Carolina Crown is extremely excited to announce the complete 2017 Crown Percussion Team. “Having the majority of the team return will insure that the continued development of the most recent years remains a priority for this award wining music ensemble," said Crown Executive Director, Jim Coates.
Crown Percussion Leaders Thom Hannum, Jim Ancona and Travis Peterman will be joined by returning battery staff members Sean McElroy, Andrew Rubano, and front ensemble instructors Alex Kluttz, Annie Chernow and Marcus Neudigate. Three new staff members, including Dan Schack, Frank Cummings, and Zach Opdenaker, round out the battery staff.
The winter season has begun with audition camps for both guards and drumlines being across the country this past weekend. Leading those auditions for two programs were new Crown Artistic Coordinator, Rick Subel, and new Crown Percussion Caption Supervisor, Travis Peterman.
Rick Subel founded the Paramount Winterguard of Atlanta, GA, in 2011, and the program has grown into a powerhouse in Winter Guard International, expanding over the years to include three different guards. At the 2016 WGI Championships in Dayton, Ohio, the Paramount World Guard placed 5th and the Paramount A Guard placed 1st.
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.
Just a few short weeks ago the Crown Organization celebrated the 20th year that DCI Hall of Fame Announcer Steve Rondinaro has been announcing NightBEAT. We are honored that Steve has been so generous with his time and are always excited each year when July comes around and we know our friend will be back in North Carolina at his home show.
Right after this year's NightBEAT, Steve wrote a letter to Crown. And with his permission we have published it here for all Crown faithful to read. Thank you for 20 amazing years Steve. And here is to many more!