Fray Peralta

Program Coordinator

Fray Peralta, Director of Bands at Mariner High School, is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, where he received a Master’s degree in Instrumental Conducting. During his tenure as a graduate assistant, Mr. Peralta was the recipient of the Joe Barry Mullins award for excellence in music, an award given to the top graduate student in the department of wind studies. While at Southern Miss, Mr. Peralta was the head graduate assistant for the university bands department and served as guest conductor for several of the university ensembles.

A native Floridian, Mr. Peralta received his Bachelor’s of Music Education degree from Florida International University. Though this is his fourth year teaching in the Florida public school system, Mr. Peralta has taught marching band at various levels for over 15 years in the state of Florida.

Mr. Peralta’s professional affiliations include National Association for Music Educators, Florida Bandmasters Association, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity, and Beta Theta Pi Fraternity.

Brian York

Program Consultant

Mr. York is currently the Director of Bands, grades 6-12 for the Star City School District.  Prior to moving to Star City in 2014, he was the Band Director at Citrus High School (Inverness, FL) for 9 years, the Band Director & Performing Arts Department Chair at Pensacola High School (Pensacola, FL) for 4 years, and the Band Director / General Music Teacher at Pensacola Catholic High School for 2 years.  He was also the Adjunct Percussion Professor at the University of West Florida from 2000-2002.

Mr. York received his BA in Music Performance/Education from the University of West Florida in the spring of 2000 under the supervision of Professors Richard Glaze and Wayne Webster.  He has also studied private percussion from Gary Werdeshime (Florida State University), Dr. John Wooten (University of Southern Mississippi), and Keith Connelly (drumset player with 70’s rock band 3 Dog Night).  While in Pensacola, he performed with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, the Okaloosa Chamber Orchestra, the Pensacola Opera, and the Pensacola Little Theatre.

Mr. York currently serves as the Vice President of the Arkansas Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, and has taught at band camps and written music arrangements for many schools throughout Florida, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana.  He is an active member of NAfME, NBA, FMEA, FBA, ABA, and PAS.  He has also serves as the Worship Leader at Yorktown First Baptist Church.

Brian York is an Educational Artist for Jupiter Winds, Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets, Mapex Drums, and Majestic Percussion.  He currently resides in Star City, AR with his wife Denise, and their 3 children Sebastian, Taylor, and Spencer.

Brendan Sweeney

Brass Arranger

Brendan Sweeney (b. 1994) is a Composer, Arranger and Trumpeter.

Brendan has been an active arranger for several years, writing for a variety of ensembles. He has written stands tunes and warm up books – as well as providing editing and orchestration solutions – for several Tampa-Area High Schools. He has also written stand tunes for the University of South Florida Herd of Thunder Marching Band and arranged music for both the USF Rumble Pep Band and Herd of Thunder Brass Choir that performed in the Rome, Italy New Years Day Parade in winter of 2016. He has acted as an on-staff arranger for Heat Wave of Florida Drum and Bugle Corps, in addition to working as a trumpet instructor, and has recently accepted a full position as Brass Arranger to write their 2018 season production.

As a trumpeter, Brendan has been performing and teaching for 11 years. Brendan was a member of the USF ‘16/’17 Trumpet Ensemble who performed in the semi-finals large ensemble division of the 2017 National Trumpet Competition in Denver, Colorado.

He currently performs with the University of Florida Wind Symphony while pursuing a Master’s in Music Composition and working as a freelance musician in Gainesville, FL.

Brendan is a member of  The American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP), the International Society of Jazz Composers and Arrangers (ISJAC), and the International Trumpet Guild (ITG), as well as an Alumni Brother of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity.

Allie Davison

Guard Designer

This will be Allie’s 3rd year with Heat Wave. His first 2 years were spent as a tech with emphasis on weapon. Now in his third year, he will be taking in the role of  Designer & Caption Head.

Allie is also the Director of two high school programs. This will be his 6th year with Palm Harbor University High School and his 1st year with Countryside High School as Director, Designer, and Choreographer.

This past year, Allie started working as a clinician for the annual Spintronix spin clinic. While associated with Spintronix he will be releasing videos via their YouTube channel through the upcoming winter season.

Paul Champion

Drill Designer

Paul Champion is the Associate Band Director at Sunlake High School in Land O Lakes, Florida. Prior to that he was the Band Director at South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, NC during the Spring of 2017.

Paul graduated from the Florida State University College of Music in the Fall of 2016 with a degree in Instrumental Music Education. While at FSU, Paul performed with the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Marching Chiefs and various small ensembles. He studied Euphonium with Dr. Paul Dickinson and Dr. Paul Ebbers.

His performance career includes being a member of the 2012, 2013 and 2015 Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps in Fort Mill, SC. In the summer of 2014, Paul was a performer at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in the show ‘Mix it Up!’ as a Baritone players. Groups he has worked with include: Terry Sanford High School(NC), Leon High School(FL), Fort Walton Beach High School(FL) and the Legends Drum and Bugle Corps(MI). He is an active member of FMEA, FBA, FVA and NAfME.

