Program Designers, Arrangers, and Caption Heads

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 year. 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, he 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 Writer

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.

ANDY FILIPIAK

Front Ensemble Arranger / Coordinator

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

Sound Designer / Music Coordinator

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.

Edward "Beno" Morris

Edward "Beno" Morris

Sound Consultant / Coordinator

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. His 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 join the staff of the Mandarins, hoping he can bring new ideas and use his extensive knowledge to enhance their sound.

patrick keeley

Brass Caption Head

Patrick is thrilled to be back for his fourth year teaching the Mandarins Brass. Patrick is currently the Assistant Band Director at Jasper High School in Jasper, Indiana. He graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a Bachelor of Music Education, studying trumpet with renowned trumpet teacher Bill Adam, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Masters in Wind Conducting from Southern Oregon University. In addition to assisting with the marching and symphonic bands, Patrick directs the concert, jazz, and pep bands as well as the Jasper brass program. The Jasper Marching Band has been an Indiana State Finalist for 30 consecutive years, had 11 top three finishes and one state championship. The symphonic band has been a concert band state finalist 22 times and Patrick’s jazz band was one of eight bands in the state selected as an Indiana State Jazz Finalist in 2017. Patrick maintains an extensive private studio where he teaches all of the brass instruments. He has had over 100 of his private brass students selected to the Indiana All State Band, All State Orchestra, All State Jazz Band, Jr. All State Jazz Band and Jr. All State Band as well as the US Army All American Marching Band, with many of those selected to multiple groups, multiple times. Many of Pat’s former students are now band directors and professional musicians and Pat is very proud to have two former students teaching alongside him on the Mandarins Brass Staff. Patrick got his start in DCI as a member of the Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps and was excited to march with his wife in the Star Alumni Corps. Patrick has served several terms on both the ISSMA and IBA state boards and is a member of Phi Beta Mu honorary band director fraternity, Indiana Jazz Educators Association and the Indiana Bandmasters Association. Prior to teaching at the Mandarins, Patrick spent three years on the brass staff at the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps. Pat is excited this to see what exciting things the Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps bring to the table in 2021 and be a part of this Mandarins Educational team that always strives to push to new levels of excellence. Patrick lives in Jasper, IN with his wife Buffy and has two adult daughters. He enjoys going on adventures with friends and family, watching sports, driving his new Jeep, and playing Madden.

Benjamin Pyles

Battery Arranger / Percussion Caption Head

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.

rocco duranti

Color Guard Caption Head

Rocco currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA where he attends Point Park University, pursuing a degree in Dance Performance. Previously, he attended Bowling Green State University, earning a Bachelors in Music Education. He currently teaches the color guard at Norwin High School. Recently, Rocco served as the color guard director at OFallon Township HS, where he led them to be a BOA Grand National Finalist and a WGI Scholastic A class finalist in his first year. Rocco’s performance career is unique throughout the activity. He began as a euphonium performer at the Glassmen from 2009-2012. His indoor experience began at Matrix from 2011-2013, and most recently, Rocco performed with Onyx World color guard in 2017. Rocco has been teaching drum corps since he aged out of the activity. His teaching career started at the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013-2014, and taught at the Phantom Regiment from 2015-2020, where he specialized in dance and movement. In Rocco’s free time, he enjoys cross training, running, hiking, and enjoying nature. Rocco is thrilled for the opportunity to serve as the color guard caption head at the Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps!

Joseph Hayes

Visual Caption Head

Joseph is a San Diego native that has been teaching the marching arts in Southern California since 2008 ranging from divisions 1A-6A. He has helped many schools achieve success in the marching activity. Joseph is currently the Visual Caption Head at Chula Vista and Mira Mesa High School and the Visual Consultant for Dickinson ISD in Houston, Texas. Aside from the 3 schools he currently works with, he also enjoys being a consultant for many programs needing assistance with any and all aspects of the activity. His drum corps performance experience includes The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011. During his rare moments of free time, Joseph enjoys dogs, mixed martial arts, baseball and ice cream. This is Joseph's 7th year with The Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps and he is incredibly excited for what the future holds.

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