Shawn Wellman is currently the Director of Bands for INVEST COLLEGIATE Imagine in Asheville, NC. Mr. Wellman started the band program on both INVEST COLLEGIATE campuses during the 2014-2015 school year and continues to enjoy watching each program grow and develop. Prior to coming to INVEST COLLEGIATE Mr. Wellman graduated from Western Carolina University and spent the first ten years of his professional career as a percussion/assistant band director in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area of Texas. While in Texas his groups were extremely successful winning numerous local, national, and international awards including The Lone Star Classic Drum Line Contest, Lewisville Drum Line Contest, North Texas Drum Line Contest, Crowley Drum Line Contest, and the Percussive Arts Society Marching Percussion Festival where they were awarded the very prestigious Fred Sanford Award for Outstanding Achievement presented at the 2010 Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Mr. Wellman’s groups have also had great success in the indoor drum line arena having earned the North Texas Colorguard Association (NTCA) Gold Medal as well as being named WGI Regional Finalists and medalists on multiple occasions. While living in Paris, TX he was responsible for starting and maintaining the concert percussion ensemble program featuring percussion ensembles from all grade levels and the Japanese Taiko Ensemble where students learned world percussion techniques specific to taiko drumming. Mr. Wellman is also an active clinician, adjudicator, composer, and arranger having worked with numerous programs and organizations around the United States including the two time Bands of America National Champion Lassiter High School Band in Marietta, GA. Mr. Wellman is a proud endorser of Vic Firth sticks and mallets.