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Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Michael Gaines grew up with the pageantry arts all around him. His post high school education included a degree in Finance from the University of Dayton, as well as a Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Academy of Art University.
From 1998 to 2011, Michael was the drill designer and visual coordinator for The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, and served on the design team for all 7 of their Drum Corps International World Championship titles. He currently creates for marching bands and stage shows, as well as indoor winds, percussion, and color guards in the United States and Asia.
In April of 2007, Michael was inducted into the WGI Hall of Fame, and in August of 2011 he was inducted into to the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame.
His designs have been featured by several high school Bands of America National Champions, with the most recent being the 2016 BOA Grand National Champion, Carmel HS from Indiana. His work was also on display with several groups at WGI this year, including the 2017 Independent World Class Champion Pride of Cincinnati, the Silver Medalist Aimachi, and the Scholastic World Champion, Carmel HS.
Michael currently resides in San Francisco, CA.
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Ben was born and raised in Ames, Iowa then relocated to Brooklyn, NY in 2013 upon completion of his double major double minor at the University of Iowa. In New York City, Ben works as a Performer and Operations Manager for Gallant Entertainment Inc. (GEI) and is the Percussion Director for The Brooklyn Steppers.
As a performer for GEI, Ben has performed at multiple high-profile events including Super Bowl XLVIII, the 2015 NBA All-Star Game, and the 2016 U.S. Open, and he has played for four seasons with the Giants and Knicks Drumlines. As Percussion Director for the Steppers, Ben is spearheading the reestablishment of the BKSteppers Drumline and collaborates annually with Spike Lee for Spike’s “Prince Born Day” block party honoring the life of Prince.
Being in love with music her whole life, Patty began her journey through the music scene in Stockton, CA during her years at University of the Pacific where she studied Business Administration with a concentration in Arts & Entertainment Management. Intrigued by the logistics of booking shows and music festivals, Patty began her career in Event Management. From planning events on and off campus to volunteering at a local non-profit music venue, she found an opportunity after graduation to work at large scale music festivals through Insomniac Events. Working festivals from California to the East Coast, Patty truly embraced the music and experiences of every event.
Since relocating to the Bay Area, Patty now works full-time in the Vanguard office helping out with administrative duties and managing all VMAPA events.