Visual Caption Supervisor Ron Hardin is entering his fifth year with Crown. He has helped lead the Crown visual program to two John Brazale Best Visual Awards and is looking forward to another outstanding season with the corps.
Ron and his team supervise the members as they learn drill and perfect their marching and movement technique. The Crown members have been working hard since moving into Spring Training at Gardner-Webb University this past Saturday.
After an extremely successful 2015 season a record number of students turned out for audition camps, and Ron and his team worked hard to evaluate them all.
'We had a lot of quality kids come through the door this year, even more than normal," said Hardin. "So the selection process was a little bit more rigorous on them, but now that we are all moved in we are extremely happy with the kids who are here."
Ron and his team joined the Crown team in 2012 in large part because he has so many friends on the staff, many of whom marched together with Star of Indiana in the early 1990s. "Matt Harloff [Brass Caption Supervisor] and I marched together as well as a lot of the older guys on the brass staff," said Hardin. "Four or five of the members of my staff were with those groups together and most of everyone on our staff now is a product of that lineage."
The most important thing Ron and his team feel they do with Crown is develop young people for a successful future. Each year he brings back two age-outs to be interns on his staff. "We try to grow our own from within," said Hardin. "It's nice to look at other drum corps and see staff members that I have taught at different places."
"When it comes down to what this activity is I don't think there is anything like it," said Hardin. "What [our members] learn here is directly translatable to what they do in real life."