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Design

Howard Weinstein
Program Coordinator

Howard has a long history of education, leadership and achievement. He holds a degree in music education from the University of Central Florida, and has been a music educator for the past 28 years. He currently designs for and instructs multiple college and high school programs throughout the country. His groups have repeatedly been finalists at the Drum Corps International World Championships.

Howard's experience in the drum corps activity includes multiple years as program coordinator and corps director for the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps (1999 - 2007), as well as the corps director for the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps (2009 - 2011). Howard served as a member of the DCI Board of Directors for many years, participating on the executive committee, as well as serving as chairman in 2007.

His experience includes middle school, high school and collegiate level instruction and leadership. He has served as an adjudicator throughout the country for multiple circuits in the areas of symphonic, jazz and marching ensembles. As a high school band director in schools throughout Florida and Georgia, his band programs were superior rated at both the district and state levels. Howard remains active as a guest clinician, consultant and adjudicator. He also teaches leadership to both faculties and student leadership programs in multiple school districts.

He is currently on the faculty for the Tarpon Springs High School Leadership Conservatory for the Arts — a magnet program offering a leadership curriculum for students pursuing excellence in the performing arts. Tarpon Springs has been a consistent finalist at the Bands of America championships since 1997, and was most recently named Grand National Champions at the 2014 BOA championships in Indianapolis.

Ben Pyles
Percussion Caption Head \ Battery Arranger

Benjamin Pyles is currently the director of athletic percussion at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Previously, Ben majored in music education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Lamar University, with a primary focus in percussion. His most intensive studies came under the direction of Chris Hestin, Mike Macintosh, Travis Fife, and Michael Kingan. Ben has several years of world class performing and instructional experience, including the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps from Canton, Ohio, Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps from San Antonio, Texas, Monarch Independent from Houston, Texas, Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps from Toledo, Ohio, and Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps from Atlanta, Georgia. Along with teaching, Ben is also an active arranger and composer for multiple Indoor and outdoor ensembles across the country.

He is endorsed by Sabian Cymbals and Innovative Percussion.

Jade Bouza
Color Guard Caption Head \ Color Guard Designer

Jade Bouza grew up in Pembroke Pines, Florida, where she was a member and captain of the Flanagan High School Colorguard & Winterguard from 2001 - 2005. Upon graduation in 2005, she relocated to Tampa, Florida, to attend the University of South Florida, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in public relations. While studying there, she was a captain of the USF Herd of Thunder Marching Band Colorguard all 4 years, and also the USF Winterguard from 2008 - 2009. Jade spent two summers with The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps, marching in 2006 and aging out in 2008.

Jade was the director for the Spoto High School Colorguard from 2007 - 2012, where she also started the winterguard program. Under her direction, the team went on to receive various FFCC titles, and was promoted each year. Jade also taught with Flanagan High School for the 2013 season, including all three winterguard teams, and was the director of the A Guard program. She has also taught and worked with several groups, including the USF Herd of Thunder, USF Winterguard, and the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps in 2012. She taught auxiliary workshops at Walt Disney World as a teaching artist with the Disney Performing Arts program from 2014 - 2016.

She began working with Newsome High School in 2013, and became the director of the guard program in 2015. Since then, the Newsome Winterguard has been very successful, including an undefeated season in 2016 in FFCC A Class, the 2016 WGI A Class Southeastern Regional Champions, and the 2017 WGI A Class Tampa Regional Champions. The colorguard program has now doubled in size, and includes an additional junior varisty winterguard team. Jade also currently teaches the student success lab at Newsome High School.

Richard Hinshaw
Visual Designer

Richard Hinshaw is a visual designer and music educator with 24 years of experience in the marching arts. After growing up in central Indiana, Richard studied trumpet at the Indiana University School of Music, while also performing in the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps. Since his performing career, he has crafted visual composition and show design skills under the mentorship of Daniel Wiles, Leon May, Michael Raiford, Michael McIntosh, Don Click, and Jay Webb.

