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Educator & Percussionist
Adam Hill is an educator/percussionist in the Chicago area. He graduated from VanderCook College of Music with a music education degree and a focus on percussion. He was taught under the instruction of Kevin Lepper and Dr. Charlie Menghini. Hill is currently the Executive Director and founder of the national award winning percussion ensemble Pioneer Indoor - an Independent WGI marching ensemble. During the school year, he is director of percussion, music technology, music theory, and guitar and the assistant marching band director at Romeoville High School in Romeoville, IL. Hill is also a member of the Chicago Bears drum line, director of the Chicago Bulls "Stampede" Drum line, and was a percussion coordinator/caption head and arranger for the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps. Hill has placed in the top ten for snare drum solo contests with DCI, Drum Corps Midwest, and PASIC. In 2002, he placed 2nd in the DCI snare drum solo competition. Hill is a recipient of the Dr. Rosenthal Excellent teachers award from VanderCook College of Music and recipient of the Natalie Stukas Hearing Conservation Award from the Illinois Academy of Audiology. In his spare time, he is an active music arranger, judge, performer and clinician throughout the Midwest.
"Etymotic products (Musicians Plugs, ER•4, BEAN Quiet Sound Amplifier) and the Adopt-A-Band program have proven to be an upgrade to my overall music teaching and performing experience. I can hear better and teach more accurately. Hearing protection and conservation is now a very important part of my everyday musical life."
Associate Band Director, Naperville Central High School, Naperville, IL
Mr. Estes has been an active teacher, arranger, clinician and adjudicator in the Chicagoland area and various areas in Texas. In addition to teaching full time as an elementary general music teacher, Mr. Estes served as the composer and marching percussion instructor for the Waubonsie Valley High School Drumline. Mr. Estes also serves on the design team as Battery Coordinator and Snare tech for the Open Class Pioneer Indoor independent WGI marching percussion ensemble.
"I am loving the Music•PROs!! The Music•PROs offer two wonderful features that you don't get from a traditional earplug. 1. Audio enhancement and 2. Instant filter adjustability! These features are so convenient for the on-the-go Band Director. It's truly comforting to know that my hearing is being preserved, even enhanced with the Etymotic Music•PROs!"
Musician and Educator - Missouri Southern State University, Royal Thunder Drum Line, Gateway Indoor, Miami, OK High School
Brian Fronzaglia, Professor of Percussion and Director of Athletic Bands at Missouri Southern State University holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Penn State where he was also awarded the Performer's Recognition Award. He holds a Master's degree in Percussion Performance from Michigan State University and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance at the UMKC Conservatory of Music.
Brian, performing on many stages has been seen throughout the United States and Europe. Most recently, Brian has been seen performing throughout Italy and has also been seen performing with the Sunflower Music Festival Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Kansas City Symphony Chamber Orchestra, The American Opera Studio, Flint Symphony, Lansing Symphony, Altoona Symphony, Nittany Valley Symphony, Northland Symphony, St. Joseph Symphony, Pennsylvania Centre Chamber Orchestra, National Wind Ensemble and the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings. Brian, a part-time member of the group Marimba Sol de Chiapas was also a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. A founding member of the NFL's St. Louis Rams "Battering Rams" drum line, Brian is currently the Director and Arranger for MLB's Kansas City Royals "Royal Thunder Drum Line."
Along with being a clinician for the Yamaha Sounds of Summer camp, Brian has also served on the faculties at Penn State University, the Grumo Music Festival held in Grumo-Appula, Italy and the Flint Institute of Music. He is currently an active adjudicator throughout the Midwest and has been a consultant and arranger for several high schools across the nation. He has been on staff with WGI Independent World Finalist, United Percussion and also the DCI World Finalist, The Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps. Brian is currently a staff consultant for WGI Finalist, Gateway Indoor Percussion.
Brian is a Yamaha Performing Artist/clinician and is also a performing artist/clinician for SABIAN Cymbals, Remo Drumheads and Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets. Brian has given numerous master classes, performances and clinics throughout the United States. As a performer Brian has been active in commissioning and premiering new works for percussion and has been recorded on numerous labels and his compositions are published through Knight Wind Publications, Yamaha Corporation of America and Row-Loff Productions.
"In the course of a week I teach everything from private lessons to marching band, percussion ensemble, indoor drum line in addition to performing on stage. I typically hate using earplugs because you sacrifice the quality of sound with attenuation/earplug use. These earplugs change the entire game. I cannot believe how clear the sound is using the MP-9-15 with the attenuation. I use my earplugs in all musical settings and I cannot even notice they are in.... simply amazing! Bravo to the folks at Etymotic for their commitment to health and well-being within the arts and for their superior quality products. A must have for every musician!"
