The idea of a sustainable ministry in DCI formed during the 2005-2009 drum corps seasons, when traceable movements of group prayer and Bible studies happened on tour in corps like Memphis Sound, Crossmen, and Phantom Regiment.
Several leaders in 2009 met through a Facebook group. The "Box 7" name originated for the 2010 season as a multi-corps network of fellowship. Since 2012, leadership of Box 7 has been working as a year-round ministry among the people of drum corps.
Part of the lingo in drum corps is a judging rubric for performances where “Box 5” is the highest rating of excellence. Corps members and staff casually rate almost anything on the box system, such as food, weather, people, or the schools where they sleep during tour. Occasionally the label "Box 6" is used to declare that something is extraordinary.
Our hope is that the name "Box 7" helps share good news: that Jesus is more fulfilling and more joy-giving than any “Box 5” experience the world can offer.
Box 7 is a network of the member, staff, and volunteer participants in drum corps. We work within the normal rhythms and relationships of the activity.
During the 'off-season' the Box 7 team will:
Cultivate Groups - We help interested drum corps participants build relationships at their corps, centered on faith. We offer resources to help their personal journey in following Jesus. We establish leaders, whom we call "Connectors," who facilitate gatherings, prayer, and Bible studies during camps, move-ins, and tour.
Mentor Transitions - We support the key transitions each year for drum corps participants, especially after DCI Championships when members and staff return to home or school. For those who are seeking Christian community where they live, we help them connect with a church or college ministry.
Lead Discipleship Hubs - Our staff and team live in locations with high concentrations of DCI students and staff. We create outreach and discipleship community to serve these young adults who want to follow Jesus, partnering with local churches and college ministries.
Box 7 staff and advisors are working on a new statement of Guiding Beliefs.
We currently operate under the Statement of Faith of the World Evangelical Alliance.
We identify strongly with emphasis on world missions in the Lausanne Covenant.
Carolina Crown Member 2019
...Whether it was during long bus rides, on the field, or even in a teacher’s lounge at housing sites, our Box 7 Connectors - Ozzy, Jeremy, and the rest of the group at Crown would find times to meet up and talk about our week and how to lift each other up using God’s Word. If it weren’t for Box 7, I’m not sure if I would be where I am today in my faith.
After marching and working in drum corps at the Crossmen, Evan co-founded Box 7 and began full-time ministry work in 2012. He is based in Denton, Texas and has participated in multiple church-based training programs in theology, missions, church history, and discipleship. He graduated from Abilene Christian University with a degree in music education and minor in business. He holds a certificate in non-profit leadership from Southern Methodist University and the CNM.
Evan's role for Box 7 includes leading the vision, organizational & staff development, and communications. He assists with discipleship for students at the University of North Texas.
In drum corps, Evan has volunteered or worked part-time in administrative or teaching capacities at Crossmen (2008-2011), Carolina Crown (2012-2016), Legends (2012, 2017), Music City (2018). He was a facilitator for the DCI Drum Major Leadership Summit in 2015 and 2017. Since 2019, he is a brass instructor with the Blue Knights.
Coming from the west coast with drum corps alums in the family, Karl marched in the Cascades during high school and the Blue Devils during college. He graduated with a music degree from Central Washington University and began working for Box 7 full-time in 2014. His college ministry experience and training with Chi Alpha Ministries gave him a passion for mentoring students and world missions.
Karl's role for Box 7 includes equipping student leaders (Connectors), mentoring corps staff connected with Box 7, and leading the discipleship hub at Denton for students around the University of North Texas.
In drum corps, Karl has worked since 2014 as a visual instructor as well as facilitating fitness programs and member leadership. He worked at Crossmen (2014-2017) and Blue Stars (2018-2019). Starting in 2019, he is now with the Madison Scouts.
This Advisory Group is a mix of creative, prayerful people aligned with the mission of Box 7. They have a track record of experience working in ministry, education, drum corps, business, and more. As you read brief biographies below, you'll find a sociologist, an engineer, a counselor, and a professional marching band drill writer who went to seminary.
This team has committed to meet through September 2020, and they are all financially supporting the ministry during that term. We will collaborate and seek God for clarity in the Box 7 vision, strategy, and organizational structure.
