Q2 Faculty

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Jeffrey Peterson-Director, Bass

Jeffrey Peterson will continue as director for Q2’s 2020 season. From 2017-2018, he served as one of their bass techs and had previously taught bass for Atlanta Quest in 2011, 2014, and 2015. He marched BAQ from 2007 to 2010 and helped begin AQ’s Alumni Association in 2014.

Outside of indoor percussion, Jeffrey performed with ALLIANCE Drum & Bugle Corps from 2005-2008 and 2010-2011. He served as bass tech in 2011, Operations Director in 2014, and Executive Director for the corps in 2015 and 2016. He aged out of DCI with Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps in 2009 and returned Jeff:30 to the field in 2018, marching with Atlanta CV. He taught battery visual for CV International in 2017 and returned to staff for the 2019 season.

Jeffrey currently teaches the battery at Newnan HS and basses at Walton HS, while also assisting South Cobb HS and Cartersville HS. He previously taught at Sprayberry HS, Northgate HS, Union Grove HS, Luella HS, and Osborne HS. He graduated from the University of West Georgia with a BA in English and the MFA program of Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, with a degree in Writing. He currently runs the Alumni Association for Atlanta Quest while also teaching English Composition at the University of West Georgia and Spelman College.

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Alex Shive - Ensemble Coordinator

A native of Opelika, AL, Mr. Shive is a graduate of Auburn University where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Instrumental Music Education. During his tenure at Auburn, Mr. Shive performed with multiple ensembles including: The Auburn University Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Basketball Pep Band, Jazz Band, and Brass Ensemble. While at Auburn University, Mr. Shive also worked as an undergraduate staff member, assisting with all logistical needs for the band department. Since undergrad, Mr. Shive has continued to strive for excellence as an educator, and has taught K-12 music in both Alabama and Georgia public schools. In addition to his responsibilities with the Quest organization, Mr. Shive is also the Director of Bands for Cartersville City Schools, the Battery Instructor for the Macy’s Great American Marching Band in New York City, and a percussion clinician/arranger for multiple schools and universities including Auburn University, Georgia Tech, and Point University. Mr. Shive is an Innovative Percussion artist.

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Joseph Stephens-Battery Coordinator, Snare

Joseph Stephens is from Newnan, Georgia, and graduated from East Coweta High School in 2009. He received his Bachelors in Music Education from Jacksonville State University where he studied under Dr. Bodiford, Clint Gillespie, Dr. Tony McCutchen, and Chris Lindley.

During his tenure at Jacksonville State, Mr. Stephens was a member of the Marching Southerners. He was appointed drum captain for the 2014 and 2015 seasons and performed in numerous ensembles in the music department. Mr. Stephens also marched in various independent ensembles: Odyssey Percussion Theater in 2009, Terminus Atlanta Percussion in 2011, Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps in 2013, and Atlanta Quest in 2014.

He has instructed many scholastic groups in Georgia and Alabama area including East Coweta High School, Hillgrove High School, North Cobb High School, Carrollton High School, Baldwin High School, Albertville High School, Buford High School, Gilmer County High School, Jacksonville High School, Calera High School, Shelby County High School, and St. Clair County High School.

Mr. Stephens is currently the Percussion Director at North Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia, and serves as the Battery Coordinator for the DCA Open Class Finalist Atlanta CV. He endorses Dynasty USA and Bergerault percussion instruments as well as Vic Firth sticks and mallets.

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Josh Bouland-Battery Coordinator, Tenors

Josh Bouland is returning for his eighth year with the Atlanta Quest organization and his third as a Q2 staff member. 

He is a Kennesaw State University graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and is currently the assistant band director at Mill Creek Middle School in Woodstock, Georgia.

Josh marched in WGI with Atlanta Quest from 2012 until 2016 as a cymbal player and quad player. He marched quads with ALLIANCE Drum & Bugle Corps in the summer of 2014 and with the Blue Devils International Corps during the summer of 2015, where he toured across Europe, including performances with Top Secret in Basel, Switzerland. In the fall of that same year, Josh was a member of the inaugural Kennesaw State Marching Owls.

