Alan Barone is currently the Marching Percussion Director and Assistant Marching Band Director at Victor J Andrew HS in Tinley Park, IL. Under his direction the Victor J Andrew HS Percussion Ensemble has been recognized as one of the premier ensembles in both WGI Scholastic A and Open Classes. The Victor J Andrew HS Percussion Ensemble affectionately known as Andrew Percussion has been a consistent WGI Finalist and Medalist. The ensemble was the Scholastic A Class Champion in both 2014, 2016, and silver medalist in 2011. In Open Class, Victor J Andrew HS was the silver medalist in both 2012, 2013, and the bronze medalist in 2017.
Don Click is co-founder of Independent World Class percussion group Music City Mystique and served as the Executive Director until 2006. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors and is the Director of Creativity on the Design Team.
Don currently teaches, programs and is responsible for the visual design for groups in all classes of WGI percussion competition. He has, and continues to design, consult and program for many groups across all classes of the WGI percussion division and has had many finalists and medal recipients in his 22 year WGI career. He is a sought after judge both for fall marching band competitions as well as winter percussion shows.
How can Don bring value to your production?
His ability to see the big picture and make suggestions that will give you the details that contribute to the success of the whole.
By using words and descriptors that are tailored to the teaching/design level of the staff. His comments have the ability to be understood by all involved, including teaching staff and students.
Don takes into consideration the ability of the members themselves ensuring achievable recommendations.
While coordination of the audio and visual design aspects are so important, his comments about each element of the production will enhance other elements within the program. He realizes the importance of how the audio and visual components act in harmony for maximum effect.
Within Winter Guard International, Don has held the responsibilities of being a member of the Percussion Advisory Board, Percussion Steering Committee, and member of the Board of Directors. He was inducted into the Winter Guard International Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit Hall of Fame in 2013. Don currently serves on the WGI Executive Committee as Treasurer. He also served as President of the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit where he was formerly the Percussion Coordinator
Tim Fairbanks has taught at Centerville HS (OH) since 1997, and serves as the Marching Percussion Director and the Drill Designer for the marching band, winter guard, and indoor drumline, which is a consistent Scholastic World Finalist at the WGI World Championships. Centerville Indoor Drumline is the 1999 Scholastic Open Champion and 2004 WGI Scholastic World Champion. Tim is the Director and Visual Designer for Rhythm X, WGI Percussion Independent World Class Champion in 2008, 2009, 2013 and has been the Drill Designer for the Bluecoats (Canton, OH) and Blue Stars (Lacrosse, WI). He proudly endorses the products of Pearl/ Adams, Evans/Daddario, Sabian Inc., and is a signature artist with ProMark. Tim is the Vice President-Percussion for WGI Sport of the Arts, serving on the WGI Board of Directors Executive Committee, in addition to membership on the WGI Percussion Advisory Board and Steering Committee. Tim is an internationally in demand clinician, designer, arranger and adjudicator.
Rob is the Director and Program Designer for Matrix Performing Arts from Akron, OH, and the Front Ensemble Arranger and Coordinator for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. He currently is the owner of Ferguson Design Solutions, a pageantry design resource company that specializes in custom show design packages, resources, and consulting. Rob has designed and taught within all realms of the pageantry arts throughout the U.S. and abroad. Rob judges in both the marching band and indoor drumline arenas throughout the U.S.
Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Michael Gaines grew up with the pageantry arts all around him. His career started with his Independent World Class color guard, Escapade, and his alma mater Carroll HS, both from Dayton, OH. Over the years since then, Michael has taught many WGI groups, including Pride of Cincinnati, Aimachi Color Guard, Aimachi Percussion, Aimachi Winds, Carmel HS, Center Grove HS, Miamisburg HS, Choctawhatchee HS, Centerville HS, and many more. Michael was inducted into the WGI Hall of Fame in 2007.
In addition to his work for WGI groups, Michael designs for marching bands around the country, including several Bands of America National Champions, as well as theatrical stage shows such as “Blast! The Music of Disney.”
