Meet The 2022 Artists

2022 Pro-Am Competition Displays

2022 Pro-Am Champion

Mike Allen (Glasgow, KY)

Fireworks are a family affair for Mike, a backyard hobbyist who is lucky (he won Sky Wars VIP tickets), talented (he earned first place at MOPyro’s exclusive Blind Pyro competition), and one heck of a wonderful grandpa (or “BoomPa” in reference to the fiery flames that captivate his world.)

Paul Burcham (Las Vegas, NV)

Paul is living proof that what happens in Vegas definitely shouldn’t stay there. He’s bringing a bit of Sin City’s glitz ‘n glam all the way to the Show-Me State to literally show us his spectacular spectacle crafted with a bunch of hunka-hunka burning love.

Brian Lewis (Branford, FL)

Brian is the king of pyro in his bright lights/little city world. Thousands flock to his annual New Year’s Eve hometown show to see what only he can bring to the table. Hint: it’s breathtaking!

2022 Professional Competition Displays

2022 Pro Champion

Tyler Cole (Hughesville, MD) w/ IPC Displays

As the youngest “Meet the Maker” in Sky Wars’ history (a mere 24-years-old!), Tyler brings a whole lot of this and a little bit of that to our competition. Don’t believe us? Oh, just you wait!

Chris Stasey (Chalk Mountain, TX) w/ North Texas Pyrotechnics

Cows and fireworks may not mix in these parts, but Chris sure makes it work in Texas. This fireworks guru has created a unique recipe for success when it comes to combining cattle side by side with his area’s largest fireworks festival held smack dab on his family’s 100-year-old ranch.

Aaron Mayfield (Buffalo, MO) w/ AM Pyro

Aaron’s life and love story are matches made in heaven. He discovered fireworks at the age of three, met his wife – a leading female fireworks shell creator – on eharmony, and is one of the last firework manufacturers left in the U.S. Quite an interesting fella!

2022 1.4G Unlimited Display

Ellery Ho (Fort Wayne, Indiana)

Back for an encore performance following his 2020 Sky Wars Pro Am debut, Ellery warns that this year’s unlimited show will keep you on your toes (hey, he is a podiatrist by day) and feeling hot hot hot!

2022 Fireballs & World Record Fireball Attempt

Bill Corbett w/ Fireball Dudes (Memphis, TN)

When the MVP of the fireball world says he’s going to break a world record, you don’t ask questions. You just give Bill the space and the gas and the audience…and then stand back in utter amazement as you watch it miraculously unfold.

2022 Drone Light Display

Sky Elements Drones (North Richland Hills, TX)

In their first ever debut at Sky Wars, this pyrotechnician-owned drone group brought a whole new element to our championship event with a fantastic 200-drone light display. It delighted the audience and even helped clear the smoke between firework displays.

2022 National Anthem Display

Missouri Pyrotechnics Association

We kick off each Sky Wars show with a 21 Gun Salute, dedicated to active and past military members and first responders, and our National Anthem. Both are prepared by members of the Missouri Pyrotechnics Association (MOpyro).

2022 Exhibition Shells

Donated by J&M Displays

At Sky Wars, we can pull out the BIG guns. Enjoy these 8-inch, 10-inch, and 12-inch exhibition shells provided by J&M.

2022 Blind Pyro Competition

About the Blind Pyro Competition at Sky Wars: A high-adrenaline race to the finish line and an exclusive treat for the pyro community, Sky Wars organizers host what we call a ‘Blind Pyro’ competition on the Friday night before Saturday’s public display each year. This unique competition is a lot like the popular culinary show “Chopped” – competitors (pyro teams of up to 5 members) are each given a mystery pile of 1.4g fireworks and 4 hours to create a display. Each teams’ display is then presented that evening to backstage pyro pass holders. Though this event is not open to the public, the videos can be enjoyed courtesy of Firecat8.

Blind Pyro 2022 Winning Display

Blind Pyro 2022 Behind The Scenes