We are excited to reveal that Chad Schaedler will serve as Battery Coordinator for the upcoming 2016 season. Chad has been with Gateway for over a decade and has been an integral leader in building Gateway to what it is today, and will play a crucial role in Gateway's success in 2016. During his tenure with us he has served as the Battery Caption Head, Battery Arranger, Program Coordinator, and Education Director.
Chad has instructed a number of percussion ensembles including The Cavaliers (2012), The Crossmen (2010 Percussion Co-Caption Head), The Bluecoats (2006-2008), The Colts (2005), Missouri State University (2003-2004, 2008-2013), and various high school programs across the country. Chad is an Innovative Percussion and EVANS drumhead artist. He is a member of the WGI Percussion Advisory Board.
Chad graduated from Missouri State University in 2000 with a B.S. in General Business. He currently resides in O'Fallon, Missouri with his wife Kim and their four children—Cameron, Dalen, Ella, and Gannon.
We are also excited to announce that Marcus Neudigate will be appointed Front Ensemble Coordinator for Gateway 2016. Marcus joined Gateway last season as a front ensemble instructor, and we are thrilled to see Marcus bring Gateway's front ensemble to new heights in 2016.
Marcus is an active performer and educator in the Kansas City area. He has recently been named the Percussion Director for Blue Springs South High School as well as Drumline Coordinator for the University of Central Missouri. In addition to having been with Blue Springs South’s front ensemble since 2009, Marcus has worked with many area high schools both as an arranger and educator.
Marcus has a B.M. in Percussion Performance from the University of Central Missouri, having studied under Dr. Michael Sekelsky, the PAS Drumset Committee chair. Marcus was a member of the Phantom Regiment Front Ensemble (2011, 2012) and became the section leader in 2012. He received the Zildjian player of the year award in 2011 and was also nominated for the Mark Glasscoe member of the year award. Marcus serves on the 2015 percussion staff for Carolina Crown, Sacramento Mandarins, and Gateway Indoor. He also served on the staff at the Sacramento Mandarins in 2014. Marcus is a proud Innovative Percussion Educator.