Director/ Percussion Instruction
Michael began his music career in Bossier City, Louisiana. Where, at the age of 10, he enrolled in the beginning band program at Greenacres Middle School under the guidance of director, Cheryl Corkran. After many years of band classes (and even more private lessons) Michael decided he wanted to pursue a career in music. This career path has afforded him many opportunities from teaching to composing all over the United States and Canada, eventually landing him in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada as Director for Impact Performing Arts.
Before accepting the position with Impact, Michael served as program coordinator and percussion caption head for the Blue Saints Drum and Bugle Corps from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada under the direction of Mark Ripley.
Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern State University where he studied percussion under Mr. Ken Green. Other teachers include: Dr. Gary Westbrook, Mr.Barry Vowell, Mrs. Catherine Conrad, and Mr. Coby Coco.
Along with his duties with Impact, Michael currently serves as the Drumline instructor and arranger for Lillian Osborne High school in Edmonton, Alberta as well as owning and operating a local Edmonton bake shop, Impac Tarts.
Michael is also a member of the education team at Salyers Percussion, where he endorses their sticks and mallets.
When Michael is not running one of his music ensembles, he enjoys catching up with the Canadian Rocky Mountains, or chasing the northern lights.
Colourguard Caption Head
At the age of 6 Josie started taking dance classes with Kasey’s Dance Studio. She began her color guard journey with the Edmonton Sabers at ten years old. After aging out, Josie joined the Edmonton Crusader Marching Band and continued with them until they unfortunately folded in 2007.While marching with the Crusaders; she received the “Most Improved Color guard” award and the “Esprit De Corps” award. In 2008, Josie began teaching color guard with the Edmonton Sabers for the winter and summer programs. She taught with The Edmonton Ambassadors for their 2012/2013 youth winter guard season. In her fifth and final year, the Sabers finished their winter guard season with first place in all competitions in the Regional A Class.
Josie still loves to perform, and continues to do so with “Vintage” during the winter guard season and the occasional summer performance. She continues to teach the youth winter guard program for the Edmonton Ambassadors; As well as learn from their fantastic teaching staff and mentors. (Kim, Cheryl, Jenna and Jen). Thanks to the continuous support of the Ambassadors, she has been fortunate enough to attend “Spin Fest” in Houston, TX (2012) WGI Judges Training in Calgary, AB (2013), and a System Blue Colorguard Training Camp hosted by the Blue Devils. (2015)
In 2014 Josie had the opportunity to join IMPACT to further pursue her teaching career. She continues to share her knowledge, talents, and passion to an activity that has given so much to her. Josie absolutely loves working with the IMPACT team and can’t wait for the upcoming season!
Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Doug has been an active part of the musical community since his mid-teens. He began studying trumpet at age 12 with his father. This lasted for four days, after which he began studies with Bill Dimmer (assistant principal trumpet, ESO), a relationship that has lasted from then to the present day. He studied trumpet and jazz performance at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton and Moorehead State University in Kentucky. Doug has been privileged to perform with many great musicians, including Peabo Bryson, Aaron Nevile, and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and has traveled widely working as a Bandmaster for Princess Cruises and as Musical Director aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2. Currently Doug resides in Edmonton, Alberta with his daughters and can be found performing and teaching throughout Alberta.
Visual Caption Head/ Percussion Instruction
Katie has been working with Impact for the last two years, developing an outstanding visual program and acting as one of the instructors for the drumline section. Katie began her marching arts journey in 2006, where she was a member of the drumline for the Calgary Round-Up Band. Katie’s marching career spanned from 2006 to 2012, and encompassed 1 year in each the Calgary Round-Up Band and Calgary Stetsons Showband, followed by 5 years in the Calgary Stampede Showband. During her days in the Calgary Stampede Showband, she served as the section leader for the drumline. Her band career has taken her to Sweden, Denmark, England, the Netherlands, the Pasadena Rose Bowl Parade, Disneyland, and across the United States. Since aging out of the Stampede band, Katie has been very active in the world of winterguard, spinning with Vintage from Edmonton. Outside of band, Katie is currently working towards getting her doctorate in biochemistry at the University of Alberta. She works with yeast.