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William Pitts (b. 1986) is a composer, conductor, and arranger from Atlanta. Growing up in Carrollton, Georgia, Pitts graduated summa cum laude from Emory University, where he studied saxophone, conducting, and composition. He has completed graduate study in Music at North Georgia University and the University of Michigan. Pitts most recently serve…
 
In 2019, the Vandegrift High School Marching Band from Austin, TX won the Bands of America Grand National Class 4A Championship sweeping all captions and was named Grand National Champion with a score of 97.18 winning the award for Outstanding General Effect with their show, ‘Aria: Queen of the Night.’ After bursting onto the scene in 2010, the Van…
 
After winning their 2nd DCI world championship in 1995 with their show ‘The Planets,’ The Cavaliers drum & bugle corps fell to 4th in 1996 and dropped to 7th place with their 1997 production, “The Firebird.” The lowest the corps had finished since finishing 8th in 1984. The Cavies then moved back up to 4th place in 1998 and then received the bronze…
 
“Proud, Loud, and Pleasing the Crowd.” This is the mantra of the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle corps. And it’s safe to say that since 1938, the Scouts have consistently brought audiences to their feet with their entertainment-focused programs. And while the corps had won two DCI world championships, in 1975 & 1988, for some, it was the shows of the 1…
 
In 2002, The Cavaliers went undefeated for the season and won their third DCI title in a row, a feat that had only been accomplished by the Garfield Cadets in 1983, 1984, & 1985, with a record high score of 99.15 From 2000 to 2002, the Green Machine took home caption awards for Best Color Guard in 2000 & 2002, Best General Effect in 2001 and 2002, …
 
From 2000 to 2009, no drum corps was more dominant than The Cavaliers from Rosemount, IL. During that span, they won 2 bronze medals, 2 silver medals, and 5 world championships. They also took home awards for Best Color Guard Performance in 2000, 2002, 2004, & 2007, Best General Effect in 2001, 2002, 2004, & 2006, Best Visual Performance in 2000, 2…
 
In the fall of 2001, The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps had just won their second consecutive world championship and 4th to date with their show, ‘Four Corners.’ After winning in 2000 with their show “Niagara Falls” which included music from and inspired by the piece of the same name by composer Michael Daugherty, the Cavies turned to original music …
 
Mark Hoskins is in his 18th year as Director of Bands at Wheeler High School in Marietta, GA. He teaches and oversees the entire band program, consisting of 3 concert bands, marching band, jazz ensemble, jazz combo, woodwind and brass choirs, winter guard, and percussion ensembles. Prior to accepting the band director position at Wheeler, he was Di…
 
Dr. Andrea E. Brown was appointed the Associate Director of Bands at the University of Maryland in 2018. In this position, she conducts the University of Maryland Wind Ensemble and serves as the Director of Athletic Bands. Brown is formerly a member of the conducting faculty at the University of Michigan where she served as the assistant director o…
 
From 2012 to 2020, Amy Powers was the Director of Bands at Henry Sibley High School where she taught the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, and Pep Band. She also administered the Private Lesson Program. Prior to Henry Sibley, Amy was a Band Director at Rosemount Middle School, Black Hawk Middle School (Eagan), S…
 
Tony Lymon is the former Assistant Director of Bands at Petal High School in Petal, Mississippi, and currently is the co-music arranger/show designer for the Petal High School marching band. Tony is the director show designer for the Petal Indoor Percussion Theatre, a national WGI Percussion Scholastic World Finalist. He has twice been awarded the …
 
Lauren Teel is the Percussion Caption Head for the DCI World Class Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps, Adjunct Instructor of Percussion for Texas A&M-Commerce, Director of Percussion for Mililani High School in Mililani, Hawaii, and an ensemble member of the Heartland Marimba Ensemble. She is actively involved in the percussive arts community as both perf…
 
Chelsea Levine is an entrepreneur and cymbal technician based out of Nashville, TN. She’s dedicating her post-marching career to the advancement of marching cymbals through teaching, building her company Seavine, & co-founding The Cymbal Scholarship. Chelsea has marched and taught in various groups around the world. She was fortunate enough to perf…
 
Alex Blue V is a Ph.D. Candidate in Ethnomusicology at UC Santa Barbara, and the 2019-2021 Thurgood Marshall Fellow in African and African American Studies at Dartmouth College. He was recently appointed as Assistant Professor of Music at the College of William and Mary. In his new position at the College of William and Mary, Blue will teach course…
 
RYAN GEORGE currently resides in Austin, Texas where he is active as an arranger and composer. His work, ranging from music for the concert stage to music for marching ensembles is performed regularly throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Ryan completed his first work for concert band in 2007 and since then his works have received …
 
Kyle Young is currently Associate Director of Bands at Carmel High School in Carmel, IN. His responsibilities include co-conducting seven concert bands, one of six jazz ensembles, and athletic bands. He also serves as an Assistant Director of the Carmel High School Marching Greyhounds. The Carmel Marching Band is a 23-time Bands of America Regional…
 
