Derrick Shannon is a percussion specialist originally from the Chicago-land area. He currently holds the Director of Percussive Arts position at Plainfield Community Schools and formerly the Director of Percussive Arts position at Goshen Community Schools where he oversaw two World Class finalist ensembles that actively competed within Winter Guard International. He started Percussive Soundscapes which 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 is the Percussion Ensemble Director for Legacy Performing Arts. He is also currently the President-Elect for the Indiana Percussion Association.
After marching seven summers of drum corps with groups such as the Phantom Regiment and Cavaliers, both in the battery and front ensemble, Derrick has become the Percussion Caption Head for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from Rockford, IL. 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 sticks and mallets, Pearl Drums, Remo drumheads, Etymotic hearing protection products, and BeatRack percussion solutions.