With auditions less than one month away, the George Mason University Indoor Drumline is looking towards 2017, and its tenth year of existence, as being the best season yet. “We are excited to be working with a Design Team and Instructional Staff that both have loads of experience and are genuinely passionate about what they do,” says Director Chris Garay. “We have made a focused effort to bring on the right people and give them the support they need to design and teach at the World Class level.”
From A GMU Press Release:
Following their Design Team Announcement back in June, GMU has been working closely with Travis Peterman, Mike Bishop, Sean MacElroy, and Dan Schack to plan their 2017 production. Chris Garay noted, “Working with this Design Team has been a dream. These guys are all close friends who have made it clear that they are invested in the success of the group. Not only will they be designing the show, but they will also be there in-person throughout the season to make sure that their vision comes to life.”
Working closely with the Design Team to implement the marching percussion package will be Battery Coordinator Nick Taylor. Now in his second year with GMU, Nick will be drawing upon his extensive experience from having taught Santa Clara Vanguard and marched Phantom Regiment, Bluecoats, and Boston Crusaders. In addition, Nick has also taught Center Grove HS, earned Percussion Performance degrees from Indiana University and Juilliard, and won solo competitions at PASIC and the Atlanta Snare Drum Competition. He is currently a member of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C.
GMU is also proud to announce that joining Nick in a Battery Coordinator role will be Matt Penland. Matt recently relocated to Washington, D.C. to serve as a percussionist in the United States Air Force Band, having previously earned Percussion Performance degrees from University of North Texas and Northwestern University. Matt has both taught and marched with Santa Clara Vanguard, as well as marched Phantom Regiment, Carolina Crown, and Crossmen. In addition to several international accolades, Matt has also won solo competitions at both PASIC and DCI.
If you are interested in becoming a part of the 2017 George Mason University Indoor Drumline, then be sure to visit the WGI audition page here for more details.