Meet Our Battery Staff
Bass Drum Instructor
Grishok is the bass tech for the Dakota Winter Drumline. He has been working with the Winter Drumline for the past four seasons and he is excited to be back with the bass line this winter. When instructing, he strives for cultural excellence within his section while cultivating a fun environment. His teaching experience includes three seasons teaching the flub line and five seasons with the bass line. In addition to his music instruction, he is currently studying accounting at Oakland University.
His marching experience started when he was a student at Dakota High School where he was a part of the Marching Band for four years, and with the Winter Drumline for three years. During high school, he played the alto saxophone, baritone, cymbals, and bass drum. Following high school, Grishok went on to march bass with multiple other groups including world class ensembles "Redline Percussion" and the "Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps".
Snare Drum Instructor
Sarah Martel has been teaching snare drum at Dakota since 2019. Sarah is a 2018 graduate of Dakota High School where she participated in eight seasons of marching between the Marching Band and the Winter Drumline in addition to being a member of the Concert Band. She has experience on multiple instruments including the snare drum, bass drum, clarinet, and bass clarinet. After high school, Sarah went on to march independent open class on snare drum at Motor City Percussion in 2019 and Apex Percussion as center snare in 2020. She is very excited to continue teaching and mentoring her students to be the best they can be. Sarah is a recent Walsh College graduate working as a database developer. Outside of drumming, she loves to paint and listen to music.
Cymbal Instructor/Visual Instructor
Anna Koh is a cymbal instructor from Farmington Hills, Michigan. She began marching trumpet at North Farmington High School then went on to become drum major. Anna began to play cymbals in 2015 at Farmington United Percussion Ensemble. Anna has marched at Farmington United Percussion Ensemble, Genesis Percussion, Redline Percussion, Legends DBC and the Madison Scouts. She began teaching in 2019 and has been at Dakota since the 2020 winter season. Anna will be choreographing the 2022 winter production. In addition to instructing for the Dakota Winter Drumline, she has taught cymbals at Huron Valley Percussion, P-CEP Percussion and Lake Orion High School/Lake Orion Percussion. She has also done visual instruction at Novi High School, P-CEP Marching Band and North Farmington High School.
Anna is currently studying visual art education at Eastern Michigan University. She founded and runs Flashpoint, a cymbal sleeve company, along with her partner Brooklyn Simpson. Most importantly, she thinks creamy peanut butter is superior.