Ted Tinker is a native of North Carolina. He received his Bachelors of Music in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. During his time as an undergraduate student at UNC-Pembroke, he was a performing brass member in the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps from 2013 – 2014 and was also a brass instructor at Music City Drum and Bugle Corps in the summer of 2015. Ted has been a brass instructor with the Crossmen for the past four competitive seasons as a tuba tech. Outside of Drum Corps, Ted is a full - time band director director at Swift Creek Middle School and is also on staff with the Cleveland High School Performance Ensembles located in Clayton, North Carolina. Ted is currently pursuing his Masters of Music in Music Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.