Mike Bishop is an experienced and active educator, designer, producer, musician, and international clinician. He currently serves as the Front Ensemble Arranger for George Mason University and the Front Ensemble Coordinator of the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps. Previously, Mike served on the Front Ensemble Faculty and Social Media Team for the Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps from 2010-2014, capturing a Drum Corps International World Championship in 2013. Additionally, Mike is a member of the Front Ensemble Faculty of Rhythm X & The X Academy and serves as the head of Media & Marketing for Invictus World, Inc. while holding a seat on the organization's Board of Directors.
Mike grew up in the Philadelphia area and after a number of years spent experiencing other parts of the country, he currently resides with his wife, Kelsey, back in their hometown of Philadelphia, PA. Previously, Mike lived in Austin, TX and spent five years teaching, arranging, producing, and giving clinics throughout the state. Additionally, he served as the Front Ensemble Coordinator of the Cedar Park HS Timberwolf Band. Joining the team in 2011, he and his colleagues captured two UIL Texas Marching State Championships, a PASIC Marching Championship with Best Front Ensemble Caption, and a Lone Star Classic Drumline State Championship. Previously, Mike lived in the Dayton, OH area as the Percussion Director for Bellbrook HS from 2009-2011.
As a performer, Mike has over 30 combined seasons of performance experience with scholastic and independent groups in the pageantry arts including Riptide Percussion (2002), the Jersey Surf Drum & Bugle Corps (2002-2005), United Percussion (2003-2008), Carolina Crown (2006-2008), and a Winter Guard International World Championship with Rhythm X (2009). He also has been in performances for the NASCAR All*Star Drumline (2008), the Q-Stix™ Cleveland Cavaliers Basketball Drumline (2009), and Aerial Experience Productions (2010).
Immediately following his drum corps age out, Mike joined the staff of the 2009 Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps before heading back to Crown in 2010. In the WGI scene, Mike was on the staff of Redline Percussion for the 2010 & 2011 seasons. In 2014, he joined the staff of European X in The Netherlands before returning to Rhythm X as a staff member in 2015.
As a producer, Mike is experienced in creating soundtracks for short films, dance teams, and color guards, including the 2015 WGI Scholastic A Finalist Manor High School and Invictus winter guard, as well as samples and sound effects for the pageantry arts. He has composed and arranged hundreds of works for various scholastic, independent, and corporate programs.
Mike is a Yamaha Artist, and a proud endorser of Vic Firth sticks & mallets, and Remo drum heads. He has given clinics at the BOA Summer Symposium and throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan.