Robert Adams is the percussion coordinator and arranger at Pell City High School in Pell City, Alabama. He is also currently an instructor for the Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners Drumline and a snare tech for the Spirit Drum & Bugle Corps.
Robert attended Jacksonville State University from 2003-2008 and graduated with a BS in Theoretical Mathematics. He was a member of the JSU snare line for all five years as an undergraduate and served as Drum Captain / center snare for three consecutive years (2005-2007). He was also a member of the Spirit snare line for three years (2004, 2005, 2007).
Robert currently resides in Pell City, AL where he teaches mathematics at Pell City High School and is working on his Master's Degree in Mathematics Education at Jacksonville State University.
Ahsia Spencer was born in Martinsville, Virginia. He began his journey in color guard at Fieldale-Collinsville High School in Collinsville, Virginia. Following graduation, Ahsia joined the United States Army as a clarinet player and proudly served as Drum Major and clarinet section leader with the 29th Infantry Division Band in Clifton Forge, VA. In conjunction with his military service, Ahsia has marched and taught with many programs. From 2009 to 2011, he was a marching member with Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps (2010 Class A best colorguard, 2011 Class A Champions). In 2012, Ahsia was a member of Cadets2 where he served as weapon captain. Ahsia continued his passion on the WGI Circuit marching with Impact Winterguard (WGI A class gold medalists) in 2009 and Assembly Line Winterguard in 2010 & 2011.
Ahsia began teaching colorguard in Virginia in 2008 with New Kent High School. He then went on to teach at Varina High School in 2009 & 2010 along with Hampton High School. In 2011, Ahsia became the Band Director at Indian River High School (USBands Virginia Class 2 Open State Champion) in 2011 and was also the guard instructor for the 2 years he was there. In 2013, Ahsia moved to Knoxville, Tennessee and began teaching colorguard at Sequoyah High School who he has been writing the color gurard work since 2009.
Ahisa currently teaches general music at Sarah Moore Greene Elementary School in Knoxville, Tennessee and is the guard instructor for Grainger High School. Along with being on staff with Gemini Winterguard in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Ahsia writes and adjudicates many marching band and winterguard shows. In his spare time Ahsia plays the clarinet with Scruffy Orchestra in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Ahsia is excited to be a part of the 2017 Southern Knights Guard Staff and looks forward to a great season.
Wes Myers - Corps Director / Visual Caption Head
Joel Matuzak - Percussion Writer/Arranger
Edward Freytag holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education(instrumental/vocal) from the University of Tennessee At Chattanooga and a Master of Music Degree in Jazz & Studio Performance from the University of Tennessee At Knoxville, where he studied with renowned jazz educator, Jerry Coker and drum set guru, Keith Brown. Mr. Freytag was Associate Director of Bands and Instructor of Percussion & Jazz at Cleveland Junior/Senior High Schools in Cleveland, Tennessee for 13 years. While in tenure at CHS, his marching and concert percussion ensembles and jazz groups received consistent superior ratings and first place awards. He was also the Director of Bands at LaVergne High School in LaVergne, TN. for 12 years where his ensembles claimed many state and national titles.
He has taught applied percussion at Tomlinson College, Lee University, Cumberland University, and was the Professor of Percussion at the University of Tennessee At Chattanooga. Mr. Freytag has been a percussion section member of both the Knoxville Symphony and the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestras. He served as Percussion Caption Head for the DCA Drum & Bugle Corps "Music City Legend" in 2008 and 2009. He also has an extensive background as an adjudicator and clinician in both the percussion and jazz areas.
Mr. Freytag has performed and toured extensively throughout the United States, Russia, Germany, England and the Caribbean Islands with such well-known artists as Liberace, Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Randy Brecker, Eliane Elias, Steve Allen, Buddy Morrow, Donald Brown, Jerry Coker, Ron Miller, Ray Stevens, Bill Watrous, Terry Gibbs, Bud Brisbois, Dude Mowrey (Arista Records), Marilyn Martin (Atlantic Records), James T. Horn (Curb Records), Philip Claypool (Curb Records), Ric Ferrell (Dreamworks Records), Mindy McCready (RCA Records), Thom Ellis (E3 entertainment, LLC), Kimber Cleveland, Dr. Hook, Terry Radigan, the legendary Carl Perkins, and the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. He has done openings for the likes of Kenny Chesney, Ray Stevens, Joe Diffie, Eddie Money, Tracy Lawrence, Rick Trevino, Billy Dean, Shaver, Radney Foster, Lorrie Morgan, Restless Heart, Martina McBride, Eddie Arnold, and Leroy Parnell. He has worked in management, promotions, production, and artist relations in the music industry in Nashville.
He is the founder of BOD Productions Music Services, Guru Graphics, Serious Percussion Publications, and is currently working as a freelance percussion artist and studio musician, private instructor, percussion and jazz clinician, and staff writer for Row-Loff Productions in Nashville, Tn. Mr. Freytag is currently the percussion and jazz specialist for Eagleville HS and Whitworth-Buchanan MS. He is the author of "The Rudimental Cookbook" and "Just Desserts", the definitive statements in rudimental drumming, and has many published percussion ensembles, books, and solos on state music lists across the nation. Mr. Freytag is an endorser for Row-Loff Productions, KHS America (Mapex Drums/ Majestic Percussion/ Jupiter Horns), Evans Drumheads, D'addario, Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets, Sabian Cymbals, Humes & Berg Cases and Bags, and is a writer for Maxwell Tree Music.
He will serve as the 2015 Percussion Caption Head for the Birmingham, Al. Drum & Bugle Corps, "Southern Knights"!
Mr. Freytag is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), Middle Tennessee School Band & Orchestra Association (MTSBOA), Tennessee Bandmasters Association (TBA), National Education Association (NEA), Tennessee Education Association (TEA), and the Rutherford Education Association (REA).
Edward Freytag - Percussion Consultant
John Hoekstra is the Founder and Executive Director of the Southern Knights Drum and Bugle Corps.
John has been involved with the Drum Corps activity for 52 years. John was marching member of the world class corps The Cadets, The Cavaliers and The Bridgemen. After aging out of DCI in 1981 he then went on to march with Atlanta CV and Southern Knights just to name a few. While involved with these Corps he had the opportunity to play each horn from Soprano to Contra and eventually moved on to Drum Major. John became a brass and visual instructor in 1982 and has never looked back.
John currently designs drill for marching bands all across the state of Alabama as well as being a member of the Central States Judges Association acting as a Visual judge in all areas of the Visual Caption.
John resides in Pelham, Alabama with his wife Tammy their 4 children, their dog, 3 cats, 1 fish and 2 frogs
John Hoekstra - Executive Director / Show Coordinator
Joe Murphy - Music Director/Brass Supervisor
Nashville Recording Artist, Composer and Arranger, Producer, Modern Jazz Tuba Project, The LOUDHORNS, The Tubas Unlimited, Miraphone Artist and Clinician
Joe Murphy is one of the top recording tuba and acoustic/electric bass players in the United States having played live and on hundreds of recording projects with artists such as Michael Bolton, Alison Krauss, John Pizzarelli, Michael McDonald, Vince Gill, Michael W. Smith, Dennis DeYoung (STYX), Kirk Whalum, MercyMe, Steve Tyrell, Steve Green, Larnell Harris, The Fifth Dimension, Riders In The Sky, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, Victor Wooten, Jeff Coffin, Futureman, Charlie Peacock, Darrell Worley, Brad Paisley, Mike Reid, Connye Florance, David Clydesdale, Camp Kirkland, Perry Danos, Beth Nielson Chapman, Walt Disney World, VeggieTales, the Nashville String Machine, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Opera, to name a few. Joe has performed on nationally televised broadcasts of Austin City Limits, TNN's Nashville Now, BET Jazz Classics, Crook & Chase, and the NBC Today Show. Mr. Murphy was the tuba soloist on the independent film, Hoodwinked.
As a producer and arranger, Joe has worked with a wide range of artists and clients including: Bob Carlisle, Kirk Whalum, Phil Keaggy, Tom Howard, Twila Paris, Larnell Harris, Michael Johnson, Edgar Meyer, the London Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, the Benson Music Group, The Alabama Theatre, Word Music, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville String Machine, Disney Cruise Lines, Warner Brothers Publishing, and the Ralph Carmichael Big Band in Los Angeles.
