The perfect team — experienced writers for some of the best drum corps corps and marching bands in the country, 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.
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.
Maverick Peterson, Percussion
Maverick Peterson is a musician that has served as a professional educator, arranger and consultant. An accomplished expert in his profession, Maverick has taught and consulted for over 50 marching percussion ensembles, composed and arranged over 50 shows for percussion and visual ensembles, and composed music for several independent short films media projects. He has performed with the Dallas Mavericks Drumline, FC Dallas Drumline, Golden State Warrior Drumline, Blue Devils Entertainment and Dynamic Rhythm Entertainment. As a prior member of the Insignia Indoor Drumline, Surround Sound Percussion and Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps, Maverick makes sure to always spread his expertise while seeking additional knowledge.
Maverick currently serves as the owner and primary music designer at Arena Music where he composes, arranges, and creates sound effects for indoor drumlines, winterguards, and marching band percussion ensembles. He acts as a consultant to numerous marching bands, helping them to incorporate electronics into their programs and streamline their front ensemble's setup.
Maverick is currently the Assistant Percussion Director at Richland High School in North Richland Hills, Texas. From 2013 to 2015, Maverick was the Front Ensemble Coordinator, Composer and Electronics Designer for Vigilantes Indoor Percussion, winning Open Class at the WGI Championships with the highest score in history in 2016. From 2014-2017, Maverick was on staff with the Blue Devils B Drum and Bugle Corps, becoming their front ensemble arranger and co-electronics designer in 2016.
Mike Bishop, Percussion
Mike Bishop is an experienced and active educator, designer, producer, musician, and international clinician. Mike's experience includes serving as the Front Ensemble Coordinator of the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps, the Front Ensemble Arranger of the George Mason University Indoor Drumline, the Front Ensemble Faculty and Social Media Team for the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps from 2010-2014, capturing a Drum Corps International World Championship in 2013. Additionally, Mike is a member of the Front Ensemble Faculty of Rhythm X & The X Academy and serves as the head of Media & Marketing for Invictus World, Inc. while holding a seat on the organization's Board of Directors.
After more than five years living in Austin, TX, Mike has returned to hie hometown of Philadelphia, PA with his wife, Kelsey. While in Austin, Mike served as the Front Ensemble Coordinator of the Cedar Park HS Timberwolf Band. Since joining the team in 2011, he and his colleagues have captured two UIL Texas Marching State Championships, a PASIC Marching Championship with Best Front Ensemble Caption, and a Lone Star Classic Drumline State Championship. Previously, Mike lived in the Dayton, OH area as the Percussion Director for Bellbrook HS from 2009-2011.
As a performer, Mike has over 30 combined seasons of performance experience with scholastic and independent groups in the pageantry arts including Riptide Percussion (2002), the Jersey Surf Drum & Bugle Corps (2002-2005), United Percussion (2003-2008), Carolina Crown (2006-2008), and a Winter Guard International World Championship with Rhythm X (2009). He also has been in performances for the NASCAR All*Star Drumline (2008), the Q-Stix™ Cleveland Cavaliers Basketball Drumline (2009), and Aerial Experience Productions (2010).
Immediately following his drum corps age out, Mike joined the staff of the 2009 Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps before heading back to Crown in 2010. In the WGI scene, Mike was on the staff of Redline Percussion for the 2010 & 2011 seasons. In 2014, he joined the staff of European X in The Netherlands before returning to Rhythm X as a staff member in 2015.
As a producer, Mike is experienced in creating soundtracks for short films, dance teams, and color guards, including the 2015 WGI Scholastic A Finalist Manor High School and Invictus winter guard, as well as samples and sound effects for the pageantry arts. He has composed and arranged hundreds of works for various scholastic, independent, and corporate programs.
Mike is a Yamaha Artist, and a proud endorser of Vic Firth sticks & mallets, and Remo drum heads. He has given clinics at the BOA Summer Symposium and throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan.
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!
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.