About Us

Music City Mystique is a world-renowned theatrical percussion ensemble based in the music capital of the world: Nashville, Tennessee. The group competes under the governing organization Winter Guard International () and is an eight-time world champion. Music City Mystique is a 501(c)(3) non-profit youth organization that provides a positive educational activity for young musicians. The non-profit youth ensemble consists of approximately forty performing members between fourteen and twenty-two years of age.  Members of McM are required to pay dues to help offset the expenses associated with running the organization.

Our Staff

Josh Nelson

Executive Director

Josh Nelson is an active teacher and arranger, visual designer, adjudicator, and clinician currently residing in Old Hickory, TN.  Mr. Nelson is the driving force behind Music City Mystique (MCM), a Winter Guard International (WGI) Percussion Independent World (PIW) 8-time world champion winter drumline, based in Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Nelson’s involvement with MCM began in 2000 as a marching member and later member of the instructional staff. Today, Mr. Nelson serves as MCM’s Executive Director, a position he has held since his appointment in 2006. In addition to his role at MCM he also serves as percussion director at Stewarts Creek Middle and High School in Smyrna, TN. His responsibilities include directing all aspects of percussion curriculum, instruction, and performance for grades sixth through twelve. Mr. Nelson is proudly endorsed by Innovative Percussion, Inc.

Shane Gwaltney

Visual Designer / Battery Arranger / Program Coordinator

Shane is a charter member of Music City Mystique, beginning his career here in 1995. Shane was a member of the snare line until he aged out in 1999. For the past 16 years, he has helped lead the creativity and vision of McM with his battery arranging and visual design. He brings creative and consistent design elements to the ensemble which allows McM to be consistently competitive in a rapidly growing activity. Shane is a signature artist with Innovative Percussion and works as a percussion arranger, consultant, clinician, and visual designer in the Nashville area. Shane promotes his music through his website, http://www.syncedupdesigns.com/

Matt Jordan


Matt Jordan has been the front ensemble arranger for McM since 2014. Matt marched 6 years in the organization, from 2000-2005, and has served on the instructional staff in various capacities since he aged out. Outside of McM, he teaches percussion at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and works in marketing and artist relations for Pearl Corporation/Adams Musical Instruments. Additionally, Matt is finishing his DMA from Florida State University.  Matt was previously the arranger for Phantom Regiment, and a design consultant for Carolina Crown. For more information on Matt, visit his website, www.mattjordanpercussion.com.

Matt Filosa

Co-Arranger & Sound Design

Matt Filosa is a freelance percussionist, composer, and arranger currently residing in Euless, Texas. Co-owner of the marching arts design company Synced Up Designs, Matt writes,designs, and teaches  groups all over the country. From 2011 to 2014, Matt was the drumline instructor for the Marching Chiefs at The Florida State University. Matt earned a Masters degree in percussion performance from the University of North Texas and  Bachelors degree in percussion performance from the University of Florida. 

Don Click

Design Team & Ensemble Consultant

Don is the co-founder and former Director of McM. As the current Director of Creativity, he continually brings order to the complexity of McM’s productions. Don actively designs, consults, and teaches many high school marching bands, indoor groups, and independent drumlines. When not involved in music instruction or consultation, Don works for the Artist Relations Department of D’Addario & Company, Inc. He currently lives in Houston, Texas, with his wife, Stephanie, and their two children, Avery and Piper.

Daniel Brown

Art Director

After marching with McM in 2004, 2006, and 2007, Daniel became part of Mystique’s visual presence. Daniel has been instrumental in developing McM’s show logos, floor design, color palette, and multimedia. When not involved with McM, Daniel is active in the hockey community playing and coaching in Nashville, Tennessee. Currently, Daniel is a Sr. Creative for Country Music Television. Check out his personal work here

Meagan Hills

Front Ensemble Supervisor

Meagan is McM’s Front Ensemble Coordinator and has been teaching the group since 2006. Meagan was a member of McM’s renowned front ensemble from 2002-2005.  She is currently the band director at Spring Hill Middle School in Spring Hill, Tennessee, and also teaches the front ensemble for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from Rockford, Illinois.  She currently lives in East Nashville with her husband and incredible pup Obi Wan the Dobie.

Angelo Outlaw

Front Ensemble Caption Head

Angelo Outlaw, Jr. (Jello) is a native of Philadelphia, PA. Angelo started playing in drum corps front ensembles in 2004 with DCA’s The Bushwackers before marching with DCI’s Kiwanis Kavaliers in 2005, the Crossmen in 2006 and 2007, and lastly, with the Bluecoats in 2008 and 2009. Since aging out of drum corps, Angelo has spent the past four seasons as a member of the front ensemble staff with the Blue Knights. Angelo has been involved with Music City Mystique since 2008, playing vibraphone for 2008 and 2009 and then marimba from 2010-2012. He was also served as the section leader for 2011-2012. Since 2013, Angelo has been an active member of the teaching staff at Music City Mystique.

