In 2018, Southwind turned heads in Open Class. This year it ups the ante with fresh visual ideas. Meet the leaders of Southwind’s visual program. Look for the imagination they bring to this year’s show.

Nathan Shuffitt, Visual Caption Head, has been the brains behind Southwind’s heralded visual impact over the past three years. Shuffitt earned his degree in Music Education from The University of Southern Mississippi and is the Director of Bands at Saint Stanislaus College Prep and Our Lady Academy in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi. He has performed with Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps (2011) and Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps (2012-2014). This will be Shuffitt’s fourth year with Southwind. Shuffitt works with various groups around the coast as a clinician for marching fundamentals and design.

Nate Hughes, Assistant Caption Head, grew up in Nashville. Currently residing in Clarksville, TN, Hughes is a music education major at Austin Peay State University. His performance experience in the pageantry arts includes marching with the 2014 Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, and a cast member of Rhythm X Winds in 2016. As a teacher, Hughes has been on the visual staff of multiple high schools in middle Tennessee. As the visual caption head at Goodpasture Christian School, where he has taught since 2011, the Marching Cougars have gone on to be BOA regional champions, and the 2016 Division 1 State Champion. Hughes has also taught with Fred J Miller, Inc., during their summer clinic programs across the US and is also a former member of the visual staff for Music City Drum Corps. He is excited to return for his third season teaching at Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps.

Shuffit and Hughes will be assisted by a strong staff of technicians from around the country as they continue to forge Southwind’s unique identity on the field this season.

Click here to see the full 2019 Visual Staff