Design Staff

Fray Peralta

Program Coordinator

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 Joey Pero

Brass Arranger

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Trumpet recording artist Joey Pero began his playing career in drum corps and has since performed for audiences in 43 states and 7 countries.  During his drum corps career, Joey has performed with Genesee Quest (Division 3) 1990-1995 & The Empire Statesmen as a soloist 2001-2013 (Champion 2004). While performing in DCA, Joey was the recipient of the DCA Best Showmanship (2001), Best Soloist (2002 & 2004), and DCA Soprano I&E Champion (2000, 2001, 2002). Joey’s DCA experience did not stop with just performing; he has been on staff with the Ghost Riders Mini Corps as a brass arranger/caption head 2000-2006 (Champion 2000), Empire Statesmen’s brass staff 2001-2013 (Champion 2004), San Francisco Renegades’ arranger, brass staff, and consultant 2004, 2005, 2010-2012, and Skyliners’ brass arranger 2015, 2016. Joey is also the co-founder of the “Hit Men” Brass Ensemble (2003) and the co-founder, arranger, creative director of “The Edge” Performing Ensemble (2011). An alumnus of the Julliard School of Music and The New England Conservatory, Joey has had the opportunity to perform with jazz legend, Maynard Ferguson (2005). He was a featured performer at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration and released his highly praised debut record “Resonance”, that same year. A resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, Joey performs frequently with “Jersey Boys” and at “The Composers Showcase of Las Vegas”. Joey serves on the advisory board for the Liberace Foundation and is currently making his acting debut as “Nick Radel” in the new, highly anticipated musical “The Bandstand”, directed by Tony Award winner, Andy Blankenbuehler.


Jonathan Otero

Battery Arranger

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Jonathan Otero has been playing drums for over 25 years. He first started playing a drumset at the age of 9 for 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. He decided to join the Haines City High School drumline the following year where he had the privilege to be under the instruction of Anthony Parrulli and Danny Raymond. 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.

Between 2002 and 2011, Jonathan took a break from teaching to work on his professional career and family. During that time he has been an active member of several worship bands and is currently an active worship team member at Calvary Church in Inverness, FL. 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.

In 2014, Jonathan was asked to join Heat Wave of Florida Drum & Bugle Corps as Percussion Caption Head and Arranger, along with being on the admin team. During the 2015 DCI season, Jonathan was asked to take over as Corps Director for Heat Wave. After a successful inaugural year with Heat Wave, Jonathan has been asked to come back for his second season as Corps Director and Battery Arranger for Heat Wave.

He currently resides in Inverness, Florida with his wife Megan, of almost 12 years, his four children, and the family dog. Jonathan is an Educational Artist for Vic Firth.

Bryan York

Front Ensemble Arranger

YorkMr. Brian York is in his 15th year as a music educator.

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 studied private percussion from Dr. 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 became the Middle School Director/Assistant High School Band Director at Star City School District in June of 2014.  Prior to moving to Star City, he was the Director of Bands 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 frequently composes musical arrangements and consults at band camps throughout Florida, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana, and serves as a percussion arranger for Heat Wave of Florida Drum and Bugle Corps.  He currently serves as the Vice President of the Arkansas Chapter of Percussive Arts Society, and is also an active member of Music Educators National Conference, The Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association, The Arkansas Bandmasters Association, The Florida Music Educators Association, Florida Bandmasters Association, and Texas Bandmasters Association.

Brian York is an educational artist for Innovative Percussion, Mapex/Majestic Percussion, Jupiter Instruments, and Evans Drumheads.  He serves as the Worship Leader at Yorktown First Baptist Church, and he currently resides in Star City, AR with his wife Denise, and 3 children Sebastian, Taylor, and Spencer.

Christie Johnson

Colorguard Designer


Christie Johnson has been involved in color guard and the marching arts for over 18 years. During her years marching, she spent six years with the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps from 1999-2004. She also spent two years marching with Cincinnati Tradition Senior Drum & Bugle Corps. Over the years, Christie has held various teaching positions with marching bands, winter guards, and drum corps since 2001, all of which were based in Southwest Ohio. This will be her second year as the caption head and head choreographer for HWCG. Christie is originally from Cincinnati, OH but now resides in Tampa, FL with her husband and son.





Jimmy Ortega

Drill Designer

Jim Ortega has been instructing marching bands in Lee and Collier County since 2004.His areas of involvement have included brass instruction, visual techniques, drill design, and program coordinator. In 2009, as the visual instructor for the first year of competition for the Palmetto Ridge High School Marching Band, the program placed 3rd overall in state finals in class 1A competition. In 2011 with his drill design and visual instruction he helped bring Marcato Independent Percussion to its first WGI Finals competition in the Independent A class. The following year the unit was promoted from the Independent A class to the Independent Open class under his visual instruction and drill design at its first competitive show for the year. Jims current and past clients include Mariner High School, Cape Coral High School, Ida S Baker High School, Immokalee High School, Riverdale High School, Palmetto Ridge High School, North Fort Myers High School, South Fort Myers High School, and Marcato Independent; each receiving respective awards for their performances.  Currently – Jim is on staff part time for the Seahawk Marching Band of Cape Coral High School.

Away from the marching arts- Jim is an education paraprofessional at Bonita Springs Middle School Center for the Arts in Bonita Springs, FL.

When not working Jim enjoys spending his free time with his wife Amanda and two children A.J and Amber Marie.