Rob Pastor

Front Ensemble

Rob has been involved with the Music City Mystique organization since 2000.  Rob was a member of McM’s renowned front ensemble from 2000-2007 and began teaching the front ensemble in 2008. Rob is also a staff member of The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from Rosemont, Illinois, where he has taught the front ensemble since 2008. Additionally, Rob has taught at multiple high schools in the middle Tennessee area and has performed various clinics on front ensemble techniques throughout the South.

Craig Loeffler

Front Ensemble

Craig has been a part of the Music City Mystique organization since 2004. Craig was a member of the marimba section from 2004-2007 and served as a member of the front ensemble staff from 2008-2012. After a brief hiatus in 2013, Craig has returned to the front ensemble staff for 2014. Craig currently lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he is a freelance educator, percussion arranger, and traveling clinician.

Dean Johnson

Front Ensemble

Dean joined Music City Mystique as a Front Ensemble Technician in 2015 season. He was a member of McM’s front ensemble in 2012 & 2013, when he aged out. After obtaining an English degree from the University of Kentucky, he moved to Nashville, where he has resided since. While not teaching Mystique, Dean serves as the Front Ensemble Coordinator/Arranger at Fred J. Page High School and works as a barista. He enjoys finding beauty in words, sounds, and people.

Jordan Vaughn

Front Ensemble

Jordan is humbled to return to Music City Mystique for his seventh year with the organization. Growing up as a Nashville local Jordan got his start with Music City Mystique with a small part in 2007 operating a prop then as a marching member of the front ensemble playing auxiliary percussion, or ͞rack͟, from 2010 until his age out in 2012. After returning in 2014 and 2016 to the front ensemble instructional staff he is happy to return again for the 2017 season.Jordan currently resides in Smyrna, TN with his dog Jack and is the North American Sales Director for TreeWorks Chimes in Nashville, TN.

Justin Lee

Front Ensemble

Justin is pleased to return for his 7th year with Music City Mystique as part of the instructional staff after aging out as a performer in 2016. Originally from Clarksville, TN, Justin has had a dedicated involvement with the marching activity since beginning his WGI experience in 2009. As a performer, he was most notably a member of Spirit of Atlanta in 2010, Phantom Regiment from 2011-2014, and Music City Mystique from 2011-2016 where he served as a section leader for the later 4 years. He has also served as a technician, arranger, caption head, and sound engineer for numerous indoor and outdoor percussion ensembles as a staff member. Justin currently lives in Smyrna, TN where he continues to teach, write, and perform.

John Gaal

Front Ensemble

John is one of the newest additions to the Mystique staff. Completing his bachelor’s degree with a percussion performance major, math minor at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, John is currently looking for various performance opportunities. John played marimba at Forsyth Central High School, a Scholastic World WGI Finalist drumline from ’09-’12, The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps from ’13-’15, and Music City Mystique from ’15-’16. Having marched Mystique, John is excited and thankful for the opportunity to give back to the organization which he dearly loves. John Gaal currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina as the front ensemble tech for Dorman High School, as well as the front ensemble coordinator for Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps.

Eric Robertson

Front Ensemble/Audio Technician

Eric Robertson will be joining the 2017 Music City Mystique staff as audio technician. He was a member of the front ensemble from 2011-2014 and in 2016 where he played bass guitar, and is very excited and honored to join the staff after aging out in 2016. Eric is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in electrical engineering, and after graduating, has moved back to the middle Tennessee area where he currently works as a technical writer and freelance audio tech.

Geoff Schoeffel

Audio Technician

Geoff is extremely excited to be joining Music City Mystique this season as a part of the audio team. Geoff is new to the Nashville area, having moved here to attend the studio engineering program at Blackbird Academy, which he graduated from with a Studio Engineer certificate. Geoff is from the Tampa Bay area, and spent the ’13 and ’15 WGI seasons with Infinity Percussion. He also marched the ’13, ’14, and ’15 DCI seasons with the Cadets, and was the Audio Manager for the Cadets in ’16. Currently Geoff works with music programs across the country setting up audio systems and designing sounds on behalf of his company, Pageantry Audio. This drum corps season, Geoff will be the Audio Designer for Spirit of Atlanta, and back at home he helps teach the front ensemble at Mt. Juliet High School.

Ben Lupton

Battery Caption Head

This will be Ben’s 6th year on Staff with Mystique. He was a dedicated member of MCM’s quad line from 2009-2011. His DCI career includes three seasons on quads with Spirit 2007-2009, and two seasons on staff as a Quad/Battery Technician with Genesis 2011-2012. Ben moved to Nashville in 2012 after earning a BS in Music Education from Western Carolina University. He currently teaches music throughout Middle Tennessee in addition to his active role with MCM Productions. Ben is very fond of nature, promoting positivity, and his beautiful wiener dog Shempi. 

Mike McDonald


Mike will be joining the 2017 Music City Mystique instructional staff as a snare technician. He was a marching member of McM from 2011 to 2013. Additionally, he has been a marching member of two Drum Corps International World Class ensembles: Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps from Atlanta, Georgia, and Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, from Rockford, Illinois. Additionally, he was a member of the Florida State University Big 8 drum line in 2009. He has been a instructional staff member at two DCI World Class Finalist ensembles as a snare technician: Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps, from San Antonio, Texas, and The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, from Rosemont, Illinois. He currently resides in Pensacola, Florida working as a trial attorney.

Dan Twiford


Dan returns for his second season with Music City Mystique. Dan has been a music student since the age of 9 and has been involved with WGI since 2002. It is one of his favorite things in the World. He began his marching career with WGI open class ensemble Aftermath Indoor Percussion, and started marching Drum Corps with DCA’s Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps. His marched his age out season playing snare drum with the 2008 Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2009 Dan joined the cast of Rhythm X where he performed 2 seasons winning a Gold and Silver Medal to finish
his marching career. Dan studied percussion at University of Delaware under Jim Ancona and at Eastern Kentucky University where he earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in 2010. He is now a full-time professional musician and educator based in Nashville, TN. Dan is a proud endorsing Artist for Pearl drums and percussion, and Innovative Percussion drumsticks and mallets. 

Stephen Nolte


Stephen marched in McM’s quad line from 2007-2013 and served as its section leader from 2009-2013. Additionally, Stephen marched with the Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps from Jacksonville, Alabama, in 2009, and the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from Rockford, Illinois, in 2011 and 2012. Stephen spends his time away from Mystique studying Wildlife and Fisheries Science at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee.

Tim Provence


Tim Provence is a drummer and percussion teacher residing in Nashville, TN. A graduate of the Belmont School of Music, Tim studied marching percussion with the legendary clinician, Bill Bachman (author: Quad Logic, Stick Technique) and was a member of the tenor line at Boston Crusaders (2009) and Music City Mystique (MCM) (2011, 2012), winning the WGI World Championship in 2011 with MCM. Tim is a sought after international percussion clinician and has written and taught for many high school, collegiate, and independent percussion programs across the globe. Tim also teaches private drumset and marching percussion lessons to students of all ages at his private studio in Nashville.

Geoff Watkins


Geoff Watkins has been a part of Mystique’s instructional staff since 2014. Originally from Norwalk, Connecticut, Geoff first moved to Murfreesboro in 2011 as a member of the bass line. When he moved back down to Tennessee for the 2012 season he transferred to Middle Tennessee State University. Following his final season in 2013, he graduated with a degree in Psychology and double minors in Philosophy and Behavioral Neuroscience. Since then he has moved to Nashville where he lives with members of the pit staff. Bass drummers and pit members tend to get along pretty well. Geoff has worked with numerous high school programs in Connecticut and middle Tennessee and has been on staff with the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps since 2013. He proudly endorses Innovative Percussion drumsticks and mallets and is very much looking forward to this year of Mystique.

Chase Dickinson


Chase started his career with Mystique as a member of the bassline in 2011. He continued from 2012 through 2014 serving as the bass drum section leader. “The opportunity to stay with the home team and become part of the instructional staff is exciting and a privilege,” says Chase. In addition to McM, Chase has served as the bass drum technician for Spirit of Atlanta in 2014 and has been on staff for the Bluecoats since 2015. He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia working during the week for an engineering firm Arcadis.

Logan Gott

Basses / Prop Master

Logan is a Tennessee local, from Kingsport. His drum corps career started with Spirit of Atlanta’s bassline from 2011-2012, followed by two years with The Cadets in HolyBass, serving as section leader in 2014. He became a part of Mystique Bass in the 2012 season and marched for 4 years, finishing 2015 as section leader. Currently, Logan is a Production Engineer for DENSO in Maryville, TN and looks forward to working with the best performers in the activity.

Jack Borland


Jack has been continuously teaching cymbals and battery visual since 2008. He joined the staff at Music City Mystique in 2010, and after taking the 2015 season off, he is excited to once again be back at it. He also currently teaches the Madison Scouts, having previously instructed at Crossmen and Spirit of Atlanta. Jack also founded what is known as Κψµβοσ, a type of fraternity for cymbal players which awards scholarships to performers in WGI and DCI. Jack lives and works in Nashville.

