Director of Research: Jeff Williams
President and Founder: Chris Ferrara
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Chris Ferrara has 40 years of experience in Architecture and is a business owner and manager. Chris has marched with:
The Royal Airs(1959-1968); soprano horn player;
The Spirit of '76(1974-1975); soprano horn player and board member;
The Chicago Connection (1977-1978); soprano horn player and board member;
The FM Band, 18 piece jazz band (1983-1986)as founder, manager and trumpet player;
Group therapy parade corps (1992-1995); soprano horn player and manager;
The Kilties Senior corps (1998-2001); soprano horn player;
The Royal Airs Alumni corps (2002-2005); soprano horn player and board member;
The Men of Brass (2007); soprano horn player;
The Chicago Royal Airs Senior Exhibition Corps soprano horn player (2008 - to date).
SDCA Administrator: Jane Sinclair. Email Jane Sinclair
Jane Sinclair is a retired Senior Management and Financial Services Director
Jane marched with:
Berwyn Blue Knights: Color Guard and Drum Major, 1962-63
DesPlaines Vanguard: Color Guard, 1963-1966
Director of Northern Midwest Region: Chris Wellner. Email Chris Wellner
Chris Wellner has over 25 years in electrical engineering and project
management work and is part owner of an engineering firm with multiple
Chris W has marched with:
The Shoreliners (Northernaires) (1977-1978); 1st soprano, color
guard sergeant, winter guard.
The Northernaires (1979-1983); 1st soprano, triple tenor, snare,
The Michigan Tech University Marching Band (1983); Triple tenor.
The Royal Knights (1984); Contra.
The Northern Michigan University Marching Band (1985); Mellophone.
The Northernaires Alumni (1993-present); Contra, cymbals, 2nd
The Bayou City Blues (1998-2000); Contra.
The Northernaires Arena Corps (2009-present); Contra, 2nd
Director of Central Midwest Region: Jay McGuffin .Email Jay McGuffin
Jay has 42 years of experience in Graphic Design and related activities and continues as an employee of major pharmaceutical company in Northern Illinois, since 1969.
Jay runs the Vanguard Website (www.desplainesvanguard.com)
Jay is currently in the process of authoring two books on 1960s drum corps (“On The Starting Line ….” and “They Played It To The Crowd Back Then”)
Jay has marched with:
The Brigade/Custer’s Brigade drum line (1961-1964)
The Skokie/Chicago/ Des Plaines Vanguard drum line (1965-1970)
and was the Des Plaines Vanguard Assistant Drum Instructor (1970)
The Chicago Royal Airs Senior Exhibition Corps Alumni corps (2004-2006) drum line and color guard
Director of the Eastern Midwest Region: Dr. Thomas Corso .Email Tom Corso
Dr. Thomas Corso
Tom has a PhD in Neuroscience and Biochemistry. He is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Neuroscience at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie PA where he teaches Biochemistry, Neuroanatomy, Histology and Pharmacogenomics as well as conducts research related to Parkinson's Disease and Schizophrenia.
Tom has marched with:
Regal Valiants - 1969-1976
Chicago Vanguard Sr 1992-1993
Chicago Royal Airs 2005 present
Eire Thunderbirds 2005-present
Lake Effect 2011-present
Director of the Southern California Region: Carl Allison.Email Carl Allison.
Carl is an Electrical and Computer Engineer with 25 years experience in Control
Carl has marched with:
The Sacramento Freelancers (1977 – 1983) -- Baritone horn player & soloist;
The Sacramento Freelancers, 22 piece Jazz Ensemble (1978 – 1981) -- Baritone
The SacramentoFreelancers (1982 – 1983) -- Drum Major/Bari Soloist;
The Kingsmen [of Anaheim] Alumni Corps (2006 -2008) -- Baritone/ soloist,
The Kingsmen [of Anaheim] Senior Corps (2008 - 2009) -- Baritone/Soloist
The Sacramento Freelancers Alumni Corps (2008 – Present) -- Baritone/ Soloist,
The Sacramento Freelancers Mini Corps (2009 – Present) -- Baritone/ Soloist,
The San Francisco Renegades All Age Corps (2010) – Baritone/ Soloist
Director of Research: Jeff Williams
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Jeff Williams has 37 years of experience as a business owner and manager.
Jeff has marched with:
The Phantom Regiment – Drum Line (1957-1959).
The McHenry Viscounts – Drum Line and Baritone(1961-1968).
The Men of Brass (1969-70)– Drum Line and baritone(2007).
The Chicago Royal Airs Senior Exhibition Corps – Baritone(2004, 2005, 2008 - to date).
Director of Marketing and Merchandising; Rhonda Schock
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Rhonda has 30 year experience in corporate accounting and merchandising:
Rhonda has marched with:Dundee Scots Band: Four years as rifle and flutist
Fox Valley Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps (1970-1975): Drum Major
Chicago Royal-Airs Senior Exhibition Corps (2009-present): Drum Major and Asst. Manager
Webmaster/Public Relations: Robert Doran
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Robert is a retired high school guidance counselor
Robert has marched with:
The McHenry Viscounts-Baritone(1957-1966)
The Royal-Airs--Baritone (1967-68)
The Men of Brass--Baritone (1968-69)
Group Therapy--Baritone (1990-1995)
Racine Kilties All-Age Corps--Baritone (1996-2001)
The Royal-Airs Senior Exhibition Corps--Baritone (2002-2004)
The Hawthorne Caballeros Alumni--Baritone (2005-present)