Five join Southwind percussion staff

Southwind (Lexington, KY)
Photo by Alan Winslow

T.R. Fitz-Gibbon, Bob Guinn, Jonathan Paets, Staci Stokes and Paul Weber will join Clif Walker (percussion caption head/percussion arranger) for the upcoming 2003 Southwind season.

Paul Weber joined Southwind’s staff in 2002 as tenor technician and is returning for a second year with the corps. He was a member of the Madison Scouts tenor line for four seasons from 1998-2001 and was the DCM multi-tenor champion in 2001. Weber is currently the percussion caption head at Irondale High School in Minnesota and has been teaching there since 1998.

Jonathan Paets has extensive drum corps experience that includes five years of marching with Magic of Orlando. In 1995 he was a member of the DCI Individual & Ensemble Competition World Champion Cymbal Ensemble with Magic and in 1998 Paets instructed the Magic of Orlando Cymbal Ensemble, which also won the Cymbal Ensemble World Championships. In 2001 he was on staff with the Teal Sound from Jacksonville, Florida.

T.R. Fitz-Gibbon will graduate in May from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degrees in electrical and computer engineering and computer science. His involvement in drum corps started in 1994 when he marched snare for the Madison Jr. Scouts. He continued with the corps as it became Capital Sound, marching snare in 1995 and 1996. Fitz-Gibbon then joined the Madison Scouts, performing in the snare line in 1997 and 1998 and as the drum major in 1999 and 2000. After aging out in 2000, T.R. joined Southwind’s percussion staff, teaching the bass line in 2001 and the snare line in 2002. He will be returning in the role of snare instructor again this season, which will be his 10th year with the Madison Drum and Bugle Corps Association.

Staci Stokes is the director of education for Pro-Mark Corporation and lives in Houston, TX. She has worked with Southwind’s front ensemble for the past two seasons. She marched with the Santa Clara Vanguard and Black Gold and has taught with Nite Express, Carolina Crown and Blue Knights. Additionally she consults with several high school band programs throughout Texas and teaches private lessons. Stokes will be working with the front ensemble during the winter months and throughout the summer when her schedule allows.

Bob Guinn started his drum corps experience in 1992, marching bass drum with the Railmen from Omaha, NE, until 1994. In 1995 he joined the Madison Scouts and marched in the bass line for two years. In 1997 and 1998 he served as the drum major for the Madison Scouts. After talking a year off, he went on to instruct under both visual and musical captions at Madison in 2000 and 2001 and Southwind during the 2002 season. Guinn has worked with a number of high schools around the Midwest. He has also written for and instructed the Iowa State University Drum line. He will be working with the bass drums during the winter months and throughout the summer when his schedule allows.

Clif Walker is in his fifth season as the percussion caption head/arranger for Southwind. He was the 1993 Percussive Arts Society International Tenor Drum Champion, 1996 Timpani Champion and a former member and instructor of the Madison Scouts. He earned a master’s of music education from the University of Central Florida and a B.S.E. from Missouri Western State College. He is the associate director of bands at Timber Creek High School in Orlando, FL. This will be Walker’s eighth season with the Madison Drum and Bugle Corps Association.

Walker said 2003 is shaping up to be the best season yet. “We have a veteran core of talented players returning, a creative new design team, supportive and experienced administration, and now five great percussion educators to complete the package,” he said.

Southwind is still taking applications from qualified candidates in the area of front line and bass drum instructors for the 2003 season. Interested applicants should e-mail resumes and references to Clif Walker at before January 1, 2003.