Percussion Caption Head
Phil Summerall has been the Music Director and co‐founder of the South Florida Winter Guard Association’s Percussion Independent A‐Class 2009 Gold Medalist, AQUARIUS Percussion Ensemble. As of 2009‐2010 school year, he is also the Director of Percussion at Saint Lucie West Centennial High School in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. Phil was also an active Dynasty Percussion educator since 2003‐2012 when he served as a percussion co‐educator for Vero Beach High School and AQUARIUS Percussion Ensemble. Some of his teaching
Phil has had the pleasure to take lessons from some of the most respected, highly regarded, and critically acclaimed percussionists in the business from yesterday to today. This list includes, but is not limited to: piano lessons from Young and the Restless composer Jeffrey Osborne at age 8; various college professors from Mike Gill at Northwestern University and Mike Mann from The University of Miami and Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. Other distinguished mentors and instructors included Allan Murray of System Blue and Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corp, SOA clinics with Tom Float, Bill Belcher from Tift County, GA High, Dennis Johnson of the
Front Ensemble Coordinator
Having been involved with percussion for over 18 years, Eric has performed and taught through various percussion settings including marching, concert, and non-traditional instruments while also successfully writing and teaching in the full band setting as well. As a well-versed and dynamic teacher, Eric has participated in both the traditional and competitive percussive fields as a full percussionist playing various instruments as needed, while specializing in the art of tenor playing.
Professionally, Eric was formerly the founder and Executive Director for WGI Finalist REEF Independent Percussion Ensemble and is currently the Director and composer for MassFX Performance Group, and the Miami Heat Street Band Drumline.
Front Ensemble Technician
Isaac is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, TN with a bachelors in music education. Isaac has taught at several schools in the middle Tennessee area including McGavock High School and Independence High School.
During his time in High School, he was primarily a snare drummer and continued to play snare at the Vanderbilt University Spirit of Gold after graduating, while also expanding his horizons by playing timpani for Music City Drum Corps in 2016 and Rack for Music City Mystique in 2017 & 2018. Currently, Isaac can be seen playing Vibraphone for Music City Mystique for his age out
Dray joins Heat Wave for his first season with the Heat Wave percussion staff. In 2018 Dray was a member of Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps Snareline. In 2017 he was a member of Paradigm Percussion quad line and Revelation Percussion snare line who became WGI Open Class Finalist. Dray currently attends Appalachian State University where he is a member of the snare line.
During 2016 Dray
From San Juan, Puerto Rico, Jose is studying Neuroscience at the University of Central Florida.
He is also a snare tech with the WGI percussion ensemble
With over 15 years of drumming, AJ has marched with the following groups: Flanagan high school (WGI PSO), University of Miami marching band, STYRKE PERCUSSION (WGI PIW) and aged out with DCI Kiwanis Kavaliers. AJ has also taught at various high schools in south Florida, (WGI PIA) AQUARIUS PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE, and currently with (WGI PIA) RIPE TIDE
Michael joins the Heat Wave Percussion staff for his first season. During the last 3 seasons, Michael spent his time with Audio Theater Percussion on bass 2. Michael attended MT Juliet High School where he marched 2 indoor seasons with the WGI PSW Finalist on bass. The last two season he spent his time on the snare line for his college band at Bethel University.
This past summer Michael marched bass with Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps. Currently, Michael teaches the bassline at McGavock High School (Nashville) WGI PSA finalist for the past 2 years, He also teaches the drumline line at Goodpasture Christian School in Nashville. Both McGavock and Goodpasture Christian schools compete in BOA during fall. Michael also spent some time with Station Camp High School indoor as the Visual Coordinator in Nashville.
Currently, he is on the visual and battery staff with Axis Percussion Independent. This upcoming fall Michael will start his new role as the Cumberland University Battery Coordinator.