Born in Brooklyn New York to a Drum Corps family, his parents were the Corps directors of a now extinct Brooklyn area Drum & Corps, the Carter Cadets. Nate grew up attending Corps rehearsals and shows along the East Coast, and by the age of 5 he was already rehearsing with the Carter Cadets drum line.
His performance education history includes Lakewood High School, Kingsmen and Sacramento Freelancers Drum & Bugle Corps, Long Beach City College and South Coast Percussion Ensemble. Nate is also an accomplished San Diego State University Music Major.
In 1997 Nate started a drum line in Los Angeles and named it “City Sound”. From 1997 to 2008, beginning with their very first performance at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), they went on to perform their talents and compete throughout Southern California and New York.
In 2009 City Sound emerged as a Drum & Bugle Corps and performed in Drum Corps International (DCI) events from 2009 to 2014. This was a historic achievement for City Sound to bring DCI its first Los Angeles based Drum & Bugle Corp.
After a brief hiatus to spend time with his family, Nate is ready to put his Corps back on the field as the newly named Vessel Drum & Bugle Corps. He welcomes the challenge to lead Vessel to be a top Drum & Bugle Corp in the country. Through his dedication and hard work, this goal is inevitable.
ASSISTANT CORPS DIRECTOR / CYMBAL CLINICIAN
Jen Swanek is a 32 year veteran to the artistry of all things Cymbalic. She began her career performing with world renowned Drum & Bugle Corps and winter drum lines, such as the well remember Velvet Knights Sex Cymbals. Jen was also the first female to earn a spot in the prestigious Santa Clara Vanguard Cymbal line. After performing, Jen went on to develop her unique approach to cymbal technique through teaching at competitive organizations such as Pacific Crest, Velvet Knights, Gold, USC, UCLA, CSUN, RCC and high schools across California. Her instruction produced an impressive amount of talented performers that won many accolades through the years in DCI, SCPA, ADLA and WGI.
STAFF COORDINATOR / DAILY OPERATIONS MANAGER
Sean is the Founder and Director of Orange County Independent Ensembles. After getting the first Percussion off the ground in 2011, he has grown the organization to 3 highly competitive percussion ensembles and a World Class winds ensemble competing in Southern California Percussion Alliance and Winter Guard International. Through the years the efforts of these ensembles have netted 3 SCPA Championship Gold Medals and 6 WGI Medals, including 4 in World Class competition.
The bulk of this success is due to building strong teams. Starting with the best Designers, incorporating solid Caption Heads and rounding things out with incredible Tech Staff, has been Sean's strongest suit.
Vessel Drum and Bugle Corps welcomes Sean to the team.
MEMBER MANAGEMENT / OPERATIONS SUPPORT
Lori comes to us by way of the Orange County Independent Ensembles indoor percussion programs, where she found herself drawn to the Marching Arts activity. Her background in Administration and Human Resources has been an invaluable contribution to the daily operations and administrative duties of the programs.
Lori has actively sat on the Board of Directors of non-profit groups that serve children and homeless animals. Through these organizations, she is able to participate in community outreach programs that benefit those close to her heart – youth and animal companions.