Jonathan Otero

Executive Director and CEO

Jonathan returns to Heat Wave for his fifth consecutive year. At the end of the 2016 season, Jonathan was appointed Executive Director and CEO of Heat Wave of Florida, Inc. Jonathan has been with the organization since its inception and has been instrumental in the development of the organization. Jonathan first started out with the organization on the board of directors as business manager. He was asked to take over as corps director during Heat Wave’s first season. For the past three seasons, Jonathan has run all day-to-day operations of the corps. During his tenure as corps director, the corps has seen steady growth year-after-year, on and off the field. Jonathan is excited to return for the 2019 season in his third year as executive director and CEO of Heat Wave. He comes to Heat Wave with over 15 years of management and leadership experience in the telecommunications industry in retail leadership and account management.

Jonathan’s also a percussionist with over 25 years of experience. He first started playing drumset at the age of 9 for his 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. 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.

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 joined RPT Percussion as a tenor technician for the 2013 season. During the 2014 indoor percussion season, Jonathan was the ensemble director and 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. Most recently the Star City Bulldog Regiment won the National Chick-fil-A bowl for their respective class for marching field show and best percussion in their class.

Jonathan currently resides in Inverness, Florida with his wife Megan, of almost 13 years, his four children, and the family dog.  Jonathan is an Educational Artist for Vic Firth.

Ed Wackerle

Board President

Ed, a native of Rochester, NY, is a retired Spanish teacher and school administrator.

Before moving to Florida in 2007, Ed was a member of the Rochester Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps from 1963-1982.  While with the Crusaders, he played baritone and contrabass.  Administratively, Ed was on their board of directors, chairman of the board, assistant director and corps director. In 1980, he became a member of their hall of fame.

Following the Crusaders, he was a marching tech for the Fairport Fireman’s Band and spent seventeen years as a marching tech with the Webster High School Marching Band from Webster, NY, -a Bands of America finalist band.

During the 2013 season, Ed was a visual instructor with Tampa Bay Thunder Drum and Bugle Corps and in 2015, Ed served as a charter member of staff as a visual technician and camp coordinator.

From 2016 to 2018, Ed served as Heat Wave’s tour director.

Here in Florida, Ed continues playing piano and playing tuba with the Bartow Adult Concert Band.  He lives in Lake Wales with his Karen, his wife of 47 years.  They have two adult children, son, Kristian, in Atlanta, GA and daughter, Jennifer, in Jersey City, NJ.

Brian York 

Board Vice President

Mr. York is currently the Director of Bands, grades 6-12 for the Star City School District.  Prior to moving to Star City in 2014, he was the band director 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 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 has also studied private percussion from 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 currently serves as the Vice President of the Arkansas Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, and has taught at band camps and written music arrangements for many schools throughout Florida, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana.  He is an active member of NAfME, NBA, FMEA, FBA, ABA, and PAS.  He has also serves as the Worship Leader at Yorktown First Baptist Church.

Brian York is an Educational Artist for Jupiter Winds, Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets, Mapex Drums, and Majestic Percussion.  He currently resides in Star City, AR with his wife Denise, and their 3 children Sebastian, Taylor, and Spencer.

Kim Montalto

Board Secretary

Kim Montalto has been in training and development for 14 years and is currently a Senior Operations Instructor for a financial institution.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Florida Atlantic University.  Prior to her current occupation, Kim was an assistant branch manager and staffing coordinator and was also a 6th-grade language arts/reading teacher.

Kim was active in the Cooper City High School “Sound of Pride” band programs, where she played trumpet, alto clarinet and participated in winter guard. Kim has also been active in her church choir.

As the parent of a Heat Wave charter member, Kim has been involved with the corps for the past four seasons.  In addition to her involvement with Heat Wave, Kim has been an active volunteer with her sons’ high school band program.

Kim used her volunteer and managerial experience to her advantage in 2018, serving as the corps’ volunteer coordinator. She is ecstatic to return to the corps this year as secretary of the board of directors.

Kim and her husband of 25 years, Charlie, have 2 sons.  Anthony, a sophomore at the University of Florida, marched with Heat Wave from 2015 to 2018.  Matthew, a freshman in high school, is a percussionist in his high school program.

Krystal Corwin

Board Treasurer

Krystal is currently the Director of Finance & Administration for Time Customer Service in Tampa, Florida.  She has been with TCS since 1988 and held a number of leadership positions in both Finance and Technology. She is currently responsible for all TCS Financial reporting and systems as well as ensuring Postal regulations are adhered to as they relate to delivery of mail for our clients.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Tampa and her MBA from Auburn.

