Learn from the BACPIT

Your pathway to scoring a spot

Get a behind the scenes look at the BACPit through the front ensemble Backstage. Join today to interact with veterans of the Boston Crusaders while learning from instructors including Iain Moyer, Ian Hale, and Jason Ihnat. If you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced mallet player, Backstage is your place to learn, refine, and perfect your musical and visual skills to earn a position in a drum corps, marching band, or indoor ensemble.

What You'll Find Backstage

In the front ensemble Backstage portal you'll gain access to...

  • Full Scores

    Learn the BACPit technique and warm-ups heard in the lot! Learn the exercises the BACPit use year-round including Black Keys. Throughout the year, front ensemble members will receive past show music and learn the fan favorite "Marimba Spiritual" from our 2018 show.

  • Instructional Videos

    Excel in your musical technique with video-guided lessons from the BAC staff. Refine your technique and break it down with step-by-step videos and live classes. Put it all together and practice with exclusive recordings of past front ensembles!

  • Evaluation and Assessment

    Keep track of your progress with regular feedback and evaluations. Collaborate with staff and members through assignments, masterclasses, and live seminars. Prepare for your future in the marching arts and take your first step to becoming a member of the Boston Crusaders.


Front Ensemble Arranger

Iain Moyer

Dr. Iain Moyer serves as the Front Ensemble Arranger for the Boston Crusaders. Previously, Iain has served on the Percussion Staff of The Cadets since 2007, where he served as Front Ensemble Arranger from 2009 through 2016. During his time with The Cadets, the corps won their 10th DCI World Championship in 2011 and The Cadets Percussion section received the Fred Sanford Award for Best Percussion Performance in 2013. Iain has previous drum corps teaching/arranging credits with the Madison Scouts, Glassmen, and the Crossmen. He has also arranged for high school and college marching bands in the United States, Japan, and Canada. Moyer currently serves as the Director of Athletic Bands and Percussion at Widener University. Prior to working at Widener, Iain served as the Director of Percussion Studies/Assistant Director of Bands at The University of North Alabama. Moyer received his Doctoral of Musical Arts and Masters Degrees in Percussion Performance from the University of Oklahoma and his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts. Iain is a proud endorser/artist with Vic Firth, Zildjian, Remo, and Yamaha.

BACPit Manager

Ian Hale

Ian received degrees in percussion performance from the University of Calgary and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where his teachers included Dr. Glenn Price, Eduardo Leandro and DCI Hall of Fame member Thom Hannum. He was a member of the music faculty at UMass from 2007-2008 and served as the Assistant Director of Bands for the Calgary Stampede Showband from 2009-2011. He is currently the Percussion Director and Arranger for Spirit of America from Orleans, Massachusetts. Ian has worked with and arranged for many fine ensembles including the Calgary Stampede Showband, Spirit of America, Thomas Jefferson High School Band, Dartmouth Indoor Percussion, United Percussion, Boston University and the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. He was a member of the percussion staff for the Glassmen, the Magic of Orlando, the Madison Scouts, Carolina Crown and the Cadets. Ian is endorsed by Vic Firth Inc., Remo Inc. and Zildjian Corporation.

BACPit Manager

Jason Ihnat

Jason Ihnat is an active teacher, performer, composer and arranger. He is a part-time lecturer of music theory at Eastern Michigan University, as well as the percussion arranger and instructor for the EMU Marching Band. Mr. Ihnat performs frequently with the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Philharmonic and Macomb Symphony Orchestra. His compositions and arrangements have been performed at universities and high schools in Michigan and across the country. He also serves as the director and performer with the NFL’s Detroit Lions Drumline at Ford Field for every Lions home game as well as other events held at Ford Field throughout the year. Jason served on the percussion staff with The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps from 2004-2016. He was a member of The Cadets in 1998 and 1999, winning a DCI World Championship in 1998, and receiving a Distinguished Service Award when he aged out in 1999. In 2012, he received a Cadets Lifetime Achievement Award for his excellent work, commitment and positive attitude. Prior to his work with The Cadets, Jason taught with the Americanos and Kiwanis Kavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps. Jason’s education includes a Bachelor of Music Education from Wayne State University, where he studied percussion under Keith Claeys, and a Master of Music in Composition from Eastern Michigan University, where he studied with renowned composer, Dr. Anthony Iannaccone and percussion with professor John Dorsey.
Watch Intro Video

Meet Iain!

Your Backstage Front Ensemble Instructor


  • What is the deadline? Is it too late to audition?

    No, it is not too late! Contracts are being awarded on a rolling basis until April 1st. However, we suggest signing up as soon as possible for the best chance at receiving a contract. There is no deadline for those interested in learning but are not auditioning for a contract.

  • Which instruments are covered in the front ensemble Backstage?

    At this time we currently offer keyboard instruments only.

  • Do I need an instrument to participate?

    You will need access to a marimba or vibraphone when submitting assessments but an instrument is not required for participation. If it is not possible to obtain an instrument for assessments, please contact info@bostoncrusaders.org.

  • Can I sign up for more than one section?

    Yes! Check out our multi-section bundles by clicking "registration" at the top of the page!

  • Is this how I audition for the Boston Crusaders?

    Yes, membership candidacy will be based off Backstage assessments and evaluations. We have positions available in all sections.

  • Do I need to sign-up for Backstage to audition? Do I have to audition?

    Yes, you must sign up for Backstage if you wish to audition for the Boston Crusaders. Audition requirements will be made available within the Backstage program. No, signing up for Backstage does not mean you have to audition. Backstage is a valuable tool to help you refine your skills, whether or not you are pursing a position with the Boston Crusaders.

  • Is there an age limit?

    No! Backstage is open to all regardless of age. If you are an educator, please stay tuned for future programs tailored to assist your classroom and students.

  • Is my purchase refundable?

    No, all sales are final. Please contact us at info@bostoncrusaders.org if you experience difficulty at checkout.

Days Left To Audition

Auditions open until April 1st!

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