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Indoor Percussion Staff

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Stephen Goodman

Director

Stephen graduated in 2022 from Arizona State University with two bachelor's degrees: Business Administration and Global Politics, and a minor in Organizational Leadership. He is going on five (5) years with the instructional staff for Convergence Indoor Percussion. Stephen was a Percussion Caption Head in the west valley for five (5) years, and is now the Visual Caption Head at Canyon View HS. Outside of Convergence, Stephen serves as a Timing and Penalty Judge for AzMBA, and is the Vice President of Winter Guard Arizona, Inc.

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Jadon Gomez

Assistant Director

Jadon is an Arizona percussion educator and bass drum specialist. He has taught across the valley for over five (5) years. Jadon has also performed with many ensembles including The SDMB, Phoenix Union, Vision Percussion, Flux Indoor Percussion, Breakthrough Indoor, and The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps. He led the bass drum section for The Academy in 2022, also earning Percussion MVP. He is attending ASU majoring in Digital Audiences. He plans on using his degree to continue supporting the marching arts in Arizona through internet engagement and fundraising! 

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Mark Crowley

Battery Caption Head

Mark is an active and passionate percussion performer/educator based in the northwest valley. Mark earned his bachelors degree in Music Performance with an emphasis in Jazz from ASU and brings his experiences with The Academy, Vision Percussion, and The Seattle Cascades to further grow the West Valley in marching percussion by passing down the technical application, tradition, and life skills embodied in the upper echelon of the activity. He is thrilled for the upcoming season, a new chapter in the world of marching arts, and a front row seat to grow Arizona!

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Spencer Hawley

Front Ensemble Caption Head

Spencer Hawley has been a music educator for 20 years, having started out as a drum line tech at various high schools in 2003. He marched with Copper Star Drum and Bugle Corps (DCI 2001), Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps (DCI 2002), and Paragon Arts Indoor (WGI, WGAZ, 2007). A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Mr. Hawley graduated from Northern Arizona University where he received a Bachelor degree in Music Education. He was on the snare line at ASU in 2005 and NAU in 2009 and served as Center Snare at NAU in 2010. He served as the Director of Bands at Page High School, and then Independence High School before moving to Denver, Colorado. While in Denver, Mr. Hawley was the Director of Bands at Adams City Middle School, and the Assistant Director of Bands for the Mile High Freedom Bands. He then moved back to Arizona where he served as the Director of Bands at Rhodes Junior High. He now lives in Tempe, Arizona where he serves as an adjudicator for AzMBA and WGAZ, is the Assistant Director of Bands at Dobson High School, and is studying to complete his Master’s degree in Music Education at ASU.

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Jeff Whipple

Visual Design Consultant

Jeff Whipple brings a rich history in the marching and pageantry arts activities and has served as an educator, clinician, designer, and adjudicator for over a decade. Ensembles he has worked with consistently achieve superior ratings and are highly competitive in Class & State championships as well as BOA and WGI circuits. He also serves as a clinician for programs throughout the country. Jeff currently serves as the Visual Caption Head at Desert Vista High School, is an active designer for programs across the country, and is a member of both Vision Percussion and the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps visual teams. He is thrilled to join Convergence! 

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Ian Fuller

Music Design Consultant

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Ian performed in 8 seasons of World Class Drum Corps and WGI along the West Coast before earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a Master’s of Education. He’s served as a designer, composer, and educator for several programs in the Northwest as well as for Impulse Youth Performing Arts Organization in Southern California. Currently he teaches elementary music in Beaverton, Oregon, is the program coordinator for the Westview Marching Band, and has served on the percussion staff of the Columbians Drum and Bugle Corps since 2019.

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Manny Miranda

Snare Tech

Manny is a highly skilled Percussion Educator based out in the west valley with over five years of experience. He brings his experience through performing with groups Phenom and Vision Percussion. His passion and knowledge has lead him to teaching percussion in high schools throughout the valley. Manny is currently finishing his Undergraduate Degree for Music Education through Ottawa University and will further his education next fall for a masters degree. He’s excited to be working with Convergence Indoor Percussion for another season!

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Gavyn Hardison

Tenor Tech

A Native to the West Valley of Arizona, Gavyn has over 5 years of experience within the Marching arts, with 4 years of specialization on Quads. Having marched with The Shadow Ridge High School Marching Band, Convergence, LINEA Arts, Vision Percussion, and The Columbians Drum and Bugle Corps; Gavyn seeks to bring his Knowledge and expertise with the Tenor drums to Convergence Indoor Percussion.

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Colten Mullins

Bass Tech

Colten is a young educator in Arizona and an active performer on bass drum. He has taught around the west valley with groups like Valley Vista High School,  and Agua Fria High school. Colten is going into year 5 with Convergence as he has spent 3 years with the program as a performer and was introduced to the Convergence staff last year. Colten is also going into his second year with Breakthrough Indoor Percussion. He is super excited for the upcoming season and can’t wait to be apart of such an amazing organization!

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Skylar Hinojosa

Cymbal Tech

Skylar is a new cymbal tech from the West Valley. She is currently studying business at Glendale Community College as a part of the President's Honors program. This upcoming season will be her fourth year being a part of Convergence Indoor Percussion. She performed two seasons with Convergence and has recently become a part of the staff. Skylar is honored to still be involved with Convergence and is excited to see what the ensemble will achieve in this upcoming season.

Stephen Gooman
Jadon Gomez
Mark Crowley
Jeff Whipple
Ian Fuller
Spencer Hawley
Manny Miranda
Gavyn Hardison
Colten Mullins
Skylar Hinojosa

Indoor Winds Staff

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Andrew Glenn

Director

An Arizona Native, Andrew graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in Instrumental Music Education in 2014 and a master’s degree in Music Education in 2018. He has been the Director of Music at Estrella Foothills High School since 2014. This season will be his first with Convergence Performing Arts and Convergence Indoor Winds.

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Jeff Whipple

Assistant Director and Visual Design

Jeff Whipple brings a rich history in the marching and pageantry arts activities and has served as an educator, clinician, designer, and adjudicator for over a decade. Ensembles he has worked with consistently achieve superior ratings and are highly competitive in Class & State championships as well as BOA and WGI circuits. He also serves as a clinician for programs throughout the country. Jeff currently serves as the Visual Caption Head at Desert Vista High School, is an active designer for programs across the country, and is a member of both Vision Percussion and the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps visual teams. He is thrilled to join Convergence! 

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David Willers

Brass Caption Head

David Willers is the Director of Bands and Guitar at Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe, Arizona. David has a Master's Degree in Wind Conducting from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Arizona State University. David was the Director of Bands at Mesquite High School in Gilbert, Arizona from 2016-2021. As a performer, David has been a member of the Arizona Wind Symphony and Scottsdale Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, he has extensive experience in the marching arts, performing with The Academy and Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps, and has served as a judge in the WGAZ and AzMBA circuits. 

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Reed Bailey

Woodwind Caption Head

Reed Bailey is a South Georgia native and is currently the Director of Instrumental Music at Cienega High School in Vail, AZ. In his first season at Cienega, the Copper Thunder Marching Band finished as the AzMBA Class 2A State Runner-Up and won class 2A at several other shows throughout the season, bringing in several caption awards across all areas. Before moving to Vail, Reed served as the Director of Bands for the Morenci Unified School District, started the band program at Many Farms High School on the Navajo Nation, and taught across the Southeast region of the United States. He also recently served on the Governing Board of the Arizona Music Educators Association as the state’s Tri-M chairperson. Reed graduated with his Bachelors in 2019 from Troy University and in 2023 from the University of Kentucky with a Masters of Arts in Arts Administration.

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Juan Mateo

Visual Technician

Juan Mateo is a double Bachelor graduate of the University of Arizona, with over 15 years of rounded experience through various levels of his performing, instructing and adjudicating careers. His marching band and indoor percussion ensembles have achieved repeated promotions, top rankings and championship visual captions while his uplifting energy and ability to quickly connect and coach performers make him a sought after technician across Arizona. Juan also shares influence and style with his professional career as a graphic designer. 2024 will be his first season growing with Convergence Indoor Winds!

Winterguard Staff

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Karla Rahn

Director

Karla graduated from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor's degree. She is going on her second year on the instructional staff with Convergence Winterguard, and has been a Color Guard Caption Head west valley for eight (8) years.

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Gabriel Gastelo Jr.

Assistant Director

Gabriel Gastelo Jr has over 15 years of movement and performance experience, having performed and competed as a member of The Arizona Academy Winterguard, and Fenix Independent Winterguard. After years of movement experience in the Colorguard/Winterguard arena, Gabriel pursued movement at the collegiate level at Arizona State University where he studied a Post-Modern Contemporary style of movement, performed and choreographed student dance works, interned with American Dance Festival, and performed with Dulce Dance Co, and Desert Dance Theater. As of December 2021 Gabriel has a B.F.A in Dance from The Herberger School of Dance, Theater, and Film.

Karla Rahn
Gabriel Gastelo Jr
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