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Donnie Ross

Program Coordinator / Front Ensemble Arranger

Donnie Ross has proudly been involved with Cap City since its inaugural 2012 season, and currently serves as the Front Ensemble arranger and Program Coordinator. His performance experience includes the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps (07-09) and Matrix Percussion (06-10). He then returned to be on staff for both organizations - Glassmen in 2012, and Matrix in 2012-2013. Donnie has performed as a clinician across the Midwest and Europe. Highlights include performing at the 2007 PAS Convention and 2008 IPE Championships in Europe. 

Since 2013, Donnie has served as the Educational Sales Director for Columbus Percussion, proudly servicing the percussion education community. He is currently the Percussion Director and Arranger for Westland High School in Galloway, Ohio. 

Donnie has served as a member of the Ohio Indoor Performance Association (OIPA) Board of Directors since 2014, and on the Percussion Advisory Board for WGI since 2017. Donnie is an active marching percussion judge, educator, arranger, sound designer, and program coordinator throughout the Midwest.


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James Sparling

Battery Arranger & Co-Caption Head

James Sparling received his degree in Music Education with a minor in Architecture at Miami University. He was heavily involved in the world music ensemble, Global Rhythms, where he served as Percussion Coordinator and Arranger (2004-2006). This ensemble led him to perform across the globe and work with Grammy winners Glen Velez and Jamal Mohammed, Ghatam Khartick's heARTbeat, Musafir, Jeff Queen, Michael Burritt, Anthony Cirone, Indian film composer A.R. Rahman, Nelly Furtado, and Lenny Kravitz.

James served as a Percussion Mentor at Tower Heights Middle School (2007), Director of Percussion at Bellbrook HS/MS (2007-2008), Assistant Band Director at Baker MS/Fairborn HS (2010-2011), Director of Percussion at Kettering Fairmont HS (2009-2013), Director of Percussion at Seminole HS (2013), and the Director of Percussion at Plymouth-Canton Educational Park (2014-2019).

He marched tenors with Trinity Indoor Percussion Ensemble (2000), Music City Mystique (2001, WGI World Champions), Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps (2001), Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2002), and Rhythm X (2003-2004).

He served on the percussion staff for the Glassmen (2003), the Madison Scouts (2004-2006), the Carolina Crown (2007-2008), the Cadets (2009-2011), and RhythmX (2005-2013). He served as the visual designer for Madison Independent (2011), Eastside Fury (2011-2013), as the Caption Head/Arranger for Infinity Percussion (2014-2018) and Redline Percussion (2015-2018). Most recently he worked with the Madison Scouts as the Caption Head/Arranger (2012-2014) and Percussion Director/Arranger (2015-2018). James currently works with Spirit Winter Percussion as the Visual Designer (2006-present), Cap City Percussion as the Battery Arranger/Co-Caption Head (2019-present), Alchemy Independent as the Program Coordinator (2019-present), and the Phantom Regiment (2019-present) as Music Ensemble Specialist/Percussion Staff.


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Tyler Lindemeier

Visual Designer

Tyler Lindemier currently lives in Canton, Michigan. He earned a bachelors degree in elementary education with a double minor in math and reading from Eastern Michigan University.

His marching experience includes tours the Capital Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (2006), the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2008-2011), and two seasons with Redline Percussion (2009, 2011). He was a member of the visual staff for the Plymouth-Canton Marching Band (2009, 2014-2016), Eastside Fury Percussion (2014), Redline Percussion (2015-2016). the Troopers drum and Bugle Corps (2013-2015), the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps (2016), and the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps (2017-Present). Tyler is currently the visual caption head for Walled Lake Central High School (2017-Present). He is also the visual caption head and visual designer for Walled Lake Percussion, an 8 time Scholastic World finalist.

Tyler is a full time marching arts educator and an in demand visual designer for marching bands and indoor percussion ensembles across the country. In 2018, he joined the design team of Jubal Winds as a visual designer and as a consultant for Jubal Drum and Bugle Corps. Tyler is looking forward to his third season with Cap City!


