I’m Mike McIntosh – Arranger, Composer, and Percussion Caption Supervisor for The Cavaliers – and This is How I Roll


Mike McIntosh is an arranger, composer, digital sound designer, and instructor. You may know him best from his work on the creative and design teams for a number of prestigious performing groups, including The Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, Palmetto Percussion, Carmel High School, Gateway Indoor Percussion, and George Mason Independent Open Ensemble.

How does he do it all? We caught up with Mike to learn a little about how he rolls.

Location: Shakopee, Minn.

Twitter handle: @mikemcintosh4

Current gig: Percussion caption supervisor, composer, and arranger for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps

Current mobile device(s):

iPhone 5S, iPad Air 2

Current computer(s):

Apple MacBook, Mac Pro

One word that best describes how you roll:


Tell us a little about The Cavaliers and Gateway Indoor Percussion, and why being a part of these organizations continues to fuel you.

Keeps me guessing, on my toes, interactive. Both gigs afford me a creative outlet. As an artist they are invaluable. Both are platforms for experimentation and alchemy.

What apps, software, or tools can’t you live without? Why?

LOGIC, Twitter, Clash of Clans. These are the mainstay of my digital life.

If there were a soundtrack for your life, who would compose it and why?

Wagner-would love to hear what he would crank up; heavy and laughably dark perhaps? The brass stating the “English muffin with peanut butter” theme as I press the toaster in 4k super slow motion…beautiful.

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without and why?

Our baby monitor for our 2 year old for obvious reasons.

What social media network do you use most?


What are you currently reading?

Bio of Thomas Jefferson (what a pimp)

What’s your workspace setup like?


Mike’s workplace setup.


What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else?

Oddly, I can still burn flam drags quicker than 99% of the population.

What’s your secret?

Uber chops as a young man

What do you listen to while you work?

EDM, Soundtracks

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?

ENFP all day

How do you recharge?

Reality television

What’s your sleep routine like?

I usually work late and get up to take care of our daughter in the morning, then sleep a couple more hours or just start working.

What thoughts keep you up at night?

Keeping my child safe and provided for. To never let her down.

What do you do differently from your peers?

My Monday-Friday is pretty unique. Working from home is a blessing and a curse.

Fill in the blank: I’d love to see _________ answer these same questions.

Sean Vega

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Do what you love.

Is there anything else you’d like to add that might be interesting to readers or fans?

I listen to music. I always see the movie to the music. Everything’s a soundtrack. I imagine I’m usually the camera filming the camera filming the scene…layers deep, looking and listening for the truth, as scary as it may be.

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