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Evan Hinds
Evan Hinds




Evan Hinds is a marching band designer, writing drill and percussion arrangements for several bands and percussion ensembles across the country. He serves as a music program consultant and adjudicator for marching band, concert band, and chamber ensembles throughout the United States. Currently, Hinds is the Music Ensemble Coordinator for the O’Fallon Township Marching Panthers. Previously at O’Fallon, his duties included eight years as the caption head for the Marching Panthers Percussion and the director of four concert percussion ensembles. He also currently serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor for Illinois State University, observing student teachers for the music department. Hinds has previously instructed at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois, serving as the Marching Bearcats Drumline instructor and arranger along with the Marching Bearcats drill writer. Additionally at McKendree, he taught private percussion lessons, percussion ensemble, percussion methods, marching band methods, and supervised student teachers for the music education program. Hinds was the band director at Triad High School in Troy, Illinois for eight years and holds music degrees in education and conducting from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. In addition, Hinds is an artist/endorser for Remo Drumheads and other music industry leaders.

During his tenure, O’Fallon Township High School Marching Panthers have received many accolades. Recent accomplishments for the marching band include being a Bands of America (BOA) Grand National Championships Finalist in 2018, multiple appearances in BOA Grand National Championships Semi-Finals, and consistent appearances in BOA Regional and Super Regional Championship Finals. Other recent performances for the band program include The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade (2015 and 2022), The Orange Bowl, The Hollywood Christmas Parade, Pearl Harbor, The Music for All National Festival, and Carnegie Hall.

Hinds resides in O’Fallon, Illinois with his wife Dr. Melissa Gustafson-Hinds, who is the Director of Bands at O’Fallon Township High School. They have a daughter named Evelyn.