10.16.2006 // Mike Stevens Joins The Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps!

The Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps is extremely pleased to announce the addition of Mike Stevens to the 2007 staff. Mr. Stevens will serve as the head battery specialist and also as co-battery arranger. He will be an integral part of the day to day operations of the battery and entire percussion section during the winter season, and throughout the summer tour.
Mike's reputation precedes him, as his work with numerous drum corps, college, and high school ensembles has earned him notoriety both domestically and around the world.

A graduate of Tigard High School "back in the day" (as he so eloquently phrased it), Mike got his start with the Vancouver Spartans in 1986. He marched there for three years, and then went south to march in the Blue Devils from 1989-90. In 1991, Mike aged out of the Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps and went on to teach from 1992-1995, some of the most groundbreaking years in the corps history, capturing the DCI World title in 1993. Following his tenure there, he went on to bring the Blue Knights to it's highest placement to date as Percussion Caption Head from 1998-2000. In 2000, the corps took 6th overall and 3rd place in percussion, bested by only the Cavaliers and Cadets. Moving away from the Northwest to march in other corps is a condition Mr. Stevens hopes to change. "People need to be heading north to march up here!"

He went on to complete a Bachelor of Music Theory/Composition/Percussion Degree from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, where he graduated with Cum Laude honors. During this time he was also the Marching Percussion Coordinator/Arranger for the University. Mike served as the Percussion director for Winston Churchill High School from 2002-2005, helping take them to the BOA Grand National finals as well as capturing the WGI Scholastic World Championship in 2003.

Mike has taught numerous high school bands throughout the country. Many of these groups won High Percussion in their divisions during Mr. Stevens'
tenure. He has performed and adjudicated at the PASIC International Convention and is an adjudicator for various marching competitions nationwide, as well as having done clinics throughout the US, Germany, and the UK. Mike is a signature endorser with Promark Sticks and Mallets, and has an instructional video entitled: "The Ultimate Quad Video" with the Dynasty/DEG Corporation. He has been taught by, and has worked along side some of the best people in the business, including Tom Float, Scott Johnson, Ralph Hardimon, Al Murray, Jeff Prosperie, Adam Mason and others.

Currently, Mike is a small business owner (www.stevensdrum.com), freelance web designer, clinician, consultant, composer, arranger, private teacher, basketball fan, uncle, dog trainer and snowboarder. He works with several area schools as well as arranges and performs for the Portland Trailblazers drumline.

We are extremely excited about the opportunity to work with Mike on a day to day basis with the percussion section this year. His drumlines are known as some of the best in DCI history, and it's exciting to see the direction and aggression he will bring to the percussion section this season and beyond.

For more information about the 2007 Seattle Cascades percussion section, stay tuned to the website at www.seattlecascades.org. Audition information and exercise materials will be posted shortly.

Seattle Cascades Drum Corps