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Andrew Kriska
-Executive Director


Andrew is pleased to announce he is entering his 7th year 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 an impressive 6 seasons of drum corps that consisted of the 2006 Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps(DCA), 2007, 2008, & 2010 Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, and the 2011-2012 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 studied music education at West Virginia University, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Currently he serves on the visual team with the 14 time 5A state champion Wando high school band in Mount Pleasant, SC  Andrew currently works at Audio Technica as the quality control lead for the southeast distribution center in Moncks Corner, SC.

Chris Alaniz
-Director of Design


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, endorses Zildjian cymbals, and Remo drum heads.

Noah Kelsey
-Director of Administration


Noah is a native of Pembroke New York. Joining Charles Towne Percussion in early 2023, he has seen the organization grow substantially in just that short period of time. Noah has been involved in the marching arts since joining his high school parade band in 2012. He then went on to march the White Sabers Drum and Bugle Corps (2016-2019) while also being an administrative member his final season. In 2019 and 2020 Noah was working with the Central Square Red Hawk Regiment, who competed in the New York State Field Band Conference. Currently, Noah serves on the visual team with the 14 time 5A state champion Wando high school band in Mount Pleasant, SC

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