Director and Coordinators

Philip Martin, Corps Director

Martin founded Highland Arts, Inc in 2016 and formed Highland Regiment in 2017.  His diligent efforts to secure funding, equipment, rehearsal space and talented staff have sustained the group since. Highland Arts sponsors the corps, Highland Regiment, Impetus Indoor Guard and Fearless Indoor Percussion!  

 

​Martin performed five years with DCI’s famed  Bridgemen, five years with DCA’s singular New York Skyliners & five years with Bridgemen Alumni. He has instructed many NJ high school bands and currently leads the Randolph Marching Rams.

 

​Martin holds degrees from Columbia University, Teachers College, and Seton Hall University.  He is a professor of Communication Studies at Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey.

Calvin Spencer, Ensemble Coordinator

Calvin Spencer serves as the Director of Bands at Washington Township High School in Sewell, NJ.  “Spence” has been teaching music for fifteen years and is a distinguished educator, arranger and composer. His work has resulted in many marching band and indoor percussion Championships. Under his guidance, middle school jazz bands, high school wind ensembles and orchestras have also found performance success. Prior to his current teaching position, he traveled the United States as guest speaker and clinician. 

Spence is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he was assigned to "The Commandant's Own", The USM Drum and Bugle Corps.  Sgt. Spencer was a featured Soloist with "The Commandant's Own".  As a member of this prestigious unit, Sgt. Spence has had the honor of performing for President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, The Queen of England, The Sultan of Oman and other dignitaries and Heads of State throughout the world. 

Spence earned a BM in Music Education from Rowan University in 2006 and a MS in Education from Walden University in 2009. Spence was recognized as Teacher of the Year for Monongahela Middle School in 2010. 

Nate Bashline, Program Coordinator & Electronics Designer

Nathan Bashline has been actively involved in the marching arts as a performer, intern or staff member for over 10 years. Based out of South Eastern Pennsylvania, Nathan started his marching career at Souderton Area High School, where he was heavily involved with the marching band and indoor drumline among doing concert and symphonic band all 4 years. He also marched the Bushwackers Drum & Bugle Corps in 2015.

Nathan has worked with a number of high schools in South Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey as instructional staff and design staff. Some of the notable high schools include Spring-Ford High School (Royersford, PA), North Penn High School (Lansdale, PA) and Hatboro-Horsham High School (Horsham, PA). Nathan was an audio intern in 2016 for the Bluecoats. He also worked for the Reading Buccaneers in 2017 and 2018 as the Electronics Designer and has worked with Santa Clara Vanguard since 2019 as an audio engineer. Nathan is proud to be a part of the Marching USA artist group, supporting both Dynasty Percussion and Titan Field Frame. He is also an educational artist for Vic Firth and Zildjian.