Gateway Percussion Announces 2018 Battery Staff


Following our recent announcement of the 2018 Design Team, we are once again proud to share another exciting piece of news: the lineup for the 2018 Battery staff! Every individual on this team is an alum of Gateway Percussion, and we're thrilled to welcome these talented educators back to the organization.

The Battery Coordinator for the 2018 season is Derek Kelly. This will be his second season on the Educational Team at Gateway, after leading the quad line to a successful season in 2017. Derek was member of Gateway for many years, aging out with the group in 2014. Since then, Derek has been a freelance battery educator across the Midwest and has led many groups to success in both the fall and indoor marching seasons.

The bass line will be under the instruction of Julian White and Jamie Haffner. Julian is no stranger to Gateway - he was a performing member and has been on the Educational Team in past seasons. After taking a short break from teaching, we welcome Julian back. Currently he is on the educational team with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. Jamie Haffner returns for another season on the Educational Team. She was a marching member of the group and currently is the Percussion Director at Blue Springs South High School near Kansas City, MO.

The 2018 cymbal line will be under the instruction of long-time staff member Dani Cunning. Dani joined the staff with Gateway after her ageout season in 2014, and has led the success of the line each year since. Also joining the cymbal line staff will be first-year staff member Enedina Gamboa. "E" was a performing member of the group ('13-'14) and later worked as an educator with many other ensembles in the Chicago area.

The 2018 snare line will be led by a group of three recent performing members: Britton Smith ('15-'17), Nick Miller ('16-'17) and Derek Peplaw ('16-'17). These three members were all recipients of the Member of the Year award this past season for their leadership and dedication to the ensemble. They have a received valuable experience from the top educators in both WGI and DCI. We are excited for this group of educators to take charge for the 2018 season.

The quad line, or "GQ," will be under the instruction and leadership of Andrew Brogan. Andrew was a member of the group from '14-'16, as well as a member of the Cavaliers and Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. He has been a battery technician at multiple groups in the Kansas City area. This will his first year on the Gateway staff.

Auditions for the 2018 season are October 15th and 29th in St. Louis. Stay tuned for more information.

Posted on July 6, 2017 .

Gateway Percussion Announces 2018 Design Team


Over the past two months, the staff at Gateway Percussion has been exerting hours and hours of work­­, laying the foundation for the 2018 season and developing a strategic vision for the years beyond. We’re excited and proud to take a moment and share with our family and friends a piece of that vision: the Design Team roster for Gateway 2018!

No strangers to the group, Peter Repp and Travis Newman will serve as Co-Program Coordinators and lead the Design Team for the 2018 season. Peter and Travis are both former marching members and educators of the organization. In addition to leading the overall creative direction of the 2018 production, Peter will also be arranging the program’s music for the Battery, and Travis will be arranging music for the Front Ensemble.

Chad Schaedler will return as Program Consultant to the Design Team, sprinkling in his expertise and continuing his long, knowledgeable history with the group.

Steven Estudillo will be joining the team as Visual/Drill Designer, as well as Program Consultant. Steven brings years of experience at the World-Class level and Gateway is extremely excited to welcome him to the Gateway family.

Former Tenor Technician Jack Holway will also be returning to the group, but this time as Electronic Audio Designer.

Gateway is thrilled to be bringing so many familiar faces back to the group to lead in an entirely new way.

To learn more about some of the 2018 Design Team members and their previous achievements, visit their websites below:

Posted on June 25, 2017 .

Gateway Announces 2017 Design Team and Coordinators

Pictured left to right: Justin Lewis, Clif Walker, Marcus Neudigate, Peter Hilborn and Peter Repp.

Pictured left to right: Justin Lewis, Clif Walker, Marcus Neudigate, Peter Hilborn and Peter Repp.

Gateway Indoor is very excited to reveal the Design Team and Coordinators for the 2016-2017 season.

An experienced performer, educator and leader, Justin Lewis will take the creative reigns as the 2017 Program Coordinator, battery arranger and visual designer. Justin's storied career includes performing with Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, Music City Mystique, Rhythm X and the legendary Top Secret Drum Corps out of Basel, Switzerland. He has taught several groups in the U.S. and Europe, including the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps, European X and multiple seasons at Gateway.

A veteran of Gateway's design team the past three seasons, Clif Walker will return to serve as the Music Designer for 2017. Clif has worked with many successful programs, including Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps, the Madison Scouts, Timber Creek Independent, Timber Creek High School, and Blue Springs High School—to name a few. He has most recently served as the Front Ensemble Arranger for Gateway in 2014, 2015 and 2016. 

Expanding on their work from the past two seasons, Marcus Neudigate and Peter Hilborn will combine their creative talents and extensive musical knowledge to arrange the music for the 2017 front ensemble. Additionally, both Marcus and Peter will fill educational and technician roles in 2017, with Marcus returning as Front Ensemble Coordinator.

As no stranger to the group, to say the least, Gateway is excited to welcome back Peter Repp who will serve as the Battery Caption Head in 2017. Peter was a member of Gateway Indoor for six seasons (2008-2012 and 2014) and a snare technician in 2015. In addition to Gateway, he has performed with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, as well as The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps where he and the rest of the percussion section earned the 2011 Fred Sanford High Percussion Award.

Stay tuned later this summer as Gateway will make additional exciting staff announcements. Follow on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with the latest news and stories.

Posted on May 20, 2016 .

Gateway Partners With Stanbury Uniforms


We are very proud to announce that Gateway Indoor and Stanbury Uniforms have partnered to bring a striking visual package to the indoor arena this season! Our 2016 program, "until the quiet comes" will be brought to life with a custom uniform design from Stanbury's Silhouette line of indoor apparel, paired with a stunning custom designed floor. We can't wait to debut the uniforms and floor at the WGI Indianapolis Regional! Check out our performance schedule and make the trip out to a show – it's something you won't want to miss! Click here to learn more about Stanbury Uniforms, or follow them on Facebook!

"I have been thrilled  to partner with Stanbury this year and create Gateway Indoor's total visual package. Greg Lagola has done an amazing job with our uniform design, as he took our unique concept and brought it to life with his wonderful vision. Eric Sabach and Sara Solomonson helped us create what is sure to be one of the most captivating floor designs in WGI this season. I look forward to many more years of partnership with Stanbury and their talented collaborators." – Richard Hinshaw, Visual Designer, Gateway Indoor Percussion
"Stanbury Uniforms are very proud to have Gateway Indoor Percussion choose our Silhouette line of indoor wear for the 2016 season. Gateway Indoor is one of the most creative percussion ensembles on the scene today and is a perfect match for Stanbury's newest designs! We couldn't be more proud!" – Gary Roberts, CEO, Stanbury Uniforms

Announcing Gateway's 2016 Performance Dates



Gateway's members, staff, and designers have been working incredibly hard over the past couple months to bring to life our 2016 production. A month from now, we will be debuting our show at the MCCGA Edwardsville competition in Edwardsville, IL. We are excited to perform the 2016 show for our fans and the community who have always shown tremendous support for the Gateway organization. See below or click here for the performance dates and start marking your calendar—we hope to see you and your friends at a show!


2016 Performances


MCCGA Edwardsville – February 20

WGI Indianapolis Regional – March 5-6

WGI Mid South Percussion Championship – March 12-13

MCCGA O'Fallon – March 19

MCCGA Championships – April 2

Send-Off Show – April 9

WGI World Championships – April 14-16


Posted on January 20, 2016 .