Take the Field Designs

Custom Visual Design for Marching Band and Drum Corps

Take the Field Designs is custom marching band drill/visual design by Adam Nelson and custom arranging/composition by Jesse Chavez

Adam Nelson - Drill Designer and Owner


Adam's unique, accessible and idiomatic visual designs have earned him high praise since he started designing in 2003. He has worked as a brass technician, visual technician and designer for bands across the country (you can see a full list in the Testimonials Page).

A native of Vermillion, SD, Adam started piano lessons at the age of 8. He found music to be very intuitive for him, and also picked up Singing, Percussion, Trumpet, Baritone, Guitar, Steel Drums and Horn (which is not at all "French"). He found the most success with Horn and earned his BM in Horn Performance from the University of South Dakota. While attending USD, he won two MTNA State Performance Competitions, performed as a soloist with the Symphonic Band and Brass Choir, wrote a Symphonic Band composition for his Honor's Thesis, and marched mellophone for five summers with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2007, he earned his MM in Horn Performance from Arizona State University, and was personally invited by Sam Pilafian to play Horn as a member of the Boston Brass for two feature performances.

Adam currently lives in Chicago, IL where, in addition to his work in the Marching Arts, he is in high demand as a Piano Teacher and a Dueling Piano Player. He performs more than 130 shows a year, travelling all over the country to play private events, corporate parties, schools, fundraisers, festivals, civic events, weddings and night clubs. 

Adam is excited for to the opportunity to work with your ensemble! Call or email anytime to ask any questions, or get a quote! 



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