Alex Blue V is a Ph.D. Candidate in Ethnomusicology at UC Santa Barbara, and the 2019-2021 Thurgood Marshall Fellow in African and African American Studies at Dartmouth College. He was recently appointed as Assistant Professor of Music at the College of William and Mary. In his new position at the College of William and Mary, Blue will teach course…
 
Adam Wiencken is the Percussion Specialist for Broken Arrow Public Schools in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. As Director of Percussion and Battery Arranger for the Pride of Broken Arrow Marching Band, the ensemble is a consistent Bands of America (BOA) Regional Champion and Grand National Finalist. In Adam’s tenure, The Pride of Broken Arrow is a 10-time …
 
Katherine Willer is in her second year as an Assistant Band Director at Henry Middle School. At Henry, Ms. Willer conducts the Symphonic Band and teaches the beginning flute, clarinet, and double-reed classes. She also assists with the Concert and Honors Bands. Ms. Willer graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston in May 2018 with a b…
 
Chris Komnick assumed the role of Executive Director in the fall of 2008 after previously serving on the Madison Scouts’ board of directors. He was a board member of Drum Corps International from 2012-2020 and served as the Vice-Chairman. At the conclusion of the 2012 season, he was selected as the DCI “Director of the Year”. Before taking the role…
 
Chris Komnick assumed the role of Executive Director in the fall of 2008 after previously serving on the Madison Scouts’ board of directors. He was a board member of Drum Corps International from 2012-2020 and served as the Vice-Chairman. At the conclusion of the 2012 season, he was selected as the DCI “Director of the Year”. Before taking the role…
 
Ryan Johnstone is currently the Associate Director of Bands at Rouse High School in Leander, Texas. Prior to his position at Rouse, Mr. Johnstone served as Director of Bands at Canyon Vista Middle School in Austin, Texas, for two years. Mr. Johnstone also served as Director of Bands of the Aledo (TX) Middle School Band program for five years and as…
 
Jason Dimiceli arrived at McNeil in the Fall of 2004, originally serving as Associate Director. He teaches the Wind Ensemble and Marching Band, and he assists with the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band. He also serves on the campus Leadership Team as Fine Arts Department Chair. Mr. Dimiceli is on staff for the Texas Ambassadors of Music and he is an…
 
Damian Gonzales is the Central Texas Sales Rep for TMF Tours & Travel. Previously he was Director of Bands at Grisham Middle School in Austin, TX. Prior to his time at Grisham, he was the Director of Bands at Pflugerville Middle School in Pflugerville, TX. Under his direction, the Grisham Middle School Honors Band, and Pflugerville Middle School Ho…
 
via Drum Corps International We know this is a difficult time for everyone as we all respond to the COVID-19 crisis. The events worldwide have impacted Drum Corps International as well, forcing the cancellation of the 2020 Summer Tour as of Wednesday, March 25. DCI’s voting membership unanimously reached the difficult decision with great regret aft…
 
Robert Selaiden is the Director of Bands at Leander High School in Leander, Texas. Mr. Selaiden is in his 12th year at Leander and his 5th year as head director, and in that time the Leander Band has become one of the preeminent programs in the country. Most recently, the program has been named a bronze medalist at the UIL 5A State Marching Contest…
 
Kendall Stevenson is an Associate Director of Bands at Cedar Park High School in Cedar Park, TX. Ms. Stevenson grew up in Flower Mound, TX and recently graduated from the University of North Texas with honors in May of 2018 with her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. She began her college career at the University of Minnesota and later transferr…
 
Katie VanDoren is currently a band director at Vandegrift High School in Austin, Texas. Originally from Cedar Park, Texas, Mrs. VanDoren graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Katie joined the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps after spending 12 years with Carolina Crown. She…
 
Joe Hobbs is in his 4th year as the Director of Percussion at Vandegrift High school in Austin, TX. Under his direction, the Drum Line won the Dripping Springs Drum Line Contest in both 2016 and 2017 as well as the Lone Star Classic in 2018. The Vandegrift percussion ensemble was also selected to perform at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in …
 
Hector Gil is in his 18th year of teaching and joined the staff at Vista Ridge High School and Henry Middle School as the Director of Percussion in 2008. He attended Texas A&M University-Commerce where he received his Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2001, and he completed one year of graduate work at Texas Christian University. While at A&M –…
 
N-BEAM Consortium Every day we hear and experience music that has incorporated music technology, through electronic components and instruments, to positively contribute to the listener's overall musical experience. Electro-Acoustic (EA) music is now widely accepted in music - in both production and performance - from scores created for screen and s…
 
Ogechi Ukazu is a doctoral candidate in wind conducting, under Jerry Junkin, at the University of Texas at Austin where she also serves as a teaching assistant for the UT band program. Prior to this position, she acted as Visiting Instructor of Instrumental Music at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. Ms. Ukazu spent 10 years as …
 
