William has been involved in the marching arts for twenty years. From being a snare drummer in the Bushwackers Senior Drum and Bugle corps, a visual technician for the Jersey Surf Junior Drum and Bugle Corps, to serving as a judge for the United States Scholastic Band Association, William has been involved in the marching arts in a variety of ways. Most recently working with a number of high school marching bands on Long Island and throughout the New York region as drill writer, visual caption head, program designer and consultant, and assistant marching band director, as well as color guard instructor, designer, and caption head, William has amassed experience in all aspects of the marching arts activity. William has been a Social Studies teacher and alternative school principal at a public high school in New York for ten years, and has earned his Masters in Educational Administration and Technology from Long Island University, in Brookville, NY. Currently, William is completing his doctoral studies in Educational Administration through Dowling College in Oakdale, NY. Mr. Neater is excited to be a part of the tradition building within the NDC Marching Band, and is proud to be a part of the emerging culture of music that is existent at a fine institution like Notre Dame College.
John Max McFarland received his degrees in Composition (B.M.) and Percussion Performance (B.M., M.M.) from Western Michigan University. He studied percussion under Judy Moonert and composition under Curtis Curtis-Smith, Dr. Richard Adams, and Dr. Robert Ricci. John was also a marching member of the Kiwanis Kavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps as well as the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps. His compositions and arrangements have received international recognition with performances all over the United States as well as Taiwan. His percussion music is published through Tapspace Publications where he is also on staff as a music engraver. John is an active music educator and clinician in the Midwest were he instructs Legends Drum & Bugle Corps, Westlake High School in Westlake Ohio, and Brunswick High School in Brunswick, Ohio. John is also the President of New Music Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and performance of new music by emerging composers.
Jonathan Radwan has been a percussionist for over 21 years. He attended Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio where he participated in ensembles such as the Marching Band, Pep Band, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, and Pit Orchestra. After graduation, Jonathan attended the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio as a Computer Information Systems major. Even though he was not a music major, he continued to pursue his love of music by participating in the Pride of Dayton Marching Band, Flyer Pep Band, Dayton Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Indoor Drumline, and Symphonic Wind Ensemble. As a student, he also marched two summers of DCI Drum & Bugle Corps with Capital Regiment out of Columbus, Ohio. He currently works for Hyland Software, Inc. in Westlake, Ohio as a Database Engineer. Being a percussionist has something that has always been a big part of his life and helping other students become better percussionists is something he is looking forward to with Notre Dame College Marching Band.
Geoffrey Anikienko graduated from Houghton College with a degree in Music Education (BMus). While at Houghton he studied with the Principal Percussionist of the Rochester Philharmonic Jim Tiller. After completing his degree at Houghton College he moved to Cleveland, OH to study with Cleveland Orchestra percussionist Tom Freer. He has performed with numerous regional orchestras as well as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Geoff was a three year member of the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps and aged out with the Bluecoats in 2007. He has worked with numerous ensembles ranging from middle school to college level including the Hurricanes Drum and Bugle Corps from Connecticut and Millersville University in Pennsylvania. Geoff is currently the director of percussion at Avon Lake High School and is the tenor drum technician with the Legends Drum and Bugle Corps from Portage, MI.
Justine Lownsbury has been involved in percussion for over 15 years, having the opportunity to spend the last 4 years teaching at Broadview Heights High school as the front ensemble instructor. She attended Brunswick High School, in Brunswick Ohio, where she was a member of the every music ensemble offered. After high school, Justine attended Youngstown State University where she obtained her Bachelors degree for English Education with a minor in Music Education. Although her major focus was not specifically music, she was actively involved in numerous percussion ensembles, as well as the university band and the concert band, all while teaching percussion in Brecksville. Justine has been a part of the World Class Indoor Drumline Matrix, performing 3 seasons with them during her college years, having the opportunity to travel to Europe to perform. She has recently graduated from Ashford University with her Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration and accepted a position at the Veterans Clinic in Youngstown, Ohio. Although her career is in health care, she has always found great enjoyment in the sharing of her experiences through the teaching of percussion.
JB, as he prefers to be called, brings a new dynamic to NDIPE this year as our Cymbal Technician. With an extensive percussion performance background he is a great addition to the staff. JB has been a percussionist for over 10 years participating in many different ensembles. He graduated from Brunswick High School in 2008 where he played Snare and Tenors in the marching band and participated in Pep-Band and Percussion Ensemble. JB also marched Cymbals for Matrix in 2007 and 2008. He credits much of his success in percussion performance to his years spent with Matrix. Currently, Jordan is working for a Tool and Die Manufacturing company and pursuing his degree in Business Management at Cuyahoga Community College. He plans to finish his education and run his family's business after graduation. Jordan notes that, "Teaching is very rewarding for me. I always find enjoyment in sharing my knowledge, and love of music with my students, and I feel that I can bring energy and new ideas to this ensemble."