From 1998 to 2011, Michael was the drill designer and Visual Coordinator for The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, and served on the design team for all 7 of their Drum Corps InternationalWorld Championship titles. He is currently the Creative Director for Vanguard Music and Performing Arts, as well as Visual Designer for the 2018 Drum Corps International World Champion, Santa Clara Vanguard. In 2011, Michael was inducted into the DCI Hall of Fame.
Michael currently resides in San Francisco, CA.
Ian Grom is a full time composer and educator based out of Southern California. He received his Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from California State University, Long Beach, where he specialized in drum set, marimba and composition. He has an unprecedented 36 WGI medals since 2005.
He has been the front ensemble composer and caption head at Chino Hills High School and Pulse Percussion since 2010. He also composes for POW Percussion. Former WGI medalist ensembles have included: Pacifica HS (PSO), Los Alamitos HS (PSA, PSW finalist), and Fountain Valley HS (PSO).
Along with fellow designer and instructor John Mapes, he co-founded box-six.com in August of 2008, which is the exclusive seller of their original indoor percussion and marching band shows.
Ian is an official Yamaha, Remo, and Zildjian artist, as well as a Vic Firth signature artist. He has been a WGI Percussion Advisory Board member since 2007.
Shane Gwaltneyis a champion Battery Arranger, Visual Designer, and Program Coordinator.Shane has arranged and worked with Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, Music City Mystique, Bangkok Society Drumline, Tyler Junior College, Choctawhatchee HS, along with several High School and Independent programs across the country. His inspiration and motivation comes from the kids and programs that allow him to be involved. He is also a proud artist and clinician for Innovative Percussion, Pearl Drums, Evans Drum Heads\Planet Waves, and Zildjian Cymbals. Shane is also a Co-Owner of Synced Up Designs.
Matt Hahn is an active designer and percussion educator in the Dayton, OH area. He is currently the program coordinator, music designer, and assistant director of the Lebanon High School marching band and indoor percussion ensemble from Lebanon, OH.In 2012, Matt founded Resonant Music Design, a company specializing in marching arts design and education of all kinds. You can view samples of his work atwww.resonantmusicdesign.com.
Matt was a member of Rhythm X from 2005 – 2008 and was a staff member from 2009 – 2015. Matt also was a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps from 2006 – 2007 in the front ensemble, and was a staff member from 2009 – 2012. Matt graduated from Miami University (OH) in 2008 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Music Education degree.
In 2013, Matt was elected to the Board of Directors of the Mid East Performance Association (MEPA) circuit and was recently elected as Vice President of Percussion for the circuit.
Matt is a proud sponsor of Innovative Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, and Evans/Planet Waves products. He currently lives in Springboro, OH with his wife Sara and his son Micah.
Richard Kearns serves as Percussion Director at Burleson Centennial High School (Burleson, TX), as well as a designer and clinician for Percussion Ensembles across the country. The Burleson Centennial Drumline was the 2017 WGI Scholastic Open Class Champions, and in 2018 placed 6th in Scholastic World.
Prior to his time at Centennial, Richard was the Percussion Director of Azle High School (Azle, TX), where the Azle Drumline and Percussion Section won numerous awards including Lonestar Classic Champions, NTCA Champions, TCGC Champions and multiple successful appearances at the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio. Richards passion within the activity also goes well beyond just teaching percussion. His abilities as a conceptual and visual designer for Marching Band and Indoor Drumline have turned out many crowd-pleasing productions, including the 2016 WGI PIO Gold Medalists, Vigilantes Indoor Percussion, and the 2017 PSO Gold Medalists, Burleson Centennial High School. Richard was also the Percussion Director at Palestine High School from 2008-2011, as well as Battery/Drumline coordinator at Tyler Jr. College.Upon joining the Palestine Band Staff, the PHS Percussion Program received numerous awards in the TCGC & NTCA Indoor Drumline Circuits, Lonestar & Plano Drumline Competitions. In 2011, the Palestine Indoor Drumline was the TCGC Open Class Champion. His instructionalcontributions for TJC helped lead the group to their WGI PIO World Championship in 2008, promotion to WGI World Class, and becoming consecutive Finalists at the WGI World Championships.