Vic Kulinski

Co-Battery Arranger

Vic Kulinski has been active in the Marching and Performing Arts as a performer, a director, an arranger and an educator for over 40 years. Vic has won numerous individual awards as a snare and multi-tenor drummer, as well as drum major. He has won the DCA World Championships Class-A “Best Drum Major” award 6 times and has consistently placed top 5 in the DCA I&E Championships on snare drum since 1989.

Vic has arranged and taught for many award-winning high school bands throughout the country. Some of which include: Norwalk, Naugutuck and Shelton high school bands in Connecticut and Cypress Creek, William R. Boone, University (Orlando), Citrus and Middleburg high school bands in Florida. Currently, Vic is the arranger and caption head for Leesburg and University (Orange City) high school bands.

Vic was a performer and Corps Director for the 3-time DCA World Champion, Connecticut Hurricanes. Vic co-founded and lead the 2-time DCA “Class-A” World Champion and 3 time DCA Best Percussion, Heat Wave of Orlando. He was a performer and board member from 2006 – 2009 with 14-time DCA Open Class Finalist and DCA South Champions, Atlanta Corps Vets (CV). Through the years, he has been a percussionist with the Oxford Explorers, Prospect Drum Corps, Connecticut Royal Lancers, Connecticut Hurricanes (where he also served as Drum Major), Heat Wave of Orlando, Bayonne Bridgemen and Atlanta CV.

Vic founded Riptide Percussion Theater (RPT) in 2008 and has served as the Executive Director since its inception. RPT is the 3rd longest running independent indoor percussion ensemble in Florida. RPT had a 2015 season filled with success, placing 8th in WGI World Championship Independent A Class Finals in Dayton, Ohio, receiving the Gold Medal for the 2nd straight year (2014 & 2015) at Florida Federation of Colorguards Circuit (FFCC) Independent A Class Championships and receiving the Silver Medal at the WGI Orlando Regional.

Vic has performed professionally with Walt Disney World (Orlando, FL) groups such as Da JAMMitors, Founders of Freedom Fife & Drum Corps, Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps and Rhythm Rascals. He also performed and directed percussion performers at Universal Studios (Orlando, FL) along with many conventions in the surrounding area as well as in Las Vegas, Washington D.C., Boston and Phoenix. Vic was the Principal Percussionist for the Orlando Stage Co. in musicals such as 1776. His percussion ensembles have opened for musical acts Bob Marley, Kool and the Gang and Tower of Power.

Vic is grateful and appreciative of the instruction he has received in his tenure. He has been instructed and mentored over the years by many legendary percussion instructors, such as Bill Rotella, Pat Scollin, Bob Dubinski, Bob Wilcox and Drum Corps Hall of Famers: Ray Luedee, Gus Barbero, and Dennis Delucia.

From 2004-2015, Vic was the Drum Corps Associates (DCA) South Region Coordinator and Chief Judge. He is also an FMBC and US Bands adjudicator. In 1997,1998 and 2003 Vic was the DCI Housing Coordinator and has been on the DCI Tour Team since 2016.  He is also a Parade Marshal for the Florida Citrus Sports Parade since 1998. From 2011-2017, he was on the FFCC Board of Directors as Premiere and Elite Events Coordinator and Winds & Percussion Liaison.

Vic was inducted into the Connecticut Hurricanes Drum & Bugle Corps Hall of Fame as a Charter Member in 1994. In 2013, Vic received the honor of being inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame.

Vic proudly endorses and is a clinician for Pro-Mark Drum Sticks, Evans Drum Heads, System Blue, Sabian Cymbals and Yamaha Percussion.

 Justin Robards

Front Ensemble Arranger

Justin Robards has been a percussionist for over 20 years. He has performed with the Okeechobee High School concert and marching bands; the Indian River Community College Wind, Symphonic, and Percussion Ensembles; the Tampa Bay Thunder Drum and Bugle Corps; the Kiwanis Kavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps; and he has performed in front of millions at the Super Bowl XLI pre-game show with Cirque du Soleil in Miami, FL. He received his Associate of Arts Degree from Indian River State College in 2007 and will be receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from the University of Central Florida in the near future.

He has taught many top programs in the state of Florida including Jupiter, Park Vista, Oviedo, Winter Park, Jensen Beach, and works currently with the Palm Beach Central and Seminole Ridge high schools. He has also taught numerous drum corps and winter drumlines including the Kiwanis Kavaliers, Magic, Teal Sound, and Jersey Surf drum and bugle corps, as well as Infinity, Riptide, Aquarius, STRYKE, the 2016 gold medalists of WGI’s independent A champion STRYKE 2 percussion ensembles, and the 2017 WIW Silver Medalist STRYKE Wynds. This year, he will be working with STRYKE Wynds and FIU Indoor Percussion.

He is a proud endorser of Vic Firth sticks and Zildjian Cymbals and is currently celebrating his 16th year as an active instructor, arranger, audio engineer, and clinician.

In his free time, Justin loves hanging out with his family and his girlfriend of over 5 years.