As an educator she had the opportunity to instruct and design for programs including WGI Scholastic World Finalist and BOA Finalist - Lawrence Central High School, WGI and BOA Finalist O'Fallon Township High School, WGI Gold Medalist - Cascades Independent, Seattle Cascades, the Oregon Crusaders and other WGI and BOA Finalists including North by Northwest IO, Friendswood HS, and Tarpon Springs High School. In 2020, Becca became a new addition of the Artistic Design Team for Juxtaposition Independent World Winter Guard and Undaunted Independent Open.

Becca currently resides in Maui, HI with her husband, Mike Anderson and their two puppies, Sophie and Mimi. She spends her days as a full time visual designer and choreographer for programs throughout the United States. She is currently an adjudicator for WGI, DCI, and BOA. In her free time, she loves to surf, snow ski, relax by the pool, and spend time anywhere in the world with her best friends and family.

Key Poulan

Key Poulan

Brass Arranger

Key Poulan is a composer and arranger with an expertise in the marching arts. He has composed and/or arranged for the world's most famous drum corps including the Santa Clara Vanguard, Mandarins, Genesis, Glassmen, Spirit of Atlanta, Cascades, Spartans, Fusion Core, Hurricanes, Caballeros, Sunrisers, Raiders, Millennium (Italy), Juliana (Netherlands), Siamyth (Thailand), Star United and the Mass Brass Mini Corps. He is currently on the design team for the Virtual Arts Indoor Winds Program through WGI and was the wind arranger for the WGI group Chromium Winds (The Cavaliers) and won back-to-back Gold Medals in their first 2 years of existence.

As the owner of Key Poulan Music, Key has been recognized as one of the country's top arrangers and composers in the area of contemporary marching band, has several concert band works to his credit. His marching band arrangements have won several national titles at the Bands of America Grand Nationals Championships. His works have won many state titles throughout the United States and have been performed around the world. His transcription of "The Promise of Living" from Copland's "Tender Land" was extremely well received at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival and his original works "Carnegie Fanfare and Dance" and "A Fortune in Steel" were premiered at New York City's Carnegie Hall. As an alumnus from East Texas State University (Now Texas A&M, Commerce), Key explored his love for percussion through a recently commissioned marimba solo project titled "Scarabs."

Peter Beckhart

Drill Designer

Peter Beckhart has performed, instructed, and designed many competitive shows in the marching arts. His performing experience includes six years of DCI, aging out with the Concord Blue Devils. Peter also performed with the Riverside Community College winter drum line in 2011 and 2012.

As a visual designer for fall marching bands and spring productions, Peter has had the opportunity to work with many ensembles since 2009. He currently designs drill for Ayala High School, Coronado High School (El Paso, TX), James Martin High School (Arlington, TX) and many other fall programs across the country. Peter is also a sought after choreographer for some of the most established marching bands and winter drumlines in the country including Leander High School (Austin, TX), North Shore H.S. (Houston, TX), Ayala H.S. (Chino Hills, CA), Mt. Carmel H.S. (San Diego, CA), RCC winter percussion, and Dark Sky Percussion. In the drum corps world, Peter taught the Blue Devils 'B' in 2012 and has been on visual staff of the 18-time World Champion Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps since 2013. He is also the visual designer for the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps from Sacramento, CA.

Peter is humbled to have opportunities to work with some of the best programs and students in the world and is always striving to be a better instructor and designer. He lives in Anaheim, CA.

Jeffrey Capponi

Color Guard Designer

Jeffrey Capponi began his pageantry career in 2004 at Century High School in Portland, Oregon and through the years performed with Oregon Crusaders, Cascades, The Madison Scouts, The Blue Devils, North by Northwest Winterguard and Oregon Crusaders Indoor percussion. He has worked with numerous high school color guards, marching bands and drum corps which include Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, BOA and WGI Finalist O’Fallon Township HS, WGI Finalist Dartmouth HS, WGI Finalist Friendswood HS, WGI Finalist Oregon Crusaders Independent (Director and Designer), Juxtaposition Independent Winter Guard, and Lux Independent Winter guard, and has been the Color Guard Director and Designer for Maui High School since 2017.

Jeff currently resides in Eagle, Idaho as a full time designer and choreographer for programs throughout the United States. Outside of the activity you can usually catch Jeff out for a run, playing with his gorgeous pup Georgia or supporting his local wineries and breweries.

Ben Pyles

Battery Arranger

Benjamin Pyles is currently the Director of Athletic Percussion at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Previously, Ben majored in music education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Lamar University, with a primary focus in Percussion. His most intensive studies came under the direction of Chris Hestin, Mike Macintosh, Travis Fife, and Michael Kingan.

Ben has several years of World Class performing, design, and instructional experience, including the Glassmen from Toledo, OH; Bluecoats from Canton, OH; The Crossmen from San Antonio, TX; Spirit of Atlanta from Atlanta, GA; Colts from Dubuque, IA; and Monarch Independent from Houston, TX. Ben currently serves as the Percussion Caption Head and Designer for the Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps from Sacramento, CA.

Ben is endorsed by Sabian Cymbals, Innovative Percussion Inc. and Pearl and Adams Percussion.

Andy Filipiak

Front Ensemble Arranger

Andy Filipiak is an active percussion educator, arranger, clinician, and adjudicator. He has had the opportunities to perform, teach, and give clinics in both Europe and Asia. He is currently the front ensemble arranger for multiple high schools in the U.S. as well as Monarch Independent; a PIW group based out of Houston, TX. Andy has had the privilege of teaching at the Boston Crusaders (2012-2019) as well as Monarch Independent (2016 - Present) as the Front Ensemble Coordinator for both groups.

