Caption Head - Joshua Pier

Visual Designer - Ron Hardin

no photoJoshua Pier
Visual Caption Head

Joshua Pier lives in La Mirada, CA and has been involved in the marching music activity for over 16 years. He began playing the tuba in high school which led him to perform with the Pasadena City College Honor Band in the Rose Parade from 2000 to 2002. He then went on to march with the Santa Clara Vanguard from 2004 to 2006.

Since then, Joshua has worked with many different organizations as a Visual Tech and Visual Caption Head. He is currently the Visual Caption Head at El Dorado, La Mirada, and La Serna High School, and designs the drill for La Mirada and La Serna High School. He is also a visual tech for Crescenta Valley High School and Trabuco Hills High School, who was just named Champion at the WBA Grand Championships in Fresno, CA.

Joshua also works with the indoor percussion ensembles at La Serna High School and Rancho Starbuck Intermediate School as a show designer, and will be the show designer for the La Mirada High School Winterguard.

In the Drum Corps world, Joshua was a Visual Tech for the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets in 2009 before moving on to work with Impulse Drum and Bugle Corps from 2010 to 2012.

This is Joshua's 5th season with Pioneer and second as Visual Caption Head.


no photoRon Hardin
Visual Designer

As a designer, Ron Hardin is very active and closely connected with the pageantry activity. Ron has designed hundreds of shows for bands, drum lines, winter guards and drum corps. Annually, he designs for a select amount of groups around the country.

Ron is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the world, having done many clinics throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Since 1999, Ron has served as a visual judge for Winter Guard International, annually adjudicating for many circuits, regionals and world championships.

Ron has performed judging clinics for NMEA, NSBA, WGI, several indoor percussion circuits and the Judging Association of Mid America. Ron has produced several instructional videos, and has appeared in WGI's "Meet the Judge" series.

His designs have appeared in several BOA regional finals, won numerous state championships, circuit contests and have won three WGI Percussion Gold Medals.

As an instructor, Ron has been a part of teams earning six DCI World Championships and eight High Visual Awards, including the 2012 & 2013 John Brazale Best Visual Award.

Ron's experience in the drum corps activity is extensive, spanning over twenty years. As a performer, he spent the 1991 and 1992 seasons with the Star of Indiana. Upon the completion of his performing career, Ron joined the Blue Devils as a member of their visual staff. After eight seasons, he then spent five years as the Visual Caption Head of the Santa Clara Vanguard. Ron then went on to spend four years as Visual Caption Head of the Canton Bluecoats before taking his current position as Visual Caption Head of the World Champion Carolina Crown, where he has served since 2011.

In addition to instructing, Ron has designed visual programs for Yamato, Pride of the Lions, Magic of Orlando, Minnesota Brass, Legends and Pioneer. He has also served as Visual Coordinator for the Blue Stars. Ron has served as an instructor representative on the DCI Instructors' Task Force and on the DCI Medical Project Advisory Board.

In everyday life, Ron Hardin is currently the director of Bands at Papillion - La Vista South High School. Ron took this position in 2014, and is excited to build a national level program. Prior to his current appointment, Ron was the director of Bands at Bellevue East High School for 14 years, and led the Chieftains to many successful performances in all areas, including Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Jazz Bands, Indoor and Concert Percussion, Chamber Ensembles and Indoor Color Guard. Under his watch, the band programs have performed in ten different states.

Ron also has extensive history as a professional music educator and performer. He was the founder and past conductor of the Diablo Wind Symphony, and was the Director of Bands for six years at Clayton Vally High School in Concord, California, where he served as president of the Contra Costa County Band Director's Association and Vice-President and Contest Coordinator of the Western Band Association.

In addition, he was the recipient of the Jack R. Snyder Young Band Director Award.

Ron has also served two terms as the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association Marching Band Chair. When he is not teaching or conducting, Ron finds time to play bass trombone with several ensembles. His greatest pride and joy is his family: his wife, Molly, and their daughters, Emma and Celeste.