Caption Head/Designer - Seth Pearson
Dance & Equipment Designer - Wesley Tyree
Dance & Equipment Designer - Ja'Malh Wallace
Dance & Equipment Designer - Midori Eng
Technician - Lisa Janasik
Technician - David Sadler
Technician - Elizabeth Mitton
Technician - Becky Zima
Technician - Jalissa Ann Bishop
Seth enters his ninth year of involvedment with the Pioneer family, and his 7th year as caption head for the colorguard. Seth has been immersed in the visual and performing arts, to most recently several seasons with Onyx resulting with a gold medal in 2014 & 2012 and silver medal in 2011 at WGI in Independent World Class.
Currently, Seth teaches colorguard and winterguard in the greater Milwaukee area, including Cudahy High School Marching Band, Cudahy Independent Winterguard, and He also is the color guard caption head for the 8 time state champion Waukesha North "Northstar" Marching Band.
Seth began his marching experience at Carolina Crown and Americanos. During this time he became highly involved in marching winter guard over the past 15 years. Some of the places he marched include The Study, Insignia and most recently with Onyx in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 & 2014 where they received a silver medal (2014) gold medals (2012 & 2014) at WGI.
Throughout the years he has taught at several different marching musical organizations from high schools to independent guards to drum and bugle corps throughout the United States, including Americanos, Kiwanis Kavaliers and Pioneer. Seth is an active writer, consultant and performer in winterguard and colorguard activities, and continues to build on over 19 years in the activity.
Wesley has had the privilege of working with Pioneer for the past two years and will be entering his third year for the 2015 season. Along with his experience with teaching Pioneer, Wesley has worked with various programs. These programs include the Lake Park High School Marching band and Winter Guard (BOA Semi-Finalist and WGI Semi-Finalist), Lincoln-Way East and Lincoln-Way North High School (Illinois State Finalist), and Westland High School (recently received a superior rating at states), Onyx (defending Independent World Champion), and O2 (WGI finalist).
Also, Wesley has experience from the educational perspective of the arts. In May of 2013, Wesley graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts (dance).while attending Ohio State, Wesley was able to explore and perform various forms of movement ranging from West African to Classical Ballet.
Along with teaching, Wesley has also been performing within the activity for the past several years. While performing with Onyx Color Guard ('09, '10, '11, '12, '13, '14), Juxtaposition Color Guard ('10), and Matrix Indoor Percussion ('08), he has had the privilege of performing at WGI independent world finals for the past seven years.
For the 2015 season, Wesley will be serving his third season as captain while performing his seventh show with Onyx. Wesley is excited for the many opportunities that the 2015 year is bringing, which includes the rebirth of winter guard at his alma mater (Westland High School) which he will be running for the season.
Ja'Malh Wallace. has been a long time fan of Pioneer and this will be his year working with the talented group and staff. Jamalh hails from southwest Ohio and currently resides in Columbus, OH. Jamalh has been a performer/ artist over ten years. He started his professional training at Wright State University studying dance with Danita Wallace and John Uber; and acting with Bruce Cromer and Shelia Ramsey. Jamalh has had the honor of being a company member of two Ohio dance companies. The first company based in Dayton, OH was S.M.A.G Dance Collective under the direction of Michael Groomes and Richard Mosley III. He also danced with Mam-Luft Company & Dance from Cincinnati, OH under the direction of Jeanne Mam-Luft. During his career, Mr. Wallace has been able to take master classes in dance with teachers from all over the nation and overseas.
In 2008, Jamalh achieve a long time goal by getting offered a spot with Onyx World Colorguard, as a featured dancer. He has also marched with Onyx during the 2012, 2013, 2014 season. And he is very proud to be marching again with Onyx during this 2015 season
Born and raised in Memphis Tennessee, I began performing 11 years ago with the Cordova High School Marching Band and Cordova High School Winterguard (2003-2007). After high school I pursued performing with organizations in both DCI and WGI, and am alumni to several marching performance arts organizations, including The Phantom Regiment (2008-2011), Capella Winterguard (2008-2010), and most recently Onyx (2011-2014). I have worked with several programs in the Eastern Tennessee, Southern Indiana, and Michigan areas. Currently, I am the color guard director for Lincoln Way East outside of Chicago.
Upon receiving a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Tennessee, I moved to Chicago to work as a Realtor. Currently am studying graphic design at Columbia College.
Lisa has been involved with Pioneer since 2006, and marched five seasons with the corps through her age out year in 2012. During her time with the corps, Lisa received accolades for her involvement, including “Best Flag” (2007), “Best Weapon” (2012) and “Veteran of the Year” (2012). Lisa also served the corps as Guard Sergeant in 2011 and 2012.
Along with her experience with Pioneer, Lisa started her performing career with the Plainfield (IL) Marching Band and Winterguard. Lisa has several years of winterguard experience including performing with Independence winterguard in 2012 and 2013.
Lisa’s teaching experience includes Plainfield Marching Band and Winterguard (2009, 2010, 2011) and Thornwood High School Winterguard (2012, 2013). She is currently a student at Valparaiso University where she studies Cross Cultural Expressive Arts with a minor in Economics.
David enters his second year with the Pioneer Color Guard. David was a Tech for the 2014 Season. He from Dallas, Texas where he is the Colorguard Director for McKinney High School. David also works with other programs in the North Texas area as a consultant and clinician. David was previously the Colorguard Director at Irving Nimitz High School, and worked with the North Texas Colorguard Association as the Circuit Administrator for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Liz began her marching experience in 2004 at Milford High School, where she quickly developed a passion for the marching arts. Upon graduating she went on to march with Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2004 season, spending a total of four season with the corps. Liz also spent the 2014 season with the Sun Devils Drum and Bugle.
Outside of performing, Liz found a passion in teaching. Beginning with West Bloomfield High School in the fall of 2005 she has taught for various programs including: Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps, MARCATO Independent, MARCATA Independent (which she is also the director of), Farmington Harrison High School, South Lake High School, Palmetto Ridge High School, and Estero High School.
Originally from Highland, Michigan; Liz now resides in Fort Myers, Florida. Liz elated to have been invited to work the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps again and is looking forward to the upcoming season!
This is Becky’s first year with Pioneer Guard. Becky began her career as part of the 8 time state champion Waukesha North (WI) Marching Band where she marched for four years and was captain for two. She has been part of the colorguard staff at Waukesha North for the past six years as the dance instructor.
Becky began dancing at the early age of 3 and hasn’t stopped since. She studied all types of dance, including but not limited to; ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and modern at Accent on Dance Studios until the age of 18. When she was 9 she became part of the studio’s company program where was given the opportunity to compete nationally in New York City, La Vegas, Orlando, Chicago, Detroit and many other cities.
Becky attended the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse where she studied and received a degree in Math Education. She was also part of the UW-La Crosse Dance team during her time in college where they competed regionally. She is currently teaching math at Kettle Moraine High School in Wisconsin.
Jalissa enters her fourth year as an instructor with Pioneer, having been a 6 year veteran and age out of the corps. During her time at Pioneer, she served as captain for 3 years, Guard Sergeant for 1 year, and was selected as 2008 Veteran of the Year and Best Weapon for 2008, 2009 and 2010. Jalissa also marched the 2010 season for the DCA favorite Racine Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps.
Along with her experience at Pioneer, Jalissa marched three years at Hartford Union High School in their rifle line, and marched 4 years In the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Marching Band, serving one year as captain. She recently earned her Masters of Professional Accountancy at UW-Whitewater.