Ike Jackson : program COORDINATOR
Ike Jackson has been working with Ayala High School since 1991. In his twenty-eight years as a percussion instructor, he has worked with more than 50 different percussion programs at the high school, collegiate, and drum corps levels. A prolific percussion arranger, judge and drill designer, Ike has worked with various percussion ensembles all across the US.
His competitive marching career started as a teenager as a member of the Sound Machine Youth Organization. He then performed as tenor player for the Riverside Community College Marching Tigers from 1992 to 1994. Finally, he finished his marching career as a member of the 1994 Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps, going on to win the title of World Champion.
Ike is currently Vice President of the Southern California Percussion Alliance and a founding member of SCPA. He is also a member of the Winter Guard International Percussion Advisory Board and has worked on the Steering Committee as well. In 2006, Ike created Pulse Independent World Percussion Ensemble and POW Percussion in 2010, and is currently also working with Strike Independent World Percussion and Dark Sky Independent World Percussion. Ike is a Mapex and Majestic Featured Artist; as well as, endorsed by Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, Zildjian cymbals, and Remo Drumheads. Ike has recently worked on research and development projects with many major drum and cymbal companies to make many of the products used by today’s percussionists.
Ike has helped his percussion ensembles win 15 WGI World Championship medals, 34 WGI World Championship Finalist placements, 47 Regional Finalist placements, 14 Regional Championship titles, and a Bands of America Grand National Finalist appearance in 2004 and 2014. He was the Corps Director of the 2006 division III World Champion Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps and from 2012 to 2016 as the Percussion Caption head at The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps and is the current Program Coordinator for the Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps. Locally, his ensembles have won numerous SCPA Championship medals and over 100 first place awards. Ike currently lives in Ontario, California with his wife and four children.
Derrick Shannon : Battery arranger
Derrick Shannon is a percussion specialist originally from the Chicago-land area. He holds the Director of Percussive Arts position at Plainfield Community Schools who were the 2018 WGI PSA Champions in his first year with the program. He started Percussive Soundscapes which is a company who offers a variety of services to the marching arts community including custom arrangements for band and winter percussion ensembles. He taught at Ball State University, judges during the weekends, consults with numerous groups across the country and he is also currently the President-Elect of the Indiana Percussion Association.
Derrick marched seven summers of drum corps with groups such as the Phantom Regiment and Cavaliers, both in the battery and front ensemble. Afterwards, he became the Percussion Caption Head for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps and he is currently the Percussion Coordinator and Battery Arranger for the Madison Scouts. Derrick is also a Creative Director for 317 Performing Arts which supports the WGI Independent group named Veritas. He received his Bachelors in Music Education at the VanderCook College of Music and his Master’s in Music Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Derrick proudly endorses Innovative Percussion, Pearl/Adams, Remo, and Etymotic. He currently resides in Plainfield, Indiana with his wife Kayla, daughter Miyah and dog Max.
Chris Murphree : Front Ensemble Arranger
Chris is currently a freelancing percussion specialist in Indiana, primarily working with Brownsburg and Plainfield High School. He serves as an arranger, designer, and teacher for both groups throughout the school year. He received his Master’s degree from Indiana University, and his Bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where he also served as an Adjunct Professor of Percussion. During his time at IU he served as the associate instructor for the Marching Hundred Drumline. His responsibilities included teaching and writing for the drumline throughout the fall season. His responsibilities at MTSU included teaching private lessons, working with the MTSU drumline, and teaching percussion ensemble.
Chris’ marching career includes Spirit of Atlanta, The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, and Music City Mystique. His past drum corps teaching experience includes Troopers, Phantom Regiment, Blue Knights, and most recently the Madison Scouts where he serves as front ensemble arranger and coordinator. Chris is very excited to embark on his new journey as a Creative Director for 317 Performing Arts written for several groups in the activity, including the likes of Orange County Independent and Music City Drum and Bugle Corps. He has written for and consulted with several high schools and universities throughout the Midwest. He is proud to be endorsed by Innovative Percussion Inc. To find out more about Chris please visit his website at https://www.chrismurphree.net.
Jamie Tucker : Choreographer
Jamie has been involved in the marching arts since she was ten years old. Beginning her color guard career with Academy Independent A Winter Guard in 2003, and then Ubiquity Winter Guard in 2004, she went on to march in her high school band. Following high school, Jamie performed with O2 Winter Guard 2010 and 2011, and then went on to perform with ONYX 2012-2015.
After ONYX’s 2015 season, Jamie was asked to be on staff and has been teaching there since. Jamie has also worked with Music City Drum and Bugle Corps, 2011-2013, and then Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, 2014-2016. Jamie choreographed and taught Forest Park High School from 2012-2017, and continues to teach in the Indianapolis area. Currently Jamie is working with Ben Davis Color Guard, and is the visual choreographer for Plainfield High School Marching Band.
This winter season Jamie is working with 317 Performing Arts, Plainfield High School Percussion, Ben Davis Winter Guard, and ONYX Winter Guard.
Originally from Evansville, IN, Jamie and her boyfriend now reside in Indianapolis, IN. Outside of the marching arts, they love to play with their puppy, Penny, be outdoors, listen to live music, and finding new places to eat. Jamie graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a degree in Marketing; and currently works at Northwestern Mutual.
Cristian Good : Sound Designer
Cristian Good is a well known expert and consultant in the marching arts audio community. Much of his experience was gained while serving as The Cavalier's audio engineer during the 2014, 2015, and 2016 seasons. He has also been involved in the WGI activity both designing and consulting for multiple indoor percussion groups around Indiana over the years. He has extensive knowledge of the audio concepts and techniques used in the marching arts activity and has been the marching audio clinician at the Music for All Summer Symposium for the past several years. Cristian is currently the electronics designer for Homestead High School (IN) who is a consistent Bands of America Grand National Finalist and ISSMA medalist. In addition he is also the electronics designer for Carroll High School (IN) who is an ISSMA State Finalist as well as IPA medalist. Cristian has done electronics design and system designs for many other schools both in Indiana and around the country. Cristian currently resides in Ft. Wayne, Indiana with his wife and pets. He currently works as a sales engineer at Sweetwater Sound while continuing to be involved in many outside projects the marching activity.