Executive Director and CEO
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.
Benny Pisani began his involvement with Drum & Bugle Corps in 1966. He was a member of The Rough Riders of Fairview, N.J., The Meadowlarks of Secaucus, N.J., and St. Andrews Bridgemen of Bayonne, N.J.
He then joined the U.S. Army and had involvement for a short time with the Army Band, and was a 91C30 Clinical Specialist advanced Corpsmen having various assignments all over the world, was an instructor developing training programs for Army Field medical personnel. He was injured, and the Army retired him. After leaving the Army, He became an R.N. and worked for the V. A. system.
Since coming to Florida, he has been involved with Drum corps including Heat Wave of Orlando, Tampa Bay Thunder, and The Sun Devils. He has also been a percussion instructor for Citrus High School in Inverness for 10 years and remains an advisor for The Citrus high School Band. He was also charter member of The Bridgemen Alumni of Bayonne, N.J. in 2005 and 2006, and helped with Tampa Bay Thunder 2011.
Administrative Experience in Drum Corps includes The Colorado Springs Colorado independent Color Guard (1976) The Board of Directors for Heat Wave of Orlando (2001), and was the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Sun Devils All age Corps in 2013.
Currently, he is employed at Citrus Memorial Health System in Inverness, Florida as a PACU (Recovery) Nurse (R.N.) is ACLS certified, in the Surgical Dept., and plans to retire in the next few years.
He is married, has a daughter & 2 Grandchildren, and attends Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic church.