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John "JJ" Joseph

Choreographer

John "JJ" Joseph graduated from Irondale High School (New Brighton, MN) in 2012 where he had been active in the color guard since 2009. The summer following graduation, JJ began his drum corps career as a member of the color guard with the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps (La Crosse, WI) where he stayed through his age out season in 2014. His performance career also extends into the winter where he has marched with multiple groups. Most recently, JJ performed with 3-time Winter Guard International world champion color guard, Onyx, from Dayton, Ohio.

JJ has taught numerous color guards throughout the country including Irondale High School, Rocori High School, Elk River High School, Carroll High School, Southgate Anderson High School, Lakota West High School, Worthington Kilbourne High School, Northmont High School, and Novi High School. JJ served as the color guard director at Lebanon High School (Lebanon, OH) for 3 years. JJ is currently the visual and color guard choreographer for the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps.

He is pursuing a degree in Physics with a concentration in Education at Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ) where he hopes to earn his Bachelors. JJ is very excited to be working with Cap City Percussion again for the upcoming winter season.


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Zac Jansheski

Ensemble Coordinator

Zac Jansheski is a percussion performer, teacher, and arranger.  Zac has received a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in music performance from Miami University with a focus in percussion.  Zac has performed and studied with and learned from several artists such as Dr. William Albin, Pat Schleker, Dr. Christopher Tanner, and Michael LaMattina. While an undergrad, Zac performed with independent marching groups, including 2012 DCI silver medalist Carolina Crown and 2013 WGI gold medalist Rhythm X.  Zac is recipient of several awards including the Friends of DCI Scholarship, the Lacey/Striple Highland Band and Drum Scholarship, and KKΨ Most Inspirational Band Member Award.  Zac is a founding member of the Cincinnati Bengals “Growl” Drumline as well as director/founder of the Dayton Dragons Drumline. This will be Zac’s fifth season with Cap City percussion. In addition to instructing for Cap City Percussion, Zac is currently the percussion director of Miamisburg High School, marching percussion arranger/teacher for Miami University, and a freelance performer and lesson instructor.


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Aaron Vranekovic

Executive Director

Aaron Vranekovic has been involved with the marching arts activity since 2003. He was a WGI finalist with Matrix Percussion in 2007 and 2008. Aaron graduated from Amherst Steele High School in 2007, where he then served as Percussion Director for their indoor and outdoor programs for ten years. He is currently the Battery Director for Westland High School out of Galloway, Ohio.

Outside the marching activity, Aaron raises his Golden Retriever (Oliver) and attends many sporting events throughout Ohio. He holds a BA in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University.  Aaron looks forward to returning for his fourth season with Cap City and continuing to push the organization further!


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Garrett Lind

Operations Assistant / Keyboard Technician

Garrett has been with Cap City since 2016, when he performed as a member of the cymbal line. After his rookie season, he spent two years in the the front ensemble, where he played vibes and xylophone. Garrett started his marching career at Bishop Watterson High School in 2010 and after graduation in 2014 spent 5 years teaching percussion. Along with Bishop Watterson, he has taught at many schools around Columbus Ohio including Westland High School, Central Crossing High School and Grove City High School. He also provides private lessons at Michelle Tuesday Music School where he teaches instrumental music to elementary and middle school students.

Garrett is currently a music major at Otterbein Univerity where he has studied under Dr. Jack Jenny and Dr. Michael Yonchak. He will graduate with a degree in Music Education in 2019. Garrett is looking forward to a great year with Cap City and is excited to get the season underway.


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Evan Worrell

Battery Co-Caption Head

Evan began his marching career at Henry Clay HS, and continued into college at Morehead State University. During his marching career, Evan performed with groups including Tates Creek Indoor Ensemble (2007-2009), Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps (2009-2010), and Rhythm X (2010-2012).

Evan has had the privilege of studying under Justin Fisher, Kris Logue, Dr. Brian Mason, Zach Schlicher, Lee Beddis, Andrew Markworth, Josh Brickey, Tim Fairbanks, and Tim Jackson. He currently resides in Richmond, KY with his wife Audrey, and works as an agent for Shelter Insurance. Evan teaches and arranges percussion for local high schools in the central Kentucky area, as well as teaching private lessons.


