TJ CHOQUETTE

 

BATTERY ENSEMBLE, SNARE DRUMS

 TJ Choquette is in his fourth season as part of the Atlanta Quest staff and second as battery coordinator.

 

Residing in Dunwoody, GA, he has served as battery tech, battery coordinator, visual designer and battery arranger at numerous metro-Atlanta schools, as well as schools from Chicago to New Mexico. Currently, he assists with the PIW finalist drumline at Milton HS.

 

He graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor's in Business-Marketing. He served two years playing snare drum in the UGA drumline, as well as Georgia-based WGI groups, Pariah and Terminus (lol), before marching with Music City Mystique and the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, respectively. He currently works as a corporate recruiter with The Allegis Group.

 

ONYE EME-AKWARI

 

BATTERY/VISUAL ENSEMBLE, TENORS

Onye began his drum corps career at Alliance Drum and Bugle Corps. He marched the all-age corps from 2007-2009. He later went on to march Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps for four summers beginning in 2010, and served as the tenor section leader for the last three. He also participated in DCI’s Individual & Ensemble in 2012 and 2013, coming in 2nd place on both occasions. In the summer of 2014, Onye was a tenor technician with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps and Alliance Drum and Bugle Corps. He spent the following summer touring Europe with the Blue Devils International Corps.

 

Onye marched on the quad line at Atlanta Quest for 8 years starting in 2007 and aging out in 2015. The only indoor season he wasn't at AQ was 2011, where he served as an actor for Music City Mystique as the “Mantra Drummer” in their World Championship production Mantra.

 

Onye is an active clinician and consultant for many programs across the country, and is the head battery technician at Sprayberry High School in Marietta, GA. Onye currently resides in metro-Atlanta and is currently pursuing a Masters in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the University of Georgia after earning his Bachelors in Psychology from Kennesaw State University in 2014.

DANNY MOORE

 

TENORS

Danny Moore is joining the Atlanta Staff for his first season as a quad technician.

Danny Moore is a senior music education major at Jacksonville State University, where he studies all areas of percussion with Dr. Tony McCutchen and Mr. Clint Gillespie.  He additionally studies drumset with Mr. Chris Fryar of the Zac Brown Band.   He has marched tenors in the acclaimed “JSU Marching Southerners” and is currently serving his second season as the front ensemble section leader.

 

While in high school, Danny participated in the Music City Drum and Bugle Corps, marching tenors.   Two years later he marched tenors with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, where the drumline won the 2013 Fred Sanford Percussion Award for the highest scoring drumline at finals.  He returned in 2015, again marching tenors with the corps.

 

In addition to marching percussion, Danny enjoys studying marimba, orchestral percussion, ethnic percussion and all facets of drumset.  In 2010 he was a finalist in the Percussive Arts Society International Convention Drumset Competition, receiving 2nd place.   Danny is an active performer in his home state of Alabama.  When not drumming, Danny enjoys SCUBA diving, mountain biking, hiking, and skeet shooting.

 

AARON FISHER

 

SNARES

Aaron Fisher is in his second season with the Atlanta Quest organization and first with AQ.

 Originally from Dallas, Texas, he currently resides in Atlanta, GA and has worked with numerous groups in each area, including the Coppell HS, Wakeland HS, Frisco HS, the University of North Texas Marching Band, the Georgia Tech Marching Band, and Q2. He currently serves as the battery caption head at Lambert HS (PIW) and works with the Santa Clara Vanguard.

While at the University of North Texas, he performed with multiple percussion ensembles, as well as with the Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra. While there, he studied with Mark Ford, Christopher Deane, Robert "Doc" Schietroma, Nicholas Williams, and Paul Rennick. He also performed with the UNT Snare Ensemble, the UNT A-line, and the UNT Green Brigade, serving as the section leader for both the A-Line and the Snare Ensemble. Outside of school, he marched with the Phantom Regiment in 2010 and the Santa Clara Vanguard from 2011-2014, serving as the section leader in 2013-2014 and winning the Fred Sanford percussion trophy in both 2010 and 2014.

 

 

DANIEL ALLEN

 

BASS

Daniel is very excited for his first season on the Atlanta Quest Educational Staff as a bass technician.

Raised in Carrollton Georgia Daniel is currently a student at Jacksonville State University, studying Music Education. While at Jacksonville State he has marched with the Marching Southerners since 2012 where he played Cymbals, then moved to be section leader of the bassline from 2013-2015. As well as marching with the Southerners he has been in The Chamber Winds, The Wind Ensemble, and The Symphonic Band, as a principal player, The Steel Drum Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and Latin Ensemble. Daniel has taught at Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, Cleburne County HS (AL), Temple HS (GA), New Manchester HS (GA), Carrollton HS (GA), and East Coweta HS (GA).

Daniel started his independent marching career with Atlanta Quest. He marched from 2013-2015 where he aged out as section leader of the Bassline. His first summer marching he marched in the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps bassline and received the Crossmen percussion Rookie of the Year award. After marching with the Crossmen, Daniel marched with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps during the summers of 2014 and 2015, aging out as section leader of the bassline. During the winters of  2013, 2014, and 2015 Daniel marched in the bassline at Atlanta Quest, aging out as Section Leader of the Bassline. While marching, Daniel has had the privilege of studying under some of the Percussion community’s foremost experts such as Josh Robichaux, Clint Gillespie, John Cypert, Dr. Thomas Mccutchen, Tim Greene, Joe Hobbs, Eric Ridenour, Alan Sears, Lee Beddis and Michael Mcintosh.

 

AJ PACE

 

BASS

A.J. Pace is in his first season with Atlanta Quest as a bass technician.

A.J. currently holds a Music Education Degree and Percussion Performance Certificate from the University of South Carolina, as well as Masters in Music Education from Winthrop University. Most recently, he has spent the last ten years in a multitude of roles with Palmetto Percussion that range from Ensemble Director to Chief Designer. He has also held technician and caption head positions with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps. His performance experiences include performances with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, and Palmetto Percussion.

A.J. is proudly endorsed by Innovative Percussion. He currently resides in Greenville, SC where is the Director of Bands at Wade Hampton High School.

 

ADAM STELTENPOHL

 

CYMBALS

Adam is a native of Alpharetta, he graduated from Centennial High School in 2010.  He is currently attending Georgia State University where he is working towards a degree in Marketing with a Minor in Music Education.

 

At Georgia State, Adam is a charter member of the Georgia State Marching Band.  Along with his experience from high school and college, Adam has also performed with several world class organizations.  Adam was a marching member on mellophone for Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps through the 2011-2013 seasons.  Adam also performed with Atlanta Quest as a cymbal player through their 2013 and 2014 seasons.  In the 2014 season he was also featured as a visual soloist.

 

Since graduating high school Adam has been an instructor for many local programs including the Centennial and Roswell High School Marching Bands, the Chattahoochee High School Indoor Drumline, as well as Alliance Drum & Bugle Corps.  This is Adam’s third season on staff with Atlanta Quest and he is very excited to continue the upward progression that both the ensemble and the cymbal line have shown in the past few years.