Executive Director and CEO
Jeff Carstensen has been a key volunteer and member of the Administrative Team of Heat Wave since February 2017. Mr. Carstensen began his drum corps career a member of the Dubuque Colts Drum & Bugle Corps and studied euphonium under Robert Yeats at the University of Iowa. He is a former staff member with several midwestern corps including the Knights, Emerald Knights, Nite Express, and Green Bay Northmen holding positions ranging from color guard/marching instructor to a DCM Show Sponsor and Corps Director.
In Florida and Iowa, Jeff served in various congregations of the United Methodist Church as Youth Minister and Pastor. Mr. Carstensen holds degrees and certificates from the University of Iowa (Nonprofit Management) and American Intercontinental University (MBA – Leadership & Management). He is a former marching clinician and drill writer and has judged throughout the Midwest and Florida with both winter guard and marching band.
Jeff has three children- Matthew, Hannah, and Bryan. Matthew, is the 2019 drum major of Heat Wave and is a former member of the Tarpon Springs High School Band. Hannah plays flute for Tarpons Springs and Bryan is very active in Civil Air Patrol. He currently is a technology Instructor at Ultimate Medical Academy in Tampa, Florida
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.
Steven is a native Floridian and has loved drum corps since he saw Suncoast Sound for the first time in 1984. He is a graduate of Haines City High School and participated in marching band all 3 years under the direction of Howard Weinstein. Steven also served as Drum Major his junior year. After spending 4 years in the US Air Force, Steven met his wife Jane and followed her around as she advanced her career in such exotic places as Alabama, Germany, Washington, DC, Colorado, Japan and England. After Jane retired in 2012, they settled in Gainesville, Florida with their son Matthew. Matthew is a Heat Wave alumni having marched in 2016 and 2017. Steven has served as Secretary for the Gainesville High School Band Boosters for the last 3 years and is eager to fulfill the same position with Heat Wave. He is excited for the season and can’t wait for the summer to begin.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.