Design Staff

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Program Coordinator

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Artistic Director

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 (drum set 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.




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Battery Arranger



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Front Ensemble Arranger