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Jull, Norfleet, LaGrone to design Oregon Crusaders program

Jull, Norfleet, LaGrone to design Oregon Crusaders program

by Drum Corps International

From an Oregon Crusaders press release: Kurt Jull, Lewis Norfleet and Ronnie LaGrone will design the Oregon Crusaders' 2004 production. Kurt Jull is returning for his second year as visual designer for the Oregon Crusaders. Jull has more 20 years of experience in the pageantry arts instructing, designing and adjudicating. Jull has instructed and designed for the Madison Scouts and Seattle Cascades. Jull's current involvement in marching music does not end with the Crusaders, but carries to Evergreen High School of Vancouver, Wash., where he is the guard caption head. Jull said, "The Oregon Crusaders are an outstanding Northwest organization that is growing daily. I am so proud to be asked to contribute to their great future." Lewis Norfleet will be the Crusaders' brass arranger. Norfleet received his degree in music education from the University of Oregon -- Eugene. He has been the assistant director of bands and director of athletic bands at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore. During the past several drum corps seasons, Norfleet worked with the Seattle Cascades. "I am looking forward to building another successful drum corps in this area," Norfleet said. Currently, Norfleet is the Director of Bands at North Salem High School in Salem, Ore. This is Norfleet's first season with Crusaders. Also in his first season is Ronnie LaGrone, who will serve as the Crusaders' percussion arranger. LaGrone received a music degree in percussion performance and computer science from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. Since relocating to Oregon, LaGrone has been working on finishing a master's degree in music education. LaGrone has instructed with drum lines from such programs as the Grenada High School of Grenada, Miss., Oregon State University of Corvallis, Ore., and Northern Lights of Portland, Ore. He is presently the band director at Five Oaks Middle School in Beaverton, Ore., and teaches and arranges percussion for Westview High School in Portland, Ore.