Instructors

Ralph Nader (USA)

Featured Instructor

FOUNDER – BYOS

Beyonce
Blue Devils 2007, 2008, 2010 (Dual Gold Medallist)
Co-Creator – Disneyland Soundsational Parade
SEEED
Blackfire Percussion

Ralph is a percussionist from Brooklyn, NY. He started his performing career in the Jackie Robinson Center “Steppers” Marching Band. Entertaining is his calling, and Ralph does it best with celebrities, sport teams and stadium events.

As a member of Black Fire Percussion, he performed with the NY Knicks and NJ Nets Drumlines during time-outs and halftime performances. While studying at Hampton University, Ralph was a member of the “Marching Force Drumline,” but, in the football off-season, Ralph performed and competed with the 18-time world champion Concord Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps from Concord, CA. With the Blue Devils, he was a 2-time World Champion gold medal and drum title winner.

After graduating from Hampton University, Ralph moved to California taking his innovative ideas and drumming flare to Disneyland, where he was a co-creator of the “Soundsational” Parade, Festival of Holidays’ Toy Drummers, and Food & Wine Festival’s Jammin Chefs.

Ralph’s Disney inventiveness and performances sparked European and South American tour opportunities with the German Reggae/Pop band “Seeed.” Performing with Seeed gave birth to the performing entity “BYOS.” Another smokin’ co-creation with Harvey Thompson, BYOS has become a social media sensation.

BYOS has put Ralph on the radar of Tony Royster Jr. (Jay Z’s former drummer), Allen Stone (R&B Soul artist), Travis Barker (Blink-182), and Beyoncé (her Coachella Festival concert) all of whom he has delivered spellbinding performances for!

Ralph is an international educator with a ProMark signature marching stick to highlight his popular achievements and is an artist for Ludwig Drums and Evans Drumheads.

Campbell Phillips

Lead Instructor

FOUNDER AND MUSICAL DIRECTOR – D²DRUMLINE

Top Secret Drum Corps
Blue devils international
Beijing Olympic Orchestra

With over 15 years of experience in the world of Drumline, Campbell is one of Australia’s premiere marching percussion educators . He has toured extensively all over the world including a 2015 tour with the Blue Devils International Drum Corps (the only Australian ever to tour with BD), a 2019 tour with the world famous Top Secret Drum Corps, and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Orchestra. 

As the Founder and Musical Director of the D²Drumline, Campbell has created one of Australia’s most highly regarded marching ensembles and led to the group to become the first call for every big event in the country – from AFL Grand Finals to TV appearances, festivals and educational events all over the Australia, D² have done it all!

Since 2012, Campbell has been the driving force behind the National Drumline Camp. His passion for music education has inspired countless young drummers and percussionists to explore the world of marching percussion and he has helped establish dozens of new drumline programs across the country.

Campbell is a proud to be an international artist for Pearl Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, Promark Drumsticks, and is a ZOOM Creator. 

 

Chelsea Levine (USA)

Specialist Instructor

FOUNDER – SEAVINE

Crossmen
Rhythm X
Spirit of Atlanta
Drum Spirit (Belgium)

Chelsea is widely regarded as one of the best cymbal educators in the world and her work with Seavine has helped shine a light on cymbal players all over the world. 

Chelsea has had an extensive career as performer and educator in marching cymbals having performer with Rhythm X, Gateway Indoor, Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps, and as Section Leader at the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps.

Chelsea joined the staff of Spirit of Atlanta in 2012, acting as the co-cymbal tech and aiding in the visual instruction for the battery percussion where she remained through the 2014 season. Chelsea entered the Independent Word teaching spectrum with Rhythm X in 2014 and has continued to teach at Rhythm X since.

In 2014 Chelsea was invited to Dadizele, Belgium to teach DrumSpirit, a 6 time Belgian Championship group and a 3 time WGI finalist group at World Championships in Dayton, OH.

Chelsea is also the founder and owner of Seavine, one of the most innovative and important cymbal focused companies in the activity. The sale of Seavine products is responsible for starting and funding The Cymbal Scholarship, assisting DCI and WGI cymbal players with their membership fees and tuition.

Harry Potocnik

Instructor

Lead Snare – D²DRUMLINE
Top Secret Drum Corps
D² Education Team

Harry showed an affinity for music at an early through studying piano at the age of 4 before beginning drums when he was 8 years old. When he reached high school, Harry’s love of drums expanded immensely as he was introduced to the wider world of Percussion at the beginning of High School.

In 2014, Harry participated in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Secondary Symphony program and was a member of the Victorian State Schools Spectacular Orchestra before beginning his tertiary studies as a candidate for the Bachelor of Music at Melbourne University.

Since embarking upon his tertiary studies, Harry has been highly active as a performer including roles with the Melbourne University Orchestra, the Melbourne University Percussion Ensemble, the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Australian Ballet Conservatoire. Harry is the Lead Snare of the D2Drumline and part of the D2 Education Team. Since joining the group, he has written and arranged a number of charts for the line including a drumline arrangement of Ivan Trevino’s Catching Shadows.

In 2019, Harry performed with the world famous Top Secret Drum Corps (Switzerland) as part of an all-star international bass line selected from all over the world.