John Meehan is the Director of Community Arts Programs for BD Performing Arts as well as the brass arranger and caption advisor for the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. Previously, Meehan was on the brass staff of the Blue Devils beginning in 1994, holding the position of caption head from 2006 through 2019. Meehan is also the current brass arranger for the B & C Corps programs, as well as the Composer in Residence/Associate Conductor for the Diablo Wind Symphony. Outside of Meehan’s BD Performing Arts responsibilities, he composes and arranges for marching bands around the world. Meehan is a world-renowned clinician on brass pedagogy, ensemble technique, and performance excellence, presenting various types of clinics in Brazil, Canada, China, England, Ireland, Japan, and throughout the United States of America.
Some of Meehan’s “non-pageantry” writing includes composing the music for The Music of WYLAND CD, scoring scenes for several student and independent films, and composing two spots for Kaiser Permanente. He has also been commissioned to write several wind ensemble pieces.
Meehan was inducted into the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame in 2019, the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame in 2019, and the Buglers Hall of Fame in 2016. Meehan is a nationally recognized adjudicator for marching band circuits such as Bands of America. He has also performed on the movie soundtrack Monsters University as a percussionist.
Meehan lives in California with his incredibly supportive wife Jackie, and they have three daughters and two rescue dogs.