"The thing I love most about this drill isn’t the sets themselves, but the motion. This drill is fun to watch as it moves."

custom marching band drill designs. DCI Dum and Bugle Corps drill designs.


Gordon is an extremely pleasant and hardworking individual to conduct business with. Not only does he understand what it takes to create an engaging field show, but he also understands the needs of a high school program due to his prior experience as an educator. Working with Gordon I found that he does not view his business as a client/seller transaction. He views it as providing students with a positive experience, just as current band directors do.
— Benjamin Lombardo Liberty High School, Director of Bands
Gordon makes me feel like he’s really part of my team, not just another band with pages and dots! He is always interested in my ideas and works with me to help make the show work specifically for my group. He’s great at following up and making sure everything is working the way I want. Since I made the switch to Gordon in 2012, my group has scored consistently better in General Effect and Visual Ensemble captions!
— LaNell Spyres Director of Bands, Ft. Gibson HS 2014-15, 2018 OBA 4A State Champions
Pascagoula High School once again received superior ratings with a custom visual package from Gordon Couch. The thought process that went into the design made it easy to teach and clean. Gordon knows how to stage bands to sound their very best and our continued success and improved scores reflect this. I look forward to many more years creating great shows for my students with Gordon’s help.
— John C. Taylor, Pascagoula High School

I hold an undergraduate degree in music from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Music Conducting degree from Indiana State University where I studied with Dr. Roby G. George; I also studied conducting with Dr. Gary Ciepluch at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University. I began my career in teaching as a band director in Kentucky before moving to teach Texas, and finally Indiana collecting seven state championship appearances over eight years and three state championship titles.



You shouldn't have to add a fundraiser to your calendar to pay for great show design...

I’ve been in your shoes!  You want your show materials to be reasonably-priced, on time, and if there are adjustments that need to be made, you want them done with a quick turnaround time that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. You also want to be able to call your designer, ask questions and you want to have some kind (any kind) of reply to your emails, right?

Like many others in this business, I’ve been a performer, instructor, and director.  I began in the marching arts as a performer in 1985, joining The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps in 1989 and my involvement with The Cavaliers is ongoing as past-president of the Cavaliers Alumni Association, and former board member and chair of the educational activities committee.  

I have been designing shows since 2004.  At first, I limited my drill designs to my own band and bands of a few friends. During that time, I learned the craft the right way: through a five-year apprenticeship with one of the best marching band and drum corps show designers in the world.  In 2009, I expanded my stable of clients but I always limited myself to fewer than ten bands bands each year.  Now I’m opening up to any band director that wants a great designer who will give you the product you pay for on time and won’t hurt your budget.  In today’s world, when all you need to do is buy show design software to call yourself a designer, you want to be sure you’re hiring someone who has taken the time to learn the craft and has the experience you would want in a designer to help ensure your students’ success.

Now for the big question. How much will this cost my program? The math on that is simple and straight-forward. $20 per marching member. For that, you'll receive: regular video updates of your show design in progress, drill charts, coordinates, at-will remote consultation including conference calls, judge commentary analysis, and video analysis. 

Questions?  Let me hear from you!


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