FOR DECADES AMERICA’S DRUM AND BUGLE CORPS HAVE BEEN LEADING THE WORLD OF PAGEANTRY THROUGH INNOVATION. THEIR VIBRANCY AS SPECTATOR ENTERTAINMENT HAS STIRRED EXCITEMENT IN HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DIE HARD FANS WHILE STORIES OF SACRIFICE AND DEDICATION MAKE DRUM CORPS ONE OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST YOUTH ACTIVITIES.


AS A FORMER MARCHING MEMBER, INSTRUCTOR AND TWO TIME DRUM CORPS INTERNATIONAL WORLD CHAMPION, I HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE TO HAVE LIVED THE EXPERIENCES THAT MAKES DRUM CORPS UNIQUE. THE POWERFUL LESSONS IN TEAMWORK, COLLABORATION AND PERFORMANCE EXCELLENCE HAVE INFLUENCED ME GREATLY AS I HAVE GRADUATED FROM MARCHING MEMBER TO STUDIED FILMMAKER.


MZFILMS.TV IS THE INTERSECTION BETWEEN MY PASSION FOR FILM AND THE CELEBRATION OF AN ACTIVITY THAT HAS INFLUENCED ME GREATLY. THESE CLIPS ARE EDITED FROM MILES OF FOOTAGE I HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO COMPILE OVER YEARS OF SHOOTING DRUM CORPS. THERE ARE MANY TO THANK FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY, THESE ARE BUT A FEW: DAVID GIBBS, SCOTT JOHNSON, TOM BLAIR, WILLIAM “PETE” EMMONS, WAYNE DOWNEY, ALLAN MURRAY AND FRED SANFORD AS WELL AS THOSE INSTRUCTORS AND MEMBERS WHO HAVE ALL MADE THIS EXPERIENCE POSSIBLE.


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THIE WORK OF MZFILMS.TV IS PRODUCED, DIRECTED, AND/OR EDITED BY MICHAEL ZAPANTA.


MICHAEL HAS RECEIVED HIS MASTER IN FINE ARTS FROM THE SCHOOL OF FILM & TELEVISION AT UCLA. HE IS A FORMER DRUM MAJOR FOR THE SANTA CLARA VANGUARD, AND FORMER MARCHING INSTRUCTOR FOR BOTH THE SANTA CLARA VANGUARD AND BLUE DEVILS DRUM AND BUGLE CORPS.


HE IS THE CO-CREATOR OF THE LONG RUNNING DOCUMENTARY SERIES, “INSIDE THE BLUE DEVILS”, HAS SEGMENT AND CO-PRODUCED THE DCI PBS AND ESPN2 BROADCASTS AND PRODUCED AND DIRECTED THE FIRST DRUM CORPS PROJECT SHOT IN HIGH DEFINITION VIDEO AND DELIVERED IN DOLBY 5.1 SURROUND.


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