Meet the Corps Staff

Directors, Supervisors, Caption Heads, & Instructors

Bojan Hoover

Bojan Hoover

Corps Director / Drumline Front Ensemble Writer/Arranger

Bojan Hoover is a founding staff member of River City Rhythm Drum and Bugle Corps and has been involved as an instructor and designer for River City Rhythm Drumline since its inception.

Todd Dufault

Todd Dufault

Director of Education

Todd Dufault is a master motivator and life coach who strives to be a difference maker. The past 33 years he has been committed to working with kids through the marching activity...

Devon Lawrence

Devon Lawrence

Assistant Corps Director

Devon Lawrence is a two year age-out member of RCR Drum & Bugle Corps. In that time he served as one of the two Drum Majors both years, directing them to two DCI Open Class Finalist appearances.

Chad Friesleben

Chad Friesleben

Corps Brass Arranger

Chad Friesleben is a composer and arranger from West Des Moines, Iowa. In addition to River City Rhythm, he arranges for high school and college marching bands...

Bryan Jaeckel

Bryan Jaeckel

Corps Brass Supervisor

Bryan Jaeckel is proud to be returning for this third year on the RCR Brass Staff. After spending 1 year as Brass Caption Head, Bryan is starting his second year as Brass Supervisor...

Ben Helmrick

Ben Helmrick

Corps Brass Caption Head

Ben Helmrick is excited to return to the staff of RCR for a third season as brass caption head.

Kirsten Bergstrom

Kirsten Bergstrom

Corps Colorguard Supervisor

Kirsten Bergstrom has performed with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps, and with Onyx, and Independent World colorguard based out of Dayton, Ohio.

Seth Pearson

Seth Pearson

Corps Colorguard Caption Head

Seth has taught several colorguards, winterguards and drum corps and he looks forward to working with the staff and members of RCR.

Paul Weber

Paul Weber

Drumline Battery Writer & Arranger / Corps Percussion Supervisor & Program Coordinator

Paul Weber has eleven years of World Class drum corps teaching experience working with such corps as the Madison Scouts, the Blue Stars, Southwind, and the Blue Knights...

Matthew Gullickson

Matthew Gullickson

Corps Co-Percussion Caption Head

Gullickson has performed with the Madison Scouts, Minnesota Brass Inc., Southern Minnesota’s Real Big Band, and the Minnesota Vikings Skol Line...

Matt Haar

Matt Haar

Corps Co-Percussion Caption Head / Drumline Snare Tech

Matt currently instructs the drumline at Eastview High School and has served as a clinician and staff person at scholastic and independent programs across the upper Midwest.

Andrew Dussl

Andrew Dussl

Corps Visual Supervisor / Drumline Visual Design

Andrew Dussl has been an active instructor within the Minnesota marching community over the past twelve years...

Jacob Daniel

Jacob Daniel

Corps Visual Caption Head / Drumline Visual Tech

Jacob Daniel is currently a Masters student at the University of Minnesota and has played an active role as both a performer and educator in the drum corps community...

Jim Jacobsen

Jim Jacobsen

Ensemble Coordinator

Jim Jacobsen joined the staff of Hastings High School in 2010. At HHS he directs the Wind Ensemble, Varsity Band (a...

Lansing Dimon

Lansing Dimon

Corps Brass Instructor

Lansing has over 20 years in the drum corps activity, including marching, teaching and administration with the Brigadiers and Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps.

Ryan Caloud

Ryan Caloud

Corps Brass Instructor

Ryan Caloud is excited for the opportunity to work with River City Rhythm this season. He has previously worked with the Spirit of Atlanta, the Oregon Crusaders...

Chris Boyd

Chris Boyd

Corps Brass Instructor

Christopher Boyd spent four years playing lead trumpet with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps and has been on several instructional staffs since again out in 2010.

Nathan Blinn

Nathan Blinn

Corps Brass Instructor

Nate Blinn teaches band in the Mounds View School District, serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Minnesota Band Director's Association and is the Assistant Director of the Irondale High School Marching Band (MN).

Lisa Rodenkirchen

Lisa Rodenkirchen

Corps Colorguard Instructor

Lisa Rodenkirchen has been involved in the marching arts for the past 25 years and this will be her second year on staff at RCR.

Sarah Beck-Esmay

Sarah Beck-Esmay

Corps Colorguard Instructor

Sarah Beck-Esmay holds BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota and has been teaching dance and performing professionally for nearly a decade.

