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the Great East Music Store. The Great East Music Store specializes in new and preowned instrument
sales as well as providing band programs with a full line of rental instruments along with a vast array
of band and orchestra accessories. The Great East Music Store was created by music educators for
music educators and is now becoming one of New England’s go to music stores for all band and orchestra
needs. When you purchase from the Great East Music Store, not only are you receiving the
very best in quality products and service, but you’re also supporting thousand of
young students associated with all of our Inspire Arts & Music programs.

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Boston Crusaders Announce New Additions to the 2014 Administration Team
Corps Director Andy Waldukat and team are wrapping up the final touches for the
2014 summer tour and have some exciting news to share.  Today we’re welcoming
some incredible new members to our Crusader family. Patrick Refsnider will join
the Crusaders as the Assistant Corps Director.  Joining Patrick on the administration
team, Jeff Pearson will take on the role of Administrative Consultant, and
Meg Gallagher as a 2014 Operations Assistant. 

 
Patrick Refsnider is the Associate Director of Bands at James Logan High School in
Union City, California.  Refsnider conducts the Concert and Symphonic Bands and
serves as Woodwind Caption Head.  Prior to his position at James Logan High School,
Refsnider served as the Director of Continuing Education and Associate Professor of
Clarinet at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. VanderCook’s MECA
continuing education program provides rigorous weeklong courses during the summer
and provides teachers access to a nationally recognized slate of professors and clinicians. 
Following his tenure at VanderCook Refsnider led high school band programs in
Beaverton and Roseburg, Oregon.  Corps Director Andy Waldukat states,
“I have wanted to collaborate with Patrick again for some time. When determining
who would fill the role of Assistant Corps Director, this idea resonated immediately.
His demeanor and perspective will compliment the environment and
culture I wished to create at the Crusaders.” 

"I jumped at opportunity to join the Boston Crusaders admin team. The Crusaders
mission, to give young adults the opportunity to reach their personal and artistic
potential, aligns closely with my own educational philosophy.  It is an honor to serve
such a storied institution,” states Refsnider. Originally from Chesterton, Indiana,
Refsnider earned degrees from VanderCook College of Music (B.M.ed) and the
University of Notre Dame (M.M. Clarinet Performance).  While studying at Notre Dame,
Refsnider served as Graduate Assistant for the University Bands under the direction
of Dr. Kenneth Dye and studied clarinet with John Bruce Yeh, Assistant Principal
Clarinet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Patrick marched two seasons (2000, 2001) with the Capital Regiment playing mellophone
and contrabass.  The pageantry arts are a family affair for Patrick and his wife, Elizabeth,
a freelance color guard instructor and designer.  


Jeff Pearson was Program Manager and A Corps Director for the Santa Clara Vanguard
for the 2006, 2007 and 2008 seasons.  As Program Manager, he was responsible for all
performing groups including Vanguard, Vanguard Cadets (DCI Open Class Champions 2008)
and Vanguard Winterguard as well as Children’s Adventures in Movement.

Jeff began his marching career playing baritone at Independence High School where
he won the MBA Summer National Championships in 1981. 1981 was also Jeff's first
year marching in the Santa Clara Vanguard when the Corps won the DCI championships.
During his five years marching with the Santa Clara Vanguard, Jeff played euphonium
and lead baritone before becoming Drum Major in 1985, his age out year. In 1987,
Jeff joined the staff of the Spirit of Sunnyvale Marching Youth Band, where he served
as a marching/music technician before becoming the Director of the Band in 1989.
After a brief absence from drum corps, Jeff joined the San Francisco Renegades
and was one of their Drum Majors for the 2003 and 2004 seasons. In 2004, he took
on the additional role of marching technician and continued in that role through
the 2005 season. In 2011 he served as interim CEO for the Renegades Association
of San Francisco. Jeff has also been a member of the marching staffs of
Clovis High School in Clovis, Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, and
Logan High School in Union City.

Jeff is a Human Resources professional and an entrepreneur. He began his career 
at ADP and moved to Syncro Vac, a manufacturing company in Milpitas, California,
as Human Resources Manager. In 1999 he opened the first of his five Papa Murphy's
pizza stores and was the owner/operator of those stores for over eleven years. Jeff
is the founder and host of Mentor Impact, an interview style podcast where he
interviews successful people about the impact mentors have had on their lives and
their success. He also co-hosts a podcast called Landlord University. Jeff is currently
preparing to launch Command Performance, a new business that will provide online
private music lessons utilizing a unique mentor based approach for musicians. Command
Performance will provide lessons for all instruments including
brass, woodwind, percussion, piano and guitar.

Jeff lives in San Jose, California with his wife Kathy, who is an instructor for the
Bluecoats drum and bugle corps and Vanguard Winterguard, and his son Derek who plays
baritone and is in his second season with the Blue Devils C Corps.


Meg Gallagher held the position of National Tour Coordinator for Universal Music Group
from 1998-2007.  Influential in setting up the systems and operations for
Universal Music Group, Meg had an incredible career that included responsibilities
in radio marketing, daily protocol, retail support program development, ticket requests,
and special events with music artists that vary from Andrea Bocelli to Eminem.  
Most recently, Meg worked with the Concord Music Group as the National Director
of Sales & Marketing for the east coast.  As a director, Meg is responsible for creating and
developing non-traditional accounts and on-line branding. 

