On September 8, 2015, in Staff News

The Boston Crusaders is pleased to announce that Jeff Pearson will assume the role of corps director for the 2016 season. Jeff Pearson was the Director of Operations for the Boston Crusaders during the 2014-2015 season and we are excited to have Pearson step into this new role. Executive Director Chris Holland states, “Jeff is a natural fit to transition into the role of Director.  Since 2014, Jeff has dedicated himself to the Boston Crusader organization. He has an extensive drum corps background – a background rich in history and innovation. He is well respected and established in the DCI community and within the Crusader organization.  He and I have great chemistry and I look forward to long term organizational growth.”

Pearson’s experience includes the role of Program Manager and A Corps Director for the Santa Clara Vanguard for the 2006, 2007 and 2008 seasons.  As Program Manager, he was responsible for all performing groups including Vanguard, Vanguard Cadets (DCI Open Class Champions 2008) and Vanguard Winterguard as well as Children’s Adventures in Movement.

Pearson began his marching career playing baritone at Independence High School where he won the MBA Summer National Championships in 1981. 1981 was also Pearson’s first year marching in the Santa Clara Vanguard when the Corps won the DCI championships. During his five years marching with the Santa Clara Vanguard, Pearson played euphonium and lead baritone before becoming Drum Major in 1985, his age out year. In 1987, Pearson joined the staff of the Spirit of Sunnyvale Marching Youth Band, where he served as a marching/music technician before becoming the Director of the Band in 1989. After a brief absence from drum corps, Pearson joined the San Francisco Renegades and was one of their Drum Majors for the 2003 and 2004 seasons. In 2004, he took on the additional role of marching technician and continued in that role through the 2005 season. In 2011 he served as interim CEO for the Renegades Association of San Francisco. Pearson has also been a member of the marching staffs of Clovis High School in Clovis, Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, and Logan High School in Union City.

Pearson is a Human Resources professional and an entrepreneur. He began his career at ADP and moved to Syncro Vac, a manufacturing company in Milpitas, California, as Human Resources Manager. In 1999 he opened the first of his five Papa Murphy’s pizza stores and was the owner/operator of those stores for over eleven years. Pearson is the founder and host of Mentor Impact, an interview style podcast where he interviews successful people about the impact mentors have had on their lives and their success. He also co-hosts a podcast called Landlord University.

Pearson states, “ I am very excited about the opportunity to lead the Boston Crusaders. I have seen the Inspire Arts & Music board of directors make great strides towards establishing an incredible foundation for the organization and I am so enthusiastic to work with Chris Holland. Holland and team have an incredible vision for the organization and I know the Boston Crusaders will do amazing things in the 2016 season.”

A resident of  San Jose, California, Pearson lives with his wife Kathy, who is an instructor for the Bluecoats drum and bugle corps and Vanguard Winterguard, and his son Derek who plays baritone and is in his second season with the Blue Devils C Corps.