Gio Bastante began her career as a percussionist at Flanagan High School in 2006 as a member of the front ensemble. During her time at Flanagan, she acted as the percussion section leader and was a member of the marching band, wind orchestra, and jazz ensembles, earning awards within the program as well as at the state level for Solo and Ensemble.
Gio went on to march drum corps as a member of the vibraphone line for the 2010 Boston Crusaders. She then went on to attend Florida State University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English, occasionally returning to South Florida to further her knowledge in both performance and education under her mentor, Brandon Cruz at the South Florida Center for Percussive Arts.
Upon graduating from college in 2014, Gio made the return to South Florida and began working full time as an English teacher and percussion instructor at Somerset Academy High School. Her first season back at Flanagan was as a staff member of the WGI Finalist and Fan Favorite indoor percussion in 2015. She is also actively working as a member of the front ensemble staff at 3-time FMBC 4A State Champion Jupiter High School in addition to STRYKE Percussion 2 (PIO), WGI A Class Champions and Fan Favorite in 2016.
Gio Bastante will be returning to Flanagan High School as Percussion Director for the 2017-2018 school year and is excited to work with an incredible staff in what will be a historic season for the program.
Delisa Rufus graduated from J.P. Taravella high school in 2008 in Coral springs, Florida. She has marched with STRYKE Percussion ensemble from 2009-2013 and now is teaching STRYKE Percussion 2. Their first year was last year and they took home a gold metal in the PIA class. She is currently enrolled as a senior at Florida Intentional University as a music education major.
Josh is a current student at Florida International University that majors in Management Information Systems. His marching experience includes STRYKE Percussion for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Drumming has been my passion since 2008. I have invested the last 9 years to becoming the best i could be at my craft. Its been a true pleasure going on this journey and watching all my efforts pay off. I started marching STRYKE percussion in 2014 in the front ensemble as a rack player and have been playing bottom bass for STRYKE since 2015 until the present day. I’ve also, marched for the FIU marching and have had the honor of teaching the past 4 yearrs at Everglades High School. I am more than excited to be apart of staff and cannot wait to see what the future holds.
Glenn Alexander Martinez was born and raised in South Florida. He began his musical career playing Tuba at Hialeah Middle School. As a member of the top Symphonic band, and later the Jazz Band playing Bass Trombone, Glenn excelled earning several Superior ratings at the individual and ensemble levels. He then continued his career under the direction of Mr. Rivero at Hialeah High School. While at Hialeah, Glenn served as the Band Captain his Senior year at the of 16, and lead the group to its first ever Otto J. Kraushaar Award. Personally, Glenn continued his studies in Tuba and Bass trombone, winning numerous awards and accolades, highlighted by the Director’s award his senior year. Glenn then naturally transitioned into the Drum Corp venue. marching Contrabass his rookie year at the age of 15 with the Boston Crusaders for the 2000 season. Using his experience gained in Drum Corps, Glenn joined the Visual staff immediately after Graduating from Hialeah in 2001, as lead Field Tech until finally assuming the role Visual Caption Head during the 2003 season. Glenn continued his Drum corps experience with the Boston Crusaders marching 4 summers with the corps until finally aging out 2005. Glenn worked under Mr. Rivero at Hialeah High until the 2006 season, when Mr. Rivero joined Flanagan High. After a year hiatus, Glenn resumed his position alongside Mr. Rivero joining the mighty Falcon Sound for the 2007 season, and has not looked back since. In his position as Visual Caption Head and lead music tech, Glenn helped create a positive, successful environment with the Falcon Sound leading to numerous undefeated marching seasons, and a Bands of America Finalist spot at the 2008 Orlando Regional. Glenn has thoroughly enjoyed working with Mr. Broadbent designing the show programs for the last 4 seasons for the Falcon Sound, and looks forward to many more years of highly successful collaborations with all of the staff members of the Falcon Sound. Glenn recently passed and earned his U.S. Customs Brokers License and is looking forward to opening up his own Customs Brokerage company in the near future. Glenn Currently resides in Miami Lakes, FL where he lives with his younger twin brothers Michael and Angelo.
