Percussion Staff Bios

Chris Lawlor, Percussion Director and Arranger

Chris Lawlor

Returning to the Surf team for his fourth season as Percussion Director and first as Percussion Arranger is East Bridgwater, MA native CHRISTOPHER LAWLOR. Prior to his current role with the Jersey Surf, Chris enjoyed tours as an instructor with several DCI teams, including the Troopers battery in 2010, the Blue Stars in 2011 and 2012, and The Cadets quad line in the 2013. He has taught in multiple Massachusetts high schools Everett, Mansfield, and Norwood. Chris has also worked with the Avon Indiana High School Percussion program in 2011/2012. He more recently spent from 2013-2015 arranging and teaching the The Boston University Band. He now works closely with and arranges for Burlington and Wakefield High Schools in Massachusetts.

As a performer, Chris was a member of the percussion section of the East Coast Jazz Drum & Bugle Corps from 2002 through 2005. Chris also performed in The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps from 2006 until aging out in 2009. He spent the 2005 WGI season in the quad line of the Boston University Winter Percussion Ensemble and performed with RhythmX in 2009 and 2010.

Rich Klimowicz, Percussion Coordinator


RICH KLIMOWICZ graduated with his Bachelors in Music Performance from Millersville University. While at Millersville as an undergraduate he helped to found the Portal Percussion Trio currently based out of Lancaster City, PA. While currently living in Lancaster he is very active as a full time percussionist and independent music educator. He has worked with numerous high school marching programs since 2006 all over the Philadelphia area and served as the Coatesville Area school District Caption Head from 2009-2013. His drum corp. career began with the Reading Buccaneers in 2006 and went on to age out as a member of the Cadets front ensemble in 2010. In 2012 he joined the percussion staff for the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps. and very excited to be returning for a fifth year.

He is returning for his third season now as a member of the United Percussion instructional staff going into the 2015 WGI season and is on his sixth year as a staff member/writer for the Millersville University Marching Band. Additionally, Rich is employed as a part of the Music Faculty for Linden Hall: Girls College Prep School in Lititz PA, he maintains private studio lessons and assists with their instrumental programs. He maintains a professional performance schedule throughout the year and actively works within schools and his local community as a performer and educator through some of his partnerships including S.W.A.N. and Music for Everyone.

Rich is a Vic Firth Artist and he proudly serves as a member of the Vic Firth Education Team.

Alex Santa, Snare Instructor


ALEX SANTA is excited to return to the Jersey Surf percussion education team for his third year. Alex is currently a percussion instructor at Neshaminy High School in Neshaminy, PA and he is studying music education at West Chester University in West Chester, PA.

In 2013, Alex was a member of the Matrix Independent Marching Percussion Ensemble of Akron, OH and prior to that in 2011 he was a member of the Hawthorne Caballeros. Alex attended high school in Quakertown, PA.

Joe McSweeney, Snare Instructor

Joe McSweeney

A native of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, JOE MCSWEENEY was a performing member of the Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps from 2002 to 2005 and The Cadets Drum and Bugle in 2006 and 2007. Since 2014, he has been a member of the Middlesex County Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps.

In 2008, Joe was the snare technician for the Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps and has taught marching percussion at North Middlesex Regional High School (MA), Salem High School (NH), and Acton-Boxborough Regional High School (MA).

Joe studied economics at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and currently works at Digital Federal Credit Union.

Lindsey Hartfelder, Front Ensemble Instructor

LINDSEY HARTFELDER is an active percussion performer, arranger, and educator in the Amherst, MA area, and she received degrees in Percussion Performance and Music Entrepreneurship from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Lindsey started her marching career with the Connecticut Hurricanes in 2012, and performed with The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps front ensemble during the 2013, 2014, and 2015 seasons. She also performed with the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band percussion section from 2012 to 2015 under the instruction of Thom Hannum, and was an assistant front ensemble instructor in the 2016 season. During the 2016 summer she served as an intern with Vic Firth Company, and in the past year she has performed in So Percussion’s A Gun Show, the Boston premiere of Inuksuit by John Luther Adams, and in Dr. Iain Moyer and Jason Ihnat’s PASIC 2016 clinic on front ensemble arranging and instructing. She recently received a research grant from the Commonwealth Honors College for her research on modern percussion performance practice.

Lindsey is excited to be pursuing her Master’s degree in Percussion Performance at the University of Delaware this upcoming fall, where she will be the marching percussion teaching assistant for the marching band, and she is thrilled to be teaching the Jersey Surf front ensemble for the 2017 season.