Front Ensemble Director
Mike Bishop is an experienced and active educator, designer, producer, musician, and
international clinician. He arranges and produces for high school & university
ensembles around the United States and Europe, including the West Chester University
of Pennsylvania Incomparable Golden Ram Marching Band, European X indoor
percussion ensemble of The Netherlands, and the Spirit of ’52 drum corps from
Rastede, Germany. Previously, Mike served as the Front Ensemble Coordinator of the
Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps (2015-2017), the Front Ensemble Arranger of the
George Mason University Indoor Drumline (2017), and on the Front Ensemble Faculty
& 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 & 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 more than five years living in Austin, TX, Mike has returned to hie hometown of
Philadelphia, PA with his wife, Kelsey. While in Austin, Mike served as the Front
Ensemble Coordinator of the Cedar Park HS Timberwolf Band. Since joining the team in
2011, he and his colleagues have 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), the Jersey Surf Drum & Bugle Corps (2002-2005), United Percussion
(2003-2008), Carolina Crown (2006-2008), and a Winter Guard International World
Championship with Rhythm X (2009). He also has been in performances for the
NASCAR All*Star Drumline (2008), the 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 was on the staff of Redline
Percussion (2010), European X (2014, 2017-2018) in The Netherlands, and Rhythm X
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), The Black Watch (NJ), as well as samples and sound effects for the pageantry
arts. 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 Artist,
and a proud endorser of Vic Firth sticks & mallets, Zildjian Cymbals, and Remo drum
heads. He has given clinics at Music For All’s Bands of America Summer Symposium
and throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan.