The Story

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.

The Name "Box 7"

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.

What We Do

Our mission is to:

resonate the good news of Jesus Christ
through the people of drum corps
for all of life

Box 7 is a network of the members, staff, and volunteers in drum corps. We work within the normal rhythms and relationships of the activity.

During the 'off-season' the Box 7 team will: 

Cultivate Community - We help interested drum corps participants build relationships at their corps, centered on God. 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 resources 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.

Guiding Beliefs

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.

  • Staff 
  • Advisory Group
  • Partner Organizations
  • Consultants
  • Location - Denton, TX

These leaders support the mission of Box 7 through expertise from their work in business, ministry, or the marching arts.

Kelly Kannwischer

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 Mancini

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.