Author Archives: Barbara-Scott Kolb

2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Marching Bands

It has been an especially noteworthy year for our Pyware Team, as it marks 40 years in business. While celebrating this special anniversary, reminiscing on the company’s work up to this point, it has only inspired us to continue pushing … Read More

Kenny Goodson

As the son of a band director, Kenny Goodson inherited a love for music from his father. Growing up, countless Saturdays were spent at Tatum’s Music Company in East Texas, listening to his dad talk band with fellow directors. He … Read More

Pete ReHill & Phil Min – Pyware Ultimate Giveaway Winners

This year, to add to our 40-year anniversary celebrations, our team hosted the Ultimate Pyware Giveaway Drawing! The winners included two longtime friends and Pyware users, Pete ReHill and Phil Min!   First-place winner, Pete ReHill is a proud United … Read More

Pyware – From the Beginning

The moment Py Kolb heard the roar of the crowd during his first marching band performance, he was hooked. Oddly enough, he was first introduced to marching band per doctor’s recommendation. It was suggested that he play a brass instrument … Read More

Walt Lovell

Walt Lovell’s passion for music and the performing arts is reflected in an over five-decade-long career in the music industry. A successful history as a musician, educator, designer, consultant, composer, and adjudicator, comprise his lifetime’s work. After receiving both a … Read More

Mitch Rogers

The instant Mitch Rogers saw a computer program that was significantly improving the slow, tiresome process of writing drill by hand, he was captivated. This was in the early 1990’s, while Mitch was on the Cavaliers’ visual staff and working … Read More

Victor Neves

Victor Neves began writing drill in 1984 with very fundamental tools that could be found at any art or supply store. He drew forms with pencil on 2-step grid drill writing paper, finalizing them in ink. He sketched curves with … Read More

Jeffrey Smith

Jeffrey Smith is a gifted music educator, especially celebrated in Connecticut, with awards including two-time Connecticut Secondary Music Educator of the Year, the CMEA Student Affairs Commission Award recipient, and the Western Connecticut State University Alumni Band Director of the … Read More

Brantley Douglas

In the early 1980s, as an undergrad at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying music education, Brantley Douglas had his first encounter with a computer. Witnessing the Apple IIe computer and plotter producing full-sized, color-coded drill charts for the first time … Read More

2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Ensembles

This year, the iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will return in all its traditional glory! The streets of NYC will once again welcome back spectators to celebrate the parade in its true form. Balloons, floats and performers are all back … Read More

Darryl Pemberton and Claudia Taylor Johnson Band

Claudia Taylor Johnson High School has built an exceptional music department over the years, specifically an award-winning marching band that is regarded as one of the top-rated programs state and nationwide. The entire design team for the band has worked … Read More

Randall Standridge

This pandemic has shifted the perspective of so many in the marching arts community, amplifying their passion for the activity and reminding them why they fell in love with band in the first place. The brilliant, Randall Standridge, discussed with … Read More

Smith Walbridge Clinics

In 1949, Smith Walbridge pioneered marching band clinics, and has been serving students and directors worldwide, ever since. Each year, one thousand participants across the United States, Canada and Mexico, attend various Smith Walbridge Clinics. Both at the high school … Read More

Phantom Regiment Academy

Last year, as the performing arts began to cancel seasons and events due the pandemic, Phantom Regiment quickly reacted by developing a new branch to their program — Phantom Regiment Academy. Not only was this educational platform designed to provide … Read More

The Madison Scouts

The staff of the Madison Scouts seized the opportunity to implement some fantastic programs during the past year that have helped boost the group’s anticipation all the more for a DCI return. In response to the 2020 DCI summer tour … Read More

2021 WGI Winds Champions: Keller Central Varsity Winds

Congratulations to the Keller Central High School Varsity Winds for their recent first-place victory in the Virtual Winter Guard International Championship!   The nationally competitive Keller Central High band program has an exemplary record of accomplishments across its various ensembles, … Read More

Sam Sanchez and The University of Notre Dame Band

The University of Notre Dame’s Assistant Band Director and drill designer, Sam Sanchez, started experimenting with drill writing at a notably young age. During his time attending Round Rock High School in 1990, Sam asked his band director to print … Read More

Dr. Kelvin Jones and the LSU Tiger Band

For over 125 years, the Louisiana State University Tiger Marching Band have been building a reputation as one of the nation’s most recognized, powerhouse marching ensembles. From what started as a 13-member group has flourished into a massive marching ensemble … Read More

Dr. Timmey Zachery and the PVAMU Marching Storm

Growing up in Alexandria, the heart of Louisiana and birthplace of jazz, Timmey Zachery was exposed to some of the greatest, most influential music of American history. Several of his family members are talented vocalists but none are instrumentalists… Until … Read More

Our Neighbors, the Argyle Eagles, Win State Marching Band Championship

We want to congratulate our neighbors, the Argyle Eagle Marching Band, for their victory at the 4A State Marching Band Championship! This win marks Argyle’s 7th State Championship and ties the school for the most state titles in UIL history, … Read More

Brooks Andersen: Master of Creative Design

Brooks Andersen is one of the most innovative, artistic designers in the marching arts today, famous for his wildly fresh and captivating productions. It is no wonder he has received countless requests to share his expertise in visual design and … Read More

BYU and Fred McInnis March Through the Pandemic

In the face of the disruption Covid-19 has caused for marching bands this season, programs such as Brigham Young University are working through the various restrictions to continue entertaining audiences, whether in-person or virtually. Social distancing, different rehearsal protocols, no … Read More

Craig Harms, Pyware’s Principal Consultant

Craig Harms, principal consultant for Pyware, has been integral in the development of Pygraphics since the company’s inception. Through every phase of the software’s evolution, Craig has consistently advocated for the product and educated the marching community to help programs … Read More

Hunter Dugie: 2nd Social Distance Drill Challenge Winner

We recently wrapped up our second Social Distance Drill Challenge in Pyware history! Once again, we were impressed by the sheer creativity that emanates from our talented community of Pyware users. The designer who won round 2 of our drill … Read More