The Racine Scouts are pleased to announce their 2017 Administration Staff, Design and Instructional Staff.  This team includes a blend of educators and designers who have been successful with us in the past, and are steeped in the Racine Scouts traditions, as well as several new additions who will help take us to the next level.

Dr. Randall Chaffee
Executive Director

Bobby Bonslater
Corps Director, Program Coordinator, Show Designer

Bobby Bonslater began his marching arts career in 2001 with the historic Racine Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. He advanced to become a featured soloist for the 2004 DCI Midwest Div III Champions, Americanos Drum and Bugle Corps of Appleton, WI, the 2005 DCI Division II/III Grand Champion, East Coast Jazz Drum and Bugle Corps of Malden, MA and the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps of Madison, WI where he aged out in 2007. Bobby continued to march and serve as Program Coordinator at the all-age competitive level with the 4-time DCA World Champions, Govenaires Drum and Bugle Corps of St. Peter, MN. 

In addition to his extensive Drum Corps background, Bobby was a member of Americanos and Pioneer Indoor Percussion Ensembles earning two WGI World Championships. Bobby currently serves as Visual Caption Head and Cymbal Tech for 2-time Independent Open silver medalist Pioneer Indoor of Romeoville, IL and Percussion Instructor and Show Designer for Maine West High School of Des Plaines, IL.

Bobby is the owner and designer of Bonslater Creative Designs, which provides customized music and visual design to a variety of performing arts ensembles across the country. During the day, Bobby is an elementary school performing arts teacher at Park Manor Elementary School of Chicago, IL.

Terry DeJong
Associate Director 

Terry DeJong is in his seventh year as Director or Athletic Bands at William Penn University. Received a BA in Performance from Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln in 1990, and a Computer Programming Diploma from Gateway Elec Inst, Lincoln, NE in 1992.

Terry is former member of the Cavaliers (80-82) and Santa Clara Vanguard (83), SCV Alumni Corps (02,04). He served as Percussion Caption Head for the Colts, Blue Stars and Railmen in the late 80's, and for the Univ. of Neb. Cornhusker marching band 86-89, 91. He continues to play with local rock bands and regional symphony orchestras.

Brian Black
Assistant Corps Director, Brass Instructor

Brian Black began in 2014-2015 as Assistant Director for Cuero ISD. Mr. Black facilitates the Junior High and Intermediate Music classes and assist at the high school.

He received his Bachelors in Music Education from Tarleton State University in 2014 and served in "The Sound and The Fury" Marching band as well as in the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band.

Brian spent five years playing Baritone and Euphonium in Drum Corps International, two with the Racine Scouts ('08-'09) and three with the Santa Clara Vanguard ('10-'12).

Denelle Acosta
Colorguard Coordinator

Denelle grew up in the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio and studied music education at Northern Kentucky University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She earned a DCI World Championship in 2005 with East Coast Jazz and was a WGI semifinalist with the University of Louisiana’s winter team in their inaugural season.

Denelle has previously instructed many successful programs, including the University of Louisiana Color Guard; earning many WGI Regional Championships and also semi-finalists in the A and Open class at worlds. She is also a consistent medalist within her local circuits in classes ranging from cadet to scholastic A -independent A and independent Open. Denelle has also had success as the visual coordinator and color guard director with her current program with Bands of America, sweeping caption awards, winning their classification and making finals at several BOA regionals in her 3 years there. Her teams have been featured on and Music For All - Bands of America.

She currently resides in McAllen, TX and is a clinician and choreographer for many schools and independent programs in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Kentucky. Denelle is currently on staff with Industry Independent Open in San Antonio, serves on the board of Directors for the Texas Educational Colorguard Association, and is in her 3rd year as a Dance teacher and Color Guard Director at Hidalgo Early College High School and Ida Diaz Junior High in Hidalgo, TX.

Stephen Hevey
Battery Instructor

Stephen Hevey's marching career began in the 6th grade. In his 8th grade year he was invited to march with the Salem High School Marching Sundevils, and won the best percussion award. He continued marching with the Sundevils and after two years Stephen was named captain of the Sundevil drum line. Throughout high school he played bass, snare and tenors.

After high school Stephen marched with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps in 2005, where he studied under Nick Angelis. In 2007 he began his indoor career with innoVAtion indoor, as a tenor player, an independent line out of Richmond Virginia. That same year he was an AIA silver medalist. After marching another four years with innoVAtion, he was asked to come on staff where he taught for another two years. Although known for his tenor and snare skills, he is well versed in all percussion instruments.

Over the years he's had the privilege to work with some amazing High School programs. He taught at Bayside High School and Princess Ann High School until in 2014 went back to teach at Salem High School where his love for the sport originated. He is currently the percussion coordinator for the marching band at Salem High School Performing Arts Academy. Over the last two years (2015-2016) of marching competition the group has won all but one best percussion award.


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