Mustang Band Design Team
Meet the Design Team
Program Coordinator and Choreographer
Geoffrey Sperling, originally from Detroit, MI, graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington with a Bachelor of the Arts. Geoffrey has been a performing member, and currently is an alumni of Interplay, Zydeco, and The Pride of Cincinnati Winterguards. In 2011, Geoffrey ended his 8 year DCI career as a performing member with the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps where he was a part of the George Zingali "Best Color guard" award winning cast. Prior to that, Geoffrey was a marching member with the Cadets (2008-2010), Bluecoats (2007), Hawthorne Caballeros (2009), Capital Regiment (2006), Racine Kilties (2005-2006),and The Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps (2004-2005).
Geoffrey was an integral part of the design staff at Cedar Ridge High School (Round Rock, TX) from 2012-2013. During his time at Cedar Ridge the marching band made its inaugural appearance in the Bands of America Grand National Finals. The Winterguard received a Scholastic A bronze medal in the Texas Colorguard Circuit (TCGC), and made finals at all WGI regional appearances. From 2014-2017, Geoffrey directed and designed for the New Braunfels High School Band and Colorguard. During his time at New Braunfels, the winter guard was named the 2015 WGI San Antonio Regional A Class Champion, the 2015 T.E.C.A Regional A class silver medalists, and the JV was named the 2016 T.E.C.A novice class champions. In 2017, The New Braunfels Marching Band made UIL Area D finals (placing 7th in 6A) for the first time in school history, the program fielded 3 winter guards (Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Cadet) which contained over 50 students, and The Varsity Winterguard made finals all WGI appearances (including the WGI Southwest Power Regional for the first time in school history). Outside of his involvement with scholastic programs, Geoffrey has served as choreographer for The Spirit of Atlanta Drum & Bugle Corps (2012), The Louisiana Stars Drum & Bugle Corps(2014-2015), Genesis Drum & Bugle Corps(2017), White Gold Winterguard (2012), Industry Independent(2015), and Spirit Independent Winterguard (2016-2018). Geoffrey has judged across the country at various local contests, as well as, for USBands since 2013. In 2018 and 2019 Geoffrey has been a member of the WGI Colorguard Advisory Board. Currently, Geoffrey lives in Austin, Tx where he serves as a co-director for Origins Colorguard (an Independent Open Class winterguard based out of Austin, Tx) and serves as a program coordinator and choreographer for schools across the state of Texas.
Drill Designer and Choreographer
Luke Gall is CEO and co-founder of Ultimate Drill Book, a company that creates educational tools for marching ensembles. Since its founding in 2010, Luke has lead the development of all products that support thousands of schools, colleges and drum corps in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Luke is also a founder and owner of My Design Team, inc., a design and education company that operates out of Austin, Texas. This firm encompasses his work as a consultant, program coordinator, visual designer, and videographer for music ensembles and corporate entities.
Luke was recently appointed to the role of Artistic Director for Rhythmic Force Percussion, a non-profit percussion ensemble based in Austin, Texas. He serves on the design team while also overseeing the creative direction and marketing for the organization. Luke previously served as the drill designer with Rhythmic Force and helped lead them to their first-ever appearances in the WGI World Championship Finals.
Luke has a comprehensive background in the arts as a coordinator, designer, teacher, and performer. His designs have helped more than 50 programs receive honors in BOA (Bands of America), WGI (Winter Guard International), USBands, and TOB (Tournament of Bands) events. He served as visual caption head for Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps in 2015, and he performed as a member of The Cadets, Crossmen, and Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps in 2005-2009.
Luke’s experience as a media creator and consultant has led to work with companies and musical groups across the globe. Luke recently worked with Perform International in more than 20 countries to create content for musical groups. His professional work, along with his personal videos, have amassed millions of views on YouTube and social media platforms. Luke also served as the media coordinator for bands at The University of Texas at Austin where he produced more than 100 videos and a feature-length documentary.
Luke is a founder of FivE, a nationally touring euphonium quartet. FivE performed their popular shows “NEON”, “#hashtags”, and “FivE years of FivE” in 25 cities in 2015-2019. Highlight performances included a featured recital at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference, a showcase at the TMEA convention, and four keynote appearances at ITEA conferences. The group released their debut album, “FivE: Play”, in 2017. FivE is a sponsored ensemble with Buffet Crampon and Besson Instruments, and Luke plays exclusively on a Besson Prestige 2052 Euphonium.
Luke received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s degree in Euphonium Performance at The University of Texas at Austin.
Music Writer and Arranger
Will Wells is a full-time wind & percussion arranger and drill designer from Columbus, Ohio. He has worked with numerous high school programs around the country, including BOA Grand National finalists Blue Springs High School from Blue Springs, Missouri, and Centerville High School from Centerville, Ohio. He previously served as an assistant band director at Port Isabel HS in Port Isabel, Texas, where his concert bands received consistent UIL Sweepstakes awards in addition to the marching band qualifying for UIL State every eligible year. In 2022, his writing was performed by 12 Texas Area finalists.
Will studied music performance (tuba & euphonium) and education at The University of Akron. He has also earned a B.S. in Journalism from Kent State University and an M.Ed from The Ohio State University. In addition to teaching, he has also designed drill and arranged music for programs in Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Virginia, New Mexico, Arizona, Missouri, New Jersey, Wisconsin and Tennessee, as well as Lithuania.
He has been an adjudicator for the Kentucky Music Educators Association, Mississippi Bandmasters Association, North Carolina Bandmasters Association, Arizona Marching Band Association, New Mexico Pageant of Bands, and ATSSB in Texas.
2023 will be his eighth year on staff with the Blue Stars and fourth on the Brass staff, having served his first four seasons on the visual staff. In 2016, he assisted with the Troopers, as well as Connexus Independent (WGI PIO, now PIW) from Columbus, Ohio.
His performance experience includes five seasons with the Bluecoats on tuba and baritone. During his time with the corps, he served as tuba section leader and was a soloist on both instruments. He also works with the Bluecoats' Rhythm in Blue Soundsport group as a designer, and has done percussion arranging for their alumni ensemble. Outside of the marching realm, Will has performed with the Billboard-charting band Company of Thieves on trombone, and can be heard on their live music video for the song "Talulah."