Brad Slusarczyk – Visual Performance

Brad Slusarczyk began his musical career marching tuba with Carolina Crown in 2003.  After marching three years with Crown, he marched with the Santa Clara Vanguard (‘08), and the Concord Blue Devils (‘09).  His drum corps teaching experience includes Carolina Gold (‘09-‘12), Spirit of Atlanta (‘10-‘11), and he was the Visual Caption Head with the Crossmen (‘13-‘15).  Currently, Brad is the Assistant Director of Marching Activities at South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, SC.

Also an active tubist, Brad holds a B.M. in Instrumental Performance – Tuba from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  While in college, Brad competed as a soloist, placing third in the Youth Artist Solo Tuba Division at the 2006 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference in Denver, CO; and placed third in the Solo Tuba Division at the 2007 Southeast Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference.  Brad is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

Brad resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Jessica, and their two dogs, Koey, and Lexi.

Charles Patton – Visual Effect

Charles Patton is currently an assistant principal at Millbrook High School in Raleigh, NC. He was an Assistant Principal and Band Director at South Brunswick prior to moving back to the triangle. As a North Carolina Teaching Fellow, he received his Bachelor of Music in 2006 and his Master of Arts in Teaching in 2007; both from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. He has consulted and taught for marching groups throughout North Carolina including UNC-Chapel Hill, Green Hope High School, Cleveland High School, Rolesville High School and Millbrook High School. Charles has been a design team member for WGI silver medalist Midas Winds and he just completed his 8th season Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle corps helping them secure their second Class A championship. He marched two seasons with The Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from Denver, CO as a baritone player and drum major.

James Phillips – Music Effect

James Phillips is the current Director of Bands at Hendersonville High School.  He is currently in his 21st year of teaching. He has judged concert and marching bands all over North Carolina and has served on District and State Committees.  Mr. Phillips is an alumnus of Appalachian State University and University of Phoenix. He is a member of the WNCBA, NCMEA, NAfME, and the ASBDA. He currently lives in Henderson County with his wife, daughter and Jindo dog.   

Matthew Mallery – Music Performance

Mr. Matthew Mallery is in his 7th year of teaching at Marvin Ridge Middle School where he co-directs the 6th, 7th & 8th grade bands, and Pep Band.

Immediately following his graduation from Myers Park High School, Matt began instructing percussion ensembles in the Charlotte area in the summer of 2005 at David W. Butler High School, where he served as the Director of Percussion, arranger, and instructor for over 7 years. Expanding his teachings, Matt has also worked with many other high school percussion sections both as an arranger and consultant including: Myers Park, Butler, Providence, Independence, Northwest Cabarrus, Parkwood, Piedmont, Weddington, and more recently Marvin Ridge. His percussion ensembles have received numerous high percussion awards at area contests.

Matt’s professional affiliations include the North Carolina Music Educators Association, both the Vic Firth and Remo Education teams, and NAfME (National Association for Music Education, recently MENC). He is also a former member of the Carolina Panther’s Official Drumline “PurrCussion” that performs at every Panther’s home game.

Matt holds both a Bachelor of Music degree and a Masters of the Arts in Teaching degree from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. While attending Winthrop University Matt performed with the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, and the West African Drum Ensemble.

Currently, while teaching at Marvin Ridge Middle School, Matt has served as an adjudicator for marching band festivals and is an active clinician for Remo, Vic Firth, and Mapex Drums.

Christyl Barber – Percussion

Christyl Barber holds a degree in music education from Appalachian State University where she attended from 2003-2007.  Ms. Barber works as the head percussion instructor for the North Lincoln “Band of Knights” where she has been working on staff as instructor for marching, concert and Indoor percussion for the past 9 years. Over the years

Christyl has helped to establish the award winning North Lincoln Percussion ensemble program at North Lincoln High School.  North Lincoln Percussion has received many superior ratings under her direction and instruction including: being named the 2014 CIPA Indoor Circuit, PSA class Champions, 2015 CIPA PSA Bronze medalists and most recently the CWEA Circuit PSA 2016 Silver Medalists.

Over the past 7 years Ms. Barber has made a name for herself by writing and arranging percussion books for both the outdoor and indoor arena for a number of schools which include: North Lincoln High School, Chase High School, St. Stephens High School, East Burke High School and Gaffney High School.  Over the past 3 years, Ms. Barber has been working as percussion specialist in the schools teaching beginning to advanced percussion to North Lincoln High School, North Lincoln Middle and East Lincoln Middle School students. Ms. Barber has been working as a private percussion teacher giving lessons to students year round in the Lincoln County area since 2008.  Many of her students have auditioned and been accepted into honors bands, universities and other higher level performing ensembles.

Eriq Wade – Colorguard

Eriq Wade is the colorguard director for the North Lincoln “Band Of Knights” and NL Winterguard. In addition to his duties at North Lincoln, Eriq is also the colorguard director at Porter Ridge High School located in Indian Trail, North Carolina. In his time there the program has won numerous awards and has grown tremendously.

As a Director/instructor, Eriq has taught with many of programs in the Charlotte area. When starting his teaching career, he was located at Weddington High School for two years. Other teaching stints include Forestview High School (color and winterguard),  Ardrey Kell High School (Colorguard, 2014), Forest Hills High School (Colorguard, 2015) and Cuthbertson High School (Winterguard, 2017).

Eriq has been a performer with some well known programs around consisting of Gentoo Independent Winterguard in 2014 and the Carolina Gold Drum & Bugle Corps in 2015. He will continue to grow as performer as he plans to march in the upcoming years.

Dr. Chesley Black – Drum Major

Dr. Chesley Black has been the Drum Major Instructor of the North Lincoln High School “Band of Knights” since the school opened in 2003. While an undergraduate student at East Carolina University, Dr. Black served as Head Drum Major of the ECU Marching Pirates for several years. He has 20 years of experience teaching drum majors at the high school, university, and drum corps level and has been involved with the marching band activity for a total of 24 years. Dr. Black is also an active clinician and adjudicator for several programs and competitions.

Dr. Black also serves as the Student Leadership Program Director of the UNC Charlotte “Pride of Niner Nation” Marching Band (2015-present). He also served as the Drum Major Instructor of the ECU Marching Pirates (2009-2014) and the East Lincoln High School “Mustang Band” (1999-2003, 2010-2014).

Dr. Black received his doctorate in higher education administration from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. He also received a Master of Science degree in Instructional Technology, a Graduate Certificate in Performance Improvement, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems, and a Certificate in Business and Technical Communication from East Carolina University.