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Synced Up Designs offers custom Indoor Percussion shows, custom Marching Band shows, and any other services pertaining to the marching arts.

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  • Full Music Composition and Arranging for Marching Band and Indoor Percussion

  • Visual Designs for Marching Band and Indoor Percussion

  • Electronic Sound Design for Marching Band, Indoor Percussion, and Winter Guard

  • Digital Design for Uniforms, Floors, Flags and Props

  • Consulting for Marching Band and Indoor Percussion

  • Exercises/Etudes and Performer Development Programs

 

 

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Owners & Designers

 
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Shane Gwaltney 

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. 

Email: shanegwaltney@syncedupdesigns.com


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Matt Filosa

Matt Filosa is a freelance percussionist, composer, and arranger currently residing in Fort Worth, Texas. Co-owner of the marching arts design company Synced Up Designs, Matt writes, designs for, and teaches marching bands and indoor percussion groups all over the country. Matt is the sound designer and front ensemble arranger for several WGI and DCI finalist groups, most notably PIW group Music City Mystique (co-arranger)  and the Cadets (Sound Design). Matt earned his Bachelors in Percussion Performance from the University of Florida (2007) and Masters in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas (2009). While attending UNT, Matt wrote for and taught the Green Brigade Drumline. In 2011, Matt was accepted into the Florida State percussion studios doctoral program, where his responsibilities included teaching the Marching Chiefs Drumline (2011-2015). Currently ABD, Matt plans to earn his Doctorate in Percussion Performance in the summer of 2018. Before starting work on his doctorate, Matt was the Assistant Band Director/ Percussion Specialist at Rider High School in Wichita Falls, Texas. During this time, Matt created the popular stage show “Electronica” and “Dreamscape”, which later turned into the professional stage show “Nebulas”. Matt has performed on several professional recordings, recently featured on Dr. Omar Carmenates new CD Gaia Theory, released by Rattle Records. He has also performed at WASBE in Singapore and Ohio, CBDNA, TMEA, FMEA, and the Percussive Arts Society National Convention on several occasions, including performances withthe Florida State percussion ensemble (2011), Bluecoats percussion ensemble (2007), and clinic presenter with Music City Mystique(2016).  Passionate about the marching arts, it is Matt’s continued goal to inspire, educate, and promote music education and participation in the arts. Matt is endorsed by Innovative Percussion, Pearl/Adams, Evans drum heads, and Sabian Cymbals.
Email: mattfilosa@syncedupdesigns.com


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Jeremy Thompson

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.

 

Arrangers & Sound Designers

 
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Brian Dinkel

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.


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Michael J. Miller

Michael 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.

Michael 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 the Western International Band Clinic's Best 100 New Works for Band. His music for concert band is regularly commissioned, including one of his most recent pieces, Cosmic Expedition, commissioned by Phi Beta Mu International Bandmaster's Fraternity.

He 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.

Michael 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.

He is also 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 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.


Matthew Black

Matthew Black is currently the percussion director at the Perennial Grand National Finalist Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois. He has taught nationally recognized programs around the country such as Carmel (IN), Ben Davis (IN), and Kennesaw Mountain (GA).

He is heavily sought after as a music and visual clinician teaching music, drill, and choreography to bands across the United States. As a familiar face in Drum Corps International and Winterguard International circuits Matthew has worked both as a performer and teacher. Most recently Matthew worked with the Blue Stars Drum Corps, the Phantom Regiment Drum Corps, and the Cavaliers Indoor Percussion Ensemble.

Matthew was appointed head director of the prestigious Singapore Youth Mass Band in 2015. It was here that he was given the opportunity to work with over 500 young performers in preparation for a performance with an audience in excess of 55,000 people.

He is an active clinician and adjudicator for both the indoor and outdoor marching activities. He has presented clinics on marching percussion, keyboard percussion, arranging, and amplification in the marching activity throughout the U.S. and Asia. In his time away from teaching he enjoys audio engineering—mixing and mastering for professional artists, as well as sample creation, voice-overs, and audio slicing for marching bands and winter guards.

Matthew proudly endorses Vic Firth and Zildjian percussion equipment.


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Cole Williams

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).

 

Digi-Artists

 
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Ivan Fees

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.


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Trevor Calabro

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.


Daniel Brown

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


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Sandi Bledsoe

Sandi began her involvement in the marching arts as a colorguard member at Mt. Juliet High School. She went on to march Capella Winterguard and Phantom Regiment. She currently teaches the colorguard at Mt. Juliet High School. Sandy graduated from Middle Tennessee University with a degree in Textiles, Merchandising & Design in 2013 and has been a footwear designer for the past 5 years. She resides in Mt. Juliet, TN with her husband and their two dogs.


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Tony Lymon

Tony is the Assistant Director of Bands at Petal High School in Petal, Mississippi and 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 is the owner and designer of The Muse Foundry, a multimedia creative designs solution business. He currently resides  in Petal, Mississippi with his wife Emily and 11 year-old daughter Colette.


 

Support Staff

Ryan Marsh

Ryan Marsh is an educator, performer and designer from Tampa Florida. He has been the percussion director for Newsome High School since 2011. Under his direction the Newsome HS percussion section has won 2 FFCC State Championships, 1 FMBC 4A High Percussion award and 5 WGI regional championships. In 2015 Newsome attended WGI World Championships and placed 8th in scholastic open class. Since 2007 Ryan has worked with numerous high school marching bands, concert ensembles and independent indoor ensembles throughout the state of Florida and the southeast United States. As a musician Ryan keeps a steady performance schedule with various jazz groups from central Florida. Ryan is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society, TI:ME and an educational artist for Innovative Percussion.

Outside of the arts Ryan works full time as a business development and marketing manager for HSC. Given his background and success in the arts and marketing this new role for Synced Up Designs is a great marriage of two of his passions. He looks forward to making Synced Up Designs a household name in the world of Pageantry Arts.