Dave Isaacs


Dave began his studies at the age of 5 on piano, and continued through college.  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 14 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 Louisville, Kentucky, where he serves as the Arranger and Director of Percussion at Floyd Central High School (Floyds Knobs, Indiana) and is a freelance percussion arranger, sound designer, and consultant 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 Ransdell

Administrative Director

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.




James Procell is director of the Dwight Anderson Memorial Music Library at the University of Louisville, where he has worked for the past 10 years and holds the rank of Associate Professor with tenure. A long-time supporter of music education and the performing arts, James holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Northwestern State University, a Master of Music degree from Southeastern Louisiana University, and a Master of Library and Information Science degree with a specialization in music librarianship from Indiana University.

In 2015, he received international press attention for discovering the original composer’s handwritten manuscript of the song that eventually became known as “Happy Birthday to You.” Prior to his work as a library administrator, he served as a band director in the Houston, Texas area.

James joined the staff of INov8 Winter Percussion in 2017 as photographer and has also extensively photographed the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. We're so happy to have James in the family and we are more than grateful for the work that he does for us!

derek fields

program consultant

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!”



Battery coordinator / BASS DRUMS / VISUAL

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. We're excited to have Abby back for what will be her 4th season with the group.




David started his musical career playing piano at an early age, and started playing percussion at age 11. He spent time on marimba, tenor drums, and bass drum at Plymouth Canton Educational Park in Canton, MI from 2007-2011. After finals appearances in three PSW World Championships as a member of Plymouth Canton HS, he marched his senior year season (2011) on bass drum with PIW group Redline Percussion.

David graduated with a Bachelors of Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Dayton, and currently works as an Advanced Quality Engineer at GE Appliances in Louisville, KY. "I feel grateful for the opportunity to help INov8 members grow as percussionists and performers as well as help the organization thrive in world class!"


Jordan Goul


Jordan is from Yorktown, Indiana, where he attended and graduated from Yorktown Community Schools. His marching experience includes 3 seasons with Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps ('14-'16) and 3 seasons with Cavaliers Indoor Percussion ('16-'18). 

Jordan has previously worked with Lake Central High school as a Cymbal technician ('18) and Pioneer DBC as a Percussion Visual Tech ('17-'18). Jordan is currently working as the Visual Director at Fred J. Page High School.

Jordan is beyond excited to work with INov8 this upcoming winter, "I can't wait to see the great things we will accomplish as an ensemble!"



Tyler Bogard


Tyler is a graduate of Perry Meridian High School. His summer quad drumming career began at Pioneer in 2013-2014, then he marched Spirit of Atlanta in 2015 and then finished his last two summers at Cavaliers in 2016 and 2017. In the winter, he spent his time with Gateway in 2015-2016, and Music City Mystique in 2017-2018, winning the gold medal in 2017.

Tyler is a Liberal Studies major at Indiana University, with a minor in History. We're excited to have him sharing his experience with us this season!




Giancarlo Salerno

Front Ensemble COORDINATOR

Giancarlo is extremely excited to be joining the staff at INov8 full-time after coming on last year in the late half of the season. Giancarlo currently resides in Southgate, Michigan and is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a degree in marketing and a minor in music.

As a performer, he was a member of Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps in 2016 as section leader and NorthCoast Academy during WGI from ‘14-‘17 and as section leader from ‘15-‘17. Giancarlo has been teaching for the last seven years at groups such as Motor City Percussion in PIO, Scholastic A gold medalist, Lake Orion High School, and several other schools throughout Michigan.

We're looking forward to having Giancarlo back with us for 2019! 


kyle watts

Front Ensemble

From the Metro Detroit area, this will by Kyle's first season with the INov8 staff! Kyle has played in various ensembles such as Motor City Percussion, Eastside Fury, North Coast Academy, Redline Percussion, as well as drum and bugle corps such as Pioneer and the Madison Scouts.

He has been an educator since 2014, teaching at various various high schools throughout Michigan. Kyle contributes a vast wealth of knowledge of various styles and musicianship from his marching experience! We're excited to bring him to the INov8 team for our 2019 season!


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James Watkins

Front Ensemble

James has been playing percussion since 6th grade. He was in the front ensemble for his first 3 years in high school. He also marched tenors in his senior year. James has spent three years participating in WGI, marching the 2016, 2017, and 2018 seasons at Redline Percussion in the front ensemble.

James has been the Percussion Instructor at Stoney Creek High School in Rochester MI for the past few years, and recently started as the Front Ensemble Instructor at Walled Lake Western High School in Walled Lake MI. James has also taught for the Lamphere High School Marching Band Front Ensemble.

"I'm ecstatic to be joining the INov8 staff this year"

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Nathan Connell

Front Ensemble

After graduating high school in Montana, Nathan moved to Kentucky to study percussion performance and vocal music education at Morehead State University. He was very active during his time on campus, performing with the Morehead State symphony band, concert band, percussion ensemble, steel pan ensemble, concert choir, and vocal jazz ensemble.

While always interested from a distance, Nathan found a true passion for the marching arts late in his college career. He performed with the award-winning percussion section of the Morehead State University marching band, and went on to perform with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps front ensemble for the 2017 season (age-out). He was brought on to teach with the Jersey Surf DBC for the 2018 summer, and has held teaching roles in various music camps and programs throughout his college career.

After four years of numerous performances, leadership roles, and awards, Nathan is nearing completion of dual music degrees. His principal educational mentors include Brian Mason, Matthew Geiger, Jon Sharp, Mike Jackson, Kevin Shah, and David Barr.

"I'm thrilled to join the INov8 educational team and looking forward to being a part of the 2019 season!"



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