Planning has begun for the 2023 season and our trip to Horizon Percussion's first-ever WGI regional! If you're interested in joining our staff, please fill out the form on the Contact page. If you're interested in becoming a member, more information about auditions will be released in the fall of 2022.
As a seasoned performer and educator as well as one of the founders of Horizon Percussion, Joshua wanted to give kids one of the most amazing experiences of their lifetime and to have their time at Horizon inspire them to be the best people and musicians they can be.
"I am excited to use the strengths and talents I have to help Horizon progress forward as a team and as an ensemble, but more than anything else I am excited to be able to help the students at Horizon have the best indoor experience they can possibly have. I know firsthand how much marching with an ensemble can mean to someone, and I'm glad I get to help Horizon provide our students that sort of ensemble and family."
Horizon Percussion is the brainchild of Shad. After noticing a void in the indoor percussion activity in Utah Valley, he took it upon himself to create an opportunity for youth and young adults to experience the competitive indoor percussion activity. In the summer of 2019, he built a team of designers and educators to help create Horizon Percussion. He has been with the ensemble since its inception and continues to lead it to new heights.
Front Ensemble Caption Head
Joining us for a third year, Jessie Whittaker will be our Front Ensemble Caption head.
Music Coordinator, Front Ensemble Arranger
This is Andrew's fourth year with Horizon Percussion. He has been our front ensemble arranger from the beginning and was our front ensemble caption head in 2021.
John A. Matthews, II
Visual Coordinator, Visual Caption Head
This is John A. Mathew's third year with Horizon Percussion. John graduated from New Mexico State University where he received a Bachelor's degree in Music Education and Master's degree in Wind Ensemble Conducting.
John is current the Director of Bands at Eastwood High School in El Paso, Texas. Previously, he has served as the Director of Bands at Wilmer D. Mills University Studies High School in Little Rock, Arkansas and the Director of Bands at Copper Hills High School in West Jordan, Utah. John also serves as the Brass Caption Head and Brass Arranger for The Battalion Drum and Bugle Corps.
Battery Arranger, Battery Caption Head
This is James Densley's second year with Horizon Percussion. James was previously the Director of Bands at Mountain Ridge High School in Herriman, UT, the Director of Bands at Fremont HS in Ogden, UT and the Assistant Band Director at Shadow Ridge HS in Las Vegas. Throughout his teaching career he has instructed marching, percussion, jazz, and concert ensembles, and has had various opportunities to work as an arranger/composer. He is also an active adjudicator, having adjudicated for marching band, indoor percussion, solo & ensemble, jazz, and large group festivals.
James earned his Bachelor of Music Education/Percussion Performance Emphasis from BYU-Idaho (‘16). As a professional percussionist he has held the chairs of timpanist in the BYU-Idaho Symphony Orchestra, principal percussionist in the BYU-Idaho Symphony Band, percussionist in the Idaho Falls Symphony, and timpanist in the world-renowned, multi-Grammy nominated UNLV Wind Orchestra.