Alan Sears is a co-founder of Atlanta Quest. He has been the music and program director since the beginning in 2002.


He obtained a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from Georgia Southern University in 1999.

While there he performed under the direction of Dr. Daniel Pittman, and studied with Dr. Matt Fallin.  He was a member of the “Southern Pride” Marching Drumline and Indoor Drumline. He instructed and arranged for the group from 1996-1998. He also toured extensively as a performer over the Eastern United States and throughout Europe.


Alan now serves as the Director of Percussion for the Sprayberry High School “Band of Gold”, as well as consults and arranges for many groups throughout the state. His students have been named to the Georgia All-State Band and Orchestra, the Georgia Governors Honors Program, and received scholarships and placement in some of the most prestigious college band programs in the country. He also serves as the Co-Caption Head and Arranger for  Alliance Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Sears also has his arrangements published with CounterMotion Inc.


Mr. Sears is member of the Percussive Arts Society and a co-founder of the Georgia Alliance for Performing Arts Education, a non-profit foundation that provides support for Atlanta Quest.


Alan is married to Monna Sears and the proud father of two sons Hayden Alan Sears and Cole Alexander Sears.




Zack is in his fourth year as Visual Designer for Atlanta Quest. He's been with the ensemble since 2012


He was a performing member of Pariah Marching Theater from 2005-2010 and Music City Mystique in 2011.


He began as a snare technician with Quest in 2012 before becoming the Visual Caption Head in 2013. He also just completed his first year as a member of the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps visual staff.


Zack currently lives in Murfreesboro Tennessee, where he is studying marketing at Middle Tennessee State University.




Larry Summerlin has been with the ensemble since it's beginning in 2002.  He is currently percussion director at East Paulding High School and is also Co-Caption Head for ALLIANCE Drum and Bugle Corps.


Mr. Summerlin earned his BM Music Education in 2001 from Georgia Southern University where he studied with Dr. Matt Fallin.  During that time he traveled to New York, London, and Germany as a performing member of the Georgia Southern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and also spent a summer marching Carolina Crown in 1997.


Since moving to Atlanta in 2002, he has been an educator at various schools in the metro Atlanta area including such prestigious programs as Milton, Sprayberry, and River Ridge High Schools.  He currently resides in Kennesaw, Georgia with his wife and four children.





James Pluth is in his second year at Atlanta Quest as arranger for the front ensemble.


He performed with The Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps in 2010 and 2011, as well as Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps (2009) and Odyssey Percussion Theatre from 2005 to 2010.


As an educator, James has worked with many groups in the the Atlanta area, both arranging and teaching (though not always both) including: Walton HS, Forsyth Central HS, Lassiter HS, Mill Creek HS, and Frequency Percussion (PIA). James earned his B.A. In music from Jacksonville State University in April of 2013 and is currently working on his masters at CSULA.