Rise Percussion (PIW) Staff
Jake Euler – Ensemble Director
Jake Euler is from Golden, CO. He is currently the Director of Rise Percussion (PIW) and the Executive Director and Percussion Director for Rise Performing Arts. He’s also currently the Head Drumline Instructor at the University of Colorado Boulder and the Percussion Director at Legend High School.
Don Click – Program Coordinator
Don Click is co-founder of Independent World Class percussion group Music City Mystique and served as the Executive Director until 2006. He remains active on the McM Board of Directors
and the Design Team.
Don is a sought-after designer and program coordinator for drum corps, marching band and winter percussion programs nationwide. Touching all WGI percussion divisions, he has had numerous finalists and medal recipients in his 25+ year history. Up to 20 groups per year utilize Don in various capacities with their programs. Don continues actively judge in all areas of the performing arts.
Don’s drum corps affiliation is diverse and goes back many years including marching with The Bayonne Bridgemen, Suncoast Sound and The Concord Blue Devils as well as serving on the design team at Pacific Crest. Don is the current Program Coordinator for The Colts Drum and Bugle Corps from Dubuque Iowa.
With Winter Guard International, Don has held the responsibilities of being a member of the Percussion Advisory Board, Percussion Steering Committee, and the Board of Directors. He was inducted into the Winter Guard International Hall of Fame in 2010, the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Texas Color Guard Circuit in 2020. Don currently serves on the WGI Board of Directors as well as the Executive Committee as Treasurer. Don has also served as President of the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit where he had previously served as the Percussion Coordinator.
Don’s experience in the music business spans 2 decades. He began his career leading the way in Product Development, Marketing and Artist Relations for Pearl/Adams, then continued with ProMark/D’Addario for an additional 10 years where he held roles in Product Management, Director of Marketing and Education/Artist Relations. Don also served at the Vice President of Marketing for System Blue. Currently Don works for the IT Department for the Houston Independent School District.
Don resides in Katy, TX with his wife Stephanie and their children Avery and Piper.
Sean McElroy – Visual Designer
Sean McElroy grew up in southwest Denver, Colorado in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, a time where the state was a dominant force in the progression of the marching percussion activity. Through his involvement with Bear Creek High School, Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, and Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble, Sean was exposed to a multiple of percussion greats such as Ralph Hardimon, Mike Nevin, Dave Marvin and other incredible educators. Being exposed to such a strong and healthy percussion community in CO, he cultivated a deep passion for percussion and visual arts by pursuing a busy teaching career as soon as his time as performer in the activity was concluded.
In 2004, following his age out season of drum corps with the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, Sean was invited to teach the bass drum section of the Cadets for the 2004 season. Sean would remain the bass tech with the Cadets through the summer of 2010. In 2011, Sean joined the battery staff at Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, serving as the bass tech for 2 seasons. In 2013, Sean joined the percussion staff at Carolina Crown, a position he has held since. In total, Sean has 14 consecutive seasons of experience teaching DCI percussion.
After many years of teaching and designing for high schools and independent groups around the Denver area, Sean became the visual designer for the Blue Knight’s Percussion Ensemble. Sean served in this role along with show coordinator for the seasons of 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2013. The ensemble was awarded 3rd place at the WGI National Championship in 2007, and won the Fan Favorite award in 2011 with the memorable show entitled Physical Graffiti.
In 2008, Sean moved to Canton, Michigan to become the percussion director at the highly acclaimed Plymouth Canton High School. He would work there for a 6 years during which the percussion would make an appearance in WGI World Class final in 2009 and Open Class Finals in 2013. In 2014, Sean moved to Fort Mill, SC where he was the percussion director at Nation Ford High School from 2014 to 2016. Sean is now the Ensemble Coordinator at Carolina Crown, along with being a freelance drill designer for numerous marching ensembles throughout the United States. He is also an active judge for indoor drum line and marching band circuits. Sean currently splits his time between his hometown of Colorado Springs and North Carolina, and spends his free time traveling, riding his bike, and snowboarding.
Elias Euler – Battery Designer
Elias Euler is a Colorado native and a long-time performer, teacher, and composer of percussion. After nine years of marching with the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble as a member of the battery and front ensemble (2007-2015), Elias began designing and teaching with Rise Percussion for the ensemble’s WGI Championship debut in 2016. He has since continued his contribution to the visual and musical identity of Rise Performing Arts, taking on the role of Rise Percussion (PIW) Battery Arranger in 2018. In addition to his involvement with Rise, Elias has worked with the Battalion Drum and Bugle Corps, the University of Colorado Marching Band, Silver Creek HS Marching Band/Percussion Ensemble, Longmont HS Percussion Ensemble, and the GOT Motion Percussion Ensemble in Göteborg, Sweden.
Elias has maintained an active role as a performing musician for over 15 years, playing in a variety of groups that have ranged from blues/rock/jazz bands to the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. In 2016, Elias began performing onstage with ODESZA, eventually drumming with the electronic music duo at festivals across the U.S. and in their international A Moment Apart Tour in 2017. Outside of music, Elias is a researcher and doctoral candidate at Uppsala University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. He currently resides in Uppsala, Sweden with his wife Desirae and daughter Elowyn.