Band Director, Plainfield Middle School, Naperville, IL
Mr. Vanderwall is in his first year as the director of bands at John F. Kennedy Middle School. Mr. Vanderwall maintains an active role in the music education community as a percussionist and music technology enthusiast. He has served as percussion staff for the annual IMEA All-State Honor Band percussion section as well as a district level audition judge. He has also been a clinician at the VanderCook College of Music Day of Percussion, and is a published composer under Drop6 Media, Inc. of Denton, TX. Mr. Vanderwall regularly works with a number of high school marching percussion groups and has experience working with WGI Marching Percussion Ensembles as well.
"Etymotic's Music•PRO hearing protection has been amazing after only one day's use. I can feel the difference between the 9 dB and 15 dB reduction, and I love the 6 dB boost while in 9 dB mode. As an educator, I can still hear intonation and balance while blend is more apparent than before. It even helps me hear questions from my most soft-spoken students!"
Program Coordinator & Corps Director - Phantom Regiment
Dan Farrell began his drum corps career in 1972 as a young baritone player in his hometown drum corps, the Phantom Regiment. Being a part of the growth of the Regiment through the 1970's was an experience that charted the course for his adult life.
After serving as an instructor, then caption head of the brass staff through 1992, Dan moved into the Program Coordinator position in 1993 and has held that position for most of the years since. He also served on the Phantom Regiment Board of Directors from 1999 - 2009 and has served on the Phantom Regiment Alumni Board since its inception in 1989. Currently, Dan is focusing all his energies on the Phantom Regiment, as Director of Programs, managing the corps as Director and Program Coordinator, as well as the Phantom Regiment's other educational programs.
"Anyone interested in caring for the future health of their students should take a serious look at the Etymotic line of products!"
Derrick Shannon II
Band Director - Goshen Community Schools
Derrick Shannon is a percussion specialist originally from the Chicago-land area. He currently holds the Director of Percussive Arts position at Goshen Community Schools and the founder of DAS Productions. He is also on staff with the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps from Rockford, IL and a board member of the Midwest Percussion Cooperative. He played snare drum on both the Chicago Bears and Chicago Bulls drum lines for several years. In 2008, Derrick was selected as one of the charter members of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. He has appeared numerous times on ESPN, ABC, WGN and has been invited to perform around the world.
"When it comes to hearing protection, Etymotic always consistently produces at a high level, which is something that we ask of our students. Their motto is 'true to the ear' and they are definitely true to the performer and educator as well."
Drummer, Producer, Instructor - The Drum School
From the streets of Chicago, to the rainforests of Cameroon, Earl's multicultural blend of music has touched millions of listeners with the message of inclusiveness and respect for each other's heritage.
As a multi platinum recording artist, Earl has provided 96 songs for Oprah, Dr. Oz, and Harpo Radio, from Maya Angelou's "Human Family Remix" to Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy's production of "The Hush Sound" with Shawn O'Keefe. Earl's hit song "Yakaleo" with French sensation "Nomads" earned a Diamond Record for it's success throughout Central Europe and North Africa.
His drumming career includes performances with Cyndi Lauper, Master Griots Dialy Mady Cissoko and Morikeba Kouyate, Poi Dog Pondering and The Chicago Symphony Orchestra to name a few.
Earl's expertise with Rhythm stems from years of touring, and constant study including Central African traditional styles from Cameroon.
"Earl has a fluidity as a musician that can't help but inspire others. Be it rock and jazz or the poly-rhythms of Cameroon, Talbot is capable of most anything percussive.
His real talent, however, is his inexhaustible patience and enthusiasm for music. Any student of his is lucky."
~ Patrick Stump, "Fall Out Boy" at The Drum School with Earl Talbot
"ETY•Plugs are a staple here at The Drum School. Now all of my students enjoy protecting their hearing, comfortably without objection! I use ETY Plugs while practicing, and at every show I attend, weather performing, or as an audience member. With Etymotic products I'm always safe, especially during set up and sound check when feedback and loud noises used to gang up on my precious ears. I've always got a pair handy, and never leave home without em'.
I use ER•4's exclusively for my amazing 'in-ear monitor situation'. On stage I've got no more need for a loud wedge that competes with my own drum volume levels. In studio I've got a true reference, and record and mix at low volume levels- perfect! I love being able to work for hours, and when I 'un-plug' my Etymotic products, the world sounds the same as it did before I started. I can't believe I used to rock without protection, but now I'm at ease and can enjoy listening for the rest of my life.
Instructor: Madison Scouts, Avon High School, Blast
Jeff Queen, world-renowned percussion performer and instructor, currently works as percussion consultant for Madison Scouts Corp. Jeff has extensive drum corps experience having marched in the Bluecoats, Velvet Knights, Santa Clara Vanguard and Blue Knights. Jeff was the DCI's I&E snare drum champion in 1994 & 1995 and an original cast member of the Emmy award winning Broadway show BLAST! Jeff also travels the world as an active composer, arranger, judge, clinician and performer.
"The best thing about the Etymotic Custom Fit Musicians Earplugs is that they just 'turn the volume down'. The plugs don't distort sound - rather they make it softer. They are also very easy to take in and out of your ear and fit securely back in place with ease. I don't leave home without them!"
Band Director - Olathe North High School, Percussion Instructor
John Wickersham is a band director at Olathe North High School and a percussion instructor in the Olathe/Kansas City Metro Area. As assistant band director, his duties include teaching marching, concert and jazz band band, percussion, and three elementary school bands. He received his Bachelors of Music Education in 2008 from the University of Kansas, and his Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Kansas in 2014. In addition to his experience with teaching instrumental music in public schools, John has also taught several seasons of Drum and Bugle Corps. His involvement started with this summer marching activity through his membership in the front ensemble of the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2006. The following summer, John began teaching the Colt Cadets. He is an active percussion composer and arranges percussion scores for high schools in and around the Kansas City area. He is also passionate about percussion education/advocacy and was recently elected as Secretary and Treasurer of the Kansas Percussive Arts Society.
ETY-Plugs are an effective and affordable hearing protection option for all musicians. They conveniently come with a carrying pouch and a cord that lays behind your neck while you're not wearing the plugs. I keep a pair of ETY-Plugs on my school lanyard so I always have them with me. This has helped me be prepared for any unexpected loud situations that arise while teaching band.
It has been well established that Etymotic is an industry leader in hearing protection, but what I appreciate most as a band director is their commitment to education on the subject. The Adopt-a-Band program provides wonderful resources that help directors educate students on how to correctly use ETYPlugs. The program has also helped establish a culture of understanding about hearing protection and taking steps to prevent hearing damage in our band program. "
Jonathan Bell is the director of the Wall of Sound, Germantown (Wis.) High School's marching band. With a bachelor of music education from the University of Northern Iowa and a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Jon has devoted his career to inspiring band students to reach their personal potential as musicians, and then unite and work together as part of a large ensemble. Whether he's leading the high school's marching, jazz or pep bands, he uses music to impart valuable life lessons on the importance of practice, patience, dedication and teamwork-as well as the joy of doing something you love.
A tuba player at heart, Jon performs in a variety of groups throughout Southeast Wisconsin. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoys camping, hiking and kayaking with his family, skills he continues to hone as a leader in his sons' Boy Scout troop.
"As much as kids sometimes think they're invincible, we've focused on teaching them to safeguard their hearing. Our instructors, students and the families who attend our events have embraced ETY-Plugs because they maintain music quality while keeping the decibels in check. They make our music experience infinitely safer and more comfortable."
Musician,Educator - Kansas State University
Kurt Gartner serves as Associate Director of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance and Professor of Percussion at Kansas State University. There, he teaches applied percussion and percussion methods. Also, he directs the Percussion Ensemble, Keyboard Percussion Quartets, and the Latin Jazz Ensemble. As a 2010-2011 Tilford Fellow, he coordinated an interdisciplinary study of Cuban arts. In the past, he was a Big 12 Faculty Fellow, collaborating with the percussion studio and jazz program at the University of Missouri. There, he provided instruction and performances in Afro-Cuban music and applications of technology in music. He has served as Special Assistant to the Provost and as Coordinator of the university's Peer Review of Teaching Program.
Gartner has performed professionally in orchestral, jazz, chamber, world, and commercial venues, and has performed on a showcase concert and presented additional clinics and performances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. He is an educational consultant for Remo, Sabian, and Vic Firth.
Prior to his appointment at KSU, Gartner served as Associate Professor of Bands at Purdue University. In 2001, he completed his Doctor of Arts degree at the University of Northern Colorado. At UNC, he directed ensembles, taught jazz history, and was the Assistant Director of the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival. Also, he received the Graduate Dean's Citation for Outstanding Dissertation for his research of the late percussion legend, Tito Puente. Gartner is a founding member and contributing composer of the Indiana-based Los Blancos Latin Jazz Band. He is the technology editor for the journal Percussive Notes.
"I hope that mine is the last generation of musicians not fully informed and equipped to prevent hearing loss from the beginning of our careers. With the quality and variety of Etymotic products available, there's no reason for anyone NOT to enjoy quality sound that is also safe in any musical setting."
Assistant Band Director/Percussion Coordinator
Bartlesville Public Schools
Matt Brusca is currently the Assistant Band Director/Percussion Coordinator for Bartlesville Public Schools. He also works on staff with WGI Independent World Class Finalist, Gateway Indoor and DCI Open Class Finalist, the Colt Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. Additionally, he serves as the Co-Founder/Director of the U.S.-Serbian Drum Line Exchange, which presented clinics and performances on U.S. marching percussion in Novi Sad and Belgrade, Serbia during the summers of 2011 and 2012. Matt's performing experiences include the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Bears Drum Line, the NCAA Cross Country Championships, among others. He has also been seen performing on FOX, TBS, ESPN, and the MLB Network. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Missouri Southern State University and a Master's degree in Percussion Performance from Illinois State University.