Justin began his musical endeavors as a 6thgrader playing Tuba, Euphonium, and Trombone throughout middle school. While attending Port Charlotte High School he performed in the wind ensemble, symphonic, marching, and jazz bands. He graduated in 2007. Justin started marching Drum Corps the summer after his freshman year with the Magic of Orlando in 2004 and 2005. In 2006 and 2010 he marched with the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. Currently Justin attends Palm Beach State College/Florida Atlantic University and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in commercial music. In addition to the Falcon Sound Justin works with various ensembles in South Florida such as Stoneman Douglas High school 2014-present, Park Vista High school 2016, Coral Glades High School 2016. During the winter Justin serves as the visual coordinator for Stryke Percussion 2. Also as Visual/Brass staff for Stryke Wynds. And Show/Drill designer for Flanagan indoor winds.
Mr. Bernard was born in Brooklyn, NY raised in Miami, Florida. Jack Graduated from Hialeah High in 2004. While in High School he started Marching Drum Corps his sophomore year with the Magic of Orlando winning the Division II Championship with the highest score recorded at that moment, he then went on to The Boston Crusaders the following season. He has taught numerous schools in Miami Dade County, His most recent position as the visual caption head for Hialeah Gardens HS. Jack comes to us with about 15 years in the activity and is excited to work with the Falcon sound.
Alex Ramos, who is a Florida native, is a current student at Nova Southeastern University, where he is majoring in Biology and minoring in Music. Alex graduated from Flanagan High School, where he was a part of every ensemble. Alex has also worked with Flanagan indoor winds program. As well as teaching, Alex preformed in the inaugural year of Stryke Percussion 2, who placed first and earned fan favorite in WGI PIA.
Shane Vega- Class of 2014 graduate from Flanagan. Currently a student at FIU studying Finance. A soldier in the Florida Army National Guard and served in the 13th Army Band under the command of Mr. Rivero from 2014-2016.
Robert Rivero was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He attended Miami Killian High School and graduated from Flanagan High School, participating extensively in both marching bands. Robert has a comprehensive background in music which he began exploring at the age of 7. He started off playing trumpet and eventually moved onto teaching privately at the age of 16.
Since graduating high school, Robert attended Miami-Dade College, taught at Flanagan High School, and has enlisted in the United States Army. As of 2013, he has been a member of the 13th Army Band in which he is the principal trumpet player. He is also a full-time bugler with the South Florida Army Honor Guard. In addition to that, Robert has been teaching at Flanagan High School since 2013 and has worked with the marching ensemble as a brass instructor/music caption head. In the past year, he directed and composed for a new Flanagan group, Flanagan Indoor Winds, that has since gone on to Regional and World Championships to place 2nd in the world.
Robert is currently on the staff of various other Florida groups including, Coral Glades High School Marching Band and Stryke Wynds Independent, while also continuing to perform with various ensembles throughout state.
Emma Roberts currently lives in Pembroke Pines, Florida where she is a full time member of the Flanagan High School Marching Band and Winter Guard staff. Since joining the staff in 2001 the winter guard program has won the South Florida Championships ten times in a row and also a WGI bronze medal in 2010 and 2011 and the World Title in 2008. During the summer months Emma is a full time staff member with the ten time World Champion Drum & Bugle Corps; The Cadets. She was also a performing member of the Cadets from 1997-2000. She has marched and taught color guards such as Emerald Knights, Cardinals, Oakland Crusaders, Ventures, Genesis II, Bluecoats, Patriots, Cooper city H.S, University of Miami, Ooltewah H.S, Walkersville H.S, Patriots, and Emerald Marquis. Emma also travels each year to Sweden to work with the Strangnas Drum & Bugle Corps. Emma currently works full time as a Registered Nurse.
Matthew Winans attended the State University of New York (SUNY) at Brockport in Rochester, NY where he earned two bachelors degrees in Communications and Dance. In 2005 he relocated to Florida to become a part of the instructional staff for the Flanagan High School Color guards and soon after became a member of the schools faculty as a Social Science teacher.
Matt’s experience in the color guard activity goes beyond his age as his mother, Clara Lake, has been involved in the activity for many years in Medina, NY through marching, teaching, and in the judging community. Matt was a member of the Medina High School Winter guard and Marching Band for 7 consecutive years and recently returned to the program as a choreographer and consultant. Matt also is the Color guard Caption Head and designer for the Boston Crusaders Drum Corps (2008-Current) and returned as the Color guard designer for the Empire Statesmen Sr. Drum Corps. (2002-2004 & Current)
Other performing experiences include; many of the SUNY Brockport Dance concerts, the Empire Statesmen Sr. Drum corps, the Rochester Patriots Independent World Guard, and the Cadets Drum Corps. He has also taught and continues to teach many groups on the east coast including; Orchard Park HS, Stoneman Douglas HS, Victor HS, The Cadets Drum Corps (2005-2007) Western HS (2007-2008), Eastridge HS (Director 2002-2005), East Syracuse Minoa HS (2002-2004) & Pheonix HS color guards.