Dylan Camacho – Front Ensemble Designer
BIO Coming Soon!
Alex Hinds – Battery Caption Head
Alex Hinds is a percussion specialist born and raised in the Chicago-land area. He has grown to become a leading educator, clinician, and performer throughout the United States as well as Asia and Central America.
Between DCI and WGI Alex has an extensive marching career spanning 9 seasons. He spent his time with various ensembles including Pioneer Indoor (2010-2013) where he was the battery section leader and ensemble leader from 2011-2013, Pioneer Drum &
Bugle Corps (2011) where he was the section leader, Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps (2013-2014), and Gateway Indoor (2014-2015) where he was the battery section leader and ensemble leader for his age out in 2015.
Throughout his percussion career Alex has been very grateful to have had the opportunity to grow and develop while studying under many greats in the music world.
In his time at VanderCook College of Music Alex studied under the instruction of Professor Kevin Lepper and Bret Kuhn. Other greats that he has studied with include Adam Hill, Shane Gwaltney, Huei-Yuan Pan, Mike McIntosh, Taha Ahmed, Ben Pyles, Rob Ferguson, Derrick Shannon, Chris Murphree and many more.
In addition to teaching, Alex is a designer, arranger, and consultant for outdoor and indoor marching ensembles throughout the United States. He is the founder and owner of A. Hinds Designs, a company that creates custom arrangements and productions for all areas of the marching arts. Aside from his business, Alex is currently on staff with
Rise Percussion as the battery caption head for Rise World, the designer and arranger for Rise Open, and is working with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps as an Ensemble Specialist.
At this time Alex currently resides in Westminster, Colorado and holds the title of Director of Percussion at Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins.
Alex proudly endorses Pearl/Adams instruments, Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, Remo Drumheads, and Beetle Percussion.
Corey Anderson – Front Ensemble Caption Head
Corey Anderson has been working with Rise Percussion in some capacity since 2015. Raised in Colorado, Corey’s involvement in the marching arts began in 2003 at Rampart High School, including four years of marching band and three years of winter percussion, continuing on to be a member of the University of Colorado Golden Buffalo Marching Band for four years. Corey was also member of the Blue Knights World Percussion Ensemble for three years (2010-2012).
Corey was the Director of Percussion at Broomfield High School for eight years, leading the program to two state championships, two WGI Open Class Concert Finalist placements, and two WGI Concert Fan Favorite awards. Within Rise Percussion, Corey has held several different roles throughout the years, including Front Ensemble Tech, Snare Tech, Battery Caption Head, and now as the Front Ensemble Caption Head.
Corey is currently a software engineer with a Masters degree in Computer Science. He lives in Westminster, Colorado and enjoys movies and movie critique, crossword puzzles, and writing.
Lucas Garner – Visual Caption Head
Lucas Garner has been involved in the pageantry arts for close to a decade. After four seasons spent with the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps, Lucas aged out in 2017 and spent most of his professional life teaching in and around Baltimore while attending the University of Maryland. He migrated West to the Denver metro area in 2019 to pursue his career in music education. Since transitioning West, Lucas has embraced his hobbies of rock climbing and backpacking in the Rockies.
After serving as Assistant Band Director and Visual Caption Head at Broadneck and Urbana high schools respectively in Maryland, Lucas assumed the role of Visual Caption Head at Legacy High School in Broomfield, CO in the 2019 season. With a background of experience in indoor as well as outdoor marching technique, dance and choreographing, Lucas brought a wide variety of skills to his role of Visual Technician during his first season with Rise in 2019. In his new role as the Visual Caption Head, he will be a valuable addition to the Rise Percussion staff leadership.
Amy Fallon – Visual Coordinator
Amy started her involvement in the marching arts by playing euphonium at The Boston Crusaders in 2008 and The Phantom Regiment in 2009. She has been on Visual Staff at Phantom Regiment since 2017. Amy has been teaching high school band in Colorado since 2010. She has experience teaching visual, choreography, and also writing drill for high school and college bands across the country. This will be Amy’s 5th year on staff at Rise Percussion, where she is excited to be the Visual Coordinator!
Stefanellie Saavedra – Choreographer
Stefanellie is returning for Rise’s 2021 season as their Choreographer. Her marching career began on the east coast as a colorguard member. She is a Bluecoat alumni (2014-2015) and an Emanon Winterguard alumni (2014-2018). She began teaching and designing for the marching arts in 2014. Stef believes that every one is capable of excellence when it comes to performance and movement. New to Colorado, Stef loves to expand her creativity through movement, fine arts, graphic design, climbing, travel, and teaching. There are tangible lessons to be learned within each activity. While they may seem unrelated, our experiences inevitably come full circle to shape us into the best versions we are meant to become. As an educator, it is her passion to share that wisdom and enlightenment with the younger generation of performers.
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Board of Directors:
- Jake Euler – Executive Director/President/Percussion Director
- Melody Monroe – Vice President
- Cate Camacho – Treasurer
- Anastasie Moise – Secretary
- Ashley Cook – Winterguard Director
- Klifford Holly – Operations Manager
- Tohbias Juniel – Community Outreach