Christopher Caldwell and Scott Lanning first started working together as students at Tuscola High, before continuing their education at Western Carolina University. Since then, they have found great success designing marching band shows as a team. Lean Forward Design is the culmination of their philosophy into action, a company that doesn’t merely create marching band shows, but endeavors to create art that is sure to please students, directors and judges alike.

In 2015 we are proud to add two long-time colleagues and collaborators, Dillon Ingle and Ashley Tetrault to the design team. Their ideas and contributions are a perfect fit for our rapidly growing business, and will ensure you get the absolute best show for your group. 

 Team up with Lean Forward Design, and let us craft a captivating show that will help take your band to the “next level.”

Chris Caldwell


 Visual Design, Drill Editing, Concept Design 


Christopher Caldwell is an accomplished visual designer, freelance horn player and carpenter. Entering his 13th year of design, he has designed shows and written drill for over 30 high school bands in North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois and Texas. In addition, he has written for both Appalachian State University and the University of Alabama “Million Dollar Band.” For the 2016 season he is serving as the drill writer for Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps out of Austin, TX. He has performed with Symphony Orchestras throughout the Southeast, including Huntsville, Hattiesburg and Asheville and currently he performs with the Brevard Philharmonic Orchestra (NC) and the Asheville Lyric Opera.

He has studied visual design with Bob Buckner and Ken Ozzello, and his philosophy is rooted in the research of both filmmaking and art, and how those design concepts can be applied on the marching band field.

He currently resides in Waynesville, NC with his wife Jordan, and their dog Ella.

Scott Lanning


Percussion Design, Sound Design, Concept Design


Scott Lanning is a graduate from Western Carolina University. He earned a BA in Music Industry with concentration in Recording Arts. Scott has performed, instructed and arranged with numerous ensembles including the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps, and Forza East Independent Percussion.

He has been fortunate enough to have taught at several award winning percussion sections throughout and after his college career. He is currently the Percussion Director for the North Buncombe Blackhawk Band and Western Carolina University “Pride of the Mountains” Purple Line. He also assists with North Buncombe Middle School and North Windy Ridge School bands. 

Along with percussion design, Scott is skillful in the use of modern technology and electronics on, and off, the marching field. He is an electronic music producer, seasoned in the art of live sound and production. Mixing, mastering, producing, editing, sound design, wiring/cabling, and live sound logistics are all skills which Scott excels at. Modern technology is his "bread and butter." 

Scott lives in Asheville, NC with his beautiful wife and daughter.

Dillon Ingle

Percussion Design, Sound Design, Concept Design


Dillon Scott Ingle was raised in Kings Mountain North Carolina and graduated from Kings Mountain High School. He received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Western Carolina University in 2008. While at WCU he studied under Dr. Mario Gaetano, Bob Buckner and Matt Henley, and was drum captain with the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band.

Mr. Ingle began his professional teaching career in Brownsville Texas where he spent three years at Porter High School followed by two years at San Benito High School. As the Assistant his duties included working with the concert, symphonic and marching ensembles as well as the overall direction of the Percussion programs.

In 2010 Dillon became a co-founder of Genesis Drum and Bugle Corps from Austin Texas. For five years. Mr. Ingle served as the Percussion Caption Head where he both taught and helped facilitate the entire percussion program and summer touring season.

Mr. Ingle moved back to North Carolina in 2013 to continue his education and completed his M.A in Music Education in 2015. As a Graduate Assistant at WCU, he conducted the Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. West, the Symphony Band under the direction of David Starnes, and the Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Gaetano.

Mr. Ingle is now the Assistant Director of Bands at Tuscola H.S. in Waynesville North Carolina. He is an educational endorser for Salyers Percussion in Houston Texas and is in demand as a percussion arranger, teacher, and clinician.

In his spare time Dillon enjoys riding bikes, hiking and playing with his dog Rosie and cat Zoe.

Ashley Tetrault

Guard Design, Concept Design



Ashley Tetrault was born and raised in South Florida where she began taking dance classes at the age of 7. Through her dance performance experiences she was introduced to color guard her freshman year of high school. Marching all four years in her high schools Marching and Winter programs, Ashley graduated and went on to march MEDEA Independent for four consecutive seasons from 2004-2007, earning a silver medal in Open Class in 2005. In the fall of 2007, Ashley moved to North Carolina to attend Western Carolina University, where she earned a degree in Elementary Education, and performed with the widely known “Pride of the Mountains Marching Band”.

Throughout her years following her high school graduation Ashley directed her own program as well as co-directed, tech’ed, and served as a movement consultant for over 8 programs in the South Florida area, including Scholastic A class medalists, and open class finalists. Ashley is currently in her 8th year serving as Director of Colorguards at Asheville High School and is also currently working at North Buncombe High School as Colorguard director. She has served as an instructor and movement consultant for Western Carolina University (2011), North Henderson High school, and Brevard High School in addition to choreographing marching band shows for 4 other local area high schools. Ashleys’ choreography sets groups apart from the rest typically resulting in top place finishes including class champions at several winter guard competitions.

Ashley currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina.