The Marching Workshop with John Mapes will take place on Saturday, November 16 at 12:00PM in Room 109

John Mapes

About John Mapes

John Mapes is a full-time percussion designer and educator based out of Southern California. He received his Bachelor of Arts in percussion from California State University Long Beach in the spring of 2000. Since 2005, he has earned an unprecedented 38 WGI medals, which includes 9 World Class championships.

He has been the Percussion Director at Chino Hills HS since the fall of 2005 and was Director of Percussion at Pacifica HS from 2000-2011. He joined the design team at Pulse Percussion in 2008 and is currently the battery arranger, visual designer and program coordinator. In 2013, John joined the design team for the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps as the battery arranger and worked there until the summer of 2016.

John is a Vic Firth Signature artist, a Yamaha artist, a Remo artist, a Zildjian artist and a WGI Percussion Steering Committee/Advisory Board member. He is also a co-founder of, a website compiling original indoor percussion and marching band shows with fellow composer Ian Grom.

About the Marching Workshop

The Marching Workshop provides students with the opportunity to perform and learn from one of marching percussion’s top educators. Students will audition for a chance to be selected to participate in the Marching Workshop at PASIC 2019. Selected participants will receive a 1-Day Badge for Saturday, November 16, with the option to upgrade to a 4-Day Badge at a discounted rate. An active PAS Membership is NOT required to apply, but selected participants will be required to purchase a PAS Membership.

Marching Workshop Application Process

The Marching Workshop is open to high school snare and tenor candidates.
Deadline to apply is October 5, 2019.

To participate in the Marching Workshop:

  • All applicants must submit an unedited video performance via an unlisted YouTube link containing the following items:
    • PASIC Mapes Audition Ex. 2019 by Julie Davila
    • PASIC Audition Piece, 2019 by John Mapes
    • 15-20 second freestyle (music of your choice: improvisation, music from a past show, or something you have composed)

Audition Materials

Download the required audition materials below:

PASIC Mapes Audition Ex. 2019

PASIC Audition Piece, 2019