Marc is the Founder of EPIC Percussion which he established in 2013. He has been a percussion instructor and show designer for the marching arts since 2002. Currently he is the program/staff coordinator for The Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps. He has worked with many scholastic and independent programs as a music and/or drill designer over the years. Some of these include the White Sabers Drum and Bugle Corps, the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps, the Williamsport HS Marching Millionaires, the Shikellamy Marching Braves, the EPIC Cadets Jr Independent Drumline, and the Penn State Indoor Drumline. Marc also serves as a judge for the Tournament of Bands, and is the director of percussion for the TOB All-Star Band that performs in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade. Marc manages EPIC Percussion's daily operations from retail, to teaching lessons, to overseeing classes and ensembles. His biggest accomplishment is watching his students and former students become positive, productive, and successful people whether it's in music or elsewhere. He is very passionate about teaching the process to achieving excellence so it can be applied to whatever they pursue. Drumming is just the perfect tool to teach those lessons with.
Ryan Pritchard is a native of upstate New York and has been an active performer and instructor in Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio for over 25 years. Ryan was inspired by the Drum & Bugle Corps activity from an early age and has pursued musical instruction and performance in percussion and instrumental conducting. He began as a member of Spectrum Drum & Bugle Corps from 1995-1998 and a member of the instructional staff in 2000.
Ryan has performed with the Promethius Percussion Ensemble, Mansfield University Wind Ensemble, and the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps. He is currently a performing percussionist with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and The Billtown Brass and actively composes, arranges. He along with Dr. Adam Brennan founded and are the musical directors of The Great Lakes Wind Symphony in Rochester, New York.
In 2013, Ryan joined the team at EPIC Percussion in Williamsport, PA and has been an integral part of the growth of the company as instructor, clinician, and product specialist. He along with founder Marc Garside, have set standards in quality percussion gear and education in the region.
Ryan holds a Master of Music in instrumental conducting from Mansfield University as well as percussion performance and education degrees. Ryan has served as class percussion instructor at Mansfield University and Susquehanna University and a former director of the Mansfield Symphonic Band. He’s currently a full time manager of curriculum development teams and active percussion instructor and clinician.
Ryan’s original works are available from B&P Music Productions. He proudly performs on and endorses Pearl & Adams percussion equipment.
Mike Wrench is an independent drummer, educator, and motivational speaker. Influenced by his family's musical background, his passion for percussion started in childhood banging on pots and pans in his parents' kitchen. Around the age of 18, Mike's drumming developed more seriously and since then, has included performing live in a wide spectrum of local churches, bands, studios, and educating the drumming community through classes and clinics, and supporting other independent artists on their albums and national tours. With EPIC Percussion, Mike takes his instruction and mentoring efforts as a branch of his personal enthusiasm and dedication for percussion as well as a means of harnessing and promoting the therapeutic qualities of music. Mike's company, Upbeat Outreach LLC, was formed in 2015 to ensure the special needs population gets the same benefits and rewards of being a drummer as the rest of us. With Upbeat now finding it's spot in the art of dance, Mike has partnered with You Can Do It Dance and Fitness to bring his craft of rhythm and percussion to its clients. Ultimately, he believes that his own story and path to success can serve as an inspiration and change the lives of others, who may have exhausted all other outlets of therapy.
Brittany began taking lessons with EPIC Percussion while she was in high school in 2014 and transitioned into the role of instructor in 2017. Brittany is currently a senior at Lock Haven University, pursuing a degree in Secondary Education Mathematics with a minor in Psychology. Through the years, she has performed with multiple ensembles including Penn State Indoor Drum line in 2015, White Sabers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2017-2019, as well as numerous Symphony Orchestras locally. In 2014, Brittany was a member of the drum line that won best percussion at TOB Atlantic Coast Championships in Hershey, PA. Recently, she has been a front ensemble instructor for multiple high school band programs including Loyalsock, Danville, and Williamsport. Brittany was also the Assistant Band Director for Lake Lehman’s 2018 marching band season as well as Assistant Director in 2018 and Director in 2019 of Lake Lehman Indoor Percussion. Brittany is currently a part of the Raider’s Drum and Bugle Corps administrative team, taking on the role of camp manager for their 2020/2021 season.
Zach Nash is a 2016 graduate of Williamsport High School. He is currently working on his bachelor's degree in mathematics at Lock Haven University. Zach has performed in the Williamsport Marching Millionaires, the Penn State Indoor Drumline, and the White Sabers Drum and Bugle Corps. He was a member of the Williamsport percussion section when they earned best percussion at Atlantic Coast Championships in 2014. He has been an active educator since graduating high school, and has been teaching the front ensembles at Williamsport, where they've earned two more best percussion titles while he was teaching, the Lake Lehman Indoor Percussion ensemble, and was on the instructional and design staff for the White Sabers for two seasons. Zach is currently working with The Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps as a sound designer/engineer and front ensemble technician. Zach is a self-proclaimed "sound-guy." He enjoys working with the electronics and creating sound effects and samples. He is most proficient with mallet instruments but is comfortable with everything percussion.
Dani has been an active percussionist and educator for several years now. She was a member of several competitive ensembles including the Penn State Indoor Drumline in 2014 and 2015, The Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014, and the White Sabers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Aside from being an instructor at the EPIC studio, she also has taught Darkhorse Percussion and the Loyalsock High School Marching Band where she still teaches today. Dani also studied music for two years at Elizabethtown College before transfering to Penn Tech where she now studies Radiography.
Devin didn't write a biography despite being asked several times and given lots of time to do it. That's because Devin is a Dingus. Devin likes long walks on the beach (actually he hates to walk, scratch that).... Devin played drums in Penn State Indoor, and at the White Sabers. He's the only person in drum corps history to perform at DCA World Championships wearing a tuxedo T-Shirt. Aside from drumming, his hobbies are growing facial hair in it's most natural, out of control state, and avoiding things like writing biographies. Devin's hero and favorite person of all-time is Marc Garside, who he gives credit to for anything he has and will ever accomplish. Without Marc, he realizes he'd be nothing. He wouldn't even have this killer biography.
Grant Butters earned his bachelor's degree in music business from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. As a performer, he was a member of DCA's Hawthorne Caballeros in 2009 and 2012. Grant also marched in DCI with the Glassmen in 2010. Throughout his performing career, Grant has had the priviledge of being taught by Don Fisher, Ryan Pritchard, Marc Garside, Conrad Alexander, David Dumont, and Rob Ferguson. His most notable teaching experiences were with the Penn State Indoor Drumline, The Hawthorne Caballeros, the George Mason Indoor Drumline, and the Reading Buccaneers. Grant is currently a designer and consultant to numerous groups in the northeast. Under his direction the South County Indoor Drumline has grown into a WGI Percussion Scholastic World Class Finalist. Grant endorses Innovative Percussion Inc.