The Synced Up Team

Shane is a Program Coordinator, Visual Designer, and Battery Arranger in the Music and Visual Arts. He was a charter member of Music City Mystique Indoor Percussion Ensemble and has been instrumental in the group's success for 28 years. Shane has arranged and worked with ensembles in DCI, such as Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps, Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, and Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. His inspiration and motivation comes from the kids and programs that allow him to be involved. Currently, Shane is the Program Coordinator/Battery Arranger/Visual Designer at Music City Mystique, the Program Coordinator at Music City Drum and Bugle Corps, teaches and designs at Ravenwood HS, along with working with several High School and Independent WGI ensembles across the country. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit and is a proud artist and clinician for Innovative Percussion, Pearl Drums, Evans Drum Heads\Planet Waves, and Zildjian Cymbals. You can contact Shane at shanegwaltney@syncedupdesigns.com.

Jason attended Middle Tennessee State University studying Music Education and Construction Management. He was a marching member of Music City Mystique from 1999-2000 and The Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 1999. After marching, Jason spent 19 years in production and operations management while also performing as a professional bass player with many local and touring acts. Out of the necessity for marketing materials for his earliest rock band, Return To Self, Jason dove headfirst into learning graphic design. These skills enabled opportunities as a freelance designer creating marketing material for many artists and businesses. Jason currently manages the day to day operations while also designing uniforms and graphics for Synced Up. You can contact Jason at jasonhunt@syncedupdesigns.com.

Dan has been a music student since the age of 9 and has been involved with WGI since 2002. It is one of his favorite things in the World.

He began his marching career with WGI open class ensemble Aftermath Indoor Percussion, and started marching Drum Corps with DCA’s Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps. His marched his age out season playing snare drum with the 2008 Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2009 Dan joined the cast of Rhythm X where he performed 2 seasons winning a Gold and Silver Medal to finish his marching career.

Dan studied percussion at University of Delaware under Jim Ancona and at Eastern Kentucky University where he earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in 2010. He is now a full-time professional musician and educator based in Nashville, TN.
Dan is a proud endorsing Artist for Pearl drums and percussion, and Innovative Percussion drumsticks and mallets. 

You can contact Dan at dantwiford@syncedupdesigns.com

Nick Mason is a native of Nashville, Tennessee and has been involved extensively with Audio Production and the Pageantry Arts since 2012.

Nick’s pageantry background includes 6 seasons of WGI and 2 seasons of DCI. He spent three years at Chattanooga Independent Percussion Ensemble (Cleveland, TN) on snare drum from 2014-2016. His next three years were at 8 time WGI World Champions, Music City Mystique (Nashville, TN) from 2017-2019 on snare drum where he won the PIW Gold Medal in 2017 and the PIW Bronze Medal in 2019. Additionally, Nick has marched 2 years of Drum Corps at 7 time DCI World Champion, The Cavaliers (Rosemont, IL) from 2018-2019 on snare drum. Nick has also been a member of the MTSU Band of Blue Drumline (Murfreesboro, TN) from 2017-2018, where he served as the percussion section leader for the 2018 season.

Since graduating college, Nick has worked on numerous projects including The Cavaliers 2020 PASIC Clinic, Virtual Arts’ Drum and Bugle Corps and Marching Band productions, California Orchestra Directors Association’s Virtual Performance, California All State Virtual Performances, Music Chunks content creation, and many post-production projects for individual artists. He has also worked with numerous High School and Independent Ensembles where he’s provided pageantry audio services including Timber Creek HS (FL), Clarksville HS, (TN), Audio Theater (TN), Music City Drum Corps (TN), and The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (IL). Along with developing and building MAS, Nick has also create the Audio Department, known as Synced Up Audio from Synced Up Designs, where he offer audio services and products for the field, floor and stage.

Currently, Nick holds a B.S. in Audio Production and Music Industry from Middle Tennessee State University and resides in Nashville, TN. He actively serves as the owner of Mason Audio Solutions, the Battery Technician and Audio Specialist at Ravenwood High School (Brentwood, TN), an Audio Engineer at The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, the Audio Department Manager at Synced Up Designs, the Audio Coordinator at Audio Theater and Music City Drum Corps, and offers audio solutions and services to the greater Nashville area and other parts of the country.

You can contact Nick at nickmason@syncedupdesigns.com

Brooklee Mason is a graphic designer and illustrator from Huntsville, AL. She attended Jacksonville State University where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with concentration in graphic design. While attending Jax State, she was a member of the Marching Southerners and served as a Clarinet Section Leader for the 2019 season as well as Drum Major for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Her passion lies in drawing and illustration, which she incorporates heavily into her design work. 

You can contact Brooklee at brookleemason@syncedupdesigns.com

CJ is a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Education. In his time at UT Martin, he received instruction and attended masterclasses from a plethora of world-class artists. As a member of the Music City Mystique front ensemble in 2016 and 2017, CJ hopes to inspire other musicians the same way Mystique inspired him. He currently resides north of Nashville with his incredible wife, where he serves full time as a band director. Additionally, when not working with his own students, he is constantly composing, arranging, and designing for various ensembles and organizations. His reach extends internationally, having worked with different groups around the world as a sound designer, percussion and winds arranger, and composer.

Mr. Miller is a freelance composer, conductor, and educator. From 2013-2018 he served as the Director of Bands at Joe E. Newsome High School in Lithia, FL. Under his baton, Newsome’s bands regularly earned superior ratings at the Florida Bandmasters Association Music Performance Assessments. In 2017 the Newsome band program received the Florida Bandmasters Association’s Otto Kraushaar award for straight superior ratings from every judge at marching band, jazz, district and state concert band music performance assessments. Under his direction the Wolfpack Marching Band was named the 2015 Bands of America Regional Grand Champions in Newark, DE, and performed in the 2016 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, NY. Before his appointment at Joe E. Newsome High School, he was Assistant Director of Bands at Robert Vela High School in Edinburg, TX under Bob Barfield, and the Director of Bands at Weeki Wachee High School. While at WWHS, he was awarded the School Board of Hernando County’s “Hernando H.E.R.O.E.S.” Award (Hernando Educators Reaching Out to Every Student), and was also given the Superintendent’s “Excellence” Award for his services to the community. In 2016, he received the National Band Association's Certificate of Merit for Marching Excellence for outstanding contributions to marching bands. Mr. Miller is a published composer and arranger with Alfred Music, Carl Fischer Music, Excelcia Music, the F.J.H. Music Company Inc., and Eighth Note Publications. His music has received several recognitions including J.W. Pepper and Son's Editor's Choice, and Band World's Best 100 New Works for Band. His music for concert band is regularly commissioned, including one of his most recent pieces, Cosmic Expedition, which was commissioned by Phi Beta Mu International Bandmaster's Fraternity and will be performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic this December. Mr. Miller serves as a music and drill designer for high school and college marching bands across the United States. His music was performed during halftime at Superbowl XLVIII, as well as numerous B.C.S. Bowl games. He was a conducting drum major and trumpeter for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps under Howard Weinstein, played mellophone for the Syracuse Brigadiers Drum and Bugle Corps, served as a member of the educational staff for the 2009 Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, and is currently a brass technician for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Miller holds a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Syracuse University. As a graduate teaching assistant for the University of Florida bands under Dr. David Waybright, he guest conducted the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band, taught undergraduate conducting lessons, and was a staff member and music designer for Florida's Gator Marching Band. Mr. Miller is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, the Florida Music Educators Association, the Florida Bandmasters Association, the Georgia Music Educators Association, the National Band Association, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and is a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He currently resides in Newnan, GA and is happily married to his wife and best friend, Vivian. When he isn’t writing music or working with a musical ensemble, he enjoys traveling the world and experiencing the food culture wherever he goes. Please visit Mr. Miller on the web at www.michaeljmillermusic.com.