Josh has taught many high school and middle school percussion programs across north Georgia. He is currently a battery technician with Sprayberry High School and previously taught West Forsyth High, South Forsyth High, Walton High, and Lassiter High.

In his spare time, Josh likes to play and watch soccer. He is an internationally published author and writes for MLS Multiplex, where he covers Atlanta’s professional soccer team, Atlanta United.

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Josh Foust - Front Coordinator

Josh Foust is from Muscle Shoals, AL. He attended Muscle Shoals HS where he was a part of the Muscle Shoals Scholastic Concert World percussion ensemble.  After graduating high school in 2014, Josh went to Jacksonville State University to pursue a Bachelors degree in Music Education. He was appointed Drum Captain for the 2018 and 2019 Marching Southerners seasons. Josh has also performed in Chamber Winds and Percussion Ensemble at JSU. 

Josh was a member of Bluecoats DBC in 2015, 2016, and became front ensemble section leader in 2017. He was also a member of Music City Mystique in 2015, 2016, and was front ensemble section leader for 2017 and 2018. Josh Foust joined the front ensemble educational staff at Spirit of Atlanta DBC in 2018 and 2019. He is excited to now be a part of the Q2 organization!

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Tyler Lyman - Snare

Tyler Lyman joined the Atlanta Quest family in 2018 as a snare tech for Q2.

Raised in Kennesaw, GA, Tyler attended Kennesaw Mountain High School where he marched all four years in the KM BOA finalist band (07-11) as well as numerous percussion ensembles. Upon graduation, he attended Technical College studying graphic art & design. In the summer of 2013, he became a member of The Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps of Denver, CO.

His educational experience includes teaching at Kennesaw Mountain HS (12-14) as a snare tech and Carrollton HS (13-16) as a battery coordinator/snare tech. Since being involved in the activity, he has been under the instruction of educators such as David Starnes, Max Mullinix, Bret Kuhn, Josh Robichaux, Josh Nelson, Ralph Hardimon, Clint Gillespie, Benjamin Russell, & Tim Greene. He is currently the percussion director at East Paulding HS and snare tech for both Atlanta CV and Spirit of Atlanta.

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Elijah Smith - Snare

As a 5-year snare drum veteran of the Atlanta Quest organization, Elijah Smith is excited to continue on the other side of the activity and help Q2 grow in his second year with the program as a snare technician. He will also assist with their visual program.

Performing for Atlanta Quest from 2013 to 2017 and ALLIANCE Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014, he is eager to continue his involvement, now able to re-invest the knowledge once invested in him. Elijah also worked for Ola High School as Battery Technician in 2015 and Battery Coordinator in 2016 before beginning work as a technician for Subaru of America.

Currently residing in Canton, GA, Elijah is pursuing several different works in writing and performing music, drawing, painting, and the automotive industry. In his free time he enjoys quiet places, loud music, and good friends. 

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Kym Haywood II - Snare

Kym Haywood II is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated from Tri-Cities High School in 2013. Afterward, he attended Georgia Southern University where he marched on the drumline for two years. He graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in May 2019.

Kym marched snare at Q2 for two years, 2016-2017, and loved every bit of it. He really enjoyed the AQ family and still believes that they are one of the best places to learn and grow as a musician. 

While Kym was pursuing his BS, he had the opportunity to work and teach a good bit, including his alma mater, Tri-Cities High School, as well as Liberty County High, Windsor Forest High, Sonoraville High, and Screven County High.

He is currently working as a Software Analyst, but in his free time loves to produce music, drum, and hang with friends.

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Matthew Blomquist - Tenors

Matthew Blomquist is beginning his first season with the Q2 battery staff after aging out with AQ in 2019.

He marched five years in PIW class. His first two years, 2015 and 2016, were with Palmetto Percussion, based out of Spartanburg, SC. In 2017, he joined the Atlanta Quest family, where he continued to march for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Additionally, Matthew marched the 2019 DCI season with the Blue Stars DBC.

Matthew spent the past four years teaching at North Forsyth HS in Cumming, GA. Currently, he is a battery tech for PSW-finalist, Milton HS in Alpharetta, GA.

