Our Team

Jason Brown, Percussion Assistant, and Teaching Artist Assistant 

Darick Kelly, Percussion Consultant is a music educator in the New York City Department of Education. He has taught and arranged for numerous marching bands and indoor percussion units in the tri-state area, including Walt Whitman High School in South Huntington, NY, Port Chester High School in NY, Passaic High School in NJ and has given numerous clinics including the Stony Brook University Day of Percussion.

Darick served as the snare technician for the WGI PIW United Percussion in 2009 and 2010, and was battery coordinator and percussion caption head for The Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Mr. Kelly has also arranged musical works for the New York Knicks, New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, NFL-sponsored United Way, and designer Tory Burch. He has also collaborated with one of Europe’s premier electronic music DJs, Thomas Gold, whose set was performed in NYC and LA. Most recently, he collaborated with Capitol Records artist Little Daylight on their album, “Hello Memory”.

He began his marching career in 1997 and completed the final 2 years of his drum corps career in the snare line with The Blue Devils in 2004 and 2005. Outside of the marching activity, Darick received his BM in percussion performance from SUNY Purchase College and in 2008, he received his MA in music education from New York University, where he performed with the NYU Symphony Orchestra, and the NYU Percussion Ensemble and has performed some of the world’s greatest concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in NYC with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. In 2007, he performed the New York Premier of Luigi Morleo’s “Nessun Popolo Oppresso 10.”

Darick has had the privilege to study under great teachers including Jonathan Haas, Raymond Desroches, Simon Boyar, Scott Johnson, Micah Brusse, Sean Vega, Tim Greene, and Damien Escarpeta. Darick is a proud endorser of Vic Firth Drumsticks and Mallets and Remo Drumheads.

Benjamin Nadler, Percussion Director and Teaching Artist 

Michael Mendoza, Percussion Assistant, and Teaching Artist Assistant

Thierry RémionTeaching Artist is a multi-talented musician from the island of Martinique who has toured the U.S., the Caribbean, and Europe as a performer and leader of his own ensemble. He studied music in Paris and Brooklyn, and he is an active music educator, teaching at the Lincoln Center Institute and working with the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Beyond music, he is certified in Classical Chinese and Ayurveda medicines and holds degrees in Taoist sciences.

Antonio ThompsonExecutive Director is responsible for leading and inspiring all aspects of the organization. He holds a Bachelors of Arts and Master of Arts in Music Performance and Performing Arts Administration from New York University, and a Masters of Science in Fundraising Management from Columbia University. He is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Lance Wright, Percussion Teaching Artist and Teaching Artist