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, in addition to working with STRYKE Percussion 2 (PIO), WGI A Class Champions and Fan Favorite in 2016. She is also actively working as a member of the front ensemble staff at Cypress Bay High School.
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.
Derek Watson started his percussion career in 2013 at Flanagan High school as a member of the Drumline, as well as the Flanagan symphonic winds and wind orchestra. During his time at Flanagan, Derek earned many accolades both as an individual as well as collectively within the marching band and wind orchestra.
Derek also participated in Falcon Sound Percussion indoor from 2013 to 2015 where he earned 1 SFWGA gold medal (PSA), 2 SFWGA silver medals (PSA) and, 3 SFWGA fan favorites. In 2015, he competed in Dayton, Ohio with FSP where they placed 12th and also won Fan Favorite. In 2016, Derek joined STRYKE Percussion 2 (PIA) as a performer where they won both the SFWGA and WGI circuit as well as earning both Fan Favorites. He continued on to STRYKE Percussion (PIW) where he performed in 2017 and continues to perform to this date. Derek also performs for a variety of events under STRYKE, including the “Los Bandidos” group for the Miami FC, as well as performing in the 2017 MLB All-Star weekend in Miami.
Currently, Derek is at Florida International University working on his degree for History Education and will be on staff as a Percussion Instructor for the 2017-2018 School year.
Alice Guan is a South Florida native and alumni of Flanagan High School. After high school, she performed with the Boston Crusaders in 2008. During college she was a member of the UCLA Bruin Marching Band and performed in many chamber ensembles. During 2013 – 2015, Alice taught various ensembles in the South Florida area. She was a part of the percussion staff at West Broward High School, Somerset Academy, and FIU Indoor in that time.
Piero Ruiz is an alumni of Flanagan High School who was introduced to percussion in 2014. In his first year, he participated in the front ensemble of both the marching band and FSP. Piero would continue to play in the marching band until he graduated. With each following year, he joined a new group. Flanagan Winds in his second year and wind orchestra in his last.
Justin currently lives in Delray Beach Florida. He started his DCI experience in 2004 with the Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps. He then joined the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps in 2006, and aged out in 2010.
Justin worked has worked as a member of the Visual Team for Stryke Percussion World in the 2014,2015 seasons. He then continued his work with STRYKE Wynds during the 2015,2016,2017 seasons. And then with SP2 in 2016 ,2017. Justin has also worked as a Designer/Visual Coordinator of the Falcon Sound Percussion 2014,2015. In 2017 he worked as a member of the Infinity PIW Visual staff. Also as a Designer/Drill Writer for Flanagan Winds 2016,2017.
Today Justin currently works as the Visual Caption Head for the Falcon Sound. Choreographer for the Park Vista High School Marching Band. And as Visual Caption Head/Designer for the Stoneman Douglas High School Marching Band. While working as a judge for the FMBC circuit.
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.
Mike C. Delgado
Mr. Michael Delgado started his musical training on flute at Ruben Dario Middle School. Mr. Delgado continued his music education at Miami Coral Park Senior High School under the direction of Dr Michael B. Dressman and then Mr. Jason Noble. During his tenure at Miami Coral Park HS, Mr. Delgado performed in Carnegie Hall and was also selected to perform at the Sydney Opera House in Australia. Mr. Delgado picked up the tuba as a hobby in 2001 and soon become very knowledgeable on the instrument. Soon after learning tuba, he toured North America and Canada playing contra with the Kiwanis Kavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (2003-2004). Then spent the following two seasons touring the United States and Europe with the DCI World Finalists Glassmen of Toledo, Ohio (2005-2006). Mr. Delgado’s collegiate experience includes performing 3 seasons with Florida International University’s Golden Panther Marching Band (2003-2005).
Mr. Delgado continues to be active in music education. Most recently he has worked with: Nova High School, Miami Killian Senior High School, Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School, G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School (1A FMBC finalists), West Boca High Senior High (FMBC 1st Runner-up Class 4A), Barabra Goleman Senior High School (State finalist), Hialeah Senior High School and Miami Senior High School (08-10) (FMBC 2st Runner-up Class 1A), and Miami Coral Park Senior High School 2006, 2011-2016 (2011 Class 2A State Champions). Mr. Delgado has also been the Visual instructor at FIU Indoor World Winds (WGI 2015 WIO champion, WIA 2016 champions, 2017 WIW Bronze medalist) and will be returning the 2018 season. Mr. Delgado is very excited to be working with the Flanagan High School Falcon Sound for the first time this season.
