Imagine a high school marching band taught full time by three of the most respected instructors and designers in Drum Corps International.

For students at Avon High School outside of Indianapolis, no imagination is required. Carolina Crown Brass Caption Head Matt Harloff, Bluecoats Program Coordinator Dean Westman, and Cavaliers Artistic Director Daniel Wiles are all educators in the school's fine arts department.

DCI's Dan Potter sat down this morning with all three to talk about how what they do in drum corps informs what they do at Avon, a marching band program which has won three Bands of America Grand National Championships, and vice versa.

Plus, all three also give us some inside perspective on their corps' 2016 productions in today's Field Pass presented by Zildjian.

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Dan Potter
Dan Potter has been hooked on drum corps and competitive marching band for more than 30 years. He is the announcer for many Drum Corps International and marching band shows nationwide and is the host of DCI's "Field Pass," the official podcast of Marching Music's Major League™.

Drum Major of the Geneseo Knights Drum and Bugle Corps from 1979-1981, Dan was also on the staff of the Glassmen and has taught or consulted high school marching bands in Indiana, Texas and Oklahoma.

Dan has been a news anchor, radio personality and manager of newsrooms for 30 years. He is the recipient of numerous broadcast journalism awards including the prestigious Radio-Television News Directors Association’s Edward R. Murrow award for best radio newscast in the U.S. and the DuPont-Columbia Silver Baton for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. Dan is the host of the "KRMG Morning News with Dan Potter" in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as well as the host of the cooking show, “OKFoodie.”