Nate Banzhof

Nathaniel Banzhof is the owner of Western Hills Music, in Cincinnati, and is in his fifth year as assistant band director in Norwood Highschool. He has played trumpet for over 30 years and taught for over 25. He has played with groups all over the country and recorded with artists from around the world. Nate marched with the Glassmen drum and bugle corps in 1994 and 1995. He also joined the Glassmen alumni corps to participate in the first ever DCI Soundsport event and has performed with the Jim Ott Brass ensemble. He has worked with several competitive marching bands from Ohio and Florida. He also spent nine years as the senior science educator at the Drake Planetarium and Science Center.



Amie Hartman

Amie is very excited to join the Saints brass staff this year. She is from the Grove City area, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in French Horn Performance from Youngstown State University. Her passion is teaching, and in addition to maintaining a private studio she will also be pursuing a license in education in the upcoming year. She marched in a highly competitive BOA band in high school, and then spent years in her collegiate band as a member and section leader, culminating in a student staff position specializing in drill. Amie marched with the Glassmen in 2012, and has spent the years since working with brass in various high school bands, including Central Crossing.


Brad Thomas

Biography Coming Soon


John Thacker

Mr Thacker is an experienced performer and educator based in Cincinnati, OH. Holding a Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Mount St. Joseph University, John is an active educator and performer studying under numerous instructors such as Nick Angelis of UC & Star of Indiana. John is an alumni  of Cincinnati Tradition Drum & Bugle Corps for the last ten years winning back-to- back DCA World Championships in 2016 and 2017. John was also a member of the University of Cincinnati Marching Band marching  in the Orange Bowl in 2009. In 2016, also was a member of the NFL Cincinnati Bengals drum line known as “The Growl” performing in front of thousands of eager fans throughout the season. In addition to this, John has taught numerous drum lines such as Lawrenceburg High School, Milford High School, Ross High School, East Central High School and recently Mount St. Joseph University.

David Vielhaber

David has been active in the marching arts for over 20 years. He has competed and/or taught at the high school and college levels as well as DCI, DCA, and WGI. David marched in the Southwest Texas State University Bobcat Band, 2000-2002, Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps of Canton, Ohio 2002- 2003 ; Element’ Percussion WGI Open in 2002; Carolina Gold Drum & Bugle Corps in 2007-2008; Empire Statesmen 2010-2013; and Empire Statesmen Bass Ensemble I&E 2012-2013 rounding out nearly 15 years of marching experience, with many years shared on the field with his wife Enid. In 2010 the Empire Statesmen bassline founded the Beta Alpha Sigma Sigmas, and forming a brotherhood of bass drummers throughout the Statesmen’s history. This eventually spread to the rest of DCA and several other corps now participate in the traditions as a fraternal collective.

After moving to Ohio, David purchased an auto-repair business in Findlay, OH and returned to the activity with his wife Enid, joining Rhythm IN BLUE, as bass drum section leader and percussion arranger. David lives in Findlay, OH running his business with his wife and is active in the car show scene, showcasing their pride and joy hot rods (ask him, he loves to talk about them). His family has attended every DCA finals since 2007 and share a passion for drum corps with everyone they meet. In all his years in the marching arts David has had the privilege of learning from some of the best educators in the activity, from high school to drum corps, and is very happy to be able to pass on that knowledge and those experiences to others and is eager to create an atmosphere of bass drumming excellence with the Columbus Saints.


Kristen McCormack

Kristen McCormack grew up in Vernon, NJ and began playing piano at the age of four. She began playing percussion with her school program at Vernon Township High School. She then attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst and received degrees in Music (piano) and Communication Disorders in May 2017. While at UMass, Kristen performed with Carolina Crown on synthesizer during the 2014 and 2016 seasons. She also continued playing percussion in concert band, Thom Hannum’s marching percussion techniques class, and marimba ensemble. She recently moved to Columbus, OH where Kristen is a graduate student studying Speech-Language Pathology with a Singing Health Specialization. She has been returning to her high school program to assist in teaching the front ensemble during band camp for the past few years. Kristen is looking forward to the opportunity of working with such an inspiring team at the Columbus Saints!

Liz Steele

Liz Steele has been with the Columbus Saints Drum & Bugle Corps as the Color Guard Caption Head since 2015. In addition to the  Corps, Liz co-founded the Saints Winter Guard program for the 2016 season. Her experience includes marching with the Hamilton TWP High School Marching Band and the Ohio Dominican University Marching Band. Liz also leads the Saints community outreach partnering with local community centers providing after-school guard programming.

 Liz holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio Dominican University and is currently employed as a legal professional. Her hobbies include reading, music concerts, theater productions, learning vintage hairstyles, and last but not least, color guard!

Melissa Loringer

Melissa has been marching since 2003. She spent 2 years as the captain of Fairview High School colorguard. After graduation, she joined the Top Hats (Pittsburgh, PA) for the 2006-2007 winter season, where she marched in the TRWEA and WGI circuits. After a brief hiatus, she returned to Fairview High School as the Colorguard Caption Head and held that position from summer 2010- spring 2015. Melissa joined the Erie Thunderbirds in 2013 as they returned to SDCA competition, and was added to the colorguard staff mid-season. She has been on staff ever since, and is proud to be a 2013 I&E medalist and a member of DCA’s Class A Best Colorguard in 2016. In the spring of 2015, Melissawas recruited as a Colorguard Tech for McDowell High School. She resigned prior to the 2017 marching season due to a relocation to Columbus, OH. She is looking forward to continuing her passion for marching in Columbus!


Evan Alexander

Evan has been around the marching activity for almost a decade, starting as a student at Central Crossing High School in 2009 to currently being a member of the school’s marching band staff for the last 3 seasons. He also spent 3 seasons marching with 2 world class drum corps: The Glassmen in 2012 and Blue Knights in 2013 and 2015. Evan is excited to join the Saints team to help develop the next generation of the activity.

Design Staff

Will Wells

Will Wells is a full-time marching designer, instructor and adjudicator living in Texas. Will has worked with numerous visual programs most recently at Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps, previously at Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps. He’s also worked with numerous high school programs around the country, including Hilliard Davidson High School from Hilliard, Ohio, the Centerville Jazz Band from Centerville, Ohio, Blue Springs Golden Regiment, from Blue Springs, Missouri and many more.

Will studied music performance at The University of Akron in addition to earning a B.S. in Journalism from Kent State University and an M.Ed from The Ohio State University.  In addition to teaching, he has also arranged music, written percussion and designed drill for programs in Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. He has also judged for the Mississippi and North Carolina Bandmasters Associations.
Performance experience includes five seasons with the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps (2000-2003, 2005) on tuba and lead baritone. During his time with the corps, he served as tuba section leader and soloist on both instruments. Will has also performed with the Billboard-charting band Company of Thieves on trombone, and can be heard on their live music video for the song “Talulah.” He has also been an active live and studio drummer for numerous hip-hop, jazz and soul outfits around the US.