Admin Staff

Jonathan Otero

Executive Director

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Jonathan returns to Heat Wave for his 3rd consecutive year, with a new role in the organization. At the end of the 2016 season, Jonathan was appointed Executive Director and CEO of Heat Wave of Florida, Inc. Jonathan has been with the organization since its inception and has been instrumental in the development of the organization. Jonathan first started out with the organization on the Board of Directors as Business Manager. He was asked to take over as Corps Director during Heat Wave’s first season. For the past two seasons, Jonathan has run all day-to-day operations of the corps. During his tenure as Corps Director, the corps has seen steady growth year-over-year, on and off the field. Jonathan is excited to return for the 2017 season in his new role of Executive Director and CEO of Heat Wave. He comes to Heat Wave with over 15 years of management and leadership experience in the telecommunications industry in Retail Leadership & Account Management.

Jonathan’s also a percussionist with over 25 years of experience. He first started playing drumset at the age of 9 for his church. When he started middle school, he began his formal music training as a saxophone player. When Jonathan was introduced to marching band and marching drumline as a freshman in high school, he was hooked. During his junior year of high school (’98), he was also a member of the Perspective Indoor Percussion Ensemble out of Palm Harbor, FL.

After graduating high school, Jonathan was hired as a percussionist for the Walt Disney World Corporation from 1999-2001 in the “Tapestry of Nations” show at Epcot. He also became the Percussion Instructor and Arranger for The Haines City High School Emerald Brigade (’99-’00). After his first successful year of teaching at his Alma Mater, Jonathan was asked to come on staff with the Citrus High School Marching Canes for the 2000-2001 season. After that season, he wanted to work closer to his Kissimmee home and joined the Poinciana High School Marching Band as Percussion Instructor and Arranger.

In October 2011, Jonathan rejoined the Marching Canes as Percussion Caption Head and Arranger. During his time as Percussion Caption Head and Arranger with Citrus, the program has won many awards and has grown to be a respected percussion program in the state.

In 2012 Jonathan join RPT Percussion as a tenor technician for the 2013 season. During the 2014 indoor percussion season, Jonathan was the Ensemble Director/ Arranger for Citrus Indoor; Citrus High School Indoor Percussion. Jonathan has also been the Battery Arranger and Consultant for the Class D State Grand Champions, Star City Bulldog Regiment, in Star City, Arkansas since 2014. Most recently the Star City Bulldog Regiment won the National Chick-fil-A bowl for their respective class for marching field show and best percussion in their class.

Jonathan also serves as Percussion Arranger for Heat Wave.

Jonathan currently resides in Inverness, Florida with his wife Megan, of almost 13 years, his four children, and the family dog.  Jonathan is an Educational Artist for Vic Firth.

Chris Johnson

Corps Manager

ChrisChris Johnson has been playing trumpet for over 22 years and involved in the marching arts for over 18 years. During his years marching, Chris spent his high school years with the Centerville High School Marching Jazz Band, helping them to qualify for BOA finals all four years. He also spent three years performing with the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps from 2002-2004. He also spent two years marching with Cincinnati Tradition All-Age Drum and Bugle Corps. Over the years, Chris has taught visual and marching technique with marching bands and drum corps since 2001.  Chris a chatter staff member returns for his 3rd year with Heat Wave. Chris is originally from Dayton, OH but now resides in Tampa, FL with his wife and son.





Ed Wackerle

Tour Director


Ed, a native of Rochester, NY, is a retired Spanish teacher and school administrator.

Before moving to Florida in 2007, Ed was a member of the Rochester Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps from 1963-1982.  While with the Crusaders he played baritone and contrabass.  Administratively, Ed was on their Board of Directors, Chairman of the Board, Assistant Director and Corps Director.

Following the Crusaders he was a marching tech for the Fairport Fireman’s Band and spent 17 years as a marching tech with the Webster High School Marching Band from Webster, NY.

During the 2013 season Ed was a visual instructor with Tampa Bay Thunder Drum and BugleCorps.

2015 brought him to Heat Wave of Florida as a chatter staff member as visual instructor and camp coordinator.

Here in FL, Ed continues playing piano and playing tuba with the Bartow Adult Concert Band.  He lives in Lake Wales with his Karen, his wife of 45 years.  They have two adult children, son, Kristian, in Atlanta, GA and daughter, Jennifer, in Jersey City, NJ.


Megan Otero

Member Coordinator

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Michael Tabone

Recruiting Coordinator

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 Mary Milazzo

Social Media Coordinator

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Mary Milazzo is a charter member of Heat Wave of Florida and has marched six years of Color Guard. Her marching experience kicked off with four years in her High School Marching Band. She spent a year with the Sun Devils as well as the 2015 season with Heat Wave of Florida. Since graduating from Citrus High School in 2014, Mary has completed her Associate of Arts degree and will be continuing her education towards a Master’s degree in Public Relations. Currently, Mary is enrolled as a student at the University of Florida, and is excited to expand her knowledge of Marketing and Media.  Mary is looking forward to the experiences 2017 will bring, and is optimistic about her new role as a Heat Wave of Florida staff member.






Katie Manrique

Food Service Coordinator

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