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Mike Sloan is recognized as one of the top visual designers/instructors in the marching activity. He is currently in his 1st year as the Drill Designer/ Guard Designer for Richland High School in North Richland Hills, Texas. Mike was the Visual Coordinator for Winston Churchill High School for the past 11 years where he was the drill designer and choreographer for the marching band, winter guard and winter drum line. While at Winston Churchill High School, Mike won over 13 WGI Regionals in both Scholastic Open & World Class. In 2001, Winston Churchill was the Bronze medalist in Scholastic Open Class at the WGI World Championships. Under his Direction, Churchill has been a perennial finalist in Scholastic World Class Finals at WGI World Championships. In 2003, Churchill combined the World Class Color Guard with the World Class Drumline and became the WGI World Champion in Percussion World Class. Mike’s bands have won numerous BOA Regionals and have placed in the top 3 in both the visual and General Effect captions over 15 times over the past 10 years. Winston Churchill has qualified for the Texas UIL State Marching Contest all the years Mike has been involved with the program and have always advanced to Finals. In 2001 and 2006, Winston Churchill was awarded the Bronze Medal at the UIL State Marching Contest.
Mike started his marching career in 1981 with the Phantom Regiment Cadets at the age of 9. As a member of the Cadet Corps, Mike performed as a lead baritone player and won the 1985 CCI Individual competition on Baritone. The Phantom Regiment Cadets won 5 CCI Championships during his time with the corps. He moved up to Regiment in 1986 when he was just 13 years old and played Baritone. In 1987 and 1988, Mike served as the Asst. Drum Major and Co-Drum Major respectively. Mike ventured out and marched with the Sky Ryders as a lead baritone player in 1989 and returned to Regiment in 1990. In 1992, Mike aged out with the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps. As a member of the Blue Devils Color Guard, Mike earned Rifle of the Year and Rookie of the Year .
In 1989, Mike became a member of the Independent Open Class Silver Medalist Sundowners Winter guard. He then marched 6582 Winter guard in 1990 and the Guardsmen Winter guard in 1991. When Sal Salas brought back State Street Review in 1992 and 1993, Mike completed his last two years with the hall of fame designer. State Street Review was the 1992 and 1993 Independent World Class Bronze Medalist. At State Street Review, Mike was under the tutelage of Scott Chandler, Tam Easterwood, Luann Salas, Jim Moore, Carol Abohatab and Tim Glen. After aging out of State Sreet, Mike became a designer and rifle specialist for the 1993 Independent Open Class Silver Medalist Sundowners Winter Guard. He served as a program consultant/clinician in 1994 and 1995 for the guard.
Mike has worked with the Phantom Regiment, Blue Stars, Velvet Knights, Northern Aurora and Blue Knights, as a writer/designer and consultant through the years. In 2007 & 2008, he was a visual designer and the Color Guard Caption Head for the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps before resigning after the 2008 season.
Mike Sloan is the owner of CONCEPT DESIGNS, a marching band, winter guard, winter drumline consulting company that he established in 2003. Each year, Mike writes drill for numerous top band programs in Texas and across the country. He has designed and consulted for many of the top marching bands as well as winter guards including, Richland High School, Winston Churchill High School, The Colony and Ronald Reagan High School. Concept Designs services range from Program Consultation, Programming, Drill Design, Staging, Uniform design (band, guard, drumline) flag designs, choreography, adjudication, and clinics.
Mike has been married to his wife Venessa Sloan for 10 years and has two boys, Jordan Christopher Sloan (5) and Cameron Jacob Sloan (3).