Q2 Faculty

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Jeffrey Peterson-Director, Bass Tech

Jeffrey Peterson will continue as director for Q2’s 2019 season. From 2016-2018, 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 recently marched with Atlanta CV.

Jeffrey currently teaches the battery at Newnan HS and basses at Walton HS. He previously taught at South Cobb HS, 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 editing poetry for Madcap.

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Danielle Lanier-Admin Assistant

Danielle Lanier is returning for her 3rd season on staff with Q2. In addition to Q2, she is an instructor at Cartersville HS in Cartersville, GA. She previously taught at Harrison HS for both indoor drumline and marching band.

Danielle was a performing member of ALLIANCE Drum & Bugle Corps (2014), Atlanta Quest (2014), Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps (2015), and Q2 (2016). She has also been an Administrative Assistant for ALLIANCE Drum and Bugle Corps (2016) and Appalachian Sound Drum and Bugle Corps (2017).

Danielle graduated from Carrollton High School in 2011. After high school, she attended Georgia State University and was a member of the Panther Band from 2011-2013 before transferring to Shorter University, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Minor in Spanish in May 2018.

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Joseph Stephens-Battery Coordinator, Snare Tech

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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Elijah Smith-Snare Tech, Visual Tech

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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Tyler Lyman-Snare Tech

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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Josh Bouland-Battery Coordinator, Tenor Tech

Josh Bouland recently graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education.

He started marching in WGI with Atlanta Quest in 2012 and last marched in 2016. He marched quads with ALLIANCE Drum & Bugle Corps in the summer of 2014 and in the summer of 2015 with the Blue Devils International Corps where he toured across Europe. In the fall of that same year, Josh was a member of the inaugural Kennesaw State Marching Owls.

Josh has taught with 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 School, South Forsyth High School, and Lassiter High School.

In his spare time, Josh writes about soccer online for MLS Multiplex and covers Atlanta’s professional soccer team, Atlanta United.

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Chris Adams-Tenor Tech

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 Tech

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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Galit Shemesh-Bass Tech

Hi, she’s Galit Shemesh, and she’s done some band things related to both Drumline and Horn. Places she’s marched include Atlanta CV (2014), Palmetto Percussion (2015-2016), Equinox Percussion (2017), and Spirit of Atlanta (2016). Currently, she is pursuing her Bachelor’s in Music Education on Horn at the University of Georgia. She also marched with the Redcoat Band in 2015. After graduating, she hopes to become a middle school band director. She’s previously taught the drumline at George Walton Academy and is currently teaching Walnut Grove HS and Mill Creek HS. When not doing band, you can find her chilling with her cat, doing the occasional yoga session, or enjoying some nature outside.

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Branden Annakie-Cymbal Tech

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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Tyler Roquemore-Front Ensemble Coordinator

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.

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Alex Shive-Front Tech, Ensemble

A native of Opelika, Alabama, 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 at Dalton Public Schools, Phenix City Schools, and now Cartersville City 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 consultant/clinician for multiple schools and universities including Auburn University and Georgia Tech. Mr. Shive is an Innovative Percussion artist.  

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Michael Ollman-Front Tech

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.