Darren Mickens - Choreographer 

Darren Mickens grew up in Manhattan, NY and currently resides in Danville, Indiana. He has been a performer, designer, and educator in the activity for over 17 years. After graduating high school, Darren performed with Etude Winter Guard from 2005-2007 that won the WGI Independent A Class Gold Medal in 2006. He has also been a member of Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, Carolina Crown Winterguard (Crown Guard), Phantom Regiment Winterguard, Zydeco, and Pride of Cincinnati. He served on staff for Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps from 2011-2013 and has most recently been on the design team for the Legends Drum and Bugle Corps since 2014. 

Darren has taught/designed for various programs throughout the Midwest, Texas, and the Carolinas. He serves as a designer for Legacy Performing Arts Winter Guard program who just recently placed in the top 8 of the WGI Independent A class at WGI World Championships in their inaugural year (2016). He has also had the honor of working with the Avon Marching Black and Gold (2015-2016). Darren is currently a technician for the Decatur Central Color Guard. 

This will be Darren's second year choreographing for Crossmen. In his free time, Darren loves to cook and hopes to open up his very own restaurant one day.
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