Visual Staff

Jim Ortega

Visual Co-Caption Head


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.



Thompson “TJ” Joseph

Visual Co-Caption Head  


Thompson (TJ) is a native of Nassau Bahamas and has be living in the US since 1992 at the age of 4. He immediately discovered a passion for the arts. At the age of 8, Thompson began playing cello and trombone.

TJ’s marching performance experience spans a total of 10 years including stops at Teal sound and the Sun devils.

Thompson has a bachelor’s of arts in audio production from International Academy of Art and Technology (IADT). He currently is a uniform designer and sales/marketing manager for Ictus Limited. Ictus has provided marching groups all over the world with uniforms and costumes.

As an educator he has been the drill designer and visual caption head for West Port High School in Ocala for the past 5 years. After Heat Wave’s inaugural season TJ will be returning as the drill designer and visual caption head.

With his extensive knowledge of costume and uniform design, TJ is an asset to our design team.





Angel Santiago

Visual Tech

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Tim McCormick

Visual Tech

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Brent Harden

Visual Tech


Brent began his marching career in 2008 with Sunlake High School as a mellophone player and helped lead them to 6th place in FMBC state semi-finals in class 2A in 2011 as band captain. Since graduating in 2012, he has been teaching with Sunlake and has helped them reach FMBC state finals 3 times, including finishing 2nd place in 2013 in class 2A. Brent was also a member of Teal Sound for their inaugural year in DCI World Class in 2010 and continued with the corps in 2011 and 2012. Brent is starting his first season teaching with Heat Wave in 2017.

Currently, Brent is also pursuing a Master’s in Accounting at the Florida State University.




Ryan Foley

Visual Tech

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