||Michael has cultivated over 30 years of Marching Arts experience as an Instructor, Designer, Clinician and Adjudicator. As a performer of the acclaimed Miller’s Blackhawks Winter Color Guard from Dayton, Ohio, Michael had the opportunity to serve as an instructor and designer for numerous Marching Bands and Winter Color Guards in the Ohio area including Scholastic A Finalist Lexington, HS Color Guard, Scholastic World Finalist Northmont, HS and BOA Grand National Finalist Westerville South High School.
After relocating to the New York City area, Michael had the opportunity to perform and choreograph numerous stage and video performances including productions for Off Broadways Shango, FAMA Awards Lincoln Center, Soul Solution, MTV and Sony Entertainment. Michael was also an international presenter for Hip-Hop and Jazz Dance master classes in Tokyo, Japan and Italy.
Michael is currently the Artistic Director and Designer for the Roxbury HS Marching Band, Indoor Percussion and Winter Color Guard and Color Guard Director and Designer for JP Stevens HS, Guard Designer for Verona, HS and Color Guard Instructor for the Rutgers University Marching Band.
Michael is the Owner and Operator of Michael Thompson Visual Designs. He serves as a Visual Adjudicator for DCI and Movement Adjudicator for WGI. In his down time, he enjoys traveling and doing anything that includes the beach.