Andyʼs performing career includes The Glassmen (2008-2009), Matrix (2009-2011), The Cavaliers (2010-2011), and Rhythm X (2012). Andy helped the Cavaliers win the Fred Sanford High Percussion Award in 2011 and also performed at PASIC with Rhythm X in 2011.

Andy currently resides in Tomball, TX where he is a percussion specialist in the Tomball ISD. He has a private lesson studio of over 30 students and serves as a percussion specialist with the Marching Band as well as the Scholastic Concert World Indoor Percussion Ensemble (2019 PSCW 4th Place).

Andy is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion and Zildjian Cymbals.

Bryan Harmsen

Music Coordinator/Sound Designer

Bryan is the owner of Visaudio Designs, a company specializing in design for the pageantry arts. He has designed for a number of ensembles in the United States, East Asia, and Europe, and his arrangements and compositions have helped ensembles earn numerous gold medals in their local circuits as well as 13 WGI Percussion medals and many more finalists. Some of his more notable current and past clients are Monarch Independent, Burleson Centennial HS, Clear Brook HS, Pioneer Indoor, and ED White HS. Most recently, he was the front ensemble arranger and electronics designer for The Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, and was a marching member of Spirit of Atlanta, Southwind, and The Cavaliers.

Bryan is also the voice and instructor behind Virtual Drumline Demystified, a tutorial series for the Virtual Drumline sound library from Tapspace Publications.

While not working on music, Bryan also dabbles in graphic design, photography, enjoys spending time outdoors, and has an affinity for all things on the leading edge of technology. He proudly endorses Pearl/Adams musical instruments, Innovative Percussion, and Remo Drumheads, and currently resides in Carrollton, Georgia with his wife Emily and their pack of dogs and cats.

Allison Petro

Color Guard Choreographer

Allison is originally from Plainfield, IL and is a 2020 graduate from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Public Health.

Allison’s performance career spans a total of 15 seasons between marching band, drum corps, and winter guard. Her performing career began at Plainfield North High School in the marching band, and continued into the indoor season with Plainfield Winter Guard from 2012-2015. Allison went on to perform with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps from 2015-2018, serving as color guard captain in 2017 and 2018. She performed with Juxtaposition in 2016, as well as Onyx in 2017 and 2018. Allison has taught and choreographed at multiple organizations during and following her performing years. She worked with Dublin Coffman High School in Dublin, OH for 5 years, serving as the Color Guard Director for 2 years while completing her degree at OSU. She has also worked with Veteran’s Memorial High School (Brownsville, TX), Dripping Springs High School (Dripping Springs, TX), Plainfield North High School (Plainfield, IL), Bedford North Lawrence High School (Bedford, IN), Cincinnati Tradition (Cincinnati, OH), Centerville High School (Centerville, OH), and Onyx (Dayton, OH).

Currently living in Miamisburg, OH, Allison has a full-time job as the Move-In Coordinator at Dublin Retirement Village by Senior Star while continuing to work with Centerville High School and Onyx. Allison is very excited to return to the Mandarins staff for the 2022 season!

Anna Smith

Color Guard Choreographer

Anna lives in Fort Wright, Kentucky, just a short drive away from Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s degree in Library Sciences and Informatics with a focus in Psychology. She will be furthering her pursuit for education at the University of Dayton in the fall of 2021 for a degree in Music Therapy.

Anna began her career at Dixie Heights High School, playing flute with the marching band from 2006 to 2010. She performed with the winterguard program in 2008, 2009, and 2011 -- taking a small break in 2010 to march in the high school’s indoor percussion ensemble. After graduation, Anna joined O2 Colorguard where she marched from 2012-2014, spun with the Phantom Regiment in 2014, and marched Onyx World 2015, 16, 20, and 21. Anna previously taught at Campbell County High School and Dixie Heights High School. She currently teaches at Northmont High School and Onyx A/Open.

Anna loves to spend time with her family, read, rock climb, play music, expand her yoga practice, and eat Indian food. This will be Anna’s second year teaching drum corps and she’s ready to get to work with the Mandarins!

Edward "Beno" Morris

Beno Morris

Sound Engineer

Beno has been working in the music industry for over 35 years. He has been consulting for Drum Corps since 1987 with Velvet Knights, Impulse, Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets and with The Academy from 2013-2018. He has also consulted with numerous marching bands in Indiana, Michigan, Texas, and Florida. Also, the Winter Percussion groups North Coast Academy and Cavalier Indoor.

Beno's experience with sound design started with Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, where he was part of the sound crew for concerts, park shows (Bugs Bunny) and special events. From there he joined he joined Swank Audio Visual in Palm Springs, here he worked with named artists such as Lionel Richie, Patti Labelle, Madonna, Henry Connick Jr., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Styx, Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, WWF, Miss Teen USA and Coachella Music Festival and numerous other artists. During his teen years and early 20’s he was a member of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps playing bass drum from 1978-1984.

In November 2012, Beno was lucky to be the recipient of a new heart. He attributes his return to Drum Corps to Ike Jackson, Mark Eichenberger, and Cisco Hance and thanks them for their confidence.

Beno is excited to return to the Mandarins' staff, hoping he can bring new ideas and use his extensive knowledge to enhance their sound.

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