Meet the Team
The Synced Up Designs Team
A champion Battery Arranger, Visual Designer, and Program Coordinator. Shane has arranged and worked with Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps, Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, Music City Mystique, Bangkok Society Drumline, Tyler Junior College, Choctawhatchee HS, along with several High School and Independent programs across the country. His inspiration and motivation comes from the kids and programs that allow him to be involved. He is also a proud artist and clinician for Innovative Percussion, Pearl Drums, Evans Drum Heads\Planet Waves, and Zildjian Cymbals.
You can contact Shane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeremy Thompson is a full time wind composer,arranger and electronic sound designer for the marching arts. He has been active in the pageantry activity for over 15 years. Jeremy was a marching member of the 2003 Blue Devils hornline. Since 2003 he has been active as a visual instructor, choreographer, clinician and adjudicator. He has composed and arranged for marching ensembles all over the United States and Canada. In addition to writing for marching ensembles he is also active as a voice actor and music producer for radio commercials and visual media projects. He currently lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife Kristanne and their three dogs Ava, Aspen and Sparrow.
You can contact Jeremy at email@example.com.
CJ is a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Education.
In his time at UT Martin, he received instruction and attended masterclasses from a plethora of world-class artists. As a member of the Music City Mystique front ensemble in 2016 and 2017, CJ hopes to inspire other musicians the same way Mystique inspired him. He currently resides north of Nashville with his incredible wife, where he serves full time as a band director. Additionally, when not working with his own students, he is constantly composing, arranging, and designing for various ensembles and organizations. His reach extends internationally, having worked with different groups around the world as a sound designer, percussion and winds arranger, and composer.
ARRANGERS & SOUND DESIGNERS
Michael J. Miller
Mr. Miller is a freelance composer, conductor, and educator. From 2013-2018 he served as the Director of Bands at Joe E. Newsome High School in Lithia, FL. Under his baton, Newsome’s bands regularly earned superior ratings at the Florida Bandmasters Association Music Performance Assessments. In 2017 the Newsome band program received the Florida Bandmasters Association’s Otto Kraushaar award for straight superior ratings from every judge at marching band, jazz, district and state concert band music performance assessments. Under his direction the Wolfpack Marching Band was named the 2015 Bands of America Regional Grand Champions in Newark, DE, and performed in the 2016 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, NY. Before his appointment at Joe E. Newsome High School, he was Assistant Director of Bands at Robert Vela High School in Edinburg, TX under Bob Barfield, and the Director of Bands at Weeki Wachee High School. While at WWHS, he was awarded the School Board of Hernando County’s “Hernando H.E.R.O.E.S.” Award (Hernando Educators Reaching Out to Every Student), and was also given the Superintendent’s “Excellence” Award for his services to the community. In 2016, he received the National Band Association's Certificate of Merit for Marching Excellence for outstanding contributions to marching bands.
Mr. Miller is a published composer and arranger with Alfred Music, Carl Fischer Music, Excelcia Music, the F.J.H. Music Company Inc., and Eighth Note Publications. His music has received several recognitions including J.W. Pepper and Son's Editor's Choice, and Band World's Best 100 New Works for Band. His music for concert band is regularly commissioned, including one of his most recent pieces, Cosmic Expedition, which was commissioned by Phi Beta Mu International Bandmaster's Fraternity and will be performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic this December.
Mr. Miller serves as a music and drill designer for high school and college marching bands across the United States. His music was performed during halftime at Superbowl XLVIII, as well as numerous B.C.S. Bowl games. He was a conducting drum major and trumpeter for the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps under Howard Weinstein, played mellophone for the Syracuse Brigadiers Drum and Bugle Corps, served as a member of the educational staff for the 2009 Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, and is currently a brass technician for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps.
Mr. Miller holds a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Syracuse University. As a graduate teaching assistant for the University of Florida bands under Dr. David Waybright, he guest conducted the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band, taught undergraduate conducting lessons, and was a staff member and music designer for Florida's Gator Marching Band.
Mr. Miller is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, the Florida Music Educators Association, the Florida Bandmasters Association, the Georgia Music Educators Association, the National Band Association, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and is a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He currently resides in Newnan, GA and is happily married to his wife and best friend, Vivian. When he isn’t writing music or working with a musical ensemble, he enjoys traveling the world and experiencing the food culture wherever he goes.
Please visit Mr. Miller on the web at www.michaeljmillermusic.com.
For over 17 years, Brian has been in demand as a performer, teacher, composer and arranger based in the Southern California area. In that time, he has performed with internationally renowned artists such as Peter Erskine, Alex Acuna, Tom Scott and the late Ed Shaughnessy. Brian attended California State University, Northridge where he studied with John Magnussen, Karen Ervin-Pershing, and Jerry Steinholtz. In addition, Brian has had the privilege of teaching and designing for some of the most highly decorated programs in the world.
