Brass Staff


Stathis Linardos

Brass Caption Head

Stathis Linardos is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in music education. He currently works as a general music, band, and choir instructor at Westlake Christian School. He has worked with the Calvary Christian High School Warrior Band as the drill writer and visual coordinator since it’s inaugural season in 2011. This will be Stathis’ fourth year with Heat Wave. He was part of the original brass staff as a trumpet technician, and this will be his second season as the Caption Head. Stathis marched two seasons with Teal Sound drum and bugle corps (’09,’11). Stathis has been involved in teaching the marching arts since 2011 and currently resides in Clearwater, Florida.

 

 

 


Brandon Slaughter

Brass Consultant

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Brandon is currently the Director of Bands at Sunlake High School in Land O’ Lakes, Florida where he teaches multiple Band courses. During his time there, the Sunlake Band has been a 2015 FMBC State Finalist receiving the 3A Awards for Best Music and Best General Effect, received the Otto Kraushaar Award, and the Indoor Percussion and Winter Guard have both been FFCC Medalists and WGI Regional Finalists. He is a graduate of The Florida State University with a degree in Instrumental Music Education. While at Florida State, He participated in Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Seminole Sound, Seminole Swing Machine, and was a 4-year member and 2-year Baritone Section Leader in the Marching Chiefs. He marched with the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps from 2009 – 2011, where he served as the Baritone Section Leader for two seasons. He holds memberships in FBA, FMEA, and is a former Chapter President in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Music Fraternity

 

Brandon is currently engaged to his fiancée Rachael, residing in Trinity, Florida with their two cats, Fred and Rambo.

 

 


Kyler Allenson

Brass Consultant

Originally from Cape Coral, FL, Kyler Allenson currently resides in Orlando, FL where he is finishing his Bachelor’s in Music Education. At Florida Gulf Coast University, he studied euphonium in the studio of Aaron McCalla and performed in various ensembles including the Wind Orchestra and Tuba Quartet. As an educator, he spent three years as a marching and music instructor at Mariner High School and is currently an intern at Lake Nona High School in Orange County.

In the marching medium, Kyler marched five seasons with the Boston Crusaders from 2012-2016 and aged-out as the featured baritone soloist and horn sergeant. Notable performances with the corps include two performances at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA and a nationally televised performance with the Boston Pops at the Hatch Shell.
Kyler joined Heat Wave in 2017 as a member of the brass staff and will be returning this year as a consultant. In addition to working with Heat Wave this summer, he will be joining the brass staff at the Blue Knights as a low brass tech.

 

 

 

 


Chris Leiper

Trumpet Technician

Pic and Bio Coming Soon!

 

 


Wyatt Rucker

Mellophone Technician

This is Wyatt’s second year with Heat Wave on the brass staff. He is graduating from the University of Central Florida in December 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Music and Psychology. His plans after undergrad are to attend grad school for music therapy. At UCF, Wyatt was in the trumpet studio with John Almeida and participated in several ensembles. Wyatt is a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity and before transferring to UCF, Wyatt attending Jacksonville University where he was a music education major and was trumpet section leader of JU’s Marching Band. In 2011, Wyatt marched Flugelhorn with Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Robert Herrera

Baritone Technician

Robert Herrera is a baritone instructor and is currently pursuing his Bachelors degree in Music Education at the University of Central Florida, where he is in the Tuba/Euphonium studio under the direction of Claude Kashnig. He marched with the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, where he was a member from 2013-2016 and served as the baritone section leader for the ’15 season and as the horn sergeant for the ’16 season. Robert has worked as a visual and music instructor for Winter Springs High School, Winter Park High School, at East Ridge High School, and is currently teaching at East River High School in Orlando, FL. Outside of the marching scene, Robert is a private lessons instructor at ASM Studios in Orlando, FL, where he teaches brass. Robert is a proud brother of Phi Mu Alpha and this will be his second season with the Heat Wave Brass staff.

 

 

 

 


Tom Dubbert

Tuba Technician

 

Tom Dubbert is in his second year with Heat Wave working primarily with low brass.  He is an Alumni of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps and the Ohio State Ahletic Bands.  He is currently the Associate Director of Bands at Port Charlotte High School where he oversees The Pride of Port Charlotte Marching Band.  During his time at Port Charlotte his percussion ensembles have placed and won numerous captions and placements.
He is an accomplished private instructor having multiple students be accepted into the middle and high school FMEA All-State Bands, and receive superior ratings at district solo and ensemble.