Program Coordinator - Dave Campbell
Dave Campbell has been active in the pageantry arts since 1984. As a participant, director, instructor, designer and judge he has a wide and varied background providing music and marching education to kids for most of his life.

He received his B.S. in music education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA where he studied with PAS Hall of Fame timpanist Stanley Leonard and Mr. Gerald Unger of the Pittsburgh Symphony, and performed under the baton of Andrew Reamer.

After graduation, Dave began work for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh as an instrumental music teach while also deepening his involvement with the drum and bugle corps activity. He taught and arranged for the 1993 Golden Lancers Drum Corps, and the Steel City Ambassadors Senior Corps from 1990-92. This was in addition to his work with the a few Drum and Baton Corps and over 20 Pittsburgh based marching bands.

Dave was hired as the percussion arranger and caption head for the General Butler Vagabonds in 1995, and added the role of corps director in 1996. He and his talented staff took the corps to their first ever finalist spot in the Drum Corps International Division III Championship that season, as well as securing the coveted “Disney Spirit Award” for having the most entertaining program in Division III. The 1999 version of the corps won the bronze DCI medal for 3rd place in this division.

In 2001, he accepted an offer to serve as program coordinator for the Pioneer Drum Corps from Milwaukee, WI. He was involved in the development of the corps "Irish In The Civil War" program and the 2002 offering of "Oliver". He departed the drum and bugle corps activity as a teacher in 2003 to be a stay at home parent for his newborn son.

Dave also has a long career as an adjudicator for the pageantry arts beginning with Tournament of Bands. In 1994, he joined the Ohio Judges Association and trained in the general effect caption for indoor color guard, which led to the Winter Guard International Color Guard Academy soon thereafter. He received 2 scholarships for his work in the General Effect Caption which caught the eye of the WGI Percussion coordinator.

Dave was included on the 1997 roster for WGI percussion and served as a visual and general effect music judge until 2004. During his time with WGI, he was assigned to adjudicate the World Championships on three separate occasions. He also judged for Drum Corps International from 2003-05 in the Visual Effect caption, and served as a percussion judge in 2003 and 2004 for Drum Corps Associates (DCA).

  Additionally, he has adjudicated for: Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band Association, Mid East Performance Association, Tri-State Circuit, United States Scholastic Band Association, Indiana State School Music Association, Indiana Percussion Association, Three Rivers Winter Ensemble Association and the Pennsylvania Federation of Contest Judges. He has judged local and national championship events in many areas of the country. Assignments with these associations have enabled Dave to gain a wide knowledge base of both local and national competition.

  As a designer for competitive marching band, Dave has secured over 15 local PIMBA class championships which include sequential gold medals awarded to 3 of his groups on 3 separate occasions. He has designed for marching bands nationwide and added an indoor percussion group from Canada in 2015.

He also created, designed and directed and the indoor percussion group Three Rivers Indoor Percussion (TRIP) in 2011 as a WGI Class A ensemble. During their short time of activity, the ensemble won the WGI Dayton Regional Championship event in 2011 and competed in 4 World Championships. The group was promoted to Open Class for the 2014 and 15 seasons before going inactive in 2016.

For the 2016-17 season Dave has combined aspects of TRIP into the General Butler Vagabonds organization to form a brand new indoor percussion ensemble called Nomad Indoor. He hopes this group will form the nucleus of young adults needed to rebuild the Vagabonds back into a competitive field corps once again and establish Western Pennsylvania as an area where indoor percussion is flourishing.

Nomad secured its first ever WGI Percussion Independent A Finalist spot in 2018, placing 11th out of 26 groups in the class.

He returned to the DCI world in 2017 as the designer of the corps Les Miserable program and is very excited to also be back with Pioneer for 2018 where he will serve as program coordinator, battery percussion arranger and drill designer for "Celtic Dragons". He lives in the Pittsburgh, PA area with his wife Janice and their son Alex.

Assistant Program Coordinator - Rob Stein
We are pleased to introduce you to our new brass arranger: Mr. Rob Stein!

Rob is an experienced writer, designer, adjudicator, educator and performer. Over 200 marching bands and drum corps across 40 states have used Rob's original compositions and arrangements, including The Baltimore's Marching Ravens, the largest music organization associated with the NFL.

Rob's drum corps teaching experience is extensive in both DCI and DCA. As a composer and arranger, Rob has had the honor of writing for The Hawthorne Caballeros, The Skyliners, and Carolina Gold, who won the 2012 A Class DCA World Championships using Rob’s arrangements. As an instructor, Rob has been on staff with The Blue Devils B, The Cadets, The Jersey Surf, The Bushwackers, and numerous marching bands within Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Additionally, Rob is the Music Caption Head and Supervisor for the Cavalcade of Bands Marching Circuit.

As a marching member, Rob marched a total of eight years in DCI, six with the Jersey Surf ('99-'04) as a soprano soloist and drum major, and two years with the Concord Blue Devils ('05-'06) on upper lead trumpet.

Rob works full time as a composer/arranger and is the owner of Standing ‘O’ Marching. Before transitioning to full time composing, Rob was an elementary and middle school band director for 10 years. Rob is a graduate of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, holding both a Master's degree in music education and a Bachelor's degree in trumpet performance with an emphasis in jazz studies. As a music educator in both the private and public setting, his experience includes extensive work with drum corps, marching bands, jazz bands, wind ensembles, pit orchestras and private lesson studios. As a performer, Rob has had the privilege of playing with many incredible musicians, such as Dave Liebman, Slide Hampton, Carl Allen, George Rabbi, The Latin Express (Philadelphia, PA), The Slicked Up 9's (Bethlehem, PA), The Harry James Tribute Band and more.

Rob is also a competitive pro natural bodybuilder, and training/nutrition coach.

Rob currently lives with his incredibly supportive wife, Katie, and two adorable dogs, in Flemington, NJ.

Rob is extremely excited and honored to join the Pioneer team for the 2018 season!
Sound Designer - Nathan Langford
Nathan Langford lives in Los Angeles as a professional audio engineer, producer and composer. Working with major clients ranging in all genres, from pop to electronic to TV/Film. He also is a go-to for voice over recording, working with Grammy award winning voice actors and directors.

Nathan has 10 years experience composing for high school percussion. In both the outdoor and indoor circuits he is known for energetic and achievable percussion books. Taking from his experience in Los Angeles he brings a unique, cutting edge "Hollywood" sound to his arrangements and electronics sound design.

Nathan's ear for electronics on the marching field and vast knowledge of synthesizer and sampling technology has allowed him to bring numerous high schools to the next level with the usage of electronics.

In 2010 Nathan was on percussion staff with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, working with Michael McIntosh and Brian Tinkel; he also assisted with electronics/sound design. In 2011 he was a sound design consultant.

From 2007-2009 Nathan served as the Electronics/Sound Design Consultant for the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. Working under Tom Rarick (2007-08) and Mike Jackson (2009).

In 2014 Nathan started working with Ian Grom of Box Six, and Chino Hills High School as a sampling/sound design consultant. From 2008-2013 Nathan was electronics/sound design consultant and later percussion staff for Gateway Indoor.