Oregon Crusaders has assembled an incredibly gifted staff of educators who bring the magic of its program to life.
The Admin Team
Michael, 46, lives in Louisville, KY, where he attended the University of Louisville School of Music from 1989 – 1993, where he studied Music Education. In 1993 he decided to change majors to Special Needs Education/Elementary Education and attended Indiana University.
While teaching special education for Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, he began taking classes at Sullivan University for Culinary Arts.
Michael was a chef/saucier at the University of Dubuque’s Heritage Center for the Performing Arts in Dubuque, IA.
He began marching drum corps in 1995 when he joined Bluegrass Brass Sr. Drum & Bugle Corps from Louisville, KY. He was the drum major, and board member in 1995 and 1996, director & drill designer in 1997 & director in 1998.
While directing Bluegrass Brass Sr., he was asked to become the 1997/98 visual caption head for the Golden Lancers Drum & Bugle Corps from Pittsburgh, PA. This same year, the Golden Lancers merged with Cincinnati Glory Drum & Bugle Corps from Cincinnati, OH.
While teaching at Cincinnati Glory in 2000, Michael became their drill designer and at the Mid-West Championships held in DeKalb, IL, Cincinnati Glory won the prestigious high visual effect award & the corps won the bronze medal. At the World Championships Glory placed third in finals and won the high visual effect award again. In 2001 Glory merged with the Marion Cadets, becoming Marion Glory Cadets, where Michael again took on the role as visual caption head/visual designer. He taught Marion Glory Cadets until 2002.
Michael taught on the visual and brass staff for the Bluecoats from 2002 – 2004.
Michael was the visual caption head for the Colts from 2004 – 2006 before taking the position of operations director, a position he held until 2010. During his time at the Colts he was also the 2008/2009 visual designer for the Colt Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps.
Michael is a visual consultant, designer & adjudicator for numerous marching bands and state competitions around the country, including….Kentucky, (where he has written for several state championship and Mid States championship bands), Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Tennessee, Michigan and Illinois. He has also written for numerous indoor percussion and color guard programs in Kentucky and Indiana.
He continues to design, consult and teach for several bands in the U.S.
“Becoming the director for Oregon Crusaders is a great honor and privilege. I look forward to meeting and working with all of the administration, members, staff, volunteers and design team in order to ensure a successful experience for everyone in the Oregon Crusader family.”
Ray began in the Drum Corps activity with the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps from Dubuque,IA as a volunteer, then quickly taking over as Tour Director for many seasons. While at the Colts, he also held many various roles such as merchandise manager as well serving on the Colts Booster Board.
Ray, 50 is originally from Stilwell, OK and now lives in Dubuque, IA.
It is with great excitement and honor that I Join the Oregon Crusader family. I look forward to meeting and working with everyone to bring continued success to the Oregon Crusader Organization!
Hailee Jane aged out with the Oregon Crusaders in the 2016 show Hunted. She has been spinning color guard for the past 8 years. She is excited to be working with her OC family this summer and is super excited for the 2017 season.
Marketing, Communications, and Media
Kade is a veteran of the Oregon Crusaders, marching bass drum from 2014 to 2015, and marching OC Indoor in 2016. He is joining OC this season on media staff and is excited to document and share the OC17 story with the world.
Keith started his undergrad studying music at Morehead State University under the direction of Dr. Richard Miles, but ultimately he chose to follow his dream of becoming a skilled chef and moved back to Louisville. With his full commitment to the art and culture of Louisville, He Started his Career at Hillbilly Tea as a line cook and rose to Sous Chef of the restaurant. He left Hillbilly Tea to work at Jack Fry’s, a time honoured staple in Louisville, Ky. Using his seasoned culinary vocabulary, he eventually was offered the Executive Chef position at Bistro Le Relaise.
Keith made it a point in his career to excel and be known as a chef to make honest food. While in his journey he has worked alongside with some of the most notable chefs around the states. He was even given the chance to accompany “The Young Gunz and Bourbon” group of Louisville at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City, New York.
Music has always been a part of Keith’s life even with the challenges and commitments of being an executive chef, so for the past five years he has been on the Ballard High School Marching Band staff as the Visual Coordinator.He has continued to teach both music and culinary skills while also working full time in the fast paced food industry of Louisville. He is currently splitting his time between band rehearsals and working as the executive chef for The Louisville Palace and Mercury Ballroom. Keith believes just like music, food brings people together. He is excited for the opportunity to provide well balanced and nutritious meals for the hard working Drum Corp Athletes, staff and volunteers of Oregon Crusaders.
Health and Wellness
Since being exposed to drum and bugle corps at a young age, a love for the marching arts keeps him involved in the activity. He has had the opportunity to serve as adjunct percussion instructor for Century High School since 2007. Bill was member the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corp’s front ensemble from 1998 to 1999. While a young family and busy career keeps him from touring with the corps, Bill is honored to work with an excellent, experienced health team. Realizing these are some of the best years for the corps members, the health team’s passion is a healthy, competitive corps.
Diobel is no stranger to the performing arts. Aside from a long history in dance, Diobel was a member of the James Logan High School World Guard (2000-2002), the Concord Blue Devils A Corps Color Guard (2004-2005) and a performer with Blue Devils Entertainment