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Crown Pleased to Announce 2017 Design and Supervisory Team

The Carolina Crown Organization is pleased to announce the addition of three new visual designers to the Crown creative team. They include Visual Designer Jeff Sacktig, Artistic Coordinator Rick Subel and Guard Caption Supervisor/Choreographer Joey Powel. 

Current Crown Percussion Instructor Travis Peterman has been promoted to Percussion Caption Supervisor. He will share the duties of arranging for and directing the Crown percussion program with Percussion Director Thom Hannum and Front Ensemble Supervisor/Arranger Jim Ancona.

These new educators will join the current Crown creative and supervisory team, which includes Music Director Michael Klesch, Brass Caption Supervisor Matt Harloff, Visual Caption Supervisor Ron Hardin, Sound Designer Frank Sullivan and Design Coordinator David Starnes.

"With the addition of Jeff, Rick, Joey to our team and the promotion of Travis," said Carolina Crown Executive Director Jim Coates, "Crown will continue to provide our members with the highest level of instruction and remain true to our mission statement of developing lifelong excellence."

Jeff Sacktig brings 30 plus years of drum corps experience to Crown as a performer and visual designer. Having spent 29 years with The Cadets Organization, Jeff was a soprano player from 1986 to 1989.  He joined The Cadets Visual Staff in 1990 and in 1995 he became the Visual Designer, holding that position for 20 years from 1995 to 2001 and from 2003 to the 2015.  Jeff was a part of 7 DCI World Championship titles and numerous medalist placements. 

Jeff’s drill often involves large, sweeping curvilinear forms. He prefers a faster, riskier style with many exposed block rotations and pass-throughs. He has been a leader in drill design, known to “push the envelope,” leading to his 2015 induction into the DCI Hall of Fame and 2008 induction into The Cadets Hall of Fame.

While known primarily for his drill writing for The Cadets, other DCI corps he has worked with include the Crossmen, Magic of Orlando and Capital Regiment.  His expertise and leadership has been seen in the Drum Corps Associates circuit as well.  He is currently the Visual Designer for Cadets², a position he has held since 2012 when the group was founded.  Internationally, Jeff is the visual designer the Drum Corps Japan Champion Yokohama Scouts

Jeff is also an active designer for indoor percussion, winter guard and marching band. He has spent 12 years as the visual designer for the 4-time WGI World Class Gold Medalist Dartmouth High School Indoor Percussion. Dartmouth’s full production value from concept, set design, costuming, musical/visual expression of composition has helped shaped the way for the indoor percussion arts. Other percussion groups Jeff has designed for include Cadets Winter Percussion, United Percussion, East Side Fury, Odyssey, First Degree, Forsyth Central High School and Kennesaw Mt. High School.

Some of Jeff’s winter guard design credits include Emerald Marquis, Black Watch, Crimson Kings, St. John’s Productions, Lassiter High School, Salem Blue and Apex. 

Jeff has designed numerous marching band shows since 1990. Some highlights include Texas State Champion Vandegrift High School, US Bands Champion Dartmouth High School, BOA Finalists Seminole and Pomona High School, BOA Regional Finalists Vandegrift High School, Wakeland High School, Castle High School, Kiski High School, McEachern High School, Fayette County High School and TOB Champion Pocono Mt. High School.

Rick Subel is the director and designer of Paramount Winterguard of Atlanta, GA, the WGI Independent World Class colorguard he founded in 2011. He has also been the artistic director of the Georgia State University Colorguard since 2012.  

In the DCI world, Rick has most recently designed and choreographed for the Santa Clara Vanguard, where he has spent the last six seasons. Having assisted in a choreographic role in 2013, this is Rick’s second time working with Carolina Crown. He is excited to be back and explore new creative possibilities with the Crown team. 

Rick began his life in the pageantry arts in 1992, in the brass section of the Cadets of Bergen County. After graduating from high school, he joined the Emerald Marquis Winterguard in 1995, where he performed for five seasons. He also spent two seasons in the colorguard of the Blue Devils, and one season with the Brass Theatre (Star of Indiana/"Blast"). 

Rick has designed and choreographed for many prestigious independent and scholastic colorguard programs including the Emerald Marquis, Blessed Sacrament, Juxtaposition, The Academy (UK), Chimeras, The Knights (UCF), Phantom Regiment Winterguard, Seminole High School, Miamisburg High School, Kennesaw Mountain High School, Kell High School, Greater Johnstown High School, Lassiter High School, Westfield High School, Harrison High School, South Forsyth High School, and River Ridge High School. Rick has also choreographed and designed for many successful drum corps including the East Coast Jazz, The Cadets, Magic of Orlando, the Crossmen, the Bluecoats, and Phantom Regiment. In addition, he has choreographed and taught many successful drum corps colorguard programs including the East Coast Jazz, The Cadets, Magic of Orlando, Phantom Regiment and Bluecoats.


Joey Powell is a Carolina Crown alumnus, having performed in the guard from 2006 through 2009. He is currently the Director of Color Guards and Science Instructional Specialist at James Bowie High School of Arlington, Texas. He has been working in the Austin independent School District for 4 years teaching both color guard and biological and life sciences.

Since joining Bowie in 2012, the color guard ensembles have seen tremendous growth, receiving several national and local awards. The Varsity team is currently a five-time state champion, a two-time Winter Guard International finalist in Open Class, and most recently a top 5 World Class Finalist. The JV Team has been a finalist in Winter Guard International Austin Regional the past three years, while winning their class each year. They also are a two-time state champion for the Texas Color Guard Circuit.

Joey started his color guard teaching career at West Johnston High School for the Johnston County School District from 2007-2012. While teaching West Johnston, the Color Guard was the 2010 Scholastic Open Champion and Scholastic World Finalist in 2011.

Joey Powell has been involved in the Drum Corps and Winter Guard activity for over 10 years as a performer and teacher. His teaching experience most recently has been with The Santa Clara Vanguard (2012-2016) and Carolina Crown (2010-2012).  Joey has also been on the teaching teams for The Crossmen, First Flight Independent World, Mechanicsburg Scholastic World, Braddock Independent World, Black Gold Independent World, and several High School programs in the country. He will also be joining the Paramount Team for the 2016-17 Winter Guard Season.

Travis Peterman will be returning for his third year with the Crown percussion program. He helped guide Crown to top five percussion finishes at DCI Finals in both 2015 and 2016. He has performed in the snarelines of winter percussion programs Rhythm X and United Percussion, along with the Blue Stars and the Reading Buccaneers.

Travis began his drum corps teaching career with the Cadets2 as the snare technician and battery choreographer, remaining with the corps for three years. He also held the position of Director, Program Coordinator, and Battery Arranger for Cadets Winter Percussion. CWP has been a WGI Independent World Class finalist for the past two seasons. In 2014, they were Gold Medalists in the Independent Open Class as a first-year WGI Percussion participant.

Currently, Travis serves as the program coordinator and battery arranger for the George Mason University Indoor Drumline. In DCA, he is the battery arranger for the Bushwhackers Drum and Bugle Corps. Travis is also an accomplished adjudicator, having spent time with TOB/TIA and USBands.

Outside of the percussion world, Travis holds an A.A. in Criminal Justice from Delaware Tech and a B.S. in Behavioral Science from Wilmington University. He is enrolled in a School Counseling graduate program at Wilmington University, and currently works as a paraprofessional in Delaware.

Look for Crown audition information for the 2017 season coming soon.

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