Staff

Admin Team

Jake Euler – Director, Program Coordinator – 

Favorite Color:  Red (except on Game Days)

Favorite Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip

Bio: Jake Euler began performing in the indoor percussion world in 2005 with the Blue Knights. He was a performing member of the BKPE from that point until 2012 when he finally aged out. During his time performing, he was also teaching at local high school ensembles. Immediately after aging out, Jake was part of the initial founding staff of Rise Percussion. He’s helped it grow from a ragtag group of misfit drummers to one of the premier organizations in the state of Colorado. Jake currently is the Head Drumline Instructor at CU Boulder, President & CEO of Rise Performing Arts, and Drummer for indie/pop band Chemistry Club. He’s very excited to begin this new season and build upon the success of 2017.

Zack Argotsinger – Assistant Director –

Favorite Color:  Blue

Favorite Ice Cream: Reese’s

Bio: Zack Argotsinger will be serving as the Assistant Director for Rise Percussion. A native of Colorado, Zack has been a part of music and education his entire life. Being the son of a band director and an elementary school teacher, he has been surrounded by passionate musicians and teachers. He began teaching marching percussion 12 years ago, which led him to pursue his music education degree at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, graduating in 2013. This is Zack’s second year with Rise percussion. Over his career, Zack has had the opportunity to work with over a dozen high school programs throughout the Denver-Metro area as well as Rise Percussion and the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble. He has been involved in a variety of capacities including director, caption head, tech and clinician. Most recently, he serves as percussion director at Chaparral High School. His education of music is guided by a philosophical principle: to empower individuals to realize their own potential.

Battery Staff

Benjamin Belleau – Battery Caption Head & Composer – 

Favorite Color:  Rise Red

Favorite Ice Cream: Cookie Dough, Minus the Ice Cream

Bio: Local to Colorado, Benjamin was introduced to marching percussion at Chatfield High School. His marching experience after high school includes two seasons with The University of Colorado Drum Line (2009, ’10) and three seasons with The Blue Knights World Class Percussion Ensemble (’08, ’11, ’12). Benjamin also currently performs as a snare drummer on the ODESZA Drum Line. His teaching experience includes multiple seasons with The University of Colorado (’13-’17), Fairview High School (’15, ’16), Silver Creek High School (’13-’16), Arapahoe High School (’11-’15), and Denver Citywide Marching Band and Percussion Ensemble (’10, ’11). Acting as the Battery Caption Head and a core member of the Design Team at Rise since its founding in 2013, Benjamin hopes to keep representing Rise Percussion on the world stage with uniquely tasteful and entertaining battery compositions to accompany the original front ensemble arrangements of music composition partner, Dylan Camacho. Rise Percussion placed 1st in the caption of Effect Music in Open Class at the WGI Percussion World Championships in Dayton, Ohio in 2017.

Ryan Lynette – Staff Coordinator & Snare Tech – 

Favorite Color:  Matte Gray

Favorite Ice Cream: Cookie Dough

Bio: Played some band back in the day, still playing band.

 

 

 

Kali Ridal – Snare Tech –

Favorite Color:  Yellow

Favorite Ice Cream: Cookie Dough

Bio: Kali Ridal is originally from the Detroit-Metro area where she first discovered her passion for drumming at a very young age. Attending South Lyon High School in South Lyon, Michigan, Kali began her marching career where she marched snare drum for both the Fall and Winter programs from 2004-2007. In 2005, she obtained a WGI Silver medal with South Lyon Percussion and from there went on to extend her marching resume for the next 8 years. Her WGI indoor experience includes marching snare drum for Redline Percussion Independent World out of Canton, Michigan ’08-’11 and Gateway Indoor Percussion Independent World out of St. Louis, Missouri ’12-’13. Her drum corps experience includes the Crossmen out of San Antonio, TX in 2010 and Phantom Regiment out of Rockford, Illinois in 2011 and 2012 where she was the first female center snare and co-section leader for the corps. Kali is a graduate of Missouri State University where she received her Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Conservation & Management. Shortly after graduating she moved to Denver, Colorado where she currently works as a Project Assistant for a design company and lives with her 6 year old English setter, Whiskey. Throughout her teaching career Kali has instructed over 10 high school programs throughout the states of Michigan, Missouri, and Colorado. She currently teaches the Golden Buffalo Marching Band Drumline from the University of Colorado Boulder and also gives private lessons to various students around the Denver-Metro area. Kali is very excited for her second season with Rise and could not be more pleased to be the snare squad technician for another year. SKO BUFFS.

Elias Euler – Bass Drum Tech & Artistic Consultant – 

Favorite Color:  N/A

Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Bio: Elias has spent over a decade around WGI, performing for nine years with the Blue Knights (on cymbals, bass drum, snare drum, and drum set) and teaching and/or designing with Rise for three years. He has instructed at various high schools across Colorado and spent the 2016 summer as part of the education team for the Battalion Drum and Bugle Corps. Outside of music, Elias is currently working on his PhD in physics while living in Uppsala, Sweden. Despite his residence in Europe, Elias is excited to remain involved with the excellent staff and students of Rise for the 2018 season.

Melody Monroe – Cymbal Tech – 

Favorite Color:  Red. Duh.

Favorite Ice Cream: Cookies n Cream

Bio: This will be Melody’s 5th year leading Rise’s team of cymbal players. Before she came to Rise, Melody enjoyed an extensive career in the marching arts, playing with ensembles including: The Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps (trumpet), the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble (cymbals), Bluecoats (euphonium), and Mystique (character performer). Outside of band activities, Melody is active in several communities as a performer, producer, writer, and vocalist. She is honored and excited to continue working alongside Rise’s talented staff and students. She also likes cats and rock climbing.

Andrew Reitinger – Quad Tech –

 

Favorite Color:  Blue

Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Bio: Drew has been with Rise Percussion from the roots of its existence in 2013. Although Drew started as a quad tech, he stepped in to march during Rise’s inaugural season after the group lost a member. Since then and during the last four years, he has been a quad tech for RQP and continues to write the quad rounds for the shows. Drew began his marching career at Air Academy High School where he played quads for three of his four years. He then joined the Blue Knights Drum Corps as part of the quad line in 2009, 2010, and finished in 2012 on snare. During this time, he also marched in the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble for a sequential three years, starting in 2010. While attending CU and majoring in music, Drew participated in the CU Boulder drum line playing both quads and snare. Drew received his BA in Music with an emphasis in percussion at the University of Colorado at Boulder and is now teaching music at Soaring Eagles Elementary down South in Colorado Springs. Aside from his full time job as a music teacher, he teaches a variety of musical lessons to students ranging from elementary through high school. During the last several years, he has served as Assistant Percussion Director at Chaparral High School in Denver and Percussion Caption Head at Rampart High School in Colorado Springs. He thoroughly enjoys spending his Sundays with Rise Percussion and is grateful to teach the amazing musicians of the Rise quad line. In his opinion, it is one of the coolest and most unique shows Rise has ever produced and he is ecstatic to see where it takes the ensemble in World Championships!

Alex Hartley – Cymbal Tech –

 

Favorite Color:  Teal

Favorite Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip

Bio: Alex is in his first year on staff with Rise Percussion. Alex has instructed the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps and various high school programs. Alex has previously marched with groups with a history in the North East U.S. such as Penn State Indoor, the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps, United Percussion, and the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps.

 

Front Ensemble Staff

Jason Reid – Front Ensemble Caption Head –

 Favorite Color:  Silver

Favorite Ice Cream: Cookie Dough

Bio: Jason Reid is the Front Ensemble Caption Head for Rise Percussion (3rd Season). Jason attended and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2008, where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree with an Emphasis in Percussion.  As a performer, Jason served with the Blue Knights World Percussion Ensemble from 2003 until his age-out in 2006. He also has worked as a “freelance” percussionist throughout Colorado, playing various Latin Jazz, Jazz, Gospel gigs – as well as, a number of Plays, Operas and Musicals with the UNC Theater Company and Silver Creek Theater Company. As an educator and arranger, Jason as worked with a number of different ensembles throughout Colorado including: Blue Knights Open and World Percussion Ensemble, University of Northern Colorado “Pride of the Rockies” Drumline and Front Ensemble, Wheat Ridge High School Percussion Ensemble, Dakota Ridge High School Percussion Ensemble, Rangeview High School Percussion Ensemble, Fairview High School Marching Band and Percussion Ensemble, Air Academy High School (current), Silver Creek High School (current) and Rise Percussion (current).

Dylan Camacho – Music Composer & Arranger, Sound Designer, Audio Engineer – 

Favorite Color:  Blue

Favorite Ice Cream: Cookie Dough

Bio: I’ve been learning music since I was 9 years old. Starting on clarinet, I quickly moved to guitar. I continued playing through high school, expanding my skill and knowledge in music through jazz band, music theory, personal bands playing metal, blues, and jazz. In 2008 I joined the high school percussion ensemble, no idea what I was getting into. In 2009 I joined the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble, where I stayed until I aged out in 2014. It was through percussion that I truly found my passion for live music, performance, and audio engineering. I’ve worked with Rise Percussion as the music composer/arranger since the 2014 show, “The Storm,” meaning I was simultaneously writing the music for Rise as I was in my age out year for Blue Knights. I began my audio career at University of Colorado Denver in 2011, where I pursued and completed a B.S. in music with a Recording Arts Emphasis. Through internships and acquired contacts through networking in college, I began working in live sound professionally in early 2015. Outside of the percussion and audio world, I’m currently the Lead Designer and Signage Specialist for a sign shop specializing in architectural signs. I play guitar for a pop band called Chemistry Club with Jake Euler. I enjoy trail running, mountain biking, cycling, and camping. This fall I will be married to my best friend, Cate, with whom I am a proud parent of an English Bulldog named Simon, and a Wyoming Mountain Dog named Kenai.

Ian Maxwell – Front Ensemble Tech –

Favorite Color:  Purple

Favorite Ice Cream: Rocky Road

Bio: Here for his second official year with Rise Percussion, Ian Maxwell will be helping teach the front ensemble. Ian marched six seasons with Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble, and one season with Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. Ian is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance from Colorado State University, where he studies under Dr. Eric Hollenbeck and Shilo Stroman.

Corey Anderson – Front Ensemble Tech – 

Favorite Color:  Blue

Favorite Ice Cream: None

Bio: Corey Anderson has been active in the marching community for 15 years as a member of the Rampart High School “Rampart Regiment”, the University of Colorado “Golden Buffalo Marching Band”, and the Blue Knights World Percussion Ensemble. He is also been the Director of Percussion at Broomfield High School for 6 years, and a member of the Rise Instructional Staff for 3 years. In his spare time, Corey is an avid movie buff and loves filling his head with useless trivia and stats. He likes Frisbee Golf (though he is terrible at it) and spoiling his two pugs, Frank and Abbey.

Shilo Stroman – Rhythm Section Tech & Front Ensemble Consultant –

 Favorite Color:  Gray

Favorite Ice Cream: Don’t Have One

Bio: Armed with his dads record collection, a toy drumset played with chopsticks and an empty basement, Shilo Stroman’s musical journey began. As an educator, Shilo is special assistant professor of Percussion and Jazz at Colorado State University and very active in the marching arts where he continually works with ensembles from around the country. Shilo’s love of travel and sharing his passion for music education has led him to presenting clinics, adjudicating festivals and judging competitions throughout the United States. A versatile performer, Mr. Stroman’s credits range from playing triangle in symphony orchestras, electric bass in salsa bands, drums in funk bands and flower pots in chamber groups. Shilo’s contemporary jazz quartet, Square Peg, released their first recording, “Searching” in 2013. In 2006, he commissioned and performed the world premiere of “Sticks and Stones” variations for drumset and wind ensemble by Jim Bonney. Shilo is a Yamaha Performing Artist and a proud endorser of Promark, Evans, and Sabian products.

Visual Staff

Amy Fallon – Visual Staff – 

Favorite Color:  Hot Pink

Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate Peanut Butter

Bio: Amy is originally from Boston, MA and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a degree in Journalism. Originally a clarinet player, Amy learned euphonium in the CU marching band and then went on to march DCI with The Boston Crusaders in 2008 and The Phantom Regiment in 2009. Amy has been teaching high school marching band in Colorado since 2010, and is currently on visual staff at Cherry Creek and Fairview High Schools. She also taught Music City drum corps in 2013 and just finished an amazing summer teaching The Phantom Regiment. Amy is incredibly excited to be back for her second year on vis staff with Rise Percussion!

Jimmy Kellen – Visual Staff –

 Favorite Color:  Blue

Favorite Ice Cream: Cookie Dough

Bio: Jimmy has 3 years experience with Blue Knights (1 year baritone, 2 years mellophone) 1 year on staff at Rise.

 

 

Teresa Rausch – Visual Staff – 

Favorite Color:  Black

Favorite Ice Cream: Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked

Bio: Originally from Centennial, Teresa attended Arapahoe High School, graduating in 2013. At AHS she participated in many band related activities such as the school’s Wind Ensemble, pit orchestra, jazz band, winter percussion, and marching band. After high school Teresa joined the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle corps on mellophone for the 2013, 2014, and 2016 seasons. She filled a spot in the last month of the 2015 tour at Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. Along with her experience marching DCI, Teresa spent one year marching cymbals for the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble in 2014. This is her second year teaching Rise Percussion. The kids refer to her as “Mom”.