Mr. Murphy was the Artist In Residence and Director of Bands at Cumberland University from 2001-2010. Joe was the featured tuba soloist and member of the United States Air Force Band, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH from 1987-1991.
Joe is the producer, arranger and tubaist of, The LOUDHORNS band, that Jazz Times Magazine called, "High-Octane Musicianship!" He is also the co-producer, co-founder (with R. Winston Morris) and tubaist of the Miraphone sponsored group, the Modern Jazz Tuba Project.
Over the last 15 years, Murphy has been a staff arranger and music contributor to numerous drum corps, college bands and high school band programs nationwide, including DCI Finalist SPIRIT from JSU, Capital Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, Louisiana State University, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Arkansas, Vanderbilt University, Brunswick, Ohio HS Band, Niceville, FL HS Band, and dozens of others.
Joe was the Program/Corps Director and Arranger for the Music City Legend Drum and Bugle Corps based out of Nashville, TN (from 2005-2010) and the Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps out of Memphis, TN (2005).
Joe Murphy is a Miraphone Tuba™ Recording Artist, playing Miraphone tubas exclusively. Mr. Murphy plays a Miraphone 190 CC tuba, a Miraphone 1291 CC tuba, a Miraphone 1261 EEb tuba and a Miraphone 181 F tuba.
He is also a published arranger and composer with Arrangers Publishing Company and Row-Loff Productions.
Mr. Murphy's new CD, "Supertuba" is available on iTunes, Amazon, and other retailers.
Mr. Murphy is the founder and owner of LOUD Mouthpieces.
Joe is currently the Assistant Director of Athletic Bands at Vanderbilt University.
Kim is a native of East Tennessee. She began her love of the marching arts under the high school direction of Dr. David Romines. After High School Kim attended the University Of Tennessee. While at UT Kim was involved with may organizations including being a marching member with The Pride of The Southland for four years under the direction of Dr. WJ Julian. In those four year she earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education and a Master of Music. Kim also holds an Educational Specialist Degree in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University.
Kim has been fortunate enough to have played and studied under the direction of many great directors including Alfred Reed, Frederick Fennell and Jay Dawson. She has also attended professional development sessions with Francis McBeth and Dr. David Holsinger.
Kim has been teaching for 25 years. She is currently the Director of Bands at Grainger High School where her band program, including colorguard and drum majors have won numerous awards under her direction.
Playing in the front ensemble last year, Kim is excited to be included in the excellent staff for the 2017 Southern Knights.
Kim currently resides in Rutledge, TN with her fiance Tim, their cat Sha'Theed and dog Dixie
Tim White - Visual Tech
Shelby Hudgins - Visual Tech
Robert Adams - Percussion Caption Head
Wes Myers is from Cartersville, GA. and has spent most of his life in the Southeast. Wes has been involved with the marching arts for 16 years, beginning his career in high school playing trumpet. Following high school, Wes attended Jacksonville State University studying Recreational Leadership and Music. While at JSU, he was a part of many organizations including the nationally known Marching Southerners and the JSU Pep Band Hardcorps. He also held leadership roles for both organizations.
In the summer of 2006, Wes was an Age-Out member of Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps. He received the Brass Rookie of the Year award for his leadership, energy, and passion for the activity. Wes currently works full time for the City of Pell City as the Assistant Athletic Director at the Pell City Sports Complex, where he is the director of the Youth Basketball and Youth Soccer programs.
Wes is excited to return to the Southern Knights Visual Staff for 2017 and honored to take on the role as Corps Director!! He is thrilled to be working with such an incredible staff and looks forward to another great season!
Wes currently resides in Pell City, Alabama with his wife Kimberly, their son Ethan, and his 2 dogs.
Kim White - Front Ensemble Tech / Field Conductor
Tim began his marching career in 1979 playing trumpet with the Cleveland High School Marching Band in Cleveland, TN. In 1981 he moved to Salem, Oregon where he finished his High School marching career as Drum Major @ Sprague High School.
After High School Tim attended Tomlinson College where he majored in Music Education. During his late High School and College days Tim marched 4 year of Junior Corps with the Argonauts and the Santa Clara Vanguard. Tim has been involved with the DCA activity for a number of years. He has been a marching member and on staff at many different Corps including Music City Legend and Southern Knights.
