Academy Introduces Michael Raiford
Michael B. Raiford is a freelance designer based in Austin, TX. He has Choreographed, staged and designed in DCI, BOA and WGI for 30 years. He is very fortunate to have had a project in either a National or Regional finals for 28 years running including more than 20 appearances in a National Finals and participation in 7 national titles. His early years in Drum Corps was focused on 6 time DCI finalist Suncoast Sound. Originally the Choreographer and Production Designer, he also began staging during his tenure at Suncoast as well as turns at show and staff coordinator. He conceived the famed “Vietnam” show pioneering theatrical elements in the world of Drum Corps including the use of sign language.
His next major project in Drum Corps: Magic of Orlando. For 6 seasons Michael worked as part of the creative team and Production Designer including 4 finals appearances with such innovative projects as “Danse Animal” and “Twelve Seconds to the Moon”.
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