Music Composers and Arrangers

Jeremy Thompson is a full time wind composer,arranger and electronic sound designer for the marching arts. He has been active in the pageantry activity for over 15 years. Jeremy was a marching member of the 2003 Blue Devils hornline. Since 2003 he has been active as a visual instructor, choreographer, clinician and adjudicator. He has composed and arranged for marching ensembles all over the United States and Canada. In addition to writing for marching ensembles he is also active as a voice actor and music producer for radio commercials and visual media projects. He currently lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife Kristanne and their three dogs Ava, Aspen and Sparrow.

Dr. Matthew Jordan serves as the Assistant Professor of Percussion at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. He is also currently the front ensemble arranger for Music City Mystique, the Music Coordinator and Sound Designer for the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, and a Music Advisor for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. Prior to starting at JSU, Matt was the Concert Percussion Marketing Manager for Pearl Corporation/Adams Musical Instruments, and Assistant Director of Bands/Instructor of Percussion at Middle Tennessee State University. Matt has worked as a percussion instructor and arranger with a number of DCI and WGI groups, including the Phantom Regiment (2011-2014), Carolina Crown (2015), and Spirit of Atlanta (2007-2010, 2018). He is also very involved at the scholastic level as an arranger and sound designer for indoor drumlines and marching bands, having written for groups such as Max Percussion (Bangkok, Thailand), Bangkok Society Drumline, Franklin High School, Science Hill High School, McGavock High School, Dobyns-Bennett High School, and Father Ryan High School, among others. Matt completed the Doctor of Music degree from the Florida State University, a Master's Degree from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor's Degree from Middle Tennessee State University. Matt is a proud artist and clinician for Pearl/Adams instruments, Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, Evans Drumheads, and Zildjian Cymbals.

Matt Filosa is a freelance percussionist, composer, and arranger currently residing in Fort Worth, Texas. Owner of Sonus Designs and Publications, Matt writes, designs for, and teaches marching bands and indoor percussion groups all over the country. Matt is the sound designer and front ensemble arranger for several WGI and DCI finalist groups, most notably PIW group Music City Mystique (Music and Sound Design 2014/2020), the Cadets (Sound Design 2017/2018), and Spirit of Atlanta (2015, 2019/2020). In 2018, Matt was the Director of Percussion for Melissa ISD. Matt earned his Bachelors in Percussion Performance from the University of Florida (2007) and Masters in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas (2009). While attending UNT, Matt wrote for and taught the Green Brigade Drumline. In 2011, Matt was accepted into the Florida State percussion studios doctoral program, where his responsibilities included teaching the Marching Chiefs Drumline (2011-2015). In 2019, Matt earned his Doctorate in Percussion Performance. Before starting work on his doctorate, Matt was the Assistant Band Director/ Percussion Specialist at Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas. During this time, Matt created the popular stage show “Electronica” and “Dreamscape”, which later turned into the professional stage show “Nebulas.” Matt has performed on several professional recordings, recently featured on Dr. Omar Carmenates new CD Gaia Theory, released by Rattle Records. He has also performed at WASBE in Singapore and Ohio, CBDNA, TMEA, FMEA, and the Percussive Arts Society National Convention on several occasions, including performances with the Florida State percussion ensemble (2011), Bluecoats percussion ensemble (2007), and clinic presenter with Music City Mystique (2016). Passionate about the marching arts, it is Matt’s continued goal to inspire, educate, and promote music education and participation in the arts. Matt is endorsed by Innovative Percussion, Pearl/Adams, Evans drum heads, and Sabian Cymbals.