Justin Ladrido was born and raised in South Florida. Justin was apart of the wind orchestra where he played French horn for four years. Justin also was a member of the floor crew from 2008-2010. Upon graduating from Flanagan in 2010, Justin enlisted in the United States Army. He was stationed at Fort Riley (Kansas) during his four-year contract. He later deployed with the “Big Red One” in support of operation enduring freedom from 2013-2014. After he left active duty, he enrolled in Florida Atlantic University where he is currently studying Mechanical Engineering with a double minor in Business Administration and Mathematics. Justin is thrilled to be teaching for the first time at his alma mater.
David is Florida native from Pembroke Pines, Florida and a Flanagan alumnus who performed in the marching band, wind orchestra, and concert jazz band playing baritone saxophone and bass saxophone. He has previously worked with Flanagan Winds and is joining the marching band staff this year. Aside from teaching, David is a full-time desktop engineer for a Florida based software company. He currently studies information technology at Florida International University.
Tyler Prescott is a current student at Broward College, where he is majoring in Hospitality Management. Tyler graduated from Flanagan High School in 2014, where he was a part of every ensemble. After graduating, he decided to become a staff member. Tyler has also worked with Flanagan Winds in the inaugural year and is still on as Logistical Administrator.
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.
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.
Color Guard Instructor
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.
Color Guard Instructor
Matt Winans was born and raised in Medina, New York. His roots run deep in the band and Colorguard activity which began with the Medina Mustang Band & Colorguard where he was a seven year member of the program. He went on to earn two bachelors degrees in communications and dance from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Brockport, while continuing to perform in the Rochester Patriots Winter Guard, Empire Statesmen Drum & Bugle Corps, and The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps. While attending Brockport, he also was afforded the opportunity to dance with the Limon Dance Company, as well as the world-renowned Bill Evans.
Matt relocated to Pembroke Pines in 2005 and currently is a teacher, colorguard designer and instructor at Flanagan High School. Matt’s previous teaching experiences include Onyx Winter Guard, Braddock Winterguard, Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, Empire Statesman Senior Drum & Bugle Corps, and The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps. Additionally, he has been a colorguard designer for numerous high school programs in New York, South Carolina, Louisiana, Florida, Nevada, and Virginia, as well as International groups based out of Kitchener, Ontario.
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 Flanagan High School since 2010 as a choreographer and technician. Other marching experiences include the Bushwackers Senior Drum Corps in 2003, and the Cadets Drum Corps in both 2008 and 2009.
Color Guard Instructor
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.
Color Guard Instructor
Kaitlyn Crawford, born and raised in Pembroke Pines, Florida, started twirling baton at the age of three. Along with her baton team, she competed in many national competitions including The Junior Olympics in New Orleans and USTA Nationals in Savannah, Georgia as a soloist and with her team, the Flashettes.
Upon entering high school, as a freshman, Kaitlyn joined the Flanagan World Guard. During her time with the World Guard, she has received two silver medals at WGI with her team. Kaitlyn has also received four gold medals at SFWGA championships from 2013-2016.
She now attends Florida International University studying Hospitality Management, with the aspiration to work for Disney in the future. Kaitlyn is currently helping to instruct the Flanagan A Guard in hopes of inspiring others with her passion for spinning.
Color Guard Instructor
Natalie Santana, born in Hialeah and raised in Pembroke Pines, Florida, began color guard her freshman year of high school. She started in JV and worked her way up to A Guard and later World Guard. Throughout her high school career she competed in the SFWGA circuit and at WGI and went on to win three SFWGA Gold Championships medals and one WGI Silver medal with the Flanagan World Guard. She is now currently attending Florida International University and majoring in Health Services Administration. In the upcoming future she hopes to pass on the color guard knowledge that has been passed on to her and also hopes to gain new knowledge by marching in an independent winter guard group after her first year in college.
Color Guard Instructor
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.
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.
Ralph currently lives in Orlando and is a 1998 graduate of East Carolina University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in music education. Before moving to Florida, he taught middle and high school band in Carteret County, North Carolina.
Ralph marched in the brass section of the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps from 1991-1993, and served as drum major from 1994-96.
In 1997, Ralph became the visual designer for Carolina Thunder, a WGI World Class percussion finalist. This was a position he held until the group chose to no longer compete. He was the visual designer and program coordinator for Infinity Percussion from 2007-10, and is returning for 2016 as the visual caption head. Ralph joined the visual staff of the Boston Crusaders in 2000 as a marching technician, and was their visual designer in 2005. In 2006, he returned to his home corps,
Carolina Crown, working with the visual team until 2008. He has also served as the visual designer for Teal Sound (2010) and the visual caption head for the Blue Stars (2012).