Kevin Welborn, Director of Bands
Kevin Welborn holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree, both in music education, from The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Kevin was a member of the USM Wind Ensemble under the direction of Thomas Fraschillo, along with numerous other vocal and percussion ensembles. Growing up in Mississippi, he has taught, adjudicated and given clinics to many high school and college bands throughout the Southeast. He was a member of the 1999 Carolina Crown and the 2001 Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, playing snare drum for both organizations. Kevin served as the percussion caption head for the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps from 2009-2012, working along side of friends David Reeves, Ralph Hardimon and a host of other great minds in the activity. Prior to that, he was on the percussion staff at the Troopers in 2007 and 2008. While pecussion is his principal instrument and forte, Kevin thoroughly enjoys teaching music to all musicians in the band program regardless of instrument. Kevin and his beautiful wife Karen reside in Clinton, MS where he is the full time director of percussion and an assistant band director for the Clinton Public School District. Clinton Percussion was awarded the A-Class silver medal in the 2013 WGI World Championships, the Open Class gold medal in the 2014 WGI World Championships, World class finalist in the 2015 WGI World Championships, and a host of other local, state and regional championships and awards. Kevin proudly endorses and is an artist/clinician for the Pearl/Adams Corporation, Innovative Percussion, Inc., Remo Drumheads and Zildjian Cymbals. http://www.clintonband.org
A native of Madison, MS, Steven Ross holds both a bachelors and masters degree in music education from the University of Southern Mississippi. He was actively involved in the percussion studio performing with numerous ensembles including the Pride of Mississippi marching band, the Southern Miss Steel Pan Orchestra, the Symphonic Winds, the Wind Ensemble, the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra, the Percussion Ensemble, and the Samba band. Steven also played snare drum for the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps for 2 years. In 2009, he helped one of America’s oldest drum corps return to DCI Finals for the first time in 23 years. After marching with the corps, he returned as a instructor for the 2010-2012 seasons. He acted as a battery visual technician, tenor technician, and snare technician in those seasons respectively. From 2010-2014, Steven the director of percussion and assistant band director at Madison Central High School in Madison, MS. There, he taught all ages of percussion classes from middle school through high school. He also arranged for and headed the percussion section for both the marching band and the competitive scholastic indoor percussion ensemble, MCI, as well as coordinated the percussion ensemble and percussion sections of 3 concert bands. In 2014, Steven joined the Clinton Percussion staff as the assistant percussion instructor, helping Clinton become a WGI World Class Finalist. Starting his new role in as percussion director in 2015, Clinton percussion was awarded 1st place at the Mississippi 6A State Marching Championships. Steven now resides in Gluckstadt, MS with his wife who works as a physical therapist at University Medical Center.
David Reeves, Music Arranger
David Reeves was born in Minneapolis in 1973. He studied percussion performance at the University of Washington (BM ’03). His teachers were Tom Collier, Mike Crusoe and Tim Salzman. Prior to his time at UW Reeves studied composition at Indiana University. His composition teachers were Don Freund and Claude Baker. A large part of Reeves’s music career has been rooted in the Drum Corps, Marching Band and Indoor Percussion activities where he has arranged or composed well over 100 scores. He was an instructor for the DCI groups Santa Clara Vanguard (’97, ’99-’02) and The Cavaliers from Rosemont, IL (’06,’07) as well as an arranger for the Seattle Cascades (’04,’05) and the Troopers from Casper, WY (’09-’12). He was the percussion instructor and arranger for the University of Washington Husky Band from 2001-2009. His compositions and arrangements for high school ensembles in the Indoor Percussion activity have helped lead to numerous gold, silver and bronze medals at the WGI Percussion World Championships. Along with his involvement in the marching activity Reeves has also maintained a composition career in the concert idiom. His Crosswalk for Percussion Octet was premiered at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Convention in 2010 and his Pieces of Eight has been widely performed by some of the top university percussion ensembles throughout the country. Though works for percussion have made up the majority of his output Reeves has also written for wind ensemble, solo piano and chamber ensembles of varying instrumentation. Most of his works for percussion are published through Tapspace publications. Reeves is a member of ASCAP, Percussive Arts Society, American Composers Forum and the Washington Composers Forum, and has endorsements with Pearl Drums and Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets. David resides in Seattle, WA with his wife Krista and their three sons Benjamin, Alden and William. http://davidreevesmusic.com
Alan Barone, Visual Designer
Alan Barone is a Marching Percussion Instructor and Visual Designer from Tinley Park, IL. He is currently one of the Percussion Directors and Visual Designer at Victor J. Andrew High School. Victor J. Andrew High School is perennial WGI Finalist and 3-time WGI Silver Medalist (2011, 2012, 2013). He has had the pleasure to work with some amazing ensembles including Goshen HS, Clinton HS, Martinsville HS, and Lemont HS. Alan attended Columbia College Chicago where he received his undergraduate degree in Interactive Multimedia and Graphic Design. He is currently working in Collaboration and Video Conferencing and resides in Lockport, IL with his wife Amy, and two children; Mia and Mason. Alan is an Educational Artist for Innovative Percussion Inc., Evan’s Drum Heads, and Pearl Corporation.