Richard currently resides in Burleson, Texas with his wife Stacie and Daughter Sam. He is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion, Pearl/Adams, and Paiste Cymbals.
Andrew Markworth is a composer, arranger and consultant writing wind, front ensemble and battery percussion for marching bands, indoor drumlines and drum corps.
He is currently the music arranger and coordinator for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps from San Antonio, TX and The Company Performance Ensemble of Great Britain. He also is the music director for Rhythm X; both the 3 time gold medalist percussion group (2008, 2009, 2013) and the WGI Winds group who were Independent World class gold medalists in 2015, 2017, and 2018. He has also written for many successful high school groups including Centerville HS, Cedar Park HS, Vandegrift HS, Kennesaw Mountain HS, Bellbrook HS and many more.
Andrew currently resides in Centerville, Ohio with his wife Kara, daughter Natalie, son Brady and Ralphie the Westie. Before becoming a full time composer and arranger, he was the Centerville High School Band Director from 2005-2008.
He was a member of the Centerville Jazz Band and world champion winter drumline from 1997-2001. Following high school he was a member of the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2001 and 2002, being the percussion captain in 2002. In 2004, he was a member of the DCI World Champion Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. Andrew was also a member of the WGI Independent World Class Medalist Rhythm X from 2003-2005, being the ensemble captain in 2004 and 2005.
Andrew is a Yamaha Artist and a proud endorser of Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Evans Drumheads and Zildjian Cymbals. In 2009 Vic Firth introduced the Andrew Markworth Signature mallets for marimba and vibraphone. He recently gave clinics at the Bands of America Summer Symposium and PASIC.
When you think of iconic WGI shows, some of Daves might come to mind. Whether its Northglenn Percussion Theatres post-apocalyptic Waterworld, the heart-wrenching story in Life After Life, the WGI Fan Favorite zombie show, Deadbeats, or the Blue Knights History of Flight, Elements, Zodiac, Minds of Madness; Dave’s shows bring a quality of design and entertainment value that connects with students, fans, and judges alike.
Dave has been involved in the pageantry arts for 40 years. In the past 20 years with WGI, he has had medalists and finalists in every competing class. He arranges and designs for batterie, front ensembles, marching, and concert percussion. In 2014, Dave was asked to create a Winds group for the very first exhibition launch of WGI Winds. In 2015, his quirky Winds show, A Timely Manor, won the first ever Winds Fan Favorite from WGI spectators. With his vast experience and knowledge of the pageantry arts, Dave is the perfect choice to enhance ALL aspects of your show, tailored to your groups ability level, and help bring your ideas to life!
In 2008, Dave, along with Jay Webb, was one of the first two designers to be inducted to the WGI Hall of Fall. Dave is also a Hall of Fame Member of the Rocky Mountain Percussion Association (RMPA). He served on the WGI steering committee, and various other positions, for the past 20 years. He also was RMPAs President for over a decade.
Dave enjoys judging marching band and indoor percussion circuits throughout the country and overseas. As an artist/clinician for Yamaha, he spends his time in the summer traveling to educate hundreds of students enrolled in the Yamaha Sounds of Summer clinics.
In 2003, Dave created the first official Drumline of the NFL, The Stampede, for the Denver Broncos. As a facet of Ascend Performing Arts, this outstanding entertainment group performs at every home football game and continues to thrill audiences at events throughout the year.
Dave is an Artist for Yamaha, Malletech, Zildjian, and Evan Drumheads.
Tony Nunez is a multi-disciplined music arranger and designer living in Southern California.
He is a percussion arranger and designer at Arcadia HS, South Hills HS, Broken Arrow HS and a Program Consultant and Art Director at RCC Indoor Percussion, and the sound reinforcement designer at Blue Devils. He also manages a creative team of media designers whose work can be viewed at www.vimeo.com/cutpastecollective
His arrangements and compositions can be heard and licensed at www.projectRISEmusic.com, and www.wunderpitmusic.com.