Richard is currently the drill designer and lead visual instructor for the Avon High School Marching Black & Gold, who are three-time BOA Grand National Champions (2008, 2009, 2010), with ten straight top three placements at BOA Grand Nationals (2007 - 2016). He serves in the same roles for the Avon Indoor Winter Percussion, perennial WGI Scholastic World Finalists (2002 - 2017). Richard is enjoying his 16th year working with the nationally acclaimed bands, percussion ensembles, and color guards at Avon.

On the Drum Corps International tour, Richard designs for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps from Rosemont, Illinois (2012, 2016 - present), and the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps from Dubuque, Iowa (2017 - present). He has also designed for The Academy Drum & Bugle Corps from Tempe, Arizona (2009 - 2013).

As a freelance designer, Hinshaw has worked with several high achieving ensembles. From 2012 - 2016 he designed for Gateway Indoor Percussion, WGI PIW Finalists in each of those years. Currently, Hinshaw is the visual designer for Monarch Independent Percussion, WGI PIO Finalists in 2016 and WGI PIW Finalists in 2017. Since 2014, he has been the staging designer for the Colerain High School Winter Guard, who have been multiple WGI Regional Finalists, and were a 2017 WGI SA Finalist. Some of Richard’s other top clients include Owasso High School in Oklahoma, Vista Ridge High School in Texas, and Kickapoo High School in Missouri.

Since 2011, Richard has served on the esteemed WGI Percussion Advisory Board, where he collaborates with top designers and instructors from around the country to help shape the future of indoor marching percussion. Hinshaw also enjoys being a freelance adjudicator for marching band, winter guard, and indoor percussion competitions around the country.

Richard resides in Avon, Indiana, with his amazing wife Jennifer, and their beautiful children McKinley, Coleman, and Annalise. Samples of Hinshaw’s work can be found at his website, www.richardhinshaw.com.

Daniel Wiles
Visual Consultant

Daniel Wiles has been teaching for over 30 years in the world of pageantry, and has been involved in drum corps and color guard since as early as he can remember. He resides in Avon, Indiana, with his wife Sarah, and their beautiful children Olivia, Aidan, and Brennan. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary english education from Indiana University. Daniel was a member of the Cavalier Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps from 1980 - 1984 and The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps from 1985 - 1989.

For the last 19 years, he has been the visual coordinator, program coordinator, and color guard director for Avon High School. Avon High School is the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Bands of America Grand National Champion. Avon High School has placed in the top three at Grand Nationals since 2007. Avon High School is also the 2009 WGI Scholastic World Champion and has been in the Scholastic World top five since 2002.

Daniel Wiles is entering his third season as the artistic director for the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps. He helped orchestrate the ascension of the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps as their visual coordinator from 2003 - 2008, and assisted in putting The Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps back in finals as their visual coordinator from 2008 - 2010. In 2012, Daniel was the visual coordinator and drill designer for the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps. From 2002 - 2004, Daniel served as a member of the WGI instructor task force, and he has been a member of the WGI Advisory board for over 23 years. In 2009, Daniel received the prestigious Sudler Shield award as one of the directors of Avon High School.

Dean Broadbent
Visual Consultant

Dean is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University and currently the director of color guards at Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Prior to coming to Flanagan in 2001, Dean taught music at Samuel Staples Elementary School in Easton, Connecticut.

Dean marched from 1990 - 1992 in the Connecticut Hurricanes Senior Drum & Bugle Corps and with the 1993-1996 Cadets of Bergen County Drum & Bugle Corps. He has teaching experience with the 1997 Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps and with The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps from 1998 to 2002, including a year as the cplor guard caption head in 2001 and three DCI World Championship Titles. Dean returned to the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps from 2004 - 2006 and returned to the Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps in 2009 and 2010. Other color guard teaching experiences include Danbury High School from 1994 - 1998, Norwalk High School from 1998 - 2001, the 2001 St. Ann's world bronze medalist, 2002 Braddock Independent, as well as the Southern Knights Winter Guard from Brighton, England, from 2006 to 2012.

