INov8 (pronounced "Innovate") is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based out of Floyds Knobs, Indiana with the purpose to provide an inspiring place for young percussionists to showcase their talent and grow as musicians and adults. INov8 Winter Percussion was founded in September of 2015, due to a need in the Southern Indiana and Louisville area for a WGI based percussion performance ensemble. INov8 actually stands for Indiana / Ohio Valley.
The Executive Director and Designer, Dave Isaacs, has been the percussion director at Floyd Central High School since early 2014, and saw the potential for something bigger as soon as he walked in the door. Even more-so when he learned how scarce involvement in the winter activity was in S. Indiana and the Louisville, Kentucky area. With the amount of talent, and the lack of programs involved in WGI and the winter activity, there was a need for something more, and something local for students to strive for.
2018 will be the third season for INov8 Winter Percussion, and we're picking up momentum! In only our second season in existence, we made our first appearance in the WGI World Championship Finals in Dayton, OH, placing in the top 10 of our class. Going into this next season, we have many new challenges, and need as much support from donors and volunteers as we can get. Please consider making a donation today!
We appreciate your support and come see us at a show!
Dave has been a musician since his first words. He began a rigorous piano study at 5, and that became a catalyst for everything that followed. He marched snare drum at Capital Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps (2003), Madison Scouts (2005) and finished his marching career at RhythmX on snare, being part of the first WGI group to tour Europe in 2007, and winning their first gold medal in 2008.
Dave has been writing music for the last 13 years, and has worked with several successful high school marching bands, including multi-year State and BOA champions; a few World Class groups - Bluecoats, RhythmX, Redline - and even went overseas to design and consult with DrumSpirit (Dadizele, Belgium) from 2008-2010, when they came to the states and made their first finals appearance at the 2010 WGI World Championships.
Dave currently resides in New Albany, Indiana, where he serves as the Arranger and Director of Percussion at Floyd Central High School (Floyds Knobs, Indiana) and is a percussion arranger and sound designer for several other programs. He feels lucky to have the opportunity to bring INov8 Winter Percussion to an area with such rich arts programs and talented people.
Kevin is an alumnus of Jeffersonville High School in Jeffersonville, IN. There he served as percussion director between 2009 and 2011. He studied Music Education and Percussion under Dr. Erwin Mueller at Ball State University and received BSBA in Accountancy from the University of Louisville.
Kevin has worked in public accounting as an auditor at KPMG and worked in internal audit at Consolidated Graphics, later acquired by RR Donnelley. He now works at Appriss Inc., a data analytics company based in Louisville, KY, where he currently is a financial systems administrator.
Kevin is excited to build and scale the administrative team at INov8 to support our performing ensembles.
Abner began playing piano at 8 and since then, music has shaped his life, introducing him to a network of friends and mentors that shaped his personal and professional trajectories.
Since 2013, he has served in a variety of visual tech and caption head roles at Floyd Central High School. He is an alumnus of The Cadets, having marched with the corps in 2015 and 2016.
He received his BA in Communication from the University of Louisville and is currently the Director of Multicultural Accounts for eltoro.com, one of the fastest-growing advertising technology companies in the world.
Abner is excited about INov8’s mission to provide a world-class experience for its members and wants to see the organization reach its full potential.
Derek is an alumnus of Fort Walton Beach High School in Fort Walton Beach, FL. He received a Bachelors of Music Ed. Degree with emphasis in percussion under Dr. Thomas Fraschillo and Dr. John Wooten at The University of Southern Mississippi between 2005-2010.
Derek was a member of the Madison Scouts(Snare: 05’-06’), and The Cadets (Snare: 07’-08’). After his performing opportunities, Derek was able to teach World Class percussion programs all across the drumcorps activity, and high school bands across the country. (Troopers Perc. Staff: 09’-12’; Madison Scouts Perc. Staff: 13’-14’; The Cadets Perc. Staff: 15’-16’)
Derek currently resides in Fort Walton Beach, FL, where he is the Assistant Director of Bands including Marching, Concert, Symphonic, and Jazz Ensembles at Fort Walton Beach HS, as well as the Director of Percussion, including concert performing ensembles and a competitive WGI program.
