|2013 Design Team|
The Academy is pleased to announce the design team for the 2013 corps. Returning designers include Richard Hinshaw - Design Coordinator/Drill Designer, Michael Raiford - Artistic Director, Ryan George - Music Designer, Ike Jackson - Percussion Caption Head, Percussion designer Bryan Nungaray and T. André Feagin, Brass Caption Head. New to the team are Mykail Costner - Colorguard Designer/Caption Head and Jason Bentley, Visual Caption Head.
Here is a bit more on each of the team members:
Richard Hinshaw, Program Coordinator/Drill Designer
Richard Hinshaw is a visual designer
and music educator from Danville, Indiana, where he lives with his wife
Jennifer and their newborn son McKinley. Growing up in Indiana, Richard was
introduced to music at an early age, and he was "hooked" for life. Prior to his
teaching and design career, some of Richard's performance experience included
being a member of the Glassmen Drum & Bugle corps and being a trumpet
student at the Indiana University School of Music.
Michael Raiford, Artistic Director
Michael B. Raiford is a freelance designer based in Austin, TX. He has Choreographed, staged and designed in DCI, BOA and WGI for 30 years. He is very fortunate to have had a project in either a National or Regional finals for 28 years running including more than 20 appearances in a National Finals and participation in 7 national titles. His early years in Drum Corps was focused on 6 time DCI finalist Suncoast Sound. Originally the Choreographer and Production Designer, he also began staging during his tenure at Suncoast as well as turns at show and staff coordinator. He conceived the famed "Vietnam" show pioneering theatrical elements in the world of Drum Corps including the use of sign language.. HIs next major project in Drum Corps: Magic of Orlando. For 6 seasons Michael worked as part of the creative team and Production Designer including 4 finals appearances with such innovative projects as "Danse Animal " and " Twelve Seconds to the Moon". 1998 to 2008 Michael was part of the creative team for 5 time WGI Champion " Fantasia". Michael worked with Karl Lowe as the Production Designer and Performance coach. In addition to these projects Michael has has staged shows for bands in a BOA Regional or National finals for 20 years running. Favorite projects include: Central Cabarrus HS, a 10 time regional finalist and 3 time National finalist. James Bowie HS, 7 time regional finalist and a National Finalist; and, Ayala HS, 3 time California Regional Champion. Recently Michael was the Performance coach and theatrical consultant for Scott Chandler's: Odyssey: Brass Angels Tour, Japan. He has also been seen as a performance and design clinician for WGI's Spinfest. Michael's work in the Band, Winter Guard and Drum Corps lead him to a parallel career in Scenic and Costume Design for Theatre, Opera and Dance.
In addition, Michael is a scenic and costume designer based in Austin, Texas. His work is seen in Regional Theatre's and Opera's around the country. Currently he is working on his Fifth season designing for the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. He has had the pleasure to design premier productions of; Jennifer Haley's "Neighborhood 3" , Marc Bamuthi Joseph's "The Breaks", Craig Wright's "The Unseen", Carlos Murillo's " Dark Play or Stories for Boys", Zoe Kazan's "Absalom" and "Wild Blessings, The Poetry of Wendell Barry" adapted by Marc Masterson and Adrien -Alice Hansel . Also at Actors Theatre he has designed "Rock and Roll, The Reunion Tour", "Shipwrecked" and "Hedwig and the Angry Inch". Other favorite Regional Theatre productions include: "Well", "The Chosen" and "Inherit the Wind", at Cleveland Playhouse; "Give ‘em Hell Harry" and the US primer of "The Young Lady from Rwanda" at Kansas City Repertory Theatre; "Guys and Doll's" and "Tintypes" at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre (with director Danny Pelzig); "The Fantastick's " at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C.; "What Goes Up" at the New Victory Theatre in New York and "Rigoletto" for Austin Lyric Opera. Also in Austin , Michael has been a resident designer at the Zachary Scott Theatre Center for 20 years where he has designed almost 100 productions including:"Rent", "Let me Down Easy", "Caroline or Change", "Porgy and Bess", "Take Me Out", "Urinetown", "Aida", "I Am My Own Wife", "The Exonerated" and "The Laramie Project". Michael received his MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where he subsequently taught design for 10 years. He is also a member of United Scenic Artists.
