Oregon Crusaders provides a life-changing youth performing arts experience

Serving 250+ students each year and having served thousands of students since the 1970’s, the Oregon Crusaders provides world class education through performance in the areas of percussion, brass, dance and visual ensemble artistry.

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Our corps leadership team

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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.

Ian Flint – Program Coordinator and Visual Caption Supervisor

Ian, hailing from Dartmouth, Massachusetts, Ian is fast becoming a NW transplant as he leads the design and instructional team for OC this year.   As a as Band Director at Darmouth HS and his experience with many drum corps, marching band and percussion ensembles, Ian has the skills that make him a great fit to lead OC.  Ian is also the Visual Designer for OC Indoor.

Mike Stevens – Percussion Supervisor & OC Indoor Director

Northwest native Mike Stevens joins OC for his 5th 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.

Bradley Green – Brass Supervisor and Arranger

Newcomer Brad Kerr Green hails from Mississippi but, is no stranger to the drum corps world, having been a winner of the Jim Jones’ Leadership award, a member of Blast!, and teaching some of the top brass ensembles in the world.  OC is excited about having Brad on board as the Brass Arranger and Brass Caption Supervisor.

Charlotte Morrow – Colorguard Supervisor and OC Independent Director

A Pacific NW native, Charlotte joins OC for her 5th year at OC and is responsible for all Colorguard programs. Charlotte is a passionate and committed member of the OC staff and brings a wealth of performing and teaching experience to the organization.   Charlotte is also the Director of Oregon Crusaders Independent.

Alex Blue – Brass Caption Head

Alex will lead the brass team this year as the Brass Caption Head, and brings a tremendous performance and education background, as well as his experiences from his working with some of the finest brass programs in the world.

Christopher Cordova – Choreographer & Color Guard Caption Head

A California native, Christopher joins for his first year as OC’s Colorguard Caption Head, after several years of teaching guards in Southern California and Arizona.  Chris also performed 1 season with the Santa Clara Vanguard and 5 seasons with the Blue Devils.

Dr. Christopher Whyte – Front Ensemble Design & Caption Supervisor

An Oregon native, Chris is an active performer and educator in the Pacific NW, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to OC’s percussion ensembles.  This will be Chris’s 4th season with OC.

Michael Rayner – Visual Caption Head

Mike is in his 2nd year as OC’s Visual Caption Head.  Residing in the Boston area, Mike brings a wealth of experience, having performed with the Cadets and Carolina Crown.  Mike also works with marching bands in the NE part of the United States.

Oregon Crusaders

Performance.  Art.

The Oregon Crusaders holds a deep-seated philosophy of Education Through Performance.  Our purpose is to provide world class education through performance in the areas of percussion, brass, dance and visual ensemble artistry.

OC has consistently achieved artistic and performance excellence, and is recognized as an exceptional and excellence-driven group. With the inclusion of a leadership curriculum drawing upon top training methodologies used in corporate America, the organization provides educational, cultural, interpersonal, physical and emotional growth necessary for our young people to become leaders.

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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.

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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, #OC14

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.
Matt Wurst, OC
Being an Oregon Crusader: pushing your mind, body and skills beyond what you ever believed to be possible
Shannon O'Leary, OC
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.
Douglas Withrow
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