2017 Education and Design Teams Announced


With our first Battalion Experience event of the 2017 season coming up in less than two weeks, we're thrilled to introduce you to our design team and the caption heads of our fantastic education team. Be sure to visit our staff page to see the entire 2017 instructional team.

​​Mark Hartman - Program Director, Design Consultant

Mark Hartman returns as Program Director, Brass Caption Head, and a Design Consultant. He has been involved in the marching arts for nearly 20 years as a performer, instructor, and designer. He began his drum corps career with the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps from Denver, Colorado, as a member of the mellophone section in 2003. He has served as the brass caption head, visual caption head, and a member of the design team for the award-winning Westlake High School Marching Band from Saratoga Springs, Utah. During his tenure, Westlake was the Utah 4A State Champion in 2012 and 2013, was a five-time Bands of America Regional Finalist in Utah and California, and received numerous Outstanding Music and Visual awards.

​​Shilo Stroman - Front Ensemble Caption Head, Design Coordinator, Arranger

Mr. Stroman returns in 2017 as The Battalion's Design Coordinator, Front Ensemble Caption Head, and Arranger. He earned a B.M and a M.M. in Percussion Performance from Colorado State University where he studied with Dr. Eric Hollenbeck. He served as the Colorado Chapter President of the Percussive Arts Society for ten years. As an educator, Mr. Stroman is an adjunct instructor of percussion and jazz at Colorado State University where he teaches Jazz Combo I, Jazz Pedagogy, percussion ensemble, lessons, and oversees the drumline. He is the director of percussion at Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins, Colorado and Loveland High School in Loveland, Colorado. He also arranges and consults many groups across the nation. He is also involved in the WGI activity as an arranger, adjudicator, and teacher with Dakota Ridge High School in Denver, Colorado and formerly with the Blue Knights World Percussion Ensemble in Denver, Colorado and Longmont High School in Longmont, Colorado.

​​John Matthews - Assistant Brass Caption Head, Arranger

John A. Matthews, II returns as Assistant Brass Caption Head and Arranger. He graduated from New Mexico State University, where he received a bachelor's degree in music education and master's degree in conducting. John currently works and lives in Arkansas where he is the head band director of Mills University Studies High School. John was a member of the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from 2003-2007, performing for three years on trumpet and two years on mellophone. He was also a member of the brass staff during the 2009-2011 seasons.