Michael Townsend began his performance career in North Carolina and his performance experience includes, The Cavaliers color guard 1996 2000, The Company 1998 and 1999, Crown guard 2000, and Pride of Cincinnati in 2001. Michael then spent a year as an original member of the first U.S. National tour of Blast!

Michael currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife and two children, where he is the program coordinator for the Carmel High School Marching Band and a color guard designer for Avon, Carmel, Center Grove, and Northview High School Marching Bands and Winter Guards. He has been choreographing and designing for these programs since 2004, which has resulted in 16 WGI scholastic world-class medals and five BOA grand national championships. In addition to these groups, Michael travels the country as a designer, choreographer, coordinator, and consultant for numerous Marching Bands and Winter Guards. Since 2012, Michael has been a designer at the Pride of Cincinnati WG. In that time Pride has added two world Championships to their impressive history.

During the summer, Michael has been the driving force behind the Carolina Crown Colorguard since 2003. Always a crowd favorite, highlights for Michaels time at Crown include Crown winning the DCI world championships in 2013 and The George Zingali award for best color guard in 2016. As a member of the design team, Michael was the color guard caption head as well as the primary designer and choreographer. For the past three summers Michael has also served as the program coordinator for The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps resulting in their first ever appearance in finals at DCI world championships and some truly memorable shows.