Richard Hinshaw is a visual designer and music educator with 26 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 twelve straight top three placements at BOA Grand Nationals (2007-2018). He serves in the same roles for the Avon Indoor Winter Percussion, perennial WGI Scholastic World Finalists (2002-2019). Richard is enjoying his 18th year working with the nationally acclaimed bands, percussion ensembles, and color guards at Avon.
On the Drum Corps International Tour, Richard designs for The Cavaliers from Rosemont, Illinois (2012, 2016-present), and the Colts from Dubuque, Iowa (2017-present). 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,