Mike Bishop

Mike Bishop's Biography

Mike Bishop is an experienced educator, designer, producer, musician and international clinician. He arranges and produces for high school and university ensembles around the United States and Europe, including the West Chester University of Pennsylvania Incomparable Golden Ram Marching Band and the Spirit of '52 Drum Corps from Rastede, Germany. Previously, Mike served as Front Ensemble Coordinator of the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps (2015-2017), Front Ensemble Arranger of the George Mason University Indoor Drumline (2017) and on the front ensemble faculty and social media team for the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps (2010-2014), capturing a Drum Corps International World Championship in 2013. Additionally, Mike has served as a member of the front ensemble faculty of Rhythm X and The X Academy and on the Board of Directors as the Head of Media & Marketing for Invictus World, Inc., the first WGI Independent World Color Guard to be based out of Austin, Texas.

After living in Austin, TX, Mike returned to his hometown of Philadelphia, PA with his wife, Kelsey. While in Austin, Mike served as Front Ensemble Coordinator of the Cedar Park HS Timberwolf Band. He joined the team in 2011, and he and his colleagues 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), Jersey Surf Drum & Bugle Corps (2002-2005), United Percussion (2003-2008), Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps (2006-2008) and Rhythm X (2009), where he won a Winter Guard International World Championship. He also has performed with the NASCAR All*Star Drumline (2008), 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 Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps (2009) before joining the Carolina Crown's front ensemble faculty in 2010. In the WGI scene, Mike has been on the staff of Redline Percussion (2010), European X in The Netherlands (2014, 2017-2018) and Rhythm X (2015-2016).

As a producer, Mike is experienced in creating soundtracks for short films, dance teams and color guards, including the 2018 WGI Scholastic World Finalist Miamisburg High School (OH), 2015 WGI Scholastic A Finalist Manor High School (TX), Invictus (TX) and The Black Watch (NJ). He also creates samples and sound effects for the pageantry arts, and he has composed and arranged hundreds of works for various scholastic, independent and corporate programs.

Mike is a member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America; a Yamaha Performing Artist; and a proud endorser of Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Zildjian Cymbals and Remo Drumheads. He has given clinics at Music for All's Summer Symposium and throughout the United States, Europe and Japan.

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