For over 17 years, Brian has been in demand as a performer, teacher, composer and arranger based in the Southern California area. In that time, he has performed with internationally renowned artists such as Peter Erskine, Alex Acuna, Tom Scott and the late Ed Shaughnessy. Brian attended California State University, Northridge where he studied with John Magnussen, Karen Ervin-Pershing, and Jerry Steinholtz. In addition, Brian has had the privilege of teaching and designing for some of the most highly decorated programs in the world. Brian has been on the staff of Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps since 2009, and is currently the Front Ensemble Caption Head as well as Front Ensemble Arranger/Sound Designer for the 17-time DCI World Champion. Since 2004, Brian has worked at Riverside City College, in Riverside, California. Currently, Brian serves as the Front Ensemble Caption Head and Designer for the internationally renowned RCC Marching Tigers, and as the Front Ensemble Manager for five-time WGI World Champion - RCC Indoor Percussion. Brian resides in Chino, California and works primarily as a composer/arranger/sound designer for many highly decorated programs in Southern California and around the world. Additionally, Brian is the director of the Southern California Percussion Ensemble Festival, held annually in Irvine, California. Brian is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, and proudly endorses Pro-Mark, System Blue, Evans, D'Addario, Meinl & Zildjian.

Evan VanDoren is a freelance arranger, composer, designer, and educational consultant living in Austin, Texas. After graduating with honors from Butler University in Indianapolis, Evan joined the band staff at Cedar Park High School. During his tenure, Cedar Park’s marching band has been named a UIL Texas State Marching Champion three times, as well as a BOA Grand National Finalist twice. Evan has been involved in the drum corps community since 2001, concluding his marching experience as the drum major of the Carolina Crown in 2008. Since then, he has served on the faculties of the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. Currently, he serves as the brass arranger for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. Additionally, Evan enjoys working as a leadership facilitator for SASI Leadership, based in Austin, Texas. Evan is an active clinician, presenting for Drum Corps International, the Music Educators National Convention, the Texas Bandmasters Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, and Music for All. He regularly consults with band programs around the country. Evan is also an active adjudicator with Bands of America and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association. Before devoting his life to creating music, Evan was a band director at Cedar Park High School, in Cedar Park, Texas, during which time the band was awarded multiple marching state championships and national recognition. He received a Bachelor in Music Education with Honors from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Currently, he lives in Cedar Park, Texas, with his wife, Katie, and their dog, Cooper. Evan’s approach is to provide professional, effective, and educationally-sound arrangements and services. As a skilled band director, he understands the needs of directors and students alike, and aims to set programs on a trajectory of positive growth.

Cole Williams is a composer, arranger, and educator from Guthrie, Oklahoma. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Oklahoma State University, and a Master of Music in Music Performance from the University of Arkansas. Currently, Cole is the Adjunct Professor of Percussion at the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In this capacity, he works with the Sound of the Golden Hurricane Marching Band, teaches private lessons and percussion ensemble, and instructs a Percussion Methods class for Music Education majors. A diverse arranger noted for his musicality and professionalism, Cole writes for distinguished groups around the country. Working with top wind arrangers in the activity such as Will Pitts, Steve Vento, John Georgeson, Andrew Anderson, Luke McMillan, Ben Lee, Alex Thode, and more, his work has been featured by winning ensembles in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. As a performer, Cole has had the privilege of playing in several respected ensembles at Oklahoma State University and the University of Arkansas. He has performed at the Oklahoma Music Educator's Association Winter Convention, the College Orchestra Director’s Association Convention, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the Collegiate Band Directors National Association Convention, and the Japan Band Clinic. Professionally, Cole has performed as a member of the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera Fayetteville. In addition to his activity in the concert percussion realm, Cole is also an avid marching percussion enthusiast, and spent two summers with The Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps (2012-2013) as a quad player. Cole is a sought after educator in the marching percussion realm. He is the Executive Director of Resistance Indoor Percussion. In addition to Resistance, Cole has served as a Percussion Instructor for several high schools, including Alma High School, Guthrie High School, Stillwater High School, and Yukon High School. He has also served as the Caption Head of the Oklahoma State University Winter Drumline, a group designed to help high school and college students polish their rudimental skills. From 2014-2016, Cole spent three seasons as the Assistant Percussion Caption Head/Tenor Technician for the Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps. Most recently, Cole was the instructor for the University of Arkansas Razorback Drumline. Cole Williams is a Vic Firth Educator, Pearl/Adams Regional Educational Artist, Zildjian Education Artist, and a member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS).

Artists and Designers

Ivan is a graphic designer based out of Denver, CO, and has been involved with the WGI activity since 2003. As a performer he earned the 2004 PSCW bronze medal with Gateway High School of Aurora, CO, as well as a number of finalist placements as a cymbal player for the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble. As an instructor, consultant, cymbal technician and designer he has worked with a variety of programs, such as George Mason University, Black Diamond Percussion, Imperial Dynasty Percussion, BKPE, and most notably Dakota Ridge High School from Littleton, CO. Dakota Ridge earned 6 RMPA Championships in 5 straight seasons, the 2018 WGI Concert Class Fan Favorite Award, 2017 WGI PSCO silver medal, and were the 2016 WGI PSCO World Champions. Ivan holds a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master’s in Sports & Entertainment Management from the University of Colorado Denver.

Liz graduated from Murray State University in 2008, with her Bachelor’s Degree in studio art. Drawing, design, and photography have always been a passion that translated perfectly into design for the marching arts. Her areas of expertise are uniforms, guard costumes, warm-up apparel, flags, props, and overall show concept. She has a comprehensive understanding of the design process from conception to final print. Currently, she lives in Kentucky with her husband Jon and daughter Marijka. Please visit her at Liz Revis Ray Design, modern art for modern marching!

Visual Designers and Choreographers

Jason Palmer has been involved in the creation and instruction of the pageantry arts since 2001. Being the son of a musician and artist, he has always had a knack for music and design. Jason has been a successful music designer, drill writer, and body movement choreographer, for programs all across the country. Jason's goal is to create beautiful works of art musically, visually, and conceptually. Jason is currently the percussion director at Mt. Juliet High School and has been leading the percussion program for the last twelve years. Groups I have been involved with include: "The Commandment's Own" The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps(Drill Designer), Music City Drum Corps (Drill Designer); Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps (Drill Designer), Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps; Colts Drum and Bugle Corps; Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps (drill designer); Music City Mystique; Gateway Indoor Percussion Ensemble; Middle Tennessee State University Drumline and percussion ensemble; University of Northern Alabama Drumline; and was previously director of percussion of Fred J. Page High School 2001-2010.

David has been involved with the WGI and DCI activities since 2011. Prior to beginning his teaching career, David marched four seasons with the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps, aging out as a drum major and a two-time Spirit Award recipient. He has also performed with the WGI Finalist Atlanta Quest Independent Indoor Drumline (2013–2015) on the cymbal line and has continued teaching the group since the 2016 season.Residing in Atlanta, Georgia, David has had the privilege of working with numerous high school marching bands and indoor programs across the metro-Atlanta area- including Forsyth Central High School, West Forsyth High School, Roswell High School, and Lambert High School. He currently works with Alpharetta High School’s Raider Band and Indoor Drumline as a visual caption head/choreographer/cymbal instructor, as well as with the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps as a visual instructor.

Evan Zubkovs was born and raised in Huntington, NY. He started his marching career at Walt Whitman High School, where he was a member of the drumline all four years. While doing High School band, he was also involved with a local independent Winter Guard called Saturday Matinee. Evan’s passion for color guard during High School prompted him to expand his marching resume, and decided to march in Alter Ego Winter Guard in 2005 and 2006. From there, he went on to march in the renowned Blessed Sacrament Winter Guard from 2007 to 2010, and was one of the captains in 2010. He was also honored to be chosen as a member of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in 2008 & 2009, gaining invaluable experience that brought him into the future.Evan transitioned to the educational side of the marching arts when he moved to South Florida in 2010. From then to present day, his major work has been as a choreographer and technician for the world-renowned Flanagan High School Color Guards. Other teaching experiences include the Blessed Sacrament Winter Guard, the West Broward High School Color Guards, the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps., and most recently, the Stoneman Douglas High School Color Guards.