Admin Staff

Jonathan Otero

Executive Director

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Jonathan returns to Heat Wave for his 4th consecutive year. 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.

Pete Perrone

Assistant Corps Director

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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.


Jordon Pinchback

Assistant Tour Director/Operations Director


Jordon will be returning to the corps for his 4th consecutive season, but on the other side of things. For 3 seasons, Jordon has been the Drum Major, and after filling a contra hole with Pacific Crest for the last 3 weeks of the 2017 DCI tour, Jordon returns as our Assistant Tour Director/Operations Director. Jordon is beyond excited to experience the next level of helping Heat Wave grow and reach new audiences. Currently, Jordon is a student of St.Petersburg College pursuing a degree in Legal Studies. While at UCF, Jordon was a member of the Marching Knights as a baritone player and became a brother of the Eta Sigma chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi. Jordon is also on staff with Rockledge High, Largo High, and Countryside High marching programs working as a Drum Major tech, visual tech, and a low winds tech.


On his limited free time, Jordon enjoys long drives, coffee, and camping.



Megan Otero

Member Coordinator

Pic and Bio coming soon

Jeff Carstensen

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 2018 will bring.