From a Boston Crusaders press release: Today the Boston Crusaders announced changes to its organizational structure, the launch of a new non-profit entity Inspire Arts and Music, and the appointment of former drum major Thompson Vou as the organization's Director of Administration. Aiming to bring all of the organization's programs into a unified structure, earlier this year the Crusaders Board of Directors approved changing the name of the corps' non-profit corporation from the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, Inc. to Inspire Arts and Music, Inc. Inspire will operate all of the organization's existing programs which include the Boston Crusaders, Mass Bay Music Festivals, which provides performance and music education opportunities for scholastic ensembles in the Boston area, and a growing partnership with the Neponset Youth Winterguard, a winter performance color guard of inner city youth known nationally as St. Ann's Colorguard.
Joining Inspire Arts and Music as its new director of administration is Boston Crusaders alum Thompson Vou. Vou arrives at Inspire Arts & Music with a background in business administration and accounting. He previously worked in the Assurance Services division at Ernst and Young. Prior, Vou served as Director of Operations for Prometis, LLC. He also has an extensive history with the Boston Crusaders, serving as assistant conductor in 2008 and drum major from 2009 to 2012. "Words cannot describe the honor it is to be serving in this new role. I am excited to continue pushing our organization to another level of excellence and striving to create life-changing experiences for all of our constituents," Vou said. "There are many opportunities that lie ahead, and I am grateful to be part of the future of a great organization." "Immediately upon his arrival in 2008, it was clear that Thompson was unique," Crusaders Executive Director Tom Spataro said. "It has been a pleasure to watch him develop within our organization and blossom into a successful young professional in his career at Ernst and Young. This has been in the works for a while and we're very fortunate to arrange for his return so quickly. Thompson is and has always been the ideal candidate to lead our new organization into the future."
As Vou takes the lead as Director of Administration of Inspire, Crusaders Executive Director Tom Spataro will finish his last season with the corps this summer. Spataro has led the organization since September of 2007 and laid much of the groundwork for the new corporate entity and the future growth trajectory of the company. "With two beautiful little girls at home that need my attention, it's time for me to hand the reins over to someone who can focus on taking the corps and the company to new heights," Spataro said. "It has been a true honor to lead this storied organization for the last six years, and I will certainly have many fond memories of the Giants that have come through our doors during my tenure." "Tom has put in place an amazing design team, a fantastic administrative and instructional staff with tremendous volunteers, an enhanced fleet, implemented new office management systems, ensured financial stability, stayed true to our traditions and provided an outstanding experience for the members of the Boston Crusaders while continuing to place in the elite top 12 in the activity," President of the Crusaders Board of Directors Jim Cronin said. "We are excited to have Thompson on board to continue our tradition of excellence and help us expand Inspire Arts and Music." BostonCrusaders.com