Miguel studied music from 1977 to 1983 at the “Conservatorio Nacional de Música” in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic earning a Master’s Degree in Music Performance. After that, he went to New York to study at Drummers Collective International in 1984-85 where he had the opportunity to study with some of the world’s leading percussionists including Steve Gadd, Doug Allen, and Frank Malabé.
In 1989, Miguel moved to Germany where he played in numerous Latin American, jazz, pop and chamber groups as well as pursuing an extensive recording career. He did tours throughout Europe with various groups and performers, amongst them the Puerto Rican Salsa star Marvin Santiago. Miguel has been a recording artist with ARC Music record label since 1992 and has produced 17 Compact Discs since then. He has played in various orchestras (Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Dominican Republic, Swiss Philharmonic Orchestra, Carol Morgan Operatic Society, Orquesta Sinfónica de Maracaibo), and currently performs with The Macon Symphony Orchestra in Macon, Georgia and the Ocmulgee Symphony Orchestra in the Middle Georgia area.
In 1992, he returned to the U.S. where he has continued as an active performer as well as a teacher of all percussion disciplines. He served as Director of Percussion Studies at Mercer University in Macon for eight years. At the present time, he serves as Director of Percussion Studies and Jazz Band at Middle Georgia College in Cochran, Georgia since the beginning of the Instrumental Music program (established in 1998 by Mr. Louis Foster, Director of Bands). Mr. Castro is also currently the Percussion Coordinator of the Houston County School System. He is regularly in demand as a percussion clinician (Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Georgia Music Educators Association Conference, Georgia Percussive Arts Society Conference, and Southeastern United States Band Clinic), adjudicator, composer, arranger and recording artist, maintaining a busy schedule in and outside of the United States.
Shawn Smith, Colorguard Director, is originally from Springfield,TN. He went to the University of TN at Chattanooga majoring in Music Education. He later became the colorguard instructor for the marching Mocs for 8 seasons. He has taught numerous colorguard programs throughout southeastern TN and Middle GA where he was the colorguard instructor for Mercer University for 5 seasons. Shawn has been the choreographer for several Winterguards presently being the lead choreographer for Chimera Winterguard. He has marched with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps placing 4th with the corps and 3rd within the colorguard caption at DCI. He has also marched with Chimeras World Guard placing among the top 15 at WGI. Shawn has 23 years of colorguard experience and returns to Houston County for his 6th season.
Mrs. Godbee received her undergraduate degree from Mercer University and is currently pursuing her graduate degree at Georgia College. Ashley was the previous Assistant Director of Bands at Perry High School and former Director of Bands at Gray Station Middle School where her bands have received Superior Ratings at the GMEA Large Group Performance Evaluation. She is currently the Associate Director of Bands at Bonaire Middle School. She has performed in the Chicago Symphony Hall for the Percy Grainger Festival and for The Temptations. She has also performed at state conventions such as the Georgia Music Educators Association and for International conventions such as the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. Ashley is an active freelance performer and is currently a member of Wellston Winds, Georgia Big Band and Celebration.