Joel Montes is an active musician and educator in the Midwest. Montes currently attends Wichita State University and pursuing a masters degree in Music Education. As a performer Joel is the percussionist for many local groups including the WSU Latin Band, WSU Big Band, Impulse Percussion Group, Book of Acts Tabernacle of Praise Worship Weam, the fusion group; Daydream, and is a call musician for various small jazz combos. Montes was a member of the front-ensemble for the 2012 and 2013 Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps.
As an educator Joel has worked with many highschool and independent programs throughout the South and Midwest. Montes was a staff member for the 2014 Railmen Indoor Percussion grouo, as well as the 2016 Railmen Winter Winds. The last two summers, Joel was on the road with the Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps as a front-ensemble technician.
Joel is very excited for the opportunity to work with a new group and with some famliar faces!
Steven Irving originally hails from Kansas City, MO, but currently resides in Fremont, NE. He attended Truman State University where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Music. He has marched with the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps from 2008 to 2011, where he was the color guard captain in 2011. He then joined the Colts Color Guard staff for their 2012 season. He also performed with Gateway Indoor Percussion in 2012 where he was lead synth. Steven has worked with many successful color guard programs including Railmen Performing Arts, Kirksville High School, Fremont High school, Bennington High School, Bellevue East High School, and the Truman State University Statesmen Marching Band. Steven looks forward to his fourth year working with the Railmen Performing Arts and their continued growth.
Patrick Hunninghake began his position as Assistant Director of Bands at Lewis and Clark Middle School in Bellevue, NE in the Fall of 2015. Prior to working in Bellevue, Mr. Hunninghake was a freelance trumpet player in Chicago, where he performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, The Northshore Concert Band, and a number of other ensembles. While in Chicago, he taught at several locations across the city and served as a visual and brass consultant with the Downers Grove South Marching Mustangs. Mr. Hunninghake obtained his Masters Degree in Trumpet Performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in 2013. Prior to his time at Indiana, he received a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from the University of Kansas. While at KU, Mr. Hunninghake was a member of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps and worked with both the Lawrence High School and Blue Valley West High School marching bands.
As a performer, Mr. Hunninghake has had the privilege to perform across the country and around the world. As a member of the KU Trumpet Ensemble, he performed on a nationwide tour of the People’s Republic of China and a performaned at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Sydney, Australia. Recently, Mr. Hunninghake had the privilege to perform with the legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and recently served as a member of the Peoria Symphony, occasionally appearing as principal trumpet.
William received his Bachelor of Music Education degree at the Conservatory of Music-University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2015. His marching experience includes serving as the Drum Major of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps in 2013; finishing in 11th place with a score of 86.4, which is the highest score Spirit has achieved in over 25 years. In his time living around the Kansas City area, William worked with multiple bands including: Blue Valley South West, Olathe South, Grain Valley, Raymore-Peculiar, and Blue Springs. Currently William serves as the Assistant Director of Bands at Bellevue East High School where he teaches marching band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, two 6th grade bands and also directs the award winning Chieftain Jazz Ensemble.
Sarah is a 2016 graduate of the University of Nebraska Lincoln, receiving her undergraduate degree in Music Education. She marched throughout high school and college holding leadership positions in both ensembles. During the 2015-2016 season she was Drum Major of the Cornhusker Marching Band. From 2013-2015 she taught marching visuals and woodwind sectionals for her alma mater Bellevue West. During her time at UNL she also held positions including Vice President of Kappa Kappa Psi and Hixen-Lied Ambassador for the Glenn Korff School of Music. Sarah currently teaches private lessons for flute, conducting, and music theory.
Eric Abney is a music educator based in the Kansas City area. Eric holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Kansas, and currently works a vocal music teacher in the De Soto school district.
As a percussion performer, Eric has been a member of many ensembles, including the University of Kansas Marching Jayhawks, Colts Drum and Bugle Corps and WGI Finalist Gateway Indoor. After aging out as a performer, he began his teaching endeavors at Olathe North High School as a bass drum technician, and later at Blue Valley Southwest High School as a Percussion Caption Head. Eric has also served as a percussion instructor for the University of Kansas Marching Jayhawks and Missouri State’s Pride Marching Band.
Emily Schaeffer is a graduate of Truman State University earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Percussion and a Master of Arts in Education.
Mrs. Schaeffer has been a member of the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps in Dubuque, IA and Gateway Indoor Percussion in St. Louis, MO. She instructed the Colt Cadets front ensemble in 2016. In addition to being an active member and advocate of the Percussive Arts Society, Mrs. Schaeffer currently teaches middle school and high school percussion in Harrisonville, MO.
