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Andrew Kriska

Director

Andrew is pleased to have served three years as director of Charles Towne Percussion. As a lifetime member of the marching arts community, and a native of North Carolina, Andrew has served many roles in various organizations throughout the years. His membership included that of Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps(DCA), Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. While at The Cavaliers he received a bronze medal in the 2011 DCI finals, and was a recipient of the Yamaha Brass member award in 2012. He has also served as a visual technician for Carolina Gold, Paradigm Percussion, and visual caption head for Coastal Surge Drum and Bugle Corps. He has worked as a visual coordinator and drill writer for many high schools in West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Andrew currently resides in Summerville, SC. Outside of the marching activity, Andrew works as a driver for UPS, 

Chris Alaniz

Design Coordinator

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Chris Alaniz is a native of Central Illinois.  After working many years as the Percussion Caption Head for Danville High School and numerous groups in the area, he moved away to become the Percussion Caption Head at Normal West Community High School in Normal, Illinois under the direction of Lisa Preston.  As a well-rounded percussionist and adjudicator, Chris has taught a variety of traditional ensembles and ensembles involved WGI, CIPA, OIPA, CWEA, MEPA, IMEA, BOA, DCA, and DCI.  His career has afforded him opportunities to work with groups from the Midwest to the East Coast. As Chris worked his way down South Carolina he was the assistant to Kurry Seymour the Director of Percussion at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC and went on to become the Percussion Caption Head at Ashley Ridge High School in Summerville, SC.  He was also part of the staff of the WGI Gold Medal Winning Palmetto Percussion Independent (2010-2015) from Central South Carolina.  He is currently on the percussion staff of the Bands of Wando at Wando High School in Mt Pleasant, SC.  Chris Alaniz is a Vic Firth Educational Artist, and endorses Zildjian cymbals.

Kyle Harvey
Battery Coordinator

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Kyle Harvey is excited to be working with Charles Towne Percussion. Mr. Harvey was born and raised in Summerville, South Carolina. He recently earned his Master of Music in percussion performance at the University of Southern Mississippi, studying under Dr. John Wooton. While at USM, Mr. Harvey held a Graduate Teaching Assistantship, teaching undergraduate lessons, percussion methods, Steel band, and assisting in rehearsals. He participated in most ensembles and was a winner of the USM Concerto Competition. 

Mr. Harvey earned his bachelor’s degree in music education at Charleston Southern University. While there, he studied percussion under Dr. Michael Haldeman.  Mr. Harvey was a member of the Coastal Surge Drum and Bugle Corps and the indoor percussion ensemble, Equinox Percussion. Mr. Harvey’s teaching experience includes teaching private lessons, working with Summerville High School, Ashley Ridge High School, Jones College, Charleston Southern University, and Paradigm Percussion. Currently, Mr. Harvey is the Assistant Director of Bands at Ashley Ridge High School.  

Shaquiel Page
Assistant Battery Coordinator

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Shaq Page is a South Carolina native coming from Myrtle Beach, SC. He Marched with the spirit of Chanticleer drumline under the direction of Dr. Jesse Willis. He has previously served as battery caption head for MyrtleBeatz Independent percussion, as well as returning for his second season at CTP! Currently he serves as the percussion director for North Myrtle Beach High School.

Rhett Leonard
Bass Drum Tech

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Rhett Leonard is a Charleston native of 32 years. He has been involved with the marching arts for 16 years, teaching with all three districts with schools including Wando, Ashley Ridge, Cane Bay, Fort Dorchester, and Hannahan. He acted as consultant for Nation Ford HS and was a battery tech for Coastal Surge Drum and bugle corps in 2013. He is currently the Asst. Percussion director at Stratford HS.

A graduate from Wando HS, Rhett went on to march Palmetto Percussion from 2008-2010 and won PIO Gold at WGI finals. He also spent time with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps in Denver, Colorado in 2009.

This upcoming season he will be returning as bass drum tech for Charles Towne Percussion!

Ryan West
Front Ensemble

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Ryan west is a native of Union, South Carolina. While in Union he was the drum captain, center marimba, and center snare for Union county high school’s marching band and Indoor Percussion group. He led the group to 1st place in the state, 1st place at CIPA championships, and 14th at WGI world championships in Scholastic A class. Ryan also spent time with the independent Open class indoor percussion group Catalyst Percussion. Along with his involvement in indoor percussion for 7 years, he also competed as a soloist in the junior festival piano competition and won best performer. 

 

Ryan later earned a bachelors degree in Music education at Charleston southern university while studying percussion under Dr. Michael Haldeman. He also minored in piano and studied under Dr. Janet Elshazly, Dr. Eugene Kostner, and Dr. Bradley Parker. While in college he was a member of and also arranged pieces for CSU’s Jazz band, jazz combo, percussion ensemble, steel band, symphonic band, wind ensemble, and marching band as center snare. 

 

For the last 7 years Ryan has been, and currently works as a private instructor, music director, and percussion teacher and teaches piano, guitar, ukulele, and percussion with the company music mobile. He is the music director at Faith Church in Goose Creek, and has played electric guitar in multiple major events and conferences with Faith Worship. His teaching experience includes working with Stratford High School, Summerville High School, Gregg Middle School, Charleston Southern University, and Hanahan High school where he has been the percussion instructor since 2019. 

Cameron Buskirk
Visual

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Cameron Buskirk is very excited to be spending the season with Charles Towne Percussion! Cameron was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina and does not plan on leaving any time soon. Cameron recently received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education at Charleston Southern University studying French Horn under Mr. Brandon Nichols. Cameron’s primary instrument is the French Horn but is proficient on many others. Cameron has performed on many stages including Carnegie Hall, as well as being an international performer. He spent 3 weeks touring Europe with a wind ensemble and performed in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.  He has been an avid member in the marching arts for over 10 years, competing in both marching band and indoor percussion. In 2016 Cameron marched with an indoor percussion group and went on to win Gold at the CWEA Championship. Cameron has recently accepted the music teacher position at Fort Dorchester Elementary School in North Charleston. Outside of teaching and performing, Cameron enjoys watching Marvel and Star Wars movies.

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Administrative Assistant

We are currently looking to fill this position. If interested, Contact the director at: charlestownepercussion@gmail.com

Responsibilities may include:

  • Coordinating fundraisers with members 

  • Assisting the director with creating social media 

  • Securing rehearsal and equipment facilities

  • Creating spreadsheets of data

  • Continuing growth of the organization

  • Fostering Non-profit financial growth