Online theatrical Portfolio: Michael B. Raiford's photosets on Flickr
Ryan George, Music Designer
Ryan George currently resides in Austin Texas where
he is active as an arranger and composer. His work, ranging from music for the stage to music
for the football field has been performed throughout the United States, Asia,
Ryan recently expanded his writing into the concert world having finished his
first commission in the fall of 2007. Since then his music has received
performances at the American Bandmasters Association Convention, the MidWest
Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, the MidEurope Festival in Schladming
Austria, the National CBDNA Conference (March 2011), and the CBDNA/NBA Southern
Division Conference. His works have also been performed at several state music educators
conferences as well as region, honor, inter-collegiate, and all-state
ensembles. His first work for advanced wind ensemble, "Firefly",
was recently recorded by the University of North Texas Wind Symphony under the direction of
Eugene M. Corporon and will be featured in the upcoming edition of "Teaching Music Through
Performance in Band" vol. 8.
Ike Jackson, Percussion Caption Head/ Arranger
Bryan Nungaray - Percussion Arranger
Bryan Nungaray is currently one of the most active educators in the realm of marching percussion, assuming the role of both instructor and arranger for several groups in the Southern California region, such as the 2010 WGI Percussion Scholastic World and the 5 time Percussion Scholastic Concert World Champion, Ayala High School from Chino Hills, CA, as well as the 2011 SCPA Bronze Medalist, Arroyo High School from El Monte, CA.
His performance experience extends back to his participation with the Mission Viejo High School Percussion Ensemble, where Bryan played tenors with the Indoor Percussion ensemble, as well as mallet percussion for the Concert Indoor Percussion Ensemble under the instruction of Mike Jackson and Jim Wunderlich. Both groups earned immense praise, earning the 2004 WGI Percussion Scholastic World Silver Medal and Percussion Scholastic Concert Open Gold Medal - along with the 2005 WGI Percussion Scholastic World Silver Medal. Following high school, Bryan also participated with the world-renown ed Riverside Community College Marching Tigers as a mallet player, as well as participating with Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps during the summer.
Bryan's instructing/arranging career has brought about numerous accolades in a short amount of time, as his first year with Ayala High School earned the ensemble an unprecedented Scholastic World Class sweep at the 2010 Winter Guard International World Championships - earning gold medals in the PSW and PSCW categories and the 2009 WBA High Percussion trophy in the 4A/5A classification.
The high school ensemble regularly competes in other well-known circuits, such as Bands of America (BOA), the Southern California Percussion Alliance (SCPA), the Western Band Association (WBA) and Winter Guard International (WGI).
Bryan also teaches at Cypress High School in Anaheim, CA where the ensemble earned the 2010 SCPA Silver Medal in the Percussion Scholastic A category, as well as Arroyo High School in El Monte, CA. He also serves as the
Bryan is a proud endorser of Innovative Percussion and also endorses Remo, Sabian, Tama, and Yamaha products. He currently resides in Ontario, CA.Jason Bentley, Visual Caption Head Jason Bentley started teaching in 2000 with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2003 Jason began working with East Coast Jazz Drum & Bugle Corps who achieved two Visual Performance championships and a World Championship during that time. 2007 found Jason with the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps and helped their transition from the Open Class into World Class competition with a visual performance score strong enough to qualify for Semi-Finals in their first appearance. In 2010 Jason joined the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps as the visual caption head where he remained until the 2012 season.
Jason's high school marching band teaching career began in 2000 along side his drum corps career with the King Philip Regional High School. He worked with them from 2000-2010. He began writing for the Henry Clay High School marching band in 2005 and helped to bring three regional championships. He has written and worked with many groups including: Edwardsville High School, Collinsville High School, Warwick High School, Evergreen High School, North Andover High School, Hatboro-Horsham High School, Montgomery County High School, Shelby Valley High School, Raceland High School, Henry Clay High School, and King Philip High School.
Indoor Color Guard and Percussion is another facet of Jason's ability to contribute. He has worked with and written for multiple groups including: Tates Creek Indoor Percussion, University of Kentucky Indoor Percussion, Collinsville High School Indoor Percussion, Expressions Winter Guard, Raceland Winter Guard, Miamisburg Winter Guard, Notre Dame College Indoor Guard, and Lexington Christian Academy High School Indoor Guard.
T. André Feagin, Brass Caption Head
André Feagin is Assistant Professor of Music, Associate Director of Bands and
Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Texas at El Paso. His duties
include the artistic and musical guidance of the Symphony Band, Chamber
Players and director of the Sound of the Southwest Marching Miner
Regiment and Miner Basketball Pep Band. In addition, he teaches
courses in wind literature, theory and graduate conducting. Under his
leadership the Marching Miners have performed throughout the southwest region
and have recently been invited to perform at the UIL Texas State Marching Band
Championships in 2011.