Winds Educational Staff

Patrick Miller – Director, Visual Designer

Pat picturePat Miller has been involved in the world of the pageantry arts for over 25 years as an educator, designer, adjudicator, clinician and consultant.  Originally starting his career as a performer with the Garfield Cadets, Pat has served in many roles including drill designer, visual caption head, instructor and consultant for several DCI, BOA, and scholastic championship programs.  Pat’s involvement has included such outstanding DCI organizations as The Cadets, The Glassmen, The Blue Knights, and most recently with The Phantom Regiment.  Scholastically, Pat has been instrumental in achieving multiple state championships in Virginia and Florida, and has been involved with Lassiter High School (GA), Center Grove High School (IN), Plymouth Canton (MI), Thomas Jefferson HS of Science and Technology (VA), and has been working with the Braden River High School Marching Band, the two-time class 3A Florida State Champion since the 2012 season.

Pat is an active adjudicator throughout the Southeast and MidWest and has been a Guest Conductor at the University of Georgia Middle School Honor Band Festival in Athens, GA.   He is currently in his eleventh year as the Director of Bands at The Out-of-Door Academy, a Pre K-12 independent college preparatory school in Sarasota, FL.  Pat enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters at the beach and running Tough Mudder extreme endurance races.

Ryan Gantt – Music Caption Head

Ryan PictureRyan Gantt, originally from Deland, FL, began his educational training at Stetson University and finished his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. Throughout his academic career he marched one season with Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps and three seasons with the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps.

Ryan is in his seventh year as Director of Bands at Booker High Visual and Performing Arts School in Sarasota, FL. Booker High is ranked within the nation’s top 100 schools for the arts. The bands at Booker VPA High School continuously receive Superior and Excellent ratings at Florida Bandmaster Association events. This is Ryan’s second year with Horizon Winds in the role of Music Caption Head. He is thrilled to be returning and continuing to build on the traditions and excellence established during the 2017 season.

Outside of the classroom, he lives in Bradenton, FL with his wife and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Jeremy Thompson – Music Composer & Arranger

JJeremy Headshoteremy Thompson is a music composer, arranger and sound designer based out of Denver, Colorado.  He is the owner of Vision Through Music Productions which serves clients in the genre of marching band, indoor percussion ensembles and winterguard clients through audio editing and original compositions.  He is also a voice actor and music composer for radio commercials.  In addition to his work at Vision Through Music he also serves the wind composing and arranging needs for Synced Up Designs and the sound design needs for Fannin Musical Productions.

His performing career began with the Concord Blue Devils and he has worked with several DCI ensembles including Southwind, The Spirit of Atlanta and most recently The Blue Knights.  He has worked with The Blue Knights and Music City Mystique indoor percussion ensembles and did the audio soundtrack work for the following 2016 WGI finalist shows; Cypress Independent (IW), Stoneman Douglas (SW), and Mt. Juliet (SA).

Matt Filosa – Percussion Arranger

Matt FilosaMatt Filosa is a freelance percussionist, composer, and arranger currently residing in Fort Worth, Texas. Co-owner of the marching arts design company Synced Up Designs, Matt writes,designs, and teaches  groups all over the country. Matt is the sound designer and front ensemble arranger for several WGI finalist groups, most notably PIW groups Music City Mystique(co-arranger) out of Tennessee and Equinox Percussion out of Georgia. From 2011 to 2014, Matt was the drumline instructor for Florida State Marching Chiefs Drumline. In 2012, Matt went on a national tour with the Florida State percussion ensemble, which concluded with a showcase concert at the Percussive Arts Society National Convention. In the summer of 2012, in Wichita Falls Texas, Matt launched his new professional stage show, “Nebulas”. From 2009-2011, Matt was the Assistant Band Director and Percussion Coordinator at Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas.

From 2007-2009 Matt arranged for and instructed the Green Brigade Drumline at the University of North Texas. In 2009, he earned his Masters from the University of North Texas. In 2007, Matt earned his Bachelor’s degree In Music Performance from the University of Florida. Matt is currently ABD at the Florida State University.

