Gary Kean

By juniorcorps - Posted on 06 August 2010

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Gary has served as Board Member, Corps Director, Brass Arranger, Brass Instructor and Webmaster for the Kingsmen Starcorps Inc., which is the non-profit organization that supports The Kingsmen Drum & Bugle Corps and The Kingsmen Alumni Corps. As Corps Director of the Kingsmen Alumni Corps, Gary's responsibilities ranged from event planning and operations to coordinating rehearsal and camp facilities. Members from both the United States and Canada participated in this project attending several camps over a 2 year time period.

As Music Arranger and Brass Instructor for this 144 member brass ensemble, Gary conducted weekly rehearsals that included breathing exercises, articulation, intonation and music theory because a large majority of the performers had not played in over 30 years. This performing group had one of the largest brass ensembles ever assembled by a Drum & Bugle Corps.

The ultimate goal of the KAC project was achieved when the 280 member Drum and Bugle Corps performed in front of thousands of cheering fans at the DCI World Championships that were held at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on August 10, 2007. This was a great accomplishment for a group of performers that had an average age of 49.

Gary currently resides in the City of Fountain Valley and works in Costa Mesa as a SQL Server Programmer.

Alumnus of:

Pacifica High School: 1967-1970
Golden West College: 1971-1972
Cal-State University Long Beach: 1973-1974
Anaheim Kingsmen Drum & Bugle Corps: 1968-1970/1973-1974

Drum Corps Experience:

Anaheim Kingsmen French Horn: 1968-1970
Anaheim Kingsmen Drum Major: 1973-1974
Anaheim Kingsmen Brass Instructor: 1976-1978
Seattle Imperials Corps Director/Brass Instructor: 1975
Anaheim Kingsmen Assistant Director/Brass Instructor: 1982
Kingsmen StarCorps Co-Founder/Board Member/Manager: 2003-2006
Kingsmen Alumni Corps Music Arranger/Brass Instructor: 2005-2008
Kingsmen Alumni Corps/ Corps Director/Drum Major: 2006-2008
Kingsmen Senior Corps Music Arranger/Mellophone: 2009
Kingsmen Drum & Bugle Corps Music Arranger/Brass Instructor: 2010

Kingsmen Alumni Corps/Corps Director: 2012/2013