Ellis Hampton is currently a Doctoral candidate at the University of North Texas under Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Ed Soph, and Paul Rennick. Prior to attending UNT, Ellis received hi Bachelors and Masters degrees in Percussion Performance from the University of Kentucky under James Campbell.
As a performer, Ellis was a member of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from 1996-2001, The Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, a founding member of the UK Percussion Quartet and winner of the 2003 PASIC Intercollegiate Solo Competition.
As an educator, Ellis served on the Cavaliers percussion staff from 2004-2006 and is currently the Snare Technician and Battery Coordinator for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps as well as the Metro Alliance Indoor Percussion Ensemble based in Dallas/Fr. Worth, TX. In addition, Ellis maintains a private studio in Denton as well as serves as an instructor/adjudicator in the surrounding areas
Brian Perez is a returning member of The Cadets Percussion Staff and was a part of the 2013 drumline’s Fred Sanford High Percussion Award. He has taught several drum corps including Santa Clara Vanguard (2005), The Cavaliers (2006-2009) and the Madison Scouts (2010-11). He has also taught WGI groups such as Clear Brook High School, where he worked alongside Christopher Retschulte. Brian was an integral part of Clear Brook’s program and significantly impacted the ensemble’s success as champions of the 2005 Winter Guard International Open Class Competition.
Brian was a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard tenor line from 2000 to 2004 under the instruction of the legendary Ralph Hardimon, Glen Crosby, Jim Casella and Murray Gusseck. There he served as the section leader for all five years and was a member of the instructional staff in 2005. He was also a member of the 2001 Texas All-State Band, performed in Superbowl XXXVIII in 2004 with artists such as Jessica Simpson and received the honor of the first-place tenor individual award at Percussive Arts Society International Convention in 1999.
Brian is currently the Percussion Director for Klein High School. He also teaches classes at the feeder schools Doerre, Kleb and Ulrich Intermediate. He has been an active educator in the Houston area for the last 10 years, including The Woodlands High School, The Woodlands College Park High School, Clear Brook High School, PearlandHigh School and Klein High School (2006-2007). He has also served as the Assistant Director of Bands/Marching Band Director of the Nimitz High School Band from 2010 to 2012. Brian received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Houston.
He currently resides in The Woodlands, Texas with his wife Joni and three cats, Buddy, Ditto and Gizmo. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Texas Music Educators Association and Percussive Arts Society.
RAY ULIBARRI is beginning his sixteenth year as a percussion instructor in public schools. Prior to teaching at Reagan High School in San Antonio Texas, Mr. Ulibarri was the percussion director at Klein Forest high School and Pomona High School in Arvada Colorado. During his tenure with Pomona, the band won an unprecedented 11 State Marching Band Championships and placed fifth at the 1997 BOA Grand National Championships in Indianapolis. In addition the Percussion ensemble was a two time medalist at the WGI World Championships and perennial finalist. In 2002-03 Mr. Ulibarri was the percussion instructor of the University of Colorado Golden Buffalo Marching Band.
Mr. Ulibarri is currently the Percussion Arranger for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corp and the former caption Head of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. He is also the former front ensemble arranger and caption head of the Blue Knights World Percussion Ensemble. Both groups are recognized as innovators in the world of percussion and have placed in the top three in the world.
Percussion arrangements are in demand throughout the country and he is a freelance composer.
Mr. Ulibarri has studied with Ralph Hardimon Gray Barrier, Doug Walter Doug Rosener, Amy Smith and Mark Foster. He is endorsed by Innovative Percussion, Evans, Zildjian and Yamaha. Ray Ulibarri is an active music adjudicator and clinician throughout the country.