The Executive Board includes the following positions: President, Vice-President and Treasurer. These positions carry full-time responsibilities for the ongoing daily operation of the association. The Manager positions consist of the following: Ways & Means, Membership/Tour and Marketing. These positions also carry full-time responsibilities. The General Board of Directors will also consist of the Executive Board, Managers, Members-At-Large (voting) and non-voting members.
Pops joined the Royal Cavaliers Performing Arts organization during the 2015-2016 season. Since joining as a parent-volunteer, he has served in many areas such as travelling coordinator, rehearsal coordinator, driver, cook, and at times, as a liaison between the ensemble members and the staff. “Pops” was recently elected to the position of Treasurer in the 2019-2020 season where he serves today.
Pops has always been involved in music at one level or another since his elementary school days. This includes the opportunity to march in field competitions throughout his high school days, travel to the Reno Jazz festival where he participated with the local community college jazz band and even got to sit in on a set with the legendary Maynard Ferguson as a highlight of his senior year.
Pops holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology, and is set to take his state exam in 2021 to become a licensed Marriage /Family Therapist, specializing in addiction services. He is currently employed as a therapist/counselor for a Ventura County based treatment program. Pops brings an energy and ability to help members better acclimate to the stresses of rehearsals and performances, while also challenging the members to strive for more both on the floor and in their own private lives by using his own experiences in music programs and his current employment.
Pops lives in Ventura California where he enjoys hobbies that include hiking, making hiking staffs and walking sticks, and other outdoor adventures. A fan of the Los Angeles Rams & the San Diego Padres, Pops finds pleasure in most activities and is constantly on the go.
Robert has a long history of being involved with music programs over the years. Some of his past percussion instruction ensembles are Western Albemarle High School (Crozet, VA), Western Branch High School (Chesapeake, VA), Lakeland High School (Suffolk, VA), Tallwood High School (Virginia Beach, VA), Cox High School (Virginia Beach, VA) and Princess Anne High School (Virginia Beach, VA). Robert also did some judging for several marching band circuits and music festivals in Virginia. Robert was also a member of Southern Nights Drum & Bugle Corps that was based in Virginia Beach, VA. After moving to California, he took on the Percussion Instructor for Gahr High School (Cerritos, CA). Later he started an independent drumline for young teenagers in the LA Area. This then transformed into the Mystikal Youth Arts Organization (2004 – 2009). Robert also have experience in visual design as part of his duties with the various high school ensembles and worked closely with his mentor Kevin Mitchell arranging marching percussion music for the various high school programs in Virginia Beach, VA.
Robert holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology with a focus on Technical Operations from Old Dominion University and numerous certifications. He is also a member of National Association of Minority Architects (NOMA) and Theta Tau Engineering Fraternity as one of the Charter Members for the Upsilon Beta Chapter. Robert’s professional career is currently doing contractor development and bonding program for Public Agencies in Downtown Los Angeles.
He currently lives in Long Beach, CA where he enjoys international traveling, off-roading, camping and hiking. He loves his family, the Washington Redskins, New York Yankees and Boston Celtics.