A New Gateway to the West
November 6, 2007
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Gateway Indoor Percussion has gone through a makeover this off-season, starting with a new partnership with the Pearl/Adams Corporation in the late spring. The staff and membership would like to send out a huge thanks to Rudy and everyone at Pearl/Adams for making this deal happen. In combination with all of our other partners (Evans, Innovative Percussion, Sabian, Treeworks and Mozingo Music), Gateway now feels we will truly be playing on the best equipment, with the best sticks on the best heads.
In addition to the new equipment, Gateway is excited about the new mix of designers and arrangers for this season. One of the most exciting items on this list is the return of DCI judge Mike Davis as a program coordinator. Mike is one of the founders of Gateway Indoor and after a 2 season hiatus is back home with the project he started in the summer of 2003. In addition to Mike, the revamped design team consists of Jason Palmer, Chad Schaedler, and Brad Palmer. Jason was the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps visual caption head this past DCI season, is the current director of percussion at the PSW finalist Fred J. Page High School, and has been on the instructional staff at Music City Mystique. Chad Schaedler and Brad Palmer will be returning as the battery and front ensemble arrangers respectively. Chad and Brad are both on the percussion staff with the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps.
This year's show is entitled "Michael" and promises to be an exciting, entertaining program featuring the music and movement of Michael Jackson. "Everything about Gateway will be new this season from what we do, to how we do it, to what we do it on", says new Operations Director Alexis Abril. Gateway Indoor is a two time PIW finalist based out of St. Louis Missouri.