Patrick Miller – Director, Visual Designer
Pat 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 Gant – Music Caption Head
Ryan Gantt is in his fifth year at Booker High Visual and Performing Arts School in Sarasota, FL where he is Band Director and Head of the Music Department. He is a native of Deland, Florida, and received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of South Florida, in Tamp
a, Florida. Ryan has been very active as an instructor in the marching arts and as a performer since graduating from Deland High School in 2004. Before working with Booker High School, Ryan worked with many Florida programs such as: Deland HS, Deltona HS, Northside Christian School and Sunlake HS. He was a member of the Boston Crusaders in 2004, 2006, and aged out in 2007 and is currently a performer with the Florida Wind Band, Florida’s only professional wind band. He currently lives in Bradenton, FL with his fiancée and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Jeremy Thompson – Music Composer & Arranger
Jeremy 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 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.