Sketchbook Podcast welcomes Daniel "Danpod" Valdez for the 1st annual Sketchie Awards where together they present nominations and winners for the 2019 marching band season. The Sketchies are awarded for performance, production, and design in marching band. For this first year, a small group of marching band fans, designers, commentators, & bloggers…
 
Dr. Bradley Kent serves as State Director of Music for the University Interscholastic League, where he oversees a system that provides educational competition for some 750,000 student participants in Texas. Prior to his UIL appointment, he held the position of Director of Fine Arts for the Richardson Independent School District, where he administra…
 
Dr. Bradley Kent serves as State Director of Music for the University Interscholastic League, where he oversees a system that provides educational competition for some 750,000 student participants in Texas. Prior to his UIL appointment, he held the position of Director of Fine Arts for the Richardson Independent School District, where he administra…
 
Mr. Shiree Williams is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at The University of Texas at Austin, under the tutelage of Professor Jerry Junkin. Prior to his enrollment, Mr. Williams served as Director of Bands at Faubion Middle School and the Associate Director of Bands at McKinney High School. A native of south Geo…
 
Mike Howard is currently in his 11th year at Vandegrift High School and in his 17th year of teaching high school band. He was one of the founding directors of the band when VHS opened in 2009 and became Head Band Director in the Fall of 2014. While at Vandegrift, Mr. Howard’s bands have been consistent UIL Concert Competition Sweepstakes Award Winn…
 
Matt Ehlers just finished his thirteenth year at A.N. McCallum High School and Lamar Middle School Fine Arts Academies in Austin, Texas where he serves as Associate Band Director/Percussion Director. Originally from Seward, Nebraska, he graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. As Associate Director of…
 
Welcome to the newest series on Sketchbook titled, Sound Advice. Listen to Erik Kosman and me discuss all things related to audio as it pertains to music, pageantry, and production. In this episode, we discuss the 2020 DCI Rules Change Proposals that are audio related.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/sketchbookpodcast/message…
 
Jason is a husband, father, music educator, musician, designer, and amateur foodie living in the suburbs north of Austin, Texas with his wife Jackie and son Joseph. After teaching middle school band in the Houston area for 5 years, Jason relocated to Cedar Park, Texas to join the band staff at Cedar Park High School, capturing a UIL Texas State Mar…
 
Daniel Morrison is currently the Director of Bands at Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio, TX. He manages and teaches the Ronald Reagan Marching Band and conducts the Wind Ensemble. In addition, he assists with the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and various chamber ensembles. In his time at Reagan, the concert bands have received superior ratin…
 
In 2016, Paul Pape completed his 6th year as the Percussion Director at Vandegrift High School in Austin, TX. During his tenure at VHS, the percussion section has been highly successful in many areas of percussion performance including solo, percussion ensemble, and marching percussion. The VHS Drumline, under the direction of Mr. Pape, has receive…
 
Zach Santos graduated from Round Rock High School in 2014. He attended the University of Texas at Austin where he received his bachelor’s degree in music studies in 2018. While attending UT he earned his trumpet performance certificate from the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music, and his business foundations certificate from the McCombs School…
 
Welcome to another segment of Sketchbook called Matchbook where Jen Barton and I set the band world on fire with our hot takes! You may remember Jen Barton and me from the highest-rated drum corps & fashion related show on FloMarching, Taking the Field. Or the wonderfully entertaining 4th episode of Sketchbook found here on Anchor & wherever you li…
 
If you’re like me, you know Erik Kosman from his unfiltered Facebook posts about pageantry, Chicago sports, & longest marching band names (words & syllables). But Erik is also a highly sought-after designer, consultant, and educator in the marching arts. He has worked with many of the top ensembles in DCI, WGI, and BOA, including The Bluecoats Drum…
 
Part 4: 1st-4th Place Welcome to another segment of Sketchbook called Matchbook where Jen Barton and I set the band world on fire with our hot takes! You may remember Jen Barton and me from the highest-rated drum corps & fashion related show on FloMarching, Taking the Field. Or the wonderfully entertaining 5th episode of Sketchbook found here on An…
 
Part 3: 5th-8th PlaceWelcome to another segment of Sketchbook called Matchbook where Jen Barton and I set the band world on fire with our hot takes! You may remember Jen Barton and me from the highest-rated drum corps & fashion related show on FloMarching, Taking the Field. Or the wonderfully entertaining 5th episode of Sketchbook found here on Anc…
 
Part 2: 9th-12th Place Welcome to another segment of Sketchbook called Matchbook where Jen Barton and I set the band world on fire with our hot takes! You may remember Jen Barton and me from the highest-rated drum corps & fashion related show on FloMarching, Taking the Field. Or the wonderfully entertaining 5th episode of Sketchbook found here on A…
 
Part 1: Overview & Non-FinalistsWelcome to another segment of Sketchbook called Matchbook where Jen Barton and I set the band world on fire with our hot takes! You may remember Jen Barton and me from the highest-rated drum corps & fashion related show on FloMarching, Taking the Field. Or the wonderfully entertaining 5th episode of Sketchbook found …
 
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