Phil Summerall 

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 career has included BOA finalists from Summerville, SC and Goose Creek class 4A Silver medalist for the state of South Carolina. His career started with Jupiter high school and the Vero Beach High School, Pride of the Treasure Coast. Also included, is Port St. Lucie High school and various middle schools.

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 SouthWind Drum and Bugle Corps, and James Sammons from Vero Beach High School. Along with his studies in Music, he also holds a degree in computer science in the pursuit of his second lifelong dream to work for NASA. He currently resides in his home town of Vero Beach, with his wife Angelina, and two kids Sara and Dylan who are currently in their first WGI season with PIA ensemble, RIPTIDE!

Eric Levy 

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.

Isaac Rizzo

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 season.

Dray Petree 

Snare Technician

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 was a member of the Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle corps bassline and was Gate City center snare. Currently, Dray is the Snare Tech for the Northwest Guilford marching drumline and Eastern Randolph Drumline Bunkem Beats.

Jose S Nieves 

Snare Technician

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 RIP TIDE! While living in South Florida he was a part of the WGI percussion ensemble REEF.

AJ Woolery

Tenor Technician

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 Blakemore

Bass Technician

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.