THE BATTALION EDUCATIONAL STAFF
MICHAEL WILLIAMS - BATTERY COORDINATOR
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 vigorous
with his pursuit of growing percussion education in Colorado.
His interest in percussion first 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, 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.
Presently, 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 sixth 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 NOCO AMP, Silver Creek 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 WGI season.
During the summer, Michael continues to serve as the Battery Coordinator in his fourth year with the
Battalion Drum and Bugle Corps from Salt Lake City, Utah.