Author Archives: Barbara-Scott Kolb

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 high school and collegiate … 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’s Marching Band

The University of Notre Dame’s Assistant Band Director and drill designer, Sam Sanchez, started experimenting with drill writing at a very 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 on how to … 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

James Hensley

Founder of The Marching Warehouse, James Hensley, recalls one of his first experiences watching a field show, dating back to the 1985 Drum Corps International Broadcast on PBS. This production inspired him to begin auditioning for several corps, ultimately earning … Read More

Jeremy Oliver

The moment Jeremy Oliver took the field, he fell in love with the marching arts… “I think I knew from my high school marching band camp 15 years ago that I wanted to be involved in the activity as long … Read More

Richard Hinshaw’s Journey Up the Ladder of Drill Design

Richard Hinshaw’s journey to drill design was paved with many steps — he ventured into a few different career paths until he realized the line of work he was most passionate about was undoubtedly, visual design. He grew up in … Read More

Eric Robertshaw, Pyware’s Social Distance Drill Challenge Winner

Eric Robertshaw inspired us all with his work in Pyware’s first-ever drill writing contest, the Social Distance Drill Challenge. The panel of judges consisted of prestigious designers Michael Gaines, Tim Fairbanks, Kevin Nix and Bob Buckner. After reviewing all the … Read More

Pyware’s Own, Bob Buckner

Bob Buckner is a notable drill designer, adjudicator, and educator across the globe. Our team was blessed to have had the opportunity to work with such a musical icon. Closing in on three decades, Bob has served as a Pyware … Read More

Tony Deyo

Many are familiar with the popular comedian, Tony Deyo, for his hilarious stand-up that has landed him on the Billboard Magazine comedy chart and the top selling album on iTunes. He has made appearances on television shows, such as Conan, … Read More

Stuart Shulman

Stuart Shulman has been immersed in drum corps for the past 20 years, contributing in several different areas of the activity along the way. As an educator, he has taught Santa Clara Vanguard, The Cavaliers, Phantom Regiment, and The Academy … Read More

Kevin Nix

Kevin Nix grew up in Newcastle, a small town in Southern Oklahoma, with an interest in both sports and the band. Raised in a basketball family, Kevin pursued the sport through grade school and into high school, but ultimately found … Read More

James Gow

As a self-proclaimed band nerd, James Gow started his marching career early by joining his high school marching band in Southern California. He later went on to march for both the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps and the Blue … Read More