Meg has been involved in the marching arts activity since 1969 and has numerous years
of teaching experience including St. Patricks Color Guard, and
Blessed Sacrament Color Guard. Meg is the manager of Blessed Sacrament Open Guard
where she takes care of their day-to-day operations and logistics. 

“I am thrilled to bring both Meg and Jeff onto the administration team this summer.
Their experience and knowledge managing and directing drum corps and color guards
will make this summer a Box 5 experience for all stakeholders in the Crusaders family,”
states Andy Waldukat. On all fronts, 2014 is shaping up to be an incredible year for the Crusaders.

 

Inspire Arts & Music, parent organization of the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, is
proud to announce that Rudy Gowern will join the full-time staff as the organization’s
Business and Program Developer. Mr. Gowern attended the University of Massachusetts
and Jacksonville State University for Music Education. He has held the position of
Sales and Marketing Manager at the CrownSTORE, District Sales Manager at Dynasty USA,
Director of Product Marketing, Marching Arts for Conn-Selmer, Inc.,
Marketing Product Manager for the Pearl Corporation, and
Assistant Director of Education and Artist Relations for Vic Firth, Inc.

Involved in the marching arts activity since 1977, Rudy has numerous years of
teaching experience including the Magic of Orlando, the Citations, the
Boston Crusaders, the Crossmen, and most recently served as percussion coordinator
for the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Before joining the UNCC band staff,
Mr. Gowern served as the Director of Percussion Activities for Mt Juliet High School,
King Philip Regional High School, and was the percussion arranger for the
Boston College Screaming Eagles Marching Band and the Boston University
WGI Indoor Percussion Ensemble.

Rudy will be working on initiatives that will maintain and cultivate the sales of
IAM’s events as well as evaluating, creating, and developing new opportunities.
“We are very excited to welcome Rudy back to the team! He will be an integral
part in maximizing of our current opportunities as well as expanding the
Inspire Arts & Music portfolio,” states Thompson Vou, Director of Administration.

“Collaborating with the Inspire Arts & Music team is an exciting and special
moment for me. I will be returning home to an organization that has over
30 years of personal history,” states Rudy Gowern.

Rudy is an active Clinician and Artist for Vic Firth, Inc., Remo, Inc and Zildjian, Inc.
as well as an active percussion adjudicator for the Indiana Percussion Association,
the Musical Arts Conference, Mid Atlantic Percussion Society, New England Scholastic
Band Association, Southeastern Color Guard Circuit, the Louisiana Percussion Circuit
and the Gulf-coast Percussion Circuit. Rudy currently resides in Hooksett, NH
with his wife Ondrea and their son Paul.
 
Do you want to experience Drum Corps from the sidelines instead of the stands?
Join the Boston Crusaders VIP Internship Program for the 2014 summer season!
We are seeking energetic and enthusiastic individuals who want to engage in a
significant role in the management, operation, and development of
the Boston Crusaders. You have an ALL ACCESS pass to the best shows,
behind the scenes events, and exclusive content. The VIP intern will have an
amazing opportunity to travel the country, hone their artistic skills in
real-world experiences, and build their portfolio of published material. You will be
a true VIP of the 2014 Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps.

Must be highly motivated and self-starting. We have opportunities in Video, Photo,
Social Media, Administration, and Merchandising. 

Click on the links below to find out more about this exclusive opportunity:

VIDEOGRAPHER:
http://www.bostoncrusaders.com/news/392-vip-internship-program-videographer

PHOTOJOURNALISM:
http://www.bostoncrusaders.com/news/395-vip-internship-program-photojournalism

SOCIAL MEDIA:
http://www.bostoncrusaders.com/news/393-vip-internship-program-social-media

MERCHANDISING:
http://www.bostoncrusaders.com/news/391-vip-internship-program-merchandise

ADMINISTRATION:
http://www.bostoncrusaders.com/news/394-vip-internship-program-administration

LOCATION and SCHEDULE

The Boston Crusaders Internship positions will be structured around the corps' 2014 summer
tour and require travel with The Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps. Summer Internship
positions run from the months of May-August (start and end dates are flexible and based on schedule).
Internship positions will require 20-40 hours per week.

COMPENSATION

The Boston Crusaders have paid and unpaid internship positions available. Please visit links to see which
internships qualify for payment. Housing, transportation, and food provided to those traveling with
the corps (summer). Interns are eligible to receive college credit, depending on their institution's policy.

 APPLICATION PROCESS

Please submit your resume, short cover letter, references, transcripts and supporting applicable
materials (writing sample, portfolio, video reel, etc.) to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Questions may be directed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling 617-268-4600.

SUMMER INTERNSHIP Application Deadline: Friday, April 4th 2014

Applicants may be subject to a screening project and a series of phone/live
interviews as part of the evaluation process.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for an internship without regard to race,
color, sex, age, national origin, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation,
marital status, citizenship, or any other protected status.
The Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps offers equal opportunity and
treatment to all who apply and is committed to diversity.


 

 

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