About Box Six
John Mapes and Ian Grom

      “Box Six” was officially launched in August of 2008 and is a collection of our body of work from 2005 to the present. The main difference between this site and the many other sites available is that every single piece of music found on Box 6 is composed and arranged by the same two people. We (John Mapes and Ian Grom) met at Cal State University Long Beach in the music department in the Fall of 1998 and started actively working together from 2004 to the present. With over twenty five years of experience between us, a current output of around 10 shows a year, and a history of success at every level of the activity, we are confident in our signature sound and approach to the world of pageantry and are excited about offering these productions to the general public.

      Our fresh approach to Marching Band composition comes from a unique blend of elements: The painstaking development of pacing and effects taken from our experience in indoor percussion, the wide variety of musical influences we both bring to the table from our years as professional musicians/arrangers/composers, the seamless blend between winds and percussion that is present from the very conception of the production, the time-tested wisdom of what works and what doesn't in real life, and the drive to constantly push the creative envelope with every production we put our name on.

      The recordings you hear throughout the site were all created with the most cutting edge technology available and we believe them to be unrivalled in today's market. Innumerable hours are spent to achieve as accurate and thorough of a playback as possible to give you the best source for how to fine tune your Box 6 show in the live situation. Powered by 3 custom audio PC's, a separate Pro Tools rig for live tracking, and a massive 500+ GB sample library, the Box 6 production studio is one of the most advanced workstations around solely dedicated to the marching arts. However, there are no sounds or effects heard on the recordings that cannot be replicated in a live environment. We pride ourselves on being able to accurately reproduce the production quality of our recordings in a live performance situation.

      We have experienced most of the shows on this site up close and personal. We have experienced the flicker of an idea turn into a rough sketch which turned into World Championship success. This body of work is not just a business for us, it is a large part of who we are. We hope you and your students can enjoy it as much as we have.

You can email Box Six at: contact@box-six.com



Check out John and Ian's Interview with Vic Firth from 2008!





About John Mapes:

      John Mapes is a full-time percussion educator and visual designer involved in teaching over 20 high school and independent percussion programs in Southern California since 1997. He received his Bachelor of Arts in percussion from California State University, Long Beach, in the spring of 2000. His marching experience includes Velvet Knights and Pacific Crest Drum Corps organizations. He currently has over ten years of drum corps teaching/design experience and an unprecedented 27 WGI medals since 2005.

      He started with the Pulse Percussion independent world ensemble behind the scenes in 2008 as an arranger, and within 3 short years helped take the ensemble to it’s first PIW Gold Medal in 2010 as the program coordinator, battery arranger and visual designer. Since then the ensemble has medalled 3 more times and obtained their 2nd championship title in 2014. Starting in October of 2012, John joined the Design team as a percussion arranger for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. He worked with the Blue Devil B Corps as the percussion arranger from 2007 to 2012. After two years the corps became the Open class champions from 2009 to 2011 and received the high percussion award from 2009 to 2012 at the DCI championships. He was the Battery Arranger/ Percussion Caption Head for the Esperanza Drum and Bugle Corps from San Diego, CA from 2002-2006, taking the corps to nationals for the first time, winning the Div II title and moving up to Div I in 2004. He was also the battery arranger and program coordinator for the Esperanza WGI Independent World class 2004 finalist percussion ensemble, its first and only year.

      From the fall of 2000 to the winter of 2011, John built and taught the Pacifica High School percussion program with 9 consecutive PSO WGI finals appearances and seven consecutive PSO WGI medals from 2005-2011. In the fall of 2005 he started teaching Chino Hills HS, WGI World Class finalist’s from 2008-2014 with a WGI PSW Bronze medal in 2009, Silver Medal in 2010, back to back Gold Medals in 2012 and 2013 and a Silver medal in 2014. He started working at Los Alamitos HS in the fall of 2005 becoming the WGI A Class Bronze medalist in 2007, WGI A class gold medalist in 2009 and a WGI World class finalist in 2010/2011. He worked at Fountain Valley HS from the fall of 2006 until the winter of 2009, winning multiple percussion titles in the indoor and outdoor programs, including a two time WGI finalist in WGI Open class and an Open class medal in 2008.

      Along with fellow designer and instructor Ian Grom, John co-founded box-six.com in August of 2008, which is the exclusive seller of their original indoor percussion and marching band shows.

      John is an official Yamaha Artist, a member of the Vic Firth Educational team, a Remo artist and a Zildjian artist. He became a member of the WGI Advisory Board in 2007 and is a current member of the WGI Percussion Steering Committee voted in during 2010. He is also a principle percussion arranger for JKS music.