Karen Prince Welborn, Choreographer/Movement Specialist
Karen is originally from Raleigh, NC and has been involved with the performing arts for the past 19 years. During high school she was a snare drummer in the the marching band, a percussionist in the Wind Ensemble, and a member of the winter guard. After high school, Karen went on to perform with various organizations including First Flight, Emerald Marquis, the Study and the Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps. In 2005, Karen toured Japan for several months as a cast member of the Broadway show BLAST! Karen’s teaching career has involved serving as choreographer, technician and/or director for various high school and independent color guards since 1998, including: Athens Drive HS, Broughton HS, Cary HS, McEachern HS, West Johnston HS, Clayton HS, King Philip HS, Cleveland HS, Clinton HS, Connecticut Hurricanes Drum Corps, Capital Regiment Drum Corps, Troopers Drum Corps and Alter Ego Winterguard. Karen has also been on staff at First Flight Winterguard since 2004, serving as Assistant Director for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Karen received her B.A.in English from N.C. State University in 2003. She currently resides with her husband Kevin in Clinton, MS and works at Butler Snow law firm.
Nick Benson, Visual Consultant
From Everett, WA, Nick has been teaching, designing and consulting for both the fall and the winter seasons for numerous Award-Winning Northwest marching programs for 14 years, including Cascade H.S., Westview H.S., Southridge H.S., Tigard H.S., Hockinson H.S., and Evergreen H.S. Nick is currently the Program Coordinator/Visual Designer for the Kamiak H.S. Show Band from Mukilteo, WA, a position he has held since 2008. Upon relocating to the Portland metro-area in 2004, Nick held the visual caption head position for the Division III Champions and Open Class Finalist Oregon Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps (2004-2006, 2008-2009), and the Cascades Drum & Bugle Corps (2007). Mr. Benson was the Visual Caption Head for the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps from 2008-2012, helping them reach DCI Finalist status for the first time in 23 years in 2009. Currently, Nick is in his second year with the Cascades and his first season as Visual Director. Nick is also in demand nationally as a marching/movement consultant, designer, and judge, working with competitive Bands of America groups from Texas (Friendswood HS, Austin HS, Pierce HS), designing winter percussion drills for Marching Show Concepts, and judging for the NWAPA, USSBA and various other circuits throughout the United States. Mr. Benson also held the position of Visual Designer for the 2011 Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps. As a performer, Mr. Benson got his start with the Cascade High School Marching Band and later marched with the Seattle Cascades Drum & Bugle Corps (1998, 2001). While attending the University of Washington and Western Washington University, Nick studied Music and English and performed with numerous music ensembles as a trombone, euphonium and tuba player. In 2003 he had the opportunity to perform with the Concord Blue Devils, capturing their 11th DCI World Championship. Alongside Adam Oswald and Dylan Thompson, Nick Benson has co-authored a marching and movement program built for marching bands and drum corps alike. Its objective was to create a cohesive and holistic approach to movement and marching, both from an individual and ensemble standpoint. Titled “Beyond the Basics,” it can be found at http://www.nickbensondesigns.com.
Nick Hall, Percussion Tech
Originally from Ellisville, MS, Nick is a student at Mississippi College in Clinton, MS, majoring in Political Science. Throughout high school, Nick was a widely renowned percussionist throughout the State of Mississippi, having played in numerous award-winning ensembles. Most notably of these was the internationally acclaimed Mississippi Lions All-State Band, where Nick was a member for three consecutive years. He served as the percussion section leader for 2013. Throughout Nick’s musical career, he has had the opportunity to travel and perform in Washington D.C., Virginia, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Alabama, Missouri, Washington, Canada, Hawaii, Germany, and Austria. Having been with Clinton Percussion since fall of 2013, Nick continues to look forward to contributing to CP’s future success.