Richard Hinshaw is a visual designer and music educator with 24 years of experience in the marching arts. Richard studied trumpet at the Indiana University School of Music, and has crafted visual composition and show design skills under the mentorship of Daniel Wiles, Leon May, Michael Raiford, and Jay Webb.

Richard is currently the drill designer and lead visual instructor for the Avon High School Marching Black & Gold, three-time BOA Grand National Champions (2008, 2009, 2010). He serves in the same roles for the Avon Indoor Winter Percussion, perennial WGI Scholastic World Finalists. Richard is enjoying his 15th year working with the nationally acclaimed bands, percussion ensembles, and color guards at Avon. 

As a freelance designer, Hinshaw is honored to presently work with several other high achieving ensembles. Richard is in his second year as the visual designer for Monarch Indoor Percussion, WGI Independent Open Finalists in 2015. From 2012-2016 he designed for Gateway Indoor Percussion, WGI Independent World Finalists in each of those years. Some of Richard’s other top clients include Owasso High School (Okla.), Westwood High School (Texas), Vista Ridge High School (Texas), Bentonville High School (Ark), and Kickapoo High School (Mo).

Since 2011, Hinshaw has served on the esteemed WGI Percussion Advisory Board, where he collaborates with top designers and instructors from around the country to help shape the future of indoor marching percussion. He also enjoys working a freelance adjudicator for marching band, winter guard, and indoor percussion competitions around the country.

Previously, Richard has designed for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps (2012) and The Academy Drum & Bugle Corps (2009-2013). Hinshaw worked as a visual instructor with Carolina Crown (2003-2007), Spirit (2002), and Phantom Regiment (2001).

Richard resides in Avon, Ind. with his amazing wife Jennifer, and their beautiful children McKinley, Coleman, and Annalise. Samples of Hinshaw’s work can be found at his website,