Color Guard Instructor
Evan Zubkovs was born and raised in Huntington, NY. He started his marching career at Walt Whitman High School, where he was a member of the drum line and was captain his senior year. While doing High School band, he was also involved with a local independent Winter Guard called Saturday Matinee. Evan’s passion for color guard during High School prompted him to expand his marching resume, and decided to march in Alter Ego Winter Guard in 2005 and 2006. From there, he went on to march in the renowned Blessed Sacrament Winter Guard for four years, from 2007 to 2010, and was one of the captains in 2010. Evan has taught several schools, including Walt Whitman High School, Hicksville High School, King Philip High School, and is proud to add Flanagan High School to the list. Other marching experiences include the Bushwackers Senior Drum Corps in 2003, and the Cadets Drum Corps in both 2008 and 2009.
Anthony Williams graduated from Felix Varela Senior High’s class of 2011. Born and raised in Miami, Anthony has an extensive background in music which kickstarted his passion for color guard and the performing arts. He played the saxophone for seven years starting in middle school, and the bassoon for six years; in addition to that he was the drum major at Felix Varela his last two marching seasons in the program. His junior year in high school, Anthony marched the FIU Performance Ensemble which made Open Class Finals at WGI in the winter of 2010. In 2011, he then marched Horizon Independent Winterguard and eventually moved on to Braddock Independent World In 2012 and 2013.
After graduating high school, Anthony participated in his first year of drum corp with The Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corp and has performed with them every summer since, aging out in 2014. They earned the George Zingali award for best color guard every season he marched The Blue Devils and in four years brought home two silver medals and two world championship titles. In the summer of 2015, he toured Europe with the Blue Devils International Corp in 5 different countries.
Anthony is proud to have taught many different kids in the South Florida area and has also taught groups in the Dallas, Texas area. He is currently on staff at well known organizations in South Florida and is excited to be working with established and renowned organizations as a start to pursuing his career in education for the arts.
Carlos Herrera comes to Flanagan HS from Los Angeles, CA. Born and raised in Southern California, Herrera brings a wide range of color guard knowledge to Flanagan. He has performed with different teams all over the country including Fantasia Winter Guard from Riverside, CA; Cypress Independent from Houston, TX; Pride of Cincinnati from Cincinnati, OH; and The Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps. Having taught many programs across the country, Carlos is excited to be here in Florida to experience working alongside some of the best people in the activity.
Amanda Robillon began her dance training at the age of 8 years old in South Florida and trained consistently at Carol Colbert’s School of Dance, The Dance Conservatory and Boca Ballet Theatre. Her marching career began her sophomore year at Deerfield Beach High School, marching with The Colts drum corps her junior year (1999). During college (NWSA and FIU), she began teaching as the movement technician at Cooper City High School color guard (2001-2007) and earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance with a minor in education. In 2007, she relocated to Asheville, NC and opened “The Turning Pointe School of Dance,” which she owned and operated for the next 5 years. At TPSD, she taught students classical ballet, pointe, modern dance, jazz and tap. She hosted 5 major concerts as well as holiday performances. She is proud to announce that her dance students have been accepted to the following programs: Alvin Ailey NYC, Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, American Dance Festival (ADF), The Rockettes, North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA), Boston Ballet and the Marymount Manhattan College Dance Program. While in NC, she also became the color guard director at Brevard High School and consistently judged high school marching band in the color guard caption (2007-2012).
Amanda has recently relocated back to South Florida and is living in Boca Raton, FL. She is excited to be invited onto the color guard staff at Flanagan High School and continue to enrich her students’ lives through the art of dance.
Shannon Causey was born in Pembroke Pines, FL on July 14, 1995. She attended Flanagan High School all four years, graduating class of 2013. Her music background started after being placed into a percussion class, which led her to joining the front ensemble. She played timpani for her sophmore and junior year of marching band. Once recuited into the winterguard her passion for colorguard struck. She marched the Flangan World Guard from her sophmore to her senior year, spending her last year as a colorguard captain.
