Dylan Toombs currently holds positions as brass coordinator with the Bluecoats drum and bugle corps and as a brass consulting member with Spirit of Atlanta. Previously, he was a brass staff member with Carolina Crown and the Assistant Brass Caption Manager at The Cavaliers. Prior to teaching, Toombs was a performing member of Carolina Crown where he was a part of five Jim Ott high brass awards and as well as a world championship. Toombs received brass member of the year for the 2014 season.
Dylan is in year ten as a visual specialist, music consultant, and design advisor for the Marcus High School Marching Band, in Flower Mound, TX. During his time at Marcus, he has been a part of six UIL State Championship Finals appearances, including two bronze medal and one gold medal state championship placements; as well as two BOA Grand Nationals Finals appearances in 2017 and 2021.
In addition to his work with marching ensembles from across the country, Toombs works as a brass specialist in the Dallas Fort-Worth metroplex. He maintains a studio of middle school through college aged students. His students have consistently won positions within the TMEA All-State ensembles, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, and countless other drum corps and collegiate ensembles.
Dylan earned his degree from the University of North Texas in Music Performance with a concentration in Euphonium Performance. During his educational endeavors at the University of North Texas, he was honored to study with the world-renown Dr. Brian Bowman, who instilled a great love of brass pedagogy and performance within him. Dylan now enjoys life as an active music arranger, teacher, performer and soloist.
Harold Sedano is a performer and educator based out of Houston, Texas. Most recently he has toured with the Tony and Emmy Award winning Broadway Show, “Blast!”. He has been a cast member for three tours in Japan. Prior to that he performed with the Blue Devils in Europe and marched with the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps in 2012 – 2014 seasons.
Harold has worked with multiple schools in the Houston and Dallas metroplex as a marching specialist. While living in Denton, Texas pursuing his degree at the University of North Texas, he worked with Marcus High School for three years. During his time with Marcus, they were awarded a UIL Bronze Metal in 2016 and 4th place at BOA Grand Nationals in 2017.
Sedano graduated from the University of North Texas, where he was active in both classical and jazz trumpet studios. After graduating, he has been an active band director at Raul Yzaguirre School for Success, a private lesson teacher and performer in Houston. He is excited to take on this project and work with others to create memorable and special moments this upcoming marching season.
Benji Baker is an active performer, educator, and arranger in the percussive community throughout United States and Internationally. His performance career has seen multiple appearances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) with various ensembles and as a competitor in the marching competition. Most notably in recent years, Benji joined the cast of the Tony and Emmy Award winning Broadway Show, “Blast!” He has performed three tours in Japan with the company as the “Percussion Swing” to regularly sold out crowds. His arrangements have been performed by ensembles across the United States and include such clients as the University of North Texas Green Brigade and various successful high school band programs nationwide.
Benji’s drum corps experience includes the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps (2009-11) and the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps (2012-15). He served as section leader for both groups; Blue Knights in 2011 and SCV in 2015. He also performed with SCV at PASIC in both 2012 and 2015 where the percussion section presented a full percussion section clinic and front ensemble focus clinic. After aging out he served on staff with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps and the Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps as a front ensemble technician. Additionally he has served as front ensemble caption head and music designer for Roots Percussion Independent. He is currently the Front Ensemble Coordinator for Music City Drum and Bugle Corps from Nashville, TN.
Benji had been fortunate enough to study with great percussionists such as Mark Ford, Paul Rennick, Sandi Rennick, Christopher Deane, Robert Schietroma, Eric Willie, Ed Smith, Jeff Ausdemore, and Ralph Hardimon. He is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society and the Texas Music Educators Association. Benji holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music Degree from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Benji is proud to be sponsored by Innovative Percussion. He currently resides in Denton, TX as a freelance performer and lesson teacher in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
Mayu Sedano is an active dancer who was born and raised in Hiroshima, Japan. At a young age, she learned baton and later was introduced to color guard when attending the International Pacific University. During her time at IPU, she held multiple leadership positions and awards with the marching band. She marched with the Santa Clara Vanguard in the 2013 season. Most recently, she toured with the Tony and Emmy Award-winning Broadway show, Blast! in 2017 and 2019.
Adrian Bond is an international freelance percussionist, music educator, and graphic/web designer from Plano, TX. From 2011-2012, she toured internationally with the Tony and Emmy award-winning Broadway show Blast! as a percussionist and timpani specialist. She was also cast in Blast!: The Music of Disney in 2016, 2017, and 2019, which toured exclusively in Japan.
In 2017, Adrian received a BM in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas, and she holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the same institution. While attending, she was a part of the UNT Wind Symphony under the direction of Eugene Corporon from 2015-2017. She has been fortunate to have played at PASIC as part of the Collegiate International Percussion Ensemble Competition two times (2010 with Texas A&M University-Commerce and 2016 with the University of North Texas), and performed at the 2015 Midwest Clinic with the North Texas Wind Symphony.
Additionally, Adrian has been involved with Drum Corps International for many years, having marched on the quad line with Spirit of Atlanta from 2003-2004 and with the Boston Crusaders from 2005-2007 (Drumline Captain in 2007). She also taught with the Boston Crusaders (‘10) and Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps (’14).
Adrian currently lives in the Dallas, TX area with her husband Zak and her corgi Ivan. She’s also an avid knitter when she’s not drumming or designing.
Jordan Casey stepped into the marching arts as a trombone player with his high school marching band. Following high school, Jordan pursued color guard while performing with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps for four seasons, and Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps for one season. In addition, he also performed in WGI groups including Aria Winterguard for three seasons, and Paramount World Winterguard for two seasons. Jordan most recently performed internationally with Blast! The Music of Disney on their 2017 Japan Tour.
Jordan has worked with various independent and scholastic color guard programs involved in DCI, WGI, and BOA. He is currently a choreographer with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, Paramount World Winterguard, Relentless World Winterguard, Tarpon Springs High School, East Coweta High School, Father Ryan High School, Walton High School, and Collierville High School.
Aside from the marching arts, Jordan attended The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he received his Bachelor’s degree in music education. Currently residing it Atlanta, GA, he enjoys learning new things, spending time with his friends, and making music.
Rob Halpner is a composer, arranger and sound designer, originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His unbridled passion for the marching arts began in 2016. Since that time, he has marched six seasons of Drum Corps with The Bluecoats, Santa Clara Vanguard, and The Academy, as well as four WGI seasons with Monarch Independent Percussion; all in the position of lead synth player.
Rob has the privilege of working professionally with The Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps as a member of the audio team. Additionally, he works with several high school marching bands including Avon High School in Avon, Indiana and Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas.
As an arranger, Rob has written percussion music and sound design for ensembles including Marcus High School, Manvel High School, Upper St. Clair High School, and colleges including the University of North Texas and the University of Cincinnati. Rob also serves as a staff composer on the design team for Monarch Independent Percussion.
Rob earned his Bachelor’s Degree (’22) in Music Composition from the University of North Texas, where he studied composition in the studio of Dr. Sungji Hong and classical piano in the studio of Gustavo Romero. During his time at UNT, Rob was a member of numerous ensembles performing with the instrumental and vocal jazz bands, the concert band, the steel band, and the Green Brigade Marching Band.
Now living in Indianapolis, Rob is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Music Education at Butler University where he serves as the teaching assistant to Dr. Trae Blanco and the Wind Ensemble, performs as a member of the Butler University Percussion Ensemble, and studies percussion under the direction of Jon Crabiel.