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 throughout the United States, for marching band, concert band, and chamber ensembles. Currently, Mr. Hinds is the Music Ensemble Coordinator for the O’Fallon Township Marching Panthers. Previously at O’Fallon, duties included 8 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. Mr. 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. Mr. Hinds was the band director at Triad High School in Troy, IL for eight years and holds music degrees in education and conducting from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. In addition, Mr. Hinds is an artist/endorser for Tama/Bergerault Percussion, Remo Drumheads, and Innovative Percussion.
During his tenure, O’Fallon Township High School Marching Panthers have received many accolades. Recent accomplishments for the marching band include being a BOA Grand National Finalist in 2018, multiple appearances in BOA Grand National Semifinals, in addition to consistent appearances in BOA Regional and Super Regional 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 MFA National Festival, and Carnegie Hall.
Mr. Hinds resides in O’Fallon, IL 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.