Ancient City Announces Program and Educational Staff for 2018

Ancient City Announces Program and Educational Staff for 2018

Ancient City Ensemble is proud to announce the program and educational staff for 2018. We are excited and humbled to be able to learn from and grow with this great collection of educators.


Program Coordinator - Chris Koss
Co-Program Coordinator / Visual Design & Choreography  - Joshua Wendt
Music Program Coordinator / Front Ensemble Arranger / Sound Design - Matt Hahn
Battery Arranger - Leonard Woods
Visual Design & Staging - Jason Nunes


Educational Coordinator - Chris Koss
Music Ensemble and Battery Coordinator - Leonard Woods
Front Ensemble Coordinator - Anthony Innocenti
Visual Coordinator - Josh Wendt
Cast Coordinator - Betsy Koss

Front Ensemble Consultant - Aaron Safer



Brian Drought - Front Ensemble
Casey Rodney - Front Ensemble
Noah Cole - Battery (Bass)
Hunter Geter - Battery (Bass)
Avery Melucci - Battery (Quads)
Jesse Perez - Battery (Snare)
James Pouncey - Battery (Quads)
Ryan Sayers - Battery (Snare)
Christian Travieso - Battery (Ensemble)


Jeremy Andrew Hunter
Bryan Igcasenza


Josh Crosby
Allie Davison

Keeping an eye on our About Page for more additions to the staff as the 2018 season approaches.


Ancient City Ensemble Enters Strategic Partnership with Unity Percussion

Ancient City Ensemble Enters Strategic Partnership with Unity Percussion

Ancient City Ensemble is pleased to announce the formation of a strategic partnership with Unity Percussion. Through the partnership, Ancient City and Unity look to create synergy by leveraging their individual strengths. Both organizations feel strongly that the sharing of administrative, design, and educational staff and resources will provide a higher level of experience for the members of each organization.

As part of the partnership, Ancient City will be relocating to the greater Gainesville area for the 2018 season and beyond. “When we factored in the geography of our membership for the last several seasons, the acceptance of the indoor percussion activity in the Gainesville area because of the amazing relationships Unity has built, and the fact that Laura and I have relocated to her home town of Trenton, FL, it only made sense to begin this exciting new partnership by relocating Ancient City to greater Gainesville,” said Doug Beard, Co-Executive Director and Founder of Ancient City. “While we are grateful for the hospitality shown by the Tampa Bay community over the past couple seasons, the difficulty of finding affordable rehearsal space and a home base of operations has prevented the ensemble from having the best chance of competitive success. With Laura and my ties to the Gainesville area and the relationships Unity has built, we feel the move can remove this barrier going forward.”

While the partnership will create new opportunities for the organization to share resources, both organizations plan to field separate ensembles for the 2018 season with Ancient City remaining in Open Class and Unity remaining in A Class. “We currently plan on holding a joint-facility audition with Unity Percussion as we will be sharing many of the same educators and using a unified approach to our musical and visual programs,” according to Chris Koss, who will be returning as Program Coordinator for Ancient City. “This is just the first of many joint-ventures that will provide a unique educational experience for indoor percussionists in Florida.”

More information will be made available in the next several days about the 2018 season for Ancient City including design staff/educational leadership and auditions.

Audition / Clinic Locations Announced

Audition / Clinic Locations Announced

Ancient City Ensemble is excited to announce that our 2017 clinic/audition camps will be held at the following locations:

Clinic/Audition 1, 3, and 4
September 25, October 9, and October 16
Palm Harbor University High School
1900 Omaha Street
Palm Harbor, FL 34683

Clinic/Audition 2
October 2
Newberry High School
400 SW 258th Street
Newberry, FL 32669

For more information on our clinic/audition experience and to register, please visit our clinic/audition page.

Facilities Coordinator Needed

Facilities Coordinator Needed

Ancient City Ensemble is searching for someone with passion and the desire to be an integral part of the ensemble's success to be our Facilities Coordinator. We have established preliminary relationships with schools in the Tampa area and are looking for the right person to develop these relationships. 

The Facility Coordinator's duties include:

  • Confirm all calendar and contract details with all facilities.
  • Review the dates, times and areas of campus available for use each weekend.
  • Be knowledgeable of all facility procedures (who locks/unlocks, hours allowed to play, light use, air conditioning use, parking, outside areas allowed to use, etc) and communicate these to all appropriate staff.
  • Confirm schedule and area availability with facility at least 5 days before each date to ensure knowledge of any facility changes.
  • Update the Program Director, Educational Director, and appropriate staff of all facility changes.
  •  Be on-call a reasonable number of weekends during the season to respond to facility issues.

If you are interested in growing your interpersonal and organization skill sets while greatly contributing to the success and growth of Ancient City Ensemble, this is the perfect opportunity for you! To apply, please visit our application page and fill out the short application. If you have any questions, please email us.


Ancient City Welcomes Wendt and Nunes

Ancient City Welcomes Wendt and Nunes

Ancient City Ensemble is proud to welcome Joshua Wendt and Jason Nunes to the design team for the 2017 season. Josh and Jason will lead the visual design and choreography as well as being heavily involved in the overall programing of the show.

Jason and Josh have worked closely together on several projects, most notably Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, FL, where their design earned Nease a performance in the 2016 WGI World Championships Scholastic Open Class Finals, scoring in the top 2 in finals in the Effect Visual and Visual Captions and winning the Fan Favorite Award. Josh and Jason are known thought the activity for their innovative use of visual effect, staging, and choreography.

"I can not begin to express how excited we are to have Josh and Jason as part of the Ancient City Ensemble team," says Chris Koss, Ancient City Program Coordinator. "When we looked at how we could create a unique visual identity for Ancient City, our first choice was Josh and Jason. They create an aesthetic that is unlike anything else in the activity and will afford Ancient City the ability to present a visual package that is fresh and singular to us."

The addition of Josh and Jason is the first of several refinements Ancient City will be taking during the offseason in an effort to offer our membership the best experience possible in 2017. We look forward to sharing more developments with you in the future.  

2016 - Big Moves for Ancient City Ensemble

2016 - Big Moves for Ancient City Ensemble

Coming off another year of expectation-exceeding growth, Ancient City Ensemble is pleased to announce that we are making big moves for the 2016 season. In an effort to enhance the experience for our members and allow Ancient City to experience continued growth, the ensemble is relocating from St. Augustine/Daytona Beach to Tampa Bay.

"St. Augustine and Daytona Beach have been great locations for ACE and they will always have a special place in our hearts," say ACE founders and directors Doug and Laura Beard. "However, the Tampa Bay area has a number of high quality scholastic percussion ensembles. These ensembles have experienced, proven educators producing amazing talent. When we considered that the Tampa Bay area does not have many independent percussion outlets for the educators and graduating members of these ensembles, we realized that Tampa Bay was a perfect opportunity for ACE to continue our growth."

Along with the move of the ensemble to Tampa Bay, Ancient City is making moves on the design and educational fronts. Joining ACE for 2016 as Program and Educational Coordinator and Visual Designer is Chris Koss. Chris will be leading the design process in addition to designing the visual package, and will oversee the education of the ensemble's members. "Chris has been a mainstay in the Tampa Bay percussion community for over 14 years. He has worked with and directed nationally recognized and successful scholastic percussion programs and has worked with some of the best designers in the activity," says Doug. "We are very excited for the experience and energy he brings to ACE."

Joining Chris on the design team will be Shane Gwaltney (Music Program Coordinator & Battery Arranger), Matt Jordan (Front Ensemble Co-Arranger), and Matt Filosa (Front Ensemble Co-Arranger & Sound Design). Assisting Chris with assembling the educational staff and serving as Music Ensemble and Battery Coordinator will be Drew Anderson, and assisting Doug and Laura with ensemble administration will be Gabe Flores.

As the offseason progresses, more details will be available on our technical staff and the 2016 program. Please stay tuned as we continue to provide updates on our progress. 2016 promises to be a great season for Ancient City Ensemble!

Visit our about page to learn more about the ACE team.