Staff


 
 Sean Cook
is a Junior at Indiana State University majoring in Music Education. Graduating from Avon High School, he participated in the Avon High School Marching Black and Gold and Avon “World” Drum Line. Cook competed in such events as BOA (Bands of America), WGI (Winter Guard International), IPA (Indiana Percussion Association) and ISSMA (Indiana State School Music Association) where he has helped to win 3 consecutive BOA national championships, 4 ISSMA and IPA state championships, 2 BOA Indy regional championships and 5th and 9th place at WGI. Cook is currently a member of the Indiana Pacers/ Indy 500 “High Octane” Drum line sponsored by McDonalds, Pearl, and On2 percussion. He participates in Indiana State Wind Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band, and Marching Band. Through the Indiana State Community School of the Arts, Cook teaches private drum set lessons, and “Rock Band” and “Rock Camp” for high school children. He hopes to one day “take a music program and make it nationally recognized.” Cook is the camp’s head coordinator as well as co- visual and tenor tech.

Nancy Bernal is a Junior Music Education major at Indiana State University.  Her hometown is Saint John, IN where she graduated from Lake Central High School in May of 2012. Bernal is currently the visual designer and instructor as well as the bass drum tech for the Crawfordsville High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble.  She will also work with Crawfordsville and Terre Haute South High Schools this summer for their 2015 marching seasons.  Bernal has been under the instruction of staff members from Legacy Indoor Percussion where she auditioned and was given a spot on the cymbal line for the 2015 season.  In 2014, she marched in the Phantom Regiment horn line and in the fall, Bernal marched in the bass line with the Indiana State University Marching Sycamores.


Kerry Gant is co-founder of the Indiana Pacers drumline, also known as High Octane Percussion. High Octane is currently the official drumline for the Indiana Pacers and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. High Octane started as the Indianapolis Colts drumline in 2007, then transferred to the NBA in 2009. Gant Studied music at Vincennes University and Indiana State University where he was section leader in various ensembles. He was selected to be a part of the State of Indiana collegiate honor band. Currently he teaches at Pike High School, three time state champs. Gant's experience includes: director of percussion at Danville High School; director of percussion at Lawrenceville High School; percussion tech at Vincennes Lincoln High School; bass tech at Zionsville High School and Decatur High School, 2007 state champs. Kerry marched bass drum in DCI with Scenic City Drum Corp. and Marion Glory Cadets. He was bass section leader at both DCI organizations. Kerry has performed playing drum set in several different types of contemporary bands that vary in musical styles such as rock, funk, reggae, jazz, and gospel.  

Geoffrey Jones is a Junior Music Business major at Anderson University. He grew up in Center Grove where he marched 4 years for both the Marching Band and Indoor Percussion. Jones has competed in BOA (Bands of America), MGI (Winter Guard International), IPA (Indiana Percussion Association), and MCGC (Michigan Color Guard Circuit). He helped Center Grove to 4 ISSMA State Championships, 2 BOA Finalist appearances, IPA State Champions in 2012, and 4 WGI Finalist appearances with a 3rd place Bronze Medalist in 2011. He also performed showcases with Center Grove both at PASIC and the MidWest Band Clinic. After graduation Jones marched Legacy Indoor (PIW) in 2014. He is currently a member of NorthCoast Academy (PIW) as well as the Pacers/Indy 500 "High Octane" Drum Line sponsored by McDonalds, Pearl, and On2 Percussion. Jones has been active with teaching top world class groups like Avon High School, Forest Park High School, and Hamilton Southeastern High School. He is a hard-working individual who continues to make strides in the world's top drum companies where he hopes to create his career after college.

Justin Lahr is currently the director of bands at Guion Creek Middle School in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has directed bands for nine years with the last four at GCMS in the M.S.D. of Pike Township.  GCMS  recently received a gold rating at ISSMA organizational contest. Lahr began his teaching career at the M.S.D. of Decatur Township schools as Assistant Band Director/Percussion Director for the intermediate, middle, and high schools in August of 2006. While teaching at Decatur, he helped direct the middle school bands to several gold ratings at ISSMA organizational contest. Additionally, he was in charge of directing the percussion at the high school level and achieved a state championship title in IPA indoor percussion competition in open class. Justin help to create, organize, and direct the first Indianapolis Colts drum line for the 2007 and 2008 NFL seasons. The current entertainment group, now named High Octane Drumline, is in its eighth season performing for the Indiana Pacers. The past two years for this group has seen expanding opportunities such as performing for events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway along with many other corporate sponsored events.


Petra Nyendick is the Director of the Community School of the Arts. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors at York University in Toronto and a Master of Fine Arts with distinction at Indiana State University. As a visual artist, she has had one-person shows at the Gaslight Art Colony in Illinois; 4 Star Gallery, Marion University Gallery and the Saint Mary-of-the Woods Gallery in Indiana; and a two-person show in Paris, Illinois at the Bicentennial Art Museum. Nyendick has exhibited in invitational and group shows in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and throughout central Canada.  After realizing the need for a commercial art gallery in Terre Haute, Nyendick was founding director of 333 Visual Art Gallery for one year. The success of that gallery and attached working studio morphed into an opportunity to launch Halcyon Contemporary Art Gallery at the Swope Art Museum, now in its seventh year of operation. Nyendick’s success as founding director of Halcyon and director of the Swope Art Museum’s Summer Youth Art Program led to her current position as Director of the Indiana State University Community School of the Arts. This position is the most recent facet in a life’s work in art; a long, strong involvement in the arts as a successful artist, agent and arts organizer. Nyendick brings to the Midwest her committed vision of the guild of the creative community and its importance to society as a whole.  

Crystal Myers is the Community School of the Arts' Administrative Assistant. In addition, she serves as Coordinator for the Terre Haute Children's Choir. Myers graduated in 2013 from Ivy Tech Community College with a degree in Office Administration. In the fall, 2015, she will be furthering her education by enrolling in Indiana State University's Human Resource Development program. She conceives and implements arts projects at many events at ISU including Family Fun Day, Homecoming, and Special Olympics Indiana. Myers has two daughters who are active in arts classes and private music lessons at the Community School of the Arts.