Kevin Torres was born and raised in Corpus Christi, TX and graduated from W.B. Ray HS in 2013. Kevin has been with the Genesis program for 9 years - 7 as a performer and founding member and 2 as an Educational Staff member. Kevin has been instrumental in the growth of Genesis and has spent time in developing our leadership program, social media presence and recruiting. Kevin is currently a senior at Texas State University where he will complete a B.A. in Communication Studies with a double minor in Business Administration and Mass Communication.
Kevin also performed indoor percussion with Violet Crown Independent on bass 2 for the 2017 season and returned as a bass tech for the 2018 and 2019 season.
Alfonso "Fonzi" De Los Santos
Alfonso (Fonzi) De Los Santos grew up in San Benito, Texas. Fonzi began his drum corps career with Mystikal Drum and Bugle Corps in 2009 on bass drum and was one of the original members of Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps from 2010-2012 on snare drum. He served as the drumline section leader during the 2012 season. He went on to pursue a full-time position as the Marching Percussion Specialist for Melhart Music Center where he was the representative for Genesis Percussion around the United States and worked closely with the staff to develop prototypes for a professional series line of percussion instruments. He has taught for several school districts in the RGV including San Benito, Edinburg, and Brownsville. Fonzi became part of the Genesis percussion staff in 2013 and continued until 2015. Shortly after his second season on staff, he had the opportunity to travel to West Africa with Rhythm Path, a drum circle facilitation company, to study the traditional construction and tuning techniques used on West African instruments.
Alfonso is currently a student at Texas State University pursuing a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Anthropology with a Minor in Music. He is currently interested in studying the rhythms of Senegal and applying anthropological methods to gain a better understanding of how these rhythms play a role in everyday lives of the Senegalese.
Dillon Shaw is a musician and educator residing in Austin, Texas. Dillon was an original member of Genesis DBC in 2010, and a member of the quadline until 2012. He received his BA in Music from Texas State in 2015.
As a percussionist, he was a member of ensembles such as Salsa Del Rio, Bobcat Marching Band, Orchestra, Wind Band, and many more. He studied under Genaro Gonzalez, Butch Miles, Bobby Lopez, Kari Klier, and John Lopez just to name a few. Dillon is currently a freelance percussion instructor in the San Antonio and Austin Area. He has been involved in the marching arts since 2010. When he is not teaching, Dillon is also an engineer, producer, and drumset player for various musicians across Texas. He loves sweet beats, almost as much as he loves his pet dog and cat.
Brannon Baker is in his 12th year of teaching and is an Assistant Band Director and Percussion Director at Katy H.S. where he conducts the Concert Band and oversees the percussion studio (percussion ensembles, marching season, indoor percussion, concert bands, and beginner JH percussion classes).
Mr. Baker began his public teaching career as an Associate Band Director at Lee High School in the North East ISD of San Antonio in 2007. After 4 years, Mr. Baker became the head band director at Lee in 2012 where he oversaw all aspects of the program including the marching band, concert ensembles, percussion studio, and indoor programs. The marching band was a consistent UIL Sweepstakes recipient and both the indoor percussion and color guard programs were successful in the TCGC/TECA circuits. Lee Indoor Percussion was the TECA State Champion in 2013 & 2015 and earned 4th Place in 2017 at TCGC in the Scholastic Open Class Division.
Mr. Baker recently served as the Director of Percussion, Battery Percussion Arranger, and Music Ensemble Coordinator for the World Class Genesis Drum & Bugle Corps based in Austin, Texas during the 2017 season. In 2015 and 2016, he served as Percussion Caption Head. As a performer, Brannon was actively involved with Drum Corps International playing snare drum for 5 years. From 2001-2003, he marched with Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps based in San Antonio (2002 Division III Champion and High Percussion Award) and from 2004-2005 he was a member of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps from Allentown, Pennsylvania. Brannon earned the “Cadet Rookie of the Year” Award after his first season with the Cadets. During his age-out year as a marching member, The Cadets won the Fred Sanford High Percussion Trophy and the 2005 DCI World Championship.
Mr. Baker graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education. Mr. Baker studied conducting under Dr. Rob Carnochan and Glen Richter. He was also a member of the percussion studio, studying with Tom Burritt, Ben Finley, and Thad Anderson. While at UT, Mr. Baker performed with the percussion ensemble, steel pan ensemble, and Symphony Band. During his five-year tenure at Texas, he also performed with the Longhorn Band, serving as section leader/composer for the UT Drumline during his senior year.
Mr. Baker’s professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association and Texas Bandmasters Association
Emilio Monreal is the director of percussion for Angleton ISD in Angleton, Texas. Emilio began his collegiate studies in music education at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, where he completed his Bachelor’s in Music Education under the tutelage of Dr. Matthew McClung. After completion of his undergraduate studies, he pursued his Master’s Degree in Music Performance at Michigan State University, where he studied under the direction of Professor Gwendolyn Dease and Dr. Jon Weber. While studying at MSU, Emilio was responsible for coaching several percussion ensembles, teaching undergraduate and non-major percussion lessons, teaching percussion methods, and coordinating guest artist visits. Emilio also had the privilege of performing with the Michigan State University Wind Symphony at the 2017 CBDNA conference
In 2015, Emilio won the University of Texas at Brownsville international Marimba Competition. He was also a featured guest artist for the Corpus Christi Flam Jamm in 2018. Emilio regularly presents master classes for all age groups throughout Texas in hopes that he can inspire and ignite the passion of young musicians in his state.
Emilio began his marching career in the quadline at Mystikal Drum and Bugle Corps in 2009. He went on to march Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps in 2010 for their founding year. Emilio aged out in 2011 with the Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps.
Brady Hartness is a native of Fort Mill, SC, and a graduate of Winthrop University where he earned a degree in music composition. Brady began his professional marching career with the 2009 Madison Scouts as the Timpanist. He also performed with Palmetto Percussion from 2010-2014, and returned as a front ensemble technician in 2015.
Brady taught Fort Mill High School from 2010-2016, while assisting several other band and percussion programs in the Carolina and Georgia area. From 2014-2016 Brady was a front ensemble technician for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corp.
Currently Brady works with the Dorman High School Marching Band and Indoor Drumline as the Front Ensemble Coordinator, and Civitas Independent as both the Front Ensemble and Program Coordinator.
Brady currently resides in Greenville, SC, and is the owner of From The Top Designs, LLC, which specializes in designing custom shows for the marching arts.
Percussion Caption Head
Dillon Scott Ingle was raised in Kings Mountain, North Carolina and received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Western Carolina University in 2008. While at WCU, he studied under Dr. Mario Gaetano, Bob Buckner, and Matt Henley, and was drum captain with the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band.
Mr. Ingle began his professional teaching career in Brownsville, Texas where he spent three years as an Assistant Band Director and Percussion Director, followed by two years in San Benito, Texas. For five years as an assistant director, his duties included working with concert, symphonic and marching bands, as well as overseeing the percussion program of each school.
In 2010, he became a co-founder of Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps from Austin, Texas. From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Ingle served as the Percussion Caption Head, where he both taught and helped facilitate the summer tour. Mr. Ingle moved back to North Carolina in 2013 to continue his education, and completed his M.A in Music Education in 2015. As a Graduate Assistant at WCU, he conducted the Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. West, the Symphony Band under the direction of David Starnes, and the Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Gaetano.
Mr. Ingle is now the assistant band director at Tuscola High School, in Waynesville, North Carolina and an Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Western Carolina University. He is an educational endorser for Salyer’s Percussion in Houston, Texas, and is in demand as a percussion arranger, teacher, and clinician. In his spare time, Dillon enjoys riding bikes, hiking with his new wife Kayla, and playing with his dog Boo and his cat Zoe.
Manuel (Manny) Treviño was raised in the small town of San Benito, Texas located in the Rio Grande Valley. Manuel was a member of Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps Percussion program from 2010-2012 and on January 21st, 2013 Mr. Treviño had the honor of marching with the Boston Crusaders in the inaugural parade for President Barack Obama. Manny received a B.M. in Music Education from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2015. While at UTRGV, he studied with Tom Nevill, Mark Eichenberger, Joe Moore III, Albert Lo, and performed with the UTRGV Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Marimba Reyna Del Valle, The Rio Bravo Percussion Ensemble, and the UTRGV Drumline.
After Graduation, Manny continued his education and received an M.M. in Percussion Performance in the spring of 2018 under the guidance of Brett William Dietz. During his Master’s Degree, Manny taught the LSU Drumline, Performed with Hamruge the LSU Percussion Group, The LSU Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Opera, and with various small ensembles.
Manuel is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Percussion Performance at LSU. While attending school, he also works with Kids Orchestra, performs in chamber ensembles, gives clinics to various high school drumlines in Texas and Louisiana. Mr. Treviño also provides clinics for local college drumlines and is an Adjunct Professor of Percussion at McNeese St. University. Manny’s Responsibilities at McNeese involve teaching applied lessons and working with the Drumline. Mr. Treviño holds memberships with Texas Music Educators Association and Percussive Arts Society.
On his free time, Manny enjoys learning new percussion rep, reading, traveling, hanging out with friends, and playing Rocket League.
Amanda is an independent artist, performer, and clinician. She was a member of Western Carolina University’s “Pride of the Mountains” Marching Band, and spent her college summers as a musical performer at Universal Studios in Orlando. She has taught multiple marching percussion ensembles in the southeast, including Walton HS (Georgia), University HS (Florida), Bellview HS (Florida), Swansboro HS (North Carolina), Tuscola HS (North Carolina), and has composed for a number of entertainment drumlines, high schools and collegiate ensembles. She teaches private lessons and enjoys traveling internationally to teach percussion clinics. In 2017, she was a guest clinician and adjudicator for Costa Rica’s National Marching Arts Festival, and she continues to receive invites to teach/perform globally, as her most recent clinic venues this past summer were in New Jersey, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, and Hong Kong. In March 2018, she was named Marching Percussion Champion of the international “Hit Like A Girl” competition.
Amanda is recognized throughout the social media community as a result of the snare drum compositions and videos she produces on her social media handles. She has been featured in collaborations with BYOS, AJ Drumz, The Grid Book Series, Old Bridge Elementary Drumline, and was a winner in Vic Firth’s 2017 global Rodger Carter SRC JAM video. She has also been featured in articles by WCU’s marketing department andCollegeMarching.com, for being an inspiration in overcoming stereotypes and shattering glass ceilings. Amanda graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Western Carolina University and is currently receiving her master’s degree from New York University. She is a proud artist of Vic Firth, Beetle Percussion, and Pearl Drums.
Taytum Guzman serves Hughes Middle School and Burleson High School as the Assistant Percussion Director in Burleson, TX. His education includes The University of North Texas, Texas State University, and The University of Texas at Arlington. While attending UNT, he studied marching percussion with Paul Rennick, and at Texas State studied under Former PASIC president Genero Gonzalez.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, as well as a Minor in Music. Taytum was born and raised in Corpus Christi, TX where he attended Calallen High School and earned a Four-Time Indoor Percussion State Champion Title. His performing experience led him to UNT’s nationally acclaimed Green Brigade marching band in 2011, as well as Genesis 2012, Genesis Drumline Captain 2013, and Teatro Indoor Percussion in 2014.
While living in San Marcos he enjoyed performing with the Texas State University Symphony Orchestra. Taytum has been teaching Percussion freelance since 2011 at Numerous High Schools around the Coastal Bend, Central Texas-Austin, and the Dallas-Fort Worth Area. Currently, He is preparing for a competitive season in Scholastic WGI with Burleson High School, as well as composing and directing for Hughes Middle School Junior-High level NTCA group. He also enjoys performing with the Dallas Cowboys Drumline, Dallas Mavericks Drumline, World Famous Cutting Edge Haunted House, and Dynamic Rhythm Entertainment.
Taytum happily resides in DFW with his girlfriend, Liana.
Juan Aguirre is a Genesis alumnus and has been performing in the Marching and Musical Arts since he attended East Central High School. During that time he performed with groups such as YOSA, SAYWE, and Rhythmic Force.
After graduating, Juan continued performing with various ensembles like the Texas State Bobcat Band, Orquesta del Rio, SACWE, Teatro Indoor Percussion, Violet Crown Percussion, and three years here at Genesis. With the experience gained through performing in these ensembles, Juan began collaborating with high schools to grow and improve their percussion programs.
In addition to music, Juan enjoys hanging out with friends, traveling to state and national parks, and watching sports (Go Spurs Go). Juan currently attends San Antonio College where he is studying business management and has been a freelance percussion instructor since 2014.
Born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Paul Downing was raised in Methuen, Massachusetts. Paul recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Iowa, where he served as the drumline TA for the Hawkeye Marching Band. In addition to teaching and writing the music for the drumline, Paul also served as the Symphony Band Percussion Coordinator, in charge of all percussion for the various bands. Paul also has a Bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance from UMass Amherst, where he was a member of the Minuteman Band Drumline for four years under Thom Hannum.
Paul has been involved with the drum corps activity for seven years, serving as a percussion instructor for 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, Colt Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, and Crossroads Percussion Indoor Percussion Group. He marched with both the Spartans and The Cadets, the latter of which received the Fred Sanford High Percussion Award during his first year in 2013.
Paul is currently in his first year at Morton Ranch High School in Katy, Texas, as their Assistant Director of Percussion, teaching the front ensemble, percussion ensemble, indoor drumline and private lessons throughout the school cluster. He has also recently joined the staff of Rhythmic Force Indoor Percussion as a front ensemble tech.
Chad Murray comes from the shores of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. A graduate of Old Dominion University Mr. Murray was the first section leader and battery captain for the ODU Marching Monarchs Drumline for three seasons including their Inaugural Season in 2009. Chad also was an active member in the University Pep Band, Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and Orchestra. Chad studied percussion and conducting under David Walker as well as music education methods and under Dennis Zeisler and Dr. Douglas Owens.
Chad's teaching experience stems from his first ever season in 2008 teaching locally in Northeastern North Carolina and Southeastern Virginia. During Chad’s undergraduate studies he performed with the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps in 2010 and 2011, where he aged out. In 2011 and 2012 Chad served as the Snare section leader for the WGI Independent Open ensemble Dominion Storm Independent Percussion based out of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Once retired from the performing side of the floor Mr. Murray assumed the position of bass drum technician for the WGI Percussion Independent Open group Forza East Independent Percussion based out of Greenville, North Carolina. In 2014 Chad returned to Forza East where he resumed his duties as the bassline technician and co-battery arranger for the ensemble’s 2014 production. Mr.Murray was most recently the Assistant Director of Alchemy Independent Percussion based out of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Mr. Murray now resides in Fort Worth Texas and is the Assistant Director of Percussion Ensembles and Education at Richland High School in North Richland Hills, Texas. Alongside teaching at Richland High School Mr. Murray also has a private studio of more than 30 students throughout Birdville Independent School District. He also has provided private instruction to students in Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina areas for over 8 years and has instructed and consulted for many ensembles in the area. Mr. Murray is also currently on staff with Vigilantes Indoor Percussion based out of Fort Worth, Texas. This will be his first season with the organization and will be teaching Bass Drum.
Mr.Murray is extremely excited to be on staff for the 2019 season with Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps. and looks forward to a fantastic summer!
Mr. Murray proudly endorses Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, Dynasty Drums and Bergerault Keyboards, and Sabian Cymbals.
Rudy Hernandez Jr.
Born in South Bend, Indiana, Rodolfo (Rudy) Hernandez Jr. was raised in Edinburg, Texas. Rudy graduated from Johnny G. Economedes High School in 2009, where he since has been a percussion consultant for their band program. In 2014, Rudy left the Rio Grande Valley for Tennessee to pursue a bachelors degree. Rudy attended Middle Tennessee State University where he obtained his degree with an emphasis in Music. While at Middle Tennessee State University, Rudy received instruction from Lalo Davila, Julie Davila, Dr. Brian Mueller, and Chris Murphree.
In 2011, Rudy was a member of the Revolution Drum and Bugle Corps front ensemble. Rudy was also a front ensemble instructor for the Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014.
Rudy currently works at Doedyns Elementary in San Juan, Texas. Rudy also continues to provide percussion instruction to schools around the Rio Grande Valley.