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Sean Oram - Tenors

Sean Oram joined Q2 for his first season in 2019 as a quad tech and will be returning for a second year.

Residing in Alpharetta, GA, he currently serves as Battery Coordinator at Milton HS. Sean marched on the quad line at Atlanta Quest from 2010-2013. He also marched with ALLIANCE Drum & Bugle Corps in 2010 and 2011. 

He graduated from Kennesaw State University with a B.S. in Exercise Science. During his time at KSU, Sean played on the KSU ice hockey team. He currently works as a personal trainer.

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Chris Adams-Tenors

Chris Adams is returning for his fourth season instructing Q2's tenor line.

Originally from Indian Trail, NC, he has competed in WGI since 2005, and moved to Atlanta in 2009 to study Computer Science at Georgia Tech. Since arriving, Chris has accrued 8 years of world class percussion experience in such ensembles as Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps, Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps, and Atlanta Quest during their return to world class. He has also participated in Georgia Tech marching band, Atlanta Falcons Drumline, and other recreational marching activities.

After aging out and graduating college, Chris became involved with Q2 in a variety of roles from tenor tech to battery coordinator. He is excited to return to the activity after a brief hiatus and to be able to give back to his Quest family.

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Zachary S. Nelson - Bass

Zachary S. Nelson, a native of Carrollton, GA, has always known that music would be his outlet to touch lives since his early involvement in the arts. He got his start as a young musician in church and has continued to serve in ministry faithfully. His dedication and faithfulness has opened many doors for him to play behind many world-renowned artists.

He completed his undergraduate and graduate program at Jacksonville State University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Music Education. During his undergraduate tenure at JSU, he participated in several ensembles including Marching Southerners, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Mallet Ensemble, A Capella Choir, Jazz Band, and Jazz Combo. While pursuing his masters, he served as the graduate assistant for the jazz program, teaching one of four big bands and taught class percussion, a methods course required for all future music educators.

Zachary has had the opportunity to march DCI with the Kiwanis Kavaliers in 2005 and WGI with Odyssey Percussion Theatre in 2006. The skills sharpened by those educators has helped shape him into the educator he is today.

His passion is centered around instilling positive morals and values into youth. He has done so by teaching and doing clinics at a number of high schools. Zachary was blessed summer 2018 to further his teaching experience with Spirit of Atlanta, serving as a snare tech. He currently serves as the head of percussion at Woodland High school in Cartersville, GA, and at Coosa High School, located in Rome, GA.

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Ian Fowler - Bass

Ian Fowler is a recent graduate of Georgia State University with a BA in Biology. Throughout school, Ian consistently participated in both marching band and indoor drumline as part of scholastic and independent ensembles. Ian was a founding member of Q2, having marched in both the 2015 and 2016 seasons, before spending the summer of 2016 with ALLIANCE DBC. For the 2017 and 2018 indoor seasons, Ian drove up to Nashville to march with Music City Mystique, where he won a WGI percussion gold medal (2017). After marching 5 seasons at GSU, 4 seasons of WGI, and 1 season of DCA, Ian continues to fuel his passion for drumline by teaching high school band camps and percussion programs. He has taught with Apalachee HS  (Winder-Barrow), Dacula & Discovery HS (Gwinnett), and East Paulding High School (Paulding). He is excited to return to Q2 and join the staff for the 2020 season so he can give back to the organization that sparked his passion for the activity.

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Brenden Dowridge-Williams - Bass, Admin

Brenden Dowridge-Williams is returning for his 2nd year with Q2 and first year as a tech. 

Brenden marched at Mill Creek HS from 2011-2013 on quads. He also marched ALLIANCE DBC from 2014-2016 on bass. During the following winter seasons, Brenden performed with UNG Indoor on bass drum (2015-2016) and marimba (2017). 

He is currently 24 years old with a BA in Kinesiology from the University of North Georgia. While getting his degree, Brenden helped facilitate a grant study in Dahlonega, GA, on decreasing chronic pain with hand drumming. 

Brenden has worked with various programs, such as Peachtree Ridge HS, Mill Creek HS, Johnson HS, and the University of North Georgia. When he isn’t working with the Atlanta Quest organization, he is working at Peachtree Ridge HS as percussion director, while studying Invasive Cardiology at Howard Community College.