"My Etymotic Custom Earplugs have revolutionized how I practice, teach, and perform. The clarity of sound this product delivers is exceptional and has assisted me greatly in musical idioms ranging from DCI to jazz combos."
Michael Klee is a percussion specialist and has earned both an M.M. and a B.A. in percussion performance. He is a freelance performer around the Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas areas. Michael teaches percussion at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and many area high school and middle schools. He regularly teaches upwards of 150 percussion students each week throughout the marching, concert, and indoor percussion seasons. Michael has instructional videos on onlinedrummer.com, is a Vic Firth Education Team member and has served as President of the Nebraska PAS Chapter.
"Hearing protection is a must for all musicians and the Etymotic ETY-Plugs have worked wonderfully for me and my students. All the students I work with are required to have hearing protection, and the ETY-Plugs are both cost effective and allow for excellent sound without sacrificing clarity. I often wear them during drumline rehearsals, concerts, percussion instruction and anywhere else with lots of sound."
CEO - Rhythm X, Inc.
Mike Scott is a clinician, consultant, and the CEO of Rhythm X, Inc., a non-profit music education company in Dayton, Ohio. Mike earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 2012. There he studied percussion and conducting and completed the Farmer School of Business Summer Institute. Before beginning his career as an administrator and teacher, Mike was an active performer in the marching arts. In 2011 Mike was the conductor of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps of Canton, Ohio and was a performer in Rhythm X's percussion ensemble from 2011-2012. Mike was also a member of the Miami University Marching Band for four years, serving as the drum major during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. In 2013 Mike began work at Rhythm X, Inc. as the Operations Director, managing the business development and logistics of the organization. He was also the Director of Instrumental Music at St. Ursula Academy in Toledo, Ohio. There he taught band, orchestra, and general music in grades 6-12. Prior to the 2015 competitive season, Mike became the first full-time employee at Rhythm X, Inc. as the company's CEO. There he works with the organization's President Tim Fairbanks to develop the future strategy of the company. During the summer months, Mike travels the country with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps as the group's Tour Administrator. He has also served as the tour manager of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps of Allentown, Pennsylvania. Mike proudly endorses Innovative Percussion, Etymotic Research, and Fred J. Miller Inc.
"The ETY•Plugs are the quintessential earplug. My students can get safe and effective hearing protection with an inexpensive yet high-quality earplug. Every musician should have a pair!"
Conductor/Director of Bands - Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College
Russell McCutcheon is Director of Bands in the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. At Gettysburg, he conducts the Wind Symphony, Sunderman Conservatory Symphony Band, and the Sunderman Chamber Winds. He also directs the Bullets Marching Band. In addition, he teaches conducting, music education courses, and supervises student teachers in the field.
Dr. McCutcheon received his Ph.D. in Music Education with a concentration in Wind Conducting from the University of Florida in Gainesville where he served as Assistant Conductor of the Wind Symphony.
Dr. McCutcheon is the founding conductor of the Atlantic Chamber Winds, and is a regular contributor to the best-selling book series, "Teaching Music through Performance in Bands." He has been the featured clinician/conductor for many county and district honor bands, was invited to serve as the winds and percussion clinician for the Ohio All-State Orchestra, travels regularly to music camps nationally, and adjudicates band festivals in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Florida, Mexico and the Bahamas.
"I'm on my second pair of custom musicians' earplugs, and wouldn't trade them for any others. As a conductor of wind bands, the sound levels can be very high, and all directed at me. Some days I have as much as six hours of rehearsal; since my ears are my most important teaching tools, it is critical I protect them. Etymotic's custom musicians' earplugs fit beautifully and are comfortable to wear for long periods of time. They cut the sound enough to be safe, without affecting my ability to hear and rehearse the ensemble. I even wear them to football games, nightclubs and on airplanes - anywhere sound is an issue."
Percussion Caption Head, Phantom Regiment
Presently, Shane is the Percussion Caption Head for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from Rockford, Illinois and Battery Arranger and Visual Designer for Music City Mystique from Nashville, Tennessee. He started as a charter member of Music City Mystique in the 90's and has continued to be a part for the last 18 years. In 2009, Shane joined an elite group of signature artists when Innovative Percussion introduced the Shane Gwaltney signature marching snare drum stick. His innovative and trend setting musical and visual designs have become a mainstay in the WGI, BOA and the DCI arenas.
"Undeniably the most comfortable fit and best protection an ear could want!"