Derrick Shannon : CEO
Derrick Shannon is a percussion specialist originally from the Chicago-land area. He holds the Director of Percussive Arts position at Plainfield Community Schools who were the 2018 WGI PSA Champions in his first year with the program. He started Percussive Soundscapes which is a company who offers a variety of services to the marching arts community including custom arrangements for band and winter percussion ensembles. He taught at Ball State University, judges during the weekends, consults with numerous groups across the country and he is also currently the President-Elect of the Indiana Percussion Association.
Derrick marched seven summers of drum corps with groups such as the Phantom Regiment and Cavaliers, both in the battery and front ensemble. Afterwards, he became the Percussion Caption Head for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps and he is currently the Percussion Coordinator and Battery Arranger for the Madison Scouts. Derrick is also a Creative Director for 317 Performing Arts which supports the WGI Independent group named Veritas. He received his Bachelors in Music Education at the VanderCook College of Music and his Master’s in Music Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Derrick proudly endorses Innovative Percussion, Pearl/Adams, Remo, and Etymotic. He currently resides in Plainfield, Indiana with his wife Kayla, daughter Miyah and dog Max.
Anne Kane : coo
Anne is from Dayton, Ohio, where her percussion career began at Kettering Fairmont High School. During her four years of indoor drum line and marching band, she played vibraphone and marimba. After graduating in 2015, she performed with a series of groups including Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps, Tates Creek Indoor Ensemble, and Legacy Indoor Percussion. Anne ended her marching career with Legacy World in 2018.
Anne is currently pursuing a degree in Biblical Studies at Moody Bible Institute. She currently resides in Dayton Ohio, and works full time as a coffee professional at Ghostlight Coffee.
Evan Fyffe : cfo
Evan studied percussion at Ball State University under Dr. Erwin Mueller and Braham Dembar, current principal percussionist for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. While studying percussion at Ball State, Evan was a member of the Legacy Indoor Percussion Ensemble. He also currently performs with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra. Evan is currently serving not the Board of Directors as Secretary to the Indiana Percussion Association.
Evan began working at Greenfield-Central Schools in 2012 as one of the main percussion instructors. Throughout his years with the program, Evan’s private lessons studio has grown to over 30 students, ranging from 6th to 12th grades. His main responsibility for extracurricular percussion studies includes running the front ensemble for the marching band and indoor percussion ensemble.
Zac Sterling : CCO
Zac is from O’Fallon, Illinois and currently resides in Lexington, Kentucky. He is a classically trained pianist, which has served as the basis for his musical experiences. He has been involved in the marching arts since 2007. His marching experience includes Matrix (2015), Gateway Indoor (2014), Carolina Crown (2012), and the Madison Scouts (2010, 2011, 2014). He has also taught and consulted with several independent and scholastic groups around the world. Zac has a bachelors in criminology, two masters in international finance and business administration, and a doctorate in law. He is married to Alyssa, with whom he has enjoyed performing, traveling, and raising their cat, Amelia.
Chris Murphree : Executive vp
Chris is currently a freelancing percussion specialist in Indiana, primarily working with Brownsburg and Plainfield High School. He serves as an arranger, designer, and teacher for both groups throughout the school year. He received his Master’s degree from Indiana University, and his Bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where he also served as an Adjunct Professor of Percussion. During his time at IU he served as the associate instructor for the Marching Hundred Drumline. His responsibilities included teaching and writing for the drumline throughout the fall season. His responsibilities at MTSU included teaching private lessons, working with the MTSU drumline, and teaching percussion ensemble.
Chris’ marching career includes Spirit of Atlanta, The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, and Music City Mystique. His past drum corps teaching experience includes Troopers, Phantom Regiment, Blue Knights, and most recently the Madison Scouts where he serves as front ensemble arranger and coordinator. Chris is very excited to embark on his new journey as a Creative Director for 317 Performing Arts written for several groups in the activity, including the likes of Orange County Independent and Music City Drum and Bugle Corps. He has written for and consulted with several high schools and universities throughout the Midwest. He is proud to be endorsed by Innovative Percussion Inc. To find out more about Chris please visit his website at https://www.chrismurphree.net.