Drill & Visual Design
Kevin Nevsimal - Drill Design
Kevin Nevsimal is a graduate of Northern Illinois University. He has been designing innovative and functional shows for groups of all sizes and skills for over 10 years. Nevsimal is the visual designer and visual caption head of Chromium Winds, the WGI Winds Independent Open champions in 2017, 2018, & 2019. He taught on the visual staff with the Boston Crusaders in 2015. He marched with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from 2004 through 2008 and marched with The Colts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2003. He was drum major of the NIU Marching Band from 2006 till 2008 and then wrote drill for the band in 2009 and 2010. Nevsimal is on the educational team of Ultimate Drill Book.
Dale Robison - Colorguard Design
Dale Robert Robison is from St. Louis, MO and has been involved in the color guard activity since 2003. Dale has choreographed, been a technician, and performed with many notable WGI/DCI groups.
Performance background includes Francis Howell High School Color/Winter Guards 2003-2007, Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps 2005-2006 (DCI Finalist), Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps 2008-2010(DCI Finalist, Bronze, and Silver medalist), Vivace Winter Guard 2008-2010, Avidity Independent 2011.
Recent design and choreography credits include Pattonville High School Color/Winter Guards 2018-2020, Washington High School Color/Winter Guard 2015-present(4 time WGI World Championship Finalist), Avidity Independent 2018 (WGI World Championship Finalist), Allegiance Color Guards 2017-2018(WGI World Championship IA Bronze Medalist).
Dale also hold a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Dance from the University of Missouri- St. Louis. Professional dance background includes The Muny Theatre-St. Louis, Consuming Kinetics Dance Company, and Modern American Dance Company. Dale by day is a medical secretary at Southampton Healthcare and currently working on his medical aesthetics certification. Dale is looking forward to this new chapter with the Waterloo Bulldogs! GO BULLDOGS!
Zachary Geller - Music Design
Andrew Smit - Percussion Design
Andrew Smit is a teacher, composer, and percussionist living in Dallas, TX. He currently serves as the Director of Percussion at Lake Highlands High School in Dallas. He holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Indiana University’s Jacob’s School of Music. While at Indiana University, he studied with such teachers as Kevin Bobo, Steve Houghton, John Tafoya, and Michael Spiro. He also performed in such ensembles as the IU Drumline, Wind Ensemble, Concert Orchestra, Brazilian Ensemble, and the Afro-Cuban ensemble, which performed at the 2011 PASIC in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has also performed with competitive ensembles such as The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. His professional affiliations include the Percussive Arts Society, Texas Music Educators Association, and Texas Bandmasters Association. Andrew is also a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.
Austin Herald - Visual & Brass
Austin Herald is a native of Murray, KY and graduate of Murray State University, where he received his bachelors in Music in 2016. He went on to complete his Masters in Business Administration in 2019. Last fall he moved to St. Louis to begin his career in finance. He started his music career playing French Horn in grade school and learned mellophone for high school and college marching band. Austin auditioned and was offered a contract as a member of the mellophone section for the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011, where he marched for one summer. In 2013, he received a contract to march with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, which is where he marched until his age-out year in 2015. Austin will be specializing in high brass and visual instruction for the Waterloo Marching Band this year.
Adam Unnerstall - Woodwinds
Brianna Smith - Front Ensemble
Brianna Smith is a native of Davenport, Iowa and has been involved in percussion activities since her elementary school days. Brianna has led her high school battery as snare captain, was a principal percussionist in high school indoor ensembles, and played bass drum for Northern Illinois University under the direction of Innovative Percussion Artist Bret Kuhn.
Brianna was a the 2019 WHS Front Ensemble teacher and is excited to come back and help the Waterloo Marching Bulldogs continue to grow!
Justin Rowan - Music Technician (Band Camp)
Justin Rowan is a distinguished performer based in Cleveland, Ohio. He has performed across the United States in Orchestras, such as the New World Symphony, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Opera Theater, Erie Philharmonic, Georgia Symphony Orchestra, and many more. He has been featured as a soloist with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, The Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra, the Notre Dame College Wind Ensemble, and for the 20th anniversary of the Goethe Institute in Los Angeles performing Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2
Justin holds a Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied under Cleveland Orchestra trumpeters Michael Sachs (Principal) and Michael Miller. During his time there he was honored with the Bernard Adelstein Prize for achievement in trumpet (named for the former Principal trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra). He also holds a BM in Trumpet Performance from Kennesaw State University, where he studied with Thomas Hooten of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Jennifer Marotta. Other mentors include Karin Bliznik of the St. Louis Symphony, Ray Riccomini of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Barbara Butler, Charlie Geyer, Paul Merkelo of the Montreal Symphony, and Michael Martin of the Boston Symphony.
As an educator Justin has worked in many different arenas. He served as a High Brass Specialist for the 7-time World Champion Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (of which he is an alumnus of the 2010 and 2012 trumpet section, and was a soloist in 2012), and currently is the Professor of Trumpet and Music Theory for Notre Dame College of Ohio. Justin's private students enjoy many successes, including appointments to the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony and to the Georgia Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Jordan Swierczek - Colorguard
Hello! My name is Jordan Swierczek and I am 22 years old. I started Color Guard back in 2013 and marched 4 years in the Winter Guard at Freeburg High School. After high school I began teaching the Freeburg guard as a tech and choreographer from 2015-17. In 2018 I became the Director and also took over the design for our group, including choreographer and tech. I currently still teach there. From 2017-19 I marched an Independent Open Guard here in STL called Avidity. In 2018 we made WGI finals placing 11/15! Over the 2019 summer I also marched The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (Sabre/Rifle/Flag Line) The past 2020 WGI season I marched in a new Independent Open group called La Voûte here in STL. I am very excited about this upcoming fall season for the Waterloo Color Guard!
Jay Spirakis - Low Brass
Joel Caskey - Battery
Hey! I'm from Murphysboro, Illinois where I started studying percussion back in 1999. Since then, I have continued to study and pursue music as a passion and degree. I've been in so many ensembles that I've lost count; I participated in ensembles in elementary, middle, and high school as well as for my undergraduate degree in college. While at Murphysboro I participated in marching, jazz, concert ensembles first as a student and later as an instructor. I attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Music Business while minoring in Music composition; Digital Studies and Social Sciences; Business Administration; and English Literature. I have spent a collective 7 years as a front ensemble & battery instructor in both Murphysboro and Carterville, Illinois. Additionally, I have performed in several orchestras, including the Symphony Orchestra in Paducah, Kentucky.
Brandon Frye - Visual Technician (Band Camp)
I am from Indianapolis, Indiana where I have performed with a number of marching ensembles, including indoor guard, drumline, and winds. I marched 4 years at the Cavaliers, and 3 with their indoor winds group, Chromium. I also marched 3 years with Marian University marching band. I have been teaching for 5 years with groups including Monrovia High School, Columbus East High School, and Chromium. Currently I am the visual caption head for Columbus East, and a visual tech for Chromium.
Megan Duenser - Visual Technician (Band Camp)
Megan Duenser is a Plainfield, IL native. She has been involved in the marching arts for about six years now. Megan marched four years in high school with the Plainfield North marching band, four years of WGI winds with Chromium Winds (2017-20), a year of DCI with the Blue Stars DBC (2018), and began her teaching career in fall 2019 with Naperville Central High School. She is going into her junior year at Northern Illinois University (go huskies!) and is excited to get to work with the bulldogs this summer!