Charles Carty


Charles Carty joined McM’s instructional staff during the 2015 season. Charles has helped make it possible for members to follow in his footsteps and the footsteps of those before him on the path to greatness. From 2012-2014, he was a member of the cymbal line, serving as the section leader for his age out in 2014. Charles also marched for the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011 as well as Spirit Of Atlanta from 2012-2013. During the more recent summers, Charles has been teaching the Oregon Crusaders cymbal line.

Alex Rosas


Alex Rosas is beyond elated for his second year on McM staff. He first became a member at Mystique in 2012 on the cymbal line after relocating to Nashville, Tn from Katy, Tx for the season. After he moved back to Nashville for the 2013 season he decided to stay in Tennessee through his age out in 2015 as the section leader. Previous to that experience, Alex marched with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle corp cymbal line in 09-10, as well as 2012. Currently, Alex is living and working in Nashville as a landscaper.

Jonathan Beavers


Jonathan Beavers currently works with Bob Jones High School and a few other high schools in the Northern Alabama/Southern Tennessee area and also worked with Music City Drum and Bugle Corps on the battery staff and visual staff in 2015. Jonathan began his percussion education and performance experience at Bob Jones High School, and in 2011 marched with Music City Drum & Bugle Corps. He also marched with the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps in 2014 and spent his winter seasons with Music City Mystique from 2012 through 2015. He currently lives in Huntsville, AL where he studies Music Industry Communications at Calhoun Community College. He is an Innovative Percussion educator artist and proudly endorses all Innovative Percussion drumsticks and mallets.

Michelle Muller


Michelle is a recent graduate of Central Michigan University where she studied French, Music, and Business. She was a front ensemble member of NorthCoast Academy from 2012 to 2014, and Redline Percussion in 2015. She began her DCI career with Legends Drum and Bugle Corps in 2011, followed by Spirit of Atlanta in 2012. She went on to be a front ensemble member of Carolina Crown from 2013 to 2015, when the corps won its first championship, and placed 2nd overall in the 2015 season. She most recently aged out with Music City Mystique in 2016 as a vibraphone player. She began her teaching career with the Mount Pleasant High School Marching band in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, followed by the Lakeland High School Marching Band in White Lake, Michigan.

D’Angeleau Newsome

Media Assistant

D’Angeleau is a resident of Nashville and a 2014 graduate of Belmont University where he majored in Biology and Pre-Medical studies. Since 2008, he has fostered a passion for the marching arts, performing with and instructing several scholastic and independent drumlines in the middle Tennessee area. He eventually finished his competitive career as an auxiliary percussionist for Mystique in 2015. After aging out, D’Angeleau was eager to find ways to stay plugged into MCM. As such, he is excited to join the staff as a part of the social media and marketing team.

Carl Eppler


Carl has been involved with McM since 1997. He was a member of the snare line in 1997, 1998, 2001, and aged-out as the ensemble’s co-section leader in 2002. Carl has been a member of the instructional staff since 2003. In addition to McM, Carl has taught percussion programs at various high schools and universities in the South, as well as served as a staff member for the Spirit of JSU Drum and Bugle Corps from Jacksonville, Alabama, and The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from Rosemont, Illinois. He is a practicing attorney in Nashville, Tennessee.

Don Click


Don is the co-founder and former Director of McM. As the current Director of Creativity, he continually brings order to the complexity of McM’s productions. Don actively designs, consults, and teaches many high school marching bands, indoor groups, and independent drumlines. When not involved in music instruction or consultation, Don works for the Artist Relations Department of D’Addario & Company, Inc. He currently lives in Houston, Texas, with his wife, Stephanie, and their two children, Avery and Piper.

Chris Finen


Chris Finen is the President of McM’s Board of Directors, a position he has held since 2006.  Before joining the Board, Chris co-founded the Music City Mystique organization in 1995 with Don Click and has fulfilled various roles since then, including Director of Indoor Percussion (1995-2003), Caption Head (1995-1999), and Battery Arranger (1995-1998).  Chris is an Electrical Engineering graduate from Vanderbilt University and has worked for Eaton Corporation as an Application Engineer since 1994.  Additionally, Chris has taught percussion for the Vanderbilt University “Spirit of Gold” Marching Band, as well as numerous high schools throughout Tennessee, and performs with the popular Nashville coverband, Guilty Pleasures.

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Lenny Keesee

Board Member

Lenny Keesee joined the McM Board of Directors in October, 2016. Previously, Lenny held administrative rolls as the Operations Director for Wake Forest Independent and he also spent three years as the Percussion Coordinator with the Atlantic Indoor Association. Keesee directed the marching percussion programs at Ledford High School in Thomasville, NC from 2000 – 2012. As a performer, Lenny was a member of the Virginia Helmsmen (WGI PIO) from 1998 through his age out year in 2002. He currently resides in Danville, Virginia with his wife Lacey, daughter Layla and son Luke.