INERTIA INDEPENDENT STAFF
Kriss Davis, from Columbus Ohio, has been an adjudicator with CSJA ince 2007 and with OMEA since 1981. He has judged for Chapter 8 Pennsylvania marching band contests and is an All-American parade adjudicator. Kriss is the Director of Inertia Independent Winds/Guard and they were the 2015 and 2017 WGI World A Class Champions! Inertia is also the 2016 WGI World A Class Bronze Medalist! Kriss is the Director of ART 101, Kismet, SWI winter guards, a perennial WGI finalist and semi-finalist.
During his career, Kriss has been the instructor for many successful national and local winter guards and percussion lines. Kriss is a highly sought after clinician in Ohio and a writer for both auxiliary and drill and staging design. His programs have had numerous superior ratings, 94 in total for auxiliary in OMEA, with 22 undefeated seasons.
Kriss has instructed guard and visual programs and percussion lines that have won MSBA,OIPA,MEPA titles, been BOA regional finalists and won several National University Bowl titles. Kriss marched with the Blue Coats Drum Corps, Brass Factory, Steel City Ambassadors all ages Drum Corps and Musical Knights Jr. Drum and Band Corps as a percussionist and Field Conductor. Kriss has won numerous titles in Percussion, Guard and Field Conducting over the years.
Ronald Duncan is currently a Staff Sergeant and trumpet section leader of the 38th Infantry Division Army National Guard Band in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a member of the 38th Infantry Division Band SSG Duncan has performed solo "Taps" for the 2011-2017 running of the Indianapolis 500, the 2011 Brickyard 400, and the Indiana Ice Hockey Organization. For the last three seasons, Duncan had the honor and privilege of performing our National Anthem as the trumpet soloist at the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts games.
Duncan has served 15 years as a clinician and public school music educator. As a music educator, his ensembles have consistently earned superior ratings in marching, concert band, and choirs at OMEA State Finals, and has consistently been a finalist at Mid-States Band Association and appeared at Bands of America Grand Nationals for several years. Currently, Duncan is the music caption head for WinterGuard International’s winds division, 2017 Gold Medalist, Inertia Independent Winds.
Before becoming a music educator, Duncan studied trumpet performance and earned a Bachelor of Arts in music business from Anderson University. He received his Master's Degree from Middle Tennessee State University. During this period at MTSU, he was the graduate teaching and conducting assistant. Prior to his placement at MTSU, he served for five years as a member of “The Commandant’s Own” United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps in Washington, D.C. While a member of this elite musical organization, Duncan performed for the President of the United States, foreign dignitaries, and various heads of state.
In 2012 SSG Duncan was featured on WHIO News Channel 7 segment titled "Making a Difference" by news anchor, James Brown highlighting teaching methods used in bringing the military band traditions into the classroom. He was also featured in the full length documentary titled "Veterans Day 11.11.11" produced by nationally acclaimed producer John Goheen of Terranova Pictures in 2012. Cameras documented Duncan and his students and what it means to be a veteran teaching our youth of today.
Duncan has received many honors to include Panera Breads "Top Teacher Award" video contest in 2012. The video produced by students described why they were inspired to do great achievements through teachings in and outside the classroom. This year Duncan attended the United States Army Senior Leadership Course and in 2013 the Advanced Leadership Course where he earned the Honor Graduate Award at the US Army School of Music. Duncan received advanced training in producing, arranging, and performing musical productions for various audiences.
Duncan currently resides in Pleasant Hill, Ohio in a log cabin back in the woods with his wonderful wife Jodi, their three kids, Josiah, Jesse, Jailee, their dog Dunkin, and two kittens named Tiny and Wishes.
Micah Ewing has been an instrumental music teacher in the Mason City School District since 2002, during which time the instrumental music program has grown from 450 students to well over 2000 students in grades 6-12. During his tenure in Mason, Ewing has taught six curricular concert bands, marching band, string orchestra, symphony orchestra, AP music theory, beginning band, and class guitar, as well as serving as performing arts department chair. Prior to teaching in Mason, Ewing taught at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati. Ewing enjoys his frequent role as an arranger, consultant, and adjudicator for marching bands, concert bands, and winter units.
Ewing received Bachelor of Music degrees in music education and music performance from Miami University, a Master of Music degree in wind/band conducting from Northwestern University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music education from Boston University. He lives in Mason, Ohio with his patient wife and three active children.
David A. Parsons
David is a Marching Arts Design and Instructional Specialist. His focus has been mainly geared toward Small to Mid-sized competitive performance programs. David’s 36 years of experience has given him the knowledge and the flexibility in being able to work with a wide variety of ensemble proficiency levels.
This experience has also lead to the development of a comprehensive handbook that includes many basic concepts of stretching, strengthening, posture and marching basics as well as more advanced procedures and processed to help make your ensemble understand how to do what's asked of them. The handbook, as well as David’s approach to this activity, is constantly evolving, keeping it current with new techniques and procedures.
From Mississippi to South Carolina to New Jersey, David’s designs have consistently helped propel his clients, including Marching Bands, Indoor Drum Lines, and Winter Guards, into State and Regional Finals.
Past Marching Band affiliations include MHSAA Mississippi State Finalist and 2A/3A Champion Booneville H.S., TOB West Virginia State Finalist and 2A/4A Champion Hurricane H.S., USSBA New Jersey State 5A Champion Cherokee H.S. and 2A Champion Burlington Township H.S., OMEA Ohio State Finalist Troy H.S., Bradford H.S., Milton-Union H.S., and Highland H.S., and SCBDA South Carolina State 3A/5A Finalists Ashley Ridge H.S.
While working as the Visual Caption Head at Ashley Ridge H.S., David designed and worked directly with not only their Marching Band but also their Winter ensembles including CWEA Champions in both Winter Guard (Reg & Sch. A) and Winter Percussion (PSAA & PSA). All groups placing high in Visual Analysis and Visual Performance.
David’s current design clients include Chapman H.S. and Williston-Elko H.S. in South Carolina, Murphysboro H.S. in Illinois, David W. Butler H.S. in North Carolina, and Milton-Union H.S. and Inertia Independent Winds in Ohio.
The Inertia Independent WGI Winds Guard program is proud to Announce the addition of Trudy Carnate Giasi as our principal dancer and instructor. Trudy Giasi is a dancer, choreographer, and instructor from the central Ohio area and has been dancing and performing her entire life. Her training began at the Ballet Met Dance Academy as a dance student and pre-professional tap dancer.
In high school, she was accepted into the Fort Hayes High School of the Performing Arts in the pre-professional dance program. Trudy then went on to receive a B.F.A. in Dance from The Ohio State University in 2001, and became the Associate Director of the Rhythm in Motion Dance Company where she choreographed and performed tap and modern dance repertoire. She became the dance choreographer and instructor for the several WGI finalist winter guard in 2007 to 2014.
Trudy is also a former science teacher and district science/STEM coordinator, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Education at The Ohio State University. She works at the national, state, higher education and school district levels to integrate STEM and the Arts into everyday teaching and learning for all students. Trudy continues to choreograph and perform with various groups and organizations, and is pleased to continue serving as the choreographer for Inertia Independent Winds and Winter Guard this season.
Inertia Independent Winds takes great pleasure in announcing that the supremely talented Michael Lentz has agreed to be part of our 2016 design team. Welcome to the WGI Winds division!