Podcast by Different Strokes: A Percussion Podcast
Episode #010 - Aundray Edwards and James Neblett
Aundray Edwards received his Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Houston. Aundray has been a percussion specialist/technician for several music programs in the Houston and surrounding areas, including Cypress Creek High School (winning PAS call for tapes) as well as Cy-Fair High School. Currently, Aundray resides in Lake Jackson, Tx where he is the Assistant Director of Percussion at Brazoswood High School and all feeder programs including Brazoswood High School, Clute Intermediate, and Rasco Middle School in Brazosport ISD.
Aundray has served as one of the bass drum technicians for Monarch Independent since 2016. And this summer will be joining the percussion staff at Sacramento Mandarins as a bass drum technician. Aundray has also served on the percussion staff of the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps ('17-'19) as well as the Guardians Drum & Bugle Corps ('15-'16).
James Neblett is an active music educator, arranger, and clinician based in Pflugerville, Texas.
During his tenure in the marching arts, he has worked with several Scholastic, Open, Collegiate,
and World Class marching programs all around the state, and across the nation. Currently,
James is a Bass Drum Ensemble Specialist for Monarch Independent (2017-Present), and
Battery Ensemble Specialist for the state champion Vista Ridge Marching Band (2016-Present).
James has over a decade of performance and teaching experience in the marching arts, having
had the opportunity to march three summers with the Boston Crusaders (2008-2010), as well as
teach numerous ensembles, including The Boston Crusaders (2014-2016) and The Blue
When James isn't dedicating time to music education, he works full time as an Information
Technology Systems Administrator for a local Healthcare company based out of the greater
Episode #009 - Matt Hahn
Matt Hahn is an active designer and percussion educator in the Dayton, OH area. Matt is currently the Front Ensemble and Sound Designer for the Madison Scouts Drum And Bugle Corps. In 2012, Matt founded Resonant Music Design, a company specializing in marching arts design and education of all kinds. You can view samples of his work at www.resonantmusicdesign.com.
Matt was a member of Rhythm X from 2005 - 2008 and was a staff member from 2009 - 2015. Matt also was a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps from 2006 - 2007 in the front ensemble, and was a staff member from 2009 - 2012. Matt graduated from Miami University (OH) in 2008 with a Bachelor's of Arts in Music Education degree.
In 2013, Matt was elected to the Board of Directors of the Mid East Performance Association (MEPA) circuit and was recently elected as Vice President of Percussion for the circuit.
Matt is a proud sponsor of Innovative Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, and Evans/Planet Waves products. He currently lives in Springboro, OH with his wife Sara and his son, Micah.
Episode #008 - Emily Tannert Patterson
Emily Tannert Patterson is a percussion educator and clinician. She was previously the percussion director at the Rouse High School and Wiley Middle School, in Leander, TX, from 2015 till 2018, and was the percussion director at East View High School, Georgetown, TX from 2011 until 2015. Her ensembles have garnered numerous accolades, including winning the 2016 PAS International Percussion Ensemble Contest.
Patterson holds a Master's degree in Percussion Performance (2010) as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education (2008) and undergraduate Performance Certificate in Percussion from The University of Texas at Austin, where she studied with Thomas Burritt and Tony Edwards.
Patterson is an educational endorser for Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, Remo drumheads, and Zildjian cymbals. She holds professional memberships in the Texas Music Educators Association and the Percussive Arts Society, and serves on the PAS Education Committee. In addition to remaining active in the percussion community, Patterson works as a Learning Designer at Cambridge University Press in Cambridge, England.
Episode #007 - Jake Siegel
Jake Siegel is a part time theme park musician based out of Orlando, FL who has performed in various shows in multiple theme parks over the past decade and currently performs in the “Beat Builders” show at Universal Studios. He also performs as a member of the “Magic Beatz” entertainment drum line for Orlando’s NBA team, the Orlando Magic. Jake also spent 2 summers as a member of The Cavaliers tenor line and a total of 7 seasons with Infinity Percussion, a perennial WGI finalist ensemble.
Since aging out of the marching arts he has become a staff member of the well-known percussion based apparel company, Lot Riot, also based out of Orlando, FL and is a member of the company’s own entertainment drum line, Riot Parade. Recently he has become the drummer of the pop-punk band known as The Things We Were.
Episode #006 - Bends
Joy Duarte is a current performer in the marching arts. She most recently marched with Broken City Percussion and the Blue Knights. Previously, she marched three seasons at Monarch Independent and served as bass section leader for the last two. She's from San Antonio, Texas and has taught at several schools in the central Texas area. In 2019, Joy and Rhema launched their marching arts business, Bends.
Rhema Baissa is a recently aged out percussion performer and current educator in the activity. Rhema aged out in the 2019 DCI season with the Blue Knights. He also aged himself out of WGI with Monarch Independent for the 2019 season. In 2019, Rhema and Joy launched their marching arts business, Bends. Rhema currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma and teaches the battery for his alma mater, Union High School. He recently started his master's program for Marriage & Family Therapy through Capella University. Rhema will be teaching the 2021 Spirit of Atlanta Bass-line.
Episode #005 - Reuben Rodriguez
Reuben Rodriguez is an active educator, arranger, sound designer, and
performer based in the Austin area. His consulting business, PitHacks.com
works with many programs, specializing in electronic design and sound
reinforcement. Reuben received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Jacksonville
State University. As a performer, Mr. Rodriguez was a member of Revolution,
Crossmen, Spirit of Atlanta, and aged out of The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle
Corps in 2010.
Since aging out of performing ensembles, Reuben has been a staff member
or consultant for the The Cavaliers, Mandarins, and Music City Drum and
Bugle Corps, Monarch, Rhythmic Force, and Double Stop Indoor Percussion,
and many high school marching bands and indoor percussion ensembles across
Outside of the marching arts, Mr. Rodriguez has toured as a member of
Eclectic Tuba and coordinated sound reinforcement and technology for the
Electro Brass Music Conference in 2015 and 2016. Beyond his love of music,
Mr. Rodriguez enjoys playing disc golf and being outdoors.