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Phil Andrews

Snare Technician

Phil Andrews hails from Bristol, Connecticut. He is currently pursuing a B.A. in Music at Central Connecticut State University.

Phil's marching experience includes his high school and college marching bands, serving as section leader for both. He marched for 7th Regiment from 2013-2015, and Carolina Crown from 2016-2018, serving as the battery section leader in 2018. He's also marched in the WGI circuit with Cadets Winter Percussion from 2015-2016, George Mason University (2017-2018), and most recently, Rhythm X (2019). In addition to this, Phil is a member of the Connecticut Blues Fife and Drum Corps.

Phil is currently the snare technician at Centerville High School, and has taught at a plethora of schools across the country, including Plainfield High School, Blackstone-Millville High School, and Freedom High School. He works independently, and with March Drum Corps, as a private lessons instructor, with as many as 25 students a week. He is also the snare technician for the 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps in West Haven, Connecticut. Phil is ecstatic to join the team at Cap City Percussion for the 2020 season!


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Ronnie Russo

Snare Technician

Ronnie was introduced to the marching arts activity in the fall season of 2010 as a sophomore at Lakota East High School. Since, he has been very activity in many world class DCI and WGI ensembles.

The journey as a performer began in 2014 at Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, where he marched his rookie season. In 2015, he began his membership with Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, where he would also spend his age out in the following 2016 season. Through the winters of 2016 and 2017, Ronnie was a member in the world class ensemble, Rhythm X.

Outside of being a member, Ronnie has worked with many high school and middle school percussion programs in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas. Currently, he is studying for a degree in Graphic Design and serving as Battery Technician at Lebanon High School for both the fall and winter percussion programs.


Robert Hinkle

Tenor Technician

Robert Hinkle is a marching percussion teacher in the Columbus, Ohio area. He began his journey playing tenors in his high school marching band, and has been involved ever since. During his senior year of high school, he experienced his first season of WGI with Cap City, and marched on the tenor line until aging out.

As a teacher, Robert has been involved with many types of performing groups including local high schools, universities, as well Connexus Independent. He currently serves as the percussion director and battery arranger at Central Crossing High School, and is very excited to begin teaching at Cap City!

Outside of drumming, Robert is a freelance photographer taking pictures of people, products, and locations.


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Thomas Sparling

Bass Technician

Thomas Sparling is a full-time visual designer and percussion educator based out of Southwest Ohio. He received degrees in Music Education, Music Performance, Music Composition and a minor in Arts Management from Miami University in 2009. Since graduating he has served as a percussion instructor at William Mason HS, Centerville HS, Bellbrook HS, Kettering Fairmont HS, and Percussion Director at Northmont HS, and La Salle HS. He currently works with Kings HS in Cincinnati, OH.

He has taught privately since 2005, and has worked on the instructional staff at the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2012), Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps (2015-2016), and Matrix Performing Arts (2013-present). Since pursuing full-time design in 2016, he has expanded his reach to organizations in Indiana, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Italy.

Thomas marched bass drum with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2006), and Rhythm X (2006-2009). He has given clinics on show design and rehearsal techniques across the Midwest as well as Taiwan and Italy. Thomas is an endorser of Mapex & Majestic percussion, Remo drum heads, and Vic Firth sticks and mallets.


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Jimmy Caupp

Cymbal Technician

Jimmy was first introduced to the marching arts in the fall of 2011 at Kettering Fairmont High School. Following graduation, he began his marching career by joining the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps for their 2015 season. He marched four summers with the Scouts, until his age out in 2018. During this time Jimmy also spent his winters with Rhythm X from his rookie year in 2016 to his age out in 2019.

Outside of performing, Jimmy has taught at several schools close to Dayton, Ohio including Centerville High School and Lebanon High School. He is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science at Wright State University.


