Ariell Fernandez (Executive Director and Drumline Manager) is a professional dancer from Ocoee, FL. She has studied dance for over 12 years, recently working with Matt Steffanina and dancing for The Orlando Predators, AFL team. Ariell teaches dance at Citrus Elementary, is a Visual Tech with Ocoee High School’s Echo Percussion, and serves as support staff with Marching Auxiliaries Dance. She is also a photographer for Infinity 3 of Infinity Percussion. With DOA, Ariell is responsible for many of the technical decisions that shape the company, as well as the welfare of ensemble members during live performances. Those involved with DOA refer to her as “Mama Ariell.”
JD Ralph (Executive Director and Producer) is a professional percussionist and percussion instructor originally from Sandusky, OH. JD has worked with the likes of Michael Bolton, Prince, Kanye West, Jamie Foxx, The Firelands Symphony, and others. He marched with Florida A&M’s Marching 100 and the Sun Devils Drum Corps. He is now in his 12th season with Marching Auxiliaries as their Drum Major Caption Head. Currently playing with the Orlando Magic’s Rhythm In Blue Drumline, JD also serves as the Percussion Director at Ocoee High School and Bass Drum Technician with Infinity 3. With DOA, JD is responsible for show production and public relations. JD says that he likes to think of all the members and fans of DOA as apart of his family.