Tom Peashey

Board Member

Tom Peashey was born into a drum corps family and began his career in the activity at a very young age. His performance career has spanned over 4 decades while his overall career now spans over 6 decades. He was a founding member of the Fulton Gauchos and Co-Founder of The Oswego Black Knights. For many seasons, he performed with both the Syracuse Brigadiers, Rochester Crusaders (where he won two American Legion National Championships) and just this past season with The Dansville White Sabers. In the late 1960’s, he became a visual caption adjudicator and went on to a long career in judging Winter Guard, Drum Corps and Marching Bands. He’s the former Chief Visual Judge of both New York Federation and Drum Corps Associates.

In Administration and instruction, Mr. Peashey has much experience including being past Corps Director of The Rochester Crusaders where his corps placed consistently in the top 5 of DCA. He has served many corps as an advisor, administrator, performer or instructor. The list includes Rochester Crusaders, Syracuse Brigadiers, Rochester Patriots, Dansville White Sabers, Magic of Orlando, Seattle Cascades, Kidsgrove Scouts (UK), Yokohama Inspires (Japan), Heartliners (Ludwigshafen, Germany) and numerous other drum corps, marching bands and winter guards.

For over 15 years, he served as National Director of Public Relations and Marketing for Drum Corps Associates. Tom was inducted in 2006 into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Halls of Fame for The Rochester Crusaders and Northeast Color Guard Circuit. He was awarded a Lifetime Membership in the Syracuse Brigadiers Alumni Association and in 2000 was recognized by Drum Corps United Kingdom.

Tom studied secondary education, history/social studies at SUNY Oswego where he also pursued a music minor, this was along with additional management studies at St. John Fisher College. He had a long career in high tech marketing and has traveled extensively internationally. In his retirement, he has published 4 novels and has several more in process. He also acts as copy editor for numerous other authors and has over 160 novels edited to his credit. Tom recently lost his spouse of almost 50 years and currently resides in Webster, NY. He has 3 children and 6 grandchildren in the Rochester, NY area.

Madelyn Corcoran

Board Member

Madelyn Corcoran (pictured left) got her drum corps start by marching at Heat Wave in 2015 and serving as horn sergeant in 2016, when she received the Esprit de Corps award. She then spent the next two years marching at The Cadets, playing trumpet in 2017 and conducting in 2018.

An Orlando native, Madelyn is currently studying at the University of Florida in Gainesville, where she is on track to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in music education in the spring of 2019. Madelyn is a marching member of the Gator Band and a brother of the Alpha Eta chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi.

Now that she has “aged out” of being a drum corps performer, Madelyn is looking forward to being able to give back to both of the corps with which she has been involved. Madelyn’s favorite things include making music, arts and crafts, exercise, and drinking water.

Matthew Haughey

Board Member

New to the board is Mathew Haughey from Celebration, Florida. This year marks his fourth year on percussion staff at Celebration High School, and his first year with RPT percussion. Mat started his drum corps career in 1989, aging out with the Glassmen in 1992. He went on to teach the Glassmen until winter 1998, at which time he decided to use his real degree and earn a living. During that time in drum corps, Mat checked off the wish list for aspiring instructors. He taught and took, with his DCI buddies, his first high school drumline to the Chicago Spartan Music Festival in 1989. That was the precursor to what WGI Percussion would become in later years. He also went on to teach multi-year WGI Scholastic World Class Finalists, WGI Independent World Class Finalists with the Phantom Regiment, and BOA Grand National Finalists. Mat was also fortunate enough to teach the world famous Aimachi Marching Band in Nagoya, Japan.

Mat met his wife, Kara, who marched color guard at Glassmen. They started a family and lived in Indianapolis, where Kara worked at DCI, and Mat has been volunteering his time ever since. They made the move to Florida in 2015. Sadly, Mat’s wife Kara unexpectedly passed away in 2017. Their kids, rooted in the DCI family, have never missed a year of drum corps, and have been attending the DCI World Championships since they were born. 

Mat’s real job as a 20 plus year Captain for an airline, keeps them well-traveled. As a staff member and volunteer for DCI and other corps, Mat hopes to lend a helping hand in making Heat Wave’s transition into the next phase of the organization’s future a success.

