Emelia Johnston is from Suwanee, Georgia, and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia in 2017. Upon graduating, Emelia moved to Texas and is presently in her second year teaching band at Bonnette Junior High School, located in the Houston area.
Emelia's primary instrument is trumpet and she performs with several groups in the Houston area. Her drum corp experience includes performing with the Phantom Regiment Trumpet Line in 2016, as well as teaching the Oregon Crusaders Hornline in 2018.
Most importantly, Emelia is thrilled to join the team at Genesis and is looking forward to a great season!
Bailey Pruitt is a low brass instructor. She currently resides in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where she is finishing her undergraduate degree in Instrumental Music Education.
She has been involved in drum corps for six years, marching with the Blue Knights from Denver, Colorado from 2013-2017 on baritone, and teaching low brass for the Seattle Cascades in 2018. Her love for music education and the marching arts was ignited at a young age by her father, who is of the same profession. Upon graduation, she plans on returning home to Texas and becoming a band director.
Davis Smith is a graduate of Arizona State University where he studied instrumental music education. Through high school and college Smith played the trumpet among other instruments. Smith was a 2014 United States Army All-American Marching Band member, representing his high school, Mountain Ridge from Glendale, AZ.
From 2011 to 2017 Smith spent 5 seasons marching various drum and bugle corps including The Academy, The Cavaliers and The Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corp(s) and was the 2017 DCI I&E Trumpet Soloist Champion.
Smith was also on Brass and Visual Staff at Kidsgrove Scouts from Staffordshire, England and the Blue Devils “C” Drum and Bugle Corps.
Jenna is the Assistant Director of Bands at Plainfield South High school in Plainfield, Illinois, where she teaches both band and music theory courses. She is in her fourth year of teaching professionally, having graduated from Central Michigan University in 2015 with a degree in music education.
Outside of the classroom, Jenna actively teaches marching band across a multitude of states. Prior to teaching, Jenna marched with Legends Drum and Bugle Corps for five seasons; beginning on mellophone (’09, ’10) and aging out as Drum Major (’11-’13). She is incredibly excited to be joining the Genesis team this year as a member of the brass staff and cannot wait to see where this corps goes this season.
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Born and raised in South Texas, Arturo Cano is entering his 10th season with Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps and has served many roles within the program. As a Senior Staff member and advisor, Art has been instrumental in building the Genesis organization and brass program and is a founding partner in the organization.
Mr. Cano graduated from Texas A&M University in Kingsville with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with teacher certification. He was a member of the trombone studio and studied under Dr. Paul Hageman. While at TAMU-K, Mr. Cano was in many of the universities ensembles which included Jazz Band 1 and 2, Wind Symphony, Trombone Choir, Jazz Combo, and The Javelina Marching Band. During his senior year, Mr. Cano was the Visual Caption Head for the Javelina Marching Band. His marching experiences include marching with the 2003 Division II Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps where he played euphonium. Currently Mr. Cano is in his 10th year of teaching and is the Head Band Director at Austin Middle School in San Juan Texas.
Celia Colter a first year band director at South Decatur High School in Greensburg, Indiana, where she oversees the entire band program grades 5-12. Celia graduated cum laude from Indiana State University with a degree in Music Education in May of 2018. Her primary instruments of study are trombone and piano.
As a Drum Corps International performer, Celia marched for three years with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps from 2013 to 2015, leading the corps as a Baritone/Euphonium Section Leader in 2015. In 2016, she marched with the Drum Corps International Championship Bluecoats. Colter aged out as a Bluecoat in 2017. She was featured on bass trombone in the 2017 show, "Jagged Line," and on tenor trombone in the 2016 production, "Down Side Up."
Originally from Albuquerque, NM, Brett Kroening resides in Austin, Texas as an active performer, educator, and composer with a full studio of over 50 horn students.
Prior to returning to Texas in 2015, Brett was on faculty at The New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe, NM as AP Music Theory Lecturer and Orchestra Director during which he led ensemble to back-to-back NM State Orchestra championships. He worked as Composer/Music Arranger for the school as well, a position he still maintains.
Studying horn performance, music theory and composition, (University of New Mexico, Metropolitan State University, UT Austin), Brett freelances/teaches/writes in the central Texas area. As a composer, he has received composition commissions from local, regional, and international ensembles and institutions such as Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Phi Beta Mu Music Fraternity, Wichita State University, Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony, line upon line percussion ensemble, Rocky Mountain Brassworks, and The United States Air Force Academy along with many high school ensembles in New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Texas and California.
Brett's compositions and arrangements have been performed/premiered in venues such as: The Lensic in Santa Fe, NM, Cadogan Hall in London, England, the Fryderyk Chopin Conservatory of Music in Warsaw, Poland, Die Hochschule Luzern in Lucerne, Switzerland, the Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul, Korea, and Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles.
He holds the 4th horn position with the Victoria Symphony (TX), and is also serving for his 4th season as Executive Director of Round Rock Symphony. This will also be Brett’s first year as co-conductor of Vivace Youth Orchestra in Georgetown, TX.
Noah Aguillon attends Texas Lutheran University as a Music Education major as a trumpet player and is in the Wind Ensemble as well as Jazz band. He marched 2 years of Drum corps with The Troopers from 2016-2017.
Alex Hedden is excited to join the Genesis Brass Staff for the 2019 season!
Originally from Georgia, Alex is currently the Assistant Director of Bands at Morton Ranch High School in Katy, TX. Before moving to Texas, he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia.
While at UGA, Alex studied Saxophone with Dr. Connie Frigo and performed in the Wind Symphony, Jazz Band I, Saxophone Ensemble, numerous saxophone quartets, and the Redcoat Marching Band. He performed as a member of the Carolina Crown hornline from 2014-2016 on euphonium.
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Andy Grindle is currently the Director of Bands at Kernan Middle School and Assistant Director of Bands at Sandalwood High School, located in Jacksonville, FL. He received his Bachelor of Music Education (K-12) degree from West Liberty University and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and Non-Profit Management.
Andy began his drum corps experience with the Madison Scouts in 2011 under the brass leadership of Donnie VanDoren, Robert W. Smith, Brad Kerr Green, and Tim Snyder. From 2012 - 2016 Andy served on the brass educational faculty of the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps (Casper, Wyoming) focusing on high brass instruction and the recruitment and retention of membership. In 2017, he focused his efforts towards recruitment with both Oregon Crusaders (Portland, Oregon) and the Guardians (Houston, Texas), helping lead both organizations to a record turnout during their respective audition seasons.
From 2011 to 2018, Andy served as a trumpet player in the 249th Army Band, as well as a soldier in the West Virginia Army National Guard. While attending the Army School of Music, he received the Commandant’s Coin of Excellence for his leadership and motivational qualities.
Andy is thrilled to join the Genesis family and looks forward to a successful season!