Paradigm Percussion

David Keller - Front Ensemble Technician

David graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music in 2017. While at Liberty, he performed with the Spirit of the Mountain Band playing a variety of instruments. He found a passion for 20th century music as well.  David performed with the Liberty University Indoor Drum line from 2012-2015 and also march with Cadets2 Drum and Bugle Corps in 2016 and 2017, playing drum set and mellophone.  While there, the percussion section won High Percussion and Cadets2 won a gold medal in 2016. He currently lives in Lynchburg, VA where he is working as the Assistant Band Director of Rustburg HS. He has also worked with several VA area ensembles as visual consultant and sound designer. David is excited for his second season with Paradigm!

Austin Cortez – Tenor Technician

Austin is excited to be a part of the 2018 Paradigm staff. This will be his first year on staff and will be serving as the quad technician. Austin currently attends Horry-Georgetown Technical College where he pursues a Bachelor’s degree in Brew Mastery and participates in Coastal Carolina's marching band, the Chanticleer Regiment. Austin serves as the battery technician for Carolina Forest High School and this will be his 2nd year with the marching panthers. Austin's current marching history includes competing with a number of different indoor groups starting in high school. Austin competed with Palmetto Percussion (16') and Gateway Percussion (17') and also recently got back from a competitive summer of drum corps with the Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps..

Chris Whyte - Ensemble Arranger

Percussionist Dr. Christopher Whyte has emerged as one of the Pacific Northwest’s most engaging performers and educators.  He is currently Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at Western Oregon University.  He is co-founder of the Portland Percussion Group, a contemporary percussion quartet based in Portland, Oregon which strives to foster and promote percussion performance through engaging concerts and educational outreach. The Portland Percussion Group is active in developing relationships with new composers and the commissioning of new works throughout the Northwest region. To date, the PPG has aided in the creation of over sixty new works for chamber percussion ensemble. Whyte is also co-director of the Portland Summer Percussion Academy, a residential summer camp for high school percussionists focusing on a broad range of western and non-western percussion styles, as well as a founding member of the International Percussion Institute which takes place each summer at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

He performs frequently in the Portland area as a freelance percussionist and timpanist with The Oregon Symphony, the Portland Opera Orchestra, Oregon Ballet Theater, Third Angle Contemporary Ensemble, FearNoMusic, The Bach Cantata Choir, The Portland Symphonic Choir and the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus. Additional performance credits include the Vancouver Symphony, Oregon Bach Festival, Astoria Music Festival, Atlantic Symphony, the New Bedford Symphony, the Eugene Symphony, the Newport Symphony, ALEA III contemporary music ensemble and the Boston Civic Symphony. The Boston Musical Intelligencer called Whyte’s playing “a striking diversity of styles and spirit.” He has worked closely with composers William Kraft, Pauline Oliveros, Allen Strange, Stephen Taylor, Michael Johanson, Mendel Lee and Gabriela Lena Frank, among others. Chris has works published through Tapspace, MSC, Matrix, and Bachovich publishing companies, and can be heard on recordings from Pentatone Classics.

Whyte has performed solo recitals and given masterclasses throughout the United States, UK and China, and has a true love of sharing his knowledge of the percussion field with students at all levels.  He has extensive experience in the DCI and WGI arenas, having taught for the Seattle Cascades, Oregon Crusaders and Madison Scouts, and arranged for the Oregon Crusaders, Cascades, OC Indoor and a numerous high school programs around the United States.  Whyte earned degrees at the University of Oregon as a student of the late Charles Dowd, and completed the Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance from Boston University, where he was a student of Boston Symphony Principal Timpanist Timothy Genis. Chris is a Yamaha Performing Artist, and proudly endorses Vic Firth Drumsticks, Remo Drum Heads, and Blackswamp Percussion Instruments.

Chris lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Charlotte, their son Forrest, and their Akita, Decan.

​Instructional Staff

Ryan Candal - Cymbal Technician

Ryan is attending Middle Tennessee state university as a Concrete industry management major who is graduating in December. He has marched with Alliance DBC (’15) for outdoor and audio theater (’16) and equinox (’17) for his indoor experience, plus one year of college band with the Band of Blue. Ryan also has experience teaching at high schools including independence High, Page High, Discovery High, and Heritage high. Outside of band, Ryan works as an engineering technician and is also a doggy dad to a handsome min pin terrier mix named Jagger.

Trevor Calabro - Visual Coordinator

Trevor Calabro is entering his 3rd year as the Visual Designer. This role allows him to combine his 21 years of rudimental percussion experience with his passion for graphic design and the visual arts.

Trevor started his percussion career with Spectrum DBC from 1996 - 2000. He also marched in Spectrum’s independent WGI indoor drumline from 1997 - 2000. From 2000 - 2004 Trevor attended IUP where he marched in the drumline. During this time he was an active member of the IBN Chapter of the national drumline fraternity Phi Boota Roota.

Over the years Trevor has worked with a large variety of marching ensembles including Dartmouth H.S., Oregon Crusaders DBC, Oregon Crusaders Indoor, King Phillip H.S., Penn State Indoor Drumline, Lone Star Independent, Westhill H.S., Lake Erie Regiment DBC, Clinton-Massie H.S., and Coatesville H.S.

Trevor resides in State College, PA with his wife Christa and his son Seth. He works at the Minitab software company as a graphic designer.

Ryan O’Daniel – Bass Drum Technician

Ryan is very thrilled to be a part of the 2019 Staff. He is a student at UNC Charlotte and is pursuing a degree in music education. Previously Ryan has worked with the battery sections at Northwood High School, Marvin Ridge, and Hickory Ridge. He has marched with the UNCC drumline, Civitas Independent (2014, 2015), and Palmetto Percussion (2016). Ryan has a passion for teaching and seeing students succeed. He is very excited to be a part of this year's program.

Steven Christman - Director

Steven attended Winthrop University for Percussion Performance and USC for Business. Steven has performed with the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corp and several Concert ensembles throughout the Carolinas. He has taught at Clover HS, Northwestern HS, and currently teaching at Weddington High School and Marvin Ridge High school for the marching season. Steven composes and arranges percussion literature for Marching Band and Indoor Percussion, as well as writes music/drill for Indoor Percussion. He has studied under Dr. Michael Williams, Jason Nicholson, Danny Lenard, and Andy Beall. He is also the Treasurer of Carolina Winter Ensemble Association (CWEA). Steven was the Bass Drum Captain for the Carolina Panthers Purrcussion Drumline. He works full time at Founders Federal Credit Union, and also is highly involved in church music at Grace Lutheran Church. Steven resides in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Joe Conigliaro - Program Coordinator

​Joe is a graduate of Penn State University where he performed with the Penn State Blue Band as well as directed, instructed, and performed with the Penn State Indoor Drumline within WGI. Joe has also performed with the Spectrum, Crossmen, and Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps within DCI. Among the instructors he has performed under are Thom Hannum, Colin McNutt, Brian Tinkel, Darren Hazlett, Jeremy Schilling, and Dan DeLong. He has also been on instructional staff for various HS bands and indoor percussion ensembles throughout PA, MD, VA, and NC. He is a former member of the NFL Carolina Panthers PurrCussion drumline playing snare. Joe currently lives in Matthews, NC with his wife Bobbi Jo, daughter Annecy and works as an Actuarial Consultant.

Design Team

Spencer Gold - Tenor Technician

Spencer will joint Paradigm as a tenor technician for the upcoming season. With a sore back and a full heart, he has been exposed to a variety of tenor approaches with drumming with Alliance, Equinox Percussion, Spirit of Atlanta, and Music City Mystique. Spencer is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Computer Science at Georgia Tech.

Tyler James - Administrative Assistant

Tyler graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing in 2017. He has previously taught at multiple high schools in the Charlotte area including Monroe, Marvin Ridge, and Forestview. Tyler is also a former member of the Carolina Panthers PurrCussion playing cymbals from 2015 to 2017. Tyler is currently working at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Logan Damery - Snare Technician

Logan graduated from Liberty Universty in Lynchburg, Virginia where he obtained a degree in Digital Media: Video Production. Logan currently serves as the Battery Technician both at Weddington High School and Butler High School. He also teaches private drum set lessons at OnStage music in Charlotte, North Carolina. In addition, Logan also performs with the Carolina Panther's drum line, "Purrcussion" as well as performing drum set in local funk band "Barcerado". Logan is a charter member of Paradigm Percussion, marching three seasons from 2012-2014. Logan also marched with Coastal Surge Drum and Bugle Corps for two seasons (2014-2015), Liberty University Spirit of the Mountain for four seasons (2014-2018), and Liberty University Indoor Drum line for three seasons (2015-2017).


Ian Flint - Visual Designer

Ian has been active in the marching activity for over 20 years. He was a member of the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps from 1998-2000 and then working on visual staff from 2004-2007. Most recently he was on staff with the Oregon Crusaders and served many roles including Program Coordinator, Visual Caption Supervisor and Drill Designer. As a drill writer he designs over 30 a year and is an active clinician for groups all across the country.

Ian holds a Bachelors in Music Performance (Tuba) from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He currently works as Director of Bands at Bellows Free Academy in Fairfax Vermont where he teaches 5th-12th grade instrumental lessons and also runs all instrumental ensembles for the district. Previous to moving to Vermont Ian worked for Dartmouth Public Schools (Dartmouth, MA) as the District Wide Brass Specialist. He served as a show designer and visual coordinator for Dartmouth’s marching band and indoor percussion ensembles. In his 9 years there the marching band won 5 USBands National Championships and the indoor percussion won 3 WGI World Class Championships. Ian currently resides in Winooski, VT.

Austin Thompson - Battery Coordinator

Austin received a bachelor’s degree from Wingate University in Environmental Biology in 2017.  Currently, Austin serves as the battery technician at Marvin Ridge High School and has taught at other area high schools including Sun Valley High, Weddington High and Independence High.  Austin is a proud Paradigm Percussion alum having marched under Joe Conigliaro from 2012-2014.  Austin was most recently a member in WGI world class with Palmetto Percussion (2015, 2016) and Equinox Percussion (2017).  Austin is excited to continue to bring clean beats to Paradigm!

Taylor Kennedy - Visual Technician

Taylor Kennedy will be returning Paradigm Percussion staff this season as the visual technician. She currently serves as the primary visual instructor at Providence High School and has also worked with other bands from both the surrounding areas of Charlotte, NC and of Atlanta, GA including Roswell High School, Hickory Ridge High School, and Sun Valley High School. Her marching experience includes the 2013 DCI season at Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps and the 2014, 2015, and 2016 DCI seasons at Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. Taylor is currently pursuing both a Bachelor's of Music in Education and a Bachelor's of Art in Philosophy from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Dustin Handley - Front Ensemble Coordinator

Dustin is a Paradigm Percussion alumnus and charter member. He has been involved in past seasons with the group as a performer and more recently as a part time staff member. He is excited to join the team as the front ensemble coordinator this year. Dustin has taught at multiple marching bands around the Charlotte area including Weddington, Marvin Ridge, and East Lincoln high schools. He is currently attending the University of North Carolina at Asheville pursuing a degree in Music Technology.