Neil Landini



About the Teacher

Education and Experience:

Neil Landini has recently been appointed the new Percussion Director for DeSoto Central High School and Middle School in Southaven, MS. He will be teaching Marching Band, Percussion Ensemble, General Music, and the Winter Percussion Ensemble (Indoor Drumline).


From 2006 to 2022 Mr. Landini served at Powhatan Middle and High School in Powhatan, Virginia as the county's Percussion Director. He had previously served as the drumline instructor for Powhatan since 1997. Responsibilities included middle school band and percussion classes, high school percussion classes, the high school marching band percussion section, two indoor marching drum lines, a competitive concert percussion ensemble covering grades 6-12. Under his tenure, the Varsity Winter Percussion was the 11 time Atlantic Indoor Association Open Class Champion, a multi-year WGI Regional Champion and Finalist, and multi-year WGI World Championship Semi-Finalist. JV Winter Percussion is a multi-year AIA Regional A Medalist and WGI Regional Finalist. Concert Percussion is a multi-year WGI Regional Finalist and World Championship Finalist. 


Mr. Landini has a B.M. in Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University and studied with Mr. T. Howard Curtis, Mr. Mike Boyd, the late Mr. Donald A. Bick, Mr. Jim Jacobson and Mr. Barry Dove among others. Neil was a member of the 1995 and 1996 Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps. He has served as a percussion instructor with the Virginia Helmsmen, Tarheel Sun, as well as various other programs.

In 2019, Mr. Landini spoke at the inaugural WGICON event on the topic; "Growing a Scholastic Program: Vertically and Laterally".
Mr. Landini is an active member of PAS, NAFME, VMEA and VBODA. In 2012 he was inducted to the Atlantic Indoor Association "Hall of Honor" for his years of service to the Winter Percussion and Guard activities in Virginia and North Carolina. Mr. Landini is also and Educational Artist and endorses Dynasty USA Marching Percussion, Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, and Evans Drumheads. 

Personal Info:

Mr. Landini is married to his wife Melissa; they have two sons and three daughters. He is an avid cyclist and remains an active performer, arranger, and clinician.