Josh Nelson - Program Coordinator
Josh Nelson has been involved in WGI and drum corps for the last 20 years. An active teacher, arranger, visual designer, adjudicator, and clinician. Josh is the driving force behind Music City Mystique, 8-time WGI World Champion percussion ensemble (Nashville, TN). He has been involved with McM since 2000 and held the role of Executive Director since 2006. In addition to his role at McM he also serves as percussion director at Stewart's Creek middle and high school in Smyrna, TN. Josh holds a Music Education degree from East Tennessee State University where he studied under Dr. Rande Sanderbeck. He lives in Nashville, TN with his wife Meagan and their two dogs Obi and Porkchop.
Mark Hunter - Lead Designer & Battery Arranger
Mark is an accomplished percussionist, composer, and educator that excels in the marching arts. A native of Chicago, he began his percussion education under Bret Kuhn. As a student of James Campbell at The University of Kentucky, Mark performed in a number of the university’s ensembles, including the percussion ensemble that won the prestigious Percussive Arts Society Collegiate Percussion Ensemble Contest two times during Mark’s tenure. Outside of his college studies, he marched snare with The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps (97-2000), during which time the group was awarded two high percussion awards and a World Championship. Upon graduation from The University of Kentucky with a MFA in 2004, Mark won an audition with the Tony and Emmy Award-winning show, Blast!, and toured Japan as the show’s marimba soloist. Mark has taught for several different Drum & Bugle Corps’ as well as Music City Mystique from 2012-2016. Mark resides in Atlanta, GA where, in addition to arranging for many other groups across the Southeast, his writing has been published by Tapspace Publications.
Sean Womack - Front Ensemble Arranger
Sean Womack is an freelance percussion educator, clinican, and arranger based in Atlanta, Georgia and currenlty teaches at Mill Creek High School, McEachern High School, and Tapp Middle School. Mr. Womack received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Master of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Georgia. He is the co-founder and former partner of DoubleStop Percussion L.L.C., a percussion education company in Birmingham, Alabama. Additionally, he is a former staff member of Spirit of Atlanta, Phantom Regiment, Mandarins, Carolina Crown, and Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. He is an active arranger and designer and is in demand as an adjudicator throughout the country. Mr. Womack holds membership in the Percussive Arts Society, the National Association for Music Education, and the Georgia Music Educators Association and is endorsed by Innovative Percussion, Pearl Drums, Adams Musical Instruments, and Remo Drumheads. He currenly resides in Marietta with his wife Sara and sons, Will and Mason.
Matthew Howell - Drill Designer
Matthew Howell, a native of Memphis, TN, has been an active percussionist since 1997. His performance credentials include membership within World Class organizations in both WGI and DCI including Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps and Gateway Indoor. Matthew also performed in the University of Memphis PASIC Marching ensembles in 2004 and 2006 and was a charter member of the Nation Basketball Associations’ (NBA) Memphis Grizzlies Drumline. Matthew has worked with multiple World Class organizations including Gateway Indoor, Tyler Junior College Indoor, Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps. Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, Palmetto Percussion, and Monarch Indoor Percussion (Houston, Texas). Matthew was most recently the percussion director, visual designer, and program coordinator for North Shore High School in Houston, Tx. Matthew is currently the Percussion Director for Alpharetta high school in Alpharetta, Georgia. He is an active percussion arranger, clinician, and visual designer for multiple marching bands, winter guards and indoor percussion ensembles all over the world.
Tony Lymon - Consultant
Tony is the former Assistant Director of Bands at Petal High School in Petal, Mississippi and currently is the co-music arranger/show designer for the Petal High School marching band. Tony is the director show designer for the Petal Indoor Percussion Theatre, a national WGI Percussion Scholastic World Finalist. He has twice been awarded the Outstanding Junior High Director of the Southeast Mississippi Band Directors Association and the 2008 Mississippi Bandmasters Association AE McClain Outstanding Young Band Director Award. Tony was also the Founder and Director of Eminence Indoor Percussion Ensemble, a regional and national WGI Open Class finalist and championship ensemble. Tony holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Certification in 3D Architectural Rendering from The 3D Training Institute of New York. He was a member and principal percussionist in the world renowned Southern Miss Wind Ensemble and Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra. While at Southern Miss, Tony was the percussion arranger for the Pride of Mississippi Marching Band and USM indoor percussion ensemble. Tony was also a member of the World Champion Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps (Bloomington, IN) from 1991-1993. In his three years of DCI experience, he won the DCI-Midwest Solo Timpani Champion and the 1994 Percussive Arts Society International Solo Timpani Award. Tony's original marimba composition "Of Thoughts and Thinking" has become a standard in percussion literature. The piece was most recently recorded by German percussion artist Cornelia Monkse on the CD "Marimba 2" and was featured in the French documentary film "Le Ciel." After college, Tony pursued a professional performance career for eight years with the pop/rock band King Konga . While with King Konga, Tony toured the world selling out venues in nationwide. The group did a post September 11th USO tour for the US Military in Hawaii and South East Asia. The four-piece band gained critical acclaim reaching #81 on the AC Hot 100 Pop Charts with "Something Good." With a rare accomplishment by an independent band, King Konga captured the eyes and ears of many major record labels and the band went on to perform at Woodstock '99. Tony has also performed with The Mississippi Symphony, Mobile Opera, Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera and The Meistersingers Orchestral/Choral Ensemble. Tony recently wrapped up a season as the sound designer for The Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps and currently the lighting designer for Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps. He is the owner of Eidetic Creative, a multimedia creative designs solution business. He currently resides in Petal, Mississippi with his wife Emily and 12 year-old daughter Colette.
Zach Schlicher - Consultant
Zach Schlicher began performing in the marching arts in 1997. As a member of his high school marching band, Zach was exposed to Drum Corps International. In 2001, he earned a position in the snare line with The Cadets and continued to perform there for the next four seasons. Upon aging out, he began teaching the Madison Scouts. After two seasons with the Scouts, he spent the next ten seasons on the faculty of Carolina Crown. Currently, he is on the faculty of the Boston Crusaders. Away from the drum corps field, Zach works with several scholastic and independent programs within Winter Guard International, Bands of America, as well as international ensembles. During the fall and winter months, he occasionally adjudicates marching bands and indoor percussion ensembles around the United States. Zach studied percussion at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Along with his design/instruction commitments, Zach occasionally performs on cast with Aerial Experience Productions, JQProductions and has performed with Blue Devils Entertainment. For quick educational features, he can be found on VicFirth.com in the video lesson series, “Hybrid Rudiments.” Over the course of twenty years, he has been able to develop a unique set of skills which allow him to take on multiple responsibilities and roles with any ensemble.