As current music educators, we understand your need to have a pleasurable and easy experience when selecting your marching band show. Here at Marching BandWorks, we are dedicated to first class customer service so you have the best experience possible. We work very hard to make sure the process of obtaining a show is easy so you can focus on making your students better in band.
We are humbled, blessed and thankful for your visit and hope we can give you a product you and your students will enjoy. Whether it’s creating an original show that fits your needs or selecting a show from our catalog, we are here to make this a wonderful experience. Welcome to Marching BandWorks, where we want to make your program a huge success. Marching Band for All!
Joshua V. Hinkel – CEO/Composer, Arranger
Joshua serves as the Associate Director of Bands at River Bluff High School in Lexington, South Carolina. Ensembles under his direction have received superior ratings at festivals as well as numerous regional, state and circuit championships. Before coming to River Bluff, Mr. Hinkel served as Director of Bands at Ashley Ridge High School in Summerville, South Carolina, Lake View High School in Lake View, South Carolina and R.H. Rollings Middle School of the Arts in Summerville, South Carolina. In constant demand as a composer, conductor and arranger, his works can be heard from concert halls of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, ballrooms of the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, to the performing venues of Drumcorps International (DCI), Winterguard International (WGI) and Bands of America (BOA).
He is a featured concert band composer with C. Alan Publications from Greensboro, North Carolina and Alfred Publishing from Van Nuys, California. Nationally recognized, he is continually in service as a composer/conductor, traveling all over the United States, working with students at numerous honor band clinics and festivals. Mr. Hinkel enjoys nothing more than working with student musicians in the pursuit of creating beautiful and exciting music.
Within the marching arts activity, Mr. Hinkel currently serves as the brass arranger for the Carolina Thunder Drum and Bugle Corps from Charlotte, North Carolina. Past composition and arranging appointments have included the Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps from Seattle, Washington, Spokane Thunder Drum and Bugle Corps from Spokane, Washington and staff arranging duties for the Coastal Carolina “Spirit of the Chanticleer” Marching Band. Other musical affiliations have included the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, the Tampa Bay Thunder Drum and Bugle Corps and Coastal Surge Drum and Bugle Corps in addition to numerous high school and college programs throughout the United States.
Mr. Hinkel is a member of the Vic Firth Educational Team. He holds the B.M. in Music Education from the University of South Carolina and the M. Ed in Secondary Education from Coastal Carolina University. Mr. Hinkel’s passion is to create new and exciting music for students of all ages in addition to teaching life-skills, leadership and the art of music making. He is also a national board certified teacher (NBCT). He resides in Lexington, South Carolina with his wife Jessica, Yorkshire Terrier Joey, Mini-Golden Doodle Katy and attends Elevation Church.
Jessica Hinkel – CFO, Director of Communications/Sales
Jessica has 22 years experience in the marching arts as a color guard specialist. She was a member of the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, Carolina Millenia and University of South Carolina color guard programs. As a teacher and director, her groups have won numerous state and circuit championships and have been named WGI Regional Finalists and World Championship Semi-Finalists. She holds the B.A. in Communications from Charleston Southern University.
Known for her incredible communication and customer service skills, she looks forward to making your experience a wonderful one with Marching BandWorks. In addition to running the front office, she works as a producer for Center One Studios, who specialize in game day video and audio productions for the University of South Carolina Athletics.
Aaron Railey – Percussion Designer, Composer/Arranger
Aaron Railey is a composer, educator, and performer based out of Columbia, South Carolina. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, with an emphasis in percussion performance, from The University of South Carolina where he studied under Dr. Scott Herring. Aaron is currently the Director of Percussion at River Bluff High School in Lexington, SC, and is the Director of Steel Drum Ensembles at Logan Elementary School in Columbia, SC. He and his wife, Caroline and son Christian, reside in West Columbia, SC.
Versatility is the word that best describes Aaron’s performance abilities. In the genre of concert percussion, he has been a featured soloist on a concert tour throughout China, and also a featured percussion ensemble artist at The Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Aaron has also been heavily involved with the marching arts throughout his career. He has performed with various DCI and WGI groups such as; Spirit of Atlanta, Carolina Crown, and Palmetto Percussion under the direction of DCI and WGI hall of fame members, Chris Lee, Thom Hannum, Lee Beddis, Andrew Markworth, and Chris Hestin. Aaron is also an active steel pan solo artist performing around the state of South Carolina for weddings, parties, and other various events.
As an educator Aaron has an undeniable passion for instilling positive life skills through music. Along with his present positions at Logan Elementary School and River Bluff High School, he is an active clinician across the country, and a devoted private lesson instructor. Ensembles under his direction have consistently placed in the top three at state marching competitions, received superior ratings at concert festivals, and most recently his winter percussion ensemble was named SCBDA State Champion in Division AA.
Aaron is a well-sought after percussion composer and arranger nationwide. He is the owner of PercussionWorks LLC, a company specializing in percussion music designs, live performances and education. His compositions have been heard in college football stadiums, in WGI, in the top concert halls around the world, and in marching band competitions across the country. Aaron is also the resident percussion designer for the music arranging company Marching BandWorks.
Aaron is honored to be an endorsing artist and clinician for The Vic Firth Company, the Percussive Arts Society, and is on the approved artist roster for the South Carolina Arts Commission.
His recordings can be found at: www.c-alanpublications.com
Ben Hipp – Southeast Territory Repreentative, Hipp Visual Solutions
Mr. Hipp has served as an adjudicator, clinician, designer, and consultant for numerous finalist programs across the Southeast including the Chapin, Batesburg-Leesville, Pickens, Blythewood, Summerville, White Knoll, Swansea, Ninety-Six, Lexington, Irmo, Hanahan and Boiling Springs High School Bands, the 2006 World Champion Etude Winter Guard, the Epiphany Indoor Youth Ensemble, Charles Towne Independent Winter Guard and the Kiwanis Kavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.
Born in Lexington, SC; Mr. Hipp graduated from the University of South Carolina with a major in music and minor in education and art studio. He has performed with the USC Marching Band Flag Line and with Millennia Carolina Independent A Winter Guard where he was the captain in 1999 and 2000.
Under Mr. Hipp’s direction, the Summerville Color Guard has recently won various field and indoor awards and have been named the 2016 Cadet and Scholastic Open State Champions, 2010 Winter Guard International World Championships Scholastic A Class Finalist, 2016 Winter Guard International World Championships Scholastic Open Class Finalist and the 2004, 2014 State 5A State Marching Band Champions. Mr. Hipp is currently in his eleventh year as Color Guard Director at Summerville High School and his fifteenth year as a color guard staff member. Mr. Hipp was formerly the Early College Program Coordinator at Summerville High School coordinating with Trident Technical College on dual enrollment classes. In addition, Mr. Hipp is the Carolina Territory Manager for North and South Carolina for Algy Costumes and flag designer for Algy and he recently began working as the Southeast Territory Manager for Marching BandWorks and is Owner at Hipp Visual Solutions that can meet all of your costuming and show production needs.
Color Guard Designers
Music Engraving Team