Percussion Caption Head - George Stuteville
Percussion Arranger - Joe Itkor
George Stuteville is an Indianapolis native. For years now he has made his living in the percussion industry working in many different roles. George has served as a composer, instructor, designer, and even worked in instrumental sales in Nashville, TN.
As a performer George began his DCI experience with the Glassmen from Toledo, OH. he marched three seasons with the corps(07,08,10.) In WGI George performed with Matrix Indoor (09, 10) and Gateway Indoor (11.)
George attended Butler University in Indianapolis, In. as a percussion performance major.
As an instructor George began working with the Carmel High School front ensemble in 2007. He was the front director for 6 seasons.
At the high school level George has been a percussion director with Plainfield high school since 2008, and also worked for a few years in Nashville as the front ensemble director at Ravenwood High School (13, 14.)
On the independent scene George began working with Music City Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011. He helped design the electronic portion of the show as well as instructed the front ensemble for two seasons.
In 2012 George began his extensive work with Gateway Indoor percussion. Amanda Petersen and George worked tirelessly together for three years to bring the Gateway front ensemble to prominence (12, 13, and 14.) At the end of 2014 George retired from Gateway and moved back to Indianapolis.
In 2015 George began working as an instructor with North Coast academy. He also signed on as front ensemble caption head and arranger for the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps.
George serves as a very active composer, and instructor. He currently works as a teacher at Plainfield High School, where he also serves as the percussion director, and a choir assistant.
George is also a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.
Joe Itkor comes to Pioneer with a wealth of experience. A high school band director for more than two decades, he has performed with and instructed some of the country's most elite marching units. His performance credits over the past 30 years include the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, Threshold Winter Guard, and several DCA Senior Drum and Bugle corps including The Reading Buccaneers, The Bushwackers and Fusion Core. Joe served several years as a music arranger for the Bushwackers in the mid to late 2000s. In 2010, He was the Program Coordinator for Fusion Core as they won the DCA Class A World Championship. He then spent two years as a Design Coordinator for the White Sabers.
Joe spent 23 years as a music judge for the National Judges Association and Tournament of Bands. He currently is both a music and visual judge for Cavalcade of Bands and U.S. Bands. Additionally, he spent 6 years as a judge for Drum Corps Associates. His instructional experiences include more than 50 high school bands and drum corps from throughout the United States and Europe. He has been the percussion caption head at New Providence High School in NJ for the past 13 years.
Joe has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from West Chester University and a Master’s degree in School Administration from Montclair State University. He currently teaches wind ensemble and AP Music Theory at Arts High School, a magnet school for the arts in Newark, NJ. He is a highly respected clinician and is endorsed by Innovative Percussion. Joe currently resides in Hackettstown, NJ with his wife, two beautiful daughters and four crazy cats.