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

Chris Leiper is a trumpet player based out of Tampa, FL where he attends the University of South Florida and will complete his Bachelor of Science in music education in December 2017. A native of Englewood, FL, Chris has been involved in the pageantry arts for the past ten years.

He was a marching member of the Sun Devils Drum and Bugle Corps from Inverness, FL in 2009, 2010, 2013, and 2014 before aging-out with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps of Casper, WY in 2016.

As an educator, Chris served as a visual designer and caption head for the Booker High School Whirlwind Brigade from Sarasota, FL from 2014-2016 and is currently a brass instructor for the Joe E. Newsome High School Wolfpack Marching Band from Lithia, FL.

Chris is also in his second year serving as an instructor for the 2017 WGI Silver-Medalist Horizon Winds. Away from teaching, Chris plays principal trumpet for the Sarasota Pops Orchestra and enjoys spending time with his friends and family. This will be Chris’ second season with Heat Wave and he is beyond excited for what is sure to an incredible summer!

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 Bachelor’s 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 Athletic 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.

 Andrew Cabañas

Low Brass Technician

Andrew is from Denver Colorado and has been in Florida for the past 15 years. He is currently attending Pasco-Hernando State College and the University of South Florida, majoring in business finance, and minoring in music composition.

Andrew’s main instrument is the tuba. His playing experience includes being the principal tubist for the Carrollwood wind ensemble and marching two seasons of drum corps: 2015 with the Mandarins and 2016 with the Blue Stars, both on contra.

His teaching experience includes being the Brass and Visual Caption Head for Wesley Chapel High School since 2014.