The University of Arizona

About Us


The University of Arizona Drumline is the battery-only percussion section for the “Pride of Arizona” marching band. As of around 1986 the line has been a drum corps style unit. The UA Drumline is also an individual performance ensemble, and as a University function provides outreach to the community through workshops and performances.


One of our strongest goals as an ensemble is to create experiences that are enjoyable to the performer as well as the listener. We believe in educational and personal growth while teaching rhythmic accuracy, precision, and consistency. We provide equal opportunity on the various instruments, and embrace quality over quantity. We strive to maintain our excellence and precision as one of the top collegiate drumlines in the country.


The University of Arizona Drumline exclusively plays Mapex drums. In addition, we are very fortunate to have obtained sponsorship from Zildjian cymbal company, Remo Inc., and Vic Firth drum sticks, providing top-of-the-line equipment in support of our efforts. Please take a few moments to visit our sponsors by clicking on their respective icons below.

Thomas Gonzalez - Director

A graduate of the University of Arizona with a BA in Music, Thomas Gonzalez has had years of experience learning what it takes to be a good musician and how music can create positive life experiences and build strong character. His marching background includes five years on snare with the Pride of Arizona Marching Drumline, two years as drum captain, three years on drum set with the POA Pep Band, and four years with Fusion Indoor Percussion. Thomas’ work as a high school drumline instructor in the Tucson area has brought his ensembles multiple Superior rankings at ABODA marching festivals and WGAZ “Scholastic A” competitions.

Roy Petrakis - Bass Drum Tech

Roy Petrakis completed both his undergraduate (2011) and graduate (2015) degrees in Geography at the University of Arizona, and also holds a minor in music from UA (2011). Roy marched in the bass drum section of the Pride of Arizona drumline from 2008-2011 and was section leader in 2011. In his time at UA, Roy was also a member of the World Music Gang and the Wind Symphony. Roy was on drumline staff for the Pride of Arizona from 2014-2015, spent one year on staff with the Northern Arizona University drumline in 2016, and returned to the Pride in 2017. Growing up in Albuquerque, NM, Roy was involved with several performing ensembles ranging from the Albuquerque Youth Symphony to district honor bands. Roy currently works for the U.S. Geological Survey as a researcher.

Nicole Nelson - Cymbal Tech

Nicole Nelson is an alumna of the Pride of Arizona cymbal line marching from 2010-2013 and was section leader her final year. In 2012, Nicole marched cymbals for the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps. She has volunteered her knowledge of cymbals with several high schools around Tucson and with anyone wishing to learn. Nicole graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Psychology and went on to receive her Master of Public Administration in Phoenix.