A rising star in marching drill design, Sean Rees is an Arizona native whose upbringing has centered around the music, pageantry, and community of the marching arts. Sean grew up in a musical family, his father being a nationally renowned collegiate band director.
Sean’s drill design for marching band and indoor drumline incorporates attainable athleticism and drum-corps style creativity, always pushing the art in new and innovative directions. He has designed shows for several large and small competitive high school marching bands and indoor drumlines throughout Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, and Texas, as well as The University of Arizona (Tucson), Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff), and The University of Miami (Florida). His passion for drill design incorporates a 21st century sense of the craft, while recognizing the necessary fundamentals to help students achieve success on the field. Sean clinics and teaches at many of the schools for which he writes.
Sean’s show design for the 2014 University of Arizona “Pride of Arizona” marching band was awarded special recognition by the prestigious jury of the College Band Directors National Association in a ceremony held at the CBDNA national conference. His work has received several awards and distinctions over the years, including first place at the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association State Marching Festival. High visual scores for Sean’s work have also contributed to multiple schools winning the University of Arizona Band Day "sweepstakes” award. Additionally, his work with indoor drumlines consistently wins medals in the Arizona WGI circuit.
As a performer, Sean is an accomplished marching, orchestral, and electronic percussionist. A two-time DCI scholarship award winner sponsored by Fred J. Miller, Inc., Sean marched snare with Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, and as drumline captain with The Academy Drum & Bugle Corps. He was prominently featured in a REMO commercial during the 2016 and 2017 DCI seasons, and he marched four years with his Pac-12 collegiate drumline, serving as drumline captain his senior year.
In my seven years of being a high school band director, I haven't worked with drill that was better suited for the music and the students. It was extremely easy to work with Sean Rees and I got exactly what I needed for a successful show....Jim MatsushinoDirector of Instrumental Music, Cienega High School
The drill Sean wrote was top notch - designed and written very well, with instructions provided with it to ensure the best performance of the drill. The quality and time frame of his materials is second to none. We look very forward to working with Sean in the coming years!...Ryan CarleDirector of Bands, Walden Grove High School