Myron Rosander - DCI Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2016
A dedicated performer, passionate instructor, and revolutionary visual designer over decades for Santa Clara Vanguard, Myron Rosander was also held in high regard as the heart and soul of the organization.
“His influence on the membership was profound,” Vanguard Executive Director Charles Frost said. “He served as a beacon of inspiration, history, and focus for what it truly means to be from Santa Clara.”
Joining the Santa Clara Vanguard as a French horn player in 1976, Rosander performed with the corps through 1980. Invited by Vanguard founder Gail Royer to join the corps’ visual staff in 1985, Rosander became a staple of the organization’s instructional and design staff for some 30 years.
In all, Rosander has been a part of four DCI World Championship titles—one as a performer in 1978, two as a visual caption head with the Vanguard “A Corps” in 1989 and 1999, and one with the Vanguard Cadets for their 2013 Open Class Championship production.
“Myron entertained us with his intricate visual designs that kept you on the edge of your seat,” said former Santa Clara Vanguard director Rick Valenzuela who had the opportunity to work with Rosander again in later years as executive director of Phantom Regiment. “He challenged the performers and staff members to reach new heights they didn’t think were possible.
“His design influence on so many well-known performances throughout his career moved people … He was a perfectionist whose goal was to provide a visual design and show concepts that would continue to push the activity, but still be entertaining for the fans, and worthwhile for the performers.”
Beyond the artistic formations he created for the football field, Rosander also shared a special connection with the corps members who brought his designs to life. He’d often take the time to address those performers from the heart, sharing his experiences and wisdom that had students hanging on every word and inspiring them to achieve their very best.
“Myron’s drill writing seems insignificant when compared to the value felt and respect he gave to each and every member who passed through the Vanguard,” Santa Clara Vanguard alum Amy Frost said. “We were taught by Myron to not only work on ourselves as musicians and marchers on the field, but to constantly readapt ourselves into humbled, respectable human beings off the field as well.”
Rosander was inducted into the Santa Clara Vanguard Hall of Fame in 2014. He passed away on December 20, 2015 at the age of 55 and will be inducted into the DCI Hall of Fame posthumously.