The Black Watch is proud to announce the addition of three distinguished designers and choreographers to the 2023 Design and Educational Team.
Richard Hinshaw is a visual designer and music educator with 28 years of experience in the marching arts. After growing up in Central Indiana, Richard studied trumpet at the Indiana University School of Music while also performing in the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps. Since his performing career, he has crafted visual composition and show design skills under the mentorship of Daniel Wiles, Leon May, Michael Raiford, Michael McIntosh, Don Click, and Jay Webb.
Richard is currently the drill designer and lead visual instructor for the Avon High School Marching Black & Gold, who are three-time BOA Grand National Champions (2008, 2009, 2010) with fourteen straight top three placements at BOA Grand Nationals (2007-2021). He serves in the same roles for the Avon Indoor Winter Percussion, perennial WGI Scholastic World Finalists (2002-2022), and Avon Indoor Winter Winds. Both ensembles were the 2022 WGI World Class Champions. He Richard is enjoying his 20th year working with the nationally acclaimed bands, percussion ensembles, and color guards at Avon.
On the Drum Corps International Tour, Richard formerly designed for The Cavaliers from Rosemont, Illinois (2012, 2016-2022), and the Colts from Dubuque, Iowa (2017-present), 2022 DCI World Class Finalists. He has also designed for The Academy from Tempe, Arizona (2009-2013).
As a freelance designer, Hinshaw has also worked with several high achieving indoor ensembles. From 2012-2016 he designed for Gateway Indoor Percussion, WGI PIW Finalists in each of those years. From 2014-2018, he was the staging designer for the Colerain High School Winter Guard, who were WGI Scholastic A Color Guard Finalists in 2017 and 2018. Hinshaw is currently a visual designer for Monarch Independent Percussion, WGI PIO Finalists in 2016, and WGI PIW Finalists in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
Since 2011, Richard has served on the esteemed WGI Percussion Advisory Board, where he collaborates with top designers and instructors from around the country to help shape the future of indoor marching percussion. Hinshaw also enjoys being a freelance adjudicator for marching band, winter guard, and indoor percussion competitions around the country.
Richard resides in Avon, Indiana with his amazing wife Jennifer, and their beautiful children McKinley, Coleman, and Annalise. Samples of Hinshaw’s work can be found at his website, www.richardhinshaw.com
Blake Dutton has been involved in many aspects of the marching arts. His performance career began as a french horn player with the LD Bell HS Blue Raider Band (2004-2007), followed by winter and summer performance opportunities with The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps (2007-2010), Ars Nova Winter Guard (2007-2011), Pride of Cincinnati Winter Guard (2012), and Pride of Cincinnati Dance Ensemble (2014).
As an educator, Blake has had the opportunity to work with many well-respected programs in the BOA, WGI, and DCI activities; including LD Bell HS, Broken Arrow HS, Carmel HS, Hebron HS, Center Grove HS, Avon HS, Pride of Cincinnati, Blessed Sacrament, Juxtaposition Winter Guard, Escalade Winter Guard, The Cavaliers, along with other high school and independent groups.
Blake, originally from Hurst, Texas is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Design with an Art Direction focus along with a minor in Marketing. Shortly after graduating in 2013, Blake relocated to Indianapolis, IN, where he currently resides. His involvement as a choreographer and designer at Avon and Center Grove HS continues to foster his passion for the marching arts.
Geoff Longo is originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado where performing, music, and creativity were presented to him daily. His performance career began at a very young age under the strong influence of his parents and their passion for the arts. Starting off as a national champion gymnast at age 11, dancing, singing, acting and playing instruments, Geoff continued to expand and branch off into other performance opportunities such as color guard.
In 2008, Geoff graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy focusing on television and film acting, stage combat, dance, and voice production and speech. He went on to spend the next decade in LA working as an actor, and teaching color guard. He spent three seasons marching with The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps (2008 – 2010), marched with Corona Independent World Guard (2009), and the Pride of Cincinnati Independent World Guard (2015).
Geoff spent three summers with The Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps (2011 – 2013) on staff and as their color guard caption head and visual designer. He spent eight years on staff with the Arcadia HS color guard as a primary choreographer, technician, and designer. He has spent the last 9 years on staff with the Cavaliers, continuing his role as one of the choreographers and designers.
He has taught, consulted, designed and collaborated with many successful high schools and independent organizations around the world including Liberty HS (CO), Rampart HS (CO), Air Academy HS (CO), Jefferson City HS (MO), Maysville HS (MO), Mascoutah HS (IL), MBI Winter Guard (MN), Avidity Independent (MO), Emanon World (NJ), Dawson HS (TX), Eastlake HS (TX), and Opus X World (CO). He traveled to Bahrain with Ascend Performing Arts serving as the color guard supervisor where the group performed for the F1 Grand Prix Opening Ceremony in 2017. In 2018, he traveled to Indonesia, where he spent time working with the NSDQ Drum and Bugle Corps helping the secure another Championship.
Now residing in Houston, Texas, Geoff continues to work with groups all over the country in a variety of roles. Outside of color guard, Geoff is currently going back to school studying Graphic Design and can always be found with coffee in hand. He loves spending valued time with his family, his partner Austin, his close friends, enjoying the outdoors, and traveling all over the world.
has been involved in many aspects of the marching arts. As an educator, Blake has worked with many well-respected programs in the BOA, WGI, and DCI activities; including LD Bell HS, Broken Arrow HS, Carmel HS, Hebron HS, Center Grove HS, Avon HS, Pride of Cincinnati, Blessed Sacrament, Juxtaposition Winter Guard, Escalade Winter Guard, The Cavaliers, along with other high school and independent groups. His involvement as a choreographer and designer at Avon and Center Grove HS continues to foster his passion for the marching arts.
Stay tuned for additional Design & Educational Team announcements for the 2023 season.