Members Info

Chris Ferrara
Founder & President
45 years experience in Architecture and Engineering and has his own
construction company.
Drum Corps Experience:
The Royal Airs (1959-1968) Soprano
The Spirit of '76 (1974-1975) Soprano/Board Member
The Chicago Connection (1977-1978) Soprano/Board Member
The FM Band, 18 piece jazz band (1983-1986) Founder, Manager and
Group Therapy Parade Corps (1992-1995 & 2013 - present ) Soprano
and Manager
The Kilties Senior Corps (1996-2001) Soprano
The Royal Airs Alumni Corps (2002-2005) Soprano/Board Member
The Men of Brass (2007) Soprano
The Chicago Royal Airs Senior Exhibition Corps (2008-2012)
Member 2012 Class - The Buglers' Hall of Fame

Gretchen Pennington
Director - Eastern/Midwest Region

Gretchen holds a Masters Degree in Rehabilitative Sciences
and is a Licensed Behavior Specialist in the state of Pennsylvania.
She is a Behavior Specialist and Mobile Therapist with children with
Autism and behavioral issues.
Drum Corps Experience:
Grey Knights Drum and Bugle Corps Color Guard, Johnsonburg, PA
Guard 2010, Co-Captain 2011 - 2012, Instructor 2012 - present
Mon Valley Express, South Park, PA -  Sound Sport - Color Guard 2015
Rogues Hollow Regiment- Doylestown, OH - Sound Sport, 2016 - present
Guard instructor for Steel City Ambassadors
2016 - present
Guard instructor for Keystone Regiment 2016 - present
Gretchen also served as Assistant Director for the Eastern Midwest Region
from 2013 - 2015

Director - Northern Midwest Region

Debbie Dettmann
CO-Director - Central Midwest Region

Cindy Bateman
CO-Director - Central Midwest Region
Debbie Dettmann
has 34 years of  experience with
State Farm insurance as an Office Manager/Office Associate
Drum Corp experience:
Des Plaines Corsairs Jr Color Guard 1975 - 1981 (Rifle)
Royal Airs Alumni Corp 2003 - 2007 (Rifle)
M.O.B (Men of Brass) 2007 - 2008 (Rifle)
Bugles Across America 2005 - present (Rifle)

Cindy Bateman
Have spent the last 27 years working for Jewel in the Deli, several of those years in management.

Drum Corps experience:
My father founded of the Illinois McHenry Viscounts Drum and Bugle Corps, So I marched at age 5
Liberty Bells (1958)
 Viscounts Drum Corps Color Guard, to 1972. rifle line.
Royal Air Reunion Corps 2002-2005 - Rifle
The Men of Brass - 2007-2008 - Rifle
Bugles Across America - 2005 - present - Rifle

Michael Nash
Director - Southern California Region

36 years as a consultant and/or caption head for non-profits and drum corps
Drum Corps Experience:
Chevaliers & Royal Chevaliers 1973-75 French Horn
Precisionnaires  French Horn
Conquistadors 1979-80  French Horn
San Francisco Renegades 1996 - 2000 French Horn
SoCal Dream 2004-2006 French Horn Drum Major 2012 French Horn, 2013

Paul Christopher
Director - East Coast Region

Paul has over 30 years experience as a computer programer and analyst.
Drum Corps Experience:
Starting in 1958 with Crane Cadets of Pittsfield,  the Monarchs, the Pittsfield
Cavaliers, the Interstatesmen, and Syracuse Brigadiers. Also Paul played
trombone with dance bands and a the community orchestra. He was the
Business Agent and Trust Fund Administrator for Musician’s Union. Currently,
he is the Director and playing member of the Marksmen Drum & Bugle Corps
from Pittsfield, MA

Carrie McGill
Director - Public Relations

Carrie  is a Special Education teacher.
Drum Corps Experience: 
Americanos (1997): Contra
Memphis Blues Drum & Bugle Corps (1999): Instructional Staff
Resistance Drum & Bugle Corps (2012-Present):
Contra Section Leader, Tour Director, Media Director

Rhonda Schock
Director of Marketing and Merchandising

Rhonda has 30 year experience in corporate accounting and
Drum Corps Experience:
Dundee Scots Band, (4 years) rifle and flutist
Fox Valley Raiders (1970-1975) Drum Major
Chicago Royal-Airs Sr Exhibition Corps (2009-present)
Drum Major and Assistant Manager

Jeff Williams
Director of Research

Jeff has 37 years of experience as a business owner and manager.
Drum Corps Experience: 
Phantom Regiment (1957-59) Drum Line 
McHenry Viscounts (1961-1968)  Drum Line and Baritone
Men of Brass (1969-70)  Drum Line and Baritone
Chicago Royal Airs Sr Corps (2004, 2005, 2008-to date) Baritone

Last Update 6-14-19
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