Stathis Linardos 

Brass Caption Head

Stathis Linardos is an original member of the Heat Wave Brass team. He began as a high brass technician and is now entering his third season as caption head. Stathis Linardos currently works as a music teacher at Calvary Christian High School. He has worked with the Calvary Christian High School Warrior Band as the drill writer and visual coordinator since its inaugural season in 2011. Stathis has worked with a variety of other high school bands as a consultant and technician. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in music education. During his time at the University he played in various ensembles and studied trumpet under Dr. Jay Coble. Stathis marched two seasons with the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps (’09-’11). He currently resides in Clearwater, Florida.

Joe Galvin 

High Brass Technician

Joe Galvin is a graduate of the University of South Florida where he studied with professor Dr. Jay Coble.  While at USF, Joe performed with the top university ensembles such as the Wind Ensemble and the Symphony Orchestra.  He was a member of the Wind Ensemble when the band performed at the College Band Director’s National Association South Eastern convention in Charleston, South Carolina.  He also played assistant principal on the recording that would earn the Wind Ensemble an invitation to the prestigious World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles convention in the Netherlands.  Joe was also a member of the USF Trumpet ensemble that participated in the semi-finals of the 2017 National Trumpet Competition.  Additionally, he has participated in honor bands such as the Florida
Intercollegiate Band, which is a band comprised of music students from all over the state of
Florida.  As a student, Joe graduated Summa Cum Laude and was a recipient of the Virginia
Bridges Music Education Award.

Chris Leiper 

High Brass Technician

Chris Leiper currently serves as the Director of Bands and Orchestra at Pinellas Park High School in Largo, FL. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education in 2017. Chris has served as a clinician and consultant for many groups across Southwest Florida including Joe E. Newsome High School, Booker High School, Horizon Winds, and Heat Wave Drum and Bugle Corps. As a performer, Chris was a member of the Sun Devils Drum and Bugle Corps for four years and agedout with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps from Casper, WY. Chris keeps an active performance schedule, serving as principal trumpet for the Pops Orchestra of Sarasota and Bradenton.

Wyatt Rucker 

High Brass Technician

This will be Wyatt Cole Rucker’s 3rd year returning to Heat Wave as a mellophone technician. His passion for marching and music keeps him coming back. Wyatt graduated from UCF with a Bachelor of Arts in music with a psychology focus. During his time at UCF, he played in John Almeida’s trumpet studio and was a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity. Before transferring to UCF, Wyatt attended Jacksonville University for music education. He performed
in, and was the trumpet section leader of the JU Marching Band. Wyatt played Flugelhorn in Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps’ 2011 show “Sinvatation”.

Kaleb DuBose 

High Brass Technician

Kaleb S. DuBose is currently a senior Music Educator at Stetson University with an expected graduation date of May 2019. His primary instrument is horn, but he is proficient in trumpet and trombone as well. Mr. DuBose teaches at various band camps annually, as well as teaching at Stetson University’s Brass Camp. He has also been the Band Crew Chief for the Stetson Symphonic Band and Stetson Concert Band for the past two years. Mr. DuBose is a proud member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Collegiate National Association of Music Education (CNAfME), and Florida Bandmasters Association.

In the summer of 2015, Mr. DuBose became a proud alumnus of Union County High School and
also became a charter member of the open class drum corps, Heat Wave. He is ecstatic to go
from “member” to “technician” with Heat Wave.

Brandon Hidalgo

Low Brass Technician

Brandon Hidalgo is a second year, returning brass tech for Heat Wave DBC. He grew up in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and currently lives in Gainesville, Florida where he attends classes at the University of Florida. He will be graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in music education this coming December. While attending the University of Florida, he’s performed with the university’s concert band, symphonic band, symphony orchestra, tuba-euphonium studio, and marching band. Along with these University of Florida ensembles, he’s also performed with the Choctawhatchee High School Style Marchers, Choctawhatchee High School Indoor Percussion, the Quarter Sized Tuba Quartet, and the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps. He is a member of FMEA, NAfME, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Music Fraternity. In addition to his teaching experience at Heat Wave, he’s also had teaching experience as a marching band technician at Choctawhatchee High School and as a visiting music assistant at several schools in Gainesville.

