Tina DiMeglio Vafiadis
Band Director & Hornline Arranger

Mrs. Vafiadis graduated from Ridley High School in 2006. She marched baritone sax in the RRMB for three years, and was a drum major during her junior and senior years under the direction of Chris Adam. While drum major in 2005, Mrs. Vafiadis led the RRMB in becoming State Champions with their program "Carmen Rosa".

While at Ridley, Mrs. V also played in the concert band, jazz band, pit band, and sang in the chorus, select choir, and vocal jazz ensemble. She also participated in PMEA District 12, Region 6, and All-State instrumental and choral festivals throughout high school, playing principal clarinet with the All-State Orchestra her senior year.

After Ridley, Mrs. V attended Temple University with a major in Music Education, clarinet concentration. After one year of marching clarinet, she served as drum major with the TU Diamond Marching Band for her sophomore, junior, and senior years under the direction of Dr. Matthew Brunner. She also played in the TU Basketball Band, Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, and Symphony Orchestra.

Mrs. Vafiadis is currently working on a Master's degree in Wind Conducting with Dr. Andrew Yozviak at West Chester University.

Hornline Staff

Ello Shertzer
Brass & Marching Instructor

Colorguard Staff

Laura Nestor
Colorguard Director

Chris Orlando
Assistant Band Director

Indoor Percussion Staff

Andy Williams
Percussion Facilitator

Luke Thurston
Snare Line

Nick Santos
Tenor Line

Hunter Muller
Bass Line

Susie Verdeur
Front Ensemble Director

Design Team

Kyle McKay
Front Ensemble Arranger

Eric Eisenman
Design Consultant & Audio Technician

As an active staff me
mber in the marching arts, Eric Eisenman has been working in the marching percussion field for more than 20 competitive seasons since 1994.  He has taken on roles such as arranger, designer, instructor, and/or consultant, with Keystone High School , Clarion High School, Redbank Valley High School, Brookville High School, Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, Springfield High School, Clarion University, and The University of Wisconsin at Lacrosse, to name a few.  Eric has taught and written at Ridley since 2003, and, along with Jonathan Vafiadis and Mike Ducassoux, started the very successful Ridley Indoor Percussion program in 2009.  After the 2012 indoor season, Eric resigned from his full-time commitment to Ridley High School to focus on the music writing and recording company he co-founded with Mike Ducassoux, Red Room Productions.

After attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Eric attended the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Tempe, Arizona. Instructors during Eric’s time at the Conservatory consisted of working professionals in the recording industry including Kevin Becka and Ghery Fimbres, among several others.  Eric has been employed as an A1 at a large-scale corporate audio-visual company for the last 8 years, engineering hundreds of live events for Fortune 500 companies.

Eric also has an extensive performance background. When he was younger, he was a member of the PMEA All-State Band for three consecutive years. Drumset experience includes performing with a festival big band Jazz Transitions, along with many years as a rock drumset player in regional touring acts. 

Eric is a member of the Audio Engineers Society, as well as the Percussive Arts Society.
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