Wes Cartwright is one of the foremost names in the field of pageantry, program design, and visual innovation. Since 2006, Mr. Cartwright’s groups have won four Bands of America Grand National Championships in 2006, 2007, 2011, and 2015 as well as five runner-up finishes out of nine years competing, with the exception of 2013 when his groups did not attend. His groups have also won the Visual GE Caption at the Bands of America Grand National Championship Finals in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012 and 2015 with top three finishes in the other three years. Mr. Cartwright is also celebrated for his “Phantom of the Opera” design with Drum Corps International’s World Champion Santa Clara Vanguard in 1989. Mr. Cartwright’s groundbreaking concepts have entertained, provoked, educated, and has inspired generations of students, directors, instructors, and enthusiastic fans for years.
Since 2006, Mr. Cartwright has been the Program Designer/Color Guard Coordinator for Broken Arrow High School in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The Broken Arrow Marching Band has won 14 consecutive Oklahoma State Championships since 2002, with a total of 23 Oklahoma Bandmasters Association State Championships overall, and three Bands of America Grand National Championships in 2006, 2011, and 2015. He also served as Program Designer/Color Guard Coordinator for L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, Texas from 2005-2011. L. D. Bell placed first or second at the Texas 5A State Marching Contest for 12 consecutive years, was in the top three at Bands of America Grand National Finals for six consecutive years from 2005-2010, and was named the 2007 Bands of America Grand National Champion. Mr. Cartwright also works with several other groups across the country, including William Mason High School from Mason, Ohio, who, under his Program Design leadership since 2014, has achieved two top-five finishes at the Bands of America Grand National Championships in 2014 and 2015. He also is the Program Coordinator for Carl Harrison High School from Powder Springs, Georgia, who is the 2015 Class 3A National Champion at the Bands of America Grand National Championships.
Prior to his current positions, Mr. Cartwright spent 14 years as Visual Designer and Color Guard Designer at Union High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where his groups won multiple state and national titles, were the Bands of America Grand National Color Guard Champion in 1986, 1990, and 1994, as well as the WGI Scholastic Champions in 1985, 1987, and 1988. The 1987 Union High School production, “Mannequins,” was named one of WGI’s “15 Color Guard Shows That Changed WGI” and his 1987 and 1988 productions are included in WGI’s “Fans Favorites” top shows of all time.
An active clinician and adjudicator, Mr. Cartwright consults with over 20 organizations around the United States. His pageantry affiliations have included the BCS Championship Halftime Showcase, the Fiesta Bowl, the Holiday Bowl, and the Tournament of Roses Parade. A long-standing advocate of evolution in the fine arts, Mr. Cartwright holds a degree in Education from the University of Tulsa.