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 & Bugle Corps. Prior to assuming these new roles in June of 2021, John was on the brass staff of the Blue Devils for 28 years, holding the position of caption head from 2006 through 2019, during which time the corps won 8 Drum Corps International Championships, and only placed outside of the top 2 once. John is also currently the brass arranger for the B & C Corps programs, as well as the Composer in Residence/Associate Conductor for the Diablo Wind Symphony.
Outside of John’s BDPA responsibilities, he also composes and arranges for marching bands around the world. John 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 John’s “non-pageantry” writing includes composing the music for “The Music of WYLAND” CD, scoring scenes for several student and independent films, composing two spots for Kaiser Permanente, and being commissioned to write several wind ensemble pieces (many of which are published with GPG Music).
John 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 the Fame in 2016.
Notable career achievements include lead designer for both the System Blue and King marching brass instrument series, development and production for the Sample Logic and System Blue sound libraries (including Fanfare and V.E.T.), being a nationally recognized adjudicator for marching band circuits such as Bands of America, and as a performer on the movie soundtrack “Monsters University” as a percussionist.
John is a Conn-Selmer Artist, Educator, and Product Designer; and solely uses Sibelius, Logic, and Final Cut Pro X for his composing and editing work.
John lives in California with his incredibly supportive wife Jackie, and they have 3 daughters, and two rescue dogs.