Will Riddell is a full-time percussion designer and clinician, specializing in the competitive marching band and indoor drumline activities.
For the past decade, Will has taught and/or designed for nearly a dozen of the most successful marching percussion ensembles in the Washington DC area. He taught at Chantilly High School from the fall of 2003 through the winter of 2012, helping their drumline earn the WGI PSA World Championship in 2011, and six of their thirteen Atlantic Indoor Association Circuit Championship titles. He taught the indoor programs at Broad Run, South County, and Freedom High Schools during their formative years, making them perennial AIA finalists and medalists. In 2012 Freedom went to WGI championships for the first time where they earned the Scholastic A bronze medal. Will’s involvement includes many successful marching and concert seasons as well, with his ensembles consistently earning Superior ratings at VBODA events, in addition to many awards from USBands, TOB, and Bands of America. He is currently on staff with multiple high schools as a designer and consultant.
As an arranger, Will’s body of work has included numerous programs of all sizes, from California, Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Canada. He spends his free time playing orchestral percussion, marimba and drum set, watching sports, and enjoying the occasional freelance gig. He is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society and helped host the 2004 Day of Percussion event in Virginia, where he had the honorable duty of moving lots of really heavy things around for Robert Van Sice, Steve Smith and Tim Alexander. Will's marching experience includes Chantilly HS, Virginia Helmsmen, University of Tennessee, and three seasons with the Reading Buccaneers drum & bugle corps, during which time the corps won two high percussion titles and back-to-back DCA world championships.
Will proudly and exclusively uses Evans drum heads, Pearl / Adams instruments, and Zildjian cymbals. He is an endorser for Innovative Percussion sticks & mallets.