TECHNICAL STAFF

Michael Hart
Michael J. Hart IV is co-founder of Fresh Produce LLC, a full service advertising and marketing agency in Sioux Falls, SD. Mike earned his bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies in 1997, and an MS in Counseling in 1999 from South Dakota State University. Percussively, Mike played competitively at Brandon Valley High School. At SDSU, Mike performed each year with the Pride of the Dakotas drumline and was section leader of that group for two years. Mike was also section leader of SuFuDu from 1995-97. He has been a clinician and instructor of top marching percussion programs around the area since the late 90s. Mike is passionate about the activity and is excited to be helping SuFuDu to build student leaders through marching percussion. Mike and his wife, Jennifer Hart, have two children, Michael and Kenlyn, and reside in Sioux Falls.
Devon Melillo
Devon Melillo is an active music educator from Sioux Falls, SD and directs the High School and 5th Grade Bands in the Lennox School District. Recently graduated from South Dakota State University with his Bachelor of Music Education, Devon’s performance experience includes leading the SDSU Pride of Dakotas Marching Band Drumline on snare drum, as well as serving as principal percussionist in collegiate-level Wind Ensembles and Intercollegiate Bands. Additionally, Devon marched in River City Rhythm Drum & Bugle Corps in 2015 and 2018. In his senior year of college, Devon was awarded the Schultz-Werth Research Grant Award based on his published paper, The Impact of Percussion from John Cage, and named SDSU School of the Performing Arts Honoree. He is also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Devon has taught both indoor and outdoor marching programs in the Sioux Falls and Twin Cities area, most notably with Rosemount High School, Brandon Valley High School, and River City Rhythm Drum & Bugle Corps/Indoor Drumline. Last January, Devon was invited to present performance clinics at Minnesota’s annual “Day of Percussion” event. Under Devon’s direction, his private lesson students have been selected to perform in All-State Middle School & High School Band, as well as world-class drum corps and winter guard international ensembles.

In his free time, Devon enjoys finding new recipes in the kitchen, binge-watching Game of Thrones or The Office, and spending time gardening or exercising outside!
Micah Perry
Micah Perry will be a Senior Music Education major at South Dakota State University. While his career focus is on Vocal Performance with concerts across the Midwest and Europe, he acknowledges how much drumline has shaped him. Through 4 years in the Brookings Marching Percussion program and 3 years in The Pride of the Dakota's Marching band, Micah has learned that through marching percussion one can find discipline, leadership skills, focus, and a wonderful experience. Micah served as the Tenor Section Leader at BMP from 2014-2017 and the Tenor Section Leader of The Pride from 2018-present.
Lucas Wipf
Lucas’s percussion playing began at Harvey Dunn in fifth grade and continued throughout school while getting private lessons focused on snare drum, marimba, and drum set. His major accomplishments in percussion during this time include playing first chair in Washington High School’s Symphonic band, being section leader of the WHS drumline, and playing in All State Band. Lucas continued to play snare drum for two seasons in SDSU’s Pride of the Dakotas marching band. He played in SuFuDu for the 2009-12 seasons, working his way up to snare section leader. Currently, Lucas works full time as a process engineer in the ethanol industry and has been a technician for SuFuDu for the last 3 seasons (2017-19).