Concert/Classical/Marching Artists

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Devin Burgess

Devin Burgess is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Platteville earning degrees in both Instrumental and General Music Education with an emphasis on percussion performance under Joe Caploe. Devin currently lives in Southaven, Mississippi and serves as the Assistant High School Band Director and Percussion Coordinator for Desoto Central Schools. He directs the Desoto Central Middle and High School Percussion Ensembles and teaches general and world music. The Desoto Central High School Percussion Ensemble has performed in multiple venues including the Northwest Mississippi Day of Percussion and the University of Memphis Percussion Festival where they were awarded the highest honors for their performance in 2021. Devin is an active clinician in the Memphis area and has served previously as a clinician in Wisconsin.

Devin’s performance experience includes the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, The Rountree Chamber Ensemble, The Rountree Wind Symphony, and the Beloit-Janesville Symphony Orchestra. Devin also performed with the Latin group, Soulsa, based out of Dubuque, Iowa on drum kit. He earned numerous awards while in college receiving the Distinguished Soloist award at the 2008 Eau Claire Jazz festival and was selected as a marimba soloist for the 2005 Concerto Aria Contest.

Devin is most recognized for his marching arts arrangements and electronic sound design. He writes and arranges for the Pride of Desoto Central Marching Band in addition to several other competitive high school programs across the United States that have received numerous accolades. He also composes and arranges for the Desoto Central Indoor Percussion program that has competed in the Mississippi Indoor Association and Southeastern Color Guard Circuit. Devin is the co-founder and co- owner of D Squared Music and Design, specializing in music composition for several types of mediums. He is an artist and composer for Back Beat Inc. and the Song Shack.

Devin Burgess’ performance in the marching arts includes the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps and the Gateway Indoor Percussion Ensemble. He has taught with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps and the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps and served as sound engineer for the Shadow Drum and Bugle Corps. Before moving to the Memphis area in 2012, Devin served as the front ensemble coordinator and arranger for the Shadow Drum Corps and Shadow Indoor Percussion.