After graduating high school, she marched her first drum corps season with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps and has continued to perform with them in 2014 and 2015, receiving 2 bronze medals. She also marched with Braddock Independent World the winter of 2014. Being apart of the program at Flanagan for many years taught her life lessons that she now hopes to pass on to the future members. She’s excited to create new memories working as apart of the Flanagan Colorguard staff, and watching this program flourish with each new season.
Nick Rodriguez , attended South Lake High School and then Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines. He was born in Miami, Fl. Where he lived for several years but then relocated to Clermont, Fl. where he then begun his colorguard career at South Lake HS as a winterguard performer at the age of 14. When he was a sophomore he had to go through another relocation to Pembroke Pines, Fl. Where he then attended Flanagan High School. He was apart of the program for three years, graduating class of 2013. He marched the Flanagan World Guard from his sophomore to his senior year, spending his last year as captain.
As a Junior going into his senior year he marched his first season of Drum Corps with The Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle corps, in 2012. After graduating high school, he took a season to teach the Flanagan program and also march his first year of Independent World Class winter guard at Braddock Independent of 2014. He then continued his drum corps passion after his senior year and marched Carolina Crown in 2013, where he’s then brought home a championship title and a silver medal, he’ll be with Crown until he ages out in 2017. Nick has stayed involved teaching the Flanagan program and relocated to Miamisburg, Oh. Where he was apart of The Pride Of Cincinnati Winter guard of 2015. He is currently living in Dallas, Texas and will be soon going back to march with The Pride Of Cincinnati for the 2016 season.
Nick is very proud to teach a lot of the kids in South Florida , Ohio, and Dallas, Tx areas such as Western HS (2013-2015), Somerset Academy Canyons (2014), Hialeah HS (2014), John. A Ferguson HS (2014-2015), The University of Cincinnati (2015-2016), Miamisburg World & A Guard (2015), Hebron HS (2015-Current), Coppell HS (2015- Current), and Flanagan HS (2014- Current).
He attends Broward College and takes online classes to finish his AA and continue to strive forward for his goal to be an Educator. Being apart of Flanagan is something he cherishes deeply, and where he has learned life lessons that he gets to share with the colorguard community. He will continue to hold his dedication he has for the Flanagan program for as long as he can.
Dr. Dennis Llinás is the Associate Director of Bands at Louisiana State University. His responsibilities include conducting the LSU Symphonic Winds, teaching undergraduate conducting, directing the LSU Bengal Brass Basketball Band, and assisting with the LSU Tiger Marching Band.From 2003 to 2007, Llinás was director of bands at Miami Coral Park Senior High School where he conducted the concert ensembles, directed the jazz program, marching band, and the percussion ensemble. From 2007 to 2008, he was the assistant director at W. Charles Akins High School in Austin, TX. His responsibilities included directing the percussion ensemble, providing private lessons to the percussion studio, conductor of the Concert Band, assistant conductor of the Wind Ensemble, and director of the Jazz Band.
In the world of marching arts, Llinás is an active arranger/composer/show designer producing competitive marching band and indoor percussion shows for over 50 programs across the nation. Several of his works have been published by Center X Productions and performances of his works could be heard throughout the country including Oklahoma State University, Winthrop University, and The University of Texas at Austin. Several special projects have been commissioned of him by Estefan Enterprises in Miami, FL for the Miami Dolphins and the Florida Marlins, as well as the 2007 Orange Bowl Halftime Production with special guest star from American Idol Taylor Hicks.
As a composer, Llinás has been commissioned to compose works for musicians from across the country. Recently, two works have been recorded by Mark Hetzler, trombone professor at The University of Wisconson, on Summit Records on two separate albums in 2012. His compositions and arrangements have also been performed by The University of Texas Wind Ensemble, The University of Texas Men’s and Women’s Chorus, the Dallas Wind Symphony, as well as performances by solo artists from The University of Texas, Furman University, and Huston-Tillotson University.
Llinás is an active clinician and guest conductor in the United States. In 2012, he appeared as a guest conductor with the West Point Band conducting music by Michael Daugherty. He maintains memberships in the Conductors Guild, the College Band Directors National Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, the Golden Key National Honors Society, and the Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Society. His recording credits include projects with The University of Texas at Austin, Summit Records, and Florida International University.
Dr. Llinás received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Florida International University and both a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from The University of Texas at Austin. His primary conducting professors were Roby George and Jerry Junkin.