The perfect team — writers with experience as performers in the best DCI corps in the world, music educators, and adjudicators. We design, write, teach and judge shows for a living, giving you the best, most well-rounded product possible for your band.

Rob Stein

Rob Stein, Owner, Composer

Rob is an experienced writer, designer, adjudicator, educator and performer. Over 150 marching bands and drum corps across 38 states have used Rob's original compositions and arrangements, including The Baltimore's Marching Ravens, the largest music organization associated with the NFL.

Rob's drum corps teaching experience is extensive in both DCI and DCA, including The Blue Devils B, The Cadets and many more (for a full list of clients, click here.) Additionally, Rob is the Music Caption Head for the Cavalcade of Bands Marching Circuit. As a marching member, Rob marched a total of eight years, two with the Concord Blue Devils ('05-'06) on upper lead trumpet, and six with the Jersey Surf ('99-'04) as a soprano soloist and drum major. 

Rob works full time as a composer/arranger in Flemington, NJ, and is a graduate of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, holding both a Master's degree in music education and a Bachelor's degree in trumpet performance with an emphasis in jazz studies. As a music educator in both the private and public setting, his experience includes extensive work with drum corps, marching bands, jazz bands, wind ensembles, pit orchestras and private lesson studios. As a performer, Rob has had the privilege of playing with many incredible musicians, such as Dave Liebman, Slide Hampton, Carl Allen, George Rabbi, The Latin Express (Philadelphia, PA), The Slicked Up 9's (Bethlehem, PA), The Harry James Tribute Band and more.

Rob is also a competitive pro natural bodybuilder, and training/nutrition coach.


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Nathan Langford, Percussion

Nathan Langford lives in Los Angeles as a professional audio engineer, producer and composer.  Working with major clients ranging in all genres, from pop to electronic to TV/Film.  He also is a go-to for voice over recording, working with Grammy award winning voice actors and directors.

Nathan has 10 years experience composing for high school percussion.  In both the outdoor and indoor circuits he is known for energetic and achievable percussion books.  Taking from his experience in Los Angeles he brings a unique, cutting edge “Hollywood” sound to his arrangements and electronics sound design.

Nathan’s ear for electronics on the marching field and vast knowledge of synthesizer and sampling technology has allowed him to bring numerous high schools to the next level with the usage of electronics.

In 2010 Nathan was on percussion staff with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, working with Michael McIntosh and Brian Tinkel; he also assisted with electronics/sound design.  In 2011 he was a sound design consultant.

From 2007-2009 Nathan served as the Electronics/Sound Design Consultant for the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. Working under Tom Rarick (2007-08) and Mike Jackson (2009). 

In 2014 Nathan started working with Ian Grom of Box Six, and Chino Hills High School as a sampling/sound design      consultant. From 2008-2013 Nathan was electronics/sound design consultant and later percussion staff for Gateway Indoor.


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Mike Bishop, Percussion

Mike is a talented & experienced musician, designer, and international clinician & educator. He serves on the faculty for the DCI World Champion Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps, of which he was a member of from 2006-2008. Mike's performance experience includes various scholastic and independent groups, including United Percussion, Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps, Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, and WGI World Champion's, Rhythm X.

Mike’s portfolio includes works performed by the Carolina Crown Front Ensemble, the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, Redline Percussion, Cedar Park High School Timberwolf Band, and the Bellbrook High School Golden Eagle Band, among others.


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Adam Clay, Percussion

Adam is a nationally recognized percussion designer and an instructor for The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps. Prior to The Cavaliers, he was on the instructional staff with The Bluecoats for six years. Among his many clients have been The Pride of Broken Arrow, Winston Churchill High School Band, and Hanna High School band. Adam has written hundreds of shows for high school, college & indoor groups across the country as well as founding the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies Drumline. He is published with Arranger’s Publishing, Tapspace, Marching Show Concepts & Center X, is a Yamaha Performing Artist, and is supported by Remo & Innovative Percussion.


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Sean Combes, Percussion

Sean is a percussion designer living in the Houston, TX area where he is currently the Percussion Specialist for Elkins High School in the Fort Bend ISD as well as a staff member of the Spirit of Atlanta. He is active as a percussion arranger and clinician for numerous colleges and high schools across the country and his work can be found on Standing O Marching, Dynamic Marching, and Center X Productions. 

Sean attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA where he studied with Donald Bick and Howard Curtis, performing in the Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and various solo and chamber groups. Sean was a member of the world champion Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps as well as a 2001 PASIC clinic participant. Sean is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society and is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.


Dave Britton, Percussion

Dave Britton is currently the Director of Instrumental Music at Rancocas Valley Regional High School in Mount Holly, New Jersey and a freelance percussionist in the Philadelphia region.  At RVRHS, Dave directs the Wind Ensemble, Concert Bands, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and teaches numerous academic courses including Music Theory and Jazz Studies.  Under his direction from 2003-2012, the RVRHS Red Devil Marching won consecutive USSBA National Championships and State Championships (2009 & 2010) and two Northern States Championships (2004 & 2010).

