The CT Hurricanes are excited to introduce our 2017 Percussion Education Team. This team is stacked with Hurricanes alumni who have achieved great success in the marching arts and we’re excited to have them join our 2017 Education Team!
Executive Director Brian Maroldt said, “We’re thrilled to see some of our most successful alumni come back to the Hurricanes this season. The Percussion Education Team is committed to setting up the Hurricanes for future growth and success and I can’t wait to see what they produce!”
The percussion sections are rehearsing the next two Sundays (December 11 and 18 from 9AM-4PM) at Amity Regional High School. Sign up today at CTHurricanes.org/Join!
Tony Gamble – Percussion Caption Head
Anthony ‘”Tony” Gamble is a devoted and acclaimed drummer who has been taught and instructed by many established and well-known educators. He has used his skills and abilities to teach in the marching arts for 16 years. He played in the drum section for Brien McMahon High from 1996-2000. After graduation, he attended Western Connecticut State University and studied Music Education. Tony marched with the Sunrisers in 1999 (DCA Finalist), the Crossmen in 2001 (DCI Finalist), the Hurricanes in 2002 (DCA Finalist), the Syracuse Brigadiers in 2003 (DCA Silver Medalist) and United Percussion in 2004 (WGI Finalist).
As an instructor, arranger and/or caption head, Tony has taught many successful programs, including, Brien McMahon High School from 2000-2005, Westhill High School from 2001-2005, & 2015; Palm Beach Central High School (West Palm Beach, FL) from 2008-2013; Santaluces High School (Lantana, FL) from 2009-2012; Wellington High School, Wellington Landings Middle School & Emerald Cove Middle School (Wellington, FL) from 2011-2012; Stryke Indoor Percussion from 2005-2013; and Stamford High School in 2015. The groups Tony has taught have won numerous awards/accolades including many local circuit percussion championships and WGI Finals appearances.
Tony currently resides in Norwalk, CT where he teaches young drummers in the community and extend his services to local churches as needed.
A.j. Frierson – Snare Technician
A.j Frierson, from Norwalk, CT, began is marching career in 2007 with Norwalk High School Marching Bears.
After graduating in 2011, A.j. marched with the Connecticut Hurricanes from 2011-2014. Then, from 2015-2016 marched with Cadets2 from 2015-2016, as he was Drum Captain when the corps won the 2016 DCA World Championship.
A.j. has taught at Brien McMahon High School from 2014-2015 and at Stamford High School in 2016. A.j is excited to continue his Drum Corps experience with the Hurricanes and come back home where it all started. He is looking forward to contributing anything and everything he can to further develop the Connecticut Hurricanes.
Anthony Davis – Tenor Technician
Anthony Davis, from Norwalk, CT, entered the marching arts world in 2004 with the Brien McMahon High School Marching Senators. He marched with the CT Hurricanes on tenors from 2009-2011 as a snare drummer with Cadets2 in 2015.
After graduating from high school in 2008, Anthony worked as a battery technician at Brien McMahon High School from 2008-2013, and in 2014 became the Percussion Caption Head. In 2016, Anthony joined the Westhill High School winter percussion as a tenor technician. During this same time period, Anthony & his team at Brien McMahon were putting together a brand new winter percussion ensemble. After completing a successful first season, the group is moving in a positive direction. In 2017, Anthony will be with the Stamford High School winter percussion ensemble as a tenor technician, while continuing to build and develop the winter percussion ensemble at Brien McMahon.
Anthony is very excited to be working with such a great program and is looking forward to giving his all to help develop the percussion ensemble and the entire Hurricanes organization.
Isaiah Ojeda – Bass Technician
Isaiah began his drum corps career with the Hurricanes in 2008 participating in the front ensemble. He later returned to the Hurricanes for the 2011 and 2012 seasons as a member of the drum line (playing snare and bass). In 2012, he represented the Hurricanes in a drum set I & E performance at the DCA World Championships, taking home a gold medal. Most recently, Isaiah spent the 2016 season marching with the Cadets2 bass line, earning The William McGrath, Sr. Memorial Award for High Percussion and becoming a DCA World Champion.
Not only has Isaiah been a member of the drum corps community but is also a familiar face in the WGI circuit. Isaiah is a four-time Independent World finalist as a member of United Percussion in 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2016. He has also taught at Stamford High School and is looking forward to working with the Hurricanes this summer as a returning veteran of the program.
Matt Campbell – Front Ensemble Technician
Whether it is playing marimba with a chamber percussion group, timpani with an orchestra, a rudimental snare drum solo, or drum set at a jazz club, Matt Campbell performs with a passion and dedication that can captivate an audience. He also stays busy in the world of marching percussion having been the front ensemble instructor for Stamford High School Winter Percussion, Norwalk High School Marching Band and battery instructor for The Gilbert High School Marching Band.
Matt is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Western Connecticut State University where he studies percussion under the direction of David Smith and Doug Perry. He performs regularly with the WCSU Percussion studio. Matt is a part of the Vic Firth Education Team and currently endorses SoulTone Cymbals and SJC Custom Drums.