Dean has been the director of color guards at Flanagan High School since 2001. During that time, Flanagan has received the Scholastic Open Bronze medal in 2003, State Color Guard Champions in 2004 and 2006, as well as a WGI Scholastic World Class Finalist since 2004. They are the South Florida Winter Guard Association Champions for the last 15 consecutive years, longer then any other school in South Florida history. In 2008 and 2012, Flanagan was named the WGI Scholastic World Champions, 2013 and 2015 Scholastic World Silver Medalist, and in 2009 and 2011 the WGI Scholastic World Bronze Medalist. Flanagan was also the 2012 recipient of the WGI Scholastic World “Fans Favorite” Award.

Dean currently serves on the South Florida Winter Guard Association Board, WGI Advisory Board and WGI Board of Directors. In 2013, Dean was inducted into the South Florida Winter Guard Association Hall of Fame.

Brass

Chad Miller
Brass Caption Head

Chad Miller is a tuba player/multi-instrumentalist and brass instructor from Northwestern Indiana and has worked with several successful Indiana high school music programs throughout the past 14 years, including Penn High School in Mishawaka, IN and Lake Central High School in St. John, IN, where he currently serves as the brass instructor and wind caption head of the Tribe of Pride Marching Band. He also teaches a full private studio and serves as a clinician for area middle and high school bands.

Chad graduated from Indiana University South Bend with a B.M. in music composition with focus on Tuba performance. He began his Drum Corps career as a performing member with the Phantom Regiment in 1997 - 1999 and served on brass educational staffs at The Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps and Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, as well as the 2001 Division 3 World Champion Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corp, where he served as the Brass Caption Head and Arranger.

Chad has composed and arranged for many genres of music and continues performing on a regular basis with multiple groups in the Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan areas. His experience performing in diverse settings from symphonic bands to New Orleans Funk and Blues bands continues to inform his approach to brass playing and music in general.

Chad is passionate about teaching and mentoring musicians of all levels, from beginners to professionals. He takes a hands-on approach to fostering success in each individual while also emphasizing technical proficiency and performance quality.

Percussion

Ben Pyles
Percussion Caption Head \ Battery Arranger

Benjamin Pyles is currently the director of athletic percussion at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Previously, Ben majored in music education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Lamar University, with a primary focus in percussion. His most intensive studies came under the direction of Chris Hestin, Mike Macintosh, Travis Fife, and Michael Kingan. Ben has several years of world class performing and instructional experience, including the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps from Canton, Ohio, Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps from San Antonio, Texas, Monarch Independent from Houston, Texas, Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps from Toledo, Ohio, and Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps from Atlanta, Georgia. Along with teaching, Ben is also an active arranger and composer for multiple Indoor and outdoor ensembles across the country.

He is endorsed by Sabian Cymbals and Innovative Percussion.

Color Guard

Jade Bouza
Color Guard Caption Head \ Color Guard Designer

Jade Bouza grew up in Pembroke Pines, Florida, where she was a member and captain of the Flanagan High School Colorguard & Winterguard from 2001 - 2005. Upon graduation in 2005, she relocated to Tampa, Florida, to attend the University of South Florida, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in public relations. While studying there, she was a captain of the USF Herd of Thunder Marching Band Colorguard all 4 years, and also the USF Winterguard from 2008 - 2009. Jade spent two summers with The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps, marching in 2006 and aging out in 2008.

Jade was the director for the Spoto High School Colorguard from 2007 - 2012, where she also started the winterguard program. Under her direction, the team went on to receive various FFCC titles, and was promoted each year. Jade also taught with Flanagan High School for the 2013 season, including all three winterguard teams, and was the director of the A Guard program. She has also taught and worked with several groups, including the USF Herd of Thunder, USF Winterguard, and the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps in 2012. She taught auxiliary workshops at Walt Disney World as a teaching artist with the Disney Performing Arts program from 2014 - 2016.

