Resistance Design & Administrative Staff
PROGRAM COORDINATOR & VISUAL DESIGNER
Wes Pendergrass is returning to Resistance Indoor for his sixth season as Program Coordinator and Visual Designer for Resistance Indoor Percussion.
He returns to Resistance Indoor following a winter season that saw his client list garner WGI-Finals spots in Scholastic Open (Guard), Scholastic A (Guard), Scholastic A (Percussion), and Resistance Indoor in Independent A (Percussion).
As a full time Visual Designer, Wes maintains an active clinician schedule and/or designs for marching band, guard, percussion, and drum corps clients that spans Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, Nebraska, California, Utah, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Mississippi, Colorado, South Carolina, Wyoming, Washington, and Tennessee.
Sometimes referred to as “Shoeless Wes”, he marched with the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (Rockford, Illinois) from 2001 to 2005, studied Physical Education and Music (Tuba) at Arkansas Tech University (S.E) and The University of Nebraska-Kearney (L.F.A.), and began his writing career in 2005.
Wes is originally from Mountain Home, Arkansas; receiving his early marching arts education at the hands of Arkansas Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame Member Robert Nelson. Other influential instructors and mentors in his professional development are Joey Wever, Leon May, Bob Smith, Jamey Thompson, Hal Cooper, Gary Davis, Nick Benson, Peter Bond, JD Shaw, Patrick Sheridan, Andy Anders, and Jude Boughton.
“The Oklahoma marching arts are incredible and vital to the activity. I cannot wait to begin working on these programs, so that Resistance Indoor matches the vigor, artistry, and musicianship that Oklahoma is known for on a national scale. I cannot think of a BETTER time to return to an active design/administrative role than now!” noted Pendergrass.
Because of his design schedule, this will be Wes' first in-house role with a WGI group since 2013 and first with a percussion group since 2012.
When asked what sparked the change in his professional direction and scheduling for winter groups, “Working for Cole Williams and Matt Barnes is an honor and I feel very comfortable with their devotion to educating musicians. Some people are so great at what they do, they cause you to pause and really commit your time and effort to helping them succeed, no matter what. Cole and Matt are those guys!”
MUSIC DESIGN COORDINATOR & ARRANGER
Cole Williams is an arranger, educator, and performer from Guthrie, Oklahoma. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Oklahoma State University, and a Master of Music in Music Performance from the University of Arkansas. Currently, Cole is the Adjunct Professor of Percussion at the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In this capacity, he works with the Sound of the Golden Hurricane Marching Band, teaches private lessons, and instructs a Percussion Methods class for Music Education majors.
A diverse arranger noted for his musicality and professionalism, Cole writes for distinguished groups around the country. Working with top wind arrangers in the activity such as Will Pitts, Steve Vento, John Georgeson, Andrew Anderson, Luke McMillan, Ben Lee, Randall Standridge, etc, his work has been featured by winning ensembles in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
As a performer, Cole has had the privilege of playing in several respected ensembles, including the Oklahoma State University Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. He has performed at the Oklahoma Music Educators Association Winter Convention, the College Orchestra Director’s Association Convention, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and the Japan Band Clinic. In addition to his activity in the concert percussion realm, Cole is also an avid marching percussion enthusiast, and spent two summers with The Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps (2012-2013) as a quad player.
In addition to his performing and arranging responsibilities, Cole is a sought after educator in the marching percussion realm. He is the Executive Director of Resistance Indoor Percussion. In addition to Resistance, Cole has served as a Percussion Instructor for several high schools, including Guthrie High School, Stillwater High School, and Yukon High School. He has also served as the Caption Head of the Oklahoma State University Winter Drumline, a group designed to help high school and college students polish their rudimental skills. From 2014-2016, Cole spent three seasons as the Assistant Percussion Caption Head/Tenor Technician for the Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps. Most recently, Cole was the instructor for the University of Arkansas Razorback Drumline.
Cole Williams is a Vic Firth Educator, Pearl/Adams Regional Educational Artist, and is a member of the Percussive Arts Society (P
Dr. brian stackhouse
Dr. Brian Stackhouse received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Arkansas Tech University, his Master of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Arkansas, and his Doctorate in Percussion Performance from The University of Oklahoma. Brian is currently the Percussion Studio and Drumline Instructor for Southern Nazarene University where he writes and arranges percussion music, directs the percussion ensemble and drumline, instructs private lessons to majors and nonmajors, teaches the percussion methods class to music majors, and teaches drum set methods class.
Brian conducts clinics and master classes at various institutions from high schools to universities and including the Oklahoma Homeschool Bands program. He has written many marching percussion books beginning in his time at Arkansas Tech University and including various high schools as well as the University of Oklahoma and instructed drumlines at all three institutions he attended. Brian has been an active instructor at Arkansas Tech University and University of Arkansas Summer Band Camps and adjudicator at various competitions. During his time at the University of Oklahoma, he managed the OU Percussion Press and conducted an in depth study of Jacques Delécluse’s Douze Études pour Caisse-Claire.
Brian has performed with drum corps, orchestras, jazz combos, stage bands, percussion orchestras, and soloed at different events including the National Conference of Percussion Pedagogy where he has served as the head of logistics and been a member of the management team. During his time in the University of Oklahoma Percussion Orchestra, the group premiered new pieces and was featured many times on Vic Firth. Brian’s passion is the marching arts and got his introduction to DCI as a snare drummer for Memphis Sound in 2004 and 2005. He was also a member of the DCI Honor Corps in 2005, which performed at Disney World.