Front Ensemble


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tyler simmons

front ensemble coordinator

Tyler is a native of Owasso, OK and a recent graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelors in Music Education with an Emphasis in Percussion. Tyler is currently the Assistant Band Director and Percussion Specialist for the Collinsville School District in Collinsville, OK. His professional Affiliations include the Percussive Arts Society and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Nation Music Fraternity. Tyler is a member of the education team for Vic Firth Drum Sticks and Mallets. Tyler's Performance Background includes Ensembles such as The Cadets, The Blue Stars, and Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps, River Valley Independent Percussion Ensemble, and the University of Arkansas Percussion Ensemble.


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BETH WALLIS

FRONT ENSEMBLE Technician

Beth Wallis is excited to start her 5th year with Resistance! Beth graduated from Oklahoma State with a Bachelor’s in Music Education and a Master’s in Conducting Performance. Beth has performed all over the country with Southwind and Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps, and toured Japan with the OSU Wind Ensemble. Currently, Beth works as Assistant Director and Percussion Coordinator for Morris Public Schools.


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MASON RHUE

FRONT ENSEMBLE TECHNICIAN

Mason is currently attending the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK as a junior chemical engineering student. However, he has a broad musical background. Beginning his musical career at Broken Arrow HS, he performed with the award winning marching band, indoor percussion, and percussion ensemble programs. After graduating high school, he began teaching at various high schools in Oklahoma, including Carl Albert High School, Edmond North High School, and Broken Arrow High School. His independent performance experience includes two outstanding years with Resistance Indoor Percussion in 2017 and 2018, and he was also fortunate to be a part of the 2018 edition of the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. This will be Mason’s first season as a front ensemble technician.


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JUSTIN PARK

BATTERY coordinator

jp@resistanceindoor.org

Justin Park, better known as JP, is excited to join the staff of Resistance Indoor Percussion for his 6th consecutive season. Initially volunteering as a snare technician for the 2014 season, JP accepted the role of Battery Caption Head in the 2015 season, and will continue in that capacity for the 2019 season. 

Although an Oklahoman by birth, JP started his percussion studies in Fresno, CA. Under the instruction of Jeff Lee, Dave Glyde, Mike Atesalp, and Eric Melson, Justin excelled in the Clovis West High percussion program. Justin spent the next four years after graduating performing in the WGI Sport of the Arts circuit with the Sacramento Freelancers from 1998-2001.

Upon completion of his final season of WGI, JP pursued playing drum set in the thriving music scene of Sacramento, CA. Justin returned to his native state of Oklahoma in 2010, and continues to pursue teaching with a passion in the marching arts. JP is currently the Percussion Director for the Chandler High School Music Program, and teaches private lessons.


Cread Helton

Battery Technician - cymbals

As a charter member of Resistance Indoor Percussion, Cread is back again and excited as ever to kick off RIP's 2019 season. This will be his fifth season as a battery technician, preceded by two seasons as a member, and two seasons as a volunteer.

Cread's marching career began as a member of the Perkins-Tryon Midnight Regiment, throughout his high school years. Followed by three seasons performing with the UCO Stampede of Sound. Two years later he aged out with RIP in the 2012 season.

Cread is honored and humbled to be asked to return and be a part of such an outstanding program as RIP, as it has had such an impact on his life already.


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SHELBY SWANSON-WILLIAMS

BATTERY TECHNICIAN - CYMBALS

Shelby Swanson-Williams is a Northwest Arkansas transplant from Bartlesville, Oklahoma.  She is a former member and volunteer of Resistance. During her undergraduate studies at Oklahoma City University, Shelby worked with Oklahoma Bandmasters Association marching competition finalists, Edmond North High School, Piedmont High School, and Yukon High School marching bands as a visual and music technician.  After graduating with a degree in instrumental music education, Shelby moved to Arkansas where she was director of bands at Clinton Public Schools for two years. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in instrumental conducting with Dr. Christopher Knighten at the University of Arkansas, where she also works with the Razorback Marching Band.