Matt marched three years of Drum Corps with the Magic of Orlando (2004) and Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps (2006 ,2007). Matt earned 2nd place two years in a row performing original compositions at the PAS international marimba competition.

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 PAS on several occasions. Matt is sponsored by Innovative Percussion, Pearl/Adams, Evans drum heads, and Sabian Cymbals.

Ian Weborg – Visual/Music Technician

b1e0e0_31530dd29f104eb9be8d7c4f79eaa280~mv2Ian Weborg has been involved in the marching arts since 2007. He resides in Tampa, Florida where he instructs, consults and designs for ensembles in the fall, winter and summer arenas. Ian spent his marching career with Spirit of Atlanta and Teal Sound.

Weborg formerly spent two seasons on the brass staff at Heat Wave, as a Trumpet Technician in 2015 and as a Brass Caption Head in 2016. The opportunity to assist in building the culture at a brand new DCI drum & bugle corps was an invaluable experience for him. In 2017, he served on the brass staff at Pioneer Drum & Bugle Corps. Ian currently works as a Brass Technician for the Seminole High School Warhawk Marching Band; the 2017 USbands Southern States Grand Champion and FMBC 4A bronze medalist. He has worked in various roles and capacities with Palm Harbor University High School, Northeast High School, Largo High School, Rockledge High School, Countryside High School and Ancient City Ensemble.

 Ian received his Associate of Arts degree with a sub-concentration in K-12 Education from St. Petersburg College. He is currently studying Social Science Education at the University of South Florida.

Chris Leiper – Music/Visual Technician

Option-five-200x300Chris Leiper is a trumpet player based out of Tampa, FL where he attended the University of South Florida and completed his Bachelor of Science in Music Education. A native of Englewood, FL, Chris has been involved in the pageantry arts for the past eleven years. This is his second season with Horizon Winds.

Chris is the Band Director at Pinellas Park High School in Largo, FL.  Chris has also served as a visual designer and caption head for the Booker High School Whirlwind Brigade in Sarasota, FL from 2014-2016 and was a brass instructor for the Joe E. Newsome High School Wolfpack Marching Band from Lithia, FL in 2017.

He was a marching member of the Sun Devils Drum and Bugle Corps from Inverness, FL in 2009, 2010, 2013, and 2014 before aging-out with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps of Casper, WY in 2016. Chris will be returning to Heat Wave Drum and Bugle Corps this summer on their brass staff.  Away from teaching, Chris plays principal trumpet for the Sarasota Pops Orchestra and enjoys spending time with his friends and family.

Audrey Benitez – Visual/Music Technician

IMG_3512Audrey Benitez is from Miami, FL and attended South Miami High School as part of their Music Magnet program. She participated in her school’s marching band, jazz band, and wind ensemble all four years. At just 15 years old, Audrey was contracted to be a member of the Boston Crusaders, where she went on to march one season on trumpet and two seasons on mellophone. Audrey attended Florida International University (FIU) where she played mellophone for the college’s marching band and basketball band for three seasons. Audrey is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, an international women’s music fraternity. Audrey also performed in FIU Indoor Winds with one season on trumpet and one season on mellophone. As an instructor, she has teched music and marching for high school marching programs in Miami including Miami Sunset HS, South Miami HS, South Dade HS, and Coral Gables HS. She was also the Music Caption Head for the March of Dimes Pep Band for two seasons, one season overseeing 120 members and the following season overseeing 150 members. Audrey just moved to the Bradenton, FL area in the summer of 2017. She is a guidance counselor at Sarasota Military Academy Prep Middle School and currently plays trumpet in two concert bands, the Manatee Concert Band and the Sarasota Concert Band.

