Jon Tirado is a former member of the INFINITY snare line, and he is an alum we are very proud of. Tirado is an Orlando local, and most recently received his Bachelor of Art’s degree in Music with a Minor in Education from the University of Central Florida. While in Orlando, Jon worked at Timber Creek High School as the Percussion Coordinator, and performed with the Orlando Magic Drumline. In August of 2011, Jon was hired at the University of Texas at San Antonio as the Athletic Percussion Director for the UTSA Spirit of San Antonio, instructing and writing the music for the Drumline and Front Ensemble. 2011 was the inaugural season for this ensemble, so Jon was fortunate enough to be the original composer of all the source material for the Marching Roadrunner Band.
As for indoor, Tirado is currently involved with competitive marching arts both at the collegiate and high school level. During the Fall he teaches at the nearby Louis D. Brandeis High School Band, which competed locally and traveled to the Lone Star Drum Contest in Dallas, Texas. With UTSA, he directs an indoor percussion ensemble that is offered as a class during the Spring, which competed locally within the Texas Colorguard Circuit and hopefully will be attending a nearby WGI Regional contest during the 2013 season. The ultimate plan is to compete at the WGI World Class Finals in 2014.
Read below of Tirado’s experience with drum corps, and what it means to be an INFINI-Alum:
How many years did you march with INFINITY, and what corps did you march with?
I marched my last season of indoor with INFINITY 2010, and I marched in 3 different drum corps: The Magic 2005, Carolina Crown 2006 and the Cadets 2007 and 2008. In 2007, I received the DCI Silver Medal with the Cadets.
How did your experience at INFINITY help prepare you for your experience with your drum corps?
Interestingly enough I had been out of drum corps for a whole year before marching with INFINITY. I lucked out having a May birthday which allowed me to have another season in WGI. I aged out of drum corps in 2008. My experiences at INFINITY helped solidify my skill level to continue my practice in the marching arts.
What was/is your favorite thing about being a member/alum of Infinity Percussion?
I love looking at INFINITY at their contests and WGI Finals. They've been doing so well and it's great to see a program continue after you are an alum. Seriously, last season I would daily check YouTube for videos and check online for scores sitting at the edge of my chair excited for the ensemble - my alma mater group!
What are there similarities between your experiences with your drum corps and INFINITY?
The similarities I experienced was the demand. At Cadets, it was more focused on endurance and the ability to keep up during the summer. With INFINITY, it was more focused on the amount of difficulty in writing and choreography. Although different, they both shared an equality on the performance level. High intensity and fast beats!