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 competition implemented an unexpected concept into an extremely imaginative drill that excited our panel of judges.
Congratulations Hunter Dugie!!!
After a frustrating trip to the grocery store, walking through the disorganized aisles, Hunter thought, “what if a marching band was in charge of this store?” So, he took that idea and created the strangest show concept to submit to our judges. Enjoy!
“Once I started working on this, I realized this was funny and weirdly refreshing to be able to write whatever I wanted with some set of rules,” Hunter said.
“This challenge pushed me to explore some elements of Pyware that I don’t usually explore too heavily and now that I have, I don’t think I’ll go back to not using some of these tools!”
Hunter Dugie has been heavily involved in the marching arts for over a decade as a performer, educator, and designer. His time marching in high school sparked his interest for the visual component of the performing arts — the way in which a designer could write a show and make it so enjoyable to an audience fascinated him.
As a mathematical wiz, Hunter’s endless supply of graphing notebooks made perfect drill writing pages. He would spend countless hours writing drill for shows he had created in his head, visualizing what they may look like in actuality. The work the young designer put in to the study of drill design early on, is clearly exemplified in his accomplished career.
Hunter’s junior year of high school he earned a trumpet position in The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. He first learned about Pyware as he overheard the visual staff discussing the use of the software to organize and create their shows. The next opportunity the eager, marching arts enthusiast had, he jumped online, searched for Pyware and immediately downloaded the free demonstration version.
From then on, Hunter spent every free moment learning how to use the software.
“After a few years of refining my skills on Pyware and getting feedback from experts in the field, I had a band director (Daniel Scott) reach out to me asking if I would be interested in writing for his group.”
He offered to pay Hunter by buying Pyware for him.
“Of course, I said yes!” he said. “Since then, I have committed myself to become the best designer I can be, not only for myself but most importantly for the programs that entrust me to help shape their programs experience each fall and winter.”
Hunter offers his expertise to programs of every size and experience level, providing every ensemble show designs that help highlight their talent and reach their potential. Check out his work or request a custom drill design, choreography, or consultation through his website https://www.hunterdugiedesign.com/.
“With clients all across the nation, I have experienced a large range of competitive circuits and am able to tailor the design of a show to the strengths of each ensemble,” Hunter stated. “This along with my emphasis on client collaboration, creates competitive and powerful programs for students.”
Our team at Pyware are thrilled to have witnessed Hunter’s success and are grateful our software has been able to act as a catalyst for his tremendous talent.
Congratulations again Hunter Dugie! Thank you for being apart of the Pyware family!