Percussion Staff

Mike Tabone

Percussion Caption Head


South Florida native Michael Tabone started his musical journey at the age of twelve. Michael has been apart of the marching arts world since 2004. Michael was a member of Stryke Percussion in 2006 and was a bronze medal recipient with Stryke Percussion in 2008. Continuing his percussion education, Michael went on to perform with Infinity Percussion in 2009. After aging out Michael went on to teach Aquarius Percussion in 2011 as a front ensemble and battery technician. To further his passion for music and education, Michael attended FAU where he pursued a Bachelors of Music Education degree. During Michael’s time at FAU, Michael was  center snare and section leader of The Marching Owls drumline and principal percussionist in the University Symphony Orchestra. Michael has taught in the Orlando area as the Front Ensemble Director at Wekiva High School and in South Florida as the Director of Percussion at Palm Beach Gardens High School.  Currently Michael holds a Bachelors of Music Education degree from Florida Atlantic University and is the Associate Director of Bands at Cypress Creek High School in Orlando, FL. He is a member of PASIC, FMEA and NAFME and is a member of the Vic Firth Educational Team. Michael is extremely excited with his new role and can’t wait to get back to work with Heat Wave and is looking forward to having a great 2017 season.

Jacquelyn Kent

Front Ensemble Coordinator

JackieJacquelyn Kent has been performing and working with percussion programs in South Florida since 2009.  She has taught percussion and music from middle school through the high school levels.

Her competitive marching career started with her participation in STRYKE Percussion Ensemble from 2012 until 2014.  She also has marched with the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps.

Jacquelyn is currently finishing her Bachelor in Music Education at Florida Atlantic University with anticipated graduation in 2016.  Her influences include, Benjamin A. Charles, Ike Jackson, Mark Eichenberger, David Yunis, Scott Hughes, and Rudy Flores.

Jacquelyn is entering in her 2nd year with Heat Wave and is looking forward to a successful 2017 season.


Christian Travieso

Battery Coordinator


Christian started his marching career as a snare player at Ida S Baker High School where he marched three years, with two of those as section leader. After that he went on to Marcato Independent to march snare for four years. He started in Independent A Class in 2012 and then the next three years he marched in Open Class. Christian started his teaching career in the activity in 2012 and has been teaching ever since. He has taught for three years in the South West Florida area and is now starting his fourth season at Mariner High school as the Percussion Caption Head. Christian is entering his 2nd year with  the Heat Wave percussion staff.








Brian Bissonnette

Battery Tech


Brian is an alumnus of the Citrus High School Marching Canes and has been teaching The Marching Canes’ battery as well as helping teach for the indoor scholastic line C.H.I.P.S. (Citrus High Indoor Percussion enSemble) since graduating in 2009. During high school, he participated in the inaugural year of Spitfire Percussion, an independent percussion ensemble, which placed second in their class. Thanks to Brian York and through the help of many other people, he has stuck around and gained experience in teaching for one of the most amazing organizations. Brian is a charter staff member of Heat Wave and is returning for his 3rd season in 2017.

Brian is also currently a college student and is working towards his masters degree in Chemical Engineering.








Dan Morales

Battery Tech


Florida native Dan started drumming at the young age of 10 on the drum set. During his junior year in high school he became involved in the marching arts as a member of  the Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School Marching Vipers as a marimba player. For his senior Dan marched tenors for his high school drumline in 2008. After graduating high school Dan joined Aquarius Percussion as a charter member in 2009 and continued marching for the 2010 and 2011 WGI seasons. After his time with Aquarius, Dan joined STRYKE percussion as a member of the tenor line in 2012 . During 2013 Dan had the opportunity to be a performing member of the Orlando Magic’s Rythm ‘N Blue drumline. Dan began his teaching career with REEF Independent (WGI)for the 2014, 2015 and currently the 2016 season. Dan is currently perusing a degree in Commercial Music Technology from Florida Atlantic University. While attending FAU Dan is also a member of the Marching Owls since 2013 and is currently the center snare for the 2015 season. Dan was part of the inaugural percussion staff here at Heat Wave of Florida in 2015 and is looking forward to the 2017 season!






Pete Perrone

Battery Tech

Mr. Pete Perrone has been directing bands in South Carolina, Alabama, and Central Florida for 12 years.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL.

Mr. Perrone moved from New York to Alabama at the age of 14.  His musical career began in New York with a drum set for Christmas.  After moving to Mobile, AL he did not play the drums again until discovering marching band at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School.  Mr. Perrone knew he wanted to be a high school band director after sophomore year of high school with a new band director who transformed the band with the confidence and desire for the band do always do their best no matter what!

Along with high school and college marching band Mr. Perrone spent 5 summers touring the country as a member of SouthWind Drum & Bugle Corps from Montgomery, AL.  As a member of SouthWind, Mr. Perrone performed on cymbals, front ensemble, and color guard.

Mr. Perrone’s teaching career began in college as an instructor for local high schools teaching color guard.  His first Band Director position was at Central High School in Pageland, SC where he taught for three years.  He then moved back to Alabama in Monroe County to teach band and general music at J. U. Blacksher School in Uriah, AL.  In 2008 Mr. Perrone moved to the Central Florida area to be the Associate Director of Bands at Tavares High School.  After three years at Tavares he moved to Mount Dora High School for one year before finding his new home at South Sumter High School.

Mr. Perrone resides in Eustis with his wife Alia, daughters Ryan & Ayla, and their dog Harley.  His favorite things to do are teach marching band, go to Legoland with his family, and riding his Harley-Davidson Sportster motorcycle.

Ahmed Parker

Battery Tech

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Alex Siegelman

Battery Tech

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Alex Siegelman has been involved with percussion since age 6 and the marching arts since 2005, playing bass drum for his middle/high school marching band.

After graduating high school, he continued to pursue his passion for music and has been an instructor since 2012 for schools in Broward County such as 2A state finalist and champion Somerset Academy (2012-2015) and J.P. Taravella (2015-Present) in many roles from bass drum instructor, battery caption head, to visual technician.

His marching experience includes six collective seasons of both WGI and DCI in the following groups: STRYKE Percussion Ensemble (2012, 2014-2016), Legends Drum and Bugle Corps (2014), and The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (2015) under the instruction of Cisco Hance, Landon Ewers, and Mike McIntosh, respectively.

 Alex graduated from Florida International University in 2015 with a B.A. in Communication Arts, focusing on Organizational Communication, and is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America Inc.

Eager to take on this new challenge of being on the other side of a DCI drumline, Alex is very excited to be joining the Heat Wave team as a bass drum tech!

Alex Nash

Battery Tech

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