Instructional Staff

Director Matt Matthews

Mr. Matthews is currently in his fourth year as the Director of Bands for Colony High School. He is incredibly proud to lead the Wind Ensemble, Color Guard, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, and the award winning “Titan Regiment” marching band!

Matt is the former Associate Director of Instrumental Music at Fountain Valley High School in Orange County, CA. His roles there included co-directing the “Royal Regiment” marching band and concert bands, as well as directing the jazz band and orchestra. During his time at FVHS, the band and orchestra programs consistently received high ratings and awards for their performances. Prior to his position at Fountain Valley, he actively taught in his home state of Ohio; as well as Georgia and Texas.

He has worked with a variety of marching ensembles and indoor percussion groups including Miamisburg High School, Bellbrook High School, Cedar Park High School, and Matrix Indoor Percussion. His roles in those schools have included instructing the marching band, teaching private lessons, and conducting various music ensembles including musicals and brass choirs.

Matt was a marching member of the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps from Toledo, Ohio for four years. After aging out with a “Distinguished Service” award, he returned to the corps as a visual staff member. Matt has also served in both music and visual roles with the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps.

When not teaching, Matt enjoys spending time with his loving wife Arwen and their son Teddy. He has recently taken up cycling and loves getting on the bike when his schedule allows.

Rudy Arevalos, Asst. Dir.

Rudy is currently in his fourth year with the Colony Band Program. He has worked for a variety of groups in Southern California, and also performs as a freelance trumpet player in various settings. In the marching world, he has performed as a member of the Velvet Knights and Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps.

Rudy’s role at Colony includes working with the Titan Regiment, Concert Bands, and various Chamber Ensembles.

Pete Sapadin - Percussion

Pete Sapadin is a marching percussion specialist based in Southern California who excels at teaching his students the skills necessary to perform at the highest levels in the marching activity. Mr. Sapadin started his marching percussion career as a snare drummer with the Velvet Knights in 1987 and 1988 under Matt Savage and then went on to play snare drum for the Concord Blue Devils in 1989 & 1990, under Tom Float, and then the Cadets of Bergen County in 1991 under Tom Aungst. Mr. Sapadin has been teaching and writing for marching percussion groups for over twenty years. Highlights include his time as head battery technician for the Velvet Knights under Tom Float, instructor for the Soka Renaissance Vanguard in Tokyo, Japan in 1998 - 2001 with Scott Johnson, Dave Glyde & Ralph Hardimon, Percussion Caption Head / Arranger for the Casper, Wyoming Troopers from 2002-2004, Caption Head / Arranger for the Yamato Drum & Bugle Corps in 2005 and snare instructor for the four-time World Champion Riverside Community College Indoor Drumline from 2004 - 2010. After moving on from his time at RCC, Pete took over caption head/writing/show design/staff coordination duties for Orange County Independent WGI indoor percussion ensemble. His team earned the Bronze Medal in Independent Open Class at the 2012 WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio, and then went on to earn a Silver Medal the following year. Mr. Sapadin wrote the battery book for Pacific Crest in 2012 and 2013, and also taught and wrote for the Gold Drum & Bugle Corps from 2012-2013. Pete has been a featured clinician around the United States as well as in Taiwan, and Japan. Pete Sapadin currently teaches and adjudicates percussion in Southern California and continues to demonstrate his ability to inspire, motivate and instruct students to truly become the best in the world. Mr. Sapadin is a highly sought after clinician and proud to be a Tama Artist, a Vic Firth Education Artist, a Remo Education Artist, and a Zildjian Artist

isabell liao - Front Ensemble

Isabell is a music educator who grew up in southern California and began performing in front ensembles in 2011. Her collegiate marching experience comes from RCC, Broken City Percussion, Music City Mystique, Blue Knights DBC, and Santa Clara Vanguard DBC.

Isabell began teaching in 2015, and is pursuing a music B.A. with three business-related minor programs from Cal State Fullerton. Her future career goal is to run a nonprofit arts center.

nathan Banegas - visual

A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Nathan began his musical career playing trumpet in his elementary school band. Seeing that he had a great affinity for music, Nathan went on to play all throughout middle and high school. After graduating high school, Nathan began his drum corps career with Forte Drum and Bugle Corps in 2010. He would then continue on to march with The Blue Devils for 3 seasons from 2011-2013, helping earn the corps 15th title in 2012, as well as earning the high visual performer award "Sweet Feet" in the same year.

Nathan’s teaching career began at Destrehan High School (Destrehan, LA) and Lafayette High School (Lafayette, LA) during the off season (along with numerous other high schools throughout the state of Louisiana).

Nathan’s drum corps instructional experience consists of teaching the Louisiana Stars in 2014 during its inaugural season, and 2015. He also taught Blue Devils B 2014-2016 and the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle corps 2017-2018 (Assistant Visual Caption Head).

As of recent, Nathan has moved to Southern California and teaches at multiple high schools in the area.

When he’s not in the marching band scene, Nathan is an avid trumpet player who gigs during the holidays and gives private lessons.