Derek is grateful for the opportunity to work closely with such a great team of people. “I’m very humbled, and excited to be a part of the INov8 Percussion Team, and can’t wait to see what the future holds for this organization!”
Abby Seay is from Dayton, OH and has been monumental in the behind-the-scenes development of INov8 from the ground up, as well as on the floor working with the visual program, bass drums, and serving as battery coordinator. Abby also spent the 2015 WGI season with ConneXus Independent, and some of 2016 with Matrix Open; and has taught various marching band programs and indoor programs in Ohio, and Indiana, including Kettering Fairmont High School (OH) and Floyd Central High School (IN).
Prior to being on staff, Abby started marching at Legends drum and bugle corps in 2010 and continued on marching 4 seasons with Matrix from '11-'14, as well as 1 season with Glassmen. In 2012 she aged out with Carolina Crown. She currently works full time at Melt Bar & Grill in Dayton, OH.
Brad started his music career with the piano at age 8, and has been playing percussion since age 10. Brad was a member of the Troy Athens High School marching band, from Troy, MI, from 2005-2008. He then taught Troy Athens from 2012-2015. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from Michigan State University, where he was also a member of the renowned Michigan State Drumline for 2 years. Brad competed in WGI’s Percussion Independent World class for 3 seasons, aging out with Rhythm X in 2013, where he helped earn the group’s 3 rd PIW World Championship. In DCI, Brad was a member of the 2011 Blue Stars snareline, and aged out with the 2012 Phantom Regiment, earning a bronze medal in World Class.
Brad hopes that his diverse array of teaching experiences will bring something new to the team at INov8. Brad has been a snare drum instructor for Motor City Percussion (2013, 2014), Northcoast Academy (2015), and ConneXus (2016). He’s also had significant teaching experience outside of the marching arts world. Brad was an undergraduate teaching assistant (TA) for a human anatomy cadaver lab for four semesters and taught an elective anatomy introduction class to incoming first year medical students in the summer of 2016.
Currently, Brad is a second year medical student (M2) at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, where he is a candidate for the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree for the Class of 2019. His academic interests are mainly geared toward surgery, and he hopes to become an orthopedic surgeon. Brad is incredibly excited to be returning to INov8 for the 2018 season, and hopes that his marching and teaching experiences can help them take the next step in the growth of the organization!
Josh is an alumni of Ledford Senior High School out of Thomasville, NC. Josh performed with Wake Forest Independent from 2010-2013. During the summers of 2010 and 2011 he played marimba and cymbals with the Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2015 Josh was privileged to age out as a member of the Matrix Performing Arts ensemble in the production of "Mine". He currently resides in Cincinnati, OH and is on the instructional staff at Milford High School.
Aside from his experiences as a performer in the marching arts, Josh also performs with the ensemble Plastic Musik. He will be joining us for our/his third season with the quadline, and we are excited to continue our partnership together.
Beginning his music career on drum set from an early age, his interest quickly shifted to marching percussion as he entered high school. Early in his high school career, he began marching for the former Open Class WGI ensemble, LEAP. In 2009, the group transformed into the World Class ensemble Evolution where he played quads through the ‘09 ‘10 and ‘11 seasons. In addition to marching in the Purdue University All-American Marching Band through college, he was a member of the 2011 Legends Drum & Bugle Corps and the 2012 Glassmen. His marching career in WGI continued and ended with Matrix Percussion, where he played quads from 2012 through 2014. He has since been on staff with Cavaliers Indoor Percussion beginning in 2015. Residing in Chicago, Mike is a full time animator and designer. He is eager to start working with the team at INov8 Winter Percussion this coming season.
Megan Swisher will be returning in 2018 with INov8 and the cymbal line. She currently resides in Clarksville, IN. She played cymbals all through high school at North Harrison High School, where she first experienced being a part of the WGI activity in 2011. After graduating, Megan was able to work with the cymbal line at Floyd Central High School, and continued as cymbal tech for 4 years, including their first fall cymbal line in 2014 and then again in 2015. She also taught at South Central High School for two seasons. She was a part of UofL's Cardinal Marching Band for one season and that soon led her to audition for Legacy Indoor Percussion in 2014.