Jeremy "JT" Turner is an Indianapolis based music educator, specializing in movement, low brass, and woodwind performance. Jeremy began his music career as a member of the 7 time Bands of America Grand National Championship winning Marian Catholic High School Marching Band from Chicago Heights, IL. After playing Tenor Saxophone in high school and while studying saxophone performance and education at Marian University, Jeremy also went on to march two summers on Contra with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. Jeremy currently teaches marching band, indoor winds, indoor percussion, and private lessons at Greenfield Central High School in Greenfield, In. He also serves as visual designer for several marching bands, indoor drumlines, Indoor wind ensembles, and Colorguards throughout the Midwest.
Board of Directors
President - Wade Kellett
Vice President - Bill Trulove
Treasurer - Matthew Bonham
Secretary - Jim Gamerl
At Large - David Turman
Executive Director - Wade Kellett
Director of Operations - Trevor Alwan
Marketing Intern - Jazmyn Brown
Design Team (Winds & Drum Corps)
Program Coordinator - Wade Kellett
Winds and Brass Arranger - Anthony Burnham
Percussion Arranger - Joel Montes
Visual Design - Jeremy Turner
Railmen Winter Guards
Director - Miles Kellett
Director - Steven Irving
Technician - Mikal Dahlstrom
Technician - Alicia Magnette
Railmen Winter Winds
Winds Director - William White
Brass Technician - Patrick Hunninghake
Woodwind Technician - Sarah Bigge
Front Ensemble Technician - Dylan Butler
Railmen Drum and Bugle Corps
Brass Caption Head - Patrick Hunninghake
Battery Caption Head - Eric Abney
Front Ensemble Caption Head - Emily Schaeffer
Color Guard Caption Head - Steven Irving
Visual Caption Head - Jeremy Turner
Alicia Magnette started her color guard career at Bellevue East High School where she spun for 4 years competing in NSBA, HWAA, BOA and WGI circuits. In high school, Alicia also had the opportunity to perform in WGI Finals competition with DOJO Percussion. During college, Alicia helped develop a color guard program at Midland University. Most recently in her performing career, Alicia was a member of the Railmen Winter Guard. Currently, Alicia is an instructor at Papillion La-Vista South High School. Alicia is the proud mother of two perfect cats.
Originally from Castle Rock, Colorado, Dylan Butler is currently attending Iowa Western Community College pursuing a degree in Music Education. Dylan has an extensive history of percussion performance that began in high school, where he marched center marimba for Douglas County High School, as well as composed for, performed in, and directed an indoor percussion ensemble for Steamboat Springs High School. In addition, Dylan performed as a member of the front ensemble for the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble in 2013 and 2014, and participated as a member of Colorado All State Concert and Symphonic bands and multiple regional honor bands. Currently, Dylan is performing in Iowa Western’s marching band, jazz band, percussion ensemble and concert band, as well as trying to spread the knowledge of music through volunteering and teaching.
Anthony Burnham is a Nebraska native, growing up in Bellevue and attending Bellevue West High School. After high school, he attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as a Regent Scholar and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Instrumental Performance on Euphonium under Craig Fuller. From there he remained at UNL to earn his Master of Music Degree in Composition under the guidance of Dr. Eric Richards and Dr. Damon Lee. During his six years at UNL he was a part of many organizations, including Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia-Upsilon Chapter, Golden Key International Honour Society, Pi Kappa Lambda-Beta Chapter, and Society of Composers, Inc.-UNL Chapter.
Anthony was also a member of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps from 2006-2008 as well as a member of their instructional staff in 2009. He has previously helped teach the bands at Lincoln Southeast High School, was an Adjunct Instructor in Music at Nebraska Wesleyan University, a substitute teacher for Lincoln Public Schools, and the Instrumental Music Director at Midland University. He is currently the brass arranger for the Railmen Drum and Bugle Corps in Omaha and is an active music adjudicator across Nebraska. Anthony is a member of ASCAP as a composer and publisher and regularly writes and arranges music for ensembles across the United States.
Miles Kellett has been around music and color guard his entire life. His marching experience includes performing with the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps for the 2010-2013 seasons, where he served as captain for three years and won champion in the 2013 DCI Individual and Ensemble contest under the caption of flag duet. His marching continued with PIO Finalist Dojo Percussion in 2012, Railmen Winter guard in 2014 and World Finalist Mayflower winter guard from Essex, United Kingdom in 2016. Miles is also the founder of the Railmen Winter Guard.
Miles received his Bachelors Degree in Music Performance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he studied bassoon under Jim Compton. He has been a color guard instructor in several school districts including Papillion-Lavista, Millard, Omaha, Waverly-145, Bellevue, as well as at the collegiate level at Midland University and University Nebraska at Omaha. In 2014, he joined The Blue Stars color guard staff, where he currently serves as a technician. Miles is excited to begin his 4 year working with the Railmen Performing Arts.
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