Boston Crusaders

Who are the Boston Crusaders?

The Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, founded in 1940, is the third-oldest junior drum and bugle corps in the nation and is proud to be a founding member of Drum Corps International. The corps, composed entirely of brass players, percussionists and color guard members under the age of 22, travels over 10,000 miles each summer, performing in more than 40 competitions and exhibitions before a combined audience of over 300,000 fans. As a 501(c)3 Not-for-Profit Corporation, governed by a Board of Directors, the Boston Crusaders’ mission is to provide its members an opportunity to reach their highest potential, both as a person and an artist. While providing a healthy balance between education and competition, the Boston Crusaders seek to constantly challenge members to excel every day through a dynamic and unique combination of artistic, athletic, and life goals our members will not find elsewhere.

BAC Backstage

What is Backstage?

BAC Backstage is your behind the scenes look at the Boston Crusaders. Gain inside access to the exercises, technique, and training materials that the Boston Crusaders utilize to prepare for a summer on tour. BAC's World Class staff will lead brass, percussion, and color guard participants through the BAC program and evaluate participants on growth, performance, and achievement. BAC Backstage is the first step in your DCI journey. Prepare for an audition for any marching arts ensemble including marching bands, drum corps, and indoor ensembles. Experience BAC and learn what it takes to become a Boston Crusader by entering Backstage.

Our Staff

Brass Caption Head

Gino Cipriani

Gino Cipriani has served as the Brass Caption Head of the Boston Crusaders since 2017. Gino received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Instrumental Education from the University of Mississippi and his Master of Science in Music Education from Towson University. As a student at Ole Miss, he studied trumpet performance under the guidance of Dr. Charles Gates. He also had the great pleasure of studying trumpet under Roy Poper when he attended California State University at North Ridge. Over his many years of experience, Gino has served as the caption head for The Cadets, Cadets 2, Santa Clara Vanguard, the Reading Buccanears, Magic of Orlando, and as an instructor for the Blue Devils. Gino is an esteemed consultant and adjudicator has to marching bands, jazz bands, concert bands and drum and bugle corps across the United States, Canada, and Korea.

Lead Designer & Choreographer; Guard Director

Michael Townsend

Michael began his performance career in North Carolina and his performance experience includes, The Cavaliers color guard 1996 – 2000, The Company 1998 and 1999, Crown guard 2000, and Pride of Cincinnati in 2001. Michael then spent a year as an original member of the first U.S. National tour of Blast! Michael currently resides in Indianapolis with his wife and two children, where he is the program coordinator for the Carmel High School Marching Band and a color guard designer for Avon, Carmel, Center Grove, and Northview High School Marching Bands and Winter Guards. He has been choreographing and designing for these programs since 2004, which has resulted in 16 WGI scholastic world-class medals and five BOA grand national championships. Michael recently directed the Boston Crusaders' indoor program "Inspire" and served as designer for the Pride of Cincinnati. Michael has been the driving force behind the Boston Crusaders Color Guard since 2017, leading the team to earn two consecutive George Zingali Best Color Guard Awards in 2018 and 2019. Previously, Michael led the color guard at Carolina Crown Color Guard from 2003-2016, earning both a championship ring and a Zingali Award during his 13 years.

Director of Percussion

Colin McNutt

Colin has served as the Director of Percussion since 2017. Previously, Colin worked with The Cadets Percussion Staff from 2007-2016. He served as The Cadets Percussion Caption Supervisor and Battery Arranger from 2008 through 2016, winning a DCI World Championship in 2011 and the Fred Sanford High Percussion Award in 2013. Colin was inducted into The Cadets Hall of Fame in 2016. Colin has also previously taught and arranged music for Star of Indiana, the Glassmen and the Crossmen. In addition, he was a part of the design and instruction team for the internationally acclaimed production, Blast!. Colin began his marching career in 1988 during his junior year of high school when he joined the Boston Crusaders. He was an integral part of the Crusaders percussion section over a four year span. He aged out with Santa Clara Vanguard in 1992, where he was recognized at the 1992 Individual and Ensemble competition as the tenor drum solo champion. He has made a career out of his passion for music and percussion, while also completing a double major in music education and classics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1998. When not instructing drum corps, Colin conducts clinics for the percussion companies Avedis Zildjian Co., REMO, Inc., and Vic Firth. He has signature series “Colin McNutt” sticks designed and manufactured by Vic Firth. He also writes music for marching bands in the United States, Canada and Japan.

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.

Visual Caption Head

Aaron Bailey

Aaron has been active in the marching arts activity teaching and performing since 2000. While Aaron studied business and design at Western Michigan University, he was a performer with the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps and then later the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. After his performance career Aaron worked with several top high school marching band programs around the Midwest including; Centergrove HS, Centerville HS, Mason HS, Northmont HS, and Plymouth Canton HS. Teaching marching & movement techniques and assisting in visual designs, Aaron currently works with Lawrence Township marching pride. Before joining the Boston Crusaders staff in 2017, Aaron had taught with several other Drum and Bugle Corps including the Blue Stars, Bluecoats, Crossmen, and most recently Carolina Crown where he helped the corps win a World Championship and three visual titles. Aaron has also served on the staff for RhythmX and Spirit of America.

Executive Director

Chris Holland


  • Who is Backstage for?

    Backstage is for the aspiring or advanced marcher. Anyone with experience or interest in marching brass, percussion, or color guard is invited to learn from our staff. Backstage is the place to begin your journey with the Boston Crusaders or prepare for drum corps, marching band, or indoor.

  • How do I audition for the Boston Crusaders?

    Start here! Membership candidacy will be based off Backstage assessments and evaluations. We have positions available in all sections. However, an audition is not required. Participation is open to all.

  • 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 there a deadline to sign up?

    No, but it is recommended to sign up early for maximum value. Although tools are available all year long, membership positions will be awarded based on the on-going evaluations and assessment that begin in October.

  • Is my purchase refundable?

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

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