Welcome New Director of Percussion

Mr. Shane Batchelor

Director of Percussion, Grain Valley High School

Shane Batchelor grew up in St. Charles, MO and graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 2015 under the tutelage of Dr. Julia Gaines. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education, Mr. Batchelor completed a Master’s degree in Percussion Performance under Dr. Megan Arns.  He has served as a freelance percussion instructor for several schools and WGI groups across Missouri including Freedom Indoor Percussion and Gateway Indoor Percussion.

Mr. Batchelor brings a diverse performance background with marching percussion, wind ensembles, orchestras, jazz ensembles, chamber ensembles, entertainment groups, and solo performances. He was a performing member of two WGI ensembles, including Intrepid Percussion in 2009 and Freedom Indoor Percussion from 2010-2012. Mr. Batchelor has earned honors and awards competing as a solo marimbist, while his most notable performance experiences include the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps during the summer of 2012, the Ruff Drags at PASIC in 2014, and the MU Percussion Ensemble at the Midwest Music Conference and Clinic in 2015.  Mr. Batchelor is also proudly endorsed by Innovative Percussion.

Mr. Batchelor has served as the Director of Percussion and Assistant Band Director for Willard Public Schools for the past 3 years and is thrilled to now join the team at Grain Valley Public Schools.