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.
Nora Chang Wang
New York Chinese School Principal
Co-Director/Program Coordinator/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/Drum Caption Supervisor, Arranger
Bryan joined the Crimson Kings drum line in 1988. He marched as a drummer in 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 the founder and creative director of acclaimed design studio spoon+fork.
Kate Amrine is the horn line instructor for the New York Crimson Kings. She graduated from NYU with a Bachelors in Trumpet and recently finished a Masters from Peabody Conservatory. Kate has played in several marching bands in NYC, from parades to random events and is excited to join the Crimson Kings family! In addition to performing, she currently teaches private lessons and group classes all around NYC. You can find out more about Kate, including when and where she is performing next at www.kateamrine.com.
As a graduate of Bowling Green State University, with a degree in percussion performance, Terrence Bates has been playing drums and percussion for the past 8 years. He wowed audiences and fellow musicians on Holland America Cruise lines as well as several Broadway National tours. His most recent work was with Mamma Mia the Musical. Terrence is no stranger to the drum corps activity. He first got his start with the Connecticut Hurricanes, marching top bass in 1998 and snare in 1999. From there Terrence went on to march snare with the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in 2001 and 2002 under the instruction of Lee Beddis, JJ Peppittone, and Rudolpho Garcia. The drumline, marching and drum corps activity is what ignited the passion for music within for Terrence. He is excited to be apart of the Crimson Kings and is looking forward to sharing his passion for music with the Corps' members.
Sophia Broesamle graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Screen Arts and works full-time at the United Nations as a Program and Marketing Assistant for a non-profit organization. Sophia has 11 years of experience with marching band and 5 years experience with dance and winter guard. In college, she marched with the Michigan Marching Band and was able to be a rank leader for the Michigan Flags. With this Marching Band, she performed in front of over 110,000 people multiple times. In the winters, she marched with the Michigan Winter Ensemble and competed in the Independent A class in WGI and MCGC. Sophia has a great love and admiration for Band and is excited to be able to work with the Crimson Kings.
Melanie Chirignan, a native of Hauppauge, NY, is a flautist known for her musicality and versatility of repertoire. She earned her Bachelor’s in Music Performance and Music Education graduating magna cum laude from SUNY Fredonia, and her Master’s Degree in Flute Performance at the Hartt School. Melanie’s eclectic tastes has led her to collaborate with many different performers and ensembles including: New York Chamber Player's Orchestra, the Chelsea Symphony, S.E.M. Ensemble, Hartt Independent Chamber Orchestra, the Space Coast Flute Orchestra, the Long Island flute ensemble, jazz bass legend, Nat Reeves, the Jalapeño Quartet, traditional Irish harpist Hailey Hewitt, guitarists Yovianna Garcia, Scott Hill, Oren Fader, and the Alturas Duo. She has performed at Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space, for Composer's Voice Concert Series, the Connecticut Guitar Society, at the Canton Public Library, Trinity on Main, the Windsor Historical Society, the New Britain Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Windsor Art Center, and the Wadsworth Museum of Art, among others. In addition, she has soloed with the Chelsea Symphony, performing "Poem" by Charles Griffes. She has performed in the pit for musicals at various schools in "Once Upon a Mattress," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Anything Goes," "Oklahoma," and "Beauty and the Beast." Melanie has also worked closely with many composers and has premiered new works by Nolan Stolz (Princess Ka'iulani, released on SCI/ Parma Recordings), Masatora Goya, Sean Pallatroni, Brendon Randall-Myers, and made the world premiere recording of the Delian Suite, from a body of international composers in the Delian Society. She has recorded several works for Masatora Goya's album, "Dream Of Sailing." She also recorded "Latinos Ni de Aqui Ni de Alla" on the Latin Heartbeat Orchestra album, El Regreso.
A certified music teacher, she has taught general music, chorus, and orchestra, and has taught every level from elementary school to conservatory level students. With Alturas Duo, she taught workshops on the "Origins of South American Folk Music" through Hartford Performs. She is currently free-lancing in Brooklyn, NY, where she now lives.
WE CAN’T THANK ENOUGH THE GRACIOUS VOLUNTEERS AND PARENTS WHO HAVE OFFERED THEIR TIME, TALENTS AND CONTINUED SUPPORT.
EVELYN CHAN ’87-’97
STANLEY TANG ’89-’97
PARENTS & GUARDIANS
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.
Photography & design
Chez Bryan Ong