202 Indoor Percussion
Staff & Instructors

Staff & Instructors

Chris Vanderwall | Executive Director

Chris Vanderwall began his role as Director of Bands at Plainfield Central High School in 2018. Prior to PCHS, Mr. Vanderwall was Director of Bands John F. Kennedy Middle School in Plainfield. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education Degree at VanderCook College of Music in 2006 and a Master of Music Education Degree at the University of Illinois in 2011. His role with 202 Indoor Percussion includes communication with member families and community partners, managing finances, rehearsal facilities, transportation needs, and other organizational/administrative responsibilities. He may also take on an instructional role in the ensemble from time to time, when needed. Mr. Vanderwall proudly endorses Etymotic Research hearing protection products and is an Educational Artist with Innovative Percussion.

Dan Eastwood | Ensemble Director, Battery Coordinator, Tenor Instructor

Daniel Eastwood has been active in the marching arts for almost 20 years and has been an instructor in the field for over 15 years. He is the current percussion instructor at Plainfield North HS, Plainfield East HS, Oswego East HS, and Metea Valley HS.  Eastwood is an active member of the Chicago Bulls Drumline and former member of the Chicago Bears Drumline. He has worked with a variety of nationally competitive marching ensembles including Cavaliers Indoor Percussion, Crystal Lake Thunder, and the Colt Cadets Drum Corps. Eastwood received a gold medal as a member of the Pioneer Indoor Percussion Ensemble in 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Northern Illinois University and has been a freelance performer as a percussionist in the Chicagoland for a decade.

Alex Salinas | Front Ensemble Coordinator

A native of the Chicagoland area, Alex is a marching percussion specialist having performed with and instructed ensembles throughout the Midwest. Alex’s experience as a performer includes Green Thunder Percussion (later Cavaliers Indoor Percussion), The Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, and Gateway Indoor Percussion. Alex studied at the University of Missouri where he received a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering. He served as an educator, arranger, and consultant in the Mid-Missouri area for schools including Battle High School and Rock Bridge High School. After graduating and returning to Illinois, Alex has taught at Kaneland High School, Huntley High School, and currently teaches at Prospect High School. Alex’s indoor percussion teaching experience includes Pi Percussion (formerly Pioneer Indoor Percussion) and Kaneland Winter Percussion where he served as co-director and designer. Alex currently works full time as a Research and Development Engineer for Medical Murray, Inc. where he designs implants and instrumentation for various complex surgeries.

Tyler Stewart | Snare Drum Instructor

With a passion for percussion and the marching arts, Tyler Stewart has been deeply involved with the WGI activity since high school. His marching experience includes one season of multi-percussion with the former World-Class finalist Cavaliers Indoor Percussion and four seasons of snare drum in the A-Class finalist group Crystal Lake Thunder. Since then, he has taught competitive outdoor and indoor drumlines for Kaneland High School in addition to being the percussion designer and caption head at Huntley High School. Outside of the marching arts, Tyler is completing his coursework in degrees for English and Secondary Education at Elmhurst University with the hope of teaching in the Chicagoland area. This is his first year with the Plainfield percussion program.

Jalen Bell | Bass Drum Instructor

Jennifer Tarka | Cymbal Instructor

Jennifer Tarka is a music educator and performer in the Chicagoland area.  She graduated from VanderCook College of Music with her bachelor’s degree in music education in 2007, and has been teaching general music in Chicago for the last 13 years.  She has performed with the Chicago Bulls Stampede Drumline (2011-2016) and the Chicago Bears Drumline (2012-present).  In addition to performing, Jen has taught a number of DCI, WGI, and high school marching cymbal lines,  including Plainfield Central High School’s cymbal line this past fall. 

Ciara Smith | Front Ensemble Instructor

Ciara Smith is a music educator in the Chicagoland area. She graduated from VanderCook College of Music with her bachelor’s degree in music education in 2020, and has been teaching K-6 general music in Cicero for the last 2 years. She performed with Pioneer Indoor Percussion in 2018. In addition to performing, Ciara has taught the front ensemble at multiple high schools in the area, including a WGI group. She has taught the front ensemble at Plainfield Central High School for the past 5 years.