Tony also manages www.arcadiauniform.com – a resource for uniform, prop, and performance floor rentals & sales. He is also the west coast representative for Winter Guard Tarps (WGT).
As a music educator he is a frequent clinician at Morehead State University, Music for All Summer Symposium, WGI DrumFest on Tour, PASIC, and has held numerous clinics and workshops in USA, France and Belgium. His curriculum focuses on technology driven music arranging, music composition, video production & integration, visual design, hardware & software music production integration, and sound reinforcement techniques & management.
Tony has held various arranging, design and instructional roles with Carolina Crown, Phantom Regiment, Blue Knights, Santa Clara Vanguard, Mandarins, Yamato, Impulse, Music City Mystique, and Pulse Percussion.
He is a former member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, Riverside Community College Indoor Percussion, Patriots Drum and Bugle Corps, and Black Knights Indoor Percussion.
Bryan Nungaray is currently one of the most active educators in the realm of marching arts. He assumes the roles of an instructor, director, arranger, and designer for several groups in the state of California.
Those groups include the 2018 SCSBOA 6A finalist, the 2019 SCPA Percussion Scholastic Concert A silver medalist, and the 2019 WGI Percussion Scholastic World finalist Etiwanda High School from Rancho Cucamonga, CA. As well as the 2019 DCI finalist, The Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corp from Sacramento, CA.
His career has brought about numerous accolades in a short amount of time. At his first year with Ayala High School, he earned the ensemble the 2009 WBA High Percussion trophy in the 4A/5A classification and an unprecedented Scholastic World Class sweep at the 2010 Winter Guard International World Championships earning gold medals in the PSW and PSCW categories.
Bryans current ensembles regularly compete in well-known circuits, such as Bands of America (BOA), the Western Band Association (WBA), the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA), the Southern California Percussion Alliance (SCPA), the Winter Guard International (WGI), and Drum Corps International (DCI).Consistently year after year his programs remain a top contender within each circuit.
He is currently the Percussion Director for Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga, CA and owner of BANd Music maintaining a busy schedule that is not solely limited to instructing/designing, but arranging for several groups as well.Aside from working with Etiwanda High School. Bryan also writes for Fountain Valley High School in Fountain Valley, CA and was the former music designer/front ensemble arranger for The Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corp in Sacramento, CA.
Bryan is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion, Pearl/Adams, Remo, & Zildjian products.
He currently resides in Chino Hills, CA.
Josh Torres currently serves as the Director of Percussion at Center Grove High School in Greenwood, IN. He also serves as the Adjunct Lecturer of Percussion at Franklin College in Franklin, IN.Josh earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from The University of North Texas and his Masters Degree in Percussion Performance from Butler University.
Center Grove Indoor Percussion is a consistent WGI Scholastic World Finalist and a four-time medalist.The Center Grove High School Marching Band is a perennial BOA Regional and Grand National Finalist. In 2009, the Center Grove High School Marching Band was named the BOA Class AAA Grand National Champion.The Center Grove High School Percussion Ensemble has also received several awards and honors including a performance at the 64thAnnual Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, IL in December 2010.In 2011, Center Grove won The Percussive Arts Societys Percussion Ensemble Competition and performed a Showcase Concert at PASIC.
Josh has served as the director of the Dallas Stars (NHL) Drumline and the Indianapolis Colts (NFL) Drumline.In 2012, he served as the coordinator for the Super Bowl XLVI Drumline which performed the National Anthem with Kelly Clarkson and the Halftime Show with Madonna to over 113 million viewers.Josh is a member of PAS, IMEA, and MENC.He also serves as an Innovative Percussion Artist, Pearl Educational Artist, Zildjian Artist, and a Remo Artist. Josh has served as a music judge for several circuits across the country.In 2012, Josh had the honor of being named Center Grove School Corporations Teacher of the Year.Josh was also named a Top 10 Finalist for the 2013 Indiana Teacher of the Year Award.Josh currently resides in Indianapolis, IN with his wonderfully supportive wife Audrey, head band director at Hamilton Southeastern High School, and their two sons Cameron and Alden.