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Brian Blunt, Who’s Yer ‘Coustic band and Waste of Kokomo podcast

Brian Blunt is a singer/songwriter from Kokomo, Indiana. Brian and his wife, Chiquita, began their band, Who’s Yer Coustic in 2011. They play live gigs as well as releasing singles. Brian also performs as a solo act. His favorite works include his songs “Battles,” “Come On, Daylight,” and the song he wrote for Chiquita to perform titled “Talkin’”

In 2018, Brian joined comedians Jimmy Shaw and Leonard Pigg in their podcast, Waste of Kokomo. You can also catch Brian at occasional comedy open mic nights where he brandishes his true-life trailer park humor.

Brian is father to four grown men, grandfather to 11, and great-grandfather to one. He and Chiquita continue to celebrate the lives of and mourn the loss of their two daughters, one to miscarriage and the other to a boating accident.

Todd Clevenger, Clevenger Design

Todd Clevenger, Clevenger Design: Serving as a designer, instructor, consultant and adjudicator, Todd Clevenger has been involved in the pageantry arts for more than thirty years. DCI, WGI, BOA and circuits across the country have seen finalist performances from groups with which Todd has worked. Well-versed in all facets of the activity, Todd is currently active in marching band, drum corps, winter guard, indoor percussion, and indoor winds.

A long list of respected programs have benefitted from the wealth of knowledge and student-centered approach that Todd brings to his teaching. Northmont High School in Ohio, Mililani H.S. (Hawaii), Las Vegas H.S. (Nevada), and Greenwood, Ben Davis, and Center Grove High Schools in Indiana are some of the programs Todd has enjoyed working with. For five years beginning in 2004, Todd was thrilled to be on the visual staff of the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps from Toledo, Ohio. In 2013 and 2014, Todd served as the visual caption head for the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from Denver, Colorado. Following this, in 2017 and 2018, he was the visual caption head for the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps of Casper, Wyoming. In addition to teaching at Beech Grove H.S. (Indiana), at Mililani, and designing, judging, and adjudicating, Todd is also acting as the Program Coordinator for the Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps.

Todd also served three years as the visual caption head for Indianapolis Independent (I2) Percussion Ensemble from Indianapolis, Indiana, a program which was an Independent World Class finalist two of those three years. In addition to teaching indoor percussion groups each winter, Todd is an active adjudicator and announcer, working for circuits nationally. His voice may be recognizable as WGI Percussion World Championships frequently find him behind the microphone serving as one of the voices of the Sport of the Arts.

Todd holds a baccalaureate degree in education (B.S., History and Civics concentration) from Indiana State University. He and his wife, Michelle, live in Greenwood, Indiana where they are the proud parents of two feline children, Waldo and Nymphadora, and two happy fish, Foerdeche and Puddin’. A proud Hoosier by birth, Todd passionately follows his beloved state teams: the Indiana Hoosiers, Indianapolis Colts, and the Indiana Pacers. He also enjoys reading, cooking, and participating in or hosting competitive team trivia.

Clevenger Design is on Twitter and Facebook.

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Ed Faunce

Ed Faunce has been an actor and performer since he was five years old and sang for his mother’s dinner guests, accompanied by her on piano. Starting with musical reviews in middle school, Ed progressed to theatre and radio in his teen years. Going into his sixth decade, Ed has continued to entertain and educate audiences in regional theatre, commercials, international film and television with his performance, writing and producing. Ed has been involved in educational media projects that have spanned the globe and in 2013 had one of his co-produced productions showcased by the prestigious Chicago Children’s International Film Festival.

A 2012 graduate of Ball State University’s Masters in Digital Storytelling Program, Ed is now working on feature film media projects, plus teaching performance analysis and public speaking at Indiana University. His projects include augmented reality entertainment media and creating unique stories for cinema adaptation. (Twitter, Instagram, Amazon, Backstage, Website)

Nate Johnson

Nate Johnson has the aspirations to be a world-renowned writer. Nate continues to challenge and improve himself. Nate enjoys to read, run, and ramble. Nate is somewhere in the world living the dream. (Amazon)

Patrick Murphy is shy and retiring and not on social media. He/him. He is a meat-eater, writer, and parent (not in that order). He is also fun at parties.

Ojijaak is the pseudonym for a writer and photographer whose work can also be seen at Ojijaak.com.

Leonard Pigg

Leonard Pigg is an actor and has been participating in theater since he was a child. With a B.A. in Communications and Spanish Minor from Marian College, he put his quick wit to use as a member of Nietzsche’s Trailer Park sketch comedy group and performed at Theater on the Square. He has been in a few indie films including The Chrome Lady, Iceberg Theory, Mental Scars and Hungry Eyes.

For a time, he was on the poetry slam scene in Indianapolis and performed around the Midwest as a stand-up comedian. For four years, he hosted a podcast called “Pigg’s Pen” broadcast on Radio Free Kokomo from Indiana University. He is also a writer in his spare time and has written for WhatCulture.com and is the co-writer for The Six Emperors comic book for Sexy Beard Club Press. He currently hosts and helps produce the Waste of Kokomo podcast.

Michelle Railey is the editor, publisher, chief executive, and content developer for and a contributor to Amosmag.com. She is a ghostwriter, writer, designer, and social media manager when she is not working on Amos or at her day job at Dance Sophisticates. While she does have a secret and most mysterious past in the performing arts, currently she has insomnia, writer’s block, two cats, one fish, a passion for politics, history, and coffee; a BFA in the super-useful field of Art History and a really decent husband. Ms. Railey is a firm believer in footnotes, the Oxford comma, and uncertainty. (Twitter, Facebook)

Spence Media Design

Spence Media Design (Website, Twitter)

The Waste of Kokomo podcast is by Brian Blunt, Leonard Pigg, and Jimmy Shaw. It specializes in fun and informative shows that feature a variety of topics. The podcast is proud to support its community of Kokomo, Indiana and its veterans while having a laugh, playing some live music, and/or generally cutting up. Fun fact: The title of the show is a riff on the popular local event called “Taste of Kokomo.” You can find Waste of Kokomo on Facebook.

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