John Mapes is a full-time percussion educator, writer and visual designer involved in teaching more than 20 high school and independent percussion programs in Southern California since 1997. He received his Bachelor of Arts in percussion from California State University, Long Beach in the spring of 2000. His marching experience includes the Velvet Knights and Pacific Crest drum and bugle corps. He currently has more than ten years of drum corps teaching/design experience and an unprecedented 24 WGI medals since 2005.
He started with the Pulse Percussion independent world ensemble behind the scenes in the winter of 2008 as an arranger, and within 3 short years helped take the ensemble to its first PIW Gold Medal in 2010 as the program coordinator, battery arranger and visual designer. The organization started a second ensemble in 2011 that medaled its first year in the Independent Open division, and was a world-class finalist it's second year.
From 2007-2012 Mr. Mapes was the percussion arranger for the Blue Devil B Corps. After two years the corps became the DCI Open Class champions and are the DCI Open Class high percussion winners from 2009-2012. He was the Battery Arranger/ Percussion Caption Head for the Esperanza Drum and Bugle Corps from San Diego, CA from 2002-2006, winning the Division II title in 2003 and moving to World Class in 2004.
From 2000-2011, John built and taught the Pacifica High School percussion program, earning 9 consecutive PSO WGI finals appearances and seven consecutive PSO WGI medals from 2005-2011. In the fall of 2005 he started teaching Chino Hills HS, WGI World Class finalists from 2008-2012, with a WGI PSW Bronze medal in 2009, Silver Medal in 2010 and Gold Medal in 2012. John started working at Los Alamitos HS in the fall of 2005 becoming the WGI A Class Bronze medalist in 2007, WGI A class gold medalist in 2009 and WGI World class finalists in 2010 and 2011.
Along with fellow designer and instructor Ian Grom, John co-founded box-six.com in August of 2008, which is the exclusive seller of their original indoor percussion and marching band shows.
John is a member of the Vic Firth Educational team, a Remo artist, and a Zildjian artist. He became a member of the WGI Advisory Board in 2007 and was voted onto WGI Percussion Steering Committee in 2010. He is also a principle percussion arranger for JKS music.