Dave earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from West Chester University where he studied percussion under Joe Goebel, Richard Fitz and Dr. Chris Hanning.  He has also collaborated with and taught alongside percussion legends John Beck, Jim Campbell and the late Fred Sanford.  Dave is currently completing his M.M. is Music Technology at WCU.

Dave has been teaching and composing in the marching arts for over 20 years and has worked with bands, drum corps and indoor percussion ensembles throughout the United States.  While on staff with the Timber Creek Regional High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble (Erial, NJ) in 2009 and 2010, the group won numerous local and regional championships including the 2010 WGI Percussion Scholastic A World Championship.  

As a freelancer, Dave can be heard in a wide array of musical settings.  He is equally at home in the classical repertoire - having performed with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (MN), Allegro Sinfonia (MN), Saint Paul Civic Symphony (MN), and The Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey (NJ) – as well as in the pit performing for countless musical theater productions.  However, Dave’s real passion is behind the kit playing and recording with the extremely talented pool of musicians and songwriters in the Philly area.  

Dave is a long-standing member of the Percussive Arts Society and an advocate for comprehensive percussion education.  He currently serves as Percussion Coordinator for the New Jersey All-State Band.  David is proud to be a part of the Standing ‘O’ team!


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Justin Mabry, Percussion

Justin Mabry is currently an Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Mars Hill University and a freelance percussionist residing in Winston-Salem, NC. Justin received his Masters of Music Degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro under the direction of Dr. Kristopher Keeton and his Bachelor of Music Degree from Mars Hill College under the direction of Dr. Brian Tinkel. Justin is the director of percussion at Ronald W. Reagan High School in Pfafftown, NC and is the ensemble director and battery arranger for Wake Forest Independent indoor percussion ensemble. Additionally, Justin was the battery arranger for Carolina Gold Drum & Bugle Corps (2009-2013) and the percussion arranger for Coastal Surge Drum & Bugle Corps (2013). During his time as percussion caption head, Carolina Gold became the 2012 DCA A-Class World Champions and the percussion program received the 2010, 2011 & 2012 High Percussion award. Justin is also a featured arranger on Standing O Marching and has been an instructor and clinician for the MulTiPerc summer percussion camp. Justin teaches private lessons and is a percussion instructor, arranger, and clinician for several schools in North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Virginia as well as an adjudicator for several band circuits.

In addition to studying with Dr. Keeton and Dr. Tinkel, Justin has studied under and worked with several of percussion's biggest icons including Mr. John Beck Jr., Dr. Brian Mason, Dr. Luis Rivera, Ian Hale, Tyler Dempsey, Allen Joanis, Teddy Holcomb, Chris Romanoswki, and Eric Miller.

As a performer, Justin is one of the founding members of 10-Can Percussion, an NC based professional percussion ensemble. He has performed with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, and the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro, NC. While at Mars Hill College, he participated in marching band, percussion ensemble, marimba band, jazz band, and wind symphony. He participated in Drum Corps International as a member of the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps in 2004, receiving the High Percussion award, and Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps in 2005 and 2006. He also participated in Winter Guard International as a member of Odyssey Percussion Theater in 2008. Most recently Justin participated in the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s wind ensemble (2013 host of the CBDNA National Conference), university symphony orchestra, and percussion ensemble.

Justin is an Alumni of Phi Mu Alpha, a member of Percussive Arts Society and an artist/clinician for Innovative Percussion Inc., Remo Inc., and Dynasty USA.


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Jarrod Huntley, Drill

Jarrod Huntley is backed by 17 years performing, judging, teaching, and designing in the marching band, winter guard and winter drums activity. 
 
Fourteen of his 17-year career has been spent teaching two of the most premier groups in our activity: The Cadets and The Blue Devils drum corps. Jarrod served on visual staff for the 15-time DCI Champion Blue Devils for 7 years (2004-2010) and served as Visual Caption head for the 10-time Champion The Cadets from 2011-2013. 
 
Along with his teaching accolades, Jarrod's drill writing has made it possible to work across the country in states including: Texas, Florida, California, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Illinois, Arizona, Colorado, and Nevada. 
 
Jarrod has worked with many nationally known groups, including: Flower Mound HS (Texas), Etiwanda HS (California), Fountain Valley HS (California), the Cadets, The Concord Blue Devils, The Crossmen, Momentum Winter Drumline, and more. 
 
Jarrod now resides in Pflugerville, TX with his wife and daughter.


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Austin Greene, Drill

Austin Greene is a professional drill designer and visual instructor from Raleigh, NC and the Visual Caption Head at The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps.  He joined The Cadets visual staff in 2012 after being a member and soloist from 2000-2002. Austin attended Western Carolina University where he earned his B.S.Ed. in Music Education in 2003 and the University of Connecticut earning his Master of Music in Conducting in 2006. 

Austin began his teaching career at North Forsyth High School in Winston-Salem, NC. In 2006 he was named the Director of Bands at Concord High School in Concord, NC. In 2008, he accepted the position as Director of Bands and Performing Arts Department Chair at Durham School of the Arts.  In 2010 he was hired as an adjunct instructor at the Dublin Institute of Technology's National Conservatory of Music in Dublin, Ireland.  His professional associations include the Conductor's Guild, NCMEA, Tau Beta Sigma (hon.), Kappa Kappa Psi (hon.), and Phi Kappa Phi.

In 2011, Austin turned his passion for marching arts into a full-time career.  Austin is a seasoned visual designer and arranger for many high schools and universities and is in regular demand as a clinician and adjudicator.  He serves as Visual Consultant for the Bands of America Grand National finalist Kennesaw Mountain HS band.  Austin is also a chief judge for the NC Bandmasters Association and Perc. Visual and Ensemble Analysis judge for AIA and CIPA judging associations.

Austin lives with his dog Toby in Raleigh, NC where he serves as Visual Caption Head for the Green Hope and Sanderson high school bands.


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Chris Carrasco, Drill

Chris Carrasco currently resides in San Jose, CA, where he serves as a "double-threat" designer/educator working both with percussion programs and visual programs.  He is currently the percussion director of Live Oak High School (Morgan Hill, CA), the visual caption head of Homestead High School (Cupertino, CA), and the head choreographer for both the Vanguard Winter Percussion (Santa Clara, CA) and the Blue Devils B Corps. (Concord, CA).

Beyond his teaching assignments, Carrasco writes and designs shows for both the fall and winter idioms, and over the last decade has been responsible for the shows of over two dozen high school, middle school, and independent programs.  Beyond the traditional charted drill, he has also done extensive work staging Winterguard ensembles around the San Francisco bay area.

Living in the bay area his whole life, Carrasco started his drum corps career in 2004 with the Blue Devils B corps playing Euphonium.  He eventually made the switch to percussion, ending his DCI performing experience on Marimba.  His WGI performing background is both in Winterguard and Percussion, as he performed with Glenbrook Independent Winterguard (Concord, CA) for several years before becoming the drum set player for the Sacramento Freelancers Indoor Percussion (CA).  He is also well versed in concert percussion, and served as the principal percussionist for the San Jose State University Wind Ensemble before graduating with is BM in percussion performance in May 2013.


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Steve Rinda, Drill
 

Steve Rinda is a visual designer that writes for numerous successful programs in the Pennsylvania area. He is currently on the visual staff of the 12 time DCA World Champion Reading Buccaneers, and the visual designer for The Carolina Gold. He has also been on staff with the Connecticut Hurricanes and Bushwackers Drum and Bugle corps as a visual designer and staff member.
 
When Steve is not involved in the marching activity, he is a high school social studies teacher in suburban Philadelphia, and coaches his sons' baseball and football teams.


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Eric Weingartner, Clinician

Eric is currently in his fifth year as the Associate Director of Bands at Homestead High School in Cupertino, California. He teaches the concert band, symphonic band, wind ensemble, and marching band.

In 2010 the Homestead marching band placed 3rd in WBA 4A/5A State Finals, in 2011 the Homestead marching band performed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. In 2013, the Homestead marching band earned its highest score ever at WBA Grand Championships. Ensembles under his direction have received Superior and Unanimous Superior ratings at CMEA concert band festivals.

2014 marked Eric's third year as Brass Caption Head and Blue Devils B finished as DCI Open Class Champions, won the Best Brass Performance award, and finished 15th overall in World Class Semifinals competition.

In the fall of 2005 Eric began his undergraduate studies in music education at Arizona State University, where he studied with renowned tubist and Breathing Gym author, Sam Pilafian. In the spring of 2010, Eric earned his bachelors degree in music education from Butler University, where he sat principal euphonium in the wind ensemble and taught private lessons throughout the Indianapolis area.

Eric began his DCI career in 2002 with The Academy on baritone and completed seven consecutive seasons with the organization until his age out season in 2008.

Since moving to Northern California Eric has become very involved in the music community performing with the San Jose Wind Symphony, Silicon Valley Brass Band, San Jose Youth Symphony, Palo Alto Philharmonic and Chabot Wind Symphony. He currently maintains a private studio of tuba and euphonium players that have earned spots in the CBDA All-State Jr. High and High School Bands, as well as the Santa Clara County Honor Band.

Eric's professional affiliations include NAfME, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the California Band Directors Association.