Visual Designer - Ron Hardin
Visual Caption Head - Joshua Pier
Visual Technician - Kim Gorey
Visual Technician - Missy Morrison
Visual Technician - Melissa Hatheway
Visual Technician - Greg Ramsey
Visual Technician - Michael Sommer
Visual Technician - Cetch Waters
Bio coming soon
Joshua Pier lives in La Mirada, CA and has been involved in the marching music activity for over 16 years. He began playing the tuba in high school which led him to perform with the Pasadena City College Honor Band in the Rose Parade from 2000 to 2002. He then went on to march with the Santa Clara Vanguard from 2004 to 2006.
Since then, Joshua has worked with many different organizations as a Visual Tech and Visual Caption Head. He is currently the Visual Caption Head at El Dorado, La Mirada, and La Serna High School, and designs the drill for La Mirada and La Serna High School. He is also a visual tech for Crescenta Valley High School and Trabuco Hills High School, who was just named Champion at the WBA Grand Championships in Fresno, CA.
Joshua also works with the indoor percussion ensembles at La Serna High School and Rancho Starbuck Intermediate School as a show designer, and will be the show designer for the La Mirada High School Winterguard.
In the Drum Corps world, Joshua was a Visual Tech for the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets in 2009 before moving on to work with Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps from 2010 to 2012.
This is Joshua's 4th season with Pioneer and first as Visual Caption Head.
Kim has been involved in the Pioneer organization since 2010 and is excited to return for another summer! After aging out in 2012, she has assisted during the corps' spring training. She holds Video Production and Communication Studies degrees from Ohio University. She graduated after performing across the country with their marching band in events such as the Tournament of Roses Parade, bowl games, and NFL halftimes. Kim is an alumna of Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority. She has also assisted in developing the corps' social media presence. She meanders around the country but calls Chicago home.
Missy Morrison is 22 years old and is from Atlanta, GA. She is currently a senior at the University of Delaware pursuing a degree in Biomedical Engineering. She has been involved in the marching arts for 8 years. She was most recently a member of the UD Fightin' Blue Hen Marching Band, where she served as one of the drill coordinators and as the trumpet section leader.
She started her drum corps career marching in 2012 with Cadets2 in DCA. She spent the next two summers marching with the Spirit of Atlanta. In 2014 for her ageout year, she received the award for Most Outstanding Member for the hornline.
Missy is very excited to join the visual staff for 2015.
Melissa Hatheway is a native Texan and was first introduced to marching band in high school. She was a member of the Cedar Park High School Marching Band, and ultimately decided to pursue a degree in music education. She attended the University of North Texas in Denton, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with honors in May 2014.
While at UNT, she taught the Green Brigade Marching Band for two years and at several prominent high schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex for four years. During this same time, she worked as an undergraduate researcher at the Texas Center for Music and Medicine, located within the UNT College of Music. Her research entitled, "Epidemiology of health concerns among collegiate student musicians participating in marching band" was published in December 2013 in the Medical Problems of Performing Artists journal. In summer 2013, Hatheway was named the Alice G. Brandfonbrenner Young Investigator for her research work by the Performing Arts Medicine Association.
Hatheway currently works as a band director in north Texas. She is also an active researcher and presenter in performing arts medicine. Her professional affiliations include the Performing Arts Medicine Association, Drum Corps Medical Project, and the Texas Music Educators Association. This is her first summer to work with Pioneer, and she is so excited to join the visual team and serve as the health and wellness coordinator in 2015.
Born in 1989, Oxnard CA, Greg Ramsey started playing music in 2002 and jumped instruments a few times before settling on the tuba. Greg started drum corps in ’05 ‘06’07 Mystikal, ’08 Velvet Knights , and The Blue Devils in ’09 ’10 ’11 winning the gold medal for I&E 2011. Upon aging out with a few years of Jr. College and HS band teching, Greg auditioned for the Marine Corps band and spent the next few years in San Diego playing ceremonies and gigs with the Marine Band in various ensemble types, upon end of service Greg played with the Sea World Brass Band for their 50th anniversary season, and has returned to school full time as a music major taking a few dance classes on the side.
Michael Sommer is 22 years old has been involved in the marching arts for nine years. He began his career in high school on trumpet, and served as section leader for his junior and senior years. After graduating he went on to march with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps for four years, performing as a soloist for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. After his age-out season in 2014 he went to fill an open position with Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps.
He currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In his spare time he enjoys film, live comedy, and writing.
Mike is very excited to join the Pioneer staff.
Cetch currently attends Virginia Commonwealth University studying trumpet under Rex Richardson while perusing a Bachelors in Music Education. He begun his Drum Corp career at Carolina Crown in 2011 and marched for four years just recently aging out in 2014. He currently serves as the Visual Coordinator for the Powhatan High School Marching Band and Powhatan Indoor Drumline. He also enjoys consulting and giving clinics around the Richmond-Metro area. In October of 2014 he was privileged to attend the 25th Annual Takasaki Marching Festival and the Chiba Autumn Marching Festival in Japan with a selected reduced ensemble of Carolina Crown. In his free time he enjoys snowboarding, riding horses, and team roping.