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John Meehan

Brass Arranger


John Meehan has been composing and arranging for marching bands and drum corps since 1992. Current clients include Lowndes High School (GA), Allen High School (TX), American Fork High School (UT), Clements High School (TX), Eden Prairie High School (MN), Homestead High School (CA), the Kidsgrove Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps (England), the Yokohama Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps (Japan), and the Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps (Wyoming). Past clients include Ayala High School (CA), James Logan High School (CA), McQueen High School (NV), and Ooltewah High School (TN). Through the years, John’s clients have won numerous State marching band titles, as well as Bands of America Regionals, and have been finalists at the Bands of American Grand National Championships. Beginning in 2019, John is the Sports Band Director for Saint Marys College in Moraga, California. 

John was a marching member (Soprano) of the 19-time Drum Corps International Champion Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps throughout the 1980’s. Within the Blue Devils organization, John currently serves as the Brass Arranger and Co-Caption Head for the ‘A’ Corps, as well as the Music Director and Arranger for the ‘B’ and ‘C’ Corps programs. First joining the brass staff of The Blue Devils in 1994, John has helped the ‘A’ Corps win 13 D.C.I. Championships and 12 Jim Ott High Brass Awards.

John was inducted into the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame in 2019. 

Some of John’s “non-pageantry” writing includes composing music for the album “The Music of WYLAND”, scoring the film “Mind Games”, scoring a scene for the short film “Fleur”, writing two spots for Kaiser Permanente, and being commissioned to compose several wind ensemble pieces. 

Notable career achievements include lead designer for both the System Blue and King marching brass instrument series, development and production for the Sample Logic and System Blue sound libraries (including Fanfare and V.E.T.), and performing on the movie soundtrack “Monsters University” as a percussionist.

John exclusively uses Sibelius. 

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