Meet the 2020 Percussion Team

Chris K. Alumni, Members, News, Staff

The Madison Scouts are pleased to announce the Percussion Instructional Team for the 2020 season, including:

Ryan Ellis, Percussion Caption Head

André Wilson, Battery Coordinator
Mike Cavanaugh, Instructor
Cameron Halls, Instructor
Kevin Pucheu, Instructor
Ronnie Russo, Instructor
Zach Tinglan, Instructor

Eric Pujari, Front Ensemble Coordinator
Ellie Mehr, Instructor
Michael Reese, Instructor
TJ Shaheen, Instructor

Ryan Ellis, Percussion Caption Head

Ryan Ellis is an active music educator in the Cincinnati area and has performed with such ensembles as Rhythm X, Blue Devils, Bluecoats, and the Spirit of Atlanta.

Ryan has taught and designed for many schools in the Ohio area as well as for WGI groups Redline and Connexus Independent. He was most recently the battery coordinator for the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps. Ryan currently serves as the percussion director at Lebanon City Schools (OH).

André Wilson, Battery Coordinator

André Wilson has been a music educator in the Southern Louisiana area for the last decade and has performed with ensembles such as Rhythm X and the Bluecoats.

Andre has taught and designed for many schools in Louisiana including Central Lafourche High School, E.D.White HS and Vandebilt HS. He most recently served on the percussion staff of the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps from 2017-2019. In 2014, he was part of the inaugural staff of the Louisiana Stars, in DCI’s Open Class. He has also served as a battery technician for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps (15-16), as well as Cap City Percussion in 2018.

André also holds a certification in yoga, as well as a certification in meditation, breathwork, and cold therapy from the Wim Hof Method, designed by the 27-time Guinness World Record holder Wim Hof, “The Iceman”.  He has been an active WHM instructor at the Lewis Howe’s “Summit of Greatness” and holds workshops in the Southern Louisiana area.

Mike Cavanaugh, Battery Instructor

Mike Cavanaugh has been a part of the marching activity since 2008, when he was introduced to the marching activity as a student at Centerville High School. Since then, he has been a marching member of many World Class WGI and DCI ensembles.

Mike started his drum corps career with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps, performing with them in 2012 and 2013. Mike then went on to march with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, where he received DCI silver and bronze medals. He aged out with the corps in 2015.

In 2013, Mike also marched his first Independent World WGI season with the WGI medalist, Rhythm X. He was a part of Rhythm X from 2013-2016, where he received a WGI gold medal in 2013, a WGI bronze medal in 2014, and a WGI silver medal in 2015. After ending the marching portion of his career, he went on to teach on visual staff at the Blue Stars and then as bass tech at the Crossmen. Mike spent the WGI seasons of 2017-2019 at Connexus percussion on the educational staff, as well as 2019-present on staff with Rhythm X.

Mike currently lives in Centerville, Ohio, where he is a technician with many high schools in the Dayton area, and a registered visual judge with the Central States Judges Association.

Cameron Halls, Battery Instructor

Cameron Halls is a performer and educator from the Lansing area. As a current Music Education major at Michigan State University, Cameron is an accomplished concert and marching percussionist, performing with the MSU Wind Symphony, Percussion Studio, and the Spartan Marching Band, holding various leadership positions. He studies privately with Dr. Jon Weber and has had the privilege of learning from other outstanding educators in the performing arts over the years.

Cameron has an extensive performance history in the marching arts. After joining his high school’s indoor percussion ensemble in 8th grade he has since gone on to march in notable WGI groups including Motor City Percussion, three seasons at NorthCoast Academy, and currently is marching his 3rd year and age-out season at Rhythm X. His drum corps career includes Music City Drum & Bugle Corps (2016); Carolina Crown (2017-2018), receiving a bronze medal for the 2017 season; and the Concord Blue Devils (2019), receiving both the John Brazale Best Visual Award and a DCI gold medal.

Kevin Pucheu, Battery Instructor

Kevin is currently completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. While finishing school he’s performed with  ensembles such as Louisiana Stars, the Madison Scouts, and Rhythm X. Most recently he served on the percussion staff for the Louisiana Stars in 2019 and is currently a percussion instructor at Southside High School in Youngsville, LA. 

Ronnie Russo, Battery Instructor

Ronnie has served as an active music educator for many ensembles in the Cincinnati/Dayton areas and has performed as a member of Spirit of Atlanta, Blue Stars, and Rhythm X. 

Most recently, he has served as a member of the percussion staff for the Crossmen, as well as Cap City 2019. Since 2018, Ronnie has served as the battery technician for Lebanon High School during the fall and winter seasons. Along with his work in education, Ronnie is currently finishing a degree in graphic design and works as an active designer.

Zach Tinglan, Battery Instructor

Zach was born in Saginaw Michigan and raised in the Detroit Metro area.  He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Eastern Michigan University, studying hotel and restaurant management. Zach spent his summers in DCI with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps (2015), Madison Scouts (2016-2017), and Carolina Crown (2018). During the winter season, he performed with Redline (2016-2017), Matrix (2018), and Rhythm X (2019). He is currently teaching high schools in the Detroit Metro area and is very excited to be back with the Madison Scouts!

Eric Pujari, Front Ensemble Coordinator

Eric Pujari is an in-demand educator in the Midwest. He holds a B.S. in Neurobiology & Physiology from Purdue University, and currently dedicates his time to teaching high school science and percussion students.

Eric is a private instructor, technician, and an integral component of the marching programs at Centerville and Lebanon schools in Dayton, Ohio. Previously, he was an instructor for the Crossmen and a performer at The Bluecoats and Rhythm X.

Ellie Mehr, Front Ensemble Instructor

Ellie Mehr is excited to be joining the Madison Scouts for her first season on the instructional team. Having been involved in the marching arts for several years, Ellie is passionate about contributing to her students experiences and helping them grow as both musicians and individuals. She is an active percussion educator in Minnesota and is currently the front ensemble coordinator for Irondale High School and a front ensemble instructor for Minnesota Brass Indoor. She is also a member of the Minnesota Percussion Association Board of Directors, working to better the local percussion community for both instructors and students.

As a performer, Ellie was a member of River City Rhythm Indoor, Minnesota Brass Indoor, and the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2018, Ellie graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy. Outside of the marching arts, Ellie is a board-certified music therapist, working primarily with children with developmental disabilities and preschool music students, using music to achieve non-musical goals. Ellie currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Michael Reese, Front Ensemble Instructor

Michael Reese is an active music educator and the current Middle School Band Director for the Elida Local School District near Lima, OH. In addition to this work at Elida, he is the Front Ensemble Coordinator at ConneXus (2018 – Present).

Michael received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Marietta College in the Spring of 2017, along with a minor in Political Science and Teacher Leadership. During his marching career, Michael performed with Legends Drum and Bugle Corps (2014), Cap City Percussion (2014-2015), Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps (2015-2016) and Rhythm X (2016-2017).

TJ Shaheen, Front Ensemble Instructor

TJ Shaheen is a percussion instructor in the Metro Atlanta area. Currently, he serves as the Director of Percussion at Mountain View High School in Lawrenceville, GA, where he arranges for and teaches the marching percussion, assists in concert preparation, and teaches the daily percussion class. From 2015-2018, TJ performed with the Atlanta Quest organization, and led the front ensemble as section leader from 2017-2018. He joined the front ensemble staff there in 2019. 

TJ went to school at Georgia State University, where he completed a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis on percussion performance. While attending, he was a member of the GSU Panther Band in their “Rock Band” ensemble, as well as a performing member of the Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and Percussion Ensembles. In 2018, he and a colleague, Bryan Wysocki, performed Baljinder Sekhon’s Double Percussion Concerto through the Brumby Concerto Competition.

In addition to his work with Mountain View and Atlanta Quest, TJ has also worked with other high schools in the area, including Harrison HS, North Paulding HS, and Wheeler HS through their marching band and indoor percussion ensembles. He lives in Marietta, GA.