Meet the BSP Team
Eric Sooy - President and Founder
Eric is the Founder and President of Black Swamp Percussion. His lifelong hobby of instrument crafting began as a child, aided by his father and his well-appointed workshop. He earned a BM in Percussion Performance and a MM in Ethnomusicology from Bowling Green State University. His ethnomusicology studies took him on field research trips to Bali, Indonesia, and Ghana, West Africa. He was a percussionist in the Grand Rapids Symphony from 2001 to 2014. He's done a lot of other interesting things too, but keeps it a secret. His hobbies include bicycling and asking you what your favorite color is.
Tim Church - Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Tim has been working for Black Swamp Percussion full-time since 2000., after receiving a BM (Grand Valley State University) and MM (University of Akron) in percussion performance, Over the years, Tim has performed as an extra or freelance percussionist in a variety of musical situations around Michigan. Outside of managing sales, marketing, and Artist Relations for Black Swamp, Tim enjoys habitually watching Star Wars with his two daughters on the weekends.
Jamel Taylor - Vice President, Operations
Jamel keeps the shop humming. He is so busy doing that he hasn't given Eric a bio to put up on the page yet!
Kristen Lucksted - Chief Financial Officer
Kristen is a results oriented CPA working independently with companies to grow and thrive in an ever-changing business environment. Kristen has worked with Black Swamp since 2009 and contributed in a role we call “An Outsourced CFO”. She has worked with different organizations for over 25 years, doing for us, just what she does for her other clients: Establishing internal controls, developing company policies, compiling financial statements, interpreting results, as well as communicating and educating us on all of this information.
Kristi Warren - Accounting
I joined the Black Swamp team in May of 2009 as the part time bookkeeper. I transitioned to full time in February 2015. I hold a bachelor degree in psychology (long story!) and have more accounting experience than I care to admit to. I am married with children. I have always wanted to learn to play the drums. The guys tell me it’s not too late, so maybe some day.
Eric Peterson - Production Specialist
Eric started working with Black Swamp Percussion back in August of 2014. He is currently involved with the production and recording of Black Swamp products. Eric received his Bachelors in Music Performance from Western Michigan University, and his Masters in Music Performance from Northwestern University. He is currently Principal Percussionist of Holland Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with Grand Rapids Symphony, West Michigan Symphony, Battle Creek Symphony, Southwest Symphony, and Northwest Indiana Symphony. Eric just became a new homeowner, so when he isn’t working or performing he can be found installing gutters, building furniture, or working in the yard.
Kyle Young - Production Specialist
Kyle joined the production team at Black Swamp in August of 2016. He graduated from Geneva College with a Bachelors degree in Music Business and also studied at the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville, TN. Kyle grew up and lived in eastern Pennsylvania for most of his life, but has been enjoying west Michigan since 2011. When Kyle is not performing in various musical groups throughout the Grand Rapids area, he enjoys spending his free time hiking and kayaking with his wife, Leesha and 9lb puppy, appropriately named Thor.
Nathan Coles - Branding and Media
Nathan joined the BSP team in September of 2016. He graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor's degree in Percussion Performance. Nathan has been playing drums and performing since he was 11 years old and continues to perform with several West Michigan bands, play in pit orchestras, and compose original music. He also enjoys video and audio production and applying his creativity in new directions. While not working at Black Swamp or freelancing, Nathan often finds himself playing video games or traveling with his wife, Jessica, and dog, Mylo.
Bronx - Shop Dog
Bronx was Jamel's dog. He was a purebred Rhodesian Ridgeback and unfortunately has passed away. R.I.P. Bronx.
Rosie - Office Dog
Rosie is Eric's dog. She is a Shih Tzu - Maltese - Coton de tulear mix. She likes to sit on his desk and look out the window.