THE BATTALION EDUCATIONAL STAFF
MICHAEL WILLIAMS - BATTERY CAPTION HEAD
Michael Williams is a percussionist, performer, and educator located in the Northern Colorado area. With a wide variety of performance and teaching experience over the last decade, Michael is dedicated to his pursuit of growing percussion education in Colorado.
His interest in percussion fist started with his time attending Northglenn High School in the band and indoor percussion programs taught by Dave and Kathy Marvin. In his four years, Northglenn earned PSW finalist status twice at the WGI competition held in Dayton, Ohio, and won the very first WGI Fan Favorite Award in 2010 with their show entitled “Deadbeats, Drums of the Dead.”
In 2015, Michael graduated from Colorado State University with a B.A. in Music Education. From percussion ensembles and jazz band to solo repertoire and steel pan, Michael has developed an array of performance experience under the instruction of Dr. Eric Hollenbeck and Shilo Stroman.
Michael has been heavily influenced by his experiences in the marching arts community though his participation in DCI and WGI. In 2012 and 2014, Michael played snare drum for the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps of Casper, Wyoming. In his time at the Troopers, Michael was taught under Kevin Welborn, Paul Rennick, David Reeves, Derek Fields, Jason Hammond, Chris McWilliams, Lauren Teel, Patrick Chapman and Jesus Sanchez. Michael continued in WGI playing snare drum for the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble from 2013-2015. In his time at BKPE, Michael was taught under Alex Entin, Mike Jackson, Amanda Montemayor, Zac Barnard, Dan Allen, Jason Keeling, and Rod Kosterman. Through BKPE, Michael traveled with the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps as a DCI representative to Taiwan for participation in educational clinics and performances at the Taiwan Band Festival in 2014.
Michael performs as a member of the Denver Nuggets Skyline and the Denver Broncos Stampede drumlines. Both groups perform at home games during the NBA and NFL season.
Michael has become a prominent music educator in the state of Colorado. Under the guidance of Shilo Stroman, Michael has taught many local high schools in Northern Colorado throughout the marching band and concert season. Currently, he is in his eighth year of teaching with Loveland High School, now as the Director of Percussion/Assistant Band Director. Additionally, Michael has worked at Thompson Valley High School, Fossil Ridge, Windsor, and Dakota Ridge High School with their percussion sections.
During the winter, Michael has worked with NOCOAMP, Silver Creek High School, Standley Lake High School and Dakota Ridge High School, who took first in PCO at WGI World Championships in 2015. Michael worked at Altitude Percussion serving as the Battery Caption Head in his second year with the ensemble. He also helped found Black Diamond Percussion as a caption head in their inaugural year, making semifinals at the 2018 WGI World Championships. Michael is happy to back with the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble now as a staff member, serving as the snare tech for the 2019 and 2020 WGI season.
Now in his sixth year with the Battalion Drum and Bugle Corps, Michael is honored to take up the role of Battery Caption Head. He is looking forward to helping continue and lead the Battalion organization as DCI hopes to resume during the 2020-2021 season.