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.
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.
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.
Adam Sage – Artistic Director and Choreographer
Adam Sage enters his second year with the Oregon Crusaders, bringing a long and award-winning history in pageantry design and choreography. Adam has worked with many top high school, WGI and DCI ensembles, including Tarpon Springs, Kennesaw Mountain, Boston Crusaders, the Cadets, Cavaliers, Santa Clara Vanguard, Phantom Regiment, Carolina Crown, and Madison Scouts. Recently Adam has branched out internationally with the Yokohama Scout s and Brazilian Vanguard. In addition to being the designer and artistic director for OC, he stays involved with the Santa Clara Vanguard, along with Park Vista High School in Lake Worth, Florida.
Jodie Rhodes – Program Coordinator
Jodie Rhodes has been a band director for twenty-three years, spending the last eight 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.
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.
Dr. Christopher Whyte – Music Coordinator
Dr. Whyte performed with the Seattle Cascades, Bluecoats and Blue Devils Drum Corps, and has served on the instructional and design staffs of the Cascades and Madison Scouts. He also serves as principal designer and arranger for the WGI Independent World Class Finalist OC Indoor Percussion Ensemble. Dr. Whyte is also the co-founder of the Portland Percussion Group, a contemporary percussion quartet dedicated to creating and fostering new music in the chamber percussion genre.
Tim Snyder – Brass Caption Head
Tim brings an extensive history in leading great brass lines to OC, including being the most recent brass caption head for the Troopers, and previously instructed the Madison Scouts and Carolina Crown. Tim has served as an instructor, clinician, adjudicator and arranger for many ensembles across the country. Tim has also held principal tuba positions with the Paducah Symphony, Jackson Symphony as well as a substitute position with the Evansville Symphony.
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.
Addison Kaeterle – Choreographer & Color Guard Caption Head
Addison Kaeterle has been working closely with Program Coordinator Ian Flint for many years, creating some of the most recognized and award-winning shows in the high school marching band and winter competitive circuits, along with the Spartans Drum & Bugle Corps
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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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, #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.
Being an Oregon Crusader: pushing your mind, body and skills beyond what you ever believed to be possible
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.
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