Alex Albertson is currently a music teacher at Logan-Magnolia Community Schools in Logan, IA. His curricular responsibilities include teaching the 5th, 6th, Junior High, and High School concert bands. He also directs the Panther Marching Band, Jazz Band and the Pep Band.
In addition to teaching full-time in a public school, Alex will be starting his third year as a percussion educator in the Omaha, NE area for Bellevue East High School. Beginning in the 2016 season, he has assumed the role of Director and Arranger for Dojo Indoor Percussion. He has also founded the Omaha Beef Football Drumline, which will begin its inaugural season in 2017. Prior to teaching in this area, he worked as a percussion instructor at Lincoln-Way East High School and Pioneer Indoor Percussion in Chicago's south suburbs. Alex has spent several years on staff with the Colt Cadets and will return as the Percussion Caption Head in 2017. Additionally, Alex will enter his second season as Percussion Arranger for the Colt Cadets.
Alex earned his bachelor's degree in music education from Western Illinois University. during his time there, he was named a winner of the School of Music 2013 Concerto/Composition Competition, where he performed with the university's orchestra. He is also proud to be an alumnus of the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps and Rhythm X Indoor Percussion.
Dana Murray - Executive Director
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.
Derek Matthews is a native of Omaha and graduated from Omaha Burke High School in 2010. He began studying percussion seriously in his sophomore year of high school, participating in the marching band as a member of the award winning Burke drumline, as well as studying privately with Dana Murray. In addition, he was a member of Dojo Percussion in the 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2014 seasons. Serving as Section Leader in the latter 3 seasons, he led his group to PIO Finals at WGI. Derek is currently on staff at Bellevue East High School and Dojo Percussion, as a Battery Technician.
Britton Wood was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska where he attended Omaha Burke High School, the music program in which his career in the Marching Arts started. During his 4 years there, they received numerous percussion awards under the direction of Colts Drum Corps and Berklee alumni Dana Murray. Starting in 2010 at the age of 16, Britton joined an Independent WGI ensemble Dojo Percussion on Quads, which was also from his hometown and directed by Dana as well. From the start, he fell in love with the group and continued to serve as Section Leader of the Quad Line for 4 seasons, 2010-2013, also competing in all 3 WGI Independent Classes with Dojo during that time. After his last season with Dojo in 2013, Britton went on to march for Colts Drum & Bugle Corps that upcoming summer. For the following two summers of 2014 and 2015, he continued & finished his outdoor career with Phantom Regiment, serving as Section Leader of the Quads during his 2015 age-out season. After taking the 2014-15 indoor seasons off, he returned to the indoor scene by moving to Nashville, Tennessee and marching Music City Mystique for his 2016 age-out, as well as working as an employee for Innovative Percussion during his time living there.
Britton is currently living back in Omaha, where he gives private lessons to students from multiple music programs in the area, as well as instructing Millard North High School, Fremont High School and is proud to now be a part of Dojo Percussion once again.
Ryan Coughlin is a native Nebraskan, born and raised in Omaha. As a snare drum player, Ryan has grown by having opportunities to play in a wide variety of settings, as well as learning from a broad spectrum of instruction styles. Throughout his time as a high school student, he participated in marching band at Millard North High School playing snare drum and acting as section leader for two years. He continued his involvement in the activity by joining Dojo Percussion his senior year. As Ryan transitioned to college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he continued playing snare drum with Dojo for two years, acting as the section leader his final season. Also at UNL, he became a member of the Cornhusker Marching Band playing snare drum for four years, acting as the percussion section leader during the final two seasons.
As an instructor, Ryan has worked with high school and college students with a wide range of skill levels. He has served as a camp counselor for percussion students at the Cornhusker High School Marching Band camp for three years, taught private lessons for a summer, and acted as an assistant drumline instructor at Millard North High School for the past four years. Ryan is currently assisting with drumline instruction at Millard North High School and Westside High School.
Ryan graduated from UNL in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and is currently working full time as an R&D Engineer with a local start-up company in Omaha, focused on biomedical device development.
Jack is from Omaha, Nebraska and began his marching career playing cymbals in 2013 with Dojo Percussion. Moving to Michigan for school after graduating from Millard North High School, he then played cymbals for Redline Percussion in 2015 and 2016, spending the 2015 season as the cymbal section leader. While marching in Michigan, he also taught cymbals for the Plymouth Canton Percussion Ensemble and South Lyon Percussion in the 2016 winter season. Jack has been playing cymbals for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2014, 2015, and 2016 seasons, taking the role of section leader in the 2016 season. While in Michigan, Jack has been studying Welding Technology at Washtenaw Community College.
Front Ensemble Instructor - Aaron Mathis
Front Ensemble Instructor - Patrick McCarty
Battery Instructor - Jordan Leever
Battery Instructor - Eric Thompson
Fitness Instructor - Nicole Eddy
Consultant - Dr. Dave Hall