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Dillon, others to return to Capital Regiment

Dillon, others to return to Capital Regiment

by Drum Corps International

From a Capital Regiment press release: Wayne Dillon will return for his second season as Capital Regiment's program coordinator in 2005. "Wayne did an amazing job this past year in taking the corps to the next level," remarked Rick Bays, Capital Regiment's director and founder. "His background and expertise in the activity and his dedication to our organization make for an unbeatable combination. Our program is in excellent hands under his leadership." Dillon first worked with Capital Regiment in 2003, having spent the prior three years working with the Cadets, where he was brass caption head in 2002. Capital Regiment's design team from 2004 will return with only one change in personnel.    Veteran brass arranger Jay Bocook will once again be writing for Capital Regiment. Kevin Murphy will be providing the battery arrangements, and Kate Tice will be writing for the pit. Both Murphy and Tice are in their fourth year with the corps. Jeff Sacktig is writing Capital Regiment's drill for the second year in a row, with Phil Madden serving as a visual design consultant. New to the team this year will be color guard designer/caption head Budd Williams. Dillon has nothing but praise for the team. "This is an impressive design team. Jay and Jeff also arrange and design for the Cadets. Year after year, Kevin and Kate write a great book. Phil brings a wealth of experience to the team. We are all looking forward to working with Budd (Williams, named color guard caption head), who comes to Capital Regiment highly recommended. Last year was the first year we all worked together and it was a great experience and we ended up with a very solid show. Now that the team has been together for a year, the membership, staff and fans can look forward to an even better package." The instructional leadership for the corps is also in place. Kevin Murphy will be the percussion caption head for the fourth straight season. Derek Gipson will be joining Capital Regiment as brass caption head, with Gary Armstrong serving as visual caption head and Budd Williams heading up the color guard. "When Chad Pence accepted the offer to return to his alma mater, the Cadets, and work under Gino Cipriani, we had some big shoes to fill," commented program coordinator Wayne Dillon. "Derek Gipson is a perfect fit for those shoes. He is an exceptional musician and instructor. The growth of our brass program will not skip a beat." Gipson aged out with the Cadets in 1998 and is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in music education. He has played trumpet professionally including being a member of the cast of "Blast!" He has taught the brass sections for both the Cadets and Carolina Crown. Dillon is also excited by the other additions to the instructional leadership team. "Gary Armstrong will be replacing Phil Madden as visual caption head, but Phil will still be an active part of our staff (but this year serving in a consulting capacity). Gary is a very sought-after visual person, and we are extremely excited that he has joined our staff. He has a long list of teaching credentials and experience." Gary Armstrong comes to Capital Regiment having taught the Cadets and most recently the Crossmen. "Budd Williams is the person we need to build a world-class guard program," commented Dillon. "He is a proven teacher and leader." Williams has been part of the drum corps activity for 25 years, having joined a parade corps in Connecticut when he was very young. His teaching resume includes the Boston Crusaders, the Cadets and the Crossmen. He also teaches color guard at McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Ga., and Hiram High School in Hiram, Ga. Kevin Murphy, the leadership team's veteran caption head also draws rave revues from Dillon. "Kevin has established a solid Division I percussion program during his three years with Capital Regiment. Kevin could be leading any top-12 percussion program and I am so pleased that he continues to make Capital Regiment his home." Director Rick Bays said, "The show design process is well underway. We are refining our management structure this year to ensure we have in place an infrastructure that meets the needs of a growing Division I drum corps. Membership interest is very high and we haven't even begun our 2005 recruiting campaign, which we roll out next week. 2005 is looking good." For more information about Capital Regiment, visit capitalregiment.org.