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Oregon Crusaders provides a life-changing youth performing arts experience
Serving 500+ students each year and having served thousands of students since the 1970’s, the Oregon Crusaders provides education through performance to youth in the areas of musical and visual ensemble artistry. Through our achievement of artistic and performance excellence, we provide the educational, cultural, interpersonal, physical and emotional growth necessary for young people to persevere and excel in life.
Our corps leadership team
See all our awesome corps staff members on our Staff Page
Mike Quillen – Executive Director
Mike combines his experience of than 30 years of high-tech engineering and management, with his life-long passion for music, teaching, and drum corps. As a member of drum corps as a kid, Mike attributes much of his success in his life to the lessons of playing an instrument, being in an high-performing ensembles, and the teamwork that it takes to achieve something greater than yourself.
Jodie Rhodes – Program and Staff Coordinator
Jodie Rhodes has been a band director for twenty-four years, spending the last nine in Lubbock ISD at Evans M.S. Prior to this, she worked for eleven years in Spring ISD in Houston, Texas at Westfield High School and its feeder programs.
Ms. Rhodes is a graduate of Texas Tech University and received a Masters from Sam Houston State University. She has received numerous accolades for both concert and marching band festivals and is a member of TMEA, TBA and Midwest. Ms. Rhodes is an adjudicator and consultant with numerous marching band, concert bands and indoor drumline competitions across the country.
Bradley Green – Music Coordinator and Brass Arranger
Bradley Kerr Green returns for his fourth year with the Oregon Crusaders. Mr. Green’s experience with drum and bugle corps began in 1995 as member of The Cadets of Bergen County. From 2003 to the present, Brad has worked with many World Class drum & bugle corps – including the Blue Knights, Santa Clara Vanguard, Blue Stars, Madison Scouts, & Oregon Crusaders.
Mike Stevens – Percussion Arranger & OC Indoor Director
Northwest native Mike Stevens returns to OC for this year, leading all of the percussion programs at OC. Mike’s passion and commitment to excellence helps elevate the organization and, more importantly, his students. Mike is also the Director of OC Indoor.
Mark Moreno – Visual Coordinator and Drill Designer
Mark Moreno brings over 16 years of experience to the marching arts activity. From color guard performing arts to designing drill, his overall involvement in the marching arts spans all possible areas of design. Moreno has worked with several established programs across the country. Past experience in drill design, program and color guard coordination in the highly competitive state of Texas has provided an ideal environment to develop Moreno’s design skills.
Lisa Tatum- Brass Caption Head
Lisa Tatum returns for her second year with OC, now as the Brass Caption Head. She is currently the Assistant Director of Bands at La Porte High School in La Porte, TX. She earned a B.S. in Music Education at the University of Alabama in 2010 and a M.M. in Trombone Performance at the University of Utah in 2012. Lisa was a member of the Troopers brass staff 2009, 2013, and 2014; and the Bluecoats brass staff in 2010.
Henry Gillard – Percussion Caption Head
Since 2012, he has instructed and written for several ensembles in the greater Southern California area. Henry has had extensive performing experience in elite marching percussion ensembles such as the 5 time WGI World Champion RCC Indoor Percussion (2012-2016) and 18 time DCI World Champion Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps (2012-2014). Henry is currently instructing highly esteemed scholastic ensembles such as Fountain Valley HS, Granada Hills Charter HS, Aliso Niguel HS and is the Battery Caption Head at Dark Sky Percussion.
The Oregon Crusaders’ mission is to provide education through performance to youth in the areas of musical and visual ensemble artistry.
Through the group’s achievement of artistic and performance excellence, Oregon Crusaders provides the educational, cultural, interpersonal, physical and emotional growth necessary for young people to persevere and excel in life.
Students affected by OC… and counting…
World class designers and instructors
Miles traveled by our ensembles each year
Gallons of diesel fuel consumed each year
We couldn’t do it without you
Each year countless people give of their time, their skills, and money to help the members of the Oregon Crusaders achieve excellence. Consider what you might do to generously help the organization to grow and to continue to provide these programs to the most incredible young people in the world.
Thank you to our Sponsors
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“Someone asked me the other day what my biggest achievement in life is so far. It was what I accomplished this summer. OC taught me so much about myself and life in general. I am a better person, thanks to each and every person I met.”
– Quinn Johnston
Being apart of OC is the truest testament to a person’s commitment and ability. Being in the Oregon Crusaders isn’t just about performing, it’s about family.
At Oregon Crusaders, I have found the challenge I was seeking, the friendships I’ve been yearning, and the experience of a lifetime. You will keep eating it all up, learning, growing, and you will be positively forever changed by it.
Being an Oregon Crusader: pushing your mind, body and skills beyond what you ever believed to be possible
OC feels like home. I think a lot of people can say that. The moment you walk in, you feel comfortable, and know that the staff and people around you want you to succeed. I don’t have enough words to describe this summer, but I gained a family from it all. OC has been a second home to me this summer and I will always be grateful for that.
To me, being a member of OC means feeling like I can do anything. The little team from Oregon that became a big part of my life.
This has been the best experience I have had in my four years of marching.
We thank Jolesch photography for the high quality member photographs used on the home page and featured elsewhere on our new site