Tim has adjudicated across most of East Tennessee and has been involved with many programs across the country including holding the Visual Tech position for his Alma Mater Sprague High School Marching Band, Cleveland High School Marching Band, Lavergne High School Marching Band and Grainger High School Marching Band.
Tim is excited to return to the Southern Knights Visual Staff for 2017 as well as leading the corps onto the field as the 2017 Southern Knights Drum Major
Tim currently resides in Rutledge, TN with his fiance Kim, their cat Sha'Theed and dog Dixie.
Bio Coming Soon!!!
COLOR GUARD STAFF
Drew Farmer is a full-time visual designer, consultant, and adjudicator for marching bands, winter guards, indoor percussion ensembles, and Drum Corps throughout the United States.
Drew began his design career in 2003 and has designed full-time for the last 7 years. In addition to drill design, he has also been a guard designer for multiple BOA regionals, state finalists, and a WGI Regional champion in 2009. Inspired by some of the best designers in the world, Drew brings an eclectic style of writing due to his involvement in all aspects of the marching arts. Drew is an alumnus of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, where he marched mellophone in 2002 and 2003.
Drew holds a Bachelor’s of Music Education from Murray State University, where he graduated May 2007. He has been a part of or had groups perform with many organizations including the Collegiate Music Educator’s National Conference, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Color Guard Association, UIL, KMEA, UsBands, South East Color Guard Association, Winter Guard International, Bands of America, Drum Corps International, Phi Mu Alpha, and many more!
Drew currently resides in Madison, AL with his wife Kaleigh, daughter Lilleigh, and their two dogs Ben and Sammy!
Joel Matuzak is a graduate of St. Cloud State University with a Degree in Music Education. He has been the Director of Instrumental Music at Highland Park Senior High School in Saint Paul, Minnesota since 1997. Joel has been the Program Coordinator for Minnesota Brass since 2002 and Percussion Caption head since 1998. During his time with MBI, the corps has won four Drum Corps Associates Percussion titles, been a Silver Medalist five times, and was the 2011 DCA Open Class Champion. Joel is the Design Coordinator for the MBI winter percussion ensemble, an Independent Open Winter Guard International 2011 Silver Medalist and 2012 WGI World Class finalist. Joel has also been the Head Instructor of the Sköl Line, a drumline for the Minnesota Vikings NFL franchise since 2008.
Joel is highly regarded as an arranger, drill writer, clinician, and adjudicator. Joel has instructed and arranged for numerous marching ensembles throughout the United States including the University of Arkansas, Governaires Drum and Bugle Corps, Irondale HS, Waseca HS, Maple Grove HS, Andover HS, Anoka HS, Hastings HS, Owatonna HS, Eden Prairie HS, Medina Valley HS, Minnetonka HS, Coon Rapids HS, Park Center HS, Patriots Marching Band, Souix Falls Lincoln HS, and Eagan HS where the ensemble was a two time WGI World Class Finalist. Joel is endorsed by: Innovative Percussion, Dynasty Percussion, Remo, and Sabian Cymbals. He is an alumni of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, member of both the Minnesota Percussion Association and Minnesota Brass hall of fame, and a 2012 inductee of the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame.
Shelby Hudgins is a graduate of Walter Wellborn High School in Anniston, Alabama. While attending High School Shelby was involved in many activities including the Walter Wellborn Marching Band where she played clarinet. During the summers of 2013 - 2015 Shelby was the Woodwind and Visual Instructor for the Walter Wellborn Marching Band. The band received many awards during the time Shelby was there.
Shelby has been involved with the Drum Corps activity since 2013. She marched Soprano with Atlanta CV in 2014, was a founding member of the Southern Knights in 2015 and Aged Out with Seattle Cascades this past summer.
Shelby currently attends Jacksonville State University where she is majoring in Music Education. In her time spent at JSU, Shelby has been a member of the Marching Southerners as a part of the Trumpet Section. She has also served as a Sister of Sigma Alpha Iota.
Shelby is excited to be a part of the 2017 Southern Knights Visual Staff and is honored to work with such great teachers, instructors and future members.
Shelby currently resides in Jacksonville, Alabama
Ahsia Spencer - Color Guard Caption Head
Drew Farmer - Visual Tech
Tammy Hoekstra - Front Ensemble Tech