Meet The 2023 Artists

2023 Pro-Am “Championship of Champions” Displays

2023 Champion of Champions

Scott Smith (Cedar Hill, MO) – 2020 Pro-Am Champion

A wicked talent for harnessing the power of music in fireworks choreography has taken Scott from backyard shows to Sky Wars championships. Alongside his ‘Not My Show’ crew and his ‘secret weapon’ family, Scott’s ready to take on this year’s competition.

Learn more about Scott’s trend-setting show!

Mike Allen (Glasgow, KY) – 2022 Pro-Am Champion

Fireworks are a family affair and a fascinating subject for Mike, a backyard hobbyist turned first-place Sky Wars champion and one heck of a wonderful grandpa (or “BoomPa” in reference to the fiery flames that captivate his world.)

AJ Plata (Sandwich, IL) – 2021 Pro-Am Champion

AJ is back for more! From childhood fireworks antics and a small-town-turned-annual-event show to Sky Wars Championship of Champions, our 2021 Pro-Am winner is ready to rock.

2023 Professional Competition Displays

2023 Pro Champion

Donnie Toms (Wellington, MO) w/ Kansas City Area Pyrotechnicians

A longtime backyard enthusiast turned pro shooter, Donnie’s avid participation in his local pyro club and appreciation for the theatrical side of fireworks has earned him and his team a slot in our highly anticipated 2023 Pro displays.

Learn more about KCAP’s record-breaking show!

Tim Traphagan (Indianapolis, IN) w/ Casabella Pyrotechnics

Meet comeback kid Tim, a self-taught pyro and 6-time Sky Wars pyro-ticipant ready to paint the sky at this year’s Pro Display competition.

David Anglin (Mishawaka, IN) w/ RKM Fireworks

A pyro his entire professional career, David is ready to bring out the big guns and try some new things in this year’s Pro competition.

2023 1.4G Unlimited Display

Brandon Williams (Crawfordsville, IN)

Dreams have become a reality for Brandon, an e-firing fireworks fanatic with roots as a pyro kid from Indiana. Prepare to be inspired when he and his team light up the night in this year’s Unlimited display!

2023 Drone Light Display

Sky Elements Drones (North Richland Hills, TX)

Tripling the size of their first Sky Wars show in 2022, Sky Elements came to play with 600 drones for a magical light display paired with a touch of pyro.

2023 National Anthem Display

Jim Walter w/ 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).

2023 Fireballs!

Bill Corbett w/ Fireball Dudes (Memphis, TN)

The MVP of the fireball world is back at it again! Bill and the Fireball Dudes are ready to turn up the heat with their MASSIVE signature gasoline fireballs. (Due to severe weather Saturday evening and being unable to stick around for the following night, Bill shot his largest fireball Sunday morning.)

2023 Blind Pyro Competition Displays

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 6 hours (previously just 4) 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 Team 1

Blind Pyro Team 2

Blind Pyro Team 3

Blind Pyro Team 4

Additional 2023 Media

2023 Setup Field

Really Big Shells (Pt 1)

Kramers' 16-inch Memorial Shell