Dana Murray - Executive Director / Arranger
As a high school student, drummer Dana Murray immersed himself in music. He spent countless hours in the "woodshed" studying the masters and honing his skills. A native of Omaha, this "young lion" naturally began gigging wherever and whenever he could, which included street corner performances. In the mid 90’s, Dana moved to Boston to attend the renowned Berklee School of Music on scholarship. Shortly thereafter, on the advice of jazz legends Max Roach and Victor Lewis, Dana moved to the center of the jazz universe, New York City. From the mid 90’s to the early 00's, Dana was a big part of the city’s scene. He toured the world with Wynton Marsalis and began gigging and recording with the likes of Donald Byrd, Jimmy Witherspoon, Roy Hargrove, Sherman Irby, and James Hurt, to name a few. Dana also played several Broadway shows, including the rock opera “Tommy”. Unlike many jazz musicians, Dana didnot limit himself to jazz. Dana toured with the Soul Trance band Topaz and in support of jam band stalwarts Widespread Panic, performed with Atlantic records’ WaxPoetic alongside Norah Jones and Steely Dan singer Carolyn Leonhardt. Along with Malike Burke, Dana founded Reallive, a cutting-edge hip-hop group. Dana is also an A-list Producer who has produced records for a variety of labels including BlueNote. Dana recently produced Eric Revis’ new release "Tales of the Stuttering Mime".
Currently, Dana is one of the most in demand educators in the Mid-West. Holding head percussion positions at Bellevue East and Burke High Schools for the last several years, his programs have been top performers in the State as well as winning multiple out of state contests. As founder of Dojo Percussion and its parent company DMgroove Drum Dojo, Dana aims to reach the masses through the power of music and percussive art.
Bob Joneson - Battery Instructor
Bob is currently an Enterprise Architect for First National Bank of Omaha, and brings a wealth of experience to Dojo. He began marching drum corps after high school playing snare drum for the Americanos Drum & Bugle Corps from 2001-2002, and the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps in 2003. He was a member of PIO medalist East Side Fury in 2002, and PIW world finalists Gateway Indoor in 2006. His prior teaching experience includes Gateway Open (2007), as well as several high schools in the Southwest Iowa and Omaha metro area. He is currently the percussion instructor for the Millard West Wildcat marching band in Omaha, NE. Bob and his wife Becky have two young children (Landon and Alexis).
Matt Beio - Front Ensemble Instructor
Matt Beio is currently a graduate student at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Matt started marching drum corps straight out of high school, playing marimba for the Pioneer drum and bugle corps in 2007. He played marimba in the Colts drum and bugle corps from 2008-2010 (section leader in 2010), and in 2009 he received the bronze medal at DCI Solo and Ensemble for individual keyboard. In 2011 he aged out of DCI on marimba with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2011 he also played marimba for Rhythm X (two time WGI World Champions). His teaching experience includes state finalist Bloomington High School in 2010-2011 as well as DCI open class finalist Colt Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps.
Matt Lippincott - Percussion Instructor
Matthew Lippincott began his percussion career with Sterling High School in Sterling, KS. He went on to become a member of the Rebel Drums indoor drumline from 1997-1999 and marched with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in 1999. Matt was also a member of the Kansas State Drumline in 1999 and University of Kansas Drumline from 2001-2004. Matt has taught at Hutchinson High School, Hutchinson, KS (1998, 2000), Papillion La Vista High School (2005), and consulted University of Colorado Drumline (2009.) Matt has also been a judge in the Heartland Winter Arts Association. From 2000-2001 Matt studied with Ginger Zyskowski at Hutchinson Community College and then at the University of Kansas (2001-2004).
Jared Brown - Front Ensemble Technician
Jared, a Dojo alum (2010, 2011) is an upper class Music Major at the University of Nebraska at Omaha studying Percussion Performance with an emphasis in Theory and Composition. As a performer, Brown enjoys presenting contemporary percussion repertoire in a number of award-winning ensembles and chamber environments; he is a co-founder of the trio off the ground percussion. He is a teaching affiliate at Bellevue East, Millard South, and Omaha Burke high school ensembles. When he isn't performing or teaching, Jared immerses himself in composition. He recently premiered his Nocturnes for Flute, Cello, & Percussion for the Omaha Consort at the Joslyn Castle in May 2012, and will present a new work for the Omaha Percussion Ensemble at the Rite of Spring Festival in February of 2013. Jared is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
Nicole Eddy - Visual Instructor
Nicole is currently a Gunnery Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and brings 21 years of marching experience, leadership and drive to Dojo. Nicole's marching experience began at South High School where she played bass drum as a student with Dana Murray. Nicole started marching drum corps during her sophomore year of high school, playing baritone for the Omaha Railmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 1991. Upon relocating to Bensalem, Pennsylvania, Nicole joined the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps from 1992-1994 (soloist 1993). Looking to make drum corps a career and seeking a challenge, Nicole auditioned for The Commandant's Own Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and upon completion of basic training was assigned to the drum corps as a baritone bugler from 1995-2001.