Drum Major Society 2020-2022 Board of Directors
Nick is the Founder of the Drum Major Society and has provided years of non-profit and financial support to the success of musical leadership in the Cincinnati, OH area. He provides annual Training Workshops for ambitious student leaders who wish to serve their bands regardless of Major, position, or location.
Under his stewardship the Society has grown from a few friends interested in helping their local band program into a regional provider of leadership lessons and Conducting/Commanding within the Marching Arts.
Professionally, he is a global technology consultant for advanced data analytics including solutions encompassing Machine Learning and advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI).
His passion for sharing the love of music continues to drive our organization forward into ever-evolving ways we can advance the cause of the Marching Arts in High School and College students across our operating area.
Ben is a long-time Member of the Society. He has served the organization in a variety of positions over the years and now serves as the newly appointed Operations Director. During his tenure he’s assisted with Communications and several years at the helm of the Training Program.
He is a teacher by trade and serves as Assistant Band Director at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin HS in Chardon, Ohio. He was a collegiate Drum Major for 3 years at the University of Cincinnati and now serves as the Alumni Band Director each year at his Alma Mater’s Homecoming.
When Ben isn’t working or serving in a variety of capacities in his professional life he loves all things Cleveland sports!
Mitchell S. Bleser is a Senior Manufacturing Engineer in the Hip New Products division of Zimmer Biomet (NYSE: ZBH) in Warsaw, Indiana, where he designs and implements manufacturing processes for newly released medical joint replacement implants.
Mitchell, a Dayton, Ohio native, graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 2015. During his time at the University of Cincinnati, he was appointed Drum Major his senior year in the Bearcat Bands program and held various leadership roles during his prior four years playing alto saxophone. Mitchell has been involved with the Drum Major Society since 2014.
Mitchell currently attends Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana part-time as he works towards his MBA. He is the founder & owner of MSB Productions, a mobile DJ and sound services provider for weddings, galas, school dances and more. Mitchell enjoys golfing and riding motorcycles in his spare time.
Isabelle Reynolds is a fifth year student at the University of Cincinnati studying History and Classical Civilizations with a minor in Communications. She currently plays mellophone in the Bearcat Marching Band and oboe in the Concert Band. She served as a Drum Major for the Bearcat Marching Band from 2017-2019 and is a recipient of the Julie Benken Memorial Drum Major Scholarship. She has participated in the Drum Major Society Training Program for 3 years, aiding in the instruction of the 2019-20 Drum Major team. The dedication to the art of field conducting started at a young age with informing her elementary school band director that she would someday become drum major like her older brother, whose footsteps she followed in both at their high school and with the UC Bearcat Bands.
Isabelle looks forward to serving the Drum Major Society as an active member of the Marching Band, allowing her to offer perspective in daily operations of Drum Majors that alumni members may not have.