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Branden Annakie - Cymbals

Branden Annakie is a native of McDonough, Georgia, graduating from Ola High School in 2014. He recently left Jacksonville State University after 3 years and is now working towards a degree in veterinary medicine and a minor in music at the University of Georgia.

Branden has performed with several groups after graduating high school, such as the Marching Southerners in 2016, JSU’s Chamber Winds, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble, as well as the University of Georgia Symphonic Band.  

Branden started his independent marching career with Chattanooga Independent in 2016 and continued at Equinox Percussion in 2017, aging out in 2018. Branden is currently the percussion instructor at Cedar Shoal HS (GA)

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Alayna Tichenor - Cymbals

Alayna Tichenor is the visual instructor at Pickens County High School in Jasper, GA, and Chattahoochee High in Johns Creek, GA. She also works with the Chattahoochee Indoor Drumline as the visual caption head and cymbal instructor. She has performed with groups including Q2, Atlanta Quest, and Spirit of Atlanta.

Alayna graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelors in Communication Studies in 2018. Aside from her work with the marching arts, Alayna also works as a kickboxing instructor in Kennesaw, GA.

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Tyler Roquemore - Front Ensemble

Tyler Roquemore is glad to return as the front ensemble coordinator for Q2.

He was raised in Alpharetta, GA, and attended Milton High School where he competed in WGI’s Scholastic Open and World Class finals with Milton’s Indoor Drumline from 2010-2013.

He graduated from Georgia Southern University in the Spring of 2018 with a BA in Music Performance and is finishing his second BA in Music Education this Fall while student teaching at Duluth High School.

His World Class DCI Front Ensemble experience includes Spirit of Atlanta from 2014 to 2015 and Carolina Crown in 2016. His World Class WGI Front Ensemble experience has been with Atlanta Quest from 2015-2017.


Jeremy Bahadirli - Front Ensemble

Jeremy is happy to return to Q2 for their 2020 season.

He was born and raised in Panama City Beach, Florida, growing up with the piano and later discovering the world of front ensemble and indoor percussion.

While attending Florida State University, Jeremy began his instructional career, as the front ensemble coordinator at J. R. Arnold High School, his alma mater. During this time, he performed in the front ensemble with Spirit of Atlanta in their 2014 season, and continued to play marimba for Atlanta Quest’s 2015 and 2016 seasons.

After graduating from FSU, Jeremy moved to the Atlanta area, where he joined the Q2 faculty as a front ensemble technician in the indoor season, and the River Ridge High School marching band faculty in the outdoor season. He continues to proudly work with both of these ensembles today.

When he’s not drumming, Jeremy spends his time playing jazz piano, flying single engine airplanes, programming, and playing tennis and ping pong.

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Michael Ollman - Front Ensemble

Michael Ollman graduated with a Music Performance degree from Kennesaw State University. He has been involved with the Atlanta Quest organization since 2013 as a member of the front ensemble until 2015. 2018 was his first year on staff with Q2. Additionally, Michael has marched with Atlanta CV, ALLIANCE, and the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps. Michael also teaches locally in the Atlanta area at various high schools, including Harrison HS, Sequoyah HS, Woodstock HS, and Cambridge HS. He has also played with many ensembles in the Atlanta area including the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, the Georgia Brass Band, and the Johns Creek Chorale and Chamber Orchestra.

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Latrice Green - Front Ensemble

Latrice Green attended Jacksonville State University, where she received a BA in Music Education with a concentration in percussion. Of her five years with the JSU Marching Southerners, she initially marched cymbals and later joined the front ensemble. In addition to marching band, she performed with a number of other ensembles at JSU, including concert bands, percussion ensemble, steel band, jazz band/combos, choir, and orchestra.

Her WGI experiences include Atlanta Quest, CV Indoor, and Q2, where she marched cymbals, marimba, and synthesizer respectively. These experiences allowed her the opportunity to teach at different middle and high schools in Alabama and Georgia. She continues to stay involved in the indoor activity, having served on staff at Chattanooga Independent (TN) and now Q2.

Ms. Green is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society, the Alabama Bandmasters Association, the National Association for Music Education, and Sigma Alpha Iota (alumnae). She currently lives in Birmingham, AL, where she serves as assistant band director and director of percussion at Pinson Valley HS

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Emily Weaver - Front Ensemble

Emily Weaver is originally a Florida native, graduating from Navarre High School in Navarre, Florida, in 2013. Since joining the activity, she has been taught by educators such as Zerick Randolph, Luis Rivera, Adam Blackstock, Jack Mizutani, Danny Guttierez, Marissa Spevak, and Matt Hernandez. She studied music education at Troy University in Troy, AL, from 2013-2015, marching with the Sound of South on snare drum. From 2015-2017, she studied music performance at the University of South Alabama and marched with the Jaguar Marching Band, once again on snare. 

Emily spent two seasons with STRYKE Percussion based out of Hollywood, Florida, performing as the visual soloist in their 2017 production “King”, and aged out in the front ensemble in 2018 performing “Nightmare at 30,000 feet”. Immediately after aging out, she moved to the metro-Atlanta area to teach full time and further pursue her career as a freelance artist and visual designer. 

Emily has been teaching many different schools in the southeast area, including Florida, Alabama, and Georgia, since graduating high school. She currently teaches at Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, GA, under Jami Fennell as the front ensemble coordinator and sound designer, as well as teaching various middle schools and private lesson students. She is very excited to be on board for her first season on staff with Q2!

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Kate Buffon - Visual Tech

This will be Kate's second year assisting Q2 as a visual tech. Prior to teaching at Q2, she worked with Hoover HS as well as offering private lessons. As a color guard member, Kate has marched with Hoover HS and Spirit of Atlanta DBC. Kate has also marched with Alanta Quest as a visual ensemble in 2018 and 2019. Having just recently graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, with a degree in Kinesiology, Kate now resides in Woodstock, GA. She hopes to further her education and work towards getting her master's in athletic training. In her free time she enjoys running, reading, and hanging out with her friends. Kate is very excited to be working with Q2 and is very eager to see what this season brings.

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Mason Atkins - Visual, Conditioning

Mason Atkins is a native of Olive Branch, MS, graduating from Center Hill HS in 2014. He graduated from Auburn University in May 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences and is currently pursuing a second Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Exercise Science at the University of Mississippi. Mason was a performing member of DeSoto County Indoor Percussion (‘14), the Auburn University Marching Band (’14 –‘18), Elite Independent Percussion (‘18), The Academy DBC (‘18), and Q2 (‘19). Since getting involved in the activity, he has had the privilege of learning from educators such as Drew Guy, Devin Burgess, Tim Greene, Dr. Doug Rosener, Dr. Corey Spurlin, Cisco Hance, Lee Beddis, Lindsay Vento, and Lindsey Schueller. 

Having previously served on staff for various programs across Mississippi & Alabama
including Center Hill HS (MS), DeSoto County Indoor Percussion (MS), Opelika HS Indoor
Percussion (AL), Lewisburg HS (MS), DeSoto Central HS (MS) Oak Mountain HS (AL), and
Illustrated Fantasy Winterguard (AL), Mason is currently the battery coordinator for the
University of Mississippi’s The Pride of the South and is very excited to join the Q2 staff. 

Currently living in Oxford, MS, Mason enjoys assisting in research for the UM
Exercise, Performance, and Nutrition Lab and working camera for home events of Ole Miss
athletics. An avid runner and fan of fitness altogether, he spent seven weeks of summer 2019
running with a team going from San Francisco, CA, to Boston, MA, as a part of the Ulman
Foundation’s 4K for Cancer program (4,886.9 miles covered in 49 days) and is currently training
for another marathon. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga, writing, reading, hiking, and hanging
with good company.

Bios Coming Soon!

James Pluth- Front Ensemble Arranger
Lindsey Schueller- Visual Designer/Caption Head
James McDaniel- Snare
Christian Albano- Bass
Daniel Broshar- Bass
Katey Black- Cymbals
KC Stanley- Cymbals
Emily Gray- Visual