Oregon Crusaders Announces #OC17 Visual Team

Innovation and growth seen for 2017

We are incredibly excited to announce the visual team that will take the OC to new heights in 2017 and beyond! Led by Joshua Dawes and Ryan Springler as co-caption heads and with a highly qualified and diverse team of instructors, the visual team is growing off of the successful 2016 program “Hunted”.

Here is a quick rundown on what you can expect for 2017.

Returning for his second year as a Visual Caption Head, Josh Dawes is a freelance drill designer and teacher with experience across the spectrum of the pageantry arts. His DCI experience includes marching at Phantom Regiment, followed by experiences on the brass staff of The Academy and Phantom Regiment and on the visual staff of the Boston Crusaders.

Visual Co-Caption Head Ryan Springler returns this season with the Oregon Crusaders. Most recently, Ryan served as visual coordinator for Pacific Crest and is currently a designer for WGI World Guard Lux Independent, along with many indoor drumlines and winds groups.

Gene Monterastelli needs little introduction in the DCI world, but following his entrance into DCI’s Hall of Fame he has influenced the visual programs of Mandarins, Pacific Crest, Boston Crusaders, Bluecoats, Phantom Regiment and Santa Clara Vanguard. As a visual consultant, Gene will be focused on helping the staff and members maximize their effectiveness throughout the rehearsal and competition season.

Returning for a second year as a visual technician with the corps, Carlos Martinez hails from Mesa, Arizona. Carlos was a performing member with The Academy and then transitioned to a visual technician at Pacific Crest for two seasons before migrating up to OC.

Daniel Hoffman is thrilled to be returning to the Oregon Crusaders for his second summer as a visual technician. Originally from Syracuse, NY, Dan performed as a contra with the Boston Crusaders in 2012, 2013, and 2015. He has been a visual technician for both his alma mater West Genesee High School in Camillus, NY, and with the Medford High School Marching Mustangs in Medford, MA, where he currently serves as visual caption head and drill writer.

Robert Peterson is returning for his second summer as a visual technician with the Oregon Crusaders. During the fall, he has worked with several bands in the New Jersey area including Governor Livingston High School, Bridewater-Raritan High School, and Roxbury High School.

Kyle Castro joins the Oregon Crusaders staff after spending 2014-2015 with the Boston Crusaders visual team. Prior to his residency in Georgia, he was located in Mesa, Arizona where he taught many local bands in the area for six years.

Aylin Vural currently lives in Akron, OH and is Colorguard Director and Designer at Kent State University-as well as choreographer for various high schools throughout Ohio and Maryland. Her Drum Corps International career started in 2011 with The Glassmen and was followed by 5 consecutive years with the Phantom Regiment – serving as colorguard captain for both the 2015 and 2016 seasons. This year also marks her 5th consecutive year as a dancer and visual performer for WGI’s Matrix Independent World Percussion ensemble.

As a recent age out of the Boston Crusaders, Ruth Williams served as both mellophone section leader and as horn sergeant during the 2016 season. Upon the conclusion of the 2016 season, Ruth held the position of Marching Instructor at University High School in Morgantown, WV, where she currently resides.

Frances Smith is a Sports Nutritionist located in Austin, Texas. She bleeds orange having received both her B.S. in Biology and Masters in Sports Science & Nutrition from the University of Texas at Austin. Her clientele include NFL, WWE, MMA athletes, elite and amateur athletes in a wide variety of sports and youth athletes. Frances believes in a whole foods approach to sports performance enhancement through nutrition. Using science backed research , a calculated plan and a healthy balance of nutrient-dense whole foods is the key to achieving your goals of being bigger, faster and stronger.

Dave Loughin will also be joining the visual staff for this summer. His start in the activity began when he  marched baritone at Oregon Crusaders in 2007. He went on to perform in the front ensemble for OC Indoor’s inaugural year in 2009. That summer he marched bass 5 for OC before shipping out to recruit training for the Marines. Just months after exiting the military, Dave marched tuba for his age-out year at OC in 2013. He then went on to age-out with OCI marching cymbals in 2014. He went on to teach OCI for two years and one full tour with OC.

Read more about the OC17 visual staff on the Staff page.