Bill & Missy Altman
The Altmans have two sons who marched in drum corps, and they are passionate about Christ-centered discipleship for young adults in the marching arts.
They work in vocational ministry at Crossroads Christian Church, Bill as Pastor for Adult Ministries & Discipleship, and Missy as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate. They have experience in long-term missions overseas and church-planting in New York and North Carolina.
Brad marched in both DCI and WGI, began following Jesus at the age of 20, and wants to see young people involved in the marching arts live on mission for the Kingdom of God. He has worked several years in pastoral roles of teaching and administration, and is currently the lead pastor of Hope Church in northern Ohio.
Brad Davis loves starting new things, especially using his sociology expertise to serve students in contexts that are previously untapped. He helped pioneer the development of Fellowship of Christian University Students (F.O.C.U.S.) at UT Dallas, Collin College, and the University of North Texas.
Most recently, he helped plant a church in Denton related to F.O.C.U.S. and serves as their Senior Minister. In addition to the Denton North Church, he is also the founder of Metro Auto Ministry, and a former professor.
Michael desires to help young musicians identify their gifts and abilities while pointing them to Jesus for purpose in life.
He works as the Director of TechArts for The Crossing Church near St. Louis, MO. While he never marched drum corps, he follows the activity closely and plans his own personal retreat for Indianapolis around DCI Championships each year.
Ryan marched in DCI, loves the powerful life-transformation that drum corps brings to young people, and desires to see the Gospel of Jesus bring true light to young people during their drum corps years.
He works as a Minister for The Branch Church at Vista Ridge. He has a music education degree, and enjoys being a “band dad” with the Hebron High School program in Carrollton.
Bob enjoys turning around organizations and marching band programs with multi-year growth plans. He marched and taught at Santa Clara Vanguard. Bob is a professional drill-writer for marching bands in Texas, and owner of Royall Marching Designs. He went to Southwestern Baptist Seminary and has also worked in church music ministry.
Tim is passionate about helping young Christians in drum corps connect to fellowship and be encouraged in their faith. Tim works as Professor of Music and Director of Concert Bands at the University of Washington. He was inducted into the DCI Hall of Fame in 2014 for his years of work with Santa Clara Vanguard and Cavaliers. He most recently consulted for Boston Crusaders in 2015-2016.
Kevin loves to support collegiate ministry and church-planting with innovation in organizational design and leadership development. He currently works as an engineer for Eastman Chemical Company. Prior to this role, he was director of Impact Ministries at Texas A&M University, and worked several years with the North American Mission Board where he helped create resources and events to catalyze the collegiate church-planting movement, such as the Collegiate Church Planting Collaborative and CollegiateCollective.com.
Amanda approaches her career in music education from a foundation of Christian faith and wants to help Box 7 grow in serving students in DCI. She is a Director of Bands at Winston Churchill High School in San Antonio. Her primary instrument is saxophone. She marched low brass in drum corps, has taught both brass and visual in DCI, and is currently on the Troopers brass staff.
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Box 7 offices in the Christian Campus Community building, located at 1305 West Oak Street.
Kelly coaches Box 7 on organizational development and fundraising.
Kelly has spent her vocational life as a not-for-profit executive, consultant and development professional. She is the CEO of Life Younique. Prior to this role, Kelly founded OptUp Consulting, served THINK Together as the Chief Engagement Officer, and led Vanguard University as a Vice President and President of the Vanguard University Foundation. Kelly graduated from the University of Virginia and earned her Masters degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She is married to Rev. Dr. Richard Kannwischer and is the proud mother of Danica (age 15) and Ashby (age 13).
Will helps Box 7 with visionary planning and communications.
Will is a pastor who became a full-time vision coach to ministry leaders early in his vocational journey. He loves to design process and tools to produce stunning clarity and break-thru the new normal. He is the founder of Auxano, a nationally based, non-profit church consulting group and the author of Church Unique and God Dreams. He is co-founder of Life Younique, a Gospel-centered life-design process for the church. Will lives in Houston, Texas with his wife Romy. He has four children, and two of them were part of the Clear Creek High School marching band.
Box 7 is headquartered in Denton, Texas, north of Dallas and Fort Worth. Our office is in the Christian Campus Community building, one block from the University of North Texas (UNT).