The Blue Devils
are excited to announce that Patrick Seidling will be joining the organization
as System Blue Live Events Manager. He will work with The Blue Devil staff and
management organizing educational live events throughout the year.
Pat holds a
degree in education from Louisiana State University. Involved in music at an
early age, he began as a member of his hometown drum and bugle corps at the age
of nine. He became a student leader in his high school music program and was a
3-year member of the Louisiana State University Golden Band from
Tigerland. Pat was also a member
of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. A former classroom teacher, Pat
earned the “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” award from the Victorville
(California) school district in 1992.
As director of
the Phantom Regiment from 2001 through 2006, Seidling was an integral part
of the corps’ return to the competitive elite. While in Rockford he created educational events including a
Snare Drum Camp, a Marching Band Festival and an educational partnership with
the Rockford Symphony, in which hand-drumming classes where presented to
elementary schools throughout northern Illinois.
Prior to his
work with Phantom Regiment, Seidling was an assistant director in the Madison
Scouts organization and served as director of Kentucky’s Southwind Drum and
Bugle Corps. While with Southwind, he oversaw the corps’ move from Alabama to
Kentucky and led their growth from inactive status to a 13-place ranking in
DCI, all in three short years. Pat has also worked with the Pioneer Drum and
Bugle Corps and the six-time WGI world champion Music City Mystique indoor
Pat has been
active in developing a competitive marching band activity in Brazil, including
advising the State of Sao Paulo’s Department of Tourism in developing events
that support music education. He has also worked extensively with marching
bands across the USA, having served on adjudication panels at over a dozen
state championship events.
In 2003 he
received Drum Corps International’s coveted Dr. Bernard Bagg’s Award for
Outstanding Leadership. Pat lives in southern California with his wife Tamee and son Evan.
The Blue Devil
Organization welcomes Pat Seidling
System Blue Live Events Manager