Donnie Ross

CEO / Founder / Program Coordinator / Front Ensemble Arranger & Caption Head

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.


Dean Hickman

Program Coordinator / Battery Arranger & Caption Head

Dean grew up in Columbus, Ohio. He has been teaching drumlines and private lessons around the Columbus area for the past 8 years. His drum corps experience began with the Glassmen in 2007, moving on to march with Carolina Crown in 2008. He then marched with the Blue Devils during their 2009 and 2010 undefeated seasons, earning two DCI World Championships and a Fred Sanford High Percussion award. After aging out, he made a quick transition from student to teacher, as a member of the percussion staff for The Cadets in 2011. Dean returned to Carolina Crown as a part of the 2012 instructional staff.

Dean is also very active in the WGI community. He marched with the 3-time WGI gold-medalist Independent World group Rhythm X from 2009-2011. Dean has been the battery coordinator at Cap City Percussion since their inaugural season in 2012. He lives with his wife in Hilliard, OH and is excited for the future of Cap City Percussion!


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


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.


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.


James Sparling

Battery Coordinator

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. He continues to perform with this group annually.

James has taught privately for several years, 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 currently serves as the Director of Percussion at Plymouth-Canton Educational Park (2014-Present). His Concert Percussion Ensembles, Concert Soloists, and Concert Bands have annually earned highly regarded evaluations at the District and State Level.

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). In 2002, James was a part of the Colin McNutt marching clinic and the MU Balinese Gamelan clinic at PASIC (2003).

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), and as the Caption Head/Arranger for Infinity Percussion (2014-2018) and Redline Percussion (2015-2018). James currently works with Spirit of America (2006-present), was the Caption Head and Arranger of the Madison Scouts (2012-2014) and in 2015 was appointed as the Percussion Director.


Dan Meehan

COO / Front Ensemble Coordinator

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

After aging out, Dan took on an administrative role with Cap City, acting as an assistant director in 2016 and then director in 2017 and 2018.  During this time, he also began teaching the front ensemble, taking on a more expanded role each year.  He has taught several high school indoor and outdoor groups from around Ohio, including Westlake High School, Avon Lake High School, Central Crossing High School, and Westland High School.

Outside of band, Dan has earned a masters degree in computer science, and works as a software developer in Columbus, Ohio.  He is very excited to continue his administrative position with Cap City this season, along with taking up the role of front ensemble coordinator.


Cooper Mannon

Sound Designer / Audio Technician / Cymbal Technician

Cooper's cymbal experience holds its roots with the Bowling Green State University marching band (2010), as well as Notre Dame Indoor Percussion Ensemble (PIO) (2013, 2014). Cooper went on to become the cymbal technician at Notre Dame Indoor for the 2015 season, and stepped into the DCI world the following summers as cymbal technician and audio engineer/sound designer for Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Cooper was one of the founding staff members of Burning River Percussion (PIO) based out of Cleveland, Ohio for the 2016 WGI season. This is his third season with Cap City.

Cooper is a graduate of Cuyahoga Community College with a degree in Recording Arts & Technology. Outside of band, he spends his time as a freelance audio engineer for concerts and corporate events and performing with the Cleveland Cavaliers Q-Stix.


Aaron Vranekovic

Operations 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 third season with Cap City and continuing to push the organization further!


Kaitlyn Long

Operations Assistant

Kaitlyn has been a member of Cap City since the 2015 season and held numerous leadership roles throughout the ensemble. Prior to her time with Cap, she was a founding member and center marimba for Connexus in 2013 & 2014. In the last 5 years, Kaitlyn has also spent her time teaching multiple schools around the Central Ohio area. 

Kaitlyn is currently attending Wright State University seeking a Bachelors of Arts in Social Science Education while living in the Dayton area. She is very much looking forward to giving back to the organization that has given her so much over the past four years.


Garrett Lind

Operations Assistant

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.


Colton Jones

Marketing Director / SnAre Technician

Colton has been a member of Cap City since the 2016 season, and served as the center snare and ensemble leader in 2017. Prior to Cap City, he was a member of Music City Drum and Bugle Corps in 2012 and the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013. Colton has performed in the Cleveland Browns drumline and the Cleveland Cavaliers “Q-Stix.” Over the past 5 years, he has also been heavily involved in the Northeast Ohio area teaching, arranging, and consulting for numerous high school band programs.

Colton holds a B.B.A. in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from Kent State University and currently resides in Dayton, Ohio, where he works full time as a Social Media Analyst. He is extremely excited to be working with the snareline for his second season, and to continue the growth of the organization as a whole.


Evan Worrell

SnAre Technician

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.


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.


Sam Wright

Tenor Technician

Sam is from Greenwood, Indiana, where he attends IUPUI and works with the battery at Center Grove High School. He will graduate from IUPUI in December 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a minor in Tourism Management.

