To assist in the growth of the marching arts of the carolina area


Brady Hartness-President

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Brady Hartness is a native of Fort Mill, SC, and a graduate of Winthrop University where he earned a degree in music composition. Brady began his professional marching career with the 2009 Madison Scouts as the Timpanist. He also performed with Palmetto Percussion from 2010-2014, and returned as a front ensemble technician in 2015.

Brady taught Fort Mill High School from 2010-2016, while assisting several other band and percussion programs in the Carolina and Georgia area. From 2014-2016 Brady was a front ensemble technician for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corp. Brady recently served as the Front Ensemble coordinator from 2016-2019 and was also the Program Coordinator during 2019 for Civitas Independent. 

Currently Brady works with the Dorman High School Marching Band and Indoor Drumline as the Front Ensemble Coordinator. 

Brady currently resides in Greenville, SC, and is the owner of From The Top Designs, LLC, a growing business that specializes in designing custom shows for the marching arts. 


Andrew Gregory - Vice President

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Andrew Gregory is a lifelong resident of South Carolina; he is originally from Boiling Springs, SC and went on to pursue a degree from the University of South Carolina. After graduating in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education, Andrew accepted the band director position at Palmetto Scholars Academy in Charleston, SC. Now entering his 4th year at PSA, the programs offered are

growing rapidly and he continues to push each ensemble to new heights while also expanding his own knowledge of how students learn music. From 2012 to 2015, Andrew spent four seasons performing with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps from Canton, OH.


Andrew is an active visual designer and visual instructor in the marching activity, Andrew has taught all levels of WGI in addition to three seasons of World Class level DCI. Andrew is also an active drill writer for several marching bands and indoor groups in the Carolinas.  Andrew also serves as an adjudicator for local marching competitions in the area.


Andrew has a passion for teaching and expanding the arts in South Carolina. PIMA will allow students across the entire state access to quality education in the independent marching arts. He is excited to see the growth of indoor in South Carolina and hopes to push the groups in this state to their highest level of achievement..


Torey Riser- Secretary

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Torey Riser, a huge Manchester United supporter, is a native of Greenwood, SC where he attended Lander University, majoring in Music Education. Mr. Riser currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Secretary of Administration for the Carolina Winter Ensemble Association, a seat he has held for 2 years and recently re-elected into for a second term. He has previously served on the CWEA Board of Directors as the organizations Percussion Representative and as Interim Percussion Coordinator as well.  


Mr. Riser was a charter member of Palmetto Percussion in 2007 and aged out as the snare line section leader in 2009. For the last 13 years, he has worked with many successful high school programs in South Carolina as an instructor, designer, and composer, including: BHP High School (2004-07), Greenwood High School (2008-2012), Bluffton High School (2013-2014), and, since 2014, has served as Director of Percussion for Ninety Six High School and Edgewood Middle School in Ninety Six, SC.   


Throughout his career, Mr. Riser has worked with many ensembles in the state, including Palmetto Percussion (2010), North Greenville Independent (2016), and Civitas Independent (2018-2019). He is currently the show designer for Ninety Six High School and Greenwood High School, and served as the music arranger for Charles Towne Independent (PIA) from Charleston, SC.  


Since joining Ninety Six High School in 2014, Mr. Riser has helped the program deliver 4 straight SCBDA Marching Band 1A State Championships (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) and, after founding the school’s first ever indoor percussion program in 2015, 4 straight SCBDA Indoor PSA State Championships. The indoor percussion ensemble has also won 2 CWEA titles, 1 WGI Regional (2016) and advanced to WGI Semifinals (2018, 2019), narrowly missing out on finals both seasons. 


Mr. Riser would like to credit E.L. Manigo, Lebron James, A.J. Pace, Erik Crook, Colin Brown, Joel Gardner, Luiz Riviera, Mike McIntosh, Paul Rennick, Cliff Sutton, and Chris Turner for their direct and indirect influences on his life as a music educator.


Marcus Morris - Director At Large

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Prior to becoming the Assistant Director of Bands at Boiling Springs High School, Mr. Morris was the Performing Arts Coordinator & Assistant Band Director for Laurens District 55 High School.  He previously as the Director of Bands at Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, N.C., Myrtle Beach High School, as well as Associate Director at Dorman High School.  

A native of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Morris holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Winthrop University, a Masters in Music Education K-12 also from Winthrop, and his Ed.S in Administration and Supervision from Converse College. Mr. Morris studied under the tutelage of renowned conductors and clinicians Dr. William F. Malambri, Dr. Stan Michalski, Dr. Lorrie Crochet, and Dr. B. Michael Williams during his time at Winthrop. 

Mr. Morris remains active across the Southeast as an adjudicator, presenter, performer, and clinician.  He has presented clinics at the SCMEA annual conference, as well at several district professional development conferences. In November of 2019, Mr. Morris will be presenting at the National Association for Music Educators Conference in Orlando, Florida. He has conducted honor bands in several states, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Georgia. Marcus is a 2017 recipient of the Converse College Lovett Award for promising school leader, and the 2019 South Carolina Music Educator’s Association Mentor Award.  

Mr. Morris is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, Music Educators National Conference, South Carolina Music Educators Association, Palmetto State Teacher’s Association, the South Carolina Band Directors Association, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.  


VICTOR PEREZ- DIRECTOR AT LARGE

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Victor Perez is a native of Spartanburg, SC, and a graduate of Western Carolina University where he earned a degree in music Education. Victor began his professional marching career in 2011 with Palmetto Percussion as a snare drummer and continued in 2012. He also performed on tour with the Blue Knights under the direction of caption head Ralph Hardimon.  Victor’s collegiate marching history is quite impressive.  He was a member of the Pride of The Mountains Drumline from 2009-2013, in 2013 he served as the section leader.  



Victor taught his alma mata Dorman  High School from 2010-2014 during the summers, and spring when ever he had the chance, while assisting several other band and percussion programs in the Carolina and Georgia area. From 2014-2015 Victor was the Assistant band director/ Director of Percussion for Dutchtown High School in Hampton, GA.  In the Fall of 2016 Victor Took over as the Percussion Caption Head of Fayette County High School, in Fayetteville Georgia under the direction of the great Dr. Myra Rhoden.  


In the spring of 2017 Victor accepted the Director of Percussion position at Dorman High School, in Spartanburg SC where he currently works. Since then he and his incredible team have made back to back WGI World Championship finalist appearances, and have propelled the prestigious Dorman Percussion Program to new heights with over 150 Percussionist District wide.   


 Victor currently resides in Spartanburg, SC, with his wife Tabitha Perez, and son Maxon.  In his spare time he enjoys watching the Pittsburgh Steelers play on Sundays, and watching Shows such as Big Brother, Deal or No deal, and Shark tank with his wife.