Becky Zoellner

Becky Zoellner

Corps Colorguard Instructor

Becky Zoellner is an alumni of Irondale High School and was a featured marching member of the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corp Colorguard (2007-2008)...

Lauren Hipsag

Lauren Hipsag

Corps Colorguard Instructor

Lauren Hipsag is from Elk River, Minnesota and a recent graduate of the University of Northwestern, St. Paul with a BS in Kinesiology-Health & Fitness and has applied that knowledge while marching and teaching.

Evan Pufpaff

Evan Pufpaff

Corps Colorguard Instructor

Evan has extensive teaching experience, including working with ROCORI, Foley, Eastview, Rosemount, Coon Rapids, Park Center, Lux Independent Winter Guard, and RCR Drum and Bugle Corps.

Reggie Salas

Reggie Salas

Corps Colorguard Instructor

Reggie Salas brings an extensive background to River City Rhythm, including having performed with the RCR Drum and Bugle Corps during their first two seasons

Alex Cary

Alex Cary

Corps Battery Instructor: Snare

Alex Cary is a percussionist, educator, and arranger currently studying Music Performance at Minnesota State University, Mankato...

Tony Mottaz

Tony Mottaz

Corps Battery Instructor: Snare

Tony is an Irondale alumnus and former RCR indoor snare drummer. He also marched three seasons in DCI with the Blue Knights (2011) and Santa Clara Vanguard (2013-2014)...

Jordayn Spike

Jordayn Spike

Corps Battery Instructor: Snare

Jordayn Spike is an instrumental music education, organ, and percussion major at Concordia University in Saint Paul, MN...

Josh Sayler

Josh Sayler

Corps Battery Instructor: Tenors/Bass / Drumline Tenor Tech

Josh Sayler is an alumni of the Madison Scouts, Minnesota Brass, and Champlin Park High School Marching Band...

Patrick Lyons

Patrick Lyons

Drumline Director / Corps Battery Instructor: Bass

Patrick has been involved with River City Rhythm since the organization's creation back in 2009 and currently serves as the Director for the Indoor Drumline...

Chris Richman

Chris Richman

Corps Batterie Instructor: Bass / Drumline Bass Tech

Chris has been a part of River City Rhythm both as a marching member (2012 Indoor) and as a staff member (2014-present)...

Tanner Bergersen

Tanner Bergersen

Corps Batterie Instructor: Tenors

Tanner has taught as a quad tech at various high schools for their fall and winter programs...

Cole Hanton

Cole Hanton

Corps Battery Instructor: Cymbals / Drumline Cymbal Tech

Cole Hanton is teaching the cymbal line for a second season this year...

Mike Olsen

Mike Olsen

Corps Front Ensemble Instructor

Mike Olsen is a percussionist, private instructor, and freelance composer with multiple years of Front Ensemble experience in DCI and WGI; this will be his first year on staff with RCR...

Eric Elker

Eric Elker

Corps Front Ensemble Instructor / Drumline Front Ensemble Tech

Eric has performed with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, Minnesota Brass Indoor Drumline, and Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps...

David Palermo

David Palermo

Corps Front Ensemble Instructor / Drumline Front Ensemble Tech

David Palermo has been teaching, arranging, composing and directing for a variety of ensemble throughout the Twin Cities area.

Ryan Schmidt

Ryan Schmidt

Corps Front Ensemble Instructor / Drumline Front Ensemble Tech

Ryan is currently the Frontline Director at Eastview High school for the Marching Band, and Irondale High School for the Winter Drumline...

John Meissner

John Meissner

Visual Instructor

After aging out in 2008, John has been a visual instructor for various summer, fall, and winter programs across the Twin Cities...

Jesse Talbot

Jesse Talbot

Visual Instructor

Jesse Talbot will be returning for his third season on River City Rhythm's Visual Staff...

Bryan Borg

Bryan Borg

Visual Instructor

Bryan Borg has performed with the Blue Stars and Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps and has taught various high school marching ensembles across the state of Minnesota...

Taylor Eliason

Taylor Eliason

Corps Visual Instructor

Taylor Eliason is a band director at Rosemount High School and has been involved in the marching activity for 14 years...

Jason Reckis

Jason Reckis

Corps Visual Instructor

Jason Reckis has marched five years of drum corps as a contra player: from 2012-13 with Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps and then from 2014-2016 with the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps...

Kaitlin Niles

Kaitlin Niles

Corps Colorguard Instructor

Kaitlin Niles is from Sioux Falls, SD and attends South Dakota State University majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with a dance minor.