After being a part of Legacy for two years, aging out in 2016, Megan will now be back for a second season with INov8. "I am very excited to work with such passionate musicians and great people this upcoming season!"
Ben is from Lafayette, Indiana where he graduated from Lafayette Jefferson High School. He will be joining the INov8 team, teaching cymbals for the 2018 season. Ben marched with Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps for the summer of 2014 and then aging out with the corps in the summer of 2015. In 2016 Ben was a part of The Cavaliers Indoor Percussion for their show "The Lost Boys" winning the Fan Favorite award at WGI Finals. Later in 2016, Ben was able to play with a group of percussionists as a part of a Johnsonville Sausage commercial.
Ben currently lives in Terre Haute, Indiana. "I am thrilled to have the chance to work with INov8 and I can't wait to see all the excitement this season has in store for use and the audience!"
Ronnie started band in elementary school as a baritone player. He continued as a brass player through middle school and high school, but became a percussionist after joining his high school front ensemble due to a knee injury. After playing in both the pit and battery at Monticello High School he went on to play marimba in 2012 for Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps, bass drum in 2013 and 2014 for the Marching Illini, and Cymbals for Cavaliers Indoor Percussion in 2016.
Ronnie currently teaches at Monticello High School as a battery tech and has been on staff for three years. Since he began teaching there they have put a cymbal line back on the field, and he has doubled the number of cymbal players in the battery. Ronnie also teaches as a cymbal tech for the Marching Illini Drumline.
Currently living in Urbana, IL Ronnie is finishing up his BA in Music Technology at the University of Illinois. In addition to his school work he is employed as a house manager at Krannert Center for the performing arts. "I'm excited to contribute to an outstanding season with INov8!"
Orginally from Walled Lake, MI, Robyn began her marching career with Walled Lake Percussion in 2009. She was a member of NorthCoast Academy from 2012-2014, Redline Percussion in 2015, and aged out with Matrix World in 2016. She marched with Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2012, followed by Phantom Regiment in 2015.
Her teaching experience includes multiple programs in Michigan including Lake Orion HS, Novi HS, Plymouth Canton Educational Park, and many others. In addition, Robyn joined the front ensemble staff at Cavaliers Indoor Percussion in 2017. She is excited to be joining the INov8 staff in 2018 as well!
Robyn currently resides in Chicago, IL, and is pursuing a BS in Criminal Justice and Criminology with a minor of Computer Crime and Forensics at Loyola University.
Lindsey played piano, flute, and bassoon growing up until she discovered her love for percussion in high school. She played in the front ensemble and on the bass line during her years at Downers Grove South High School, where she also was first involved with WGI. She continued her playing at McKendree University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in percussion performance. After getting married to her husband, Jeremy, in 2011, Lindsey moved to Charleston, Illinois, where she received her Master of Arts in percussion performance from Eastern Illinois University.
Lindsey is currently the front ensemble tech at Monticello High School where she has been on staff for four years. She has been on staff at Eastern Music Camp every summer for the past six years, and plays with the Danville Symphony Orchestra throughout their season. She is very excited to be part of the INov8 staff!
Originally from Southgate, Michigan, Conor began as a pianist and soon started trying to learn how to play every instrument he could get his hands on. This diversity of training opened up a variety of performance opportunities throughout the years, including a lengthy career in drum corps and indoor percussion. Conor performed with the Capital Regiment Drum Corps in 2009, and then with the Bluecoats from 2010 through 2012. Conor was also a member of Rhythm X from 2010 through 2014, winning a WGI world championship with the group in 2013. He also traveled to Europe in the summer of 2015 performing with the Blue Devils International Corps.
During his final WGI season, Conor moved to Bloomington, Indiana and began working with the Edgewood High School marching band, where his role has evolved into percussion arranger and designer. He joined the staff of INov8 for their inaugural season in 2016 and is proud to return this year as a front ensemble instructor with a focus on electronics. Conor is currently pursuing a BS in Statistics at Indiana University.