Night Fire Staff

Ryan Smith, Instructor

Ryan was born and raised in Minot, ND and graduated from Minot High School. He attended North Dakota State University and earned his undergraduate degree in Instrumental Music Education. He is the band director at Oak Grove Lutheran School of Fargo, ND teaching grades 6-12. His marching experience consists of 3 years with the Gold Star Marching Band at NDSU and two seasons ('07-'08) marching baritone and euphonium with the Colts of Dubuque, Iowa. This is Ryan's first experience directing a drum line and writing drill. Ryan is happily married to his wife Emily and currently lives in Moorhead, MN.

Matt Taylor, Instructor

Matthew Taylor is a third-year student at Concordia College studying Music Education with an emphasis in percussion, from Anoka, MN. Throughout high school, Matthew took drum set lessons with Peter O'Gorman and was involved with numerous ensembles including the school's concert band, orchestra, jazz band, marching band, and the indoor drum line. Now, Matthew studies percussion under Dr. Eyler, and plays in the Concordia College concert band, Jazz Band, Worship Band, Percussion Ensemble, and also drums for Ignite Church in Moorhead. Matthew is currently a second-year front ensemble instructor and composer for Night Fire.

May Emanuel, Batterie Instructor

Currently I am serving as a batterie instructor for Nightfire, with an emphasis in the cymbal line. For two years, I marched with the River Valley Percussion Theatre cymbal line. My senior year with the line, we competed at the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio. I have also marched three years with the 728 Cadets marching band; I was in the colorguard and served as the captain for two years. After graduating, I spent a year as a tech for the RVPT cymbal line and as an assistant instructor for the 728 Cadets colorguard. I am currently a full-time college student double majoring in writing and women's studies. In addition to this, I serve as an AmeriCorps member full-time with the Minnesota Reading Corps. When I have free time, I love to read and dance (not necessarily at the same time).

Chad Dubuque, Instructor

Chad Dubuque is a percussionist with many area bands, including the El Zagal Shrine Big Band, the Red River Valley Veterans Concert Band, and the American Legion Minnesota 9th District Band. Chad attended North Dakota State University, playing in the Gold Star Marching Band for five seasons and the Gold Star Concert Band for four seasons. Chad lives in the area with his wife, Shauna. Chad is in his first year as an instructor for Night Fire.

Night Fire Drum Line