Sound Design for the Marching Arts


John Kammerer's sound design and live ensemble engineering can be heard in top-ranking drum corps and BOA/UIL high school marching bands across the nation.

From 2014 - 2017 he acted as sound designer and live audio engineer for the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, and regularly provides ensembles of all sizes and genres with creative sound design solutions.

If you are interested in a consultation concerning sound design and soundscaping, sound system engineering, soloist amplification, and front ensemble live sound setup for your organization, please contact John using the form below, or email directly at:

Services Offered

  • Samples, effects, and soundscapes tailored specifically for your ensemble

  • Preshow and movement transition composition

  • Sample and sound effect implementation

  • Front ensemble amplification organization and setup

  • Soloist amplification and live-effect design

  • Synthesizer programming

  • Mainstage, Ableton Live, and Logic programming/support

  • Mixer setup and audio routing design

  • Full-ensemble live sound engineering

  • DTX/sampler programming

If your ensemble is in need of any or all of these services, or if you simply have some questions, please do not hesitate to contact me! I'll be happy to provide you with the information you need.


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Photo by Thomas Hammond  (website)

Photo by Thomas Hammond (website)


John’s artistry, knowledge, and originality will take the pageantry activity into the next phase of innovative entertainment. Combining storied traditions with unique textures makes his work truly stand out in a league by itself.
— JD Shaw - Music Arranger, Santa Clara Vanguard
This was the first year we used a sound designer for our marching band. John’s sound design not only enhanced our production but it also helped communicate the storyline to everyone that watched our band perform. John’s attention to detail is impressive!
— Anthony Gonzales - Director of Bands, Plainview Independent School District


The following audio clip is one example of the energy and excitement that sound design has the potential to add to your show: the first half is MIDI instrument sounds and no sound design, the second half is the same clip with sound design added.

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