Aleah Alia – Visual/Dance Instructor

IMG_6834Aleah Alia is proud to be part of the visual staff for Horizon Winds. She fell in love with the performing arts activity during middle school and continued performing throughout high school and college. She was a member of the 2007 Winter Guard International Independent Open Class Bronze Medalist, Fahrenheit Winter Guard out of Orlando, Florida. Since then, she has worked with several color guards in Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Texas. Aleah graduated from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida with an Associate’s Degree in Dance. She then danced with Sarasota Contemporary Dance, formerly known as Fuzión Dance Artists, out of Sarasota, Florida for three seasons. Aleah is also an active member of the Central States Judging Association and a movement judge for the Florida Federation of Color Guards Circuit. She currently resides in Clermont, Florida with her daughter Daniella.

Todd Clevenger – Consultant

b1e0e0_ebfd4b1463444fc09c20228272f8d38e~mv2Serving as a designer, instructor, consultant and adjudicator, Todd Clevenger has been involved in the pageantry arts for more than thirty years. DCI, WGI, BOA and circuits across the country have seen finalist performances from groups with which Todd has worked. Well-versed in all facets of our activity, Todd is currently active in marching band, drum corps, winter guard, indoor percussion, and indoor winds.

For five years beginning in 2004, Todd was thrilled to be on the visual staff of the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps from Toledo, Ohio. It was then his privilege to accept the position of visual caption head for the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from Denver, Colorado. Todd held this position in 2013 and 2014. He currently holds the role of Visual Caption Head at the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps and has been that position since 2017.

Todd also served three years as the visual caption head for Indianapolis Independent (I-Two) Percussion Ensemble from Indianapolis, Indiana, a program which was an Independent World Class finalist two of those years. In addition to teaching indoor percussion groups each winter, Todd is an active adjudicator and announcer, working for circuits nationally. His voice may be recognizable as WGI Percussion World Championships frequently find him behind the microphone serving as one of the voices of the Sport of the Arts.

Chuck Alfrey – Consultant/Housing Manager

Chuck%20AlfreyChuck Alfrey has been a music educator since 1988. His is currently in his third year as Director of Bands at Sarasota High School in Sarasota, FL. He has also been the Director of Bands at various schools in Indiana and Florida.  His groups have won multiple State Championships in winter percussion and winter guard as well as being WGI Finalist and Semi-Finalist.  Marching bands under Chuck’s direction have consistently advanced to Circuit Championship finals.  He has also been a drill designer, music arranger, consultant, and adjudicator for the past 28 years.

As a performer Chuck has played with such jazz greats as James Moody, Conte Candoli, Bill Watrous, Ray Brown and John Faddis.  He lists John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Michael Brecker as his major influences as a tenor sax player. Chuck enjoys playing golf, running, and participating in trialthlons. Completing full Ironman competitions in Louisville and Chattanooga are listed as highlights of his triatlon career.

Ricardo Robinson – Visual Consultant/Design

Ricardo is originally from MS where he attended the University of Southern Mississippi and was both Colorguard Captain/Coordinator and Drum Major for the Pride of MS Marching Band.

While in MS, Ricardo was the Colorguard Director for the Petal High School Marching Band which won numerous state and regional Championships in band and colorguard. He served for 10 years as the Colorguard Director/Coordinator for the East Central Community College Wall O’ Sound Band in Decatur MS.

Ricardo has numerous choreography, design, and consultation credits for colorguards and bands throughout the Southeast including Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, U.S.F. Winterguard and University of South Florida Winterguard, McEachern HS (GA), Jackson Academy (MS), Columbia HS (MS), Denham Springs HS (LA), Amor Independent Winterguard (AL), Optemystic Independent Winterguard (MS), eMenience Indoor Percussion Theatre (MS), Lafayette HS (LA), and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (LA).

 An active member of the Gulf Coast Judges Association, Ricardo has judged and critiqued top programs from all across the country. He has served on the Bands of America/Music for All Summer Symposium colorguard staff since 2003. In addition to colorguard and band, Ricardo is an active show choir, musical theatre, and dance company choreographer and director. His performance credits include the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps Colorguard 1998, Optemystic Independent Winterguard (1999-2003), eMenience Indoor Percussion Theatre (2004), and the 2001 DCI World Champions the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps.