Paradigm Percussion

Larry Pugh Jr. – Front Ensemble Technician


Larry is a recent graduate of UNC-Greensboro's school of music, where he studied under Dr. Kris Keeton, Dr. Neeraj Mehta, and Dr. Eric Willie. He also marched with Wake Forest Independent in 2013 where they took 5th place in open class finals. He also marched with Carolina Gold in 2013 where they also were an Open class finalist. Larry spends his time playing assorted hand drums and drum set, while maintaining a full teaching schedule for indoor and outdoor diddle band.

Taylor Kennedy - Visual Technician


Taylor Kennedy will be joining 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.

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 join the team and bring a fresh perspective to the battery at Paradigm Percussion! 

Chris Smith – Front Ensemble Technician


Christopher Smith is the Director of Bands at East Lincoln Middle School. Mr. Smith attended Western Carolina University and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance as well as a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. During his time at WCU he was a part of many ensembles such as the "Pride of the Mountains" Marching Band, Percussion Ensemble, Symphony Band, Wind Ensemble and the Asheville Symphony. Upon graduating from Western Carolina University, Mr. Smith was the Director of Bands at Hilton Head Island Middle School in Beaufort, SC. He is also an Education Artist for Salyers Percussion and is a solo performer in and around North Carolina. Mr. Smith loves the snow, listens to any and all types of music, and loves spending time with his wife, who is also a middle school band director. He is originally from Denver, NC, graduated from East Lincoln High School and currently resides in Denver. 

Chase Tomberlin – Cymbal Technician


Chase is a music student at North Greenville University. Chase currently is a member of the Carolina Panthers Purrcusion Drumline. Chase has taught at various high schools in the upstate of South Carolina and has taught the inaugural season of 2016-2017 for North Greenville Indoor as a cymbal and bass drum tech. When not teaching Chase can be found leading worship at Greer First Baptist Church as the Worship and Tech Director, or playing with other artists as a lead guitar player. Chase would like to thank the Paradigm staff for the opportunity to teach the great students at of this ensemble.

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..

Mike Conigliaro – Front Ensemble Technician


Mike is a guy who loves marimbas. As an engineer and a classically trained pianist, he loves both the theory and art behind music. His performance experience includes The Cadets, PSU Indoor Drumline as well as the PSU Blue Band, and various other drumlines and orchestras. He has also instructed a number of outdoor and indoor front ensembles throughout the east coast, including both scholastic and independent groups. Mike currently resides in Durham, NC, where he works writing software. After years of living too far away from Paradigm to visit regularly, he is very excited to be able to be close enough to do some good old-fashioned cleaning!

Chris Whyte - Ensemble Arranger


Bio coming soon!


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 2018 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.

Matt Nadolny – Bass Drum Technician


Website Editor


Matt is a small business owner who works and lives in Charlotte, NC. A former full-time professional percussion instructor, composer, and performer with a degree in Music Composition from the University of South Carolina, Matt was fortunate enough during his musical career to be associated with some of the top groups in indoor and outdoor music ensembles including 4 years of drum corps membership with Carolina Crown and The Cadets, 2 years of drum corps teaching experience with the Madison Scouts and The Cadets, Co-founding the Wake Forest Independent drum line, 3 years of PIW teaching experience with Palmetto Percussion, and 3 years marching experience with the Carolina Panthers drum line, PurrCussion. Matt is also the acting webmaster and social media manager for Paradigm Percussion

Kyle Harvey – Snare Technician


Kyle is finishing up his bachelor’s degree in instrumental music education at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, South Carolina. Kyle is currently the battery technician/arranger at Charleston Southern University and the battery technician at Summerville High School. He has previously served as the front ensemble technician at Summerville High School in the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Kyle preformed with Coastal Surge Drum and Bugle corps in 2013 and 2014. He has recently aged out in WGI World Class with Equinox Percussion (2017). Kyle is excited to share his musical experiences and knowledge with the ensemble.

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 - Assistant Director


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 Charlotte, NC with his fiancée Bobbi Jo and works as an Actuarial Consultant.