She began working with Newsome High School in 2013, and became the director of the guard program in 2015. Since then, the Newsome Winterguard has been very successful, including an undefeated season in 2016 in FFCC A Class, the 2016 WGI A Class Southeastern Regional Champions, and the 2017 WGI A Class Tampa Regional Champions. The colorguard program has now doubled in size, and includes an additional junior varisty winterguard team. Jade also currently teaches the student success lab at Newsome High School.

Visual

Bob Barfield
Visual Caption Head

Bob Barfield is currently in his 25th year of teaching high school band. His first 19 years were spent teaching in the state of Florida public school system, beginning in 1992. He was the associate director of bands for the Tarpon Springs High School Leadership Conservatory for the Arts from 1999 - 2012. His responsibilities at Tarpon Springs High School included teaching the marching band, jazz ensembles and jazz combos, wind ensemble, instructor in brass pedagogy, music theory and technology, and overseeing the solo and ensemble process. In addition, Bob taught the Leadership Skills Development course, which is required of all freshman enrolled in the Leadership Conservatory for the Arts at Tarpon Springs High School.

During his tenure at Tarpon Springs High School, the marching band was a six-time Bands of America National Class Champion, and was an elite top 12 finalist every time they attended the Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana. The wind ensemble performed around the United States at some of the most prestigious concert halls in the country, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, and Chicago Symphony Hall. The jazz ensemble performed at the University of North Texas Jazz Festival twice, and was selected to perform at the Savannah Swing Central Jazz Competition two times. In addition, they were the runner up band at the Essentially Ellington Regional Jazz Band Festival in Lafayette, Louisiana, in the spring of 2012. In 2010, they were chosen as the National Winner for the Mark of Excellence National Jazz Ensemble Contest.

Bob was also a director of the community youth jazz ensemble at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Performing Arts Center in Clearwater, Florida. He was a teacher in their jazz preparatory course for nine years, which met weekly and included students from all over the Tampa Bay area, and annually performed at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday.

In 2012, Bob relocated to Edinburg, Texas, to open up a brand new high school as the head band director and assistant fine arts supervisor of Robert Vela High School.

From 2013 - 2016, Bob was the head band director at White Knoll High School in Lexington, South Carolina. The band program was a consistent state finalist at the SCBDA Class 5A Marching Band Championships, BOA Regionals, and the WCU Tournament of Champions. The wind ensemble was a consistent level VI Superior rated ensemble. In 2015, the wind ensemble performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Currently, Bob is the head band director at Cypress Park High School in Cypress, Texas. This is a brand new high school in the Cypress Fairbanks ISD.

Bob has also been involved in the drum and bugle corps activity for over 30 years, having marched for four years in the Suncoast Sound Drum & Bugle Corps, and instructed several different drum corps over the years. Bob has served as the visual caption head for Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps, Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps, and the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps.

Bob graduated Summa cum Laude from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in music education. While there, he was a member of the prestigious Jazz Ensemble I. During his time at UNF, he performed with such jazz greats as Louie Bellson, Pat Metheny, James Moody, Randy Brecker, Eddie Daniels, Marcus Roberts, Elaine Elias, Rich Matteson, Bunky Green, Bill Prince, the Airmen of Note, and the Count Basie Orchestra, just to name a few. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), and the Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA). Past memberships include the South Carolina Band Directors Association (SCBDA), the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE), the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA), the Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA), and the Pinellas County Music Educators Association. Bob also has a TI:ME level 2 certification in music technology. In addition to his duties as a band director, Bob enjoys an active schedule as an adjudicator, drill designer, and guest clinician throughout the country. Bob was the guest conductor of the Maine All-State Jazz Band in January of 2010. Bob has been recognized several times in the "Who's Who Among America's High School Teachers."

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