George Mason University 2019 Design Team

August 24, 2018

George Mason University Indoor Drumline is proud to present you with our 2019 design team!


Travis Peterman - Ensemble Director and Battery Arranger


Born and raised in Newark, Delaware, Travis began his performing career with the All- State Junior and Senior Bands. Quickly finding a passion for the marching arts, he went on to perform with the Reading Buccaneers, United Percussion, the Blue Stars, and Rhythm X.


He began his drum corps teaching career with the Cadets2 as the snare technician and battery choreographer, remaining with the corps for three years. Travis previously held the position of the director, program coordinator, and battery arranger for Cadets Winter Percussion during it’s three year tenure. Currently, Travis is the percussion caption supervisor at Carolina Crown and the ensemble director of the George Mason University Indoor Drumline, where he also arranges for the battery. In DCA, he is the battery arranger and director of percussion for the Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps. Travis has been involved with the WGI group Imperial Dynasty in various roles since 2004, currently as the battery and visual designer. He is also an accomplished adjudicator with circuits such as SCPA, KIDA, AIA, and NWAPA.


Travis is honored to have studied under educators such as Thom Hannum, Tom Aungst, Tim Jackson, Jim Ancona, Joel Hilbert, Tim Fairbanks, Darick Kelly, Rich Hammond, and Chris Feist. Outside of the percussion world, Travis holds an A.A. in Criminal Justice from Delaware Tech, a B.S. in Behavioral Science from Wilmington University, and a M.Ed. in School Counseling (also from WilmU).



Dan Schack - Creative Director


Hailing from Connecticut, Dan has been involved in the marching arts since he was fourteen years old. As an active designer, educator, and adjudicator for competitive music ensembles all over the country, Dan specializes in battery percussion, movement/choreography, and creative design. He currently serves as the Creative Director of George Mason University Indoor Drumline (VA), the Artistic Director of ConneXus Percussion (OH), and the Battery Manager/Choreographer for Carolina Crown (SC).


Outside of his musical endeavors, Dan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Arts degree in English from Wright State University, respectively concentrating on Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Dan is currently a doctoral student in literature at the University of Delaware, concentrating on Contemporary American literature.


Dan proudly endorses Vic Firth drumsticks and Remo Drumheads



Andrew Monteiro - Front Ensemble Arranger


Andrew Monteiro is a Music Educator and Percussion Arranger based in Central New Jersey. He has worked with high school marching bands and indoor drumlines in the Mid-Atlantic region including South Brunswick Marching Band, Old Bridge High school Marching Band and it’s respective Indoor Drumline and Norwalk High School Indoor Drumline. 


He has been the Front Ensemble Caption Supervisor for Cadets2 since the corps' establishment in 2012 and Arranger and Sound designer from 2016 - 2018. He was on staff with The Cadets Front Ensemble from 2014 - 2017. Also he is the Front Ensemble Arranger and Sound designer for the Bushwackers since 2016. He was the Front Ensemble Arranger, Coordinator and Sound Designer for Cadets Winter Percussion PIW from 2014 - 2016 where they placed 1st in Independent Open their inaugural year. Andrew was also the Sound Designer for United Percussion PIW in 2017 and 2018. He has studied under many accomplished instructors including Iain Moyer, Jason Inhat, Mike Zellers, Jim Ancona and Tom Aungst. In addition, Andrew studied at New York University under Jonathan Haas, Simon Boyar and Josh Quillen. 2019 will be Andrew's first year with GMU Indoor Percussion. 



Sean McElroy - Drill Design


Sean McElroy grew up in southwest Denver, Colorado in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, a time

where the state was a dominant force in the progression of the marching percussion activity. Through his involvement with Bear Creek High School, Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, and Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble, Sean was exposed to a multiple of percussion greats such as Ralph Hardimon, Mike Nevin, Dave Marvin and other incredible educators. Being exposed to such a strong and healthy percussion community in CO, he cultivated a deep passion for percussion and visual arts by pursuing a busy teaching career as soon as his time as performer in the activity was concluded. 


After many years of teaching and designing for high schools and independent groups around the Denver area, Sean became the visual designer for the Blue Knight’s Percussion Ensemble.  Sean served in this role along with show coordinator for the seasons of 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2013.  The ensemble was awarded 3rd place at the WGI National Championship in 2007, and won the Fan Favorite award in 2011 with the memorable show entitled Physical Graffiti.


In 2004, following his age out season of drum corps with the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, Sean was invited to teach the bass drum section of the Cadets for the 2004 season.  Sean would remain the bass tech with the Cadets through the summer of 2010.  In 2011, Sean joined the battery staff at Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, serving as the bass tech for 2 seasons.  In 2013, Sean joined the percussion staff at Carolina Crown, a position he has held since.  In total, Sean has 14 consecutive seasons of experience teaching DCI percussion. In 2008, Sean moved to Canton, Michigan to become the percussion director at the highly acclaimed Plymouth Canton High School.  He would work there for a 6 years during which the percussion would make an appearance in WGI World Class final in 2009 and Open Class Finals in 2013. In 2014, Sean moved to Fort Mill, SC where he was the percussion director at Nation Ford High School from 2014 to 2016.  


Sean is now the Percussion Ensemble Coordinator at Carolina Crown, along with being the drill writer for multiple WGI percussion groups throughout the areas of Colorado, Michigan, and South Carolina. He is an active visual judge in the indoor drum line activity and spends his free time traveling, riding his bike, and snowboarding in current hometown of Silverthorne, CO.  



Carolyn Drislane - Choreographer


Carolyn is excited to enter her 4th season as the Choreographer for GMU Indoor Percussion. She has been heavily involved in WGI since 2002 as a performer, designer, choreographer and technician. Most recently, she performed with Pride of Cincinnati Winterguard in 2013 and 2015. She has been fortunate to work with several competitive ensembles across the country including GMU Open, Bellbrook HS, Shenendehowa HS, and Miamisburg HS to name a few.


Outside of the WGI community, Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and a clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Marymount University in Arlington, VA. Additionally, she spent several summers working for Carolina Crown DBC as their lead rehabilitation specialist. She is also a Research Fellow at George Mason University involved in a study examining the physical demands of indoor performance ensembles and injury prevention programs. Carolyn believes that movement is medicine and can create change and improvement in a person’s physical, emotional and mental states. She is eager to share her passion and knowledge of movement to GMU Indoor 2019!

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