You can email John Mapes at: mapes@box-six.com



About Ian Grom:

      Ian Grom is a performer, composer and educator based out of Southern California. He received his Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from California State University, Long Beach, where he specialized in drum set, marimba and composition. He has an unprecedented 27 WGI medals since 2005.

      Some of his past performance highlights include numerous prime-time live appearances on the hit CBS show Survivor, opening for Aerosmith with Canadian artist Christa Borden, and playing on the soundtrack to the box office smash The Grudge.

      First starting as a consultant in 2008, Ian became the full time front ensemble arranger and instructor for Chino Hills High School in the fall of 2009. The ensemble became a 7 time World class finalist taking the PSW Bronze in 2009, the PSW Silver medal in 2010, the back to back PSW Gold medals in 2012 and 2013 and teh Silver Medal in 2014. Ian taught at Pacifica HS from 2005-2011 starting their seven consecutive PSO WGI medals. In the fall of 2005 he started building the Los Alamitos percussion program becoming the 2007 WGI PSA Bronze medalist, 2009 WGI PSA Gold medalist and 2010/2011 World class finalist. He worked at Fountain Valley HS from the fall of 2006 until the winter of 2009, winning multiple percussion titles in the indoor and outdoor programs, including a two time WGI finalist in the Open class and an Open class medal in 2008.

      He started with the Pulse Percussion independent world ensemble behind the scenes in the winter of 2008 as an arranger, and within 3 short years helped take the ensemble to it’s first PIW Gold Medal in 2010 as the front ensemble composer/ arranger and instructor. Starting in October of 2012, Ian joined the Design team as a percussion arranger for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps. Ian was brought on as the electronic consultant/arranger with the world famous Cadets Drum and Bugle corps from 2009-2012 winning the DCI World Class title in 2011.

      Ian started writing for winds in 2006 and composes the fall productions for multiple high schools all around the nation. Ian's use of original music, cutting edge technology, and innovative show concepts have made him one of the most sought-after composers on the national marching scene.

      Along with fellow designer and instructor John Mapes, he co-founded box-six.com in August of 2008, which is the exclusive seller of their original indoor percussion and marching band shows.

      Ian is an official Yamaha artist, a member of the Vic Firth Educational team, a Remo artist, a Zildjian artist and a WGI Percussion Advisory Board member since 2007.

You can email Ian Grom at: grom@box-six.com




Rochelle Mapes: Operations Manager

      Rochelle serves as the operations manager for Box Six and acts as the lifeline for the company handling all of the day to day operations. With a background in dance, Rochelle currently dances with RhetOracle Dance Company, is the Commercial dance department facilitator and faculty member at Orange County School of the Arts and works with United Spirit Association teaching dance camps and judging regional/national competitions. She has also been on staff with Pulse Percussion since 2011 as the choreographer.

      Rochelle has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Cal State Long Beach.

You can email Rochelle Mapes at: rochelle@box-six.com



Jonathan Zuniga: Marketing Manager

Jonathan Zuniga

      Jonathan Zuniga is an instructor and composer from Southern California. His academic background includes California State University Fullerton in Business Marketing. He has been working with Pulse Percussion and Chino Hills for their graphical work in logos, floors, backdrops, and show promo videos. He has worked, as an instructor, with several WGI indoor ensembles including Pulse Percussion since 2010, Los Alamitos High School since 2011, and Chino Hills Winter Drumline since 2012. He also teaches and arranges at Orange Lutheran High School, alongside with Glen Crosby. His instructional experience in DCI includes Academy 2011, Cadets 2012, and the Blue Stars in 2013.

      Jonathan's performance experience includes the Arizona Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, RCC Winter Drumline and the Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps. He is a member of the Vic Firth Educational team.

Jonathan lives in Fullerton, CA.



Cory Gasaway: Business Consultant

      Cory has been involved in marching percussion for over a decade having marched as a member of Holy Bass in the Cadets of Bergen County, 1993 DCI Division II Champions Carolina Crown as well as an instructor for Esperanza Drum and Bugle Corps and Esperanza WGI Independent World Finalist group in 2004.

      In August of 2008, Along with John and Ian, Cory launched the business and web presence of Box-Six.com. Cory basically ran the behind the scenes of Box Six from 2008 to 2013. Although too busy to continue the day to day work, Cory is still involved as a consultant.

      Cory holds a Bachelors in Business Administration with Honors from James Madison University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.



John Mapes and Ian Grom


   Cory, Ian, John and Rochelle WGI 2012