Taylor Fox

Board Member

Taylor is a percussionist, freelance composer and arranger, and pilot based in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Taylor took an interest in music from a young age, and his passion was ignited as soon as he joined band in middle school. He excelled as a marching snare drummer, becoming the section leader at Lake Nona High School his junior and senior year. A friend told him about Heat Wave Drum and Bugle Corps while on a trip in Chicago, and he immediately learned the audition packet, being placed on tenor drums for the inaugural year in 2015, also serving as a drumline co-captain. Taylor returned to Heat Wave in 2016, marching as center snare and drumline co-captain. He took a passion in playing an integral leadership role and establishing drum corps in Florida.

Taylor elected to discontinue marching after 2016 to pursue a career as a commercial pilot at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. He is a member of the pep-band, which volunteers their time at numerous athletic events. His father and uncle are Airline Pilots – his inspiration. His mother (a dedicated former Heat Wave volunteer) is his motivation, and his sister (an engineering student) reminds him daily he’ll never be as smart as she.

Taylor resides in Daytona Beach, Florida, and enjoys flying, traveling, Thai food, and of course, playing drums. He is eager to serve a role on the board of directors to help Heat Wave reach their full potential in any way he can.

Vic Kulinski

RPT Representative

Vic Kulinski has been active in the Marching and Performing Arts as a performer, a director, an arranger and an educator for over 40 years. Vic has won numerous individual awards as a snare and multi-tenor drummer, as well as drum major. He has won the DCA World Championships Class-A “Best Drum Major” award 6 times and has consistently placed top 5 in the DCA I&E Championships on snare drum since 1989.

Vic has arranged and taught for many award-winning high school bands throughout the country. Some of which include: Norwalk, Naugutuck and Shelton high school bands in Connecticut and Cypress Creek, William R. Boone, University (Orlando), Citrus and Middleburg high school bands in Florida. Currently, Vic is the arranger and caption head for Leesburg and University (Orange City) high school bands.

Vic was a performer and Corps Director for the 3-time DCA World Champion, Connecticut Hurricanes. Vic co-founded and lead the 2-time DCA “Class-A” World Champion and 3 time DCA Best Percussion, Heat Wave of Orlando. He was a performer and board member from 2006 – 2009 with 14-time DCA Open Class Finalist and DCA South Champions, Atlanta Corps Vets (CV). Through the years, he has been a percussionist with the Oxford Explorers, Prospect Drum Corps, Connecticut Royal Lancers, Connecticut Hurricanes (where he also served as Drum Major), Heat Wave of Orlando, Bayonne Bridgemen and Atlanta CV.

Vic founded Riptide Percussion Theater (RPT) in 2008 and has served as the Executive Director since its inception. RPT is the 3rd longest running independent indoor percussion ensemble in Florida. RPT had a 2015 season filled with success, placing 8th in WGI World Championship Independent A Class Finals in Dayton, Ohio, receiving the Gold Medal for the 2nd straight year (2014 & 2015) at Florida Federation of Colorguards Circuit (FFCC) Independent A Class Championships and receiving the Silver Medal at the WGI Orlando Regional.

Vic has performed professionally with Walt Disney World (Orlando, FL) groups such as Da JAMMitors, Founders of Freedom Fife & Drum Corps, Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps and Rhythm Rascals. He also performed and directed percussion performers at Universal Studios (Orlando, FL) along with many conventions in the surrounding area as well as in Las Vegas, Washington D.C., Boston and Phoenix. Vic was the Principal Percussionist for the Orlando Stage Co. in musicals such as 1776. His percussion ensembles have opened for musical acts Bob Marley, Kool and the Gang and Tower of Power.

Vic is grateful and appreciative of the instruction he has received during his tenure. He has been instructed and mentored over the years by many legendary percussion instructors, such as Bill Rotella, Pat Scollin, Bob Dubinski, Bob Wilcox and Drum Corps Hall of Famers: Ray Luedee, Gus Barbero, and Dennis Delucia.

From 2004-2015, Vic was the Drum Corps Associates (DCA) South Region Coordinator and Chief Judge. He is also an FMBC and US Bands adjudicator. In 1997,1998 and 2003 Vic was the DCI Housing Coordinator and has been on the DCI Tour Team since 2016.  He is also a Parade Marshal for the Florida Citrus Sports Parade since 1998. From 2011-2017, he was on the FFCC Board of Directors as Premiere and Elite Events Coordinator and Winds & Percussion Liaison.

Vic was inducted into the Connecticut Hurricanes Drum & Bugle Corps Hall of Fame as a Charter Member in 1994. In 2013, Vic received the honor of being inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame.

Vic proudly endorses and is a clinician for Pro-Mark Drum Sticks, Evans Drum Heads, System Blue, Sabian Cymbals and Yamaha Percussion.