Zak Stillwell

Zak Stillwell will be returning to the Blue Knights as the Visual Caption Head for the 2020 season. He is a full-time visual designer, choreographer, instructor, and clinician based out of Fremont, California. He began his pageantry career at the age of fourteen as a performer in the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, before spending his final four years marching with the Blue Devils. After aging out, he began teaching within the Blue Devil organization. While there, he spent time instructing the ‘A’, ‘B’, and ‘C’ corps. Most notably, Zak’s work with the Blue Devils ‘B’ Corps helped elevate the corps from perennial Open Class contender to two Top 15 World Class finishes in 2014 and 2016. In all, he has helped earn seven DCI World Championships as an instructor and performer. In addition to his drum corps experience, he studied music education and euphonium performance at the University of Arizona, under the instruction of Dr. Kelly Thomas. Zak has served as visual caption head for many award-winning high school ensembles.  Some of the groups he has had the pleasure of working with include James Logan High School, Homestead High School, Amador Valley High School, Saratoga High School, and Leigh High School. As a drill designer, he has written for programs all over the United States. He currently designs for programs in California, Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, and Texas.