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Dan Meehan

Front Ensemble Caption Head

Dan has been involved with indoor percussion since his senior year of high school, when he played drum set as a founding member of the Notre Dame Indoor Percussion Ensemble from Cleveland, Ohio.  After moving to Columbus to pursue a degree in computer science, he began performing with Cap City, earning an Open Class gold medal as a rack player with the group at the 2013 WGI World Championships.  Dan picked up mallet percussion the following season and played xylophone at Cap City until he aged out in 2015.

After aging out, Dan took on an administrative role with Cap City, acting as assistant director and then director of the group while also working with the front ensemble. He began running the front ensemble for the 2019 season, and is excited to return to his role for 2020.  Dan has worked with several high school indoor and outdoor ensembles from around Ohio, including Westlake High School, Avon Lake High School, Central Crossing High School, and currently teaches at Westland High School.

Outside of band, Dan holds a masters degree in computer science from The Ohio State University and works as a software developer in Columbus, Ohio.


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Jake Prus

Keyboard Technician

Jake Prus has been involved with the Cap City organization since 2014, and continued to be a member of the front ensemble until his age out in 2018. During these years he also performed with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps during the 2017 season.

Jake has instructed a number of front ensembles including The Pride Of La Salle Marching Band (2015-2016), Turpin High School Marching Band and Turpin Indoor Drum Line (2017). He currently works with the Forest Hills Marching Band as a Front Ensemble Technician.

Jake currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he is studying at the University of Cincinnati to complete his Bachelors Degree in Political Science.


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Rachel Herr

Keyboard Technician

Rachel Herr is a native of the St. Louis Metro East area. She attended Missouri State University in Springfield, MO while studying Music Education.

Rachel started her marching career at Gateway Indoor Percussion in 2012 on the marimba line and continued until the 2015 season. She also marched in the front ensemble at Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from 2013-2015 and was the vibraphone section leader in 2015.

Rachel has been a resident and active teacher in the Metro-Detroit area for two years now. She is an Elementary Music teacher in the Royal Oak School District. She has also been very active teaching front ensembles all over the area, including Ferndale High School Marching Band, North Farmington High School Marching Band, Grand Blanc High School Winter Percussion, Farmington United Percussion Ensemble, North Coast Academy, Lake Orion High School Marching Band, and Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps. She is excited to return for her second year on staff at Cap City.


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Jeremy Dover

Audio Engineer

Jeremy has been involved with the marching arts and marching percussion since childhood. He was a founding member of Cap City, and aged out in 2016 after 5 years in the front ensemble. He served as center marimba and front ensemble section leader for his final 3 years at Cap, and is excited to return to the front ensemble staff for his fourth consecutive year.

Jeremy is very active around the city of Columbus, performing with community groups as well as college bands. Highlights include regular performances with then Worthington Civic Band and Winds of Ohio. He was also proud member of the Ohio State University Band for 4 years and currently teaches high school front ensemble at Central Crossing High School.


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JJ Frederico

Visual Technician

JJ is from Cleveland, Ohio, where he attended Brush High School and was a part of the marching, concert, jazz bands and pit orchestras. From 2013 to 2015, he competed with Notre Dame Indoor (PIO). In 2016, JJ spent his winter with Burning River Percussion (PIO) as center snare and ensemble leader. He spent his last two winters with Cap City, aging out in 2018. He also marched the summers of 2015 and 2016 at Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps. He is now also a part of the Cleveland Browns drumline for his first season.

JJ has taught different high schools around Ohio including Brunswick, Garfield Heights, Buckeye, and Westland High School. He has worked as percussion director, visual instructor, and battery tech.

JJ is very excited to come back to his home team on the other side to help the group grow even further! 


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Matt Osborn

Visual Technician

Matt currently lives in Miamisburg, OH. He is in his fourth season on visual staff at the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps and his second year as Co-Caption head for Lakota East High School marching band. This will be Matt's second season with Cap City.

In addition to Matt's teaching experience, Matt was also a performer at a high level. Matt started his performing career in DCI with the Glassmen in 2010 and 2011 as a member of the hornline. Matt then marched his age out of drum corps with Carolina Crown in 2012. Following his drum corps experience, Matt was a founding member of Rhythm X Winds in 2015 and performed with the group for three seasons until 2017. Matt was also on staff with X Winds last season.