BENJAMIN C. SMART
Benjamin Smart is a co-founder of Atlanta Quest Indoor Percussion. He has been the Executive Director for the past 15 years as well as serving as visual director in Quest’s inaugural season.
Benjamin has over 15 years experience in the marching/performing arts as both a performer and instructor with such ensembles as the Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps, Georgia Southern Marching Pride, Sprayberry High School, North Cobb High School in Marietta, GA, and Drum Major for ALLIANCE Drum and Bugle Corps.
Benjamin Smart is a video production coordinator for Artisan Picture Works in Atlanta, GA, as well as, CEO for the non-profit organization – Georgia Alliance for Performing Arts Education.
Anthony Sears has been with Quest since 2002. First serving as a bass drum technician before becoming the CFO in 2005.
Anthony attended Georgia Southern University and received a degree in Criminal Justice. During his time there he was a performing member of the Southern Pride Marching and Indoor Drumlines. After college Anthony attended John Marshall Law School in Atlanta Ga and worked for Homeland Security.
He lives in Cobb County Ga. with his wife Reiko Sears and his three children, Jackson Sears, Annabelle Sears, and Emma Sears.
Andrew M. Rettig
Andrew M. Rettig is returning to Atlanta Quest for his ninth year, 4th on staff, aging out in 2011. He is the executive assistant/ logistics for the fourth year at Atlanta Quest.
He earned a dual BA from the U of West Ga in Marketing and Management in 2011.
When away from Quest, he lives and works in Woodstock with his wife Alyssa and son Cooper.
Sequoyah Benton- Media Coordinator
Sequoyah is in 2nd her year managing Atlanta Quest’s and Q2’s media.
She began her marching experience with Atlanta Quest in 2014. She also marched Alliance Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014, Q2 in 2015, and aged out with Atlanta Quest in 2016.
With regards to marching media, Sequoyah spent the summer of 2015 touring with Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps as the media intern. She has also done media work for Alliance Drum Corps and Seavine Cymbal Gloves.
When not working with Atlanta Quest, Sequoyah works as a freelancer in the Film/Television industry in Atlanta, with her various credits including Turner Broadcasting and Fox Sports South.
Jacqie Rotch- Media Staff
Jacqie is returning for her 2nd season as part of Atlanta Quest’s media staff.
She is a 24 year old graduate of South Alabama with a Bachelors in Broadcast Journalism. She was the former News Director, lead anchor and senior writer for South Alabama’s TV station as well as the host of The Prowl, Jag TV’s music choice countdown program. Jacqie has worked on many independent film sets and produced shows for the Mobile Education Network. She has won media awards such as Best Female Host and Best Show Runner and her documentary, Jack of All Trades was shown in four international film festivals.
Jacqie currently is the Head Battery Tech and choreographer at Spanish Fort High School and is on the visual staff for the Spirit of Atlanta.