Don Click is co-founder of the Music City Mystique youth organization and was the Executive Director until 2006. He currently serves on the McM Board of Directors and is the Director of Creativity on the highly acclaimed Design Team. He also teaches, programs and is responsible for the visual design for many groups that span most classes of WGI indoor percussion competition.
Don attended the University of North Texas where he earned a degree in Finance. While at UNT, Don spent three years as a member of the UNT indoor drumline. During this time, the drumline won two championships at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. He has taught and continues to arrange and consult at various high schools throughout the nation and is a sought after judge both for fall marching band competitions as well as Winter Percussion shows.
Don has served as President of the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit where he was formerly the Percussion Coordinator. With Winter Guard International, Don has held the responsibilities of being a member of the Percussion Advisory Board, Percussion Steering Committee, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors as well as the Executive Committee serving as Treasurer of WGI. He was inducted into the Winter Guard International Hall of Fame in 2010 as well as the Southeastern Color Guard Circuit in 2014.
Don currently lives in Katy, TX with his wife, Stephanie and two children, Avery and Piper. He is the Director of Marketing for an Experiential Travel Company based in the Houston, TX area.
“I’m excited to be a part of one of the premier indoor marching percussion ensembles in the state of TX! The entire Monarch organization, although young in years has set themselves up for long term success. 2019 is going to be a great season for Monarch and I’m looking forward to working with the administration, design team, staff and members of Monarch.”
Richard Hinshaw is a visual designer and music educator with 24 years of experience in the marching arts. After growing up in Central Indiana, Richard studied trumpet at the Indiana University School of Music while also performing in the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps. Since his performing career, he has crafted visual composition and show design skills under the mentorship of Daniel Wiles, Leon May, Michael Raiford, Michael McIntosh, Don Click, and Jay Webb.
Richard is currently the drill designer and lead visual instructor for the Avon High School Marching Black & Gold, who are three-time BOA Grand National Champions (2008, 2009, 2010), with ten straight top three placements at BOA Grand Nationals (2007-2016). He serves in the same roles for the Avon Indoor Winter Percussion, perennial WGI Scholastic World Finalists (2002-2017). Richard is enjoying his 16th year working with the nationally acclaimed bands, percussion ensembles, and color guards at Avon.
On the Drum Corps International Tour, Richard designs for The Cavaliers from Rosemont, Illinois (2012, 2016-present). He has also designed for The Academy from Tempe, Arizona (2009-2013).
As a freelance designer, Hinshaw has worked with several high achieving ensembles. From 2012-2016 he designed for Gateway Indoor Percussion, WGI PIW Finalists in each of those years. Currently, Hinshaw is the visual designer for Monarch Independent Percussion, WGI PIO Finalists in 2016 and WGI PIW Finalists in 2017 and 2018. Since 2014, he has been the staging designer for the Colerain High School Winter Guard, who have been multiple WGI Regional Finalists, and were a 2017 WGI SA Finalist. Some of Richard’s other top clients include Owasso High School (OK), Vista Ridge High School (TX), and Kickapoo High School (MO).
Since 2011, Richard has served on the esteemed WGI Percussion Advisory Board, where he collaborates with top designers and instructors from around the country to help shape the future of indoor marching percussion. Hinshaw also enjoys being a freelance adjudicator for marching band, winter guard, and indoor percussion competitions around the country.
Richard resides in Avon, Indiana with his amazing wife Jennifer, and their beautiful children McKinley, Coleman, and Annalise. Samples of Hinshaw’s work can be found at his website, www.richardhinshaw.com
Front Ensemble Arranger
Bryan is the owner of Visaudio Designs, a company specializing in design for the pageantry arts. He has designed for a number of ensembles in the United States, East Asia, and Europe. His arrangements and compositions have helped many ensembles earn numerous gold medals on their local circuits as well as many WGI finalists, including most notably Monarch Independent (7th in 2017 and 10th in 2018 PIW finals), Pioneer Indoor (2014, 2015 PIO Silver Medalists), Burleson Centennial HS (2017 PSO Gold Medalist), Clear Brook HS (2011, 2015, 2017 PSO Silver Medalists), Brookwood Independent (2013 PIA Gold Medalist), Fair Lawn HS (2017 PSA Gold Medalist) and ED White HS (2017 PSA Silver Medalist). He is currently the front ensemble and electronics designer for The Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, and was a marching member of Spirit of Atlanta, Southwind, and The Cavaliers.
Bryan is also the voice and instructor behind Virtual Drumline Demystified, a tutorial DVD for the Virtual Drumline sound library from Tapspace Publications. While not working on music, Bryan also dabbles in web and graphic design, enjoys spending time outdoors, and has an affinity for all things on the leading edge of technology. He proudly endorses Pearl/Adams musical instruments, Innovative Percussion, and Remo Drumheads, and currently resides in Carrollton, Georgia with his wife Emily and their pack of dogs and cats.
Benjamin Pyles is the Director of Athletic Percussion at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Ben majored in music education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Lamar University, with a percussion focus. His teachers include Chris Hestin, Mike Macintosh, Travis Fife, and Michael Kingan.
Ben was a marching member of Bluecoats and Glassman. He has served on the instructional staff at Crossmen and Spirit of Atlanta before taking over the Percussion Caption Head and battery writer roles for the Colts. At Monarch Ben has written the battery music for every production since its inception.
Along with teaching, Benjamin is also an active arranger and composer for multiple indoor and outdoor ensembles across the country. Ben is endorsed by Sabian Cymbals, Innovative Percussion Inc. and Pearl and Adams Percussion.