Sam began studying piano and rudimental percussion at the age of 11. His first year in a marching ensemble was with Center Grove High School in 2010. During his time at Center Grove, he had the opportunity to perform at BOA Grand National Finals, WGI PSW Finals, the 2010 Midwest Clinic, PASIC 2012, and the World Renown Indy 500 Parade.

After graduating from Center Grove, Sam went on to march with Jersey Surf in 2014, Madison Scouts in 2015, and the Blue Stars in 2016 and 2017. In the winter, Sam marched with Redline Percussion in 2015, and Rhythm X 2016, 2017, and 2018.  During his years of experience in the marching arts, Sam has had the privilege to learn from instructors such as Eric Shriver, Tim Jackson, Josh Torres, Adam Norris, Mike Tant, Thomas Claesen, Greg Power, Ryan Anderson, Jeff Queen, and James Sparling.

Sam has had the pleasure of working with multiple drumlines in the Indianapolis. Besides Center Grove, Sam has had the pleasure of working with the Carmel Marching Band since 2014.


Chad Fink

Bass Technician

Chad was raised and currently resides in Huntington, WV. After marching with the Glassmen in 2006 he quickly transitioned into teaching. He has taught and arranged for various high schools in the area, winning high percussion in the state the past two years. He also enjoys giving private lessons, and many of his students have since gone on to perform and teach for various groups in DCI/WGI.

Chad has had the privilege of learning from/studying under many great educators, musicians, and performers including Dustin Lowes, Chris Hestin, Eric Ward, Jon Merritt, George Chaffin, Rudy Garcia, and more.

Chad is currently teaching percussion at Marshall University while continuing to consult and arrange for select high school programs. He is thrilled to be part of this staff and Cap City this coming season!


Corey Watkins

Bass Technician

Corey Watkins is a percussion educator and freelance writer currently residing in Ohio. Originally from North Carolina, his marching career as a bass drummer started in the 2015 fall season at Western Carolina University under the instruction of Matt Henley and Taylor Barnes, where he performed for 3 years. He began his indoor percussion career playing top bass for Atlanta Quest in 2017, under the instruction of Alan Sears and Daniel Allen. He went on to perform his drum corps age out season as a member of Holy Bass in the summer of 2017 with The Cadets, a 10-time World Champion drum corps, under the instruction of Tom Aungst. After his age out from DCI, Corey performed his WGI age out season playing bass two for Matrix World in 2018, under the instruction of Rob Ferguson and April Jonker. Corey has taught and consulted for multiple programs in western North Carolina and Ohio. He is currently the bass tech for Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps.

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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.


Ariel Peel

Cymbal Technician

Ariel found her passion for playing cymbals with the Indiana University Drumline in the Fall of 2012 and returned in 2013 as section leader. She marched her first year of Independent World with Legacy Indoor Percussion as the cymbal section leader in 2013, their debut season. Ariel then went on to march two seasons with Rhythm X, receiving a bronze medal in 2014 and a silver in 2015. She also marched the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps cymbal line in 2014, becoming a DCI Finalist.

Ariel finished her undergraduate study at Indiana University in 2015, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Gender Studies. Ariel taught the cymbal line at the Percussion Scholastic World group Center Grove High School from 2015 to 2017. She now lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and is excited to to continue teaching with Cap City this winter.


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.


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.


Thomas Wharton

Keyboard Technician

Thomas Wharton is a percussion instructor in the metro Detroit area. His marching background includes three seasons with Northcoast Academy (2015 - 2017), a season with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (2015), a season with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps (2016), and a season with Cavaliers Indoor Percussion (2018). Thomas currently instructs a handful of high school front ensembles in the metro Detroit area, including Lamphere High School, Dakota High School (at which he also arranges the front ensemble music), and Plymouth Canton Educational Parks. He is currently pursuing a degree in Philosophy from Oakland University, where he has completed a minor in percussion performance, performing with both the Oakland Symphony Orchestra and Oakland University Wind Symphony. Thomas is very excited to be joining the team at Cap City for the 2019 season. 


Jeremy Dover

Audio Technician

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 third 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 has taught high school front ensemble at Central Crossing High School for 5 years.


Kirstin Shatzer

Movement Technician

Kirstin grew up in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania where she would begin her color guard and marching career in 2004 and continue until she graduated in 2010. She also spent four summers marching with the Glassmen (2009-12) and two as section leader. She was a part of the original visual ensemble for Matrix Perscussion in 2011 and 2012. Most recently she marched with Onyx in 2015 and received a silver medal in WGI.

Kirstin began teaching at Mechanicsburg in 2008 and continued through graduation until 2013 when she moved to Ohio. Once in Northeast Ohio she began working with the Norton band program and started the winter guard programs. She spent 5 years growing the programs at Norton. She has taught at various ensembles throughout the east coast and Midwest, including Collage winter guard, Penn State Indoor Drumline, Pioneer, Penn High School, and Artistry IN Blue. She currently is spending her summers with Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps teaching the color guard and consulting for various groups in the area.


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! 


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.