Drum Corps International
Lugo named Teal Sound brass caption head; Dempsey, others to return

Lugo named Teal Sound brass caption head; Dempsey, others to return

by Drum Corps International

From a Teal Sound press release: Louis Lugo will serve as Teal Sound's brass caption head in 2004. Lugo's drum corps experience includes stints with the Spirit of Atlanta, Spirit of JSU and the Blue Devils. As a marching member, his achievements include being the 2001 DCI Individual and Ensemble baritone champion, as well as winning the mixed ensemble caption in 2002. He has taught as a music instructor for several band programs including Durant H.S. (Fla), Carrollton H.S. (Ga.), and Kennesaw Mountain H.S. (Ga.). In his first year of teaching junior corps, Lugo was the brass caption head for the 2004 Court of Honor and led the horn line to an undefeated season in brass.

Lugo is from West Palm Beach, Fla. He is currently finishing a degree in music education at Jacksonville State University. After graduating from JSU he plans on pursuing a master's degree in trombone performance

Bill McClendon, Mark Lentsch, John Schnettler, Jerrad Slater and Charles Aguillan round out the rest of the brass staff. The corps is also grateful to have Kevin Rabon (brass caption head for the Phantom Regiment) and Jason Rodgers (low brass tech for the Phantom Regiment) as consultants. The two will also be running the corps' Texas camps. Meanwhile, Tyler Dempsey will serve as Teal Sound's percussion caption head. Dempsey is an active percussion performer, writer, arranger, educator and clinician with 13 years of experience. Dempsey has a degree in music performance, with an emphasis on percussion, from San Jose State University under Anthony J. Cirone. Dempsey's drum corps experience includes marching with the Colts, Bluecoats, and the Santa Clara Vanguard, of which he was the section leader of the percussion section. He was also the 1996 Percussive Arts Society (P.A.S.I.C.), where he was individual snare drum champion. Dempsey has worked with groups such as the Phantom Regiment and the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets. He was the caption-head/arranger for West Coast Sound for two years, as well as the 2004 DCI Division III high percussion winners Teal Sound. Dempsey spent six years as the head percussion instructor and arranger of the San Jose State University marching band. He has taught percussion at a multitude of high schools in northern and southern California as well as Texas, through which his groups have won numerous awards and recognitions. Dempsey has performed extensively throughout the United States and at the grand opening of Euro Disney, many major hotels in Las Vegas, with Tom Float's newest trio, and with many semiprofessional and community orchestras and theaters. Dempsey has been a featured artist with many groups including Las Vegas Master Singers Chorus, San Jose State University orchestra and most recently with two Austin area high school orchestras. Tyler is currently performing and teaching regularly in the Austin, Texas, area. He is also a Pro-Mark educator/clinician/endorser and published through TapSpace Publications,

Paul Pape, Cliff Croomes, Mike Washington and Tyrell James round out the percussion staff.

Rick Scruggs will serve as Teal Sound's guard caption head Scruggs comes to Teal Sound from Austin, Texas. He graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a degree in dance performance and education. Proficient in flag, rifle, saber and dance, he has been involved with the color guard activity for 15 years. His past performing experience includes the Cavaliers, Nolan World Winterguard, Millennia Open Winterguard, Southwest Texas Bobcat Band, and the Circle of Friends Dance Company. His teaching credits include WGI Finalist Millennia Winterguard, Southwest Texas Bobcat Band, and many high school programs within Texas, including UIL state marching band finalists and WGI regional finalists. He is currently the color guard director at Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville, Texas, and at Georgetown High School in Georgetown, Texas.

Cedric Stanley, Kelly Wanner and Stephanie Dean round out the color guard staff

Scott Bush will serve as Teal Sound' caption head. Bush will be returning in his second season as in that role for Teal Sound. Bush marched with the Pride of Cincinnati in 1982 (color guard) and has been involved in the drum corps activity since then. His involvement in the Division II & III activity includes: 2003 and 2002 Marion Cadets (2003 Division III bronze medalist), the 1999 and 2000 Capital Regiment (2000 Division III high performance visual) and the 1998 Lone Star (1998 Division III finalist).

Bush currently resides in San Diego. He is a visual consultant for various high school bands and guards throughout the United States. Scott holds a degree in hotel management.

Trent Hayes, Josh Parm, Evan Machnic and Mike Lukas round out the rest of the visual staff.

The corps will be holding auditions in Jacksonville, Fla., and Austin, Texas, this year. Go to tealsound.org for dates and locations, as well as further staff bios.