Our Team

Board of Directors

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Chris Vilag | President
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Chris began his marching career with Carlson High School Marching Band where he marched for four years, one year on bass and three on snare. After graduating, he marched for two years in the Eastern Michigan University Marching Band playing snare. He began his winter career marching snare drum with Motor City Percussion, and then moved on to play bass drum at Eastside Fury where he aged out in 2011 as the Ensemble Section Leader. After aging out, he was a performer with the Detroit Lions Drumline for seven years.

Chris recently spent his time working with the West Bloomfield High School Marching Band and Winter Percussion Ensemble where he spent 3 years as a staff member before taking on the role as Percussion Director and Assistant Marching Band Director for the following 5 years. He helped lead West Bloomfield Percussion to two MCGC State Champions, numerous WGI Semi-Finals appearances, and two WGI Finals appearances. His other teaching experience includes Trenton High School, G-Force Winter Percussion, Ypsilanti Winter Percussion, and Ferndale Winter Drumline.

Chris is currently the program coordinator for Motor City Percussion and Lake Effect Percussion. He is also the battery arranger for his alma mater Carlson High School where he works part time with the marching band.

Chris is proudly endorsed by:
Vic Firth Drumsticks and Mallets
Zildjian Cymbals

Anthony Leithauser | Vice President
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Anthony began his career in the marching arts by performing with the Athens High School marching band in Troy, Michigan. He then went on to perform with Eastside Fury Percussion for six seasons, as well as the Kiwanis Kavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps, the University of Michigan Marching Band, and the Detroit Lions Drumline.

Anthony has taught several groups around Michigan, and has been the Drumline Director at Grand Blanc High School since 2010, taking the group to multiple medals at state championships and a gold medal at WGI World Championships. Since 2017, Anthony has also been the Drumline Director for the University of Toledo Rocket Marching Band.

Anthony became involved on the administrative side of the Michigan Color Guard Circuit through the Rules Committee from 2013 to 2021 and was elected to the Board of Directors, serving from 2019 to 2021. Anthony holds a BSE in biomedical engineering from the University of Michigan and a JD from Wayne State University.

Christine Karow | Secretary
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Christine Karow is a long time band parent and super fan of the marching arts. All three of her children were in band, marching band, color guard and winter percussion in middle school and throughout high school. Christine served on the board of the Band Boosters Association of West Bloomfield in all roles including three years as its president. She has chaired and co-chaired many marching band, winter percussion and winter guard competitions at West Bloomfield High School and is honored to bring her experience in event planning and organization to MAPA.

Christine has a BA in English from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and currently works at Temple Israel of Detroit. She lives in West Bloomfield with her husband, Andy, and their 2 dogs.

Will Gordillo | Treasurer
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Will Gordillo is the Director of Athletic Bands at Davenport University. He is also the director of percussion studies at Grandville High School. He is a co-founder of both Genesis (PIW) and G2 Percussion (PIA) from Grand Rapids, MI.

Will has his BA in History and Political Science from Western Michigan University and also an associate degree in Medical Assisting from Davenport University. He lives with his wife, Alicia and 4 children in Jenison, MI.

Joseph Kuerzi | Member at Large
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Jonathan Schnicke | Member at Large
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James Sparling | Member at Large
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Personnel

Blair Kuhn | Judge Coordinator
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Blair Kuhn received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Communication & Film Studies from Eastern Michigan University. Blair’s been active in the pageantry art for over 30 years, having performed as a percussionist with the Saginaires Drum & Bugle Corps 1982-84, Northern Aurora Drum & Bugle Corps 1885 & The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps 1986.

Along with his background in percussion, Blair is an accomplished Color Guard & Drill designer, with over 25 years of experience. Blair was the visual designer for Eastside Fury Percussion (2007-2010) and Co-Director / Designer of Ancora Winter Guard (2007-2014). Blair currently designs for The University of Michigan Winter Guard.

Blair currently holds the position of Judge Coordinator for the Michigan Color Guard Circuit, Michigan Alliance for Performing Arts, and is the Visual Caption Administrator for the Michigan Competing Band Association. Blair is an active adjudicator for The Michigan Competing Band Association, Michigan Color Guard Circuit, Drum Corps International & Winter Guard International.

James Sparling | Operations Manager
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James Sparling received his degree in Music Education with a minor in Architecture at Miami University. He was heavily involved in the world music ensemble, Global Rhythms, where he served as Percussion Coordinator and Arranger (2004-2006). This ensemble led him to perform across the globe and work with Grammy winners Glen Velez and Jamal Mohammed, Ghatam Khartick's heARTbeat, Musafir, Jeff Queen, Michael Burritt, Anthony Cirone, A.R. Rahman, Nelly Furtado, and Lenny Kravitz. He was a featured clinician at the 2012 North Alabama Day of Percussion, the 2016 Illinois PAS Day of Percussion, and the 2019 North Carolina Percussion Symposium.

James served as Director of Percussion at Bellbrook HS/MS (2007-2008), Assistant Band Director at Baker MS/Fairborn HS (2010-2011), Director of Percussion at Kettering Fairmont HS (2009-2013), Director of Percussion at Seminole HS (2013), Director of Percussion at Plymouth-Canton Educational Park (2014-2019) and Percussion Specialist in the Walled Lake Consolidated Schools District (2020-2022). He was the 2020-2021 Vice President of Percussion & Winds for the Michigan Color Guard Circuit and is a founding member and current Operations Manager of the Michigan Alliance for Performing Arts, a non-profit organization that serves Percussion & Winds ensembles across Michigan.

He marched tenors with Trinity Indoor Percussion Ensemble (2000), Music City Mystique (2001, WGI World Champions), Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps (2001), Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps (2002), and Rhythm X (2003-2004).

He served on the percussion staff for the Glassmen (2003), the Madison Scouts (2004-2006), the Carolina Crown (2007-2008), the Cadets (2009-2011), and RhythmX (2005-2013). He served as the visual designer for Madison Independent (2011), Eastside Fury (2011-2013), as the Caption Head/Arranger for Infinity Percussion (2014-2018) and Redline Percussion (2015-2018), and Program Coordinator for Alchemy Independent (2019). Most recently he worked with the Madison Scouts as the Caption Head/Arranger (2012-2014) and Percussion Director/Arranger (2015-2018).

James currently works with Spirit Winter Percussion as the Visual Designer (2006-present), Cap City Percussion as a Designer/World Battery Caption Head (2019-present), and the Phantom Regiment as the Ensemble Specialist (2019) and Battery Coordinator (2020-present). He is also the Director of Percussion at Rouse HS/Wiley MS in Austin, TX (2022-present).

James is proudly endorsed by:

Pearl Drums/Adams

REMO Drumheads

TreeWorks Chimes

Vic Firth Drumsticks and Mallets

Zildjian Cymbals