Brian has been on the staff of Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps since 2009, and is currently the Front Ensemble Caption Head as well as Front Ensemble Arranger/Sound Designer for the 17-time DCI World Champion.
Since 2004, Brian has worked at Riverside City College, in Riverside, California. Currently, Brian serves as the Front Ensemble Caption Head and Designer for the internationally renowned RCC Marching Tigers, and as the Front Ensemble Manager for five-time WGI World Champion - RCC Indoor Percussion.
Brian resides in Chino, California and works primarily as a composer/arranger/sound designer for many highly decorated programs in Southern California and around the world. Additionally, Brian is the director of the Southern California Percussion Ensemble Festival, held annually in Irvine, California.
Brian is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, and proudly endorses Pro-Mark, System Blue, Evans, D'Addario, Meinl & Zildjian.
Cole Williams is a composer, arranger, and educator from Guthrie, Oklahoma. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Oklahoma State University, and a Master of Music in Music Performance from the University of Arkansas. Currently, Cole is the Adjunct Professor of Percussion at the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In this capacity, he works with the Sound of the Golden Hurricane Marching Band, teaches private lessons and percussion ensemble, and instructs a Percussion Methods class for Music Education majors.
A diverse arranger noted for his musicality and professionalism, Cole writes for distinguished groups around the country. Working with top wind arrangers in the activity such as Will Pitts, Steve Vento, John Georgeson, Andrew Anderson, Luke McMillan, Ben Lee, Alex Thode, and more, his work has been featured by winning ensembles in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
As a performer, Cole has had the privilege of playing in several respected ensembles at Oklahoma State University and the University of Arkansas. He has performed at the Oklahoma Music Educator's Association Winter Convention, the College Orchestra Director’s Association Convention, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the Collegiate Band Directors National Association Convention, and the Japan Band Clinic. Professionally, Cole has performed as a member of the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera Fayetteville. In addition to his activity in the concert percussion realm, Cole is also an avid marching percussion enthusiast, and spent two summers with The Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps (2012-2013) as a quad player.
Cole is a sought after educator in the marching percussion realm. He is the Executive Director of Resistance Indoor Percussion. In addition to Resistance, Cole has served as a Percussion Instructor for several high schools, including Alma High School, Guthrie High School, Stillwater High School, and Yukon High School. He has also served as the Caption Head of the Oklahoma State University Winter Drumline, a group designed to help high school and college students polish their rudimental skills. From 2014-2016, Cole spent three seasons as the Assistant Percussion Caption Head/Tenor Technician for the Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps. Most recently, Cole was the instructor for the University of Arkansas Razorback Drumline.
Cole Williams is a Vic Firth Educator, Pearl/Adams Regional Educational Artist, Zildjian Education Artist, and a member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS).
Ivan is a graphic designer based out of Denver, CO, and has been involved with the WGI activity since 2003. As a performer he earned the 2004 PSCW bronze medal with Gateway High School of Aurora, CO, as well as a number of finalist placements as a cymbal player for the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble.
As an instructor, consultant, cymbal technician and designer he has worked with a variety of programs, such as George Mason University, Black Diamond Percussion, Imperial Dynasty Percussion, BKPE, and most notably Dakota Ridge High School from Littleton, CO. Dakota Ridge earned 6 RMPA Championships in 5 straight seasons, the 2018 WGI Concert Class Fan Favorite Award, 2017 WGI PSCO silver medal, and were the 2016 WGI PSCO World Champions.
Ivan holds a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master’s in Sports & Entertainment Management from the University of Colorado Denver. He currently works in marketing for a national law firm, and assists the Rocky Mountain Percussion Association with graphic design and webmaster services.
Trevor has worked for over 15 years designing and developing world class sets and stages for the marching arts. Trevor’s designs have been seen in DCI, DCA, WGI Percussion, WGI Guard, and marching band competitions all around the country. In the last 5 years the advancement of digital printing technology has allowed Trevor to expanded his expertise to all aspects of the marching arts. Trevor is excited to partner with Synced Up Designs to explore the new possibilities with head to toe digital printed uniforms and holistic digital show design.
After aging-out of the marching arts with Music City Mystique, Daniel became a graphic designer and photographer based out of Nashville, TN. Daniel has been instrumental in developing McM’s show logos, floor design, color palette, and multimedia. When not involved with McM, Daniel is a Sr. Creative for Country Music Television designing and producing art for tv series and award shows. Check out his personal work here.