INDIANAPOLIS – As part of conducting its regular business at the Drum Corps International annual meetings on Friday, DCI’s voting membership elected members for open positions on its board of directors. Each year, three positions are open as part of the rotating three-year terms for the nine-member board.

The DCI board establishes the strategic vision of the organizations as well as its business operations. Board members offer unique insights, qualifications, and perspectives for efficiency and effectiveness.

New to the board is Roni Plousis who fills an open unaffiliated seat vacated by Alfred Watkins. Plousis serves as the CFO/COO of the Settlement Music School of Philadelphia. Prior to that, she was a partner in a public accounting firm for 23 years specializing in nonprofit organizations. The Philadelphia Business Journal named Plousis “CFO of the Year” in 2021.

Also new to the board is JW Koester, director of the Sacramento Mandarins. Koester is currently a project engineer at Lam Research, a multi billion dollar company in the semiconductor industry. Over several decades he has served in a variety of managerial roles with several DCI member organizations, in addition to managing the affairs of DCI’s Open Class corps as the coordinator of that division and has been a significant contributor to a laundry list of Drum Corps International committees.

Re-joining the board of directors under renewed three-year terms are Don Rawlins (Carolina Crown) and Patrick Sweeney (unaffiliated). Rawlins is an attorney with more than 30 years of experience in corporate law and governance. Sweeney has spent his career in public education as a teacher, school administrator and district superintendent. Both have served on the DCI Board since 2020.

They join fellow board members Chris Holland (Boston Crusaders), Jim Doyle (unaffiliated), John Masterson (Troopers), Vicki MacFarlane (Colts), Jonathan Powell (Blue Stars) and Chris Komnick (Madison Scouts, membership chair) in beginning a new year of work and oversight.

Before concluding Friday’s board of directors election and report, chair Chris Holland and DCI’s voting members recognized outgoing board member Jim Tabuchi for his service to the organization over the last six years.

Jim Tabuchi
Jim Tabuchi (second from left) is recognized for his service to the DCI board of directors Friday, January, 6 in Indianapolis.