Mike is an experienced and active educator, designer, producer, musician, and international clinician based out of Austin, TX.

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Education/Clinics

Mike serves as the Front Ensemble Coordinator for the Cedar Park HS Timberwolf Band and Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps. He is also a member of the Front Ensemble Staff at Rhythm X and the X Academy. Mike has over a decade of education and clinician experience and has taught/presented in the United States, Europe, and Japan.

 

Arranging

Mike has been arranging for scholastic and independent programs for over a decade. His competitive arrangements offer an educational experience for students of all skill levels. From the earliest beginner to the world class performer, your students will grow with intelligently designed arrangements that are a blast to play.

 

Production

Mike is well-versed in audio production techniques. From custom color guard and dance team soundtracks to WGI/BOA/DCI rule-adhering samples and electronic sound effects to add that extra layer of production value to your marching band or indoor percussion show to original music for short films. Get some info about audio production for your group or project.

 
 

Mike can design and build a custom site for nearly any purpose: from personal websites and design portfolios, to non-profit organizations, to small businesses with online retail - all to serve your clients in the best way possible, and all on a schedule and budget that works for you! And since Mike is a Squarespace Circle member, you get special treatment. Check it out!

Some of the most exceptional music ensembles and organizations in the world utilize Mike's knowledge and enthusiasm to provide the best experience for their membership.

“Mike is an incredible educator and a loyal friend. His passion and enthusiasm has brought consistent success to those programs fortunate enough to have him on their team. Without question, he is an undeniable asset for anyone looking to move forward within the activity.”
— Tim Jackson, Rhythm X

Online Lessons

Mike offers affordable online lessons in everything percussion to digital audio software via Skype through Reverb Lessons.

Mike is an active educator in some of the best ensembles of the pageantry arts. He knows that it's great design that sets up students, and their teachers alike, for success. 

 

Mike has been arranging for scholastic and independent programs for over a decade. His competitive arrangements offer an educational experience for students of all skill levels. Mike's arrangements are designed to be teachable and showcase crystal clear intent. From the earliest beginner to the world class performer, your students will grow with intelligently designed arrangements that are a blast to play.  

 

“Mike Bishop is a consummate professional and a valuable resource for any group. His arrangements are trendy and highly competitive.”
— Garrett Scharton - Board of Directors - Cavaliers, Music for All
 

Mike has been creating custom sounds, effects, and original music for over a decade, utilizing the latest technology available. 

 

Mike is well-versed in the latest audio production techniques and software. From custom color guard and dance team soundtracks to WGI/BOA/DCI rule-adhering samples and electronic sound effects to add that extra layer of production value to your marching band or indoor percussion show to original music for short films. 


Below is an example of a color guard show that required extensive sampling work for its soundtrack - Manor High School, Manor, TX - 2015 WGI Scholastic A Finalists

"This soundtrack is actually two different versions of the same piece at two different tempos, in two different environments. One from a studio, and one from a smoky jazz club live session. The challenge was to create a sound environment that made it all feel like one piece, but the biggest challenge by far was the all-flag section (around 4:00 on the video). That long vocal note with rhythmic piano beneath it was originally only 4 or 8 counts instead of the 16-20 it became. Using cutting and looping sampling techniques, I was able to create a smooth sound and use the piano chords to make it seem like the pianist/vocalist was creating some rhythmic tension beneath her voice that eventually lead to the big emotional resolution. It came across wonderfully in the big arena and was one of the biggest applause moments of the performance."

 

Mike strongly endorses, and is graciously supported by, the Vic Firth Company sticks and mallets, the Yamaha Corporation of America musical instruments, and Remo drum heads. These companies provide and support educational opportunities for thousands of students every year while simultaneously producing the industry-leading products on which professionals rely.

Cedar Park HS 2015  - Texas UIL Marching State Champions

Cedar Park HS 2015  - Texas UIL Marching State Champions

Carolina Crown 2013 - DCI World Champions

Carolina Crown 2013 - DCI World Champions

Rhythm X 2015 - WGI Silver Medalists

Rhythm X 2015 - WGI Silver Medalists