About Box 7
Box 7 Ministries exists to:
Resonate the Good News of Jesus Christ
Through the People of Drum Corps
For All of Life
Young people in the marching music arts are often so immersed in busy schedules that they struggle to balance time and relationships for spiritual growth. Box 7 is a network of Christian believers composed of the members, staff, and volunteers in drum corps. Since 2010, Drum Corps International (DCI) participants have connected through Box 7 to relationships and Bible-based resources that encourage them in following Jesus Christ.
With the canceled DCI 2020 season and the current COVID-19 pandemic, the months ahead are an important opportunity to carry on this mission and serve those who are seeking stronger identity and life from Jesus. Thank you for checking out Box 7 and considering how you can support this work.
Learn more about our Guiding Beliefs
The Name: Box 7
The competitive judging system of drum corps contains a rubric where Box 5 is the highest rating of excellence. Corps members and staff often use the box system to rate almost every aspect of their daily tour lives: food, weather, people, or their tour housing. Our hope is that the name, Box 7, helps frame the ultimate good news: that relationship with Jesus is far more fulfilling and joy-giving than any of our Box 5 experiences in this world.
What We Do
Box 7 develops resources, groups, and leaders throughout the year for the drum corps activity around the country. Typically there are 45 active corps in DCI, and Box 7 has established student leaders in up to 12 corps each season. The total annual engagement is between 200-400 corps members, staff, or tour volunteers who sign up to receive resources in up to 20 corps.
Based in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, Box 7 Ministries staff lead local outreach, serving corps members and staff during the school year, largely at the University of North Texas.
Box 7 is not a partner organization to Drum Corps International. We are an independent ministry network composed of drum corps members, staff, alumni, and volunteers.
Box 7 began in 2010 as an online group connecting people across 8 corps. Members received daily text messages with scripture and met for prayer and fellowship in parking lots at shows. After the 2012 DCI season, Box 7 partnered with Reliant, a Christian missions agency to add full-time staff who are qualified for vocational, year-round ministry.
What does our impact look like?
As Jesus had a different impact every place he went, the impact of Box 7 looks different in every corps, every year. It’s ultimately about helping individual people take steps toward following Jesus.
Consider moments like these:
- "Box 7 was what started my journey of coming back to God." -Crossmen brass member
- "My whole life my faith has been my parents, but through Box 7, my faith is now my own." -Blue Devils colorguard member
- "This summer has been completely different than my last few seasons marching at Colts. This is the first year I have had Christian friends in drum corps. I listened to all the podcasts for Box 7 WORD, and am starting to understand the Bible more." -Colts brass member
- "We've had someone from every section of the corps at a Box 7 meeting!" - Genesis brass member
- "A large portion of the members pray together before each show, choosing a different person to lead each night. It is encouraging to be part of a large community of believers." -Carolina Crown member
- "Some of the people who have come to Bible studies are not the ones we expected!" -Cavaliers and Bluecoats
- When a brass staff member, after praying for a member in the corps who was having a rough day, the member came back and said, "When you prayed for me that day, my whole summer changed. And I’m looking at my faith a whole new way..." -Bluecoats
- "Because of Box 7, I found myself an overall happier and more peaceful member, and I know for a fact that was contagious to other members and staff around me. I found myself never worried about conflict with others, failure to achieve something, or not being good enough, but because of God and the peace He put into my heart and mind every single second of every single day, I was able to best serve my role as a Christian, and as a Bluecoat."
- "Box 7 not only connected me to other believers in the Drum Corps activity, but the ministry also empowered me to pursue the Lord with all my heart and encourage others in the Drum Corps community to do the same." -A Cavalier
Are you a drum corps alum who has a story to share about how Box 7 made an impact on your life? We love hearing from you. Please reach out through the Contact Form to share.
Vision for 2020
The loss of this drum corps summer still brought an important opportunity for Box 7.
Remember, our mission is:
Resonating the good news of Jesus Christ, through the people of drum corps, for all of life.
Our vision during the 2020 summer months was to develop a new generation of leaders for the future of the marching arts with discipleship and identity formation that will carry into the rest of their lives. We are passionate about helping these students connect with God through spiritual disciplines, cultivate meaningful friendships in a time of disconnection, and clarify their true identity and purpose from God.
From April through August, we saw over 100 young adults significantly involved in Box 7 as a participant or group leader.
Connect Groups had elements of building friendships, learning how to pray and connect with God, visual tools for understanding discipleship, and studying key Bible teachings from the Sermon on the Mount, 1 John, and Luke. Each Connect Group had multiple student leaders and met once-a-week in short-term cycles of commitment.
Younique Students, provided in partnership with Life Younique, is part of a Gospel-centered life design process to help young adults know who God has made them to be and what he has called them to do. Younique Students was facilitated by Box 7 Ministries staff and delivered as an 8-session class during the daytime or evenings.
This fall we will focus on individual outreach to both DCI students and corps staff who were less involved with the summer Box 7 offerings. Our ministry staff are encouraging them, updating contact info, and letting them know how to stay in touch with Box 7 in the future.
Due to most colleges having flexible scheduling after Thanksgiving, Box 7 will be offering additional sessions of Younique Students near the end of the year.
For the latest updates on what is being offered to drum corps participants, check out the Box 7 Whiteboard, which will be updated twice a month (coming soon).
Box 7 staff are qualified for both working in the marching music arts and vocational ministry.
Evan was a co-founder of Box 7 in 2010 and the original staff director beginning in 2012. He is responsible for the overall vision, strategy, resources, and communications of the ministry.
In drum corps, Evan marched with the Crossmen. He has worked at Crossmen, Carolina Crown, Legends, Music City, and Blue Knights in various administrative and instructor roles.
Karl began working with Box 7 in 2014 for discipleship of students around the local hub of University of North Texas. He is now responsible for the national development of student leaders and coaches for Box 7 groups.
In drum corps, Karl marched Seattle Cascades and Blue Devils. He has worked at Crossmen, Blue Stars, and now Madison Scouts on the visual staffs.
Leadership Development Resident
Miranda moved to Denton in 2020 to begin part-time work with Box 7. Her role is assisting with development of student leaders and mentoring women in Box 7.
In drum corps, Miranda marched Bluecoats. She has worked at Spirit of Atlanta and now Madison Scouts on the visual staffs.
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.
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 Winter Guard International (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 is a former professor, and 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.
St. Louis, Missourri
Michael desires to help young musicians identity 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.
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 the 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.
San Antonio, Texas
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.
Parker helps Box 7 with website design and content editing. He is from the Fort Worth area, marched Crossmen in 2017, and performed in WGI with Orion Winds in 2019. He studies Technical Communications at UNT.
Partnerships & Consultants
Box 7 works directly with these Christian organizations to carry out our mission.
Reliant partners with missional churches and Gospel-centered non-profits to mobilize support-based missionaries for the Great Commission of Jesus. Learn More
Box 7 full-time and part-time staff are employed and supported financially through generous donors who give to Reliant on our behalf. Learn how to Support
Younique is a Gospel-centered life-design process to equip people to name their calling and pursue the dream God has for their life. Learn More
Box 7 staff are assessed with the Life Younique process and use it as part of a holistic approach to health and discipleship in following Jesus. For the summer of 2020, Younique for Students is provided to DCI members for minimal costs.
Christian Campus Community
The Christian Campus Community in Denton, TX is a college ministry for students of University of North Texas (UNT) Texas Women's University (TWU), and North Central Texas College (NCTC).
The CCC is sponsored by Singing Oaks Church of Christ. Learn More
Box 7 offices in the Christian Campus Community building, located at 1305 West Oak Street, Denton, TX.
These leaders support the mission of Box 7 through expertise from their work in business, ministry, or the marching arts.
CEO of Younique
Kelly coaches Box 7 on organizational development and fundraising. She 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 the 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 teenaged daughters Danica and Ashby.
Founder of Auxano
Co-Founder of Life Younique
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 processes and tools to produce stunning clarity and break-thru for churches and ministry organizations. 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 students in the Clear Creek High School marching band.
Pastor & Leadership Coach
Josh helps Box 7 with staff development and team strategy. Josh is a former drum corps member and percussion educator. After finishing a master's degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, he left the realm of music education and invested more than 10 years in a variety of small, growth-focused, entrepreneurial organizations. Today lives with his wife and four children near Albany, Georgia, where he serves as a pastor of a local church and part-time leadership coach. JoshWhite.Coach