Members First

Our members come first. Our team is committed to ensuring this by teaching music, teamwork, selflessness, and pride. We believe sharing the traditions of the drum corps activity can encourage each young member to embrace the musical performing arts while spreading the spirit of service.


Jennifer Wang

New York Chinese School Principal

Vincent Veloso

Co-Director/Program & Music Director/Brass & Fife Arranger/Drill Designer
An NYU Music graduate, he studied with Ted Nash, Vincent Herring, Steve Coleman, Ralph Lalama, Jerome Callet, Kenny Werner and George Garzone. Since 1995, he has been working with many of the established Latin Alternative/rock en español crowd, as well as many highly respected jazz musicians, swing and funk acts. He has worked and/or appeared with Ozomatli, Los Pericos, Los Amigos Invisibles, Sean Lennon, Frank Foster, Jazz Sawyer, DJ Logic, DJ Tony Touch, M’lumbo, Dave Stryker, Donald Byrd, Arturo O’farrill, Sunny Jain, Brenda K Starr, & many others. Performance highlights include headlining the 2002 Montreal Jazz Festival with the Venezuelan group King Chango and many world tours with King Chango and Pacha Massive. Vincent joined the Corps in 2009 and also writes the drill arrangements for the Corps. Award winning film director, writer, producer, martial artist (Judo, Jujutsu, Aikido), and actor, Vincent is the executive producer and owner of Xavmax Multimedia Productions LLC.

Chez Bryan Ong

Co-Director/Parent & Alumni Relations /Drum Caption Supervisor, Arranger
Bryan joined the Crimson Kings drum line in 1988. He marched as a drummer on the cymbal, bass, and tenor lines. He became a drum instructor in the late 90s and left in 2000. In 2008 he returned to the Crimson Kings as the drum instructor. In addition to marching with the Crimson Kings, he’s been in indie rock bands - most notably with Raven Steals the Light. He is co-founder and creative director of award-winning design studio spoon+fork. He serves as an active board member for Kaya Press and has received the President's Volunteer Service Award for teaching with Citizen Schools.

Lynn Chao

Horn Instructor
Lynn holds a masters degree in trumpet performance from the Manhattan School of Music and a masters degree in music education from Columbia Teachers College. Her primary teachers include Vincent Penzarella, former second trumpet of the New York Philharmonic and Don Batchelder of the New York City Opera Orchestra. Lynn is committed to sharing her knowledge and love for music with others, and she has taught elementary through high school level trumpet classes in various public school programs in NJ and NY. As a teacher, she works with students on developing the technical, musical, and mental skills needed to be a well-rounded trumpet-player and musician. She tailors her exercises and approach to fit each student's individual needs, with the goal of helping students nurture their love for music and to reach their full potential.


Guard Instructor
Marissa is a graduate of Purdue University where she completed a BA in Anthropology, with minors in English, Dance, and LGBT Studies. In 2017 she became a licensed cosmetologist and now works as a freelance stylist for special events. She is currently pursuing a MA degree in Museum Studies at New York University. Marissa is also currently a marching member of the Big Apple Corps Color Guard. She competed in the Midwest Color Guard Circuit (MWCGC) and Winter Guard International (WGI) Circuit with Naperville Central High School from 2009-2012 and with Purdue University from 2013-2016, performing as an International Championship Finalist three times, and winning Regional Championships several more. She has taught several color guard teams over the last 6 years, including Naperville Central High School, Thornton Fractional South High School, LaPorte High School, and Indiana State University. She specializes in movement technique and choreography.

Jennifer Huang

Drum Instructor

Sara Juarez

Operations & Outreach

we are advised by supportive Alumni who have served the corps in leadership roles.

Advisory Board

Lily Din Woo

RonALD Woo

Dr. Paul Chen, DDS

Timothy Ko






The support of parents and guardians of our members is amazing. They march along side during parades. They help get the members ready for performances. They’ve even marched in the parade carrying our colors with pride. Thank you to all the parents!


We could not have a successful program without the support and generosity of many individuals and organizations that have given to the Corps whether it be financially, donation of supplies and instruments or through service. We especially thank the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association and the New York Chinese School for their continued sponsorship for over 50 years. 

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Photography & design

Huanxin zhou
Timothy Ko
Chez Bryan Ong