Clay Keel 

Low Brass Technician

Clay Keel is a third-year music education student at the University of Florida. Through his time at the University of Florida, Mr. Keel has been privileged to be invited into classrooms of all levels in both instrumental and choral domains across Alachua county. Though he lives in Alachua county, Mr. Keel has spent the most of his time
educating as a staff member of the Choctawhatchee High School Style Marchers, working to develop the ensemble visually and musically. By trade, Mr. Keel is a low brass specialist working with low brass sections of all levels of secondary education. While his primary instrument is bass trombone, Mr. Keel is at home on both tuba and euphonium as well. As a performer, Mr. Keel was a euphonium player at the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2015 season and aged out as a euphonium player at the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2018 season.

Michael Lebrias 

Low Brass Technician

Michael Lebrias holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from the University of South Florida and is currently the Director of Bands and Orchestra at Hillsborough High School in Tampa, Florida. Mr. Lebrias has served on staff for various summer music camps as a Leadership and Drum Major instructor, as well as a chamber ensemble clinician for the USF Festival of Winds. Under his direction, the ensembles at Hillsborough High School have consistently received top ratings at Music Performance Assessments. While in college, he was a member of the USF Herd of Thunder Marching Band, serving as a Drum Major from 2012-2014. Mr. Lebrias holds memberships with the Florida Bandmasters Association, the Florida Orchestra Association, NAfME, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Robert Herrera 

Low Brass Technician

Robert Herrera is a baritone instructor and this will be his third season with the Heat Wave Brass staff. He is currently pursuing his Bachelors degree in Music Education at the University of Central Florida, where he is in the Tuba/Euphonium studio under the direction of Claude Kashnig. While at UCF, he has performed with the Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and the Wind Ensemble. Robert was a member from 2013-2016 of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps and served as the baritone section leader for the ’15 season and as the horn sergeant for the ’16 season. Robert has worked as a visual and music instructor for Winter Springs High School, Winter Park High School, East Ridge High School, and is currently teaching visual and brass at East River High School in Orlando, FL. Outside of the marching scene, Robert is a private lessons instructor in Orlando where he teaches brass, as well as a clinician in local middle schools and high schools. Robert is a proud brother of Phi Mu
Alpha Sinfonia in the Mu Eta chapter at UCF.

Andrew Cabañas 

Low Brass Technician

Andrew is from Denver Colorado and has been in Florida for the past 15 years. He is currently attending Pasco-Hernando State College and the University of South Florida, majoring in business finance, and minoring in music composition.

Andrew’s main instrument is the tuba. His playing experience includes being the principal tubist for the Carrollwood wind ensemble and marching two seasons of drum corps: 2015 with the Mandarins and 2016 with the Blue Stars, both on contra.

His teaching experience includes being the Brass and Visual Caption Head for Wesley Chapel High School since 2014.

Juwan Murphy 

Low Brass Technician

Juwan Murphy is a graduate from the University of Central Florida. He received both a bachelor’s degree in music education, as well as a bachelor’s in music performance with a focus in classical trombone. While in college he has participated in many different instrumental ensembles including the symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, as well as the top jazz group in which they recorded an album reaching as high number one on the top jazz charts.

Juwan was a member of the UCF Marching Knights throughout college in which he served as section coordinator, drill assistant, teaching assistant, and drum major respectively. He is currently a brass staff member with the University High School marching band in Orlando Florida. His drum corps experience includes marching two years with Carolina Crown in which the corps was a recipient of the Donald Angelica Best General Effect Award, John Brazale Best Visual Performance Award, and the Jim Ott Best Brass Performance Award. He is currently director of bands and orchestra at a middle school in Orange County and is looking to continue to grow the program. He is very excited be back with Heat Wave for a second season and teach alongside such great staff and great membership.

Kyler Allenson 

Brass Consultant

Originally from Cape Coral, FL, Kyler Allenson currently resides in Orlando, FL where he is finishing his Bachelor’s in Music Education. At Florida Gulf Coast University, he studied euphonium in the studio of Aaron McCalla and performed in various ensembles including the Wind Orchestra and Tuba Quartet. As an educator, he spent three years as a marching and music instructor at Mariner High School and is currently an intern at Lake Nona High School in Orange County.

In the marching medium, Kyler marched five seasons with the Boston Crusaders from 2012-2016 and aged out as the featured baritone soloist and horn sergeant. Notable performances with the corps include two performances at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA and a nationally televised performance with the Boston Pops at the Hatch Shell.

Kyler joined Heat Wave in 2017 as a member of the brass staff and served as a consultant in 2018. In addition to working with Heat Wave last summer, he joined the brass staff at the Blue Knights as a low brass tech.