The CT Hurricanes are excited to announce our 2018 Design Team.
Program Coordinator/Visual Designer – Kevin Bell
Brass Arranger – Key Poulan
Battery Percussion Arranger – Tony Gamble
Front Ensemble/Electronics Arranger – Michael Wyatt
Percussion Design Consultant – Tom Gasparrini
Color Guard Designer – Bella Cataudella
Executive Director Brian Maroldt said, “We’re very excited about our 2018 Design Team. We have a couple of very exciting additions, while maintaining and important level of continuity from last season. We’re committed to getting an exciting, modern, and competitive product on the field this summer.”
Kevin Bell – Visual Designer & Program Coordinator
Kevin Bell has been involved in pageantry for most of his life. Coming from parents who were both actively involved in the marching activity, Kevin has followed in their footsteps. Kevin’s involvement in the marching activity has taken on the role of performer, designer and adjudicator over the past 31 years.
Currently Kevin lives in San Diego, California and is recognized primarily as a visual designer, clinician and adjudicator for some of the most esteemed Winter Guard and Percussion circuits around the country, as well as many State Marching Band Championships. Kevin is also a former WGI Color Guard judge, DCI Visual judge, DCA Visual judge, and currently a WGI Percussion Visual judge since 2015. In December, Kevin will be a guest adjudicator and clinician for the 2017 Medellin Marching Band and DrumLine Battle in Medellin, Colombia South America.
Kevin is excited to start his second season with the Hurricanes and take on this new role as Program Coordinator.
Key Poulan – Brass Arranger
Key Poulan is a composer and arranger primarily for the marching arts and has written for the world’s most famous drum corps including the Santa Clara Vanguard, Mandarins, Glassmen, Spirit of Atlanta, Vanguard Cadets, Spartans, Caballeros, Bushwackers, Renegades, Juliana, Millennium and the Star United Mini Corps. As the owner of Key Poulan Music, he has been recognized as one of the country’s top arrangers and composers in the area of contemporary marching band and has several concert band works to his credit. His marching band arrangements have won several national titles at the Bands of America Grand Nationals Championships. His works have won many state titles throughout the United States and have been performed around the world. His transcription of “The Promise of Living” from Copland’s “Tender Land” was extremely well received at the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival and his original works “Carnegie Fanfare and Dance” and “A Fortune in Steel” were both premiered at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.
Key received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from East Texas State University (currently Texas A & M – Commerce) in 1985 and had the opportunity of studying under many fine educators including: Gary Hill, Dave Ward, Dr. Robert Houston, and Dr. Gene Lockhart. Key studied trombone under the late Dr. Neill Humfeld and composition with Dr. Ronald Yates and Dr. Margaret Wheat at ETSU. Key also credits his success to his mentors: Philip Geiger, Bill Watson, Eddie Green, Dr. Lawrence Sutherland, Dr. Gary Gilroy, Dr. Jerry Payne, Melvin Reddic, Hubert “Butch” Almany and the person who started him on trombone in the 5th grade – Jasper Huff.
Tony Gamble – Battery Percussion Arranger
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 17 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.
Michael Wyatt – Front Ensemble/Electronics Arranger
Michael Wyatt is pleased to return to the Connecticut Hurricanes as Front Ensemble Arranger for the 2018 season. He has been active in the marching community for nearly two decades. As a performer, he was a two-time member of the WGI World Class finalist United Percussion, and was also the Front Ensemble Captain for the nine-time world champion Hawthorne Caballeros from 2005 through 2009. During his tenure at Hawthorne, he also received the Percussionist of the Year award and Caballero of the Year award.
As a teacher and arranger, he has worked with the Hawthorne Caballeros, The Raiders, United Percussion, Fusion Core, White Sabers, and has served as Assistant Percussion Caption Head and Front Ensemble Arranger for the Connecticut Hurricanes. Mr. Wyatt holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies: Percussion Performance from the University of the Arts, and is currently pursuing his Master’s in Music Education at Central Connecticut State University. He is currently the Instrumental Music Director at Westhill High School in Stamford, CT, where he teaches Music Theory and Piano Instruction and directs the school’s Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, String Orchestra, Marching Band, Winter Percussion, and Pit Orchestra.
Tom Gasparrini – Percussion Design Consultant
Tom Gasparrini is an in-demand instructor, consultant, and arranger in the marching percussion world. Currently he serves as the Battery Coordinator at The Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps of Canton, Ohio, and as the Director of Percussion for Bellbrook High School. Additionally, Tom is the Program Coordinator and Battery Arranger at European X of Hilversum, The Netherlands.
Tom’s experience as a world-class teacher stems from his extensive performance history. Tom started his independent performance career as a snare drummer in the Connecticut Hurricanes Drum and Bugle Corps. From there he continued on to the ten-time world champion drum corps The Cadets before finishing his drum corps career as the center snare of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Gasparrini also was a performer in the world-class ensemble United Percussion and was a prominent performer and center snare of the highly successful percussion ensemble Rhythm X.
He frequently teaches internationally, having traveled to destinations such as Costa Rica, Lithuania, Canada, and The Netherlands. Recently, Tom has also travelled to Seoul, South Korea San Francisco to perform with the Tony© and Emmy© award-winning production Blast!. Tom exclusively uses Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, and Evans Drumheads.
Bella Cataudella – Color Guard Designer
Bella began performing with perennial Winter Guard International Open Class Finalist, South Brunswick High School in the Spring of 2003. After graduating, she joined the staff from 2008-2015, where she taught both their marching band and winter guard programs as an equipment choreographer and technician. Bella rediscovered her passion for performing with the Connecticut Hurricanes color guard in 2014, continued as both a performer and technician in 2015, was a technician in 2016, and served as Caption Head/Designer in 2017. At this time Bella also began performing with Alter Ego Independent World guard, where she was a member in 2015 & 2016. Along with performing, Bella also served as a movement consultant for Bunnell High School in Stratford, CT and was an instructor for the Trumbull “A” Guard.
Prior to her involvement in color guard, Bella spent 13 years training in classical ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, and modern dance. Bella also was heavily involved in musical theater throughout her life, and has performed in Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando, and Sea World Orlando. In 2013, she earned her Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in addictions counseling from Rutgers University. She currently works as a clinical social work supervisor in Fairfield County. She currently resides in Oxford, CT.