SHANE HOLMQUIST

BATTERY TECHNICIAN - bass

Shane Holmquist is currently Assistant Band Director and Percussion Coordinator for Bartlesville Public Schools. He served as the band director at Belle Fourche High School in South Dakota prior to taking the position in Bartlesville where he directed the concert, marching, jazz, and pep bands and taught a course on music appreciation.

Shane holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from South Dakota State University and a Master’s degree in percussion from the University of Oklahoma. While at South Dakota State, he was a member of the Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, and the Pride of the Dakotas marching band and the Percussion Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and Symphony Orchestra at the University of Oklahoma. He performed with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2010 and 2012.

Shane has been active in teaching and arranging for several marching percussion programs in South Dakota including Sioux Falls Washington, Brookings, Lennox, Madison, and Sioux Falls O’Gorman high schools. While in Oklahoma he worked with the Norman High School front ensemble and the Pride of Oklahoma Drumline as a graduate assistant.


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DAWSON KLING

BATTERY TECHNICIAN - snare

Dawson started drumming in elementary school, and quickly excelled through his music education at Westmoore High School. Dawson’s first non-scholastic ensemble membership was with Resistance Indoor Percussion, where he was a member of the snare line for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Aside from WGI participation, Dawson has marched with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps in 2016, and the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 2017 and 2018 seasons. This will be his second year as a snare technician for RIP, and is very excited to be a part of the process for the 2019 season.

Dawson served as the Battery Coordinator for Carl Albert Senior High School in the fall of 2016, and is now in his second season on the battery staff at his alma mater, Westmoore High School. Currently a student at the University of Central Oklahoma, he is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in philosophy. Dawson resides in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where he gives private lessons.


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TREVOR DOWNEY

BATTERY TECHNICIAN - SNARE

This will be Trevor’s first season with Resistance. His teaching experience includes Broken Arrow HS, Collinsville HS, Union HS, Tahlequah HS, and Northeastern State University. Trevor’s performance background spans from bass and snare at The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, along with 2 years on the snareline at Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as aging out with Vigilantes Indoor Percussion in 2018. Trevor is currently pursuing his Master’s in Percussion Performance, while also instructing the drumline at the University of Oklahoma.


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THOMAS YOUNG

BATTERY TECHNICIAN - tenors

Thomas Young is studying as a Music Education Major at The University of Central Oklahoma under David Hardman. Thomas performed with the Oklahoma City Thunder Drummers for the 2016-2017 NBA season. Although it didn’t provide any marching, the performance experience was astounding.

He gained his world class experience starting with Vigilantes Indoor Percussion in 2017 and 2018. The Summer of 2018, Thomas had the amazing opportunity to march with the Santa Clara Vanguard, receiving a Gold Medal and the High Percussion Fred Sanford Award.

Thomas is hoping to graduate as soon as possible so he can get his education career started. As of now, he is the Drum Line Technician for Edmond North High School for the past three years, and the Quad Technician for Broken Arrow High School for the past two years.


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Benjamin luse

Battery Technician - tenors

Benjamin graduated from Moore High School and received instruction from band directors such as Marc Mueller, Greg Mangus, and Jeremy Parr. His involvement with Resistance began in 2011, and is a founding member of the ensemble. After 5 years of marching with the ensemble he aged out in 2016. He now teaches at Choctaw High School and is an engineering student at Oklahoma City Community College. This is his third year teaching with the ensemble as a tenor, and visual technician.


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brian dailey

battery consultant

Brian Dailey began his pursuit of a music career at the University of Oklahoma in 2008. There, he studied percussion with Dr. Lance Drege, Dr. Ricardo Coelho de Souza, and Dr. Nathan Daughtrey. In 2010, Brian won the spot of tenor captain with the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, a world-class organization that competes in the Drum Corps International circuit. As a member of the Boston Crusaders, he spent the summer touring and competing around the country.

In May of 2012, Brian earned a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance degree and won the outstanding percussion undergraduate award that same year. Immediately after graduation, he signed a 6 and a half month contract with Carnival Cruise Lines playing drumset for the showband on board the Carnival Splendor.

Brian has also been an active music educator, and has been a percussion instructor at Norman North High School for the past seven years as well as coordinating percussion clinics and teaching privately in the Norman and Oklahoma City area.