Marching Band

Contest Information

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2024 Staff Information

Mr. Holden Berlin - Director of Bands

Holden Berlin comes from Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he attended Northrop High School. Following high school, Mr. Berlin attended Ball State University to obtain his Bachelor of Science in Music Educaton (2013-2017). During his time at Ball State, Holden led the Pride of Mid America Marching Band as Drum Major (2015, 2016), was President of the BSU National Band Assocation Chapter (2016, 2017), helped create the United Sound BSU Chapter (2015), and participated in numerous university and local ensembles, most notably The Muncie Symphony Educational Brass Quintet. Holden's previous work experience is from Blackford County Schools where he served as the 7th - 12th Grade Band Director. Mr. Berlin has three dogs (Remi, Peach, and Benny), enjoys kayaking and playing Euchure with friends, and playing music with the Midwest Brass Quintet. 


Hailey Lapierre - Assistant Director

Hailey Lapierre graduated in 2016 from Northrop High School in Fort Wayne, IN. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Instrumental Music Education from Manchester University in 2020. Hailey’s previous work experience has been as the percussion director at Manchester Jr/Sr High. She became the Assistant Director of the Bluffton Bengal Brigade in 2020. She is currently working as a K-5 Music Teacher at Lincoln  Elementary and Washington Elementary. Hailey resides in Fort Wayne and is married to Freddie Lapierre.

Greg Lehman – Percussion Director

Bio Coming Soon! 

Scott Shoup - Visual Tech

Scott Shoup graduated from Bluffton High School in 1987.  He started
working with the Bengal Brigade in 1989, while a student at Ball State.
After graduating from Ball State in 1991, he was hired at Summit Middle
School in Southwest Allen County Schools and is currently starting his
29th year as a social studies teacher.   His experience includes being the
assistant director at Bluffton from 1997-2013 and Norwell from 2015-2016
for marching band, serving as director for Norwell Winter Percussion,
working with winter percussion groups at Bluffton and Jay County, as well
as working visual for the Jay County Marching Patriots from 2014-2021.

Kent Klee - Music Arranger

Adam Shull - Drill Writer

Stacy Lehman - Visual Tech




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