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Board of Directors

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Ronnie Lagrone - President/executive director

Ronnie is a music educator, freelance percussion instructor, percussion arranger and consultant, and music adjudicator throughout the northwest and all over the country. His passion for music teaching, writing, and arranging was cultivated in Tupelo, MS through public school music programs.  Over the past 30 plus years, he served in the capacities as consultant, percussion arranger, and caption head of percussion with numerous high school programs, several drum and bugle corps, college drum lines, and other independent music ensembles. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1995 from the University of Mississippi where he majored in Percussion Performance, minored in Computer Science, and attended the University of Oregon Graduate School for further studies in music education and percussion performance. Ronnie plays professionally in the Portland metro area and is the band and choir director in the Banks School District. Ronnie is a Mapex/Majestic, REMO, and PROMARK artist.

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Shawn Anderson - Vice President

Shawn has been a fan and proponent of the marching arts his entire life.  Being born the day after a drum corps show, he has always aspired to give back work for what is right.  From his roots beginning in concert band and as a performer in high school marching band, he has continually been a leader and champion of the activity.  His drive for something greater led to 6 years of marching drum corps.  For over half of his life he has done his part by teaching the next generation performers.  Shawn always lives for that exact moment a students “light bulb” flips on and shines bright stating ‘that is what it is all about’.  Growth and success through passion and hard work.  Shawn is happily married to his wife Allyson and has an amazing son Bennett who both share the same love for music and performance as Shawn.

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Michael Leone - Secretary

Michael Leone has been part of the marching arts arena since 1993 where he started as a Baritone Player for the Seattle Cascades from 1993-1999 and then joined them as a Visual and Brass Instructor from 2000-2002. Michael then joined the Oregon Crusaders in 2003 as Visual Caption head becoming the Corps Director in 2004 through 2006. In 2007 Michael went back to the Cascades as Corps Director where he then took a step back to become Program Coordinator in 2010 till his last year in 2011.

He graduated from the University of Washington in 2003 while performing with the Husky Marching Band where he earned degrees in music, a Bachelors of Music and a Bachelors of Music Education. He then went on to Hockinson High School where he taught Band and Choir from 2004-2008. Michael has worked for several top marching bands in the Northwest which includes Skyview, Columbia River, Snohomish, Hockinson and Beaverton High Schools.

Currently Michael Leone is Vice President of Product Development at Reliance Network and is a Contest Coordinator for Drum Corps International and NWAPA.

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Laura Beeler - treasurer

Laura Beeler has been an enthusiastic, heavily involved, “band mom” for many years. She recently retired as treasurer for Liberty Band Boosters after eight years when she graduated off her last band kid. She has been the treasurer for NWAPA for the last few years. Laura looks forward to working with Affinity Entertainment staff and participants.

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Bill Perkins - Director

Bill Perkins has been involved in the music scene since 1965, when his parents started the Sunsetters Drum and Bugle Corps.  He was one of the original founders of the Marauders Drum Corps and also Oregon Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps in 2000.
His college education included attending Portland Committee College, as well as Portland State University. His initial major was music, but he received a degree in Business Management.  He has been in the financial community since the 70’s.  He has since sold his own businesses in the St Helens area, Columbia River Mortgage, and Scappoose Fitness Center to spend more time in retirement.  He currently owns a business for tourism in New Zealand.
 
Bill has also served on many local boards like School Board, City Budget Committee, ESD Budget Committee, Parks Department, and several other sportsman activity boards.  He continues to be involved in youth activities, the arts, and anything that helps youth today! He also helps several organizations with yearly fundraising efforts for the Wounded Warrior Project and other kid's programs.

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Neil Ready - Director

As a teenager, Neil I joined the Imperial Cadets of Portland Oregon playing the baritone. When my family moved to Salem Oregon, He then joined the Flamingos Drum Corps (later renamed the Argonauts) where he first played bass drum, then baritone, and finally the marching tuba (aka contra bass). After aging out at 21, he served on the Argonauts' board of directors and for a time was the director of the cadet corps. He was in charge of the transportation crew and also helped cook meals for the corps members while they were on tour. Years later, his two sons also marched in the activity.

He was a member of the Portland Rose Festival's One More Time Around Again Marching Band for several years.

Neil retired in April 2018 after working over forty years in the telecommunications industry and still play both the baritone and tuba in my free time.

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Stephanie Hall - Director

Stephanie spent her summers as a youth marching in Blue Knights (Denver, Co), Marauders (Longview, Wa), and Spartans (Vancouver, Wa). She spent her winters marching Every-Body World winterguard and Spartans winterguard.

She has worked with Oregon Crusaders and Seattle Cascades, as well as the Century High School, Sunset High School, and Westview High School band programs.

Stephanie currently is a Life Skills Coach with the Portland non-profit New Avenues for Youth where she holds a caseload of approximately 20 youth aging out of foster care. She is starting a Masters program in January!

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Rob van Loben Sels - Director

Rob has been involved in music his entire life.  His primary education years were filled with marching, jazz, and concert bands.  After graduating high school, he attended the University of Oregon and performed with the Oregon Marching Band while earning a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis on Computer Information Technologies.

After aging out with the Mandarins drum and bugle corps, his focus shifted from performance to composition/arranging and education; he worked with Willamette and Thurston High Schools while finishing his degree.  Once graduated, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and started working with ensembles in that area as an instructor, writer/designer, director, and program coordinator.

In 2010, Rob teamed up with a group of educators who founded the Northern California Percussion Alliance. He served as treasurer for 3 years and president for 6.

Rob is currently the Executive Director of the Western Band Association and an independent web developer.  You can learn more about his music and professional experience at https://www.robvls.com.


Would you like to be part of the board?

We are always looking for individuals to support the Affinity Entertainment organization. You do not have to be in the Portland Metro Area to be on the board but you would be required to attend monthly board calls and in person meetings.

We are seeking people with the following characteristics to help expand the depth of our board:

  • Have a passion for our Mission Statement

  • Appreciate the importance of strong financial management and fundraising.

  • Have marketing experience

  • Have financial/accounting experience

  • Have fundraising and grant writing experience

  • Have business development experience

Mission Statement

Affinity Entertainment uses music education to inspire, develop, foster, and promote values, respect, integrity and leadership for youth and adults through disciplined performance and community involvement.