New Outdoor Show Added: DEITY
New Outdoor Show Added: SHINE
New Indoor Show Added: DM
New Outdoor Show Added: A WONDERFUL WORLD
Bluecoats 2013 lot mid-tour
Bluecoats 2012 rehearsal
New Outdoor Show Added: WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS
New Indoor Show Added: THE NOISE INSIDE
Bluecoats 2012 in the lot
New Indoor Show Added: IN YOUR FOOTSTEPS
New Indoor Show Added: THE GIFT
New Outdoor Show Added: ATMAN
New Indoor Show Added: MIZU
College Band Spotlight Using SMJ
Chino On The Cover/Interview
Bluecoats Take The Bronze
Bluecoats Finals Lot
Vic Firth Interview
WGI Hall of Fame Video
WGI Hall of Fame Announcement
Mission Viejo On The Cover/Interview
For over two decades...
Mike has been writing, teaching and designing shows for some of the most nationally recognized percussion programs in the United States. These include Mission Viejo HS, RCC, Santa Clara Vanguard, and the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps. Currently, Mike is the percussion caption head/arranger for the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps.
Mike is a co-founder and current board member for the Southern California Percussion Alliance. He also sits on the Board of Directors for Winter Guard International and was recently inducted into the WGI Hall of Fame.
Mike is a Yamaha performing artist and proudly uses Evans Drumheads, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks/Mallets.
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Mavericks and Sibelius temporary fix
February 7, 2014
Maybe I'm a latecomer here, but for those desperately waiting for Avid to release the Sibelius update, I found this quick fix for sluggish behavior from the app:
Open a Sibelius file.
Select "Sleep" from the Apple menu.
Wake the system up.
Done. Back to normal response time from app.
Drum corps during indoor
January 15, 2014
Perhaps a generally accepted standard of hands off from Feb 1st through April 12th should be generally accepted? :) Promoting a more global and all-encompassing sense of the "marching arts". We pull kids in so many directions. Guilt trips flying everywhere. We all know each other. We all hear everything. What's in the best interest for everyone, for longevity of our artform? Just some honest and open late-night thoughts.
January 14, 2014
I was reminded today of how great these guys are. I remember the days of the pencil and waiting to hear what it could sound like... I'm on a new system now and had some activation/deactivation issues with VDL2.5 and it was taken care of via support ticket in 19 min! Jim Casella was on it. Anyway, just wanted to publicly say how much I appreciate this company. Happy composing!
December 23, 2013
Blue Knights Audition Packets
November 22, 2013
October 19, 2013
The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. Keith
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
Clinic in Thailand
October 4, 2013
I'll be flying to Bangkok on October 11th for a week-long clinic with the Siamyth Drum & Bugle Corps. Might ride an elephant...we'll see how that goes. Special thanks to Yamaha, Zildjian, and Evans!
September 28, 2013
You know I can't bash a particular metronome! At least not here. However, I can say that I wish the Yamaha Clickstation and Korg Beatlab were still in production. Try googling those and hit the "shopping" link. Nothing. When I find the met holy grail, I'll be sure to follow up on this thread. Contact me if you think you've found THE met, specifically the feature of push-button-tempo-change that syncs with the subsequent downbeat...not interested in the spastic insta-change-mid-pocket-I'm-a-freshman-drum-major-in-training feature.
September 8, 2013
This Milwaukee Brewers logo has been around since my childhood. How have I missed, all these years, that the glove is an "m" and a "b"?! Not so ninja. Anyway, I hope I'm not the only one...
The Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps
August 30, 2013
Ten Great Seasons With RCC
August 24, 2013
Since "The Apple" in 2004, I have had the pleasure to work with some of the greatest people this activity has to offer. I can't express how much this ensemble and everyone involved have meant to me. It's been a tough decision, but I've decided to close this book and allow 2013 to be the final chapter in this amazing story. While I can't possibly list everyone individually, I have to say thank you to Gary and Sean. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this team.
August 19, 2013
Every few months I receive inquiries as to where my programs purchase their floors. I figured I'd put this out there to help any potential buyers: www.billboardtarps.com I've been ordering from them for years with complete satisfaction. A 55' x 80' floor is roughly $800, and that includes shipping to your door! The floors range from 13oz to 16oz. They come in white or black. So stop paying $1200-$1600 for floors! :) I am in no way affiliated with this company. Just passing on what I think is a great deal. Happy shopping.
Note: You'll have to call in to specify your exact size. The website itself does not list every size available.Share
DAW switch: MOTU's DP to Apple's Logic Pro
August 16, 2013
For all my audio editing needs (guard shows, sample creation, etc), I've been using MOTU Digital Performer. I have a long history with this software (version 3 OS9 Classic to version 7.24 OS 10.8.4). Rather than purchase the latest version 8 update, I decided to download Apple Logic Pro X. I'm excited to learn, but also kicking myself for the self-imposed crippling of my fluid efficiency dealing with my routine DAW needs. Gah! What have I done! I'm hoping to make the transition complete by the time the guards start to call... And maybe now I can actually share files with my cohorts already using Logic Pro. Those of you "in the know", feel free to message me with some short cuts and pointers. :)
So long, and thanks for all the fish
July 30, 2013
It's been an incredible 5 seasons at Bluecoats. But alas, I've reached the decision to close this door with the possibility of a new one opening. It's bitter-sweet for sure. What a great and prosperous organization to work for. I'd like to say thank you to all the staff and especially Dave Glasgow for giving me the ball and letting me run with it.
With that said...
I've learned so much over these past few years. Most importantly, setting a prime directive: Create and nurture an environment in which all your members want to return for more. For me, this transcends winning. Competitive success becomes a component, and not